Back in November, I screened Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent, a phenomenal documentary about the Red Tent movement sweeping the country… & indeed, the world. According to Dr. Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, producer of this movie, “The Red Tent movement is changing the way that women interact & support each other by providing a place that honors & celebrates women, & by enabling open conversations about the things that women don’t want to talk about in other venues.” As the credits appearing across the screen at the end of the movie, the very first comment a viewer said was “When are we going to have a Red Tent here?” Everyone nodded their heads or spoke out in agreement, “We need a Red Tent in our community.”
I was very bold (on the surface) & said, “I hadn’t thought that far ahead but let me see what I can do.” Now, keep in mind that I’ve never organized an event like this before. Sure, I lead workshops, hold a monthly spirit circle, & teach classes on the Divine Feminine & other topics for women & preteen girls but this is something completely out of my comfort zone. When I want something badly while fear whispers “Don’t do it!” in my ear, I have to ignore that shadow aspect of myself & do it anyway. Close my eyes & leap.
So I did. I booked the perfect space for the event to be held March 15th & started promoting it. I’m giving my first tent event the theme of “Embracing Change”. I don’t know if any other Red Tent organizer does that but the women in my community expressed a need to talk about major changes that they were going through so I thought setting that intention would attract the people who need that support & sharing the most. I envision our tent having a large space for a Wisdom Circle to meet. That’s my term for the gathering of any & every woman who wants to share her truth for we each are the keepers of our own wisdom. I’ll also separate the space into a couple of smaller areas for rest, intimate conversations, writing, & creating art work. A woman even offered to share her massage skills with the others who attend. The space is circular, which is ideal for this gathering. Circles are symbolic of nature, allow us to face one another without one being any greater or any less than the others, & allow us to go within at the same time. For me, they symbolize creation as well as the void that manifests creation.
Since the November screening of the movie, women who hadn’t seen it asked me to show it again, which I did in January. The room was full of women from various backgrounds & ages ranging from the 30s to the 70s. Once more, I was asked, “When are we having a Red Tent?” It validated what I was doing for the community & gave me the courage to continue moving forward with the idea of hosting the very first Red Tent in my city, despite the little voice of fear that still whispers, “Why you? You’ve never done this before.” There has to be a first time. And since this speaks so strongly to my heart, I have to be the one.
I’m a strong believer in synchronicity so when a friend in CA shared an invitation from Deanna Lam to join the Red Tent in Every Neighbourhood World Summit, I jumped at the chance. You can join it, too. It’s an online summit where women leaders share brief video clips answering three questions.
1) How would your life have been different if you had a Red Tent in Your Neighborhood when you were growing up?
2) What nourishes your soul when you are in your blood or, if you are past that stage, when you were in your blood?
3) What would feed your soul if there was a Red Tent in your neighborhood now?
The online summit started February 1 & continues to the end of the month with one video clip per day. So far, Brooke Medicine Eagle, Susun Weed, Jane Hardwicke Collings, & Rachel Hertog have spoken. One of the nice things about how Deanna organized this summit is that you can go back & listen to any messages you missed. Registration is super-easy & free!!!!
Please join us! It’s an amazing experience & reminds me daily that I’m not alone in my desire to help women & girls see the Divine within themselves & have the courage to live their authentic lives.