Monday, December 7, 2009

(Special!) Red Tent Temple - December 13 - 2009

Hello Dear, Beautiful, Women!




Can't wait to tell you our latest Red Tent Project!

Welcome to Spiral Traditions Red Tent Sacred Artisan Bazaar

We have some extremely talented women in our circle - it's time to share, celebrate, and bask in the shine of our Goddess-given creativity and nourishment. Share with us the gifts of yourselves and of your sisters,and be welcomed home to graciousness in our sacred space.

On December 13, at Auer Farm in Bloomfield, we will hold a limited Sacred Artisan Bazaar in conjunction with our regularly scheduled monthly Red Tent gathering. Strict rules will be in place to uphold the original intention of the Red Tent Temple.
Here are the guidelines:

~We will hold our fair only until 1:00 - the rest of the day will be Red Tent Temple only, as usual. Come early to set up or to shop, 9 AM set up is open to begin.

~Participation is not a requirement, of course.

~We will not be allowing anything commercial (NO tupperware, or 'products' please, unless it's in regards to Women's empowerment or sustainability.)

~All pieces should be in alignment with Red Tent energies: HANDMADE items, art, music, herbals, or personal services are welcomed!

~If you are not certain, please ask.

~Your set up should take up small amount of space within our room, or you can set up a larger display in the entrance room, however please know that the main area will be shared with patrons of Auer Farm for the Christmas Tree season.

~There will be a silent RTT raffle! We ask that you consider donating an item or small service to the raffle, as this money will go directly to our RTT fund.

~All artisans are asked to donate a small portion of your profits from the day as well. We will not tag a percentage to this, as we are conscious of financial hardship and realize that some of you may be bartering with other artisans for holiday gifts, making money less available. Out of your heart for the Red Tent we ask that you consider our value to you in your life, and make an extra donation that is right for you.

~The Red Tent Temple maintains our availability to women of all economic circumstances.

We hope that you will welcome our new, one-time venture, and join us in creation, display, participation and celebration. The sacred space to offer you rest, rejuvenation, communion, peace, and love, will be carefully guarded.

DECEMBER'S RED TENT TEMPLE WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, AT AUER FARM. BLOOMFIELD, CT


It is time to gather together in a sacred space of safety, understanding, and blessings. Come to rest, to read, to eat, to drink, to commune, to listen, to be heard , to be healed, and to be loved... just as you are. There will be music, art, poetry, stories, and peace, and all you have to bring to the circle.

11AM to 5PM, soup and tea and candlelight. Sacred circle from 3PM to 5PM.

Come as you are. Reflect to see if you are called upon to priestess, or to bring items to enrich our time together. (See the blog for ideas.) Please remember that we ask you to donate what you can to our rental expenses.


Love and Belly Blessings,

Ananda, Danna, Diana, & all of the Spiral Traditions Temple Women

Monday, November 30, 2009

From Water Blessings to Birthday Bles...


From Water Blessings to Birthday Blessings – Inside the November Red Tent



On a gentle day that began with mists worthy of Avalon, the women returned to the farm and the Red Tent. It was warm for November and the breezes were soft like the curves of the farmland; and the geese called to us that, while our time had come to gather, theirs had come to fly and they welcomed us as they departed over the cornfields.


The women had returned and with them came the stuff of which wonderful Red Tents are made: beautiful fabrics and pillows with which to adorn the tent; art supplies for those who feel the delightful urge to create something beautiful, candles, food, pillows and blankets. Once our tent was adorned, we spent our free time relaxing, chatting, creating art, napping, journaling, doing readings, sharing nourishing food, and learning.


From the Storyteller’s Chair, Virginia shared the Water Blessing she recently learned, and gave us each a supply of this blessed sacred water so that we might take it home and continue this practice, sharing it with others as she had so generously shared it with us.


When it was time for our circle, Caterina gathered us and served as our Priestess for the day. She led us in meditation and guided exercises and sharing that helped us to open ourselves to the healing afforded by the circle and the power of the love of the women who sit within it. The energy of trust and healing and love that Caterina created was a gift to each who attended that day.


At the end of the circle, the women offered their individual birthday blessings to Diana on the eve of her 60th birthday. She was deeply touched and moved by the simple power of the blessings she received from each of the women of this loving community. It was a beautiful ending ceremony for our circle.


As we left, to return to our homes and our daily lives, we carried with us the powerful bond of sisterhood that we have created and nurture for each other every time we gather. We have learned of the beauty and treasures in our differences and found the joy of sharing our common experiences. And each month, when we gather, we know there will always be more gifts and blessings than we can count. For this, we are grateful, and we invite you to join us on December 13th so that you may find these gifts for yourself. Bless├Ęd be.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Red Tent Temple ~ November 15, 2009


Women,


Our November Red Tent will be wise and wonderous, please join us.


All the details are the same as previous months, please read below.


Blessed Be.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Red Tent Temple, October 18 2009, Bloomfield, CT




It’s time!

To gather in honor of the feminine divine in our magical Red Tent Temple. The autumn harvest is upon us and what better way to honor the fruits of your own labors, than to take a day to honor your needs.

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Red Tent Temple ~ October 18, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2009, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon if there are more than a few new women attending.
~ 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 .........you 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 to help pay for the rental fee and hopefully create some funds for Red Tent supplies and future needs.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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.

Priestess for Circle
Set up -
Break down
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s-
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 -
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 -

Belly Blessings,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Origins of the RTT Movement: ALisa Starkweather

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The New Moon and the Autumnal Equinox...




The New Moon and the Autumnal Equinox – September in the Red Tent



On a beautiful, mild, almost-Fall day, the land was full of light, the corn picked, and the women came together to celebrate. Two days after the New Moon and two days before the Autumnal Equinox – exquisite timing – we met at the farm to greet the new season and each other. The tent was especially beautiful and welcoming in that way that seems to happen when the harvest is almost done and the leaves begin their annual rainbow display. Thoughts turn to shorter days, the warmth of a fire, and all the gifts of Nature so abundant at this time of year.


Not the least of those gifts is a community of women who share a common bond: the wish to honor themselves and each other and the Divine Feminine in their own unique, diverse, and open ways. During our informal time, there was much laughter and listening as we shared our many stories…who we are, where we’re from, married, single, grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. Over delicious soups and teas, salad and bread – indeed the sideboard groaned – we took our time to relax into who we really are and who we really want to become. And we know that this time we give ourselves each month helps us to do that.


The energy is always special and as we enjoyed it, we gathered in circle. Ananda called in the four directions, then Danna, our priestess for the day, asked us to think about being lost, getting lost, feeling lost, and how we experience it in our lives. The stories ranged from getting lost while driving the car to feeling lost after the death of a loved one. We listened deeply and honored each other’s experiences and feelings. The circle was alight with the energies of compassion and caring, joy and sadness, trust and wisdom.


We left the Red Tent that day with feelings of peace, nurturing, and having been renewed in uncountable ways. All the women know that we are each wonderfully different and yet have those common bonds of sisterhood with which we can celebrate each other, enjoy a quiet, peaceful day together, and return home a little bit more ready to face the challenges of our daily lives. We hope that you will join us next month, on October 18th, and take part in a day of sustenance, renewal, and celebration. Namaste.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Red Tent Temple, September 20, 2009, Bloomfield, CT

~This photo was taken by my Mother, Lucy, at the 2009 Women's Herbal Conference in New Hampshire. It is (left to right) the beautiful and inspiring ALisa Starkweather, with me (Ananda) and my daughter McKenzie. It was amazing to see ALisa again and gave me a rekindled hope and passion for a sustainable future of Red Tent Temples around the world. Thank you to the women here who have dedicated so much time and heart to keep our Temple stable and sacred.
and Thank you ALisa. Indeed, we do it for our daughters. ~


It’s time!

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 ~ Sept. 20, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon if there are more than a few new women attending.
~ 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 .........you 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 to help pay for the rental fee and hopefully create some funds for Red Tent supplies and future needs.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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.

Priestess for Circle
Set up -
Break down
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s-
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 -
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 -

Belly Blessings,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Origins of the RTT Movement: ALisa Starkweather

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 16, 2009 - Red Tent Temple, Bloomfield CT

It’s time!

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 16, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~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 16, 2009, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon if there are more than a few new women attending.
~ 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 .........you 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. We do have to pay for the space.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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.

Priestess for Circle
Set up -
Break down
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s-
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 -
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 -

Belly Blessings,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Origins of the RTT Movement: ALisa Starkweather

Monday, August 3, 2009

Healing your way into the Diamond Heart ~ Medicine Woman hosted by Four Winds Lodge, Northfield, CT

~ INTO THE DIAMOND HEART~

We are excited to announce a wonderful upcoming open circle on Sunday, August 30th at Four Winds Lodge in Northfield, Connecticut. Eileen O’Hare, an amazing medicine woman, healer and Shamanic Practitioner will be leading a healing circle, “Healing Your Way Into the Diamond Heart”.

PLEASE read on and forward to any interested parties! Space is limited so reserve your space soon by emailing Monica at mondyer@optonline.net.
Give yourself a gift of an unforgettable experience of Unity Consciousness!!


Come and birth into the higher frequencies of Diamond Heart Love!
We invite you to explore deeper and higher aspects
of the Sacred Heart center.
Our intent is to unearth bits and pieces of
ourselves that are holding great power.
Who/what/when/where/how do we hold ourselves back?
We will track them. We will heal them.
They are already healed in this infinite moment of now.
This is a time of profound change.
We are all being invited to move deeper
into our Heart of Hearts for the highest good of all.
And we are being asked to raise our vibration into Unity Consciousness.
Be prepared to step into your power.
Be prepared to love and be loved!

Circle held on:
Sunday, August 30th
2pm-5pm
Facilitated by Eileen O’Hare,
Practitioner & Teacher, Andean Shamanism
Four Winds Lodge
Northfield, Connecticut
(Sliding scale $33-$44)
For more information-
Call Monica Dyer, 203.518.1398 or
Email mondyer@optonline.net
Space is limited please rsvp by Aug. 15th

About Eileen:
Eileen O'Hare is a legacy carrier in the Andean (Peruvian) Medicine Tradition.
She is in the lineages of Don Manuel Quispe and Don Benito Quoriwaman.
She has sat with many teachers both in the US and in Peru.
Eileen has been studying and practicing Andean Shamanism for 10 years.

She is loving and serving Unity Consciousness by enacting the mission of the
Chacaruna - the bridge person, assisting others in achieving altered
states of consciousness for the highest good of all.
Her greatest love is her sharing of medicine songs and the use of sacred sound
for healing and transformation. Eileen has a private practice in Beacon, NY and NYC.
She and her husband Tom offer to students The Mesayok Medicine Spiral,
a shamanic intensive for deep personal healing as well as world service.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Poetry, Art, and Story: Inside the J...

 

Poetry, Art, and Story:  Inside the July Red Tent


 


Creativity abounds in the Red Tent and our July gathering was no exception.  We are all creative beings and it wasn’t long after we arrived that we were expressing it in many different ways.


            During our open time, we continued to explore diverse forms of creating visual art in our beautiful atmosphere of support, encouragement, and fun. There were almost as many different projects being created as there were women while we exchanged stories of where we’d been and what we’d been doing since the last tent.  While enjoying the nourishing energy that flows from the act of creating beauty, we spontaneously shared poems and stories and smiled at our great good fortune to be in such a magical place for the day. 


            For our circle time, Diana served as Priestess and led a “Story Circle” in which each of us shared a personal story of our choice.  There were tales of learning and wisdom, of discovery and of gratitude, of joy and sorrow, of pain and of healing.  We offered a sacred and safe space in which to share a bit of our selves with each other and gave each of our sisters, in turn, the focused listening that welcomes and cherishes each story, each person.  When we were done, each of us had given and received many gifts.  This is the power of story.


            And so ended our rejuvenating day of poetry, art, and story.  It turns out it was even more than all of that – much, much more.  Join us next month and see.



 


 

Monday, July 20, 2009

Red Tent Temple ~ July 26, 2009

It’s time!

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

Our beloved Diana has offered to Priestess our circle on this day. Thank you Diana.

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Red Tent Temple ~ July 26, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2009, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon if there are more than a few new women attending.
~ 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 .........you 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. We do have to pay for the space.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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.

Priestess for Circle - Diana
Set up - Danna,
Break down - Danna
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s- Pam
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 - Ananda
Pillow, backjack, mat bringers- Danna
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 -

Belly Blessings,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Origins of the RTT Movement: ALisa Starkweather

Monday, June 15, 2009

Red Tent Temple, June 28, 2009

It’s time!

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

Our beloved Danna has offered to Priestess our circle on this day. Thank you Danna.

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Red Tent Temple ~ June 28, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2009, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon if there are more than a few new women attending.
~ 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 .........you 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. We do have to pay for the space.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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.

Priestess for Circle - Danna
Set up - Ananda,
Break down - Ananda
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s- Ananda
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 - Ananda
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 -

Belly Blessings,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Origins of the RTT Movement: ALisa Starkweather

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Creativity and Truth: Inside the May Red Tent


Important Notice: The date of the June tent has been changed to the 28th so that we may all honor the fathers in our lives. See you then.


Creativity and Truth: Inside the May Red Tent


The day dawned cool and gray and was filled with the kind of mist that suggests that magic must be in the air and on this day the women gathered. Several arrived early and together we made reverent fun and joyful effort out of setting up the tent.



We eased into our open time with gentle conversation, checking in with each other. We then created pages for Manifestation Journals or Vision Boards, using collage clippings and color, pictures and words and, most importantly, our own creative energies to express our dreams. We shared wonderful feelings and insights on the subject of creativity as we relished the supportive environment the tent affords, where we can express ourselves in so many ways in a safe and nurturing place. As important and deep and spiritual as all this sounds, and is, we also had fun. And we were thankful to be reminded that there is fun in the Divine and Divine in the fun.



For our circle time, Lucy served as Priestess and led a powerful exercise called “The Circle of Truth.” It also uses a form of collage in tandem with written affirmations about truth and how we relate to it. For these collages, we used a different type of “clipping” – wildflowers and plants gathered by Lucy and Ananda right outside our tent and spices and herbs brought by Danna. We found there to be a special sort of energy that evolved as we paired each plant we chose with a different affirmation about truth. Now, almost a week later, I am still gaining insights into the truth that are popping up for me like the Johnny Jumpups.



When our Circles of Truth were completed, there was still time to pass the talking bowl and the sharing seemed extra blessed as a result of the wonderful energies we evoked as we created meaningful and very beautifully personal art.



And when it was over, we worked together to clean up and put away our wonderful Red Tent. Please know that, for those of you who were not able to join us, we saved sacred space for each of you and we hope that you will be there next month to fill it with your own creativity and truth.


So it was. So it is. And so it will be.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

RED TENT TEMPLE: May 24, 2009, plus an important announcement


Greetings Wonderful Women!


Most importantly, our next Red Tent Temple at Auer Farm will be taking place on Sunday, May 24.

For the complete details what our Red Tent Temple is, please read the March entry following this one.

Secondly, I am announcing to the community that effective immediately, I am looking for a replacement coordinator for our Spiral Traditions Red Tent Temple, in my stead.

There are many details in order to explain this undertaking, which will be written into a comprehensive document and available to anyone who requests it. I can say from my personal experience that it is deeply rewarding, transformational, and important.

I am not withdrawing from the Movement, but rather re-organizing my priorities to better serve my own needs and those of my families. The Red Tent is a huge passion of mine, yet one which needs more attention and nurturing than I can currently provide.

I, with the consult of my Temple Sisters, will be choosing who is best suited for this volunteer position based on commitment level, spiritual openness and vision, organizational skills, and Public Relations/computer savvy. Informal style applications will be in the form of email conversations. Those interested can email me. Please be prepared to be thorough and honest with your strengths and weaknesses.

The Woman who's calling this is and who takes my place, will have direct access to communication and coaching from me in order to facilitate an effective, smooth transition, as well as the backbone of 5 or 6 other members of our Temple who have the experience of the last year under their belts.

In Love and Light,

Ananda Wilson

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Red Tent 4-26-09 CANCELED

I am sorry to announce that our Red Tent Temple for tomorrow, April 26, 2009 is canceled. We did not reach enough attendance, and in addition I am home sick.

Enjoy the sunshine to it's fullest!!!!

~ Belly Blessings ~

Monday, March 23, 2009

RED TENT TEMPLE ~ 3-29-09 ~ Bloomfield, CT


It’s time!

To gather in honor of the feminine divine in our magical Red Tent Temple. The wheel of the year has turned it's glowing face toward spring and the sunshine is bringning new life.

Who would like to Priestess for us? All styles are welcome in the spirit of inclusiveness and open heartedness.

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

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Red Tent Temple ~ March 29, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
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~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2009, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon if there are more than a few new women attending.
~ 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 .........you 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. We do have to pay for the space.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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.

Priestess for Circle - ?


Set up - Ananda,
Break down - Ananda
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s- Ananda,
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 - Ananda
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 -


Love and Light,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Red Tent Temple ~ March 1, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT



It’s time!

To gather in honor of the feminine divine in our magical Red Tent Temple, and in honor of the turning of a new year. What will you invoke for your own health and well being?

WHO would like to Priestess for us? All styles are welcome in the spirit of inclusiveness and open heartedness.

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Red Tent Temple ~ March 1, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2009, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9-11am.
~ A brief opening/orientation circle will be held at 12 noon if there are more than a few new women attending.
~ 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 .........you 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. We do have to pay for the space.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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.

Priestess for Circle - ?
Set up - Ananda,
Break down - Ananda
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s- Ananda,
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 - Ananda
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 -


Love and Light,
The Red Tent Temple Team

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weave Your Life

An Earth-based workshop series offered by our Red Tent Sister, Audrey.........


Weave Your Life

Earth Based Workshop Series

This workshop series will focus on learning ways to honor the earth in various ways throughout the spring and summer seasons. You will learn to open sacred space, practice mindfulness exercises and participate in earth honoring ceremonies to bring you into a deeper relationship with the Earth and all its inhabitants.

Each workshop from 10:00 - 11:30 has a focus on one of the elements (earth, water, air, fire). There will be education about tribal, First Nations and eastern cultures. We will discuss ways to notice reciprocal ties with either human, animal, mineral or plants (all our relations). 

We will explore a mindfulness exercise (which focuses on one of our senses: sight, touch, smell, etc) and end with an earth based ritual/ceremony. 

Bring a bagged lunch and soft drink/water. We will break for lunch from 11:30-12:00 noon. The last hour will be ceremony. Dress in layers and according to the weather as we will be both outside and indoors. 

You can attend one or all. These workshops are meant for people who are seeking a greater connection to the natural world around them and to develop a spiritual understanding of the Natural Way.


Saturday March 28 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Early Spring-The Color of Mud and Straw-Sight-Earth-Human

Our earth seems dormant and un-alive during the winter. We look forward to Spring to welcome back new growth and life. In this workshop we will take a walk out in nature to observe the changes in the natural world since the Winter. We will also discuss various ways First Nations peoples around the globe honor the changing of this season and talk about what inner work we may have done within during the winter. We will hold an earth honoring ceremony and practice a mindfulness exercise which you can continue on your own time to come into greater harmony with the Earth.


Saturday April 18 10:00 am- 1:00 pm

Spring-Welcoming Evidence of Hope -Hearing & Touch-Water- Animal

Now that Spring has fully arrived, we are able to see and observe the natural worlds changes. The buds are on the trees and some species of birds are seen daily (Like the Robin) This workshop is focused around tuning our mindfulness skills into the unobserved changes, to look deeper into the ways Spring has been continuing to become. We will walk in nature and observe a natural setting around a water source. We will hold an Earth honoring ceremony making natural prayer sticks and discuss ways First Nation peoples use prayer sticks and ties.


Saturday May 30 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Getting Ready For Summer-Taste & Smell-Air-Winged-Mineral

The ending of May and bridge into summer. We will walk in nature and learn a mindfulness practice which focuses on using our taste and smell senses to notice subtle changes. We will discuss ways First Nations peoples honor the great Mystery in the air and the ethers. We will hold an Earth honoring ceremony to bid good-bye to Spring and welcome in Summer sending our intentions into the air. 

Saturday June 20 10:00 am - 1:00pm

Summer -Developing Intuitiveness- Energetic Body-Fire-Plant

This workshop will focus on an inner journey and basic skills development of intuitive awareness. We will discuss various cultural ideas about the energetic body we have and we will hold an Earth honoring fire ceremony. (location to be announced)
 

Each Workshop $30.00 pre-paid by the 7th of March $40.00 thereafter

All (4) workshops $120.00 pre-paid by the 7
th day of March $160.00 separately.



Locations: Blue Trails, Plymouth/Harwinton & Flanders nature Center in Woodbury.

Contact: Audrey Bennett LCSW, LADC.
 (860) 819-8570

For your payment convenience you can visit my web site and utilize Pay Pal

http://audreybennett.vpweb.com e-mail: weaveyourlife@audreybennett.vpweb.com

Youth Welcome




Monday, January 26, 2009

We are growing!



Greetings Sisters! 

It's been a looong time (too long) since I have been able to post anything here aside from our regular invitations. Upon updating our email database and opening a yahoo group for us, I decided to see how the google search option has evolved since I tried it last year. 

Wow! What a delight. Upon searching "Red Tent CT" or "Red Tent Temple" we now get localized, applicable links to Red Tents and groups that are actually useful! Not to mention totally inspiring. It's so cool to watch this incredible movement blossom. More and more, the temples are rising. The first ones are paving a path for the new ones, and the word is OUT. Women, we ARE DOING THIS! 

It's deeply empowering to know that we can come together and unite our common vision of a whole and healing culture that truly honors women's time, mysteries, and cycles. We must declare this for ourselves, and when we do, we are heard. 

If you are one who has been coming all through 2008 - THANK YOU

If you are on the fence and hoping to come - We Welcome You!!

If you are going to start your own Temple in your area - A-HO, sister, let me know if you need help. Use the resources here, and be in contact with ALisa Starkweather, our founder.

For 2009 we anticipate an exciting evolution. Our emphasis will be on stability, laying an efficient and simple groundwork for communication, marketing, and of course our actual days. 

We have women who are great writers to offer words of inspiration for articles and fliers. We have a women with a fire in her belly to write a GRANT, and do some PR. We have women with huge hearts who will call others and connect with them over the phone, sister to sister. We have women who research and come organized with visions and tangible ideas. Women, you are remarkable.

The time is here, and we are loving it.

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NEWS: 
if you are in the Bristol area, there is another RTT:

XO

 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Red Tent Temple Movement ~ 1-25-09 ~ Bloomfield, CT



Welcome to 2009! Can you believe we are heading into our second year?! Wow! 

I DO hope that many of you will decide to transfer your hibernating selves for the day from your home to our Temple space. I ask NOT that you dress up and change for the day.... but that you just show up - as YOU. That's all. Just show up! 

I read recently in a wonderful book by Jamie Sams, that keeping a regular appointment with yourself for this sacred dream time, is vitally important because it builds trust. How can you trust yourself if you aren't showing up for YOU? Yup, it's a hard truth - you come first. Your energy, your time, your peace, and your commitment to yourself to live from your center. Show your Self that you mean it. Once a month, we are creating a space for you to do this.

The STRUCTURE OF THIS TEMPLE IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT
Please read. 

To the attendants, please scroll down. To the Organizers, and women who would like to be more involved in the co-creation of this : Set up will begin at 9 am. Please come then if you have space materials to lay out. We will hold our meeting from 10:30 to 12:30 to brainstorm, reflect, and co-create our newly birthing year. This will be both a productive meeting as well as a meeting that honors our diverse creative processes and our ceremonial space. 
 
The remainder of the day will then be our red tent time.... unstructured Self time from 12:30 to 3, and formal circle from 3-5.

Our soulful sister Audrey will be Priestessing our Circle. (thank you!) 

Below is the traditional invite with the tweaks. PLEASE FORWARD to all the special women in your life! On the blog there is also a public flier you can print to post at your coffee shop or library, just hand write in the date. Thanks!!

On the blog there is also a Donation button.... all donations go 100% to the Temple, and we do have to pay for our space. All donations welcome and deeply appreciated! 

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Women, IT IS TIME 

To gather in honor of the feminine divine in our magical Red Tent Temple, and in honor of the turning of a new year. What will you invoke for your own health and well being?

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Red Tent Temple ~ January 25, 2009 ~ Bloomfield, CT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~Recreating the Women's Moonlodge for today's culture~

---Please forward this to anyone you wish to be invited!--

~ It is scheduled for Sunday, January 25, 2009, from 12:30pm to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be at 9 am, with a New Year's organizer's meeting from 10:30-12:30
~ 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 3-5 pm
~ 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 .........you 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. We do have to pay for the space.

There will be a beautiful storytellers chair, a grievance 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. Please email me if you can bring soup.

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. Just send me a quick EMAIL

Priestess for Circle - Audrey
Set up - Ananda
Break down -
Providing Soup/s-
Breads -
Providing herbal belly tea/s-
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 - Ananda,
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- Melissa,
Talking Bowl/stick bringer -
Healers; energy healers, body workers, oracles, wanted to serve either for free or at lowered cost. -
Massage Table -
Markers, art supplies - 


Love and Light,
The Red Tent Temple Team