Is Mastery worth the investment?
Not only did I not have the money, I didn’t even know how I was going to get to New York. I was 27 years old, living in Georgia, and making less than 30K a year. But I was clear: I’m going to make a way. It was so scary. But I did it. And my financial life is unrecognizable now. Post-Mastery, I remember the first time I did an $8500 month. Since then, I’ve earned that consistently, or better. ~Denise Cooper, Age 36
Invest in yourself. Because you deserve it, and it will pay itself back in full. Investing in yourself is the best decision you will ever make, and it will pay you back over and over again. ~Sade
When I started Mastery I was a grad student, working to get my doctorate, and
making peanuts. Mastery came together for me in so many ways because I decided to stand for myself. I didn’t have a penny to my name. But every month, things came together. Money came from out of nowhere. So it’s really not about the money. It’s the commitment that you make to yourself, and when you put that signal out, the whole universe comes to make sure that happens for you. A year since taking Mastery, that credit card that I used is paid off in full and I am connected to myself, to my sisters and to the divine. ~Erika P., Age 31
When I heard how much Mastery cost, I said, “Well thank you so much, and goodbye.” But thank god I came back. It was worth every cent I have spent on it. ~Karen Fitzgerald, Age 62
Halfway through the program, I got my first 5-figure paycheck—that literally triple-paid what Mastery cost. So yes, it was totally fucking worth it. If you are called to do it, do it. ~K. A.
Will Mastery help me find love, or have a better dating life?
I had degrees from Yale and Harvard and achieved great career success. But I felt like, “What’s the matter with me that I can’t attract love into my life?” Mastery was this adventure about loving every nook and cranny of my being, because that was the missing key to attracting a man into my life. Every weekend, I was lovingly pushed and embraced by sisterhood to love all the parts of me that I found unlovable. And I have to tell you, I created the most incredible love affair in Mastery. ~Tiffany
When I walked through the doors of the School of Womanly Arts, I was getting a divorce at the age of 37. I was beyond devastated. On the other side of this journey, I am a proud new mama at the age of 41, partnered with my husband and best friend, and surrounded by sisters. ~Leslie
Before Mastery, I really wasn’t dating. No one ever looked at me in my 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s! Now I’m 65, and the men are lining up. It’s so amazing. I am amazed every time. ~Sandi
I’m super busy. How much time will it take?
The most important time commitment in Mastery is to show up for the live weekends (but read answer #4 if you have a conflict). Beyond the live sessions, the Mastery time commitment is really up to you, and what fits in your life. You can spend an hour a week and rock Mastery, or you can spend an hour a day and rock Mastery. Think of the homework, practice calls, and online support as a buffet—you can pick and choose what you’re attracted to, you can try a little bit everything, or you can go ahead and gorge yourself on all of it!
All I really had to do was show up and be in the room. I have to confess: I didn’t start doing the homework and all the things we’re supposed to do until Mastery ended. I mean, I’m a therapist, almost finished with my PhD in Clinical Psychology – and I tell you, all I had to do was show up for four weekends, and my entire life changed around it. ~Sophia, Age 36
I have a date conflict. Should I wait until next year?
It depends. We encourage you to move mountains to attend all live sessions of Mastery. Class time is packed with powerful experiences and important curriculum. That said, if you have to miss a portion of live class time, we do audio record all sessions, so you’ll be able to listen and catch up. The decision to wait a year is very personal—the real question is, can your Mastery desires wait a year? We’ve had students wait until the following year, we’ve had students miss a weekend and still have a life-changing experience in Mastery, and we’ve had students move date conflicts that initially seemed set in stone.
I don't even know what I desire. Should I wait until I’m clear on what I want?
I thought, ‘I’ve been to therapy; I’ve done a lot of work; I’m not even sure what I’m going to get out of this.’ But the thing is, this community and the sisterhood seduces that out of you. Because there’s another sister in the room that shows you, through her story, what it is you desire and are called towards. That’s the beauty of it. They are your mirrors and you are a mirror for them. If you allow yourself to let those fires get stoked, it will be there for you. Just come in open to how you are going to unfold. ~Ninna Amora
I came to Mastery very specifically because I wanted to quit my job. But by the end of Mastery, I wanted so much more than I ever thought possible – things I didn’t even know I wanted, or could have. Mastery opens a lot of portals. There’s no limit. Desires and possibilities that you have no idea you have will open up for you. ~Clare S.
Mama Gena annoys me and I hate pink. What if I hate it?
To say I was skeptical of this whole Mama Gena business would be a vast understatement. I looked at the website and figured all of the women in the pictures must be actors. “Ridiculous,” I thought, “The women in the videos, talking about how great their lives were now—good make-up, semi-good acting and scripted poorly, I might add—who could believe all that? They should have made it more believable.” ~Patty Birch
When I enrolled in Mastery, my husband had cheated on me, and we were in the middle of a divorce. I went to an intro weekend, and I hated every second of it. I hated Mama Gena. I hated all those women. And if one more woman stood up and said something like “I had sex last night, and he read me poetry!” I thought I was gonna die. Honestly, I signed up for Mastery because I knew that if I hated it so much, I belonged here. I’m so grateful I didn’t bail. ~Tracy, Age 50
I don’t believe there is a word to describe how resistant I was before signing up. I turned around and went back to the hotel three times the first night of Mastery. I was ashamed of my sexuality when I came here. I hadn’t been in a relationship for 30 years. I can tell you now that I believe in love, and I believe in love for myself. I feel more accepted in this room than I ever have in my entire life. I am totally transformed. ~Laurie Irwin, Age 65
Will Mastery help me on a deep emotional level?
I used to feel shame all the time. Shame for being a woman with no voice. Shame for feeling not good enough, accomplished enough, well-dressed enough. Most of all, shame at not standing for the life I knew I wanted and was capable of. When I signed up for Mastery, I had no idea who would watch my kids, or how I would pay for it. I only knew that I would be there. There was a woman inside me crying to come out and I knew it was her time. Going through the Mastery program was one of the biggest miracles in my life. My shame has completely lifted and I now walk into a group, a party, an interview, into a store, the mechanic, anywhere, with a deep knowing that I am ok. Not only ok, but I have my power and my pleasure at my fingertips at all times. I have friends I call on; they will have my back and stand for my empowered womanhood, and I for theirs. I learned how to let go of indecision over every area of my life every day. I can tap into the places in my body that know my truth. I now know my truth. I now know what it’s like to feel fully alive. ~ Esther Fink
As a child, my stepfather molested me. And I was made to feel like it was my fault. And so I started to make my body small. And I started to cave. And I began to not move. And I began to make my hips and my butt tight. And I took that smallness, that narrowness, into every area of my life. I couldn’t breathe; I felt like I was girdled. When I stepped into Mastery, of course I thought this place was crazy. These women were alive, and I thought, “What is wrong with them?!” But what I felt in my body was that I wanted to be like them. I couldn’t stay that small; I was suffocating. Now, I move. And I am dancing every chance I get. And I am rolling these hips, and I am making grandmotherhood look really good. ~ Bernadette, Age 49
I’ve done a lot of personal development work. Will Mastery go deep enough?
I came to Mama Gena’s as an Ivy League-educated feminist, a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College where I intensively studied gender and race. On the first afternoon of Mastery, I sat in my seat pouring tears. Tears of disbelief, tears of rage, tears of deep sadness, and tears of relief. Because in one day, she gave me more wisdom toward the seat of my empowerment than I had gotten from 4 years of education at one of the world’s most respected women’s colleges. ~ Kelly
Mastery begins the moment you sign up. I had not encountered anything more compelling or terrifying than that idea. Compelling, because it promised change. Terrifying, because it required change. I didn’t actually attend my first Mastery. I fled under the pretense that I would hate it. That no one would like me. I wouldn’t like anyone else. That Mama Gena would fall short of my expectations, thus ruining that which had already changed in my life when I read her book. I feared the people that loved me would think I was absurd and crazy. It would be better to simply acknowledge that at the root of my feeling of displacement in the world, there was some irreconcilable chemical imbalance. It was better to stay home. Thankfully, gratefully, all of us have paths back to ourselves. I had a sister standing for me. And when she invited me back to Mastery for what we shall call my “second Mastery,” I sobbed into her arms. I sobbed because I had proven to myself beyond a shadow of a doubt that I could not go any further without this work and this community. I sobbed because I had to show up. Mama Gena, you did not disappoint. ~ Kasha, Age 34
I don’t live in New York. Can I still do Mastery?
I’m Australian and I live in Singapore. I fly 24 hours every Mastery weekend. I have a husband and three children. It is not easy. It is a big sacrifice, every time. But it is that important. It’s worth it. You will not even recognize your life when you’re done. ~ Mirna
I’m from Seattle so to travel here from the West Coast is a big deal but for me it’s worth anything that I have to do to get myself here to do it. It’s worth the time. The money. The energy. The effort to be here to do this. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to do this work, I have gotten to have everything that I’ve wanted and more. ~Fran Buchanan, Age 63
Traveling in from Utah has been divine, it’s made my life so much juicer. I go off and have these delicious experiences in NYC and sometimes I just go, wow, this is my astonishingly glamorous life. When I first signed up for Mastery it was a huge deal on every level, a time commitment, a financial commitment, what I found out was that when I committed to myself, my life architected to support my desires. ~Kristen Dalzen
How will Mastery help me as a mother?
Starting with caring for me has helped me to be more present for my family. Mastery has helped me be more mindful and deliberate about raising girls. ~Wokie
It wasn’t easy to take the time away from my kids, but I stood in my knowing that until I was whole, I could not be there for them. I know that when I’m good and whole, I’m giving them permission to be good and whole. And I’ll tell you what: my girls, they are rocking their teenage years, and we are connected in ways I wouldn’t have believed. Take care of you and they’re going to be great. ~Sarah Sherwood, Age 50
Will Mastery support my career growth?
I had received an evaluation from my boss that said I wasn’t performing. With the tools that I learned in Mastery, I’ve since negotiated 6 weeks vacation in the summer to be with my son, a salary and a title of Executive Vice President. A year ago I didn’t know if I would have a job. I now earn close to $250K after starting in the industry 10 years ago making 38K. I have a pink boa in my office. We do dance breaks. And it’s all because of a paradigm shift that happened in Mastery. All I can say is: Trust this woman. I can honestly tell you my life has changed phenomenally. ~Victoria, Age 44
When I got into the Mastery community, I met some major powerhouses who inspired me to be my own powerhouse. I started my own business as a money coach. I was making $35,000 a year. Now, last year I cleared just over $150,000 on my own. Myself. I get paid to be me. Mastery gave me the ability to identify what it was I desired, to create it out of thin air and to have the confidence to go for it. There is no blueprint for what I do now, and if you told me 10 years ago that I’d be doing this and getting paid for it, I wouldn’t have believed you. ~Denise Cooper, Age 37
I remember signing up for mastery because I wanted to build my business, yet my concern was that it wasn’t a business program. It seemed crazy to me that I was putting so much money into something that wasn’t in a box that I could understand and could tell other people I was doing. I look back and the day that I signed up, literally from that day forward, it’s been this constant growth and stability in my business. I’m more creative in my business, I have more impact, I’m more myself. As an entrepreneur you get into the mindset of, “Oh, well, this is the day to get the work done.” Going through the program, you’re given permission to turn anything into a really enjoyable activity. I was having so much fun just being in my business and working on my business, that then it started growing. Doing what I dreamed of doing my whole life and having a fantastic time doing it, that’s the part I almost missed, really enjoying it. ~Elizabeth Johnson, Age 35
I'm LBGTQ – is this a safe space for me?
Every woman is welcome here, and celebrated for exactly who she is. We are more than happy to connect with you one-on-one, to hear more about your identity, your experiences, and any questions you may have about the program. We’ll help you feel into whether it’s a great fit, and we’d love to have you if so.
“When I signed up for Mastery in 2012, I had just come out to myself. I was anxious about entering that room of women, whom I assumed were all femme and hetero and obsessed with pink. Halfway through weekend two, I ended up coming out to everyone during a class session and was wholly embraced by the community. Some of the teachings are fairly hetero-normative, but I can filter them through my lens, take what works for me and let go of anything that doesn’t resonate. The program was a game-changer for me, and I use the tools I learned all the time.” ~Rica Bryan, Age 30
Will Mastery help me with my body issues?
Honestly when I signed up for Mastery, I wanted to come out a size 6, and maybe with a ring on my finger. But you know what? That’s not what it’s about. Now, I have a healthier body image, and that’s huge, because those negative body image issues were not just mine—they are those of so many women living among us! Coming to this peaceful place I feel heals not only me, but somewhere helps to end that cycle of self-flagellation that exists among so many women, not just physically, on so many levels. Now, I look in the mirror and approve of myself. ~Miriam
Before Mastery I pretty much hated myself, and every time I walked past the mirror and looked at myself, I found something that was not beautiful, that I found imperfect. It really was traumatizing to walk past the mirror. I didn’t even know what my own smile looked like. Now, after Mastery, I adore every part of my body. I adore my hair, my face, my eyes. I sometimes spend time adoring my body, and every time I look in the mirror I think, “Oh, you’re so cute.” And now, I’m using my body. I’m integrated with my body, and what I feel through my body is very important information. And much more pleasurable. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but now, I really understand what a gift I am. That’s the gift that I now freely bring to the world. ~Tatiana, Age 39
Because of Mastery, I started taking a different care of myself. And now, I’ve just got a whole new body. 60 pounds gone. ~ Ayodele Moore, Age 67
You have to know that this Goddess has avoided the beach for almost 20 years, unwilling to show my ample thighs to the world at large. Now, well, things have changed. Now I stand here for every woman who has a self-image issue, as I learned to love myself, every inch of me, just as I am in this moment. ~Paula Liscio, Age 66
Can Mastery support my marriage?
My marriage of now 16 years is my work of art. My intense gratitude is to you for your intervention at year 15. Because I was very, very close to throwing it away out of sheer frustration and boredom. ~T.W.
Nearly 9 years ago, when I began my studies at the School, I had one question I wanted answered: “Should I stay in this marriage?” At the time, my marriage was not working and we were very stuck. Recently retired from a successful business career, my husband had little sense of who he was, feeling lost and less. We were not having fun; I was unsatisfied with my sex life, and I was beginning to doubt whether that would ever change. I can now say that at age 80, I’ve never felt more happy, beautiful, sexy and sensual, or deeply connected to my husband than I do right now. Yes, 80! At a time of life when most women of my generation have retired their sensuality, I am proof that there is so much more that’s possible. Bob and I have been married 30 years, and it’s better than ever. ~Jane
One of the reasons I decide to do Mastery was I thought it might be able to help me find a graceful exit from the marriage but when I got into Mastery, I realize it really wasn’t about him. It was about me. First of all, learning to figure out for myself what I wanted, and then learning to ask for what I wanted in the relationship. It’s been so amazing how willing my husband has been to give me what I want and to please me. He really is an amazing guy, I just needed to learn to ask. ~Fran Buchanan, Age 63
What’s the community and sisterhood like?
The sisterhood I discovered changed my life. Women who believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself. Women who held the vision for me when my desires seemed so far away. Women who put the mirror up in front of me, to keep me accountable to my truth. Our support for each other is deeply healing, paradigm-shifting. ~Leslie
About 7 months before Mastery, my dad died. And that’s what brought me here, because I didn’t know how to deal with the grief, and I didn’t know what to do with all of the emotions I was having. And I got so much more than learning how to get through the grief. And I got this community. So when the grief comes up, and the rage comes up, I have sisters that I can reach out to. It’s a space where you have the permission to go to that point, and you can do it, and you’re held by so many people. ~Lauren Joyce, Age 26
The mastery community was different for me then I feel like it is for a lot of people. As an introvert, I thought I was going to have to become someone else, like be the woman who’s up there sharing and raising her hand. At first, I would literally go to class and then I’d go home and be by myself; but quickly, as I learned I could show up in the community and they would meet me and accept me wherever I was, I got to spend more time. I got to be in community more often. I got to depend on that community. It was a little slower for me, but it was perfectly timed. The community met me wherever I was, and that was something I hadn’t experienced before. It was a great feeling. ~Elizabeth Johnson, Age 35
My life is already great! Why take Mastery?
Before I came to Mastery, this course was a “nice to have,” not a “need to have.” I was happy and proud of who I was. I was a successful executive director, had an amazing partner who loved me, and a strong relationship with myself. And yet still…something was missing. Then here in Mastery, in this conversation, in this chaotic ebb and flow of longing, understanding, and history—I found my home, my voice, and my Self. I began to notice all the areas in my life that I had squinted past, all the ways I had compromised, the areas I had settled in, the chances I didn’t take, and the life I was ultimately too afraid to live. On this journey I’ve been able to create epic friendships and cultivate a fairy-tale romance with my fiance. I am finally pursuing my purpose on this planet, and am leading a life that fills my heart and sources my soul. ~Sacha
Is it too late for me?
Before Mastery I thought it was too late for me. I used to say, “I’ll never be one of those gorgeous women; I’ll never be in love; I’ll never be successful. I’ll never be, I’ll never be I’ll never be . . .” The greatest thing that happened in Mastery was that that voice shut the f*ck up. ~Leslie, Age 49
Many years before Mastery I had gone through a divorce. I had been in a 25 year lonely, empty, sexlessmarriage and once I got divorced I did not date for like 10 years, and I couldn’t. There was this fear, like, I was too old. Well, since Mastery I have started dating again, I’ve had several hot lovers these past few years and now I have another on in the wings and it’s just getting better and better. ~Karen Fitzgerald, Age 63
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