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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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3 things to do in your Red Tent

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Creativity was in abundance at August screenings

by Jayleigh Lewis

Creativity was in abundance at screenings of the Red Tent movie, Things We Don’t Talk About, during the first weekend of August 2013.

On Friday, August 2nd, the interfaith women’s organization Gaia’s Womb commenced their annual summer women’s retreat in Racine, Wisconsin, a small town on the shore of Lake Michigan. Angie, one of the founders and current director of Gaia’s Womb (as well as pagan minister and women’s spiritual leader), planned this year’s retreat around the theme of the Red Tent. She invited ALisa Starkweather, founder of the Red Tent movement, and Isadora Leidenfrost, Red Tent movie filmmaker, to attend as special guests and presenters.

The weekend-long retreat began with the film screening, the first screening since last September’s premiere to feature the presence of both ALisa and Isadora. Many of the small group of approximately 20 women had attended this annual retreat together for years, but almost none had previously heard of Red Tents. They were in for a treat as they gathered in one of the buildings of Racine’s DeKoven Center, surrounded by architecture evocative of cathedrals and old-style universities.

Unbeknownst to the attendees, at Angie’s direction, the retreat’s coordinators were creating a Red Tent space for the attendees following the film screening. The next morning, the women arrived into this space, finding as if by magic a sacred temple prepared for them. ALisa led one of that day’s workshops, giving the women a firsthand experience of the passion at the heart of the Red Tent movement.

Screening in Indianapolis, IN

Screening in Indianapolis, IN

Meanwhile, Isadora was off to Indianapolis, Indiana, for another movie screening that Saturday, August 3rd. The local chapter of the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess – International (a Goddess-centered, legally recognized religion serving the women’s spiritual community, and one of the endorsers of the Red Tent movie) hosted the screening, as well as a Red Tent gathering, inside a church. Grace and Lia, the organizers, prepared some very unique activities for the gathering.

CabbageThe highlight, according to Isadora, was an activity involving vegetables. Small groups of participants each received a different vegetable which had been cut in half. They were given the instruction to look closely at their vegetable and describe its characteristics, with an eye to seeing it as if for the first time. Each group created a synthesis of their observations and shared it with the gathering as a whole.

Collective expressions ranged from lists to poetry; Isadora’s group wrote a poem inspired by a purple-and-white cabbage:

In life we see life & the many layers

all is connected, a labyrinth

Limbs extended, a woman gives birth

Eight arms for her roles

Center is protected by multiple layers

When placed core to core a spider is formed to weave the breath of life

The spine supports

the ribs wrap; the breasts feed

A tree reaches

Layers are the age of the cruciferous vegetable

revealing the organs to digest experience.

It is a Red Tent.

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The white part of the halved cabbage had transformed in the group members’ imaginations into a woman raising her arms; the purple part had transformed into veil-like layers of fabric hung for a Red Tent. A second image emerged when they put the two halves of the cabbage together core to core: a white spider, limbs outstretched, against a purple background. More images, simultaneously suggestive of a tree and a woman’s body, revealed themselves when the outsides of the two halves were held side by side.

According to Isadora, the process was mind-blowing. This activity and another (a meditation that invited women to listen to sounds from nature with eyes closed) assisted Red Tent participants in expanding their perceptions beyond habit, in reaching toward the beauty of everyday sights and sounds. The fresh perceptions that emerged spoke to the ways in which women’s community is rooted in the natural world as well as the ways in which all life is connected. It was a clear affirmation of the creative power of women coming together!

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