Red Tents are popping up all over the world and this directory aims to connect these circles together within one larger network, to give a sense of this growing sisterhood and to inspire more women to come together for connection and mutual support.
This site provides free listings for:
- Women meeting and holding a circle
- Women meeting regularly at an agreed time and place
- Shared community in a local area or if applicable in some temporary locations such as festivals or camps
- Gatherings which are either free or donation based to cover room hire or tea with the amount ideally left to the discretion of the donor
- Circles which respond to the wishes of those present rather than workshops, trainings or personal development
- Circles which are based across the world
When we first said ‘women’ on our website and in this work, we were initially thinking of women who identify as women and use the pronouns she/her. However, we have continued to be challenged to think more about gender as a construct and have come to believe that Red Tents should be spaces for cis gender women, transgender women, non-binary trans femme, intersex and non-binary assigned female at birth (AFAB).
We believe that Red Tents have the potential to be liberatory spaces where together, in community, we challenge injustice and our forthcoming book, Red Tents: Unravelling Our Past & Weaving a Shared Future will speak to this in much more detail.
Red Tents: What are they?
Red Tents are a global movement of women coming together and finding time to just be where they are, meet other women in their community and enjoy the opportunity to share in a deeper way than they might usually do.
Each month women invite others into their homes, outdoor spaces or community spaces, and spend time together for a whole day, afternoon or evening. In so doing they take time out of their busy lives to rest, talk, share food, enjoy creative pursuits and take part in other activities that fulfil their needs. This site offers some ideas about how you can find or establish a Red Tent, and provides a directory for Red Tent gatherings across the world. The Red Tents listed on this site are all different but they are all circles of women that meet regularly.
We only list donation based and free tents on our site and invite anyone wanting to list with us to read this guidance about making Red Tents inclusive, accessible and sustainable.
The Red Tent Movement is a grassroots movement and each tent is run in its own way that works for that group of women. We are a listing site and offer guidance to Red Tents but don’t dictate the policies of the individual Tents that are listed on our site.
If you want to know more about how each Tent works you can contact them directly via the details on their listing page.
There is more information about Red Tents, some basic information about how to find or establish one and inspiration for further discovery, on other pages in this site.