Red Tent Ontario was founded in 2015 to fill the need for a meaningful, supportive, safe community of women. Gathering every month, in-person and now virtually, the Red Tent is a beautiful service to humanity.
Why we gather at the New Moon
The moon goes through a repetitive cycle of waxing and waning, from New Moon to Full Moon to New Moon, etc. The entire cycle lasts 28 to 29.5 days (one full menstruation + ovulation cycle).
The cosmic energy of the New Moon marks a fresh beginning. A time to consciously let go of the gains and losses of the old cycle, and plant new seeds of intentions for what you wish to bring forth in your life for the next cycle.
Traditionally, the New Moon, known as the Dark Moon, was a time that all women menstruated. Our modern way of life has since altered our individual cycles. “The Red Tent,” a novel by Anita Diamant, published in 1997 gave us a story of women who came together in a menstrual hut, known as the Red Tent. The Red Tent movement follows a tradition of women honoring women that has lasted thousands of years. Today, we're recreating a world that embraces honesty, trust and respect.
As we get older, we gain the power of perspective and wisdom; an asset gained only by age. We gather momentum through the build-up of experiences and insights. This momentum can contribute value to our society’s vitality, and so, as a community, we do all we can to support, respect and honour our wise-ones. If, as a society, we continue to marginalize and minimize the contributions of our elders, we are overlooking a valuable asset and disregarding a dynamic source of power.
'2020-2030 is THE DECADE OF HEALTHY AGEING'
says The World Health Organization (WHO).
Red Tent Ontario supports, and is committed to, changing the conversation on aging. We aim to eliminate out-dated perceptions, stigmas and predjudices, and our mission is to reshape our society to fully include and respect all women, especially our elders.
Our monthly circle gatherings build a sisterhood. Women of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to share their experiences and insights while the group actively listen. When a woman finds her voice, she finds her power. In the Red Tent, she is listened to, no matter how weak or strong she articulates.
In the circle, all women are considered equals within a safe, caring, accessible environment, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or financial status.
Our objective is to empower women to influence our society so that it may eventually hold these same values.
Our Founder - Debra Jones
Founder of Red Tent Ontario and Regional Coordinator of Gather The Women Global Matrix, she's a Healer, Teacher, Mentor & Author and runs Debra Jones Healing Centre in Dufferin County, Ontario, Canada.
Whether in-person or virtually, here are our
RED TENT PRINCIPLES
A poem by our founder Debra Jones
Sisters, welcome to the Red Tent - take a breath and calm your mind
You are welcome here in circle. Time for you to get aligned
We’re positioned like a wheel, held by the centre’s sacred space
The circle is complete when every woman takes her place
Sitting beside you as an equal - we show up just as we come
There is love here, we are friends here, and respect for everyone
The circle is a vessel that supports your sacred time
It can hold you as you share with us whatever’s on your mind
Whatever’s shared stays confidential to the tent, and not beyond
It’s that trust we share between us that creates the special bond
We can share our own experience, the highs, the lows, the lot
We acknowledge others’ sharing even if they seem distraught
We abandon need to rescue one another from her tears
Just a smile and kind attention lets her know they’re welcome here
We embrace the pause of silence that allows us to reflect
It’s within that space of nothing that our soul can reconnect
Take what you need to take today to fill your well complete
Give what you have to give to any woman that you meet
And when you leave you’ll take away with you - inside your heart
A gentle knowing that you’re loved here, while together or apart
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In 2015,Red Tent Ontario was created as a community project. Thanks to Mel Cocciardi, CJ Shelton & Krys Jones for their input.
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