On April 8th, women across the DFW metroplex will be gathering at Divine Sight Healing Arts Center with the intention of honoring the Red Tent Temple Movement.
This movement dates backs centuries and could be viewed as a collective culmination of countless traditions practiced by civilizations throughout time. In modern days, Red Tent gatherings have become a global women's empowerment movement birthed, in part, from the inspiring book The Red Tent Anita Diamant. Still, we are called to gather by the necessity of sisterhood. In tryingly materialistic times it is both crucial and difficult to take the time to congregate as communities, but The Red Tent encourages women to take one day a month to practice womanhood in many ways, shapes & forms.
In our Red Tent, all spirituality is valued and every belief has a place to be expressed. Our explorations are as eclectic as they are open-minded and, as such, leadership of The Red Tent evolves meeting-to-meeting. On the first Sunday of each month, a different woman from our surrounding community leads our Red Tent.
This month, our Red Tent Temple will be lead by Douchka Lecot, founder and co-partner at Yana Shala. Originally from Ibiza, Spain, and a Tantric hippie in essence, Douchka is an E-RYT 200 yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with over a 10-year experience in yoga science. Curious and passionate about life, she’s an eternal student always seeking for tools among therapies, systems, philosophies and techniques, to infuse in her life and teachings, that can enhance life experience, help connect deeper to the Self, and spread healing through individuals and communities. Committed to sharing her experiential tools with others, she co-founded Yana Shala, a community-based platform providing education and resources for self-development and personal growth. Using those tools and based on cultivating self-care, Douchka and her yoga partner Barb Totzke currently lead and teach 'Manifest your Inner Teacher', a 9-month yoga teacher training and self-development program, registered as RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
"In 2017, I went through a challenging year of deep growth as I experienced death through different facets among my loved ones. Death, loss, and grieving are taboos in our society charged with a sense of shame, weakness and deep suffering… though it doesn’t have to be that way, it can be seen, experienced, accepted and processed in other ways that lessen the suffering and allow it to become a powerful tool on our personal and collective spiritual path, a vehicle to perceive life and its magical beauty differently." - Douchka Lecot.
In this Red Tent gathering, from Douchka’s personal experience, we’ll open the dialogue on what 'death, loss and grieving’ mean taking unusual routes and angles, and providing some insights and tools/practices on how to navigate this journey when it comes to us.
Whether you have already experienced those feelings - and not only from the actual loss of a loved one, but also think about losing a job, divorce, kids leaving home, losing a friendship etc. - or not, there’s a lot to share and contemplate upon as ‘death’ is an integrate part of life, and all array of feelings and emotions rising from a loss are part of the rainbow of experiences that makes us divine human beings.
"Raise Up a Red Tent Temple. Raise Up a Woman. Together we are building with our collaborative support a woman-honoring culture for our daughters, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, selves in every village, city and town." ~ ALisa Starkweather, founder of the Red Tent Movement.
"JOIN US IN THIS GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT AMONG WOMEN THAT BUILDS SUPPORT FOR WOMEN LOCALLY IN THESE IMPORTANT TIMES. Honor your life as a woman, your bleeding cycles, your need to gather, our need to be in time that is not structured to see what can be created when we slow down and give ourselves time to connect and collaborate." -Red Tent Temple Movement
We will have a potluck-style meal at the end, so please bring something to share. This is a donation-based event, please offer what you are able to contribute.