Inspiring Workshops and Useful Information
www.goldenopportunities.org.uk - Shadow Work with Nicola & John Kurk
www.shadowwork.com/ - information about coaching and seminars nationally and internationally
www.shadowwork.eu/ - European Shadow Work information
Introduction to Shadow Work on You Tube with Hugh and Marianne, a series of amazing talks about the basics of Shadow Work.
Men's and Women's group work
mkp.org.uk - The ManKind Project
womeninpowerprogram.com - Women in Power
Women's Mysteries study and topics of interest
The work of my teacher and mentor Jane Hardwick Collings. Incredible work concerning the women's mysteries, rights of passage and birth.
www.redschool.net/ - The work of Alexandra Pope, focusing on creating menstrual health, valuing menopause and much more.
www.alisastarkweather.com - Red Tent temple movement
www.redtentdirectory.com/ - Listings of red tents in the UK
Brighton Red Tent - to connect with the Red tent temple gatherings in Brighton and London please email Brightonredtent@gmail.com.
With thanks to my friend Philippa Snell for her beautiful artwork that is the front page of this site
Doula connections and birth preparation
doula.org.uk/ - use their find a doula search engine to find a recognised doula in your area.
www.amandaporter.co.uk - Arvigo therapy for all aspects of woman's womb well being, conception, pregnancy and beyond.
www.spinningbabies.com/ - Spinning Babies with Gail Tully, wonderful educational website packed full of information on optimal foetal positioning and simple things to do to make pregnancy more comfortable and support an easy delivery.
www.birthdance.co.uk - My friend Fiona Willis in Frome and her inspiring work with pregnancy support and dance.
Grief and end of life transition
orphanwisdom.com/ - Stephen Jenkinson. Valuable work on how we can honor and support our loved ones, and ourselves, as we face death and dying.
RED TENT MOVEMENT - article by Jill
What does red tent mean for me?
For me, the red tent is a space to simply be, and allow to slip from my shoulders the faces I hold up for the outside world and the responsibilities I carry. To arrive naked with my sisters and trust in the deepest wisdom of the feminine to reveal its self. There is something ancient in the way this wisdom comes in the chamber of the tent, for it is more than a physical space and for me represents that which is most deep and knowing in the souls of each of us. Red tent gives us time and kind space to honour its presence and listen to its calls.
The alchemy of the group seems to allow the resonance of whatever is needed at that time to be brought forth, and to tap deep down into the roots of the wider energy of the rhythms and cycles of the natural world. A place to go to be in touch with what is natural for us. When we call in the healing, the allowing, the listening, and we do this together, there is such power. I wonder, is this what men feared so much that they burnt us as witches?
For me, the red tent is a teaching chamber and a healing space. It exists outside of linear time, and through connection with it, I am learning that I can take what she symbolises deep into my own heart, to go there to restore and give what is needed to myself, rather than follow time-worn paths of self-hurt and judgement when the chips are down. For me, the red tent is a place to resource ourselves with supportive connections and allow the reflections of the journeys of others to guide and inspire, to trigger and catalyse fresh insight.
We have always met this way as women, holding the community fire, nourishing the children of flesh and what we may birth creatively in other ways. We birth. We bring forth. We carry the capacity to connect, to feel, to create, to destroy and to hold. We cycle with the earth in many different time line cycles. From maiden to elder, from blood to ovulation, from reflection to expression. In ancient times, our spirituality was honoured, our connection to these cycles recognized by all as a gift to bring forth the wisdom of the sacred into the community. We were given space to retreat and listen. We are remembering the value of this together. We come from tribe, and although we must journey to the wilderness inside ourselves to find ourselves, there is also the opportunity to return to community to share what we find, to bring what we find within into a broader social context. Although most of us were not initiated as young ones, taught how to harness oceanic depths and bring forth light and power from our descents into dark places, together we are allowing the rebirth of these teachings. I love the dance of the ages, the elder ones and the young ones meeting and listening to each others' stories, energising each other with different qualities of wisdom. For me, seeing the laughter, freedom, sensuality and sexual expression of some older ones has been so supportive to me, dismantling my inner holding of our culture's tight tale of no beauty but spring beauty.
For me, this is what the red tent is about. All women, all faces of Woman meeting together, reseeding that which is healthy, whole and good into our communities and own hearts. Being with our sadnesses and joys, rhythms and cycles, staying close and attentive to all that arises from the deep to guide us on our invisible paths, made more visible, tangible, of spirit, in the company of friends.