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 womyn 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
“With its ability to address social problems, reflect values, knowledge, and the basic feelings of women, the Red Tent fulfills 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.
Sadira brings her passion for performance, art, and dance to illustrate and story-tell. She has enjoyed years of dancing in troupes, leading workshops, and dancing on various stages and venues like BRB since the early 2000s. While being strongly rooted in tribal fusion bellydance, Sadira has incorporated other world dances like Tahitian and daily yogic practice into her performances and classes. Education is her passion! Sadira is excited to share her offerings with her community and continue her never ending journey as both student and teacher.
Stargazer is an eclectic and ancient soul who has sought to explore and experience all the things! She is obsessed with stars, the fire within them, and circles. Hooping and spinning has become a spiritual practice, allowing her to be the center of her own universe, to create a boundary, to let go of all things outside of the circle of her hoop and be centered within it, to feel the fire surround her. Stargazer has been working alongside the Dirty Mother for over 4 years at THE Beltane, and she brings with her a plethora of skill sets that are indispensable to the production and coordination of the Scarlet Den.
Schedule for 2019
FRIDAY, May 17
1-3pm: Sacred Self Marriage
Self marriage is a commitment to you first, before all others, transformative rite of passage, strengthening self-love and self-awareness, giving yourself the care and freedom to live devoted to your authentic self. In this supportive group, we will set intentions of engagement, begin creating ceremonies, and discuss the practice, values, and difficulties of what honoring a self marriage looks like.
SATURDAY, May 18
12:30-2:30pm: The Lost Sacred Temple Dances
Fusing history with sacred dance: Revive and celebrate by standing in your sexual power through poses, movements, and dance inspired by the close study of photo/film footage of Mata Hari’s lost temple dances. Explore the gift of self given compassion by learning the meaning behind the mystery of Quad Yin’s many arms and how to incorporate her arms into your own dance. Dancing Shiva-inspired movements will align, and challenge your balance. The workshop will culminate with a goddess “Hafla” where we will put together our new poses and movements with an introduction to traditional bellydance/fusion dance.
4:30-6pm: Sisters on a Journey
We come together to blend our herstories, acknowledging we are part of a single organism, that which speaks from the womb creation. We will listen to our bodies, our hearts/minds and our divine source as we are guided to heal ourselves, heal each other, heal our community, and heal the world. Using the lineage of the Motherpeace Tarot, we will share collective truth and receive guidance to help us begin, continue or complete the path of becoming. Co-facilitated with Brynne, a midwife and healer with 30 years experience listening to women.