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Amy Chavez (left) and Marybeth Wolf of the Yellow Spring Red Tent group shared practices for womb and belly self-massage at the Bhakti house on Herman Street.

Amy Chavez (left) and Marybeth Wolf of the Yellow Spring Red Tent discussed women's reproductive health at a workshop held as part of the Yellow Springs Experience.

Women’s group teaches sacred self-care

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The women who participated in a womb and belly self-care workshop on Friday learned more than massage techniques – they discovered the healing potential of a circle of women.

At the workshop, organized as part of the Yellow Springs Experience, participants learned self-massage methods that increase circulation and optimize functioning within the uterus — practices vital for reproductive health.

“To learn how to take care of our wombs and bellies is something we’ve lost touch with as a culture,” said alternative-healing practitioner Marybeth Wolf, who led the session.

The workshop was hosted by the Yellow Springs Red Tent, a local community of women focused on women’s empowerment.

“The highlight for me was learning about the power of women in nurturing ourselves and coming together to build sisterhood,” said Kim Borowski, a participant at Friday’s workshop. “It’s about the bond that’s created when women come together in intimate circles.”

The Yellow Springs Red Tent offered seven other workshops as part of the Yellow Springs Experience where participants prepared herbal medicine, sang chants, traded massages, resolved traumas and meditated through movement.

“Women are craving this,” said Wolf, who co-founded the Red Tent group in 2007 as part of a national movement. “It’s the idea of taking care of ourselves and each other.”

The movement, inspired by the 1998 Anita Diamant novel of the same name, envisions a gathering in every town across the country where women of all ages meet regularly to support one another and honor their monthly menstrual cycles.

“It’s a time for women to come together to share our stories and experiences,” said Wolf.

Educational workshops, such as those held as part of the Yellow Springs Experience, provide women with important healing tools, Wolf said. The Red Tent group especially hopes to work with teens on reproductive system self-care.

With more Red Tent workshops and gatherings planned, interested women can contact Wolf for details at


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