RED SEEDS IS ALL ABOUT CREATING SANCTUARY.
WE ARE WITCHY, FEMINIST, TRANS-INCLUSIVE, ANTI-RACIST, JOYFUL AND WILD.
WE ARE COLLABORATIVE, EVOLVING AND DEEPLY ROOTED.
FOR YOUTH. FOR ADULTS.
I am Tara Rubinstein - mother, teacher, writer and healer. For now, I am the jack-of-all trades; the one wearing most of the hats, here at Red Seeds. The story of who I am, and how this all came into being is in detail below. But the short version is this:
About Tara Rubinstein, Director
Artemis Pack would not exist today without the help, support and influence of ShuNahSii Rose. When I (Tara) was 13 years old, I found my way to a tiny group for girls called “The Diana Circle.” ShuNahSii created the group to be a safe space for girls. We learned about goddesses, ritual, feminist history, world culture and so many of the topics that we now explore in Artemis Pack. I continued to work closely with ShuNahSii for 25 years, studying with her adult community, and serving in a leadership position in her organization for many years.
Artemis Pack Philosophy
Magic is the human ability to picture something and, with intention and willpower, bring that vision to life. Imagination is the gift that allows us to sense/see/feel/experience the great, interconnected, web of creation. Kids are drawn to magic because they feel the great world of the unseen. Artemis Pack helps cultivate that awareness while finding joy in the creative possibilities magic contains.
Racial Justice and Trans Inclusion are critical components of a spiritual worldview that seeks to heal and repair colonialism, racism and gender based violence. This means listening to native and indigenous communities and following their current leadership. It means being accountable on issues of cultural appropriation and the exploitation of indigenous peoples and communities. It means awareness of systemic oppression and racism in this country. It means seeking and celebrating the brilliance of radical black, poc and indigenous feminisms. Trans inclusion asks us to stretch beyond the comfort zone of what we have been taught about “being a woman” - biologically, or socially. Trans inclusion means seeing the harm done by patriarchy when it insists that there are only two genders. Racial justice and trans inclusion in my work means that our sisterhood is not about being comfortable. It’s about including the widest umbrella and standing together to shape a better and more loving world.
Statement from Director, Tara Rubinstein
I have a commitment to my own lifelong work of seeing and addressing racism and transphobia in myself and the spaces I’m a part of. This is a commitment to listen and be accountable when I stumble or cause harm. I believe this is a time on the planet where we need to heal divisions and work together in new ways. But to do that takes a great undoing of the systems, beliefs, habits and values that have shaped the culture we live in. This is the work I want to be a part of.