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Council of Elders

Jill Genet

Founder
Director
National Co-ordinator

founder@redtentaustralia.org

Meet Jill

Jill Genet is a vibrant, highly skilled facilitator. She is a colourful change maker and visionary, with a strong passion for connecting women to make their dreams come true.  She has the life path of the Spiritual Messenger and has taken on the role of gathering the tribe.

With over 20 years experience in running women’s circles and qualifications in Counselling, Compassionate Communication, Red Tent Facilitation & Yoga Teaching her goal is to educate, awaken and enlighten women to their power, strength and natural gifts.

Her mission is to support women in opening and running Red Tents in every neighbourhood, all over Australia. The Red Tent movement is a worldwide one and is needed now more than ever as women awaken to their purpose and power. It is essential for the growth of our civilizsation that women always have a circle of support around them to grow and strengthen our culture and nurture the future.

In our society today there is no formal acknowledgement or recognition of the Feminine Divinity. It is still thought to be an “underground” or “alternative” movement, somewhat threatening to the mainstream.

Jill wants to break down the falsehoods & illusions that are too often found in our culture and bring healing into the light. She sees one way of doing this by training women in Non-Violent Communication/Compassionate Communication to experience the ripple effect on their families and humanity at large.

She trains women from all walks of life and age groups to lead Red Tents under the banner of Red Tent Australia, a Non-Profit Community Enterprise Movement that she began in 2013. Jill wants everyone to know that belonging to a community should not be about conforming or giving away your power. It should be about becoming a purposeful being who is able to encourage and nurture others while receiving support and compassion yourself.

Jill believes that competition is obsolete and the only way forward is collaboration. Red Tent Australia is built on the model of Sacred Commerce; where the number of others you help succeed measures your success.

Asking for help and being open to receiving it are the biggest lessons Jill hopes to impart on women, along with a deep knowing that you are never alone!

She thinks that by remembering and harnessing our ancestral wisdom, re-introducing the old ways of nature is the only way forth. Along with removing the self-imposed “masks” that are firmly in place in society, we can all start to work towards healing the earth via healing ourselves.

Executive Committee

Andrea Garcia

President

president@redtentaustralia.org

Meet Andrea

Every thought you have ever had in your life, has contributed to every choice you have ever made and brought you to this point in time, where our timelines are crossing so that you are reading this that I have written.

Right now…
My name is Andrea, mother of 3 beautiful children. I am an only child to loving Chilean immigrant parents who raised me in Melbourne. I am also a 5th generation Psychic Medium in my family with a strong cultural heritage.
Our intergenerational teachings have become a way of life, and thanks to this I have been doing readings since I was 12 years old.
I practice Mindfulness, Plant Medicine, Embodiment, Breathwork, Kundalini Reiki to mention a few. You truly am the medium to your environment.
I am also a Shadow Alchemist, Quantum Leaper, and lover of life.
I believe that multiple realities and truths coexist simultaneously without one being an exclusive truth, in peace, harmony and balance. I welcome diversity and am passionate in empowering others to stand in their truth to create beautiful heart centred teams and culture.
My mission is to inspire so that people can stand in their own truth as leaders of their own choices, and to facilitate the transition into integrating polarities in their journey back to their own hearts.

Jade Edward

Vice President

vicepresident@redtentaustralia.org

Meet Jade

Jade Edward is an eclectic autodidact with a passion for solving puzzles and making connections. Her unschooling education fostered an independent learning style, with a knack for thinking in systems and outside the box! This has led to a successful career in web application programming, working with numerous startups that are challenging the status quo in their respective fields. With strong community service roots in the Scouting and Guiding movements of Australia through young adulthood, she is excited to be able to give back to the community once again, this time in the form of supporting women through through Red Tent Australia.

 

Circling since 2014 in the Sydney area, Jade’s first experience at a Wild Women circle (held by Bree!) was a wonderful experience of being warmly welcomed, and held safely while sharing sacred space. This was life changing, and Jade was delighted to discover Red Tent Australia when the Sydney Northern Beaches Red Tent was opened. Over the following years, she was incredibly grateful and honoured to attend many Red Tent circles in Sydney, including the openings for Sydney Northern Beaches, Sydney Lower North Shore and Hornsby Red Tents.

She has many varied interests and hobbies, ranging from crochet and knitting, through sci-fi and fantasy, to technology and tarot. Her main inspirational influences include Brene Brown, Layla F. Saad, Jane Meredith, Yasmine Galenorn, and her mother, whose support, teaching, guidance, and experience continue to inspire Jade to be curious, compassionate, to always seek out her truth, and to practice vulnerability. Exploring nature based spirituality, ritual, and mysteries through the Reclaiming Tradition, Jade is on a personal journal to discover better ways of holding space, exploring light and shadow, and being in right relationship with herself, the community, and this beautiful planet.

Lauren Grifoni

Secretary

secretary@redtentaustralia.org

Meet Lauren

I am a freelance event producer, with a background in PR, I have been producing events for over half a decade, from small scale personal passions like Documentaries For The Soul to large scale community events like The Never Never Festival. I love being the main woman behind the scenes, being the one to help others step into the light and shine their brightest. I have so much fun, and love it so much that I even recently produced a festival whilst heavily pregnant, took a quick break to birth and then got back into it with my newborn son, from only 6 weeks old!

In addition, I co-founded and facilitate an amazing program for young women called Welcome To Womanhood. It is an extension of sex education for high school girls, subject support for teachers and comprehensive information for the young curious individual that we are currently reworking from an in person to an online course. I am incredibly proud of our work and to be working with some amazing and wonderful women that I have the honour of calling my closest friends.
Recently I started a podcast called The Connector. Pulling together all of my resources from all of the incredible and amazing people I have met over the years to share their life stories with you. I could not imagine knowing all of these people and how inspirational, unique and interesting their stories are and not share them with everyone I possibly could.
All the while I am a solo mamma to my beautiful son Archibald (Arch). He is the reason for anything and everything. It is not easy, in fact it is unbelievably difficult, and it was probably better that I wasn’t aware just how much before I had him, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. He is strong, smart, happy and healthy and that is all that I could ask for.

Treasurer

Position Vacant – seeking applications!

treasurer@redtentaustralia.org

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Treasurer

If this is something you think you can do, please submit a Team Role Expression of Interest form!

While all members of the Executive Committee are responsible for managing the Association’s finances, the Treasurer is responsible for ensuring that financial transactions are properly recorded and reported on.  Note: if the audited annual financial statements and associated documents are not lodged with the Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading as required under the Act, the Treasurer is liable to a penalty (as are the President and Secretary).

The Treasurer presents financial reports at Executive Committee meetings. It is important that these reports are easily understood by all of the Executive Committee members because the whole committee is responsible for keeping a check on the finances of the organisation.

There should be receipts for all money received, evidence that it has been banked, and available documentation for all money paid out.

While the Treasurer may not do all these daily duties personally, it is the responsibility of the Treasurer to ensure that good systems are in place to allow these tasks to be done efficiently and in a foolproof manner.

Other tasks of the Treasurer include:

  • Making sure finances are well planned by preparing an Annual Budget and then regularly monitoring this budget to see that the organisation is staying within it.
  • Making sure that the books are up to date and in order – this means that there is a proper record of all payments and money received, and that accounts are reconciled at least once a month.
  • Taking reasonable steps to make sure that the organisation’s finances are arranged so as to prevent funds from being stolen or misused under a risk management policy
  • Ensuring that the necessary information and account books are ready for an audit each year and that an audit takes place.
  • Presenting the audited accounts at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Delegating the specific tasks of preparing financial reports and maintaining the financial record-keeping system to a suitably skilled volunteer or a paid bookkeeper.

Emme Krystelle

Member at Large

Meet Emme

Emme has been a member, regular active participant and volunteer in Red Tent circles for nearly 4 years. First at Sydney’s Northern Beaches then at Hornsby. She also has participated in the Sydney North Shore and Central Coast Red Tents.

Additionally, Emme has trained as a Red Facilitator at two weekend trainings and is now completing the online component.

Emme has been on the national Red Tent Executive Committee for the first half of 2020.

She brings to the Executive Committee her being a representative of these roles and perspectives: member, volunteer, assistant, facilitator, executive committee member and also being from an often marginalised group in society with a desire to assist in enhancing inclusiveness for women of diverse backgrounds.

Abilities and interests she brings to Red Tent Australia and the executive committee from her training, vocation and life experience with groups include:
– creating cultures of kindness and affirmation
– connecting people at a heart level
– compassionate and non-violent communication (NVC) training and experience
– counselling and holistic wellbeing facilitation
– experiential learning
– helping to develop and facilitate holistic learning, healing and community-building events
– experience with a variety of styles of women’s circles having been involved regularly over the last five years with 8 different women’s healing, learning and support groups.
Emme’s background includes creativity and performing arts, school and university teaching and youth work, caring for elderly people, teambuilding and community building, public speaking and storytelling, as well as counselling, art therapy and wellbeing.
Belonging and participating in women’s circles and groups is a foundation of Emme’s life, healing and wellbeing and gives her great delight!

Yia Alias

Member at Large

Meet Yia

My name is Yia Alias, I am a first generation Greek Australian woman, living and working at HearthGround. ​

HearthGround is nestled in a beautiful valley at the Colo in the Northwest Hills of Sydney. This land is dedicated to sacred ceremony and community gatherings.

I pay my deep respects to the Original people of this area, the Darug, Darkinjung and Wiradjuri. We at HearthGround acknowledge the tragedy of the colonial invasion of these lands, and pay tribute to, and offer our respect to the oldest continuous culture in the world.

I am a Ceremony Woman, a Transpersonal Counsellor/Mentor, Artist, Writer and Women’s Mystery Teacher specialising in Healing through Ritual.​

In my counselling/mentoring work I see myself as bearing witness and holding space for people to navigate through Life’s Thresholds. Walking through the beautiful bush, sitting, talking and holding space within embrace of nature enables people to integrate the past, heal the present and inspiration to embrace the future.

My deepest learnings have been gathered from living a rich Life full of diverse experiences and from the many years of sitting in circle and bearing witness to the rich wisdom and stories of women.​

My inspirations have been guided by:​

My Greek heritage that has a lineage of story tellers, healers and midwives;​ The community of extraordinary women I have had the privilege to be sharing this Earth walk with;​ Rudolf Steiner’s philosophies of Spiritual Science: Anthroposophy;​ The Buddhist Spiritual Practice of the White Tara;​ Indigenous teachings by Minmia Senior Wiradjurii Law/Lore woman;​ Jean Shinoda Bolen author of Goddesses in Every Woman;​ Miranda Gray’s work Understanding the Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle;​ My festival family, folks living creative lives, and my beautiful family of course;​ And my greatest inspiration, Mother Earth and her extraordinary bounty and Intelligence.

I studied at the College of Complementary Medicine and have Diplomas in Transpersonal Counselling and Shamanic Practice-Mask and Traditional Healing. I have membership with the Australian Counselling Association. Member number 9259. Level 2.

I have a long established counselling practice which started at Dural. This was home to the beautiful Women’s Shed, a converted old fruit picking shed dedicated to women’s sacred space which has birthed​:

– The Hestia Heart Flowers Women’s Circle;​ – A weekly women’s circle spanning 13 years;​ – sacRed Tent; – Offering Ceremonies for Blessing Way, Menarche, Queen of the Harvest. – – – Seasonal circles;​ – Yearly mid winter Spiral Walk;​ – Journey with the Seven Greek Goddesses: a deep exploratory journey into feminine psychology, spirituality and women’s mysteries;​ – GirlStory: offering guidance and support for girls through the passage of puberty;​ – Crafting circles for women and girls.

Sal Lavallee

Member at Large

Meet Sal

Sal Lavallee is a Ngarigo-Buhlung from the Ngarigo and Yuin nations. They are a ritualist, a ceremony and law/lore keeper, meditation teacher, Expressive and Cultural Arts Therapist, experienced workshop facilitator and fat activist.

They hold an immense passion for the land and working with communities in respecting and honouring traditional owners, ancestors and spirits of place.
Their craft is a union of ancestral connection, their witchcraft traditions, their connection to the land and their living ancestral threads within an embodied passionate expression of self.
They have a passion for womens circles and ceremonies, creating safe spaces for women to create, share, laugh, cry and experience spirit together.
Sal has experience and training in board of director governance, having served as Secretariat and Executive Assistant for a large not for profit community lead organisation for over 5 years.

Marcia Ruf

Member at Large

Meet Marcia

Marcia (mar-sea-uh AKA “Marc”) is a 4th generation San Franciscan and Silicon Valley native who has been fighting for peace, equality and social justice since her political awakenings during the Vietnam war – at the ripe old age of 7. She landed in Sydney in 2010 as a GFC refugee with five suitcases, two family members, a freshly awarded Juris Doctor degree and a skilled migrant permanent residency. Since then she has:

  • been licensed as an NSW Solicitor and registered on the High Court rolls;
  • obtained Australian citizenship;
  • earned her Master of Research in Communications Policy form Macquarie University; and
  • been repeatedly made redundant in the shifting legal industry.

Marcia recently obtained her first Patent in disruptive legal services (blockchain technology) and is now pursuing a Masters of Science in Agriculture (online) to meld her love of law and policy with her decades long activism for environmental sustainability and her passions to feed people and make things grow.

Despite the ingrained cynicism of her “Yank” birth and lawyer training, Marcia tenaciously holds on to her idealistic belief that humanity is its own best resource. She also firmly holds that Women are called to be both the midwives of our cultural re-birth and the Warriors who defend our future. When she is not engaged in passionate discourse she can be found providing legal advice to vulnerable people through her local Community Legal Centre, on the archery range, singing with River City Voices, in the garden with her dog, or in the kitchen feeding any number of stray humans she has acquired over the years.

“I am an Autistic empty-nester unemployed Solicitor Crone working on my third post-graduate degree. I got nothing but love, time, education – and rage.”

Management Team

Coming soon!

Organisation Chart

Red Tent Australia
Red Tent Australia
Executive Committee
Executive Committee
Council of Elders
Council of Elders
Member at Large
Emme Krystelle
Member at Large Emme Krystelle Member at Large Emme Krystelle
Member at Large
Marcia Ruf
Member at Large Marcia Ruf Member at Large Marcia Ruf
Member at Large
Yia Alias
Member at Large Yia Alias Member at Large Yia Alias
Member at Large
Sal Lavallee
Member at Large Sal Lavallee Member at Large Sal Lavallee
President
Andrea Garcia
President Andrea Garcia President Andrea Garcia
Founder
Jill Genet
Founder Jill Genet Founder Jill Genet
Operations
Manager
Vacant
Operations Manager Vacant Operations Manager Vacant Operations Manager Vacant
Membership Coordinator
Melissa Young
Membership Coordinator Melissa Young Membership Coordinator Melissa Young
Grants and Funding
Vacant
Grants and Funding Vacant Grants and Funding Vacant
PR and Marketing
Coordinator
Pia Gaia
PR and Marketing Coordinator Pia Gaia PR and Marketing Coordinator Pia Gaia PR and Marketing Coordinator Pia Gaia
Events Coordinator
Tia S
Events Coordinator Tia S Events Coordinator Tia S
National Tents
Manager
Tia S
National Tents Manager Tia S National Tents Manager Tia S National Tents Manager Tia S
QLD
QLD
NSW
NSW
Facilitator Coordinator
Vacant
Facilitator Coordinator Vacant Facilitator Coordinator Vacant
Tent Coordinator
Jada Dawson
Tent Coordinator Jada Dawson Tent Coordinator Jada Dawson
Facilitator Coordinator
Jessica Mountford
Facilitator Coordinator Jessica Mountford Facilitator Coordinator Jessica Mountford
VIC
VIC
Facilitator Coordinator
Vacant
Facilitator Coordinator Vacant Facilitator Coordinator Vacant
Tent Coordinator
Carmel Sonsalla
Tent Coordinator Carmel Sonsalla Tent Coordinator Carmel Sonsalla
Tent Coordinator
Pia Gaia
Tent Coordinator Pia Gaia Tent Coordinator Pia Gaia
Vice President
Jade Edward
Vice President Jade Edward Vice President Jade Edward
Treasurer
Meera Allen
Treasurer Meera Allen Treasurer Meera Allen
Secretary
Lauren Grifoni
Secretary Lauren Grifoni Secretary Lauren Grifoni
Bookkeeper
Vacant
Bookkeeper Vacant Bookkeeper Vacant
Secretariat
Vacant
Secretariat Vacant Secretariat Vacant
Writer
Vacant
Writer Vacant Writer Vacant
Awards
Vacant
Awards Vacant Awards Vacant
Editor
Vacant
Editor Vacant Editor Vacant
Social Media
Vacant
Social Media Vacant Social Media Vacant
Video and Images
Vacant
Video and Images Vacant Video and Images Vacant
Website
Jade Edward
Website Jade Edward Website Jade Edward
Maidens
Vacant
Maidens Vacant Maidens Vacant
Corporate
Vacant
Corporate Vacant Corporate Vacant
Creative Director
Jill Genet
Creative Director Jill Genet Creative Director Jill Genet
Volunteer Coordinator
Josephine Ellis
Volunteer Coordinator Josephine Ellis Volunteer Coordinator Josephine Ellis
Elder
Vacant
Elder Vacant Elder Vacant
Elder
Vacant
Elder Vacant Elder Vacant
IT
Vacant
IT Vacant IT Vacant
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Red Tent Australia is looking for new team members!

Take a look at our Organisation Chart, and if you see a vacancy for something you think you’d be able to do,
or you just want to help however you can, please submit a Team Role Expression of Interest form!