Red Tent Rayleigh was birthed in July 2015 by Lisa Horwell, Gratefulyogi, who noticed that women who attended her yoga classes turned up early and stayed behind afterwards to ‘connect’ with other women due to the lack of opportunities for women to gather together in a safe, supportive and empowering environment. The first couple of meetings took place in Lisa’s beautiful Red yurt backing onto the Rayleigh hillside in her back garden.
The Rayleigh group soon outgrew Lisa’s yurt and most months meet at the W.I hall in the centre of Rayleigh or other local halls depending upon the theme of the gathering and numbers anticipated. Each meeting takes place on or around the Full Moon at 7pm until 9pm on a weekday night. Meetings usually start with a meditation or relaxation and an opportunity for each woman to share within the circle if they wish. Women from the group are encouraged to share their knowledge and skills and the sharing circle is usually followed by a themed activity or talk. So far the group has enjoyed talks on Mindfulness, Raw Chocolate, self-care with essential oils as well as having the opportunity to try out Chakra Dance, Belly Dancing, Womb Yoga, Ecstatic Awakening Dance and a gong bath! Upcoming themes include herbalism and reflexology, using TFT to reduce stress and anxiety and Spring garden planting.
Lisa committed to hosting RTR for 13 moons before handing over her ‘baby’ to 3 other regular members, Diana, Maxine and Emma, who were keen to continue nurturing it’s development, with the intention to pass the baton on after a further 13 moons to other women who wish to support the continuation of the group.
RTR’s 1st Birthday party was celebrated with an open air party in beautiful countryside with a circle of women ranging in age from 13 to 67, complete with a Red Tent cake made by one of its members! It is a safe space for women of all ages to learn from each other and to share their truth and feelings without being judged; it has several regular younger members who are able to gain acceptance from their peers and support for their journey into womanhood by receiving wisdom from older members. Please note that Under 18s should be accompanied by an adult.
A £5 donation is requested at each circle, although no-one is turned away due to lack of funds and after costs for any activity materials and hall hire have been covered, remaining funds are donated to local charities in Southend. To date RTR has donated several hundred pounds to SOS/Dove Project to support local women who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.
As each moon passes, the companionship, support and sense of sisterhood in RTR grows from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly circle.
Please see the diary above for upcoming dates and contact details.
There is also a Red Tent Rayleigh Facebook Page.