The Women Have Spoken...
See the Red Tent Councils words on how Red Earth will hold Red Tent now through Spring Equinox 2020:
The Red Tent at Red Earth Herbal Gathering’s annual event will be open to girls of all ages UNLESS it is during a WOMAN only (14 and older and able to sit in ceremony) time which will be marked at the entrance and on the schedule. Boys are not allowed unless they are babes in arms (pre-crawling). It is the responsibility of the mothers to be sure their children are not disruptive of the energy in the Red Tent, and the Red Tent priestess reserves the right to ask the disruptive children to leave (via the care provider).
*****Please let us know if you have any questions or clarifications. There are many ideas brewing behind the scenes; such as childcare on site of the Red Tent monthly gathering. ****
Part the veils and step over the threshold into sacred space (located in the tipi). The Red Tent, also known as a moonlodge, is where women gather apart from the day-to-day chores of the community to share and receive wisdom. In offering this space, we do not necessarily seek to recreate the traditions of other times/cultures, rather we seek to create space within our present reality to honor the sanctity of womon’s experience of menarche, menstruation and menopause. All women, no matter where on their menstrual or life cycle are welcome.
The Red Tent will be open all day, with some focused time during lunch, dinner and in the evening. The space will be priestessed by experienced Red Tent keepers.
Come dear ones…
who dance the threshold of childhood and wombmoonhood
who are beholden unto themselves.
Come dear ones…
who bleed without dying,
who feed and nourish the earth with your blood.
Come dear ones…
who feed and nourish the next generation with your power and creativity,
who hold your wise blood inside and teach peace and truth.
Come dear ones…
Honor your cycles, honor wombspace,
Join us in the Red Tent!
The Red Tent is here to hold you during inward moments, in moments where you need to rest or have a desire for connection with yourself, your womb, or your sisters in a shared quiet space.
The Red Tent is intended to be a womb for you, nourishing you in whatever way you uniquely need: into health, clarity, connection, love, power, beauty, grace, peace.
There will be times in the Red Tent where you can go in, remain, and leave without a word completely in your own inward space.
There will be times when a circle is held for you to connect with other women who have a similar interest or connect with other women in a simple talking circle of sharing our present moment heart.
We will post a schedule about times when specific events will take place, times when healing will be offered, times specifically for women only (adult) sharing, and the other times when it is simply an open space for you to go to and be with yourself or another if you both are organically drawn to connecting.
-Leela and Lorene
I was raised in the Goddess tradition. I grew up tending the home goddess space that was changed with the seasons and circling with other families to celebrate the 8 high holidays of the pagan calendar. At my menarche my mom gathered a circle of women to honor me. Informed by these early experiences I began to host and facilitate both pagan holiday rituals and women's circles often with Red Earth organizer, Astrid Grove my dear friend of 20 years. I continue to facilitate Red Tents and pagan ceremonies to this day. Along the way I have been enriched by many amazing teachings- most notably, I lived with Susun Weed for a total of 6 months partaking in her shamanic herbal apprenticeship; i studied Buddhism with many teachers and teach a meditative dance form through the sangha of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche; I completed a 4year Tibetan Medicine program giving me equivalent knowledge of the doctors of the Tibet. I am excited and honored to hold the Red Tent at Red Earth Herbal Gathering 2019.
You can find out more about my practice at: Leelaparker.com
Lorene Wapotich is the Founder and Director of Feet on the Earth Programs, a non-profit organization in Boulder, CO creating regenerative culture and community by mentoring children into healthy young adults through deep nature connection and community-based rites of passage. She is also a founding member of the boulder red tent collective and have held red tents across the US at various gatherings and events. Lorene is a dynamic teacher, passionate speaker, and national lecturer and workshop leader on girls coming of age ceremonies and rites of passage. Her first book, a memoir, has just been released, and she is currently working on her next book: Her Feet on the Earth, Her Place in the Circle: Creating Nature-Based Rites of Passage for Girls and Women, which guides parents and community members in how to create powerful coming of age ceremonies for girls and adulthood initiations for women. Lorene has 25 years experience as an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition, an outdoor educator, and a wilderness guide. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Wilderness Leadership and Natural History Education and a Masters in Education. Her thesis focused on female development, nature-based mentoring, and rites of passage.