I recalled something that Zilpah had told me when I was a child in the red tent, and far too young to understand her meaning. “We are all born of the same mother,” she said. After a lifetime, I knew that to be true.
-Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
Sunday 2 June 2013, 1:00 pm
By Donation, Free Parking
Theme 2013: Love Your Belly!
Calling all Maidens, Mothers and Crones! Come, celebrate your belly! Don’t be shy -the bigger the belly the better. Who says the belly has to be slender and chiselled? Not us!!! It is perfect however it is – large or small, flat or round. Bring your pregnant belly. Your flabby belly. Your flat belly. Your fat belly. Bring your stretch marks and your surgical scars, for these are the tracks of your life. Bring your belly rings! We want you to love your belly!!!!!!!
Your belly is the beautiful centre of your body. It is where children are conceived, nourished and grown. Through your belly button, you are linked to your ancestor women. Touch your belly button and you touch all the women in your matri-lineage, going all the way back to mitochondrial Eve.
In this Great Gathering, the women who gather under the sacred safety of the Red Tent will spend time loving, and lavishing attention on this most sacred part of our body. If you ever wanted to dance with your belly, this is your chance. Come and dance with us. Share our laughter. Share our great celebration of life itself.
In this celebration, we will be joined by belly dancing professional, Tamara. Can’t dance or stand for long periods of time? No problem. You can dance in a chair. You can wriggle on the floor. You can just enjoy the energy that swirls around you.
What to bring: A red shawl or piece of fabric (another colour will do if you don’t have red) to wrap around your hips or waist or a belly dancing skirt. Feel free to bring maracas, castanets, anything that will make your dance of life more joyful.
Your belly is aching for this. Your soft underbelly is screaming “YES”. Women of the Red Tent, you may have despaired of your bellies long enough. Dance, Dance and when you have had a belly full, Dance some more. Belly Be – oops – we mean Blessed Be!
Red Tent -Maiden, Mother, Crone Series
In addition to the June Great Gathering, we are pleased to raise 3 smaller more intimate Red Tent Circles to reflect upon, celebrate and explore the depth of our journey into the deeper aspects of the feminine: Maiden, Mother, Crone.
Mother - Sunday 22 September 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Crone - Sunday 12 January 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
We are exploring the idea that the transitions between phases are not always linear and that each phase of a woman’s transformation also cycles with its own phases of waxing, fullness and waning. For example, a Maiden who is heading off to University or career may see herself in the Mothering time of expectancy and new birth. A Mother who watches her children leave the nest, may see herself in the Crone years of motherhood. A newly retired Crone may see herself in the Maidenhood of her Crone years.
Please join us however and wherever you feel called to join us. You may attend one, all or none of the smaller Circles and still enjoy the Great Gathering in June. We are looking forward to seeing you. Check the website for more information. While registration is not required, we would appreciate knowing if you will attend so we can make a place for you.
"If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully….The more a daughter knows about the details of her mother's life - without flinching or whining - the stronger the daughter."
-Anita Diamant, The Red Tent