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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¿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.
Menstrual hut and moon lodge traditions show us that the Red Tent has a history: The idea of a separate women’s space or menstrual hut is not a new idea. Anita Diamant claims that the Red Tent in her book was fictionalized, but is rooted in research from Africa. Menstrual hut and moon lodge traditions shape women’s understanding of the Red Tent as a women’s power space. There are menstrual hut and moon lodge traditions all over the world that date back to 800 C.E and in some places are still practiced today. These spaces offer a unique view of the Red Tent, but do they reinforce or contradict patriarchal oppression?
To learn more about the history of menstrual hut and moon lodges read our new eBook/Audiobook “The Red Tent Movement: A Historical Perspective” by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD and ALisa Starkweather. To purchase the eBook or Audiobook for $9.99 go to http://www.redtentmovie.com/audio-book.html
I look forward to reading your comments below.
Have you ever wondered…
What if you could have your own Red Tent of women in your community?
What if our daughters were brought up to expect some kind of honoring when they had their first period?
What happens in our modern culture when we hold Red Tents for women?
Was there a Red Tent in history?
Where did this tradition come from?
Are you curious to know more…..?
The Red Tent Movement:
A Historical Perspective
by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD and ALisa Starkweather
The Red Tent has a history, but what is it? There are thousands of women across the globe who are bringing forth their gifts as Red Tent leaders in their communities, but where did this tradition come from? “The Red Tent” was novel by Anita Diamant, published in 1997 that gave us a story of women who come together in a menstrual hut, known as the Red Tent. The Red Tent movement has a seventeen-year history, but connects to thousands of years of tradition of women honoring women and creating a world that embraces honesty, and respects for others, our daughters, and ourselves. We are in a new era of history. The healing of our planet is the priority of many committed visionaries. We understand that we are on a precipice and by building a woman-honoring culture we can create a huge paradigm shift one Red Tent at a time.