In many ancient traditions throughout the world, the Red Tent or Moonlodge was a place where women would gather each month to meditate, share their experiences, support each other emotionally, and honor their sacred feminine cycles. The Red Tent was a mystical gathering where women would be initiated into Women’s Mysteries, shared and passed down knowledge that was otherwise unspeakable. Young girls would learn about their fertility cycles, the relationship of a women’s cycle with the moon and the natural cycles of the earth. The Red Tent provided a safe space to learn and teach what it means to be a woman, how to harness the innate mystical powers that lie in a woman’s womb, how to heal and live in harmony with the earth.
Nowadays, much of this knowledge is still unspoken and a lot has been lost when women stopped gathering in circles. That’s why a new Red Tent Movement was started by several different women and groups all around the world. Many women, like myself, feel that there is this secret knowledge that has never been passed down to us, and we seek to learn and share whatever we can. I am part of the new generation of women who want to bring some of that old tradition back, and create new safe spaces for women to explore and share what it means to be a woman. Many new circles are born and reflect the need for women’s wisdom in this world.
The Red Tent Circle holds the intention of healing and transformation for each individual woman, but also for the sisterhood and the greater collective. We gather at the time of the New Moon, when our energy turns more inward (it also used to be the time when most women menstruate) and when we feel a greater need to rest and nourish ourselves. This is a time for deep reflection where we focus on our inner needs, let go of the old and set new intentions for the coming month.
I understand and guide the Red Tent as a place where each woman gets to see, hear, and experience herself as the main source of inner wisdom. In my view, all we need to know is already inside us and just needs to be allowed to be expressed. Therefore the main focus of these circles is to dive deep into our intuition and to learn to connect with our inner guidance. Also, the Red Tent is a place to share experiences, talk about things that might still be unspoken outside the circle, and learn from other women. This is why we seek to establish a safe space that is free of judgment, competition, comparison, and the confinements of our society. We meet eye to eye and heart to heart, listening to each others stories, sharing visions, wishes, and dreams, as well as fears and troubles. The focus of the circle is to help each woman grow to her full potential, in her own way and pace.