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What is the Red Tent?
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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
“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.”
'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.'
'I have participated in 2 Red Tents thus far but 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.'
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.
worthy | supported | safe | empowered | encouraged | loved
Art by CJ Shelton