Woods + The Wild: Candace Woods
Hello there! I’m Rev. Candace Woods, owner and operator of Woods + the Wild, an officiating and wedding chaplaincy business. As a progressive Christian minister, a queer person, an herbalist, and a sexuality educator, I am passionate about ritual, ceremony, queer love, and solid relational foundations.
I provide everything from breezy elopement ceremonies to customized rituals to wedding and relationship chaplaincy, where we work together on relationship skills, healthy communication around wedding planning, and spiritual care.
While I’m a progressive Christian myself, I work with people of all faiths, those who don’t identify with a faith tradition, and those carving their own spiritual path. I like to say, “it’s not my job to tell you how to get married, it’s my job to listen well and to craft a ceremony that reflects you.”
How would you describe your officiating style?
Authentic, meaningful, down to earth, and using a lot of nature-based imagery and metaphor!
Where did you grow up? How long have you been in Colorado?
I grew up in Eastern Oregon and have been in Colorado for 20 years now, my whole adult life, which is bananas to me! I can’t be that old!
Sweet or Salty?
Salty, for sure. A bowl of guacamole and some tortilla chips is my favorite snack.
Favorite genre to read?
I’m all over the genre map! I love YA fiction, but also adult fantasy, nonfiction and theology, and then throw in some queer romance and historical fiction for good measure.
Favorite kind of music/ favorite artist?
I listen to a lot of 70s and 80s classic rock and then also modern folk and Americana. Give me a lot of Brandi Carlile and Gregory Alan Isakov alongside Queen and Van Halen.
What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not working?
Being outside is the most Colorado answer, but it’s true! I love to be in my garden with my little flock of feminist hens (they’re all named after feminist writers!), out on a hike foraging for medicinal and edible herbs, or on a patio with a beer. Except in the winter. Then you can find me wrapped up in a blanket in bed or on the couch!
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