Red Tent Circles were held since ancient times:
- To give women a chance to take pause from day-to-day responsibilities
- To pass along the sacred rites of healing and mystical women’s arts such as the cultivation of intuition, dream analysis, and divination
- Secrets were shared, wisdom passed down through the generations, recipes & parenting advice were shared, young girls learned about growing up and about sexuality from the older generations
- Overall it provided an affirmation of the importance & sacredness of womanhood
Benefits of the Red Tent style women’s circle:
- Affirm that being a woman is something to celebrate
- Provide a safe, supportive environment for us to gather and speak our truth
- Explore and learn more about the effect of the lunar & seasonal cycles on women’s emotions, energy levels, & physical well-being
- Empower women to recognize these natural cycles in their lives and adjust their demands and schedules accordingly to give more space and quietude when it is needed; to set healthier personal boundaries
- Gives us a chance away from daily routines, to be around others who understand and support us, as well as a time to honor our feminine essence. After circle, we can return to our normal lives full of self-love and nurturing. Taking this time away can reduce the need for resentment (toward partners and others), overeating, stress buildup, and allows us to have healthier emotions and treat ourselves better for the whole rest of the month.
- Gives young women (maidens) a safe place in a circle of trusted “wiser” women to guide & protect them as they are going through many changes and individuating from their mother, and may be experiencing peer pressure. Provides them access to strong role models and adult viewpoints; a safe space to learn about fertility and sexuality in a healthy way; encourages them to honor themselves, their values, feelings, and bodies
- Gives mothers support, encouragement, and renewal at this busy and sometimes exhausting stage of life. Mothers are often expected to nurture others 24/7. Circle allows them to be nurtured and to honor their own emotions and needs, and strengthens their intuition and ability to care for themselves, so they can be strong and caring toward others for the rest of the month. It also gives them a space to focus on themselves for a little while, rather than on everyone else’s needs.
- Provides wise women with an opportunity to share their wisdom, life experiences, stories, perceptions, and insights, which are deeply valued in circle. Acknowledges and honors their age and status as an elder, mentor, teacher, wisdom keeper. Gives them regular contact with women of all ages to keep them connected & involved.
Why Do We Hold It At New Moon?
- New moon is the time when the moon goes dark each month, and when we tend to feel the most tired and vulnerable
- Our insecurities and old wounds surface, even the ones we’ve kept hidden from others for years
- It is for this reason that women of all indigenous societies for thousands of years gathered together at this time to reflect, offer emotional support, and join together in healing one another
- This time also provides rest, a break from the normal routine, and spiritual/emotional rejuvenation when we most need it each month
- New Moon is a powerful time for setting intentions and opening to manifestation of our deepest desires, and so we will make this a regular practice at our circles, to set goals and intentions for the month ahead.
- Many women all around the world are holding circles at the time of New Moon. When we send out our energy to wish for peace, an end to violence, a healthier Earth, protection of women and children in the world, and so on, then our intentions are joined with others and the entire human consciousness is raised by this beautiful global vibration that stretches all the way around the world. This is the power of women in action, healing and creating transformation in the world.
Women's Circles will be held at Evergreen in Easton, Maryland monthly on Sundays at the New Moon from 4:00-5:30 pm.
Upcoming Circle Dates & Topics:
Sunday, September 25, 4:00-5:30 pm
New Moon in Libra. Athena, the Golden Heroine. Exploring the Mysteries: Sacred & secret women-only festivals held on key dates in ancient Greece, Egypt, and other places.
Sunday, October 30, 4:00-5:30 pm
New Moon in Scorpio. Lilith, the Wild Woman. Magic, mystical occurrences, transformation, soul mates, self empowerment, endings & beginnings.
Sunday, November 27, 4:00-5:30 pm
New Moon in Sagittarius. Artemis, the Medicine Woman. An ideal time for intentions regarding higher learning, travel, reclaiming selfhood & healing.
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We strongly encourage mothers to attend with their daughters between the ages of 11 and 18.
Participating in a women's circle provides a safe place with positive role models for young women who are going through so many changes in their teen years. Young women at this age need to learn about the changes occurring in their bodies in a healthy, empowering way; circle encourages them to honor themselves, their values, feelings, and bodies. They will be less likely to submit to peer pressure when they have access to a supportive community of strong, caring women in circle.
Mothers are often expected to nurture others 24/7.
Circle allows mothers a space to be nurtured and to honor their own emotions and needs, and strengthens their intuition and ability to care for themselves, so they can be rejuvenated and renew their strength to enable healthier support of others for the rest of the month.
In circle, we honor and welcome the sharing of life experiences, stories, perceptions, and insights from elder women, our wisdom-keepers.
It is so important for younger generations to stay connected to the wisdom of the elder generations, and circle provides a beautiful place for this sharing to occur.
Register now by clicking here and then click on "Online Class Registration" on the right side of the screen on the Evergreen website.
If you have any issues getting registered, or if you have questions about the Women's Circle in Easton, Maryland, please provide your email address below, and I will respond to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest and I look forward to meeting with you in circle!
Hi! I'm Jocelyn Mercado, and I will be leading the Women's Circles at Evergreen.
I have a certificate in facilitating Red Tent style Women’s Circles, and I am so excited to bring Women’s Circles to Easton, MD beginning in January 2016 at the lovely and inspiring Evergreen facility.
I am a Transformational Life Coach, Author, Blogger, and Holistic Health Consultant. I spent 15+ years in Finance and Project Management before taking the leap to begin my Life Coaching and Consulting career, and I have never looked back!
As a Transformational Life Coach, I have the incredible opportunity to work with visionary clients all around the world to help them discover their life's purpose, break free from everything that holds them back, launch their inspired vision or new business to the world, and turn their skills as a healer or teacher into a financially sustainable business. I help people to connect to their heart's truth and then redesign their lives so they can spend more time (or all of their time!) doing what they love & what they are meant to do in this precious & beautiful lifetime.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I draw on my fascination with magical realism and the intricacies of the Spanish language to bring depth and mystery into my writing.
I am a blogger for the Pachamama Alliance, an environmental and social justice organization based in San Francisco. I write about indigenous wisdom, the politics and economics that affect the developing world, solutions to mitigate climate change, and global environmental and social justice issues. My most recent articles for the Pachamama Alliance can be viewed here.
My website, Sacred Planet, was created to connect a global community of visionaries, revolutionaries, and thought leaders who are concerned about the connection between our health as humans, and the health of our planet. I believe that if we heal one person, we help all people to heal, and in clear connection with that, we also heal the Earth. And so, in order to stop the destruction of the planet that gives us life, we must each start by going within and healing ourselves.
Communities meeting in Circle are a huge part of this global healing, and this is why circles for both women and men are so important for the well-being of our Mother Earth.
I live in Maryland with my husband and two young daughters, ages five and two. It is my sincerest hope to pass on to my daughters a healthy, sustainable, magic-and-mystery-infused way of living on the Earth.