16 September 2013
I am so grateful to the many women who have educated and guided me in cultivating inclusivity and cultural diversity at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference.
Supporting diversity is an evolving process for our wise woman web, and we are all learning together--core staff, participants, and teachers alike. We've needed to recognize our limitations, stretch our inner worlds, acknowledge we're delving into arenas that are complex and multi-faceted. And ultimately, many of us are finding the growth we're harvesting to be richly rewarding.
Last year, we took the step of introducing Unity Village. Unity Village consists of three main spaces: the Red Tent (a safe and sacred space for women of all ages and stages), the Sister Love Tent (a dedicated space for women of color) and the Wise Maidens Tent (a classroom for teen girls).
Unity Village was so well-loved that this fall we are expanding it to include the new Hearth Tent, a space for participatory activities and artistic expression, including a talking stick about diversity, dance classes, and a "loving our bodies" circle. Unity Village will also include a Hearth fire circle throughout the weekend, hosting the welcome jam, closing jam and evening fires.
We look forward to this gathering place for all women to come together to learn, laugh, and share. May we all be so blessed!