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Movie Red Tent Event: Embracing Change

By Susan Korsnick

In March 2014, twenty-three culturally diverse women, representing every decade from their teens to their seventies, honored the call from deep within to gather in York Pennsylvania’s first Red Tent Event. Coming from as far away as Philadelphia, these women gave themselves the gift of time—time to connect with other women & precious time to reconnect with their highest Selves.

York, PA

The actual Red Tent event only lasted a few short hours but the vortex of positive energy it created lingered for weeks after. Responses from many of the women showed that it was powerful, provocative, & nourishing.

A year ago, I led a discussion of Anita Diamant’s book, The Red Tent, when participants repeatedly asked, “When can we have a Red Tent here?” Good question. I found Dr. Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost’s Red Tent Movie website… where the quote “A Red Tent is a red textile space where women gather to rest, renew, & often share deep & powerful stories about their lives” motivated me to action. The time was ripe to join the movement that has fast become an international phenomenon.

My intention was to provide a safe, nurturing environment where women could rejuvenate body, mind, & spirit. I wanted to create a place where they could be in the company of like-minded women & disconnect from the outside world for just a few hours. No demands, no obligations, no expectations. Just take the time to listen & give your Self what you need.

York, PA

Synchronicity is when the universe hears your heart & answers in mysterious, unexpected ways. Our first Red Tent never could have happened without the many kindred spirits who offered their support. Women helped me set up the space & a couple of men even stopped by to marvel at it & say thanks for what we were doing for the women in their lives; one even said he was jealous that men weren’t invited!

I deliberately scheduled the first Red Tent Event to coincide with the Vernal Equinox, a time that symbolizes new beginnings. While many Red Tents don’t have a theme, ours did. I chose “Embracing Change” because so many women expressed that they were in periods of transition—mothering new babies, facing the possible loneliness of an empty nest, & caring for aging parents. By sitting in council with one another, I called it our Sacred Wisdom Circle, most of us realized that what we were experiencing was not new. We ALL had wisdom to share.

Yes, I created a sacred space for women to gather in community with one another but it was the women who created the magic!

More about the author: Susan Korsnick facilitates Red Tent events in York, Pennsylvania. This post was adapted from her blog post “Red Tent Reality” dated 4/8/14 on http://www.awakenpureyou.com

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Red Tent Rituals Falling Like Soft Grace over Women’s Lives

By Jayleigh Lewis

February 2014 was another light traveling month for Isadora, filmmaker of the Red Tent Movie: Things We Don’t Talk About. She attended just two movie-related events, and only one screening. However, what was lacking in quantity was made up for in quality: included in the events’ heart and soul-warming moments was the “most inspirational experience” Isadora remembers having in her year and a half of touring the country with the film.

Red Tent, Escondido, CA

On February 8th, she returned to Escondido, California, where she had last been in mid-September 2013 shortly after the Goddess Spirit Rising Festival in Malibu. On her previous visit, too exhausted from travel and facilitation to set up the Red Tent, she had held a bare-bones film screening in the Goddess Studio, a sacred temple space on the home property of Amalya, who was one of the festival’s presenters and is also a writer, belly dancer, priestess, teacher, and ceremonialist. However, Amalya, inspired by the Red Tent at the festival, had invited Isadora to return later for a full Red Tent experience in the Goddess Studio. That return took place on February 8th.

This time, the full set of red fabrics came out for an all-day event which quickly became a moving and intimate experience. The four-hour-long Red Tent, attended by eight women and co-hosted by Amalya and Isadora, took place in three parts.

First, the women participated in a ten-minute sound meditation, created by a woman, Duffy, whom Isadora had met at a screening in January. The meditation guides listeners through an imaginative journey into what it might have been like to participate in an ancient moon lodge or menstrual hut. (Isadora plans to make this meditation widely available by selling CDs and offering it at all future Red Tents that she hosts.) As the women lay on the floor in a circle, heads touching, their bodies like sun rays radiating from the center, they realized that the red fabric panels hanging from the ceiling created a yoni shape that could only be seen when looking directly up at them. The power of perspective!

Red Tent, Escondido, CA

Red Tent, Escondido, CA

The next activity was a veil dancing ritual led by Amalya. Drawing on her years of experience with belly dance, she created a gentle ceremony that allowed each woman a chance to feel nurtured and honored. Two at a time, women lay on the floor with their heads touching and were covered with a thin white chiffon veil. Accompanied by a song called “Returning” (sung by artist Jennifer Berevan, a friend of Amalya’s), the other women danced around them with colored veils, holding the intention to bless the women in the center. Then, as a second song by the same artist played (“She Carries Me”), the colored veils were gradually layered on top of the women in the center, forming a cocoon. At just the right time, the veils came away, slowly and gently. Isadora described the experience as being like a birth consisting of nothing but healing energy. Women cried; it was obvious that this type of support reached them deeply. (Isadora now plans to offer this ritual at all future Red Tents that she hosts!)

Finally, there was a talking circle, where women shared their experiences with the veil ritual as well as a bit about what was going on in their lives. The Red Tent closed with singing led by Celia Jorgensen. She offered some well-known songs about the Goddess with lyrics changed to make them about the sacred character of menstruation:

Ceila Jorgenson

“Drops”

Drop to drop,

again and again.

Life goes on;

beginning to end.

Goddess to goddess,

hand in hand.

Woman to woman,

she’ll understand.

 

“Red River”

(Maiden)

Red river is flowing,

flowing and growing.

Red River is flowing back unto Thee.

 

(Mother)

Red River is flowing,

flowing and glowing.

Red River is flowing back unto Thee.

 

(Crone)

River Red River is flowing,

going and knowing.

Red river is flowing back unto Thee.

 

Goddess carry me.

A woman I will always be.

Goddess, carry me back unto Thee.

Escondido, CA

After this Red Tent, which with its tears, laughter, and “aha moments for all of us,” qualifies as Isadora’s “most inspirational” film touring experience so far, the day concluded with dinner in Amalya’s house and a movie screening. Nine more women showed up for the screening, including Roberta Cantow, a documentary filmmaker who created a three-part film about honoring menstruation, called Bloodtime Moontime Dreamtime: Women Bringing Forth Change. Roberta was one of Isadora’s inspirations and influences as she was creating the Red Tent movie. It was thus very meaningful to have her present for a screening—inspiration had clearly come full circle.

Isadora’s Chicago home was the site of the next Red Tent, on Sunday, February 23rd. Ever since she moved to the city in the summer of 2012, just before Things We Don’t Talk About was released, her community has supported her as she has traveled and worked on behalf of the film. Now it was time for those community members to experience a Red Tent for themselves. The event, which lasted seven hours, was an extravaganza of self-care, as women gathered, rested, ate chili, drank tea, polished their nails, and gave and received foot rubs. Two very young baby boys, neither older than eight months, were present with their mothers. Nurturing was in the air.

Red Tent, Chicago, IL (in the filmmaker's home)

Red Tent, Chicago, IL (in the filmmaker’s home)

And, for Isadora, it was particularly special because her mother-in-law, a longtime supporter of the Red Tent movement and film, was there for her very first Red Tent experience. Nervousness quickly gave way to relaxation as she received a foot rub from her daughter-in-law; the two women bonded in a new way.

The day included a veil dancing ritual inspired by the one Isadora experienced in Escondido; like a seed on the wind, it is already traveling. This ritual and others like it, grown in the womb of the Red Tent, are falling like soft grace over women’s lives, welcomed by first one community, then another. May they facilitate the holy birthing of more and more women into their true selves.

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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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Invitation to Our Pre-Event Before the Women’s Belly and Womb Conference

by ALisa Starkweather, co-producer of ‘Things We Don’t Talk About”

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