What is a RED TENT/MOON LODGE?
by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.
A time honored tradition of the Native American women, the Red Tent or Moon Lodge was a sacred space that was created for the women of the tribe to take refuge during menstruation in order to cleanse their mind, body, and spirit. The Moon-Lodge was a place where the young girls, prepubescent, and the elder women of the tribe would gather to care for those going through menstruation/moon-time. It is here that the women would come together and share their experience, strength and hope through monthly cycles to and through menopause.
Women, now more than ever, are seeking out support and connection with other women. Women are seeking this type of experience and opportunity, not just for themselves, but for their daughters. Today, women have started to resurrect this time honored tradition and have monthly gatherings in order to allow women to gather together to speak open and honestly, pamper one another, listen to one another, share their experiences, talk about their hopes and dreams, rest, meditate, be artistic/creative, read special texts, which then inspire change, passion, creativity and most importantly, the EMPOWERMENT of women.
Once the Red Tent/Moon Lodge is in monthly rotation—women of the lodge will work together, each taking the lead in order to organize each month, sharing the responsibility of the lodge. It becomes a large group of women helping to organize and take the lead each month in order to bring new ideas and information into the group. Many Red Tent/Moon Lodges are “traveling” meaning the location will rotate each month as women open their home in order to host the event.
I, for one, am grateful for the resurrection of this time honored tradition to honor women. If you have never attended a Red Tent/Moon Lodge, and you are moving into a space where you want to connect with other women, I highly suggest looking in your area for the next gathering, join in, and experience the deep connection of women helping women.
Saundra Berry, C.Ht.
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