The RED TENT also known as a moon lodge, menstrual hut or dark moon meeting, was brought back into mainstream popular culture by the 1997 novel The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It was a place where women would traditionally gather each month to offer and receive support, sanctity channel wisdom, meditate and find solace in sisterhood. It is about women meeting their own needs, respecting and understanding their cycles and their bodies, fuelling their well-being by the accepting and supportive company of women, allowing them to leave feeling rejuvenated and connected.
The Red Tent Circles are a sacred space aligned with the natural lunar cycles for women where we can learn to reclaim our power and light as divine and loving goddesses that we are. These monthly events enable us to align with our inner self, other women and the greater cycles as we gather at the new moon to reflect upon the lessons of our last lunar cycle and focus and intention for the coming month.
Many cultures including Native Americans, Chinese and Africans had lodges or places set up specifically for a woman’s moon time. It is said that at one time in humanity’s history, all women within the community would bleed at the same time, often in time with the moon phases. Ovulation would be the full moon, and menstruation would be the new moon, the dark time. This is where ‘moon time’ comes from.
So many women in today society are so focused on getting through each day, fulfilling roles and pleasing everyone that they forget about themselves and who they actually are. Losing their identity, their direction, their purpose and often resulting in high anxiety levels and depression. The Red Tents are places where you don’t have to be a mother, daughter, wife, taxi driver, nursemaid, etc, you can just be you, and know that you will be loved and accepted for who you are. It’s a place to just “BE”.
Traditionally young maidens would first attend the red tent when they had their first menarche (first period). There they would learn about their fertility cycles, the effect of the lunar & seasonal cycles on women’s emotions, energy levels & psychological well being, as well as how to balance those cycles for greater harmony, womanhood, from the wisdom of the higher Matriarchy in the sisterhood.
All women are welcome at our meetings, no matter where you are in your life journey; Fertility, motherhood, grandmother, menstruating, peri-menopause, menopause, even women who have had surgical procedures to remove some or part of their womb. More and more women are awakening to the importance of honouring the female cycle.
Ask yourself what you need? Will honouring your female cycle help your life, your healing journey and how you think of yourself and others? If you feel stuck in your fertility journey, resentment toward your body because you are not yet pregnant, or you have fertility healing that needs to be addressed. Are you grieving because you can no longer bear children, or struggling with the menopause? Honouring your female cycle can be an important step in the process of healing yourself from within.
Our regular monthly meetings are currently held at Tania’s house.
We open our circle by welcoming in all directions using smudge, followed by a welcome ritual, creating a sacred space. We then allow the evening to flow, a time to speak, share and reflect and a time to meditate, within a circle of supportive women.
Come as you are, as you are enough
Be sure to register for the event, as spaces are limited.
Dates for 2019
10th January , 7th February, 7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July, 1st August, 29th August, 26th September, 31st October, 28th November, 12th December