There are many different ways to do a Red Tent Circle, so here I will describe my personal approach to guiding the circle. I was trained to lead circles by an Australian woman named Tanishka (themoonwoman.com), who is a writer and teacher of women’s mysteries.
The circle experience that I want to facilitate is very much focused on helping each woman to tap into her own unique wisdom and intuition. Therefore I work a lot with guided meditations, writing and art exercises, and setting personal intentions. Another central element is the Sharing Circle, which I actually call the Listening Circle, where each woman speaks from her heart, meaning that she can say anything and will not be judged, analyzed, or commented by the other women. This is the part of the circle that honors each individual story, it allows each woman to get into the places where she is most vulnerable, and to freely express what might be hidden or suppressed in everyday life. The other women are merely there to witness, protect, and support her during that process of self-exploration and expression. Each woman gets time to basically talk to herself, hear her own experience spoken out loud, find her own blockages, and create her own solutions without any interference. The goal of the circle is not to fix anyone or to lament and explain your problems to others, but to openly go inside yourself and look at what is there, then to express it and to go on a self-healing path from there.
In addition to these self-explorations we will chant together and have a ceremony to honor the elements and the powers of the moon. The chanting is another way to go deep inside yourself, it helps to experience and open your own voice, and clear blockages that you might have in expressing yourself freely. Many of the chants that I work with are mere sounds, repetitive and quite monotonous, they help the brain to stop thinking for a moment, they are active meditations, and can induce a trance state in which you will experience how your own voice makes your whole body vibrate. Hence, the chants are not meant for an audience, but for the inner ear.
The ceremonies that we will perform, to me, represent a way to re-connect to the knowledge and guidance of those who walked this earth before us, and to also get in touch with the natural world, the elements, earth and skies. Each Red Tent Circle has a broad topic that corresponds to the astrological sign of the New Moon, and will be reflected in meditations, chants, ceremony and the different exercises (so when the moon is for example in Cancer, we will explore water themes, emotional needs, and how to create more harmony in our lives). My overall goal is to allow you to align with your own moon cycle as well as the greater natural cycles, to help you strengthen your intuition, gain trust in your inner wisdom, and to help you connect to other women in a deeply healing way.
After the circle we will reserve some time to share food and to just mingle, chat, and to get to know each other in a more casual way.