Denise Cumor’s Red Tent was first built 7 years ago, after Denise spent many years doing Ladies Teas at her own house, working in feminist collectives and any other event she could muster up a cackle of witches for. The mission was to create a sacred space for womyn to explore their sexuality and learn about reproductive health. After reading, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, she was compelled to learn more about empowering with her moon cycle and wanted to integrate this knowledge into the sacred space. Into a year of doing the work, she was amazed to discover other womyn had the same calling and Red Tents have now manifested all over the world. Denise is very proud to be a part of this collective awakening and to be a part of reclaiming the tradition of moon lodges, which continually affirms her faith in facilitating sacred space for womyn. What you will find in this Red Tent is an open and comfortable environment that is lush in sensual colors and fabrics. A place of empowerment and healing. The Red Tent is open to every womyn from those that have just begun their moon times to the wise crones of the community. [Dirty Mother’s Red Tent can be inclusive of teenage girls or adult womyn only]
“The Red Tent is not just a gathering place for women to meet. It is a healing environment where women are able to process and grow. Denise has years of experience helping women to become more enlightened about their bodies and their path. She has taken the time to research her material and often consults experts in various areas to ensure the participants experience the most current and effective methods available. She continually looks to expand her knowledge through literature and peer support. As a participant, I have found the Red Tent to be a calm meditative space where I was able to heal my heart and become rejuvenated through the energy of other women. As a professional working with battered women, I have seen women who were hurting, become able to begin the mending process due to the nurturing environment facilitated by Denise’s influence. In my opinion, Denise’s Red Tent is a positive influence for all women. She is welcoming to all ages, race and backgrounds. She has something positive to offer both young women and old. When she opens her doors, she opens her heart and welcomes you in.”
– Donna Longuillo, CSW, DRCC
“Your work is some of the most important work I know. You are the divine goddess in ALL of her forms. Not just the “pretty” or the convenient parts. You are brave. You hold your ground in the face of the worst this world has to offer, and often for someone other than yourself. You walk your talk. You own your convictions in every moment of your life and can never be caught off balance by your own words. You do no harm. You understand that everyone’s work is their own and you don’t over push, you don’t over burden and you crack the whip with such fluffy love that your words and actions are motivators not things to run from.”
– Patch Kyaio
“In a world where women are constantly barraged from the media and even governments with opinions on how we should look, how we should act, how we should feel or not feel about sex, how we should do what THEY want with our bodies, that the very right over our own bodies should be someone else’s decision comes the balancing energies of The Dirty Mother. I have sat within the loving womb of her Red Tent and felt sheltered, protected, empowered and loved. The conversations and community built among the women during a red tent reminds us not only of our power as individuals but the power of women united. How our wounds and joys are shared experiences. It is with passion and joy that I encourage women to attend a ritual or rite within one of her Red Tents and be transformed among the loving wisdom of your sisters.”
– Vicki Petrella, Alchemy Healing Arts
Womyn Only: In the Red Tent we honor our collective experiences as womyn, we support and respect each womyn that finds her place in this collective. We ask that each womyn that attends a workshop or event respect and honor our yonis, our wombs, our moontimes and our collective & personal truths. If you embody the divine feminine, you are welcome.
[Adult Womyn Only: When The Red Tent is for adult only womyn at a “family friendly” event, we dedicate the space to womyns sacred sexuality. The tent will have walls and a curtained door with 18+ signs posted.]
Red Tent Vending: Along with the sacred space for womyn, The Red Tent sells empowerment tools; Books & fanzines, Glad rags, moon cups, crystal eggs & ben wah balls, Goddess statuary & rattles, Hand-made collaged art on wood, Dir-tees (themed t-shirts), [a selection of womyn made ceramic, glass and wood dildos for Adult womyn only spaces]
In The Red Tent you can purchase a Happy Luck Rock, hand painted by Dirty Mother. All proceeds go to Fair Girls, an organization that prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. Through prevention education, compassionate care, and survivor inclusive advocacy, Fair Girls creates opportunities for girls to become confidant, happy, healthy young women.
Fair Girls‘s official website.
Denise Cumor is a Priestess, Educator & Facilitator of The Red Tent, who defies the patriarchal paradigm by following her own intuitive path, through creative expression and her commitment to womyn’s empowerment in the arts & history of sexuality and divine feminine worship. Experiences that have strengthened her commitment: Clerk at the feminist/ lesbian 31st St Book Store in Baltimore, working as a Dancer for 4 years on Baltimore’s infamous ‘Block;’ teaching OB-GYN protocol & techniques to medical students with Johns Hopkins; a decade of costume design in Baltimore, directing & acting in various productions of the Vagina Monologues; A 3 year purgatory as a corporate Event Planner, Event Coordinator & Sex Educator for the Spiral Dance Women’s Center, vending, facilitating & educating in the Red Tent for 7 years in the mid-Atlantic Pagan community, Coordinator for The Scarlet Den at THE Beltane & The Inner Sanctum at Blue Ridge Beltane. She has been making music and writing poetry for over 20 years, her current musical project is Red Wound. Creating art, music and sacred space for womyn has been her joy and salvation.
A selection of workshops on the topics of divine feminine, sacred sexuality, womyn’s empowerment and reproductive health that can be taught at events or in the Red Tent. Click on a workshop’s name to view its description.
Here’s a list of this year’s scheduled Red Tent Events. Check the calendar in the sidebar for more info on each of them:
Dirty Mother is available for house calls and private events. If you are interested in having a Dirty Mother Red Tent, or womyn’s empowerment workshop at an event you are coordinating, she will provide services with no fees for groups of 12 or more within a 200 mile radius of her homestead. Space for vending empowerment tools is required. If the location is beyond a 200 mile radius, Dirty Mother is available to travel with expenses covered by the Event Coordinator or Hostess. All private bookings include a free Dirty Mother T-shirt or a $20 gift card to the Hostess or Event Coordinator. Denise is also available for consultation about starting a Red Tent collective and will freely share information with you. Please contact Denise with any and all inquiries at: