Red Tent St Albans
Once the women have all arrived, had tea and greeted each other, we move upstairs into the Red Tent space. Usually we use a ritual, such as smudging, to help us all arrive in this sacred space. After we have had a moment to gather ourselves, we begin with a checking in circle, so all women have a chance to speak and to introduce themselves and how they are feeling. Thereafter the women are asked to share what they feel they need from the Red Tent for that day and to present anything that may have brought as an offering to the day, for example a song, poem, a story. Although we usually have two women who have offered to facilitate the circle, this is merely to guide and allow things to evolve from the group itself. Sometimes we might have a topic for the afternoon from which discussions and sharing arise. Sometimes a woman may offer to lead a craft activity, but mostly we simply allow the day to unfold spontaneously. Once the afternoon has run its course we end with a closing circle and a shared potluck dinner. All women of menstruating age and beyond, are welcome, as are babes in arms.