'Many women feel called to experience something that allows them to break free from the mundane and just reconnect with themselves. The Red Tent offers not only a beautiful but comforting space for women of all ages to journey within each month.
In the Tent there is no judgement and no pressure, just a welcoming environment of women from many paths opening to themselves and offering their support to others. By sharing or simply listening to the stories of other women we help to empower one another to receive the blessings that await us when we acknowledge our sacredness.'
'I have participated in 2 Red Tents and I know that it will be 2 of many more for me. Both were different and both were good for my soul and being. The ambiance is quite indescribable and one has to simply “try it” and be open to the possibilities. Everyone is warm and welcoming with no expectations of each other or agenda ( how odd is that-no agenda ) but it works and just evolves naturally.
' The art of being fully present and kind of leaving all your troubles, woes and to do list on a shelf for 2 hours is so intriguing. I felt completely safe and valued. Whatever anyone said I did not judge, simply listened and appreciated. How nice, how simple and how respectful. Debra Jones has a kind of magic that her presence brings to the Red tent that creates an aura of beauty and calm. I feel that the Red Tent is a gift and when I leave it I am wrapped with a bow spiritually with both an inside and outside smile on my face.'
'I attended a Red Tent that was different than others for me. They are all special but this one left me feeling "lighter, more open" somehow. I released some thoughts and feelings that were not serving me well.'
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Women who are looking to get away from their stress can do so under the red tent. Red Tent Ontario founder Debra Jones says 'red tents' have been around for a long time, dating back to biblical times.
“The Red Tent was a place where the women would go and stay for a length of time by themselves, then come back and integrate into society - and that idea of going within and taking care of yourself, and your soul, is something that we’ve lost in today’s society.”
The gathering lasts for a couple of hours and women can choose how they spend it. “You can wear a sticker to indicate you want time alone or that you want to be sociable - your choice!”
'It was my first time (at the talking circle) and I thought I would go with an open mind and no expectations. Immediately upon arriving to (Debra's) lovely retreat-like home I felt I was welcomed into an atmosphere of warmth and unconditional love.
I'm so glad I gave myself permission to step out of my comfort zone and try something new...although I soon realized, it didn't feel new at all, it felt like I'd come home. I love that you so graciously provide women a place & a path to lovingly journey home toward our authentic selves. I will be back!'
'Thank you for setting up your talking circles. I really appreciate the effort you put into making these opportunities for us all to learn and grow and feel heard and supported.
I feel the ancient wisdom that comes from sharing information, feelings, and experiences in a safe space with other people.
It is easy in these busy times to feel isolated, and talking circles give us a special chance to be with others without judgement, and to know we are not alone but part of a group of people feeling and experiencing very similar things.'
'To be invited to spend time where space is being held for you as you remember who you truly are, and share your truth with like minded sisters, is akin to the feeling of coming home. We enter the talking circle with a vague sense of direction, for example we may be aware of the topic, book or concept, then we join with the exact group of women who were meant to unite. Together we witness the experience unraveling.
Respectfully we are present for one another, allowing each woman to share, to give and receive, without interruption or rescuing or judgement. We nod our heads with knowing expressions and often laugh. There always seems to be just the right recipe for us all to exchange farewell hugs feeling stronger, calmer and more certain of our purpose.'
The Red Tent was novel by Anita Diamant (1997) that gave us a story of women who come together in a menstrual hut, known as the Red Tent.
This concept of a community of women regularly coming together to nurture, support and empower each other appeals to many modern women, and so the Red Tent Movement developed. Now Red Tents are appearing worldwide.
The Red Tent is a sacred space yet does not proclaim any religious affiliation. Ours is a spiritual space where women can come to take care of themselves, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The Red Tent Community is helping women acknowledge their greatness by providing a safe, loving, caring environment to explore and celebrate what it means to be a Woman today.
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