Women's Healing Space
Notes from our Autumn Red Tent at MotherRoots
We gathered with other women for a restorative, relaxing evening where we could take off all the masks and "should's" and responsibilities of daily life and we allowed ourselves to simply BE...
The Earth poured forth her blessings at harvest time and we had so much to be grateful for!
One evening of deep peace in the Women's Red Tent can fill your well, nourish you, strengthen your soul and revitalize your body.
In the Red Tent women are welcome to participate (or not) in many different activities. There are nourishing soups and teas, snacks and desserts brought by women volunteers. One can rest or nap, sing or chant, tell their story, write in ones journal. There is always an art table set up with lots of paper, colored markers, sparkles, glue and one or two special projects. On this evening women made labyrinths and other designs of great beauty.
One of the favorite things of so many is the Divination Table. There are so many different kinds of divination cards to choose from including a special hand-made set I made that I call Wisdom From the Crone...it is a black velvet bag willed with magical trinkets...a skeleton key, a piece of lava, a medallion from Aruba, a Lion earring...There are tarot cards of every sort and animal totem cards and you-name-it!
We always have a talking circle that includes sharing around the group by those who feel comfortable to do so and there is singing and chanting and drumming and rattling together.
If you love to read, there are a million books to choose from! And some of us come to these gatherings to do nothing at all...We sit. We close our eyes. We listen to the sacred music surrounding us while we rest in the healing space of the Red Tent surrounded by pillows and fabric and the scent of white sage burning and the candles glowing and peaceful.
One of my personal favorite things to do is to sit at the altar and do one of many small rituals that are offered and suggested by me for the women who visit. An altar is set up that honors the energies of the season as well as the phase and constellation of the moon on any particular evening.
On and around the altar are hand-written cards with several suggestions for rituals one might do while sitting at the altar. There are questions for reflection, special anointing oils, spiritual messages to choose from and often small symbolic things to walk away with.... "Hold onto this piece of corn, close your eyes, and begin to think of what you love in this world. Let this corn symbolize everything you are most grateful for in your life. Toss this into the wind on your ride home with a thousand blessings and thanks to the Universe for all the gifts you have received! And imagine that as it lands in the river you are driving over, or in the field beside you, it turn into a bright blessing for someone in need!"
For more information on our Red Tent, visit the Red Tent at MotherRoots link on the right-hand column of this page.