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INTERVIEW WITH A SHAMAN

Mimi Young

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As mentioned on Instagram, I've been a regular listener on Julie Parker's The Priestess Podcast for quite some time. She curates beautiful, relatable content on mysticism, alternative healing modalities, the Divine Feminine, conscious business, and so many other topics that I care deeply about. It was an IMMENSE honour to be interviewed by Julie on shamanism, plant spirit medicine, and my work here at Ceremonie. We had such a fun time chatting (including my interpretation of how Adam and Eve from the biblical story of Genesis is rooted in shamanic expression, my childhood, and even the unusual name for my favourite doll), that I completely lost track of time!

To listen to the podcast, please click HERE.

Big love,

Mimi Young
founder + plant spirit medicine practitioner

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HOW DID I BECOME A SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER?

Mimi Young

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Many have asked me this question, or how did I choose to be involved with plant spirit medicine. As someone who has remained out of the public's eye, and has stayed quietly behind the Ceremonie brand, I am also beginning to become more visible, adding a distinct personal element to my work that didn't exist before. We learn so much from stories, including our own, and so I share it here:

It's has been a long journey that involves evolving through archetypes to develop an ever-increasing understanding of myself and the worlds (seen and unseen) around me. I come from a home where my mother is a devout evangelical Christian and my father, an equally devout atheist. The paradigm I was raised in was black and white - be it if it was rooted in science and the rational, or religious conditioning and tenets. Deep down, I had always connected with spirits and mysticism - my first friends, as a young child, were the great Cedar tree spirits - Grandma Tree and Grandpa Tree, as I had called them (and still do). I also spoke to fruits and vegetables (I even named a doll Celery). The rational world crept in, pressing me and I naturally lost touch with these allies for some time and became well versed and articulate in more widely-accepted world views. It can be easy to look back at those times as conforming, asleep, or a victim of patriarchy, but I also see those decades as preparatory, as many myths and archetypes that exist in Judeo-Christian were taken from older, pagan practices. In my own story, I simply learned them in chronologically reversed order, as many people today do.

After I gave birth to my first son, the Wild Woman stirred within. Some call her Lilith, some Kali, some gave her the generic name of Witch. I called her Jezebel. She frightened me. She asked all the right questions and didn't care that she didn't have a tidy answer. She was raw, brave, wildly intelligent, could smell lies from miles away, was fiercely loyal to her loved ones, and I was scared  to death to even entertain a cup of tea with her. I was secretly afraid that she would somehow seduce some sense into me and I would lose full control of who I am. I knew that she, as the Destroyer, would kill me. 

Simultaneously, my husband and I were wanting a second child, but had difficulty conceiving and keeping the pregnancies. The timing wasn't right.

The pangs for the shadow and unknown, like contractions, only became stronger. I began experiencing rapidly increasing manifestations of clair-olfaction (sometimes also known as clair sentience), the ability to smell things that aren't physically there, and then associating them with distinct messages from the spirit world. And it was a dark walk in the desert, for I had no teacher in the form of books or workshops. I searched for teachers who have this gift, but none came on my path. So I had no choice but to listen to Jezebel. She said spend time outdoors everyday. She said look for omens and symbols. She told me about Tarot, and I committed to learning the Tarot language, a visual tongue through which spirit allies can speak to me with clarity and precision. By then, we had stopped attending church, and were promptly ostracized for doing so. We kept two couple friends from that network of well over a hundred. They were the only ones who wanted to remain in our lives. (I later released this disappointment and remarkably, I am filled with so much love - even as I write this portion of my story). And so in many ways, certain things died within me - limiting, outworn beliefs, victimhood, the need to be perfect, and like a snake, I shed and emerged. I begun to understand that the Wild Woman is my greatest protector, advocator, and mother. 

Fast forward a bit and I became pregnant again. At week 15, I began hemorrhaging, which only stopped when I reclined in bed. The first day of the bleeding, I heard the doorbell ring. When I opened the door, no one was there, but when I looked up, a large Great Blue Heron flew across me and into the expansive sky. I knew that the baby would live, despite any complications. The midwife sent me for a few medical tests and science couldn't tell me why it was happening. The instruction was to remain in bed rest until the baby reached full term. 

I am a very active person, and to ask me to lie in bed for two days with the flu is a monumental task as it is. To be on bed rest for over 5 months was a demand that challenged me in a way that I had never experienced. The idea of being removed from the physical world was enormously difficult for a type A person like me to 'endure', though by week 2, I had sufficiently wrestled with this internally, that I finally said, "Oh, all right!!!! I'll start meditating, again." So meditating I began - longer and longer sessions each day. I would break them up with an online course on aromatics and skin (essential oils, plant extracts, and other natural compounds in the context of skincare), but I did meditate roughly for 5 hours a day on bed rest. It was an immensely productive and transformative use of time. I now see this as the Universe's gift to me.

One day, during a meditation, I traveled somewhere and met some talking creatures. They said some interesting and truthful things. When I came out of the trance, I knew that something remarkable had happened. I met ancient, powerful friends. I didn't yet possess the language, but I had journeyed to the Lower World and spoke with some spirit allies. It was my first shamanic experience, and though I tried, I didn't know how to return to that realm.

My second son, Kyo, was born in the spring of 2015. The name 'Kyo' means synergy. Back on my feet and enjoying mothering my newborn and 7 year old, I had banked so much energy while off my feet, that I had the momentum to create something that can be best summarized by the Ace of  Wands coupled with the Queen (Mother) of Pentacles. I created a toning oil to help rid water retention and toxins from being immobile for so long, and the moms around me noticed, and asked if they could buy bottles to use it as cellulite oil for themselves. And so Ceremonie was born (then called Trimaran Botanicals, renamed last year). I would begin working with essential oils and enter into a conscious trance and basically was channeling their energies and personalities, and coupled it with my own trained knowledge, began formulating. It was truly alchemical. In the certified aromatherapy world, blends are termed 'synergy'. It is wondrous how Kyo helped me birth this.

While this was happening, I asked the Universe, almost as a joke (because I didn't believe it would happen), for a shaman to show up in my life to teach me. I knew it was highly unrealistic to travel extensively to Peru with two babes (and a mortgage) in tow, so I had asked Jezebel to send  someone here in greater Vancouver where I live. And she did, one week later. My formal teacher was a female shamanic practitioner, named Leona De Lang Boom. She is a second generation modern shamanic practitioner. She began when she was 18 years old, and her mother still practises it. Their specialty is in past life work and have taught me how to work with psychopomps (a spirit/creature/angels that are travel companions to afterlife as well as former lives). What's absolutely incredible is when I met mine for the first time, I fell so in love with him. He's a red crown crane, and is adorable yet strong. I didn't know it at the time, but later learned that many psychopomps are cranes. 

Ceremonie began as a clean beauty label that is focused on shamanic skin and aura care. I make the products in ritual (a blend of trance work, shamanism, hedgewitch magick, crystal therapy and moon cycles). About a year ago, I also began offering Shamanic Beauty Sessions, which are shamanic readings in the context of beauty, as well as general shamanic readings. My greatest passion, though, are my conversations (online and offline) with my clients and other members in my tribe. This sisterhood of women (mostly women, but some men, as well), ignites me to never compromise on my deepest truth, to love myself with as much vigour as a Mother Wolf, and to see the incorruptible good in others (AND THEN TELL THEM!!!). In fact, later this week, I will be offering my first spirituality/plant spirit medicine workshop series at Nectar Juicery (a wellness hub here in Vancouver, Canada), titled 'Walking The Fragrant Path: Integrating Essential Oils with Crystals, Chakras, Mantras and More'. What a wild ride, this gift called life, stranger than fiction, and wondrously beautiful. 

 

A spirited Samhain to everyone,


Mimi Young
founder + plant spirit medicine practitioner

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Terra Incognita – Unknown Land

Mimi Young

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Instalment two by Alena Walker shares a topic both personal and universal: individual identity defined through spiritual and physical travel. Here, the wordstress weaves imagination and the manifested, spirit and flesh, myth and certainty, human and diety, and concludes that all are facets of expression of the Unknown rather than polarized concepts. Adam Harteau's indescribable images inspire. 
-- Mimi xo
Shamanic Practitioner + founder of CEREMONIE


“I was first greeted by a dark, canine figure with glowing eyes and a pitchy voice. He neither claimed nor denied being your guardian, but he later morphed into a figure we all know - the great Anubis. He had said that you have an ability, and will always receive assistance to delve into the unknown.” I didn’t fully understand what this meant when Mimi relayed it to me after my Shamanic Reading, not in the way that I do now, on the eve of setting out into the world with one-way tickets. It is one thing to grasp the notion of the Unknown with reasoning alone – but it is quite another to feel the pulse of it in my veins and it’s weight in my body while I carry it in my bones.

I’m writing this the day before I set out on a journey that will be take me to Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina and onwards to New Zealand, where in-between I’m free to roam with my partner, a backpack and a tent as my companions. I’m putting emphasis on necessity and less on convenience. I’m searching for questions and I’m happy to learn the answers, but I’m not seeking absolute truths, only experiences that will allow me to grow avidly with the air beneath my wings.

I find myself asking – why do I travel? I’m not the first person nor am I the last, but what I’m cultivating on the precipice of this transition are the reasons why so I can root myself in intention.

It’s time to embrace a readiness to walk away from ideas or habits and in lieu of the old, I have room to grow and pursue a better version of myself. I consciously choose to experience life on the road, to pare back my possessions and to abandon routine in favor of new ones.

As Mimi had written in a previous post, “death of our egos, death to our agendas, death to our defaulted, desensitized selves.” I enter this period to connect with what matters, to grow deeper into myself and to set about pursuits that bring me the purest joy. I’m setting out to switch off and switch on, to relearn, rewild and retune.

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My Shamanic Reading reiterated what I should always remember – “identify romanticism and let it go.” We have forgotten to value mess as much as we value beauty. We’ve become so accustomed to seeking perfection in our lives that we seek it on our social media feeds, our relationships, our friendships and we cast unforgiving gazes over our own reflections. There is no searching and no discovery, no messiness and no humanity. We’ve entered a time of mass vanity and romanticism on a wider scale, from the advertising that lines our peripherals to the feeds of content that we filter through digital devices. I’m craving a different kind of expression – an honesty that is frank and open, and that doesn’t block out trial and error nor sift out the banal and difficult in favour of the refined. Discomfort, hardship and imperfection are aspects that need to be honored without dressings or decorations.

It begins with the Unknown. Starting with a spiritual consideration of what I hold close materially and saying goodbye to that which doesn’t serve me. The products we use on our bodies, the food we consume, conversations we have and surroundings we place ourselves in are all subject to our choosing. This is our prerogative.

What each country demands of me, I’ll try my best to provide it – in the achingly uncomfortable, tiring, inspiring, and invigorating circumstances that lie outside the control of my scheduling. I can’t plan in advance, I can only prepare. There’s a great knowing to be yielded from surrendering to the energy of unfamiliarity.

As borders are threatened and boundaries drawn fiercely in the face of Trump and Brexit, there has never been a greater time to look eye-to-eye and talk in new languages, to give myself to the subtleties of voices I don’t understand so that I can taste the words of foreign tongues.

 

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It’s a time to touch the earth with hands and feet and take deep, slow breaths.
It's a time to feel the wind on my flesh and be enveloped in the warm grasp of a new climate.
Lose touch with vanity however fleeting, so I can live in the physical and feel as one separated from the demands of appearance.
It’s time to sit at the water’s edge and dip in the current. It's time to allow my mind to empty in the crystal clear, where my thoughts are free to wander. The earth speak and my soul will listen.

We are wild beings and we are one.
Be bold. Be kind.
Stay free.
Touch the earth.
Meet and speak.

It is our birthright to be free in this way.
It’s time to sow the seeds of my nature.

 “What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - It's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac

Terra Incognita is Latin for “unknown land” and while I was researching this phrase I came across the work of Adam Harteau who created a beautiful body of work comprising painting, drawing, collage, photography and mixed media inspired by his travels to Mexico, Central and South America. I think the discovery of Adam’s work - which is coincidentally inspired by the region that I’m setting out to explore– is a sign that is this exactly what I should be doing. Terra incognita, I come with opens arm.
 

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Words by Alena Walker, writer, fashion editor, and stylist born in rural Northern Ireland. A cultivator of local and international experiences, nature draws Alena close and allows her to tell stories through photography, paint, poetry, and prose. As a natural roamer and soulful artist, Alena describes her work as inviting consciousness and exceeding boundaries, "...where conscious consumption and environmental activism form the bedrock of my focus. I work only with ethical designers and I'm trying to make an impact on the world by creating consciously." 


For more information on plant spirit medicine, shamanic beauty and aura care, and all things shamanic, vibrational, and pagan, connect with us via Instagram or Facebook. Wishing all a vibrant, delightful, and flowing Lunar New Year, honouring the supreme New Moon.

 

 

 

 

 

GIVING BACK

Mimi Young

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Just over a short 2 weeks ago, we announced our ritual-based beauty and aura care brand rename from Trimaran Botanicals to CEREMONIE. The response from our tribe was overwhelming and beyond my wildest dreams - this family of inspiring, light-filled and consciousness-expanding lovers, healers, dreamers, dancers, singers, writers, warriors, teachers, and friends keeps growing, and my work is ever more purposeful, exciting, and fulfilling. I am humbled and SO, SO, SO appreciative for all the love, and naturally, I wish to facilitate the flow of abundance back into the Gaia and the Universe.

After searching and contemplating for a mission that aligns with our vision to vibrate with and revere the natural world that birthed us, I am honoured to announce that CEREMONIE, retroactive to July 23, 2016 (when we had officially renamed to CEREMONIE), has committed to donate 5% of gross retail sales and 2% of gross wholesale sales to The Nature Conservancy of Canada, a division of The Nature Conservancy, a non-profiting world leader in land and water conservation.

There are countless of deserving charities and non-profits that are protecting, creating, distributing, advocating, and educating many legitimate causes. Choosing The Nature Conservancy of Canada is our way of thinking global and acting local. In this world of duality, the reality of depletion, hunger, and suffering seems insurmountable. Ceremonie does not profess that its contribution will solve these issues. Even with much larger businesses, foundations, and indivuals that have tirelessly and generously shared their resources, we are still seeing the need for restoration, equality, and universal respect of flora, fauna, elements, humans, and the vastness that exists beyond our planet. However, working vibrationally with intention, observation, and the great, mysterious Spirit, I maintain the belief that there is no such thing as goodness too small. Small is mighty. It is this same belief that has led Ceremonie to make the deliberate decision to partner only with small, independent businesses in addition to cherishing the relationships we have with our growing tribe of beloved direct consumers.

Thank you for supporting handmade.
Thank you for supporting plant-based.
Thank you for supporting Canadian-made and North American suppliers.
Thank you for supporting Earth, Air, Fire, Water.
Thank you for supporting intuition, ritual, intention, healing, compassion, joy and light, which is what non-denominational, earth-based spiritual work and shamanism is all about.
Thank you for supporting a passion that has become a purpose.
Thank you for supporting a different approach to beauty and business.
Thank you for supporting small.

Love and light,
Mimi xo
Founder

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ON SOULMATES...

Mimi Young

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There is so much fuss on finding a life partner. (In America, there's even a multi-billion dollar industry that is misnamed as a "rite of passage" - aka weddings). Though we have come a long way in understanding and exploring the topic of relationships and relationship formats, I have found that in all circles - monogamous and otherwise - that there is this underlying expectation that someone can or is supposed to make us happier. Yes, we know what psychology and spirituality say: that happiness is found within and that we must never expect anybody (or anybodies) to fulfill the impossible feat of treating us like divinity all the time, nonetheless, we crave unconditional love. THOUGH WE DON'T DARE TO SAY IT, and rather, we find ways to distract us from the stark need through workshops, books, counseling, vacations, overtime hours, materialism, mantra work, and metaphysical healing modalities. As if it's unacceptable to admit that we have an insatiable appetite.

And it is in this burning cold, that I have come to explore this idea, which may be old for many, but it is certainly new for me. Beyond the idea of self love, could it be possible that we are our own highest and most intimate life partner? This is beyond the first and second generations of feminism and eastern faiths - I'm not saying that singleness is the way to enlightment. I'm proposing that despite the sort of defined or undefined relationship(s), what would it look like if we depart from the paradigm of soul mates and life partners as an entity external from ourselves, and take on a different convention - that we are our very own primary soul mate. Naked and alone we enter this world and naked and alone we will depart from it. How would we speak to ourselves, feed ourselves, dress ourselves, teach ourselves, and allow ourselves if we are our own life partner? Would we remind ourselves how special we are? How sexy? How intelligent? How utterly and perfectly imperfect? What would happen to that needy voice within? And the greedy one? How would we respond to light AND shadow? Would we spend the time to really get to know ourselves and woo her? Would we need to protect ourselves if we know that no one can truly harm us? Would our internal, eternal child smile from a sense of tender delight and peaceful security? What would the implications be en masse?

"Until I see another’s behavior with compassion, I have not understood it. This includes myself." -- David Richo

Love and light,
Mimi xo

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SPONTANEITY AS MEDICINE

Mimi Young

“Full spontaneity is a guarantee of honest expression of the nature and the style of the freely functioning organism, and of its uniqueness. Both words, spontaneity and expressiveness, imply honesty, naturalness, truthfulness, lack of guile, non-imitativeness, etc., because they also imply a non-instrumental nature of the behavior, a lack of wilful ‘trying’, a lack of effortful striving or straining, a lack of interference with the flow of the impulses and the free ‘radioactive’ expression of the deep person.” -- Abraham Maslow

The excerpt above is a reminder of how the spontaneous is creative, beautiful, authentic, magical, inspiring, wildly romantic, simple, graceful, and dare I say, healing? I hold the intention for us to grow together, individually and collectively, and embrace the spontaneous as an integral part of higher consciousness. The plant allies leave us with this potently simple mantra, “I allow.”  

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A QUANTUM LEAP

Mimi Young

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It's February 29 on Monday. Many mystics are referring this leap year as a quantum leap year - 2016 as a year of cosmic change, far-reaching healing, and dramatic regaining of authentic power. Working with my plant allies, power animals, and crystal devas, the theme is consistent with the intuitives, though they seem to be saying that these shifts may be small and imperceptible, at first. We are called to tenderly return to Self, to the ground, to the internal, to the cellular, to intuition, to a quiet personal power, and to the unknown. If this quantum period were compared to cards from the Tarot deck, it may be The High Priestess x The Ace of Pentacles.

It's a time of reintegrating after a long journey - shamanic and otherwise. We are lifting obstacles, releasing layers of victimhood, and setting transformative and healing mantras. We are no longer the same, but can anyone tell, yet? The spirits can. And they say, "Keep going."

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” 
― Rumi

PS. We are announcing something exciting to our email tribe on Monday, February 29! Be sure to join our mailing list to be in the know! Join our tribe on Instagram

INTERVIEW WITH THE WILDCARD

Mimi Young

Back in December 2015, before Trimaran Botanicals even had an online presence, I had a chance to catch up with Alli Hayes, the brilliant darling behind the local, Vancouver-based indie blog The Wildcard Wins, featuring highlights on art, culture, sex-topics and beyond. With all my discussion about shamanism and vegan beauty, she also wanted some insights about botanical ingredients, particularly essential oils, and how Trimaran Botanicals sources for our handblended, toxin-free, made with mantras, shamanic skincare. Steep a cup of tea and enjoy the read. Happy Sunday.

Mimi xo

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A Shamanic Journey for a Friend

Mimi Young

A friend turns up in the afternoon; too late for lunch, too early for dinner, and wanting me take a look at her skin, which has been suffering extra sensitivities from Winter’s over-drying elements. I face map, ask standard dermatological questions, and then prepare us to shamanically journey.

I offer her a large mug of tea of silently simmering nettle tops and burdock root, earthy and nutty, grounding and reviving. She sits and sheds her layers of wool scarves whilst I smudge ourselves and the room. Sweetgrass incense and flower hydrosols welcomingly decorates the space. We rattle and dance to invoke the spirits; set intentions for self exploration and discovery, and boldly tread new landscapes. We are met by majestic birds of prey, glistening devs, puddles of melted colours, foliage with bursting breaths and exchanges of friendly howls. Humbly, we receive generous blessings, often in riddles, but timely and truthful. The drums call us and we retrace our steps, return to this realm, knowing that the goodbyes are always just temporary…

To book a personalized skincare consultation and shamanic reading session, please email Mimi at journey@trimaranbotanicals.com. We also invite you to join our tribe on Instagram.

Shamanism and Beauty

Mimi Young

At the risk of oversimplifying, I go on shamanic journeys because it is an insightful and effective healing process to deeply self-nourish, beautify internally and increase overall wellness. Life is beyond busy for all of us and demands our undivided attention, easily resulting in divided energies. Spending time with plant spirits, power animals, and crystal devs ground me and recalibrates my focus. The spirits speak in riddles, something I welcome as it demands that I am quiet and intentionally present - without which I would not be able to interpret their poetic words, gestures, and visual symbols into valuable advice. I use shamanic journeying as a tool, the spirits as a mere webbed interface; I do not require science to deem it as ‘real’ for me to trust it. As a recovering skeptic of anything on the ‘psychic’ plane, I am humbled and marvel at the accuracy of the messages. They are always imprinted with kindness, which vibrationally attunes me to experience more self-compassion, something I think most of us need. The world’s greedy belly incessantly urges to consume, to reach and to perfect; somehow I am quietened and gently cradled with an inner awareness that we are enough as we are, loved and radiantly beautiful, a mantra we resolve to practise, but too often doubt or forget.

And so returning to this initial connection between self-nourishment and beauty, spirit beings are so eager to help all of us, and being a shamanic practitioner, I am simply sharing their all-inclusive love and extend their invitation to tap into our own unknown through my entire work process.


For more info about Trimaran Botanicals, a shamanic and vegan skincare line that is hand blended, blessed with plant spirits, made with mantras and other vibrational healing modalities, I welcome you to browse the rest of the site. You are also invited to join our tribe on Instagram. Mimi XO