Friday, November 26, 2010

Artisan Bazaar ~ December's Red Tent Temple

Hello Dear, Beautiful, Women!


Each Solstice we invite our creations to come to life and to be shared, presented, and abundant.

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

Here are the guidelines:

~We will hold our fair officially 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. At 1:00, we will move our focus back to a more quiet, restful atmosphere, and shift the energies of sales to a gentler, more back burner presence.

~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 or are experiencing employment struggles. 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 come take part in our venture, join us in creation, display, participation and celebration. The sacred space to offer you rest, rejuvenation, communion, peace, and love, will be carefully guarded.


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 previous posts for ideas.) Please remember that we ask you to donate what you can to our rental expenses.

Love and Belly Blessings,

Spiral Traditions Temple Women

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rewriting our Stories…November in the Red Tent

Rewriting our Stories…November in the Red Tent

It’s still autumn in New England on this November day and the trees proudly wear their deepening shades of russet, umber, burnt sienna, and darkening golden amber. The women arrive at the Red Tent wearing heavier clothing than just a month before, wrapped in sweaters and thick socks, and smiles. The harvest is in, winter nears, and we are all ready for abundance and our gathering.

We relish our free time; such a treat it is for each of us. We chat, share food, write, create art, ponder, rest, and feel the spirit of our shared reverie in the nurturing, healing power of the tent, for it is we, held in the arms of the Divine, who create it for ourselves and each other.
As free time comes to an end, we smudge each other and bless ourselves in preparation for our sacred circle and then we begin.

Ananda served as our Priestess this day and began by asking us to introduce ourselves in “the daughter’s way” choosing an element of the Earth or other natural element to claim as our ancestor. The power of those introductions was a wonderful way to open this circle.

Our theme was “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” and each woman, in turn, offered up a story of her choosing and, after the telling, allowed us to comment and suggest ways in which she might rewrite the story to create healing for herself. It is amazing to watch the changes that take place, the gifts we exchange, when we put ourselves in the hands of our sisters. The circle ended with much gratitude, joy, and love and, once again, we found ourselves sad that the day had ended.

Before we left, we talked about next month’s tent which is the day of our Sacred Artisans’ Bazaar – a time of sharing our creative energies and the resulting beautiful and wonderful gifts we make, the products of the soul-deep gift of creation. When we let Spirit shine through us, the results are truly beautiful. And this is how the simple offering of our creations becomes a sacrament as we relish our Divine gifts and rejoice once again in the Divine in each of us.

Thank you to every woman who contributed to the beauty of the November Red Tent Temple.
Please join us next month on Sunday, December 5th, and help us to assure that the wonder and magic continues. In addition to the Bazaar, we will also have a raffle to raise money for the Red Tent. Please bring an item you are willing to contribute for this purpose. We look forward to seeing you at our last tent of 2010 and as we look forward to the gifts of 2011.

So it is. So it will be.

~ Diana Powers


In addition, please allow me to publicize an incredible documentary in the works! .......

Red Tent Sculpture

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Red Tent Temple 11-7-10, Bloomfield, CT

Dearest Woman.......

You are invited.

Come home to yourself within the safe container of the Red Tent Temple.

November 7, 2010, at Auer Farm in Bloomfield CT.
(Bear right at the fork on Auer Farm Rd and proceed to the 4-H Learning Center.)

Bring your nesting blankets, a pillow, your favorite mug and soup bowl, and something special to place on the community altar while you attend. Wear red if you like.

$20+ suggested donation (for rental fees and supplies). RSVP's appreciated.

All other "things to bring" are optional, welcomed contributions which keep our Temple running abundantly. Shared labor for set up and break down are especially needed.

Contributions to consider:

Set up time: 9-11 am
Break down time: 5-6:30 pm
Priestess (facilitate) our formal Circle
In kind volunteer time at Auer Farm, which earns towards rental fee. Call farm for details and notify us of your time spent.

Soup, foods to share
Your own dish ware
Tea and honey

Candles, unscented, with or in a dish/jar - not needed at this time -
*Smudge supplies (sage, sweetgrass, or herbs - no "incense")
*Smudge feather fan to donate to the Temple
*Smudge shell to donate to the Temple
*Small bells, drums, or rattles to donate to the Temple


~ It is scheduled for November 7, 2010, from 11 am to 5+ pm.
~ Set up will be from 9am, ongoing throughout the morning as women arrive.
~ 11-3 pm will be free-form, organic time, where you can do what you wish in the space.
~ Formal Circle will be held from 3-5pm
~ 5-6:30 pm will be community time (farewells, hugs, networking, resting after circle..) and break down of the space.

Additional Temple notes......

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 or more 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 and community - 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.

See you there!
Please forward this to other women who may enjoy attending the Red Tent Temple.

Belly Blessings