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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”.

www.jardinenlaluna.com

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The Red Tent Movie premiere’s in Colorado

by Jayleigh Lewis

Women gathered to create Red Tent spaces in two locations in Colorado on July 20th and 21st 2013, hosting screenings of the Red Tent movie Things We Don’t Talk About as well as Q&A sessions with Isadora, the filmmaker.

Fort Collins, CO Premiere

Fort Collins, CO Premiere

The Red Tent community in Boulder transformed a yoga studio into sacred space for the Colorado Premiere. In this progressive college town in the foothills of the Rockies, they transformed the space using floor red coverings and Christmas lights and the women and the men shared great conversation and stories after the movie. Elena and Aditi, co-hosts of Boulder’s monthly Red Tent (which for a time was one of the only permanent Red Tents in the country, a dedicated space rather than one created and dismantled at every gathering), each spoke from personal experience about spaces that honor the feminine.

Elena spoke about what it was like to bring Red Tent space to a local women’s domestic abuse shelter. The women there mostly spoke Spanish; Elena’s words to them were translated by the woman in charge of the shelter. The women shared with Elena that having the Red Tent brought to them, through words spoken in their own language, helped them to feel safe.

Aditi had just returned from a trip to India, where she had participated in a festival honoring the menstruating goddess. This annual festival, called Ambubachi Mela, takes place in a temple in Assam and includes a period of three days where the goddess known as Kamakhya is believed to be menstruating. The temple is closed during this time to honor her. Aditi’s sharing at the screening opened the minds and imaginations of those present to the concept of the divinity of menstruation.

Fort Collins, CO Premiere

Fort Collins, CO Premiere

The next day, the history-rich plains town of Fort Collins was the site of the next movie screening. There is not yet a Red Tent community in this town, but the event was hosted in a New Age-style church by Leslie and Tracee, locals who work to empower women and girls. Leslie hosts a radio show (which three years ago featured an interview with Isadora) called Holy Hormones Honey! She is an author and researcher focusing on how hormonal changes during women’s menstrual cycles affect their well-being on all levels. Tracee is also an author as well as a community leader who works to revolutionize the way we think about raising girls, emphasizing the importance of helping them to know and experience their own power.

Fort Collins, CO Premiere

Fort Collins, CO Premiere

Isadora’s traveling red fabric wall hangings adorned the space where, after the screening, Leslie celebrated her 60th birthday with delicious cupcakes. The Q and A session featured long, depth-filled conversations. One woman found the courage to speak of the fear she had experienced at the beginning of the gathering upon walking into a room full of other women. She went on to share that as she sat in the space and listened to women speak, she began to overcome her fear and to imagine what might be possible if she had sisterhood in her life.

Each event was a precious pause in time and space during which participants experienced real-life women’s community as well as witnessing it onscreen.

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