Photos by Ray Lesel @lovely_sun_ray
Kohenet Naomi Azriel
is a lifestyle designer,
Jewish educator and
sacred beauty ceremonialist.
Hi and welcome! I'm Naomi, the owner and creative director of Naomi Azriel Lifestyle Design. I am an ordained Hebrew Priestess through Kohenet and have extensive background in creating and facilitating immersive experiences for Jewish organizations.
I seek to imbue delight and wonder into Jewish ritual offerings and strive to create transformational experiences as a way to delve deeper towards the divine within and without.
I also promote awe-filled living by curating sacred objects, interiors and
plant-based artistry. I craft bespoke ritual and retreats holidays and life-cycle events and am the founder of a Moon Circle Collective that holds embodied circles for women from all over the globe.
I'm inspired by:
moonlit tent dinners
texture and wild patterns
the way flowers naturally bend,
love and how it changes us,
creating spaces that allow for connection
More about me/timeline of my career thus far:
My background is in fashion and interior styling and at 20 I interned at Lonny Magazine, Country Living Magazine and The Editor-at-Large in New York City..
At 22, I shifted focus from exterior beauty to natural beauty and immersed myself in Jewish Communal Farm living as a fellow and then apprentice at Adamah,. I was the art specialist at Eden Village Camp and an Herbal apprentice at Israel Herb School.
At 24, I decided to bridge my love for beauty and nature and I got my first job at a flower shop, The Floracultural Society in Oakland, CA.
At 25, I started designing weddings for close friends and I found that not only do I have a talent for large-scale event design but that I also was imbuing a sense of transformational essence with my Kohenet training. At this time I also was working full-time for Moishe House, as their Eastern Regional Manager.
At 26, I started freelancing with Whim Events, the premier Wedding Planners in Boston, MA as well as freelancing with local designers such as Orly Khon Floral, Sweettalk Floral, Bloom52, Laura Jean Floral and Chive Events.
At 27, I got ordained as a Kohenet and took on my first season of wedding clients! (What an adventure of a year!)
At 28, I realized that as much as I love working with flowers, there was something missing that I needed to gift to the world. I started teaching Jewish art education, sacred space curation and melding my love of design, ritual, and transformative Jewish experiences. I've led numerous Moishe House retreats, taught for Hillel International and started crafted my own in-person retreat experiences.
Here I am now, at 30, recognizing that my niche is creating immersive Jewish experiences through the art of sacred space creation, which almost always includes flowers, fruits and eclectic found treasures!
I'd love to hear your story and see how I can support you in creating the sacred space that you so desire.