Anne Murphy


Anne Murphy

As a child, I spent part of my summer at camp. The first night, we gathered around the campfire looking at new and familiar faces, swatting mosquitoes and watching the sun go down. The Director welcomed in the new campers and welcomed back those returning. We sang, heard stories, saw skits and were enchanted in the campfire’s glow.

It was a ceremony with ritual and something in me was ignited.

I later became a Camp Counselor and Wilderness guide, leading adolescents through the wilderness, exploring uneven terrain, unspeakable beauty, unexpected weather, the highs of summiting a mountain and the lows of waking up to a cold rainy day and trying to start a fire. Nature provided a perfect container for us to step out of the ordinary and into a sacred relationship with ourselves and nature.

For me, I am still a wilderness guide. Walking with people during times of unspeakable joys, tragic and unforeseen challenges, known endings and wildly anticipated beginnings.

I bring strength, beauty, and balance to the work that I do so that people can feel completely supported through their experience. The sacred thread pulling me through each day is the belief that when we come to understand what is ‘ours to do’ we claim strand that connects us all to the sacred web of life.

I live close to the riverbanks of the Mississippi in St. Paul, Minnesota, with my dear husband, two teenage children, and our dog Luna. Music, nature and relationships are my allies. I play the guitar and sing every day. I prefer hugs to handshakes. I enjoy a good lake swim. I love laughing until I cry.

Love is an essential ingredient in all miracles as it is only love that heals. Techniques don’t heal. Where there is an open heart there is the energy to bring through miraculous and magical energy. Love is the great transformer.

— Sandra Ingerman

Experiences & Certifications

 Celebrant, Home Vigil Guide & Death Educator





  • Reiki Master
  • Yoga Teacher (200 hours) and Yoga Calm Instructor
  • Wilderness-based canoeing and backpacking guide, Camp Widjiwagan


Marking a transition in life? Together we create personalized ceremonies that span the lifetime.

Family Directed After Death Care

Offering guidance for hands and heart-centered approach to the after-death care through body care, ritual, and ceremony.

Death Education

I speak locally and nationally about Creating Ritual and Ceremony, Home Vigils, Ceremony, Green Burials and Holding Space for grief and loss.


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