A piece in today’s Times:
There will be meditation, feminist debate [J4MB: Sounds like fun…] and a chance to rekindle the art of ancient handcrafts — all in the name of the sisterhood.
Woman Fest, open to anyone who “identifies as a woman”, is billed as an attempt to explore the power and magic that women can create together.
While there won’t be loud rock music or mosh pits, there will be sacred sexuality workshops, wild foraging, and even vaginal steaming, the alternative health treatment popularised by the actress Gwyneth Paltrow that is said to help with menstrual cramps.
Guests are encouraged to put on workshops based around their skills.
Tiana Jacout, 30, co-founder of the festival, said she was inspired by the women’s marches and Me Too and Time’s Up campaigns. She hopes to draw a crowd of 400 people when it is held next month on a farm near Frome, Somerset.
“It’s an extraordinary time to be a woman as we see the old patterns and oppression being shrugged off,” she said.
“That’s why we made Woman Fest: it’s a shameless celebration of all that makes us! To gather in a space with women of all shapes, sizes, [J4MB: The event will be a magnet for 300+ kilo women] colours, . . . to reconnect and grow the network of empowered and authentic women.”
She hopes that the festival will provide women with the space, without men, to share experiences and ideas. She told The Observer: “[It] will celebrate women’s creativity and potential: it’s all about realising what we can do and be, and sharing our gifts freely.”
There will be an expression stage, where anyone can perform, and a creativity tent for workshops. In the women’s circle participants will be invited to share stories, songs or prayers, while the sacred womb tent will be a “space for contemplation”.
The festival is from August 16-19. Tickets cost £225, with profits to be shared with the tree-planting charity Tree Sisters.
A comment from John Barleycorn:
So it could be crashed by thousands of men self-identifying as women?
Who’s up for it?
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