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El Movimiento de las Carpas Rojas

¿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?

¿Te gustaría saberlo…?

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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.

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Yoni Quilt

by Elena Sofia Zambrano

¿Cuántas veces no nos hicieron sentir que nuestros genitales son sucios, pecaminosos, creadores de tentación, feos, olorosos…? ¿Cuántas mujeres no crecemos sintiendo que es la parte más fea de nuestro cuerpo, que hay que avergonzarse de ella? La realidad es que desde niñas, a las mujeres no nos enseñan nada de nuestra vulva y nuestra vagina. Es como si del vientre para abajo no existiera nada… Incluso muchas crecemos sin palabras para denominar esa parte de nuestro cuerpo. Y cuando las hay, son tan espantosas…

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Enorme ha sido el acto de desaparición de la Vulva. Tan así que las mujeres empezamos a encontrar desagradables nuestros pliegues, su aroma, su textura, su color. A sentirnos incómodas por su existencia, a reducirlo, a no mirarlo, a jamás acariciarlo, a hacer que no existe. A marchitarnos.

En sánscrito, la palabra Yoni representa la vagina y la vulva. El Yoni representa el pasaje divino hacia la vida, el templo sagrado. Hace referencia a la divinidad femenina y al poder creativo de la naturaleza. El Yoni es la fuente de todo lo que existe, el origen de la vida.

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La manta Yoni es un proyecto que propone honrar la divinidad en nosotras a través de nuestras manos, nuestra creatividad y nuestro trabajo en hermandad. La manta Yoni es una aventura para crear consciencia sobre la importancia de amar nuestros cuerpos tal y como son, de recordar el fuego creativo de nuestros úteros, y de reconocer la divinidad que existe en cada ser humano y de celebrar la diversidad.

La invitación es a que juntas co-creemos La manta Yoni. Cada una de nosotras construirá un retazo (patchwork) que re-presentará nuestro Yoni, para lo cual usaremos la técnica que más nos guste (crochet, tejido costura, bordado, dibujo sobre tela, etc.). Posteriormente cada retazo será unido para crear la Manta – un símbolo de la hermandad femenina y del poder creativo en nosotras.

Todas las mujeres, sin importar su ubicación, son invitadas a participar en esta aventura creativa. Hasta el momento hemos recibido maravillosos y hermosísimos Yonis de mujeres en Chile, México, Estados Unidos, Costa Rica y Brasil. Recibir estos Yonis ha sido una experiencia increíble, porque nos muestran como cada mujer es única, es creativa y bella y portadora de lo divino.

Para acompañar a la Manta, crearemos un libro electrónico, una especie de Registro Poético-Visual que incluirá textos, fotos y más inspiraciones que surjan en el camino. Las participantes son invitadas a enviarnos sus fotos e inspiraciones.

Para mayor información, nos pueden escribir a: elena.sofia@jardinenlaluna.com y seguirnos a través del Facebook: La Manta Yoni y nuestro blog: http://lamantayoni.blogspot.com

Es un regalo divino haber nacido en cuerpo de mujer, ¡celebrémoslo!

Bendiciones e Infinita Luz

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Return To The Red Tent

by Teresa Maria Bilowus

“Return To The Red Tent” was first published in Starflower Living Naturally, Issue 2, July 2014

“How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go…a place of women, to help you learn the ways of women… a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there within yourself… waiting to be released… A place of women…” ~ Judith Duerk, Circle of Stones

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Photograph © Teresa Maria Bilowus 2014

There is a place where women can go to tell their stories. A place where women can rest, create, sing, dance, sleep, or just ‘be’ for a while. There is a place where women can be witness to authentic sharing and connection. A place where women can hold each other and be held. There is a place where women can go to experience a ‘homecoming’ and leave feeling renewed, restored, replenished and open. There is a place for women. It is called the Red Tent. When women’s paths meet in this safe and sacred space, lives are transformed.

It is unlikely that when Anita Diamant published her best-selling novel ‘The Red Tent‘ back in 1997 she could have imagined how her work would be a catalyst for a ‘Great Remembering’. Anita Diamant’s descriptions of the monthly celebrations in The Red Tent not only illustrate the close relationship with land and nature and the moon cultivated by semi-nomadic women in ancient times, they also indicate the strong bond between women who would menstruate together in a sacred gathering space. It was in this sacred space, the Red Tent, where every girl became a woman.

Whilst the origins of the ‘Red Tent’ are fictional, women sitting together in circle is ancient and very real. Women coming together to bleed is found in almost every culture around the world. In some traditions women were segregated from their communities for being ‘unclean’ during their monthly bleeding time. But in many cultures women were honoured during the bleeding days and went to a special place within the village to commune with other women. Sometimes this place was called the women’s lodge, the moon lodge, the menstrual hut, the bleeding lodge, or by some other traditional indigenous name. These spaces all had great power and significance because it was the space where women bled together and shared wisdom. It was in these spaces that women passed down their traditions and shared their aural history – their stories and their mythology. It was in these sacred dwellings that women connected to their own inner power – in particular the intuitions and visions that came at the time of bleeding. And it was in these gathering spaces that women helped guide young girls into womanhood and were themselves guided by the community elders.

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Photograph © Teresa Maria Bilowus 2014

Today, the Red Tent is a global women’s movement. There are an estimated 20,000 Red Tents worldwide. In thousands of locations around the world women are once again gathering together to share the cycles and the stories of their lives. These are important times. For the last 4000 years the entire history of ‘woman’ has been suppressed. Women’s songs, wisdom, traditions, intuitions, stories, methods of healing, mythology, knowledge of herbs and of the stars, and of magic and the underworld have all been vanquished. Patriarchy effectively wrote history in the image and the voice of the masculine. This doesn’t necessary mean that history is wrong. But it does mean that without the voices of women, history is wildly incomplete.

When women enter the Red Tent a ‘Great Remembering’ takes place. Women the world over share the same experience of coming into the Red Tent for the first time and yet it being deeply familiar. The Red Tent is a gathering ground for which women have been yearning, but until women actually enter the space, this yearning has not been released. Adeola from the Red Tent community in Bournemouth, UK says “I found a space I hadn’t released I craved, to speak with a voice I had never heard, about a wisdom I had carried since birth but had no awareness of.”

It seems that ancient women-wisdom is woven into the very fabric of the Red Tent space. From its fictional beginnings, women all over the world have breathed power and life into the Red Tent. Some Red Tents focus on celebrating menstruation and the blood mysteries, others are simply a place where women can dance, sing, rest and speak their stores. Healing, transformation and renewal are common themes within Red Tent communities. Regardless of age, culture, background, experience, religion, or circumstance, all women have a home within the Red Tent. There is a deep-knowing that when a woman enters the Red Tent she is supported not only by other women, but by an ancient energy that has drawn women together since the Beginning.

Women have big, important stories. Deep, painful stories. Stories that matter. Stories make up the meaning of women’s lives and yet for so long there has not been a place for women to share these stories. It is so easy for women to hide what has happened to them – to stuff their own experiences down into a hidden-away-space so as not to feel them. It makes it easier to ‘get on’ with day to day life. But within the walls of the Red Tent women are experiencing the phenomenal healing power of telling their stories. No one needs ‘fixing’ or advice in the Red Tent. There is no judgement or ‘therapy’. But there’s lots of compassion. And there are lots of women being heard. When women speak it, shout it, cry it, scream it, feel it – whatever ‘it’ is, then it comes to the surface to be released. Women’s stories are monumentally important. Each and every one of them. All over the world the Red Tent is providing a safe and sacred space for women to tell their stories. And be heard.

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In September 2012, award winning film-maker Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost released a ground-breaking documentary entitled “Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent‘. This 72 minute film seeks to ‘humanize the stories in the Red Tent – to put a face on the space’. Recently I had the wonderful pleasure of connecting with Dr. Isadora to talk about her film and the worldwide Red Tent movement.

Dr. Isadora, can you define what the Red Tent is for modern-day women?

“The Red Tent today can be anything you want it to be. The Red Tent is to fulfill the needs of your community. What do women need? Who would come? Sometimes women need to dance, sometimes to talk, sometimes to rest, to laugh, to cry, or to eat soup. There’s no one right way to create a Red Tent space. It has to meet the needs of the community, whatever those needs might be.”

Why now? Why at this time? Why has the Red Tent movement become so big?

“Contemporary women have a need for sisterhood. The Red Tent movement has a wonderful ability to cross all boundaries of culture, religion and background. No matter who you are, what language you speak or who you love, inside the Red Tent we are all sisters. I’ve heard women’s stories from Red Tents in India that are the same as women’s stories from Red Tents in Chile. The Red Tent transcends everything and brings women together to just ‘be’ in a safe and sacred space.”

So is the Red Tent part of the feminist movement?

“Well, firstly, let’s define feminism. My definition of a feminist is someone who believes that all women should be respected, honoured, nurtured, and heard. A feminist wants all women to believe in themselves. A feminist is someone who wants women to muster up the courage to live what they came here to do. I believe we are in the third wave of feminism. The first wave was the right to vote. Then came the second wave which was for equality. But we went out too hard. We burnt ourselves out. And so now the third wave of feminism is about self-care and self-love. It’s about bringing everything back into balance. The Red Tent gives us a place where we can find this balance. We can find sustenance communing with other women within the walls of the Red Tent. This gives us the power and the strength to go out into the world and do our work. Women need this balance.”

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Dr. Isadora, in addition to being a filmmaker, you are also a textile historian. How important is the ‘fabric’ when creating a Red Tent?

“I have personally done over 500 film screenings of ‘Things We Don’t Talk About‘. Each screening is done in a Red Tent. I set up these Red Tents in gardens, churches, houses, forests, community halls and theatres. I have a great love of fabric. I have lived in 18 countries and I am intrigued by the history of fabric. I create amazing Red Tents with beautiful fabrics that I have collected from all over the world. But I know women who simply gather in circle each wearing a red scarf. That’s a Red Tent too. The Red Tent is any embodied space that honours the needs of women.”

Could you share your forward vision for the Red Tent movement?

“I would like to see The Red Tent movement get to places that are not so westernized. I would like to see it grow into places such as Eastern Europe and Asia. I’d like to see the potential that the Red Tent movement has to support women in those countries. I’d also like more international festivals with huge Red Tents. I envision global summits and international symposiums on the Red Tent movement where women from all over the world come to share their experience and their future vision.”

And finally, what about the future vision for your film? Where to from here for ‘The Red Tent Movie: Things We Don’t Talk About’?

“I would like to do lots more film screenings within the US and internationally. And I’d like to make another Red Tent film. The next one would incorporate women’s stories from the global Red Tent movement. I’d like to film women from the Red Tent telling their stories in their own countries, culture and language, and then subtitle them in English.”

When contemporary women are asked what the Red Tent means to them, they share that the Red Tent is “a sacred feminine temple where I can honour myself”, and “home”, and “a place of powerful healing – healing where nothing needs to be done”, and “a place where I can come back to my pack.” There is a gentleness, kindness and realm of support for women within the Red Tent that is not found anywhere else in modern day society. Many women are witness to the powerful outpouring of love that takes place in the Red Tent. Women who have previously felt resistance toward women’s circles because of negative experiences of malevolent or competitive women are being drawn back to reconnect with women within the safe space of the Red Tent. Here, women are being nurtured by each other. Women can enter the Red Tent at any time. This supportive space is no longer just for women at the time of menstruation. The global Red Tent culture offers a place for all women to gather and honour their own individual journey while experiencing oneness with a united sisterhood.

There are often regular monthly gatherings within a Red Tent community. These monthly gatherings might be loosely structured to include movement and music, talks, rest time, craft activities, body work, creative pursuits, pampering, reading, journalling and much more. In addition, Red Tent communities offer open days where women can use the space in whatever way supports their needs.   Workshops or special events held in the Red Tent are often focused on areas that are deeply raw and painful for women. These can include topics such as healing from birth trauma, dialogue about sexual abuse and rape, mother wound healing, and empowerment around the menstrual cycle. Often when women take part in a workshop or retreat, they can experience big shifts only to go back to the ‘real world’ where there is no where to discuss, share, explore, or expand these shifts further. This can be difficult when the work is deep and the processes new. Within the space of the Red Tent, women can find ongoing support around such shifts from other women in the Red Tent community and from the space itself.

It is common within the Red Tent to find teenagers conversing with crones. This is a space where all stages of a woman’s life are recognized and honoured. The sacred trinity of maiden, mother and crone are melded together in a diverse and dynamic group of women defying societal norms on age segregation. It is within the Red Tent that young girls are experiencing powerful coming-of-age circles and empowering mentorship programs. Once again women are guiding girls into womanhood. For the first time in generations girls have a place to go to learn the ways of women. The Red Tent is a collaboration of women. All women have gifts to bring. Some women give massages, as others make tea. Some women bake cakes while others brush hair. Some women read poetry as their sisters are painting toenails. The Red Tent is where all of this can happen simultaneously and with complete spontaneity.

The healing that is taking place in the Red Tent is vital for our planet. When women heal themselves there is a ripple effect that touches their ancestors, their children, and the entire global community. Courageous women all over the world are speaking their stories. Women are finding their voices. When a woman comes to the Red Tent she experiences a ‘homecoming’ and a deep sense of belonging. Each time she returns to the Red Tent she returns home to herself.

© Copyright Teresa Maria Bilowus 2014 All Rights Reserved.

 About the Author

Teresa Maria Bilowus is a facilitator of workshops and retreats pertaining to Women’s Blood Mysteries. She is a Menstruality Empowerment Activist. Teresa facilitates Red Tent Bournemouth (Dorset, UK) and is the founder of Moon Girl Warriors, a powerful coming-of-age mentorship program for girls. Teresa is passionate about giving voice to womb-space wisdom and educating women on the rites-of-passage from menarche to menopause. She studies metaphysics and is a freelance writer. Teresa is the inspired mother of two phenomenal daughters.

Teresa can be contacted at: returntotheredtent@gmail.com

 

For further information on the Red Tent please visit:

Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost – ‘The Red Tent Movie – Things We Don’t Talk About’ http://www.redtentmovie.com/

The Red Tent Temple Movement http://redtenttemplemovement.com/

The Red Tent Directory – UK and Europe http://redtentdirectory.com/

Red Tents In Every Neighbourhood http://www.deannalam.com/global-network/

And for further information about HERSTORY – A Womanifesto (an informative free e-book) please visit the website of Jane Hardwicke Collings: http://www.moonsong.com.au/

 

 

 

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Para todas las mujeres

By Brenda Knight

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

Hay tantas cosas que me gustaría decir acerca de lo que es ser una mujer , especialmente las mujeres que se sienten incomprendidos para cumplir con las expectativas que otros tienen de ellas. Cada mujer es un misterio, esto es algo que sabemos, sentimos y vivimos, por lo tanto, debemos dejar de pretender que no lo somos. Descubrimos las leyes del ser, de vivir y de crear un mundo femenino, profundo, creativo, nutritivo y misterioso. La expresión de la personalidad corresponde con nuestra posición en la vida, lo que pensamos que somos y no que sentimos que somos. La Película, me hizo reír, llorar, pero sobre todo, me hizo recordar …. mis memorias antiguas, cosas con las que me siento familiarizada, como si estuviera soñando o mas bien, sintiendo que ya estuve allí antes…. La pregunta de ¿quién soy yo? y ¿por qué estoy aquí? vino a mi mente ….. y la respuesta a ellos llegó … Acerca de lo que soy, se puede abordar en el nivel de la especie humana dentro del flujo evolutivo de la vida en nuestro planeta , o puede ser abordado en el nivel de la persona individual, tratando de averiguar cuál es la contribución que cada uno de nosotras puede hacer dentro la tarea cósmica y de toda la especie . Y de por qué estoy aquí …. Estoy absolutamente segura de eso …. he recorrido un largo camino, estudiando, observando, viajando, leyendo, uniéndome a otras mujeres,  y en mi corazón yo sé lo que quiero, y quiero que todas las mujeres que comparten mi camino, puedan sentirse poderosas, hermosas, seguras, amadas, nutridas, bienvenidas. Me siento honrada y muy humilde por ser tan afortunada de haber tenido la oportunidad de aprender a través de mi vida todas estas herramientas, de todas las cosas que he aprendido, estoy agradecida, ahora es el momento de compartir, es mi tiempo para extender mis alas y hacer mi tarea cósmica. Quiero que todas las mujeres de mi ciudad y de mi país tengan tiendas rojas ! ! Yo vivo en México , y nuestra historia a través de años ha sido sobre el machismo, las mujeres han sufrido, llevan tantas heridas, que merecen ser escuchados, tener una hermandad, sentirse y saberse diosas !!

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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”.

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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.

www.jardinenlaluna.com

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Talking about the things we don’t talk about

By Hollie B.

Republished with permission from Lunation

You may know dear heart, that I hold Sacred Space with my SisStar Rachel each month for the Canberra Red Tent Experience. What You may not know is that for the past few months I’ve been in a ‘rough patch’ in terms of how I feel about continuing this Red Tent Space.

And in keeping with the theme of Things We Don’t Talk About, I’m gonna share some things with You here. I will say though, that these are my thoughts, and don’t reflect Rachel at all. This is all about me!

When Rachel and I decided to come together to present Canberra Red Tent Experience this year we wanted to honour the terrific film by Isadora Leidenfrost – Red Tent Movie : Things We Don’t Talk About because this groundbreaking media has the potential to heal communities throughout the world. I’ve been following the making of the film and helping support it with financial donations over the past few years and I was so freaking ecstatic when it finally came out.

What strikes me most about this film, even after seeing it four times now, is the Power in hearing women speak their truth. The Red Tent provides a Space, not simply for Women to connect and talk – but IN MY INDIGO OPINION really GOOD Red Tent Experience also provides a Space where Women can be utterly authentic in their feeling – something that we all know is extremely lacking in our society.

(as a side note, yes I do feel that there is such a things as really crap Circle experience too but I’ll save that for another day. Needless to say, I’m incredibly passionate about providing GOOD Circle Experience and always have been)

So our Vision for the Red Tent Experience in Canberra was to create a Space of deep healing where Women could come to speak not only from an authentic place but also to specifically have a chance to reflect upon stories in their life that are usually not talked about. You know, the stuff that’s not polite dinner conversation : like the grief of losing a child, like how it feels to go through life after having been raped, like what being a mother really means to You as an individual, like how You felt when You chose to have an abortion – and how You feel now, like what makes You feel honoured… The deep stuff the stuff that is in our very essence that we’ve never been able to share.

Red Tent Circle with Hollie B. and Rachel Vines - Canberra | Women's Circles

Now this kind of sharing is apparently not for everyone. At least, some people think its not for them. Sharing yourself so fully is frightening. But I know without a doubt that it is the most empowering experience of all. To be utterly raw with yourself in a Space where you are not judged and ARE accepted for being You – is something that creates such healing and freedom.

I write this post as a Space to express that same essence for mySelf. You get my Truth here. I’m a Sagittarian Rooster Indigo Witch (not that I really think labels are necessary ha!) I’ve always spoken about the things others won’t – even as a little kid. I’ve been called tactless, raw, passionate and volatile. It all means the same thing to me – I’ve got the courage to say what I feel. If only more people did!

And that was the reason for this year’s Red Tent Experience. I wanted to provide a rad Space where Women could say what they feel. I’ve been bungin on about going deep with the feeling for long enough now, I suppose in a way this year’s Red Tent series was my final call to arms for Women – to see if they really can make good with their Truth. To see whether all this work I’ve been doing over the years is worth it – to find out whether all the readers and commenters and People who pertain to be Real – are really willing to Be Real.

In our Red Tent Experience there’s no tricks. There’s no special ceremony or clearings or anything fancy that needs to happen. We don’t have a formula for our Circle casting or a specially designed workbook to get through your issues. It’s just a safe Space created by caring People with a strong commitment to the Infinite, unbound Self. Rachel and I have a combined total of over 30 years experience in holding Women’s Space and we take the responsibility of providing the Red Tent extremely seriously – and personally. It can be heart breaking when only 2 people are booked into the Circle, but it is always a lesson in trusting the process. This year I’ve had to get even more clear than ever before about why I’m holding the Red Tent. I’ve had to ask the dreaded question “What’s in this for me?”

I say dreaded question because it is apparently not very appropriate to think about selfish pursuits when you are providing ‘spiritual service’. Like apparently it’s an ‘ego’ thing to think that you should either make money or gain personal healing through a service that is provided to the community. Well I’m here to tell a you darling heart that THAT is a complete load of crap. Because if you’re not getting something from it too, then you’re wasting your time. Life is about YOU. Not about them. We’re here to do our work, and if what you’re doing isn’t giving You what You need, find something that does. P.S. Money is something we all need.

So that’s kind of been my thinking over the past few months. Why am I traveling an hour each way, driving home in the middle of the night on country roads, coming to a Circle for 2 or 3 attendees? What’s in this for me? I’m not making any money. I’m tired and wiped out the next day from the late drive. And I’m connecting with awesome Women who I can see any time because they’re also my friends. You see dear reader, I was all in the head about this. I was trying to make up rational sense of the experience of freeing the Self. Bah!

Do You know what else? That whole 2 or 3 attendee thing only happened once! Often we would only have a couple of people booked in at the start of the week, but by the time the Thursday rolls around, there’s always a pile more bookings. It’s frustrating for organising, but it is the nature of our Canberra culture undoubtedly. Everyone has a busy story.

Red Tent Circle with Hollie B. and Rachel Vines - Canberra | Women's Circles

And then it happened. I gave it over. I let go of the experience and decided to let it be what it will be. I came to the Circle as an equal participant without thinking like a facilitator. I didn’t prepare anything. I didn’t put ‘any effort’ in and just brought myself. And there were way more than 3 attendees! And the words and the tears spilled out and the Women heard me and responded with their own deep Selves and my heart opened and I BECAME the Circle. And I realised that that’s what I’m getting from it.

This experience of the Red Tent is more than what words and rationale can make of it. It is a deep healing experience. It is a growth of empathy and compassion that I wasn’t even aware was missing – and each month it grows more. Being in the Red Tent allows me to question my concerns and puts things into perspective. Even when the theme doesn’t seem that it is related to what’s going on in my own life, I find the commonality that links me with other Women and it opens the gateway to the Space I need healing most in this moment. The Power of this is beyond Power. It is a fierce Primal energy that is Women coming together in their absolute Truth. And I need this like I need air and water and sun. I need to hear the stories of other Women. And I need to share mine.

My experience tells me that when individual Women experience this kind of healing, brought on by no one else’s doing but our own opening of Self, we have a greater Power in our own lives. The healed individual takes their healing out to the world, and is an active part of healing entire communities, simply for having been authentic with her feelings.

For some women it is terrifying. Some of these stories have been laying under the surface, softly – and sometimes not so softly – brewing and bubbling under the covers. The woman may feel like she never had had a safe space to tell her story. Sometimes she hasn’t wanted to talk about her feelings for fear of upsetting people she cares about. She’s never been able to express her feelings for the threat of being told to toughen up, or ‘its about time you moved on’ or whatever other well meaning advice others will give. You see, in a Red Tent Experience, we don’t give advice. We listen. We open. We cry with each other and our reality shifts. We learn things about the world we could never imagine.

Compassion and empathy grow.

Through hearing the stories of other women we heal. I have been witness to some absolutely tragic and horrific stories. I have sat with women as they shed the years of holding onto the fine details of stories too painful for anyone else to hear. I’ve felt the pain of a woman’s heart as I rub her back and her tears spill on the floor. Women who come to be witness in the Circle inevitably find a similarity in a story to something that might otherwise seem unrelated. But it is enough to trigger in her the release of her own pain. And the floodgates open. And healing occurs.

And do You know? We don’t always cry. Sometimes we laugh. I’ve laughed with women at the sheer absurdity and joy of life. I’ve heard filthy jokes in Circle. Women fart too! We heal with our laughter as much as our tears.

I am so eternally grateful for the Red Tent Experience and the Women who attend month after month, as well as the Women who float in and out, as well as the Women who still haven’t quite mustered up the courage to come along yet! I see now that the things that have always been a part of me continue to be a strong aspect of my contribution. I contribute with service to All Living Things by doing that which fills me, fuels me and reminds me why I’m alive. As one of the Women said to me after last month’s Circle, YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU. And she was right. The only thing I didn’t see until that moment is that it always has been working for me, perfectly.

Maia Nie Heya.

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