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How to Celebrate Menstruation

How would our world be different if girls were raised to honor their menstrual time? How would our world be different if our girls had some form of celebration when they first began to menstruate. How would your life be different if you were celebrated? Join us in the virtual “Red Tent” for today’s episode of Red Tent TV. After you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to know… How have you celebrated menstruation?
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I’m Fearless…

The non-ordinary space inside a Red Tent evokes powerful reactions from women. Even a woman who is no stranger to empowerment can be amazed by what she sees…and by the strength of her response.

Join us in the virtual “Red Tent” for today’s episode of Red Tent TV.

After you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to know…

What makes you feel fearless?

I look forward to reading your comments below.

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Enjoy the video and have a fantastic day! Thanks for watching!

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Opening song “Red Tent Temple” by Mother Turtle. http://www.motherturtle.com/

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This fabric has a story to tell…

“We can feel the stories of the women in the fabric.” Much more than decoration, the fabric of our Red Tents bears witness to all that happens within our communities. Year after year, it helps us to remember…

Join us in the virtual “Red Tent” for today’s episode of Red Tent TV.

After you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to know…

What does your Red Tent look like? Can you describe it and the way it makes you feel?

I look forward to reading your comments below.

If you liked this video, subscribe to our channel & sign up for our free weekly episodes of Red Tent TV at http://www.redtent.tv/

Missed my most recent episodes? Watch them here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZGBmANkmSBD1337JiQWbw

Enjoy the video and have a fantastic day! Thanks for watching!

My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZGBmANkmSBD1337JiQWbw
Website: http://www.redtent.tv
Friendship on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redtentfilm

Opening song “Red Tent Temple” by Mother Turtle. http://www.motherturtle.com/

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It’s a space held and created by women…

Deep within, women hold a knowing of what the Red Tent is. Sanctuary, sacred place, healing home: we know it when we see it because it is already inside us. Though it may feel uncomfortable and strange at first, the more we return to it, the more we return to ourselves.

Join us in the virtual “Red Tent” for today’s episode of Red Tent TV.

After you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to know…

What does the Red Tent mean to you?

I look forward to reading your comments below.

If you liked this video, subscribe to our channel & sign up for our free weekly episodes of Red Tent TV at http://www.redtent.tv/

Missed my most recent episodes? Watch them here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZGBmANkmSBD1337JiQWbw

Enjoy the video and have a fantastic day! Thanks for watching!

My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZGBmANkmSBD1337JiQWbw
Website: http://www.redtent.tv
Friendship on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redtentfilm

Opening song “Red Tent Temple” by Mother Turtle. http://www.motherturtle.com/

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April Screenings: Family, Friends, & Leadership

by Jayleigh Lewis

April 2014 was another month of travel and adventure for the Red Tent movie: Things We Don’t Talk About, and for Dr.Isadora, the filmmaker. The film premiered in France on April 1st (although it is not yet subtitled in French) and, as a result, the Red Tent (Tente Rouge) movement is expanding in that country. Meanwhile, Dr. Isadora attended several screenings in Florida and one in Massachusetts, as well as visiting the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI (her alma mater), for two days of Red Tent-related activities, including the RI premiere of the film.

The movie was screened in Gainesville, Florida, on April 12th, for the first time in that city. Caron Cadle, a friend of Dr. Isadora’s and a major donor to the film, who has followed it from the beginning, assisted in the organization of this event. It was sponsored by Wild Iris Books, one of the only feminist bookstores left in the US. The screening itself was held next door at the Civic Media Center, an alternative library and reading room. It was packed; attendees even included a few people who have been following the movie and who just happened to be in Gainesville on spring break! Afterward, the group moved outside to the Red Tent, which had been set up in the courtyard. Luckily for this rare arrangement, the weather was beautiful, and fresh air moved through the space as women blessed each other during the veil dancing ritual.

Gainesville, FL Red Tent movie screening

Gainesville, FL Red Tent movie screening

The next screening took place the next day in Boca Raton, FL. It was sponsored by a local organization, Integrative Counseling and Hypnosis Associates (led by Dr. Melody Smith),that was also one of the film’s endorsers. The venue was Michael’s Body Scenes, a gym—certainly one of the most unique screening venues! Bodybuilders helped Dr. Isadora put up the Red Tent inside a ballet/aerobics studio. The large space was surrounded by mirrors on all sides, so that reflections of the Red Tent appeared to extend as far as the eye could see. This screening was not very well attended due to a large monsoon-like rainstorm that occurred just before and during (although Dr. Isadora’s mother and second cousin did attend—the first time the filmmaker and her mother were both present at a screening), so Dr. Isadora and Dr. Melody made plans for another Red Tent event to be held in this city in October 2014.

Boca Raton, FL Red Tent Movie screening

Boca Raton, FL Red Tent Movie screening

Dr. Isadora then traveled to Sarasota for a screening on April 16th (which her mother also attended—she commented that she appreciated the family support). This screening was held inside a wellness center called Transendance, which offers holistically-oriented classes and coaching. The third Wednesday of every month is their inspirational movie night, and Things We Don’t Talk About was their movie choice for April. The Red Tent was packed; the Q + A session after the movie turned into a group conversation about what in society lifts women up and what tears them down. Women representing multiple different age groups (from 30s to 80s) weighed in on this topic. Continuing the theme of visitors from out of state (wherever you go, there the Red Tent is!), a Red Tent organizer from Ohio who was visiting family in Florida was one of the attendees at this screening.

Sarasota, FL Red Tent Movie Screening

Sarasota, FL Red Tent Movie Screening

On April 19th, the Women’s Collective of Williams College and the Red Tent of Bennington, Vermont co-sponsored a screening at the College in Williamstown, MA. The founder of the Bennington Red Tent, Wendy Lyons, appears in the film. Onscreen, she speaks about how the Red Tent dramatically increased her self-esteem, helping her to transform from someone who didn’t know who she was to someone who truly believes in herself. In one of the short clips that run alongside the film’s credits, she says that she wants to start a Red Tent in Bennington. Five years later, Wendy is a community leader, and her Red Tent is going strong, with about ten regular attendees: a testament to the depth and staying power of the changes she spoke about in the film.

On April 21st, Dr. Isadora returned to the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, the institution from which she graduated in 2004. She was invited to host five different events over the course of two days, during which current students would have the opportunity to hear her speak about her work as well as see Things We Don’t Talk About. These events included a “lunch with the filmmaker,” a talk on leadership that was part of the RISD Leads program (an initiative of the Center for Student Involvement, which, along with Student Development and Counseling Services, co-sponsored Dr. Isadora’s visit), a film screening (and Q + A), a Red Tent, and a seminar the next day that was part of a Psychology of Women and Gender class. Needless to say, it was a busy couple of days! I (Jayleigh) was able to attend three of these events, since I live nearby in Rhode Island; it was the first time since the film’s premiere in September 2012 that I had seen Dr. Isadora in person.

The Red Tent was set up in the Tap Room in RISD’s Memorial Hall, which is one of the school’s community spaces. Fabric (including a red parachute that formed the ceiling) was clipped to light fixtures and pipes, forming an enclosed tent space within the larger room. It needed to be expanded several times to accommodate the large numbers of students that were expected.

As Dr. Isadora answered students’ questions about her work, and about how she got from being a sculpture major ten years ago to being the maker of an award-winning film about women’s community spaces, I realized how relevant what she was saying was to my own life. She emphasized the importance of creativity in leadership, not taking no for an answer, and collaboration via talent exchange. My goals and passions do not easily fit into pre-defined societal boxes, and it’s been all too easy to give up on myself—Dr. Isadora’s talk inspired me to keep looking for unique solutions to what seem like intractable problems.

Towards the end of the talk, which was attended by students, staff, and faculty, community members began trickling in for the movie screening. There was a short break while the room was rearranged, and then the film began. It was the first time I had seen it since 2012, and it was particularly special to watch it while sitting in the same room as three friends, each from a different part of my life (Dr. Isadora, a friend from graduate school, and a friend I know from women’s groups).

Only a few women stayed for the Red Tent; we all seemed to be tired and we only made it through two rounds of the veil dancing ritual. Nevertheless, the beauty and power of the ritual came through. I felt as I danced that I had for a time become again an ancient priestess, able to direct life energy through the swirling veils as they became extensions of my hands, blessing the women who lay on the ground beneath me.

Yes, women’s community is alive and well.

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3 things to do in your Red Tent

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Coast to Coast Screenings

By Jayleigh Lewis

After a December hiatus, Isadora, filmmaker of the Red Tent Movie, Things We Don’t Talk About, was back in attendance at several movie screenings during January 2014.

First up was the Washington, D.C. premiere (one of two for the month, the other being the Kentucky premiere) on January 12th. Sponsored by Birch Moon, an emerging community healing space created by local woman Teresa Duncan, the event was a double feature with two screenings and two Red Tents held back to back. The basement of a home was transformed into a Red Tent space packed with attendees, many of whom were members of two Red Tent communities in the area (Bethesda, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia, both of which were featured in the film). Isadora described the event as low-key and authentic, a gathering of women who enjoyed meaningful networking, good food, and relaxed socializing.

Later in the month, Isadora visited California and attended two more screenings. The first, on January 24th in Topanga Canyon, took place at a home within the canyon. Winding roads led attendees to the top of a mountain; getting to the screening was an adventure in itself! The Topanga Canyon Red Tent community (led by Megan Greene), which has been meeting in the area for the past three years, hosted the event. Twenty women enjoyed the combined screening and Red Tent gathering; these included women of Iranian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, and Mexican descent, making it quite a diverse group. Isadora noted the beauty of hearing many different languages spoken in the Red Tent.

Red Tent Screening, Topanga, CA. Photo by iX-CheL

Red Tent Screening, Topanga, CA. Photo by iX-CheL

The women literally wove themselves together during the talking circle, using a ball of red yarn which they passed across and around, forming a web that grew as each woman spoke. Introducing herself by calling in the names of her matrilineal ancestors, every woman had an opportunity to share what was happening in her life through the lenses of joy and compassion, the themes of the gathering. This was especially poignant for Isadora, whose maternal grandmother passed away in December 2013. “I am Isadora, daughter of Teresa Moorehouse, daughter of Ella Knapp, daughter of Rita Haviland,” she said when it was her turn, affirming the abiding strength of the women whose love helped form the foundation of her life.

The love and strength of the mother-daughter bond was shown in another deeply immediate and tangible form when the mother of host Megan Greene, who is pregnant with her first child, shared with great pride and joy how good it feels to witness and be present with her daughter as she holds life within her body. Matrilineal links are not only something from the past; they are being forged all the time.

The second California screening took place the next day in Canoga Park, at a clubhouse within a retirement community. It was sponsored by the House of the Goddess, a women’s organization that also hosted the Goddess Spirit Rising conference in September 2013. Laura and Delphine (Duffy), leaders of the organization, met Isadora when she attended a Red Tent Movie screening at the conference and asked her to return for another screening for their community. Although the screening and following Red Tent was only attended by about 10 women, due to many members of the community being sick with the flu, Isadora described the experience as fun.

Canoga Park, CA Red Tent Screening.

Canoga Park, CA Red Tent Screening.

Some highlights include:

–One attendee, who is a belly dancer, taught and led a session of belly dance.

–Duffy shared a guided meditation CD she created, leading women through what it might be like to be inside a moon lodge or menstrual hut in ancient times. The CD was such a hit that Isadora was inspired to make it available for sale (coming soon), so more women can have the experience.

–Women participated in an activity seeking to turn the concept of “mean girls,” girls and women who engage in negative self-talk and corresponding destructive behavior, on its head. Phrases that encapsulated the mindset of a “mean girl,” such as, “I’m not good enough,” or, “I gossip about others to make myself feel better,” were placed in a bowl. When women drew them out, they offered a countering message for each, turning them into positive self-talk and constructive, empowering actions.

And that wraps up the January screenings; more screenings to come next month!

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