Enlivening the Sacred Feminine through Education,
Service and
frost on fir
JANUARY MONTHLY For Friends and Members of WWRL
Issue #39 - 2009
2009 WWRL Board


2009 Board
(left to right): Cathie Stone, Willow Dreamfeather, Pam Tillson, Mariah Hoyt, Mary Shackelford, Debbie Fank, Kristina Turner, Bonnie Lee Cleverdon, Christiann Howard and (not shown) Kathleen Hanning.  Photo by Anne Lohr.

Imagine What We Can Do

Wow! Our Red Lodge Board is happily expanding in 2009, from 5 to 10 women.  At our Board Retreat on January 16-18 our imaginings for 2009 will come into focus.  Conflict Evolution Council members will join us on Saturday that weekend to offer Board members a mini-workshop on Byron Katie's Work (an inquiry tool for resolving stressful thoughts and beliefs). This is the first of many steps we'll take to keep the promise we made to Therese at the Annual Meeting--to take as good care of ourselves as we do of Red Lodge!
billie and melvin Lifetime Members - Grandma Billie and Melvin

These folks with the twinkle in their eyes are two of our beloved elders, Grandma Billie Sockwomyn and her husband Melvin Swegle.  With much gratitude, the Red Lodge Board is gifting them with a Lifetime Membership in WWRL.  Althouth Billie can no longer make it to many Red Lodge gatherings, we know she is with us in spirit.  For those of you who haven't met Billie, she sings the opening prayer and Winter Solstice Song on our Moonsongs CD.

In This Issue
Imagine What We Can Do
Billie and Melvin
The Well Song
Women Weaving Hoops
Steppin' In to Councils
Imbolc Lodge
Connecting in 2009
The Well Song
There is a well
in the center of this Lodge
Let yourself
Be drawn here to drink
Its waters will fill and
change you to the core
Let yourself
Be drawn here some more

There is a well
in the center of our world
Let yourself
Be drawn here to drink
Let yourself be drawn
To the center of your Soul
Let yourself
Be drawn
Some more
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hoop Women Weaving Hoops
Free Meeting
At Catherine Place
923 South 8th Street, Tacoma, WA

"Co-facilitating our Enumclaw hoop was my first experience leading a women's group" said Deb, "and it was great!"  We were going round the circle at the North Gathering, sharing highlights of Red Lodge 2008.  Then, Willow shared what refreshing and inspiring personal rituals women created during recent hoop meetings--great to be reminded how ceremony can look so different and wear so many beautiful garments.

Weaving the Hoop That Connects is a Red Lodge service program that gathers women once-a-month to share in deeply meaningful ways.  Weaving the Hoop Handbook is a free guide (digital format) available to Red Lodge Members to help you start a hoop in your own community. On January 10th in Tacoma, women interested in starting hoops are invited to come ask questions, share intentions and experience a mini-hoop meeting.  To receive your free copy of the newly revised handbook, and/or to register and get directions to the upcoming meeting, contact: weavinghoops@wwrl.org
stepping in Steppin' In
Much gratitude to women who are newly stepping in to serve on Red Lodge Councils in 2009.  Each of you brings special gifts to this whole-hearted venture!:
Program Council:  Anne Lohr
Conflict Evolution Council: Therese Charvet, Leslie Chertok
Communications Council: Patricia Menzies, Julie Taylor
woman and fire Imbolc Lodge
February 7
Burton Hill Lodge, Vashon Island
Open to all women
Contact sweatlodge@wwrl.org for info

Imbolc falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox when the earth first begins to awaken. This time is called by many names: Imbolc, Candlemas, St Brigid's Day, and Groundhog Day. It is associated with fire, water, creative inspiration, initiation and fertility. Recognized by sailors and farmers as the first harbinger of spring, it is the time when the Pleiades begin their descent from the winter sky.

Imbolc is an auspicious time for initiation and new beginnings, and we will gather to purify, share prayers, and listen for spirit's guidance.  Jodi-Ann will serve as waterpourer and Kathleen as firetender.  Please come with your intention bundles already made.

Our Red Lodge sweat lodges are open to all women. Two lodges are scheduled for 2009, this Imbolc sweat in early February and another next November, both on Vashon Island. We also welcome requests for sweat lodge to honor personal passages or healing. For information, contact sweatlodge@wwrl.org.

frost in motion Connecting in 2009

The Monthly will arrive 8 times in your inbox this year, bringing news of Medicine Wheel Gatherings, classes, sweat lodges, drum circles, hoops and more.

The Red Lodge Online Calendar is a great way for members to list other classes and events of interest.  Thanks to all the members who have recently discovered how easy it to list events!

New in 2009 starting in February, The Quarterly Hearth Letter, edited by Mary G.L. Shackelford, will share reflections on the sacred inner workings of Red Lodge. 

Ringing in the new means letting go of the old--we have decided to discontinue our magazine-length Quarterly eNews.  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this labor of love possible for three years! 

Communications Council also envisions upgrading our website this year. We dream of Photo Galleries and a new easy-to-browse Articles Section with categories like People, Sacred Ways, Sustainability, Reviews and Recipes.  We'd like to add a search-box, an online database, and links to member's businesses, kindred non-profits, and resources members want to share.  Now we need a new web-programmer to help our dreams come true!

Drai suggested we contact Rob--a friendly professional website-developer who might be willing to help us. We called and he made a generous offer to upgrade our site in January, with Drupal-- state-of-the-art, user-managed software.  With excitement the board approved a proposal to hire Rob at his non-profit rate. 

However. . . .roll over, dreamer. . .  flurries of work have stirred up Rob's world. On the verge of the New Year, he e-mailed that he needs to postpone our project indefinitely, until he gets his other work under control, adding we might want to look for other ways. . . .

Listening for right timing, I remember that winter wraps us in her blanket so we can dream. Under layers of mulch, Mother Earth holds her tiny seeds whispering "Not yet... dream on. . . ." So, in Communications Council we are back to dreaming.  Timing is clearly in Spirit's hands.

Ever curious what's next and
Looking forward to connecting in 2009!
Kristina Turner
Upcoming Events

East Gathering

East daffodilSave the Date:
March 6-7
Enumclaw, WA

In the tenderness of early Spring, we will begin this year's journey on the Red Lodge Medicine Wheel with a gathering in Enumclaw. The WWRL Board meets on Friday evening. Saturday will be a full day of honoring the East, workshops, crafts, Wisdom Council, dinner provided by the Plateau folks and an evening of entertainment.Watch for an announcement in your inbox in February to register and for directions.
Interested in participating in a variety show Saturday evening?  Click here to contact Debbie at programs@wwrl.org.

South Sound Women's Drum Circle

otter woman2nd Fridays, 7 PM
Cedar Center, 906 Webb St. SE, Lacey, WA.
$5 suggested for facility rental + Hearth Fund donation encouraged
Open to all women
Contact Barbara at southsounddrum@wwrl.org

Join an intimate circle of women to drum, sing, and share ceremony, prayer, and wisdom teachings in an informal, friendly monthly gathering. Experience the healing power of working with a women's Mother Drum, hoop drums, rattles, and more and have fun connecting with other women through drumming. Bring your own drums and rattles if you have them. No experience necessary.

Visit our Online Calendar to browse or submit more Events of Interest

Aloha to New Members!
aloha lei

A heartfelt welcome to two new members who joined Red Lodge in fall of 2008:

1 Support Circle Member from Pt. Townsend, WA
1 Support Circle Member from West Richland, WA

And many thanks to all the members who renewed their memberships in 2008!

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Submissions to The Monthly are welcomed from WWRL Members.  Send photos or brief articles (100-400 words) with news of Red Lodge events, programs or human interest stories. Deadline is the 20th of the month preceding JAN, MAR, APRIL, JUNE, JULY, SEP, OCT and DEC. Send to: monthlyenews@wwrl.org

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