Red Tent Women's Circle
What exactly happens can vary from month to month but it usually runs something like this:
Introductions and couple of words about how your week has been
Relaxation (please bring a light blanket or shawl to get cosy!)
Circle time - different themes to get the talking going - the main point is to listen rather than give advice (and you don't have to speak at all, you are supporting by just being present).
Closing circle - a moment to reflect
It is traditional at a Red Tent to wear something red to symbolise our shared womanhood, this could be as big as an entire red dress or something small like a red pendant!
You are very welcome to bring babes-in-arms. Girls are also welcome - this may be from menarche or earlier if you are happy for them to be up late and listening to frank experiences! The circle is open to all women.
Feel free to bring craft activities to do while we are talking. We could perhaps work on a collective piece - Ideas welcome. Homemade biscuits and cakes are always appreciated for sharing and please bring natural objects to make a centre piece for our circle.
A donation of £3-5 (or whatever you can afford) is requested to cover the cost of running the Red Tent including refreshments, craft materials etc. Any excess will be donated to women's charities. You may choose to bring something in kind.
Many thanks to all of the men that make it possible for us to meet (e.g. by taking care of the little ones). Traditionally men would also meet away from the women - why not set up your own gathering? It seems to me that young men would really benefit from hearing men speak frankly about what concerns them.
See also my Yoga for Women class.
Red Tents are places where women can meet monthly, as they would traditionally have done in many cultures on the New Moon, to share experiences and celebrate the passing of events such as menarche. It is also a place where girls learn about womanhood and femininity. There is something very powerful and validating about sitting in a circle of women. If you have never tried it, please come and try at least once!