Murray Bridge creates Red Tent

Empowering: Jane Truscott, Paula Brickell, Isabel Best, Anne McMahon and Meegan Quarry attended the first Red Tent session in Murray Bridge.

Empowering: Jane Truscott, Paula Brickell, Isabel Best, Anne McMahon and Meegan Quarry attended the first Red Tent session in Murray Bridge.

A safe place for women to gather and share their stories has been created in Murray Bridge.

Red Tent Murray Bridge has been created for all women of any age and any background and they held their first gathering last Friday, February 10.

The group will meet on the second Friday of every month from 1pm at Uniting Communities, 4 Third Street, Murray Bridge.

About 10 people attended the launch of the group and co-organiser Anne McMahon said it is one of many Red Tent groups all over the world.

“Since the early ‘90s there has been a revival of Red Tents,” she said.

“It is for all women, each woman brings their own gifts and talents.”

“This Red Tent is about connection, getting together with like hearted women to strengthen ourselves, our networks and our community.”

She said it is also about sharing with one another, listening to and giving support to each other, their community and their planet.

Ms McMahon said there is a healing aspect of the women’s circle.

“When a woman is able to share her story, others may relate.”

“I’m hoping they feel enlivened, confident and to know that they have friends,” she said.

She said the group is like a sisterhood, and although they are not blood sisters, they can connect with one another and be a part of it together.

“We operate solely from the heart, we share what we know and we learn from each other.”

Ms McMahon said she wants it to be a place where women can come and feel comfortable to be themselves.

Another co-organiser Jane Truscott said it is a place of encouragement.

“If you’re feeling down, you can come here, we can build you up and then you can go leaving a little bit stronger,” she said.

“I hope women continue this strength we get from here.”

It is planned that the group will tackle some complex issues.

Anyone is welcome to come with their triumphs and troubles and everyone has been asked to bring an open mind.

The group is also strict on confidentiality, what is sad in the room is in confidence and all women will be asked to respect that.

This will give everyone the confidence to say what they need to and be able to get the help and guidance they need.

For more information about the group, visit the Red Tent Murray Bridge Facebook page and send a direct message.

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