What an inspiring weekend at Red Earth Herbal Gathering! I absolutely loved being in the company of women and held in love. Part of my contribution to the event was henna, of course, and I loved creating art for the participants. (This goat is copied from a quick google search on goats)
Mid day I opened the flap in the Red Tent and slipped into the sweet, red sanctuary. I cured up and laid my head on one of the red pillows and felt myself deeply relax and surrender. My heart was opened through the weekend as I listened to one wise woman after another share their story & knowledge.
I was moved by Lorene's talk on community - why creating community is so important, so girls can have a right of passage INTO something worth joining. Later Lorene mentioned her mother who had given her all the beautiful red pillows, blankets and tapestries that hung in the Red Tent...what a gift!
Laura awakened me to the power of my heart center and how our breasts are an extension of this. Ixeeya inspired me to open wider into femininity and find peace in the Red Tent she tended. Ann's class filled me with joy as I watched the tail end of her class, and witnessed women giving each other herbal baths, mostly nude.
Astrid's strength in holding space fills me with awe. I loved seeing so many women gathering in circle, in song, in ceremony. Brigette's talk was fascinating and reminded me of the power of our breath and the value of staying oxygenated. Brianna's talk on plant journalism awakened me to the fascination of biology, the tiny details of the shape of plants.
The meals were absolutely delicious and filling, I was pleased that I could gaze upon the Boulder Flatirons while eating and chatting with new friends. Such amazing women!
I loved the fire circle both nights, reminding me of our power and connection to spirit, to the stars and our long line of ancestors. Sharing song was a true highlight for me! I am excited to attend next summer as well as the local Red Tents held throughout the year near the New Moon.
One of my favorite moments was listening to Bethy Love Light (conscious hip hop) sing. She expressed such strength and wisdom in her songs... "Power to the plants, power to the planet," we sang with her in chorus. This sweet woman has GIFT and I felt honored to witness it.