Monthly Womens Circle
Holding a safe and supportive space for women from all walks of life to share, connect and empower each other and embrace the sacred feminine within. We welcome you to join the sisterhood to celebrate what it means to be a woman at Red Tent Waiuku. We would also like to point out that we are supportive of our queer and gender diverse sisters, and welcome all women to this safe space of kotahitanga and aroha.
A koha (donation) would be greatly appreciated to support us in keeping this invaluable community space running, or if you're able to bring along nibbles to share, then that would be great too!
“The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we're weak and sing with us when we're strong"
Circles with a sacred center are ancient, the oldest form of social interaction. The fire was in the center as the people cooked and ate their food, heard stories, worshiped their gods and goddesses, and passed down the traditions and wisdom that kept them alive and healthy.
Ladies-only circles, too, have been taking place for ages, all around the world. Many were directly tied to menstruation and the moon cycles, There are menstrual hut and moon lodge traditions all over the world that date back to 800 CE and in some places are still practiced.
While these largely have negative connotations now, there was an empowering side to them, once upon a time.
The red tent [menstrual tradition] and moon lodges grew in popularity as a sacred space for women and girls to affirm their spirituality and sexuality, and to heal from the wounds of patriarchy through connecting with each other.
However, in 1484, two German Dominican monks began the systematic destruction of women’s spiritual practices and health care by torturing and murdering women healers and spiritual leaders. This oppression lasted 500 years and was carried with colonialism to every corner of the Earth. Because of this, womens circles faded from popularity.
Spiritually driven women’s circles made a brief comeback in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but the movement was short-lived.
Quickly gaining popularity again, womens circles are making a huge com-back. We’re again recognising and experiencing a remembering of our interconnectedness and innate need to gather together to learn, grow and heal.
“A circle of women may just be the most powerful force known to humanity. If you have one, embrace it. If you need one, seek it. If you find one, for the love of all that is good and holy, dive in.
What To Expect
Red Tent Waiuku endeavours to hold regular circles on a monthly basis. Come as you are and celebrate what it means to be a woman.
The cornerstone of these gatherings is the time we dedicate to sitting in circle to share our most unfiltered and unfettered selves. We set aside a maximum of three minutes per person to speak to whatever we feel is most present within us, and to hold space with open, judgement free hearts to our fellow sisters as they share.
It is not compulsory to share, however, so if you don't feel the desire to speak, we will also honour that decision whole-heartedly.
We encourage relationships to form among the women so they can find support not only in circle but in their daily lives too.
We ask you to leave your judgements, comparisons, criticisms and ego at the door as you enter into this sacred space of acceptance, love and support, not only of the other women, but of yourself. We build a strong foundation on inclusivity and as such there is zero-tolerance for any racism, sexism, elitism, Homophobia and transphobia. This is a space where we hold each and every being, including our mother earth with deep respect and reverence, and we ask that you do the same.