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Welcome to the Hornsby Tent!
NSW

Facilitator: Kerrie
Email: hornsby.redtentau@gmail.com

1. What attracted you to Red Tent Australia?

I had been running Red Tent Circles in my local community for almost 2 years when I stumbled across Red Tent Australia – I was exhausted and feeling quite burnt out by running Circle with little support for so long, and the wonderful woman who was supporting me was beginning to feel the same way. Under those circumstances, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to continue, especially with a growing family to care for, university commitments and running my clinic, but I still felt so passionately about bringing this beautiful, deeply feminine practice to the women in my local community, especially because I had seen and experienced the huge benefit that Circle had brought into my life. Red Tent Australia gave me a community of sisters to hold and support me, it gave me a structure and framework to work within and is gave me wider support in knowing that this work is deeply needed and valued. I now feel both supported and encouraged by Red Tent Australia and my sisters that I have had the honour to meet and work with since.

2. What is your experience to date?

I have been living in beautiful Hornsby Heights for almost 12 years now, raising our two gorgeous and running my small naturopathic clinic from my home. I feel deeply honoured to be able to serve my community in this way, and I see Hornsby Red Tent as another aspect of this service to the woman of our community. I am a university educated naturopath and herbalist with over 20 years’ experience and have a special interest in all aspects of women’s health, menstrual health awareness, cyclic and seasonal living, herbal medicine growing and manufacturing and women’s mystery teachings. I am also a Red Tent Facilitator and Feminine Rites of Passage Facilitator and have trained extensively with both Tanishka Tantrika and the Red Tent Australia. I am also deeply honoured to include amongst my teachers and mentors MinMia, a senior Wirradjirri lore woman, educator and healer, and Yia Alias, a transpersonal counsellor, ceremony woman and woman’s mystery teacher. Both of whom have taught me to walk my talk and encouraged me to step into doing this work for both myself and the women and girls of our community.

3. What do you hope to bring to your community?

My heart holds so many wishes for our Red Tent

A safe, supportive and nurturing space in which every woman and girl of our community can feel truly heard, loved, supported and held in all that she is and all that she wishes to become, so that she has the foundation to be able to step into herself, her journey, her unique beauty and become the very best she can be.

A space of deep listening and compassion – the act of listening, deeply and truly listening to each other, is the greatest gifts we can give. It seems like such a simple thing, but it can be deeply transformative to have another woman hold space for you so that you can allow your voice to be heard. It has transformed me, and I have seen the incredible growth that it has brought to my life and the lives of my sisters. This is love in action and a wish I hold for every woman who sits in Circle.

 

Facilitator: Dianne
Email: hornsby.redtentau@gmail.com

1. What attracted you to Red Tent Australia?

A friend of mine “raved” about Red Tent and because of her invitation and enthusiasm, even though I didn’t fully understand it, we went to two Red Tents in different parts of Sydney on the same day. What I loved and what drew me in was the genuinely welcoming atmosphere. I felt recognised, included, supported and nurtured in a very caring and safe environment. Then before I knew it I had signed myself up to do the facilitators courses. I felt passionate about how incredibly valuable this organisation was for women and wanted to bring the experience of Red Tent closer to my own community.

2. What is your experience to date?

After my husband, Warren and myself backpacked around the world for 18m we found ourselves emigrating to Australia over 20 years ago. We live in the beautiful suburb of Berowra Heights and are the busy parents of two amazing teenagers, Abby and Matthew. My background is in nursing, I have been a Child and Family Health Nurse for 20 yrs, and have been a Junior Guide Leader for 15 yrs. Last year I qualified as an Art Therapist and this year will be training to be a Sand Play Therapist too. Throughout my life and through these modalities I have been exposed to many caring and creative experiences and am looking forward to creating many more with the women of my community through being a Red Tent Facilitator.

I am a Registered Nurse & Sick Children’s Nurse. I hold an advanced diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy & diploma in Community Health studies
I have been a Junior Guide Leader for 15 yrs. And facilitate a group of up to 24 girls aged 7-10yrs once a week, every week during term time. I have facilitated 1-2 New Mothers Groups each week since being in my role as a Child and Family Health Nurse. During my Transpersonal Art Therapy Training I facilitated Adult Art Therapy Workshops. I am a CPR Trainer, and facilitate education groups for my team members. Qualified Sandplay Therapist.

3. What do you hope to bring to your community?

As women, we are very busy caring for others and juggling many roles. With Hornsby Red Tent we want to bring you, the women and young women of our community a time for self-care and reflection in a nurturing and safe space. Together we will create a deeper sense of community and belonging, as women and young women supporting each other in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. With patience and understanding, we will be able to share at our own pace. We will ask what you feel your needs are, and together create a variety of experiences where we feel we can share, learn, heal and feel nurtured.

As like the Guiding Red Tent Mission Statement, to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. I would like to be a part of inspiring young girls and women to follow their dreams through their own personal and spiritual journeys. To find a comfortable safe space to further discover and develop their unique gifts, talents and skills to enable them to feel empowered, independent and confident, to nurture their sense of self and their identity and a sense of belonging within their community.