Monday, July 28, 2008

Red Tent Temple ~ August 3, 2008 ~ Bloomfield, CT

It’s time again!

To gather in honor of the feminine divine in our magical Red Tent Temple.

Please join us. Bring a Sister, a Mother, a Grandmother, and most importantly, YOU.

Red Tent Temple ~ August 3, 2008 ~ Bloomfield, CT

Please read this invitation thoroughly so you know exactly what is happening and how you might participate. Each month there are variations. Founder, ALisa Starkweather has recently updated much information on this Movement, be sure to visit her site and read all about it!
The Red Tent Temple of the Spiral Traditions Chapter.

~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, August 3, 2008, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon.
~ 11-12 am and 12:30-3pm will be free-form, organic time, where you can do what you wish in the space.
~ Formal Circle will be held from 3-5pm
~ 5-7 pm will be community time (farewells, hugs, networking, resting after circle..) and break down of the space.

Located on the beautiful land of Auer Farm we will be held in the arms of Mother Earth while we retreat safely and honor the feminine spirit. The Red Tent will happen every month, on the Sunday closest to the New (dark) Moon.

Inside the Red Tent will find a space to heal and be heard. To be your whole self. To go within and tap into your divine creative source. There will be space to rest, journal, cry, connect with sisters, breathe, meditate, and reconnect with what ties us all together: being woman. Womb or not, bleeding or not, all women from all walks of life are welcome.

Suggested Donations of $10.00 to $20.00 are requested but not mandatory. We do have to pay for the space.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a greivance altar, a community altar, herbal teas and homemade soup. It is sacred space to go within and honor your divine feminine being. A place to remember.

Young women of Menarche age are welcome for all of the day except the formal circle at 3:00 which is adults only.
Nurslings are welcome until walking age.

This vision is held in the spirit of community and collaboration. Everyone who sets this up is working on a volunteer basis, which makes your attendance and contributions integral. Please take a look at the share list below to see where you are called to collaborate to keeping this vision alive and well. On the side bar to the right, there is a donation button you can use to make financial contributions if you are not able to attend but would like to help.

It is vital to our culture and to our next generations that we reclaim our innate Spiral Traditions. We are a culture starved for authenticity - but we don't have to be. The Red Tent Temple is a transformational and Global movement.

RSVP's are important. We need to know how much soup to make or request, who can Priestess, and who can bring what. When you refer to the share list below - please email us on what it is you are called to bring or do, so we can keep this day organized and wonderful.

Set up - Ananda,
Break down -
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s- Ananda,
Priestess for Circle -
Welcomer, Greeter -
Drumming, music,
Cloth bringers (Collective: We really need more than one woman for this. It will take a lot of cloth to paint the room)
Red Tent Journal - Katy
Pillow, backjack, mat bringers,
Altar objects -every woman is encouraged to bring something for the altar, to be charged up with energy while she attends. Taken home after.
Candle provider-
Talking Bowl/stick bringer -
Healers; energy healers, body workers, oracles, wanted to serve either for free or at lowered cost.
Massage Table -
Markers - Katy

Love and Light,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Original Red Tent Information:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Red Tent Temple Movement: Universal Flier

Dear Women,

There seems to be a need for a simple, universal flier for women to use anywhere.

Please print this or copy paste and upgrade it to your liking, so you can distribute the information you need to. Or you can print it as is and hand write your temple info as needed.



Intensive Journal Workshop, New Fairfield, CT

Progoff Intensive Journal Program of Self-Development

with Dolores Mitch

Introductory Workshop: September 6-7, 2008, 9:30am - 5pm

Great Hollow Conference Center

Begin a Journey in Your Life.....

Experience a life-changing process to give your life greater direction, vitality, and purpose.

Developed in 1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff, our nationally recognized program has helped 175,000 people lead more fulfilling lives.

Discover resources and possibilities you could not have imagined.The Intensive Journal method can help you:

~Gain a foundation and perspective to realize the continuity and direction of your life. Build a solid basis for future decisions.

~Connect more deeply with your personal relationships, career and interests, and body.

~Use dreams and imagery as a guide in your unfolding process.

The Journal can be your honest friend in the creative process of shaping your life.

Life Context (Part One):

Gaining a Perspective on Life

Learn how to use the Intensive Journal method through a direct experience in your own life.

Connect with the continuity and movement of your life. Develop awareness as you explore prior events, memories, and feelings. Realize possibilities and interests.

Gain insights about major areas of your life:

-Relationships with others
-Career and special interests
-Body and Health

~Your facilitator will guide you, step by step, through the exercises.
~Your writing is private; no one comments or judges your life.
~Use the method on your own afterwards.

Helping you in many ways.....

~Decision making, Self Esteem, Energy and momentum, Healing, Intuition, and Creativity ....

Two days of deep self discovery in a beautiful setting at the Wilderness Sanctuary in New Fairfield, CT. Great Hollow's beautiful landscape will put your spirit at ease as you journey through your own inner landscape!

The Details:


Non-refundable deposit: $50

Make payments easily using the buttons at right - be sure to contact me with your registration information as well, (or to pay by check).

I will need your:


Refreshments served but participants must bring their own lunch. Lodging can be found nearby in Danbury CT.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Help with Navigating this Site

Greetings everyone!

I have been in the process of transferring over to Wordpress for this website, particularly to offer you the convenience of a Navigation bar at the top so you can easily read the main information regarding the foundational content here; The Red Tent, Empowerment Workshops, Women's Gatherings and healing, The Circle of Maidens, and Spiritual Reflections. Unfortunately, Wordpress does not offer the combination of elements that I need in order to design the site in the needed manner through using their free options. So for now we remain here at blogspot, and I thought I would give you some helpful hints on how to find what you need here without a Navigation bar.

1)Take advantage of the search box in the upper left hand corner. Use specifics, and then click on "search this blog". Search examples would be:
Red Tent Temple dates, or: Workshops, CT, or: Temple Share list July 2008

2)Use the side bar. I have helpful links there for the people involved in the Movement, for paying for workshops, making donations, subscribing to a feed, and the almighty Calendar to view the integrated schedule of events. If you use Gmail you can very easily add dates to your own calendar.

3)Subscribe to a feed. If you keep up on all of Spiral Traditions and wish to not miss a beat.... subscribe using your google reader or whatever feed service you use. Then you will always know when a new post has been made ... but you will have to come directly to this site to take advantage of the side bar tools (and the pretty red ambiance). Subscription buttons for this are on the lower side bar.

4)Use the tags. At the bottom of each post there are categories. Find one you like and click on it to list all the posts under that category.

Have FUN!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Fourth Alternative: A Workshop

Coming in October, finally, to Western Connecticut: Paul and Connie Dunion!

Presenting a day of interactive immersion into their popular and revolutionary tools for deepening self and relationships.

Don’t miss the opportunity to absorb the wisdom, humor, and breadth of experience that Paul and Connie offer.

They will demonstrate both conceptual and tangible ways to work with and through conflict, leading us gracefully into:

The 4th Alternative

When couples face challenges in their relationships, they commonly resort to 3 ways of interacting:

1. attempt to influence others;

2. become adaptive;

3. avoid or withdraw physically and/or emotionally.

This workshop focuses upon strategies for interrupting each of these intimacy-reducing patterns.Couples will have an opportunity to identify which patterns are most active in their relationship and how to providethemselves with the safety necessary to deepen intimacy. Couples will be given specific skills for creating and maintaining individual and collective empowerment.

Facilitators: Dr. Paul Dunion and Connie Jones Dunion

About Paul and Connie: Paul, a psychotherapist with an EdD, has been offering workshops and writing

articles about human intimacy for the past 25 years. He is the creator of Shadow Marriage Counseling, a

therapeutic model for guiding couples. Paul has authored two books: Temptation In The House Of The

Lord, and Shadow Marriage - A Descent Into Intimacy. This latest book project inspired Paul, along with his

wife Connie, to begin offering the Couples Retreats in 2004. Connie is currently being trained and certified

in ShadowWork Group Facilitation. Along with her own 35-year journey of self & soul-discovery, Connie

brings 12 years of loving Paul and 27 years of experience working intimately with individuals as a colon

hydrotherapist to Shadow Marriage. Viewed as a bioenergetic form of working with Shadow, Connie's

practice of colon hydrotherapy focuses on balancing the lower chakras by releasing the emotional, mental,

and spiritual blockages while letting go physically.

For more about Connie, please see <>.

The Details:

Fee: $180.00 per couple, $75.00 deposit required.

When: Saturday, October 4, 2008, 9am to 4pm

Where: Sticks and Stones Farm

201 Huntingtown road, Newtown CT 06470

Delicious Home made lunch Included!

To Register:

Please Open this document, complete it and mail it in.

See you there!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Auer Farm Wish List: Sustaining our Red Tent Temple

We are truly blessed to have landed this space at Auer Farm to hold our Monthly Red Tent Temples. A huge thank you to Katy for facilitating this and for creating inventive ways for us to compensate the farm.

It is time for the Women of the Temple to take a look through our homes and gardens, and see if our trash might become their treasure - and in turn help us maintain our space rental. Anything donated can be dropped off during the week (to the Farm) or brought the day of the temple.

Here is what Auer Farm has put on their wish list:

PLANTS: perennials, annuals, veggies, herbs, shrubs, trees... etc. Divide and conquer! If you are dividing the plants in your garden please consider potting up some of the halves for the Farm. We get nursery price value for them and it goes right to the cost of space! AND many of the plants become used for educational purposes, for the students who come to Auer Farm to learn and for the 4H programs.

LUMBER: Planks or slabs of extra wood


FURNITURE: Sofa, chair, etc. for the learning center or temple space.

TOOLS: For fix it projects and for gardening; both adult and children sized materials wanted

Other Recycled materials: Your trash might be their treasure!!!!

If you are not local but feel called to support our Temple, PLEASE DO - by using the Donate button on the right hand side bar. Your payment will be securely processed usung Pay Pal. You will undoubtedly effect this movement in a wonderful way!

For arrangements or questions please contact our RTT liaison and Lead Teacher for Auer Farm, KATY: (860) 242-7144

Thank you!

~The Red Tent Team~

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Events for Empowerment, Summer '08

MASS: Daughters of the Earth Gathering ~ A Woman's tribal event -3.5 days

NM: Medicine Woman Gathering ~ A learning sanctuary in the Gila Wilderness -6 days (I'll wish I was there! - But you'll be in good hands with my dear friend Kiva)

NH: Womens Herbal Conference ~ Honoring the Wisdom of our Ancestors -3 days

CT: CoMega; Connecticut Men's Gathering - 2.5 days

CT: The 4th Alternative ~ A couple's workshop with Paul and Connie Dunion -1 day- register here by downloading flier and registration form, coming soon. email me with any questions. Workshop to be held at Sticks and Stones farm in Newtown, CT. October 4.

CT: Intensive Journal Workshop ~ A self revelatory process developed by Ira Progoff - 2 days, to be held at Great Hollow Wilderness School and Conference Center in New Fairfield, CT. September 6-7. Registration right here on side bar! email me with any questions.

Red Tent Temple (of course!) - upcoming one: August 3. Bloomfield CT.

~Walking the Sacred Spiral~

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Red Tent Temple in Tennessee!

It's just so exciting! Another Temple to be raised by the wonderful Yarrow of Witchwood who regularly leaves me sweet comments on my Plant Journeys blog. Yarrow - I'm thrilled to have you as part of our beautiful red web and I wish you many Moons ahead of blissful growth, celebration, and transformation for your Temple and all the Women who will be held by it.

See her new Temple blog and if you know anyone in TN - forward the link!!!!!

Are there more of you out there wishing to raise a Temple of your own? Email me or visit ALisa's site for more information. There will be a conference call on JULY 23 - don't miss it!

Also - There is a Red Tent Temple at Motherhouse in Cornwall CT that I recently learned about. It's a different structure than the one we use - but that's the diverse beauty of this movement!

Belly Blessings.....

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Gratitude for the Temple of the Feminine

A toast!

To The beautiful Women who upheld the Red Tent Temple this month. Thank you for your unending dedication to this vision and for continuing to bring us together in this healing and empowering space. Thank you Virginia, Katy, Danna, Margot, Liberty, and the women who came with their open hearts and gifts.

It is an exciting time and women are ready. Temples new are being raised every couple of months. Wonderful things are occurring as ripple effects from being inside the red tent, as we re-weave our woman bonds and pursue our authentic lives.

Our next Temple on August 3 I deem to be: "bring someone with you day". Bring a teen, a Grandmother, a sister or friend. Bring your Mom or a neighbor. Bring a belly dancer or a drummer. Let another woman know that there is this special place for her to be. Keep the word rolling!

If you would like to Priestess for us on this day for formal circle, send me an email!

ALisa Starkweather sends her love and encouragement to all of us here at the Spiral chapter. She and her helpers are working hard to create a central online organizing space for the Temple and is especially inspired by the success of the various Temples across the U.S. and internationally... and so the reciprocity unfolds as we watch this beautiful transformation take place before our eyes. Keep watch on ALisa's site if you are a pending RTT organizer .. for future conference calls to partake of.

***Anyone interested in documenting this movement, or part of it, please come forward! We would love to have a youtube video made, articles, book or journal entries .... this is more vital than we can know. NOW is the time for us to re-write our sacred scriptures.... and who better for the task than us women?!

And...... August 7-10 will be the Daughters of the Earth Gathering at Earthlands (Mass) ..... if you want a full on amazing immersion.

Bright Summer Blessings,

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Call for RSVP's

This is a request for rsvps for this Sunday's Red Tent Temple. we have five people attending ..... a precarious number to sustain such a day.

If you will be attending, and have not yet sent in an rvsp .... please do. Just drop me an email and don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have. I will dearly miss all of you this month while I stay close to home on my Son's 9th birthday, and the day after, my own 33rd birthday. I will be loving that the Red Tent will be happening at the same time even if I can't be there.

It's going to be beautiful as always .... with Virginia's radiance, Katy's spirit and Earth loving ways, Margot as our initiate Priestess, we have a new woman joining us who is a Reiki healer, and our Beautiful Danna who comes in with sweet, consistent peace. Monica may attend who spreads love and sisterhood wherever she walks.

Treat yourself to a special you day .... eh?