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Moon Time

By LuAnn Morris

Magickal moon time
I welcome your
Power of transcendence
As I take my worthy place
In the rhythms of
Your universe

My third eye opens wide
As I receive your
Gifts of divine insight
And bathe in your
Sacred crimson life force
Of inspiration

© 2011 LuAnn Morris All Rights Reserved

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South and sacred

By Elena Sofía Zambrano

When I first arrived in Chile, back in November 2011, I was happily surprised by the awakening of women, the amount of them that were conscious about their cycles and their connection with Mother Earth, and that were working to recover the sacred feminine. It was amazing. Here and there throughout this long country there where women’s circles, workshops, therapies, chanting and dancing and a powerful energy of feminine awakening.

Red Tent in Chile

Red Tent in Chile

Although Red Tents where not completely unknown, since some women had heard of them and of moon lodges, they were not usually held or talked about.

The first time I heard about the Red Tent movie, I knew that the message it carried was extremely important; it was universal and it transcended cultural and language barriers since it was really about a genuine journey to the feminine heart.  So I contacted Isadora to see if a version with Spanish subtitles was available, and if not, to offer myself as a translator. So many Spanish-speaking women awakening throughout different countries could not miss this movie!

Translating and subtitling the film was a journey of love in which I did my best to keep the Spanish as international as possible and being careful that the words retained the beauty of the original message. It was a job full of emotions and dreams and a lot of joy.

Several months before I had started organizing Red Tents in Curico, the city in which I currently live. Each Red Tent had been magical, healing, and charged with sharing of wisdom. So when I started working on the subtitles, I felt very moved to see that our Tent wasn’t at all different from the Tents portrayed in the film, since our stories and our tears and our joys and our hearts were the same.  I felt very deeply how this movement and this blossoming of women is worldwide, and that when love is our guide our apparent differences dissolve away.

Since I wanted to help this message reach as many women as possible, I decided to organize screenings in different regions of the country. I started by organizing a first cycle of screenings in which the film would be presented in four different cities and followed by a Red Tent. In each of those cities I had the wonderful luck of working with wonderful women who have beautiful hearts and are dedicated each in her own way to honoring the sacred feminine. Without Raquel  (Palabra Mágica), Paulina and Alfonsina (Mamaluna) and Pamela (Aflora Mujer Sur) this wonderful experience wouldn’t have been possible.

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The first screening took place in Coyhaique, a city in the beautiful Chilean Patagonia. The Red Tent movie arrived in Coyhaique with the winter and a beautiful light snow. It was amazing to be able to take this message so far south and to get to know the wisdom of the women there and to feel that the sacred feminine will be restored from the very roots of the planet. It was a marvelous encounter filled with healing tears and in which we shared in lovely gratitude rituals.

The second stop was in the magical city of Valparaiso. And our Red Tent was just as magical. The screening was packed with laughter and tears and with a beautiful feeling of sisterhood. The Red Tent in Valparaiso created a powerful energy, very transforming, cathartic even. It was as if a hurricane passed through, cleaning everything with a powerful force and after it we were left with a beautiful sense of peace and relief. In this fantastic circle we were able to appreciate the magnitude of the power created by women gathering.

The film arrived then in Santiago, the country’s capital. It was a rainy day. The Red Tent was held in a beautiful venue, surrounded by a silent garden that made us feel far away fro the city, sheltered in an ancient forest and gathered around a cauldron.  We danced in circle, we sang, we decorated our faces with red paint and we thanked the blessed rain that was falling around us.

The last stop was the city of Pucon, a beautiful place guarded by a stunning snowy volcano and bathed by a splendid lake. There, among red fabric, women of different ages and of diverse nationalities met. But we could all feel that it was the same fire that burned inside us. The night caught us still sharing stories, dancing and singing, and we ended our evening with a beautiful womb blessing.

This first long journey has been magical and renovating. Traveling around Chile raising Red Tents has been an amazing and powerful experience. Every woman that has set a foot inside each of these Red Tents has left her mark, her energy, her story and her lineage. Wonderful networks of love, healing, creativity and sisterhood have been created.  Now springtime is arriving in Chile, with its amazing beauty and rebirth and creative strength. And with it, many women are blossoming, too.

Starting next year, a second cycle of screenings will begin, so that more red, sacred spaces can be created in different regions of Chile. We will hold Red Tents to honor the sacred feminine, to remember our magical ancestral wisdom, to carry this message of love and healing and change. And most of all, to continue planting the seed of the joy of being a woman.

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Elena Sofía Zambrano, is a Mexican menstrual wisdom and fertility awareness teacher,  facilitator of women’s circles and Red Tents, Moon Mother trained by Miranda Gray, co creator of the project “La Manta Yoni” (The Yoni quilt) and author of the book “Mujeres de aretes largos”.

www.jardinenlaluna.com

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La carpa sur itinerante

by Elena Sofía Zambrano

(The English translation of this article will be featured in next week’s blog post.)

Cuando llegué a Chile, a finales del 2011, quedé feliz e impresionada por la cantidad de mujeres despiertas, conscientes de sus ciclos, de su conexión con la Madre Tierra, trabajando por recuperar lo sagrado femenino. Era impresionante. Aquí y allá en ciudades a lo largo del país habían círculos de mujeres, talleres, terapias, cantos, y una potente energía de despertar femenino.

Las Carpas o Tiendas Rojas eran conocidas en menor grado, aunque muchas habían escuchado hablar de ellas, y de los tipis lunares, pero no eran eventos que se llevaban a cabo en general.

Red Tent in Chile

Red Tent in Chile

Cuando escuché por primera vez sobre el documental, supe que el mensaje en él era importantísimo; que era universal, que trascendía las barreras culturales y de lenguaje, ya que la película no es otra cosa que un viaje al corazón de lo femenino.  Entonces contacté por primera vez a Isadora para saber si existía una versión subtitulada al español, y en caso de que no, para ofrecer mi trabajo para subtitularla. ¡Tantas mujeres despertando en esta región del mundo no podían quedarse sin ver la película!

El trabajo de traducción y subtitulaje fue un viaje hecho con amor, en el que intenté utilizar un español lo más internacional posible, y poniendo precaución en que las palabras cuidaran la belleza del mensaje original. Fue un trabajo cargado de emociones y de sueños y de mucha alegría.

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Hace varios meses atrás que yo había estado organizando Carpas Rojas en Curicó, la ciudad en Chile en la que vivo actualmente. Cada Carpa había sido mágica, sanadora, y cargada de sabiduría. Me sentía muy emocionada al ver que nuestra Carpa podría bien haber formado parte del documental, pues nuestras historias son las mismas, así como nuestras lágrimas, nuestras alegrías y nuestros corazones. Me recordaba que este movimiento y florecimiento de la mujer es planetario y que cuando el Amor es nuestra guía, las diferencias que nos separan se disuelven.

Con el fin de llevar este mensaje a la mayor cantidad de mujeres posible, empecé a gestionar las proyecciones del documental en diferentes regiones del país.  Empecé por organizar un primer ciclo de proyecciones, en el que viajaría a 4 regiones diferentes para llevar la película y celebrar una Carpa Roja. En cada ciudad, trabajé con diferentes mujeres para organizar el evento. Así que tuve la suerte de estar acompañada en este viaje por maravillosas mujeres con hermosos corazones que se dedican de diferentes maneras a honrar lo sagrado femenino. Sin Raquel (Palabra Mágica), Paulina y Alfonsina (Mamaluna) y Pamela (Aflora Mujer Sur) esta maravillosa experiencia no habría sido igual.

La primera proyección se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Coyhaique, en la hermosa Patagonia chilena. El documental llegó a esa ciudad con la llegada del invierno y de una ligera nieve como un bello manto de paz. Fue estupendo poder llevar este mensaje tan al sur del planeta, y conocer la sabiduría de esas mujeres y sentir que será desde las raíces del planeta que se recuperará la sagrada feminidad.  Fue un encuentro lleno de lágrimas sanadoras y en el que compartimos lindos rituales de agradecimiento.

La segunda parada fue en la mágica ciudad de Valparaíso.  Y así de mágico fue el evento. La proyección estuvo cuajada de carcajadas y de llanto y de un bellísimo sentimiento de hermandad femenina. La Carpa Roja en Valparaíso logró una energía muy poderosa, transformadora, incluso catártica. Fue como un huracán que llegó con fuerza a limpiar, y después de su paso nos quedamos con el bello descansar de la paz que reina después de la tormenta. En ese fantástico círculo, logramos apreciar la magnitud de la fuerza que se logra cuando se unen las mujeres.

El documental llegó después a Santiago, la capital. Era un día de lluvia. El evento se llevó a cabo en un espacio hermoso, rodeado de un jardín silencioso que nos hizo sentir que estábamos lejos de la ciudad, y refugiadas en un bosque anciano alrededor de un caldero. Danzamos en círculo, cantamos, adornamos nuestros rostros con pintura roja y agradecimos la bendita lluvia que caía a nuestro alrededor.

La última parada fue en la ciudad de Pucón, bella tierra vigilada por un asombroso volcán y bañada por un espléndido lago. Ahí, entre telas rojas, coincidimos mujeres  de diferentes países y de edades muy diferentes, pero con el mismo fuego femenino ardiendo en nuestro interior. Nos alcanzó la noche compartiendo historias, danzando y cantando y terminamos con un bello trabajo de bendición del útero.

Este primer largo camino ha sido mágico y transformador. El viajar por esta tierra irguiendo Carpas Rojas ha sido una experiencia asombrosa y poderosa. Cada mujer que ha puesto sus pies dentro de cada una de estas Carpas ha dejado en ella su huella, su energía, su historia, su linaje. Se han creado maravillosas redes de amor, de sanación, de creatividad y de reconexión. Ahora la primavera llega a Chile, y su belleza, renacer y fuerza creadora es impresionante, y acompañada de ella, florecemos muchas mujeres.

A partir del siguiente año se dará inicio a un segundo ciclo de proyecciones para seguir levantando espacios rojos y sagrados en otras ciudades y por diferentes regiones de Chile. Levantaremos Carpas Rojas para honrar al femenino sagrado, para recordar nuestra mágica sabiduría ancestral, para llevar este mensaje de amor y de sanación y de cambio. Para seguir plantando la semilla de la alegría de ser Mujer.

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Elena Sofía Zambrano, mexicana, facilitadora de talleres de sabiduría menstrual y de fertilidad consciente, de círculos de mujeres y Carpas Rojas. Moon Mother formada por Miranda Gray, gestora del proyecto Jardín en la Luna, co-creadora del proyecto La Manta Yoni y autora del libro Mujeres de aretes largos.

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How I made my Red Tent

by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD

In March 2012, I had a dream that I wanted every screening of “Things We Don’t Talk About” to be in a giant Red Tent that would travel around with me in a 2 suitcases and be big enough for up to 300 people. But how was this going to work logistically?

Red Tent at a screening

The filmmaker’s Red Tent at a screening of “Things We Don’t Talk About”

I have been a participant in the Red Tent movement since it began and I have helped set up many Red Tents and Red Tent Temples. But the set up always took a LONG time, with hours and hours of labor by numerous women. So how was I going to make it easy to create a huge Red Tent for a screening if it took so much time to create a small one for only 20 women? As I thought about it, one problem that always came up with building the Red Tent was the different size fabrics. The fabrics were often donated curtains, sheets, or yardage. Most yardage is 44 inches or 56 inches wide. While some of the pieces were very long, they were also very narrow and could not cover an entire wall.

How to create it?

I created large panels of fabric that were all the same size and could cover a wall very quickly and without much thought to the design (when it was being hung). So from March 2012 to May 2012, I had an opportunity to have a studio space at the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, a fabric museum, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while I was finishing my PhD and the film. It wasn’t really a studio space, it was more of an empty room with a large bulletin board so I could pin up the different fabrics and create the design for the panels. Almost all of the fabric that I used to create my panels where donated, found at the thrift store, or purchased cheaply on Ebay. The decorative materials that I purchased on Ebay were Indian Sari and Uzbek Suzani. Which were both large and inexpensive ways of adding beautiful fabrics to the plain yardage.

Having spent many summers with my grandmother, who was a talented quilter, I have some sewing and design skills. If this is not a talent you have, my suggestion is to reach out to your friends and family members. There must be someone in your community that can sew and that could help you. Basically the gist of it is to take all of the small pieces of fabric and sew them together in a pattern that you like so that it saves time when you put up your Red Tent. I have found that it takes about 5 minutes to put up one of my panels. For your space, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a beautiful Red Tent that could go up in about 20 minutes or less?

My panels are 15 feet wide by 13 feet tall. I chose 13 feet tall for myself because most ceilings at either 8 feet or 12 feet and I wanted to make sure that my panels would drape on the floor a little bit if I was in a 12 foot space. As for why I created my panels 15 feet wide, that was the size of my bulletin board, but you can chose any width. I would suggest maybe at least 10 feet wide.

Here are examples of some of my Red Tent panels.

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To see more example of what the panels look like in different screening venues click here.

How to Hang it?

The second problem that I found with setting up numerous Red Tents was how to hang the fabric. Most groups use thumbtacks or staples to hang the fabric on the wall. But this was a not a good solution for me because I want to do 400 screenings of “Things We Don’t Talk About.” If I put a thumbtack into my fabric that many times it would shred the fabric after just a few events. I also wanted to be gentle on the space and not put a million holes in the wall. So I put grommets along the top edge of all of my panels at intervals of 1 foot. So there are 15 grommets in each panel.

Grommets

Grommets

I hang my Red Tent using 1 of 2 methods:

  • My favorite is using a 3” binder ring, which I purchased from Office Depot. I put the binder ring through the grommet and then I clip or hang the ring onto things in the space like the grid for a drop ceiling, poles, wall sconces, crown molding, nails already in the space, window frames, etc.
  • My other solution is to put a thumbtack into the wall and then hang the grommet on the thumbtack. I don’t often use this method because I don’t like to leave holes in the wall, but when this is my only option I have found that a thumbtack every 3 feet is sufficient.

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