The Red Tent comes from the practice of sending women during menstruation to a Menstrual Hut, Moonlodge, Red Tent. Cultural practices and beliefs varied as to whether this was a positive and nurturing thing or one of a belief that women were “unclean” and needed to be removed until their cycle was done.
The stories that were believed to have been shared have been referred to as the sharing of Women’s Blood Mysteries: stories and experiences about women’s menstruation, childbearing years and menopause.
Today...Red Tents, Red Tent Temples, Moonlodges are being re-created and adopted as a way and/or place for women to gather and come together to rest, replenish, connect, share stories and share their lives.
Women are seeking more and more…support & connection…a deeper sense of community among women. Women are seeking this type of experience and opportunity, not just for themselves, but for their daughters as well. It is through these types of “spaces”, sacred spaces that women are able to let go of the rigors and responsibilities of their daily life and spend time simply sharing their lives, their fears, their joys, their challenges, their hopes and their dreams. It is through this deep sharing that personal growth, awakening, and empowerment happen. Women possess all the answers to the questions that reside within them…it is thru the process of slowing down and “tuning in” that the answers begin to reveal themselves.
Jennifer Penick, Founder and Owner of The Red Tent…
has joined the Global Seva Challenge, India 2012…a program of Off The Mat, Into The World
“Off the Mat, Into the World is teaming up with local groups in India to empower and rehabilitate victims of the sex trade. Right now, more than 3 million women and children are enslaved for sex. In 2012, Off the Mat's Global Seva Challenge is heading to India, a hotbed of sex trafficking, to work with leaders and organizations committed to eradicating this crime trade and empowering survivors.” OTM
“My life’s purpose is to support women and girls as they step into their power. The HUGE global issue of Human/Sex Trafficking does the exact opposite. It robs women and children of their power. Help support me…make a difference…leave a legacy…DONATE.
I am committed to raising the awareness of this issue during the course of 2012. Help me raise significant funds so I can reach my goal of $20,000.00…PLEASE DONATE online by clicking the button:
Be sure to scroll down through the list of participants to find ‘Jennifer Penick’ and DONATE in my name. Be part of the Journey.” Jennifer Penick
Please join us in the Global Seva Challenge, a program of Off the Mat and Into the World
. We in collaboration with Off the Mat Into the World, want "to raise awareness of the root causes and impact of the global sex trafficking industry, support organizations in India that are providing refuge, rehabilitation and economic opportunities to survivors, and empower survivors to lead lives with dignity and respect."
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