I’m 24 weeks pregnant and it’s a girl! And she is living in the most fabulous Red Tent that I have ever created. The story of my pregnancy began back in October 2015, when I was at wrapping up a 3-year long Red Tent movie tour having hosted more than 1000+ screenings & Red Tents. My grand finale was at the Parliament of World Religions, where I was co-facilitating a 6-day long Red Tent with ALisa Starkweather and Giuliana Serena for over 8,000 people. At this conference, I met this most extraordinary grandmother elder who I greeted with such love. She said to me, “You are my mother.” A spiritual seed was planted.
After this conference, my time traveling ended and it was time to settle down with my fabulous husband and start the next “stage” of our life. I had intended to get a temporary, “normal” job in Chicago for about a year and start a family. And once the baby was born, I would be a stay-at-home mom for a year or so. But things didn’t really work out as I planned. As my level of frustration increased, one day in early February everything changed. Within a 24-hr period, I found out that I was officially pregnant and that my friend Lydia Ruyle was dying of a brain tumor.
Image of the Tarot Card I got everyday for a few weeks. Image courtesy of Katherine Skaggs.
My first sign of pregnancy was not that I had missed a period; it was that my morning tarot card was the water child (see photo) everyday for like 2-3 weeks. When I found out that I was pregnant and that my friend was dying, I said to my husband, I want to go to Colorado for the next few months and film the end of my friend’s life. Lydia was a matriarch of a global sisterhood and I have always wanted to make a movie about her, but the timing was never right over the past 10 years. Lydia is the reason why I make the kinds of movies I make. She has always supported me and said that the world needs the kinds of movies I wanted to make. She has been a huge guiding force in my professional life and for that I will always be grateful. With my husband’s blessing, I left for Colorado to film Lydia. I was greeted with tremendous support of Lydia’s incredible husband, her daughters and son, and her niece. Filming Lydia was a deeply profound experience for me, and of course she was extremely excited to find out that I was pregnant. I captured a truly amazing story about her life and her death, and I look forward to the time when I turn it into a movie for you all to see. Lydia lived her life with such gusto and she always wanted to encourage others to let their light shine too!
Dr. Isadora, Lydia Ruyle, and ALisa Starkweather in the Red Tent at the Parliament of World Religions
As my time with her came to an end in March, my morning sickness and debilitating nausea were taking hold of my life. And for the past several months, I retreated to my house, which is why not many people have heard from me on social media, phone or email. To this day, I still have nausea. It’s been a difficult pregnancy. But she’s healthy and kicking up a storm in utero. My due date is October 23rd. So she may be a Libra or a Scorpio, we shall see. She will be the 4th generation of matriarchal zodiac cusp women, since my birthday is May 22nd, my mother’s is August 22nd, and my grandmother’s was April 21st. We have yet to pick a name, but I know that it’s going to be something AMAZING!
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“Les Choses dont on ne parle pas : histoires de femmes sous la tente rouge” est un documentaire innovant de 72 minutes, réalisé par le Dr Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, et maintes fois récompensé. Espace de liberté et de spontanéité, une tente rouge est un endroit fait de tissus rouges dans lequel les femmes se rassemblent pour se reposer, pour renaître et souvent pour partager des histoires personnelles, puissantes et profondes. En offrant un lieu qui honore et célèbre les femmes et en permettant une liberté de parole sur des sujets qui sont au cœur même de la vie des femmes, le mouvement des Tentes rouges change la façon dont les femmes communiquent entre elles et se soutiennent les unes les autres. Les Choses dont on ne parle pas rassemble certains récits de guérison partagés sous la tente rouge et met en évidence une énergie vitale, une nouvelle tradition de femmes. Le film nous donne l’occasion de nous souvenir, d’écouter, de comprendre et de trouver ce en quoi nous devons investir pour insuffler une nouvelle vie à la communauté et aider la voix des femmes à s’élever.
by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD
I’m so excited to tell you about my latest Red Tent adventure… my new eBook “How to Start a Red Tent.” As most of you know, I’ve been on tour with my Red Tent Movie for over 3 years and I’ve hosted over 1,000 Red Tents. So, now that I have retired from touring (as of Nov 1st, 2015) I decided to gather up all of my Red Tent knowledge and pass it along to you.
I am a very practical girl :). I am always curious about problem solving. Actually, it’s my #1 skill. And I’ve hosted Red Tents in so many different places that if I didn’t have this skill, my perfectionist nature would have driven me insane. Alas, I persevered. I would love pass along all of my tips & secrets on how to host a FABULOUS Red Tent. You can get your copy for $9.99 at: http://www.redtentmovie.com/start-a-red-tent.html
I will teach you what to “do” in the Red Tent, how to make a Red Tent, how to lead a successful Red Tent, food & drink suggestions, how to promote your Red Tent, music for your Red Tent, and how to bring a Red Tent to a conference. I also offer extensive information and photos about the following:
- Where to Host your Red Tent
- When to Host your Red Tent
- How I Made my Red Tent
- How to Select Fabrics
- How to Create your Red Tent
- How to Hang your Fabrics
- How to Create a Doorway
- How to Create a Roof
- How to Create an Altar
Sound helpful? Get your copy at: http://www.redtentmovie.com/start-a-red-tent.html
Are you starting your first Red Tent? Should you have food or not have food? Not sure what to feed the women? Do you want something hearty, but also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan? We have the perfect recipe for you… Red Tent Cashew Chili. In this Red Tent TV video Dr. Isadora (who happens to be a great cook) shares a recipe that women LOVE & that she uses in her Red Tent.
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¿Cómo sería tener tu propia Carpa Roja de mujeres en tu comunidad? ¿Cómo sería si nuestras hijas fueran criadas esperando recibir algún tipo de celebración cuando llegara su primera menstruación?
¿Qué sucede en nuestra cultura actual cuando facilitamos Carpas Rojas para mujeres?¿Existía la Carpa Roja en la antigüedad? ¿De dónde viene esta tradición?
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La Carpa Roja tiene una historia, ¿pero cuál es? Hay miles de mujeres alrededor del mundo que están entregando sus talentos como líderes de Carpas Rojas en sus comunidades pero, ¿de dónde viene esta tradición? “La Tienda Roja” es una novela escrita por Anita Diamant, publicada en 1997 que nos entregó la historia de mujeres que se reunían en una cabaña menstrual conocida como la Tienda Roja. El movimiento de la Tienda Roja tiene una historia de 17 años, pero está conectado a miles de años de tradición de mujeres honrando a otras mujeres y creando un mundo que acoge la honestidad, el respeto por los otros, nuestras hijas y nosotras mismas. Estamos en una nueva era de la historia. La sanación de nuestro planeta es la prioridad para muchas visionarias comprometidas. Entendemos que estamos al borde de un precipicio, y que al construir una cultura que honre a las mujeres podemos crear un enorme cambio de paradigma, una Carpa Roja a la vez.
Do you want to know what fabrics work great and what fabrics are total disasters? In this Red Tent TV episode Dr. Isadora gives you some tips and secrets on how to chose fabric for your Red Tent.
For more information about how to chose fabrics for your Red Tent or to see what fabrics we have in inventory at a wholesale price go to: http://www.redtentmovie.com/fabric.html
I need your help…I’m getting married in late August 🙂 and it’s costing a lot more money then we would like. So in an effort to free up some inventory, pay some wedding bills & give you an AWESOME deal on 18 different scarfs + help 3 women’s businesses in the Red Tent community…. I am giving you a Buy 1, Get 1 Free offer + free shipping. It’s a $25 scarf. So for $25 you get 2, plus I pay the $8 shipping! It’s a $58 value. To get yours: http://www.redtentmovie.com/store.html