The Red Tent Foundation Hosts First Event at Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT—March 11, 2014—The Red Tent Foundation and Chellis House, Middlebury College’s Women’s Resource Center, hosted its first “Red Tent Event” for college women* at the McCullough Social Space on Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST.

Intended to rejuvenate and empower Middlebury students at the end of the long winter months, the event provided everyone with an opportunity to actively to relax and unwind. The college’s women were encouraged to meet new friends and have meaningful conversations in a supportive and open environment.

The beautiful red tent was set up on the stage of the McCullough Social Space, where Nicole Burke, Alyson Young, and Kestrel Plumb led three workshops. “The Story of Woman: Remembrance of Sacred Traditions” which explored the history of the Red Tent and its place in today’s world, “13 Clan Mothers” which focused on the bonds of sisterhood, and “Women's Moonlodge” which looked at giving life to the creative force within.

Additionally, on the main floor of McCullough space there were workshops on yoga, financial security for women with Heather Jerome, menstrual health and Arvigo massage with Dr. Sarah E. Wylie, and sex toys with “the naughty girlfriend” Jenn Buker.

Additionally, on the main floor of McCullough space there were workshops on yoga, financial security for women with Heather Jerome, menstrual health and Arvigo massage with Dr. Sarah E. Wylie, and sex toys with “the naughty girlfriend” Jenn Buker.

*While we recognize that there is no universal "woman" subject, for the purposes of this article, we used the terms "woman" and "women" to refer to anyone who claims that identity, regardless of their assigned sex, sexuality, etc.




About The Red Tent Foundation:

The Red Tent Foundation was created by mother-daughter duo, Patricia Charrier Attman, MD, and Sarah Rose Attman, in February 2014. The concept was inspired by Sarah's experience as a female college student from 2006-2010 where she sensed an underlying oppression based on gender.

"There was always a certain unspoken pressure to be perfect," says Sarah. "As a female, I felt it was more important to look a certain way or act a certain way rather than be who I really was. I felt compelled to create a space on college campuses for women to take off the mask that society tells us to wear and just talk about the realities of our experiences."

The symbolism of the red tent dates back to ancient times in Jacob’s tribe. It is believed that during this nomadic era women gathered in a special tent during menstruation to separate their impurities from the rest of the tribe. Within the confines of the tent these women experienced a unique sense of camaraderie, fellowship, community, and support among their mothers, sisters, daughters, and aunts.

Patricia Charrier Attman, MD is the medical director for the new organization. She works as a psychiatrist for college students and serves as an associate professor at the University of Maryland.

"I see countless young adults for issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addiction. College students feel the weight of societal demands in conflict with how they self identify. This pressure can affect them negatively."

The mission of The Red Tent Foundation is to improve the lives of college students, by focusing on emotional health, spirituality, building authentic community, body image and facilitating authentic conversation about being a woman in today’s world. We implement these goals by traveling to college campuses throughout the country and setting up a physical red tent as both a symbol and an event space.

To learn more about the foundation or to inquire about making a donation, please visit redtentfoundation.org or email info@redtentfoundation.org