Welcome to My Universe!

I am a Swiss author et psychotherapist who specialises in psychotraumatology.

How the people I accompany use their creativity to deal with the uncertainty and complexities of human existence inspires and touches me deeply.

May the approch and resources that are beneficial to us also be useful for you in healing trauma and restoring broken connections.

Jeltje Gordon-Lennox

In this age of inevitable change, the feeling of loneliness and social dislocation is omnipresent. When we surrender to our need to 'do something' with and for others, we feel more human, more powerful and more connected to others.

~ Jeltje Gordon-Lennox,
Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies (2017)

Recent posts

Events, articles, insights and connections that are important to me can be found in the 'Highlights' section where they appear in chronological or thematic order.

How to Identify your Ritual Profile

Jeltje GORDON-LENNOX, 15/06/2020

My guides, Crafting Secular Ritual, Crafting Meaningful Wedding Rituals, and Crafting Meaningful Funeral Rituals, give unique hands-on guidance to the craft of ritual making.

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How rituals can help us make sense of the world around us

Jeltje GORDON-LENNOX, 29/05/2020

Author and celebrant trainer Jeltje Gordon-Lennox answers our questions about the need for ceremony and ritual, and how people’s attitudes to some ceremonies, notably funerals and weddings, have changed over time.

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How to ritualize a passage of life?

Jeltje GORDON-LENNOX, 21/05/2020

Avez-vous besoin de ritualiser mais ne trouvez pas ce qu'il vous faut ? Jeltje GORDON-LENNOX a devéloppé plusieurs guides sur l'art de la fabrication de nouveaux rituels uniques qui examinent et expliquent l'histoire, la fonction et la place des rituels dans différentes cultures. Les conseils proposés et les nombreux outils pratiques fournis vous permettent de créer vos propres rituels, de l’accueil d’enfant (biologique ou adopté), aux mariages et aux funérailles. Avant tout, prenez le temps de déterminer votre Profil rituel car ce profil est à la base de toute stratégie rituelle. Si vous ne connaissez pas encore votre Profil rituel, vous pouvez le découvrir avec l'aide de ce Questionnaire sur le Profil rituel.

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  • 7th Book Launched: Coping Rituals in Fearful Times

    09 Mar 2022

    Published by Springer. Coping Rituals in Fearful Times: An Unexplored Resource for Healing Trauma began in 2017 at the London launch of Emerging Rituals in Secular Societies. World events and accidents slowed down but did not halt publication.

  • Psychotherapy Office Open in Lower Engadine

    Pring 2022

  • One Good Thing Leads to Another…

    20 May 2020

    Welcome to My Universe! Today marks the beginning of a new phase in my journey.

  • Ashoka : All Good Things Come to an End

    31 Mar 2020

    Twenty years ago, the work I felt called to carry out required a structure with a name of its own. The Ashoka Association served its purpose well. With profound gratitude, I thank the committee and the community which supported me all these years!

  • The Ashoka Association, a frontrunner

    2000 - 2020

    Over the past 20 years, the association has trained more than 40 celebrants, performed some 120 secular ceremonies, participated in more than 15 conferences in Switzerland and Europe, and offered spiritual and psychological support to hundreds of people. A 7th volume on contemporary ritualisation is forthcoming.

  • Book Launch: Crafting Meaningful Funeral Rituals

    21 Nov 2019

  • Book Launch: Crafting Meaningful Wedding Rituals

    21 Jul 2019

  • Book Launch: Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies

    21 Feb 2017

    by JKP, ERN and Ashoka at the British Humanist Association (BHA) in London, UK

  • Book Launch: Crafting Secular Rituals

    16 Nov 2016

    by JKP, ERN & Ashoka in Geneva, CH at the conference: Rediscovering Ritual: The Senses and Sensemaking in Secular Rituals

  • Book Launch: Funérailles. Cérémonies sur mesure

    15 Oct 2011

    by Ashoka & Labor et Fides in Geneva, CH at the colloque: Mourir sans cérémonie? Funérailles dans un monde en mutation

  • Book Launch: Mariages. Cérémonies sur mesure

    15 Mar 2008

    by Labor et Fides at the Salon du livre in Geneva, CH

  • First Secular Celebrants Trained by Ashoka

    01 Jun 2005

    Summer 2004

  • Official founding of the Association Ashoka

    Spring 2003

  • Psychotherapy Clinic Inaugurated

    Autumn 2002

  • First Secular Wedding Ceremony

    Summer 2000