In our rural North Country doing prenatal visits looks like a lot of time spent alone in a car. When a friend suggested the audiobook “The Red Tent” I was excited to enjoy something new- if you haven’t checked it out you should! I laughed and cried and raged and thought. I don’t want to spoil the story for you but the quick takeaway is that a group of women in ancient history honor all the feminine by entering into a sacred red tent. When you are experiencing menses, birthing a child, or losing a child your time in the red tent is spent among others. Others who care for, teach, and honor you.
As I was listening to this story I couldn’t help but want that for my daughters, and for myself. Why have I gone my entire life dreading my cycle, admonishing myself for not being able to continue producing like normal while hemorrhaging. Why did I suffer from PPD/PPA for years while these ladies in the red tent took naps and ate well- they had the right idea, and I wanted to too. I learned about Red Tent Events around the world and spoke to other people in the North Country who I thought might feel the same and sure enough so many were on board with bringing this idea to our area.
There is so much healing and inner work needed in our mind and bodies from living in a disconnected society. Inner child work means allowing yourself to be cared for so we have Massage, Chiropractic, Reiki, and an amazing spread of nourishing and delicious food. It means remembering how to play again, and have fun so we have crown making, face painting and the like to adorn yourself beautifully, along with forest bathing, yoga, mini golf, and zumba. And it means connecting with others in an authentic and meaningful way. There will be collaborative art, as well as, teachings on the cycle and how to honor and appreciate as well as story sharing where people can open their hearts and minds to each other’s real experiences in life and learn and love.
Nourishing your inner child can be so many different things and we hope that you will spend this time with us discovering just that!
Love and light,
I am a student midwife and doula serving families in the North Country, and living life with five littles.