Natalie C. Houchins – Copy Editor
1. What do Red Tents mean to you?
To me, Red Tents are about shifting the paradigm. They are about carving out a space in which authenticity, vulnerability, and deep connection can thrive, and are valued above fear, greed, and shows of brute strength. Red Tents allow women to radically imagine a new, relational world, one that understands and values the sacred strength of femininity. Rather than an “outside in” approach to changing the world, Red Tents seek to change the world from the inside out, starting with making every woman (trans, non-binary, and cisgendered all) feel safe, strong, and supported.
2. What do you do in the Red Tent Directory?
I serve as the Copy Editor for all the written materials associated with the Red Tent. I ensure that all communications are proofread, polished, and stay in line with our values. I am a writer in both profession and passion, so the fact that I am able to integrate my love of the written word with my love for Red Tents is a dream come true. I’ve only just begun my work here and I am so excited to see where it leads.
3. How do Red Tents inform your wider work and life?
Being part of the Red Tent has chiefly taught me about sacred witnessing. Simply sitting with someone, deeply listening to their words, giving them no judgement or feedback or advice, and holding them in love, can be truly transformative. It’s what we all want – to be seen and heard. I have brought this skill and value into my personal life and my work, and most importantly, have learned how to be a sacred witness to my own feelings. It has given me peace and patience as I navigate all the different facets of my life, and has made me a better partner to my family, friends, and lover. Ultimately, my goal is to somehow bring sacred witnessing into the global space, though I’m not sure what that will concretely look like.
4. If you had to describe yourself as a plant, mineral or animal what would it be and why?
As my knowledge of plants and minerals is sorely lacking, I most identify with an animal, specifically the elephant. Elephants are matrilineal, long-lived, have deep memories, care for their communities, and also spend plenty of time playing and splashing around in puddles. I feel comfortable holding space and information for others, but I also make time to have fun and be silly. Balance is important. Plus, it would be very cool to have a trunk.