Hi, my name is Susan Landa. I was born and raised in New York and now reside in Portland, Oregon. Being somewhat empathic throughout my life, I have felt the collective pain of women suffering. In my early 20’s, I had a visitation by my female ancestors asking me to stand up and take some form of action. Now in my 50’s, I feel the urgency to take that action, wanting to leave the world a better place.
For many of us, we experience the transitions of womanhood in a less than positive light. Western women seldom have a place to go where they can exclusively be with other women to relax, nurture themselves and each other, get pampered, fed and be reflective. Women have been discouraged to allow time to honor their feminine cycles. We don’t even have a rite of passage when our daughters experience their first moons, which is a significant and pivotal time in her life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a place to hold a small celebration honoring this enormous life transition? I believe reversing this negative perception around the menstrual cycle and stages of womanhood will be extremely empowering. Moondays will be an agent for social change – transforming the norm.
Imagine Red Tents Around the World…
With a business background, I’ve come up with an idea for how to fulfill this universal yearning by opening “brick and mortar” red tents around the country and eventually around the world. My vision includes commercial spaces in socially conscious communities. These Moondays Red Tents will each house: cafés offering nourishing meals and drinks in comfortable settings, quick affordable spa-like services such as: chair massage, foot massage, hair braiding, henna tattoos and tarot readings, small boutiques selling over-the-counter natural remedies, books on the subject, feminine products, etc. and rooms for classes, workshops and private parties. The first location in SE/NE Portland, Oregon will be a prototype for a chain and/or franchise.
Who is Susan Landa, the person behind Moondays?
A few years ago, I read a captivating book by Anita Diamantcalled The Red Tent. The author depicts the red tent as a place women went in biblical times when they were on their moon — to take time out, nurture themselves and be with other women. Ever since I read the book, and got my period I would think, “Darn it! I wish there was a red tent I could go to!” After discovering many other women craved the same thing, I came up with a business, modeled on the red tent concept.
My 28 year track record in retail will lend itself well in manifesting this vision, however, I need your support to make it a reality! One thing I’ve learned in my career and personal life is that a loving and supportive community is the most important part of building something great and long lasting.
Besides being a business owner, I am a wife, mother and sister. I want my daughter and all daughters to grow up in a society that embraces our moon days and stages of womanhood, rather than shaming this natural part of life. Not only do I want my daughter to be part of a nurturing community, but I also want my son to be part of this supportive culture. Let’s not forget about our sons, fathers, and brothers; they need to be educated in how to support their friends and family members who experience these cycles in life.
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