A Sacred Space and a Sacred Movement for Womyn
What is the Red Tent?
The Red Tent is a sacred space for womyn – an open and comfortable environment that is lush in sensual colors and fabrics. In the Red Tent, we honor our collective experiences as womyn; we support and respect each wommon who finds her place in this collective. We ask that each person who visits the space or who attends a workshop respect and honor our yonis, our wombs, our moontimes and our collective and personal truths. If you embody the Divine Feminine, you are welcome.
During the Blue Ridge Beltane festival, the Red Tent is open Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm.
Womyn only: If you identify with and embody the Divine Feminine, you are welcome to join your sisters as we support, respect and celebrate each other in the Red Tent.
A word from Denise Cumor, Red Tent Coordinator for Blue Ridge Beltane
“I first set out to create a sacred space where womyn can explore their sexuality and learn about reproductive health. After reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, I was compelled to learn more about empowering with your moon cycles and wanted to somehow integrate this knowledge into the sacred space. This just made sense to me. After a year of doing this work, it was amazing to discover other womyn had the same calling and Red Tents have now manifested all over the world. I am very proud to be a part of this celebration and to be a part of reclaiming the tradition of moon lodges and to facilitate sacred space for womyn. What you will find in this Red Tent is an open and comfortable environment that is lush in sensual colors and fabrics. A place of empowerment and healing. The Red Tent is open to every womyn from those who have just begun their moon times to the wise crones of the community.” – Denise Cumor, Red Tent Coordinator, Blue Ridge Beltane
Inspiring words …
The Red Tent is a phenomenon and a movement that is unique to women. Inspired by the bestselling novel of the Old Testament, The Red Tent (1997) by Anita Diamant, women have spontaneously created a contemporary tradition of red fabric “tent” spaces that honor and promote women’s healing. – “Things We Don’t Talk About:” Women’s Wisdom from the Red Tent, The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, January 28, 2011
“With its ability to address social problems, reflect values, knowledge, and the basic feelings of women, the Red Tent fulfils a constellation of gendered societal needs: To create a place that honors and celebrates women; enable open conversations about the things that women don’t want to talk about in other venues; promote positive ideals for womanhood; educate women about their bodies; educate women about natural menstrual remedies; create an open dialogue about sex; share birthing information; discuss issues of body image and self-acceptance; provide a place where women’s voices can be heard; to provide a spiritual place for women where they can laugh, cry, sing, dance, give each other back or foot rubs, play with face and body painting, give or receive massage and other types of body work, tell stories, eat soup, drink tea, sleep, meditate, journal, share poetry, create artwork, knit … just to name a few!” – Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, from the FAQs, www.RedTentMovie.com
Denise “Dirty Mother” Cumor
Red Tent Coordinator
Dirty Mother is a Goddess-worshipping, sacred sexuality feminist who defies the patriarchal paradigm by following her own intuitive path through creative expression and her commitment to empower womyn (and men) in the arts and history of sexuality and divine feminine worship. Growing up in our culture where womyn are objectified, abused, and shamed, she found herself being pushed under and began her reclamation as a young adult.
Experiences that have strengthened her commitment: Clerk at the feminist/lesbian 31st St Book Store in Baltimore, working as a stripper for four years on Baltimore’s infamous ‘Block;’ teaching OB-GYN protocol to medical students with Johns Hopkins; a decade of costume design in the Baltimore theater community; directing and acting in various productions of The Vagina Monologues; a brief three-year purgatory in the corporate world as an event planner, event coordinator for the Spiral Dance Women’s Center, where she also taught sex and reproductive health workshops; vending and educating for over 10 years in the mid-Atlantic Pagan community with her version of The Red Tent; facilitating the annual adult only, Scarlet Temple at THE Beltane and the Inner Sanctum at Blue Ridge Beltane. She has been making music and writing poetry for over 20 years. Creating art, music, and sacred space for womyn has been her joy and salvation.
We are working on an up-to-date schedule of activities for Blue Ridge Beltane’s 2019 Red Tent. In the meantime, check out what we offered in 2018!
Schedule for 2018
FRIDAY, May 18
1-3pm: All Womyn’s Red Tent Gathering
Let us gather together to create sacred space and raise Divine Feminine energy in the Red Tent, for each other, our beloved tribe, and the land. This is a great way to let go of the mundane, as well as ground, empower and connect with the womyn on the land. Please bring what you need to release, what you want to embrace, drums, songs, prayers, food to share and offerings to your Sisters and the Goddess. If you identify as female, you are welcome.
SATURDAY, May 19
12:30-2:30pm: Red Tent Gathering: Me, Too … What Next?
[18+ Womyn Only] This year has been one of reveal and revelations, as masks shattered, veils were removed and we sought and found courage to bring truth and true form into the light through the #MeToo movement. Are you included in this number, looking for a way to express, a way to heal, a way to contribute to change? We will gather and share our truths, shed our silence and transform our fear into an awakening, creating space to envision tangible action for change in our communities. This Red Tent will give womyn the opportunity to speak their own personal truths, hold space for one another and through a guided meditation empower ourselves to be strong voices in our communities. As the foundations of misogyny continue to crack and crumble, we can heal and plant seeds for change.
4-5:30pm: Embracing the Dark Goddess
[18+ Womyn Only] Traditions of the Dark Goddess are many and incredibly diverse, yet they all hold within them core truths representing some of the most frightening aspects of our individual paths: destruction and death; fears we have yet to face; and mysteries that we have yet to uncover. If we could learn to embrace Her, releasing fear of the dark shadows within our own sexuality, we would see that She holds within Her the wisdom and strength that we need to heal ourselves emotionally and to become more empowered and spiritually connected. In this discussion,we will explore some of the traditions of the Dark Goddess and answer questions, such as: What are Her connections to our sacred sexuality? How do we engage Her wisdom and respond? What might our lives look like when empowered by the Dark Goddess within all of us? If you identify as female, you are welcome.