We have shared our secrets and bore witness to each other’s defeats and triumphs. We have tenderly held each other when needed and fiercely protected the sacredness of our Temple when it was desecrated by a Keeper. We grew quickly during the first six months as an ‘open to the public’ event – our womb swelling with up to 30 women in one gathering – month after month. We closed our doors when safety became a concern, then opened them to ‘invitation only’ events. We have learned many lessons and continue to grow and change with the shifting tides. Adjusting to the pandemic climate, we now meet online in order to maintain the gifts our Sisterhood brings. In doing so, our Red Tent has become available to those women close to our Sister’s hearts that live outside the Colorado Springs area. Of which, I am THRILLED to spread our outreach to women across the globe, while still maintaining the safety and care of our Sisterhood and the integrity of our Temple.
We have ceremonialists with decade’s worth of experience, some have formal training, others have the gift of sight beyond this realm of consciousness bringing teachings from beyond – all hearing the call to share something from their heart with us. We have brave warrior women who face their fears of public speaking to gift us with their teachings. We provide assistance to any woman who has desired to step into the role of Priestess should she ask for it to nurture our Sister’s growth. We hold our Priestesses in such high regard, she is the only person to receive monetary benefit in all of Tent. Neither the Keepers nor Mother take a single penny for the work they do behind the scenes to keep the hearth fire burning. When meeting in our Sister’s homes we thank her for creating sacred space for us in her home with the gift of a Goddess statue blessed prior to ceremony.
We have held a Director’s Screening of the film, Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent, a Naming Ceremony, a Queening Ceremony, and offer a monthly opportunity for women to be seen, to be heard, and for a few hours to not be a spouse or partner, mother, supervisor or employee but rather, a sovereign autonomous being who is defined by her own, ‘I AM’ resonance.
We have created a Keeper of Temple tradition where volunteers step forward into a leadership role to hold the fabric of our Tent, tend to the hearth fire throughout the month, and gift hours of service behind the scenes to ensure we are providing the very best opportunity for each other. These woman are the very bones of our Temple. In this role, we offer our Keepers opportunities to step into positions of leadership sometimes for the first time. This can be a demanding call to be in the Doing and Being space of the Goddess, setting and holding boundaries. They are asked to manage the many twists and turns time brings to maintain balance for the collective of our Sisterhood. Much of this goes unseen, unacknowledged, and without thanks.
While I have spent much time highlighting the movers and shakers that allow Tent to continue, we would not be here or able to serve were it not for the women who attend. There is SO MUCH we have experienced during the past six years and, I am in deep gratitude to EVERY SINGLE WOMAN who has ever attended a Red Tent event. I am in awe and inspired by the women – my Sisters – who show up month after month to receive the Goddess Blessing placed on their foreheads with rose oil, leave their roles behind for a few hours, speak their names into our sacred Sisterhood, and receive the blessing our Priestess teachings offer.
I am proud to be the Mother of our Red Tent and I am honored to serve. I thank you deeply for being a part of this journey with me. For being present in your lives. For wanting to learn ways to empower yourselves. For desiring to know of a world where your sons and daughters grow to love, honor, and respect themselves and therefore others.
My heart, radiating with love, to yours, Beauty.