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 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