Below are our most common FAQs—the burning questions that women have when considering Mastery. After reading through them, if you have further questions don’t hesitate to reach out.

Top FAQs

Is Mastery worth the investment?

Not only did I not have the money,...

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
 

SadeLInvest 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 ErikaPcame 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 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 ...

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 EstherFinkfingertips 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
 

BernAs 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 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 ...

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 NinnaAanother 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.

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 ...

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

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...

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

TatianaBefore 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

Paula-LiscioBecause 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

I can say that my life is unrecognizable—in amazing ways—because of Mastery, and the sisterhood in my life as a result. ~Sarah Charlesworth

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, ...

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 Sarah-Sherwoodcould 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

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....

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.
 
In terms of curriculum, The School of Womanly Arts’ Mastery program is for women. And the dialogue in the room is driven by the women in the room. Many of the women who take Mastery are heterosexual. And many of the women who take Mastery are lesbian, bisexual, and queer. There are so very many ways to be a woman.
 
What we do in the room is reclamation — reclamation of our bodies, reclamation of our full emotional range, reclamation of our desire. Even when we’re reconnecting with our erotic selves, it has very little to do with who we sleep with.
 
Every woman will adapt the curriculum to suit her.
 
rica“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 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 ...

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 knowvictoria 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

DeniseCWhen 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,ElizabethJ 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

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. ...

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.

Jane

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, ...

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
 

Lauren-JoyceAbout 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

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 ...

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, “ThePattyB 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

LaurieII 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

It’s really good to be able to say, “I’m happy”. ~Fran Buchanan

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 ...

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 ...

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 Lesliegreatest 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 karencouldn’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

I’m drawn to the idea of taking Womanly Arts Mastery but I am also really nervous.

Oh, sister, you are not alone. It is entirely okay and reasonable to feel nervous, anxious, even downright scared. You don’t know what exactly you might be getting yourself into. We can tell you what the curriculum is but that doesn’t tell you how it will feel to be in the room. It’s not like anything you’ve ever done before — that’s just kinda scary.   And if you’re shy or an introvert, then there is a whole host of other wonderings you may have — will I have to do embarrassing things? will it all be dreaded “group work”? what if I don’t connect with other women? Can we tell you a not-so-secret secret? Regena herself identifies as shy. So Mama Gena has designed this whole experience to be manageable for the timid as much as the brave (and she knows we are all a little bit of both). You will be invited to press your own edges, but never, never will you be required to do anything without your consent. Period. You’re in charge of how you play. And as for connecting with other women… we make it easy and natural. The majority of the women in the room come without knowing anyone else. And they walk in feeling uncertain and nervous and sometimes terrified too. And we find our way together. ...

Oh, sister, you are not alone. It is entirely okay and reasonable to feel nervous, anxious, even downright scared. You don’t know what exactly you might be getting yourself into. We can tell you what the curriculum is but that doesn’t tell you how it will feel to be in the room. It’s not like anything you’ve ever done before — that’s just kinda scary.
 
And if you’re shy or an introvert, then there is a whole host of other wonderings you may have — will I have to do embarrassing things? will it all be dreaded “group work”? what if I don’t connect with other women? Can we tell you a not-so-secret secret? Regena herself identifies as shy. So Mama Gena has designed this whole experience to be manageable for the timid as much as the brave (and she knows we are all a little bit of both). You will be invited to press your own edges, but never, never will you be required to do anything without your consent. Period. You’re in charge of how you play. And as for connecting with other women… we make it easy and natural. The majority of the women in the room come without knowing anyone else. And they walk in feeling uncertain and nervous and sometimes terrified too. And we find our way together.

Should I attend an Intro Event before enrolling in Mastery?

The intro events, what we call The Womanly Arts Experience, are single-weekend events, designed to give women a taste of Mastery and an embodied sense of the work. You’ll have the opportunity to sample our curriculum, speak with seasoned graduates, witness Regena teach live, and decide whether Mastery is the right fit for you. Simply put –– it’s just a teaser for the real thing (but such a great teaser!).   If you already know that Mastery is in your future or you missed this year’s Experience events, then not to worry; an intro weekend isn’t necessary. Many of our students enroll without ever having attended The Experience. However, if you have lingering questions about our program and want to dip a toe in, there is no better way to get a felt sense of the work. (You can find dates and see if space is still available for The Experience here.)...

The intro events, what we call The Womanly Arts Experience, are single-weekend events, designed to give women a taste of Mastery and an embodied sense of the work. You’ll have the opportunity to sample our curriculum, speak with seasoned graduates, witness Regena teach live, and decide whether Mastery is the right fit for you. Simply put –– it’s just a teaser for the real thing (but such a great teaser!).
 
If you already know that Mastery is in your future or you missed this year’s Experience events, then not to worry; an intro weekend isn’t necessary. Many of our students enroll without ever having attended The Experience. However, if you have lingering questions about our program and want to dip a toe in, there is no better way to get a felt sense of the work. (You can find dates and see if space is still available for The Experience here.)

Logistics

Where does Mastery take place?

Womanly Arts Mastery takes place in Manhattan, in a theater or other special venue. The address and specific location details will be sent to you as soon as you enroll. What we can tell you here is that for Mastery 2019, the Mastery classroom is going to be one of the most extraordinary yet....

Womanly Arts Mastery takes place in Manhattan, in a theater or other special venue. The address and specific location details will be sent to you as soon as you enroll. What we can tell you here is that for Mastery 2019, the Mastery classroom is going to be one of the most extraordinary yet.

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....

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

FranBI’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 KristenDdelicious 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

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 ...

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 the 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...

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.
 
One thing that isn’t possible is to take “make-up” sessions in future years. Because Mastery nurtures sisterhood, cohesion, both of which require us to honor a safe container for the work and the community, we do not allow women to make-up missed classes at a later date.

Is the Mastery classroom accessible?

The venue is wheelchair-accessible and has accessible bathrooms. If there is an accommodation you require due to disability, please tell us. We want to make sure everyone has what they need....

The venue is wheelchair-accessible and has accessible bathrooms. If there is an accommodation you require due to disability, please tell us. We want to make sure everyone has what they need.

What is the itinerary for the intensives in New York City?

All three Mastery intensives will follow the same itinerary. Classes will begin promptly at 10am and run until 6pm ET on both Friday and Saturday, with a lunch break from 1 – 3pm each day. (Your Sunday is open — New York City is your playground!) We ask that you arrive around 9:30 am on both Friday and Saturday, to give yourself time to check in and get settled prior to the start of class. If you are planning to meet friends, you can do so in the lobby of the venue beforehand. Keep in mind, there is no assigned seating. We encourage you to switch things up and sit with new women whenever possible!...

All three Mastery intensives will follow the same itinerary. Classes will begin promptly at 10am and run until 6pm ET on both Friday and Saturday, with a lunch break from 1 – 3pm each day. (Your Sunday is open — New York City is your playground!) We ask that you arrive around 9:30 am on both Friday and Saturday, to give yourself time to check in and get settled prior to the start of class. If you are planning to meet friends, you can do so in the lobby of the venue beforehand. Keep in mind, there is no assigned seating. We encourage you to switch things up and sit with new women whenever possible!

I will be traveling from out of town. Do you have recommendations for where to stay?

As soon as you enroll, you’ll receive a welcome email that contains a comprehensive Travel and Accommodations Guide that includes nearby hotel recommendations, budget booking sites, and a link to our virtual room-share document, which you can use to coordinate with fellow participants about lodging and carpools in the city. Mastery students have been ever so creative finding their best sleepover set-ups — from couch-surfing to sharing the swankiest Manhattan lofts.   So there are no surprises, accommodations and airfare are not included in the cost of tuition for any of the School’s programming.   TRAVEL BY PLANE New York has three major airports –– LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy, and Newark –– which gives you some flexibility when booking flights! You can pick whichever airport has the cheapest and most convenient options from your home state/country.   TRAVEL BY BUS/TRAIN If you are planning to travel by bus/train, Go Buses, Amtrak, and/or Peter Pan Bus are some good places to start.   TRAVEL BY CAR If you are traveling by car, Best Parking is a great website to help you locate parking in the city. You can also download the Best Parking app on your phone and have it accessible during your trip. ...

As soon as you enroll, you’ll receive a welcome email that contains a comprehensive Travel and Accommodations Guide that includes nearby hotel recommendations, budget booking sites, and a link to our virtual room-share document, which you can use to coordinate with fellow participants about lodging and carpools in the city. Mastery students have been ever so creative finding their best sleepover set-ups — from couch-surfing to sharing the swankiest Manhattan lofts.
 
So there are no surprises, accommodations and airfare are not included in the cost of tuition for any of the School’s programming.
 
TRAVEL BY PLANE
New York has three major airports –– LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy, and Newark –– which gives you some flexibility when booking flights! You can pick whichever airport has the cheapest and most convenient options from your home state/country.
 
TRAVEL BY BUS/TRAIN
If you are planning to travel by bus/train, Go Buses, Amtrak, and/or Peter Pan Bus are some good places to start.
 
TRAVEL BY CAR
If you are traveling by car, Best Parking is a great website to help you locate parking in the city. You can also download the Best Parking app on your phone and have it accessible during your trip.

So… how does one dress for Womanly Arts Mastery?

Mastery students can have so much fun with attire! There are opportunities to dress to theme for some of the sessions, if students wish. (We’ll give you notice before each weekend so you can plan.) Much of the Mastery curriculum involves movement, so you would wear anything that makes you feel both confident and good in your body. Naturally, that will look different for every woman. You can wear anything from jeans and flats, to a skirt and heels, or yoga pants and sneakers –– there is no set dress code. As long as you feel beautiful, anything goes....

Mastery students can have so much fun with attire! There are opportunities to dress to theme for some of the sessions, if students wish. (We’ll give you notice before each weekend so you can plan.) Much of the Mastery curriculum involves movement, so you would wear anything that makes you feel both confident and good in your body. Naturally, that will look different for every woman. You can wear anything from jeans and flats, to a skirt and heels, or yoga pants and sneakers –– there is no set dress code. As long as you feel beautiful, anything goes.

Curriculum

What is the time commitment between intensives?

As you know, Mastery consists of three live weekends in Manhattan. We bridge this series of intensives with a number of resources to keep students engaged with the work and connected to each other between live classroom sessions. There are practice calls twice a week, a stellar lineup of guest speakers, homework assignments, and a private Facebook group that will serve as your homebase for student communications throughout the course.   We like to think of these offerings as a metaphorical buffet. Participation is always optional––you can pick and choose what works best for your schedule and tailor the experience to fit your needs. Whether you spend an hour a week, an hour a day, or no time at all, is totally up to you! You can still expect to have a life-changing experience in Mastery that extends beyond the classroom. ...

As you know, Mastery consists of three live weekends in Manhattan. We bridge this series of intensives with a number of resources to keep students engaged with the work and connected to each other between live classroom sessions. There are practice calls twice a week, a stellar lineup of guest speakers, homework assignments, and a private Facebook group that will serve as your homebase for student communications throughout the course.
 
We like to think of these offerings as a metaphorical buffet. Participation is always optional––you can pick and choose what works best for your schedule and tailor the experience to fit your needs. Whether you spend an hour a week, an hour a day, or no time at all, is totally up to you! You can still expect to have a life-changing experience in Mastery that extends beyond the classroom.

Will there be one-on-one time with Regena? Will I feel lost in such a big classroom?

The Mastery classroom experience is a designed to be both interactive and individual. Regena facilitates each of the in-person classroom weekends, presenting on a wide range of topics, leading exercises, and initiating dialogue — you will get a lot of Regena. Should you desire to share your story, you will have multiple opportunities to be heard and witnessed in the room –– in large group discussions, smaller paired shares, or as a volunteer during live demonstrations. Raise your hand and Regena may call on you, but if she doesn’t, somehow you will still always hear the story you needed to hear. It’s pretty amazing!   One of the core strengths of this program is its unique emphasis on sisterhood. We want you to see each other as allies in this process of self-discovery, learning how to support one another in meaningful ways. If you’re looking for an individual coaching program, this may not be the right fit. But if your goal is to learn from Regena while connecting deeply with other women, Mastery offers just that––a community of practice and unparalleled support.   And, it is surprising, but the more women in the room, the more intimate it actually feels. The energy of so many women together creates a kind of closeness that we don’t experience anywhere else in life. ...

The Mastery classroom experience is a designed to be both interactive and individual. Regena facilitates each of the in-person classroom weekends, presenting on a wide range of topics, leading exercises, and initiating dialogue — you will get a lot of Regena. Should you desire to share your story, you will have multiple opportunities to be heard and witnessed in the room –– in large group discussions, smaller paired shares, or as a volunteer during live demonstrations. Raise your hand and Regena may call on you, but if she doesn’t, somehow you will still always hear the story you needed to hear. It’s pretty amazing!
 
One of the core strengths of this program is its unique emphasis on sisterhood. We want you to see each other as allies in this process of self-discovery, learning how to support one another in meaningful ways. If you’re looking for an individual coaching program, this may not be the right fit. But if your goal is to learn from Regena while connecting deeply with other women, Mastery offers just that––a community of practice and unparalleled support.
 
And, it is surprising, but the more women in the room, the more intimate it actually feels. The energy of so many women together creates a kind of closeness that we don’t experience anywhere else in life.

Do you offer a live-stream option for remote participation?

No. We strive to provide the safest of containers for all of our Mastery attendees. This means honoring the sacred space of the classroom and the privacy of our participants by keeping sensitive material offline. We do, however, provide audio recordings of all class sessions and Guest Speaker calls, which are accessible only to registered students via the private Facebook group....

No. We strive to provide the safest of containers for all of our Mastery attendees. This means honoring the sacred space of the classroom and the privacy of our participants by keeping sensitive material offline. We do, however, provide audio recordings of all class sessions and Guest Speaker calls, which are accessible only to registered students via the private Facebook group.

What if I have to miss a weekend?

The importance of attending all three Mastery intensives cannot be overstated. There is no substitute for live participation, hands-on learning, and face-to-face engagement with your peers. We urge you to make the most of your Mastery experience by being present for each weekend — even if that means making space in your otherwise busy schedule. We know it’s hard, but it’s so worth it.   In the event that conflicts arise, you can use the workbooks and audio recordings to catch up on past material. We also suggest contacting your fellow students to practice the tools that you missed. If you’re willing to get creative, there are lots of ways to stay caught up and still have a satisfying Mastery experience! ...

The importance of attending all three Mastery intensives cannot be overstated. There is no substitute for live participation, hands-on learning, and face-to-face engagement with your peers. We urge you to make the most of your Mastery experience by being present for each weekend — even if that means making space in your otherwise busy schedule. We know it’s hard, but it’s so worth it.
 
In the event that conflicts arise, you can use the workbooks and audio recordings to catch up on past material. We also suggest contacting your fellow students to practice the tools that you missed. If you’re willing to get creative, there are lots of ways to stay caught up and still have a satisfying Mastery experience!

Who are the Guest Speakers this year?

Every year, we bring together a diverse group of experts, thought leaders, and acclaimed educators to teach our Mastery students. Over the course of the program, you will hear from several powerhouse women presenting on big-picture topics like sex, finance, business, health, activism, and global stewardship. While next year’s schedule is still in the works, past speakers include Barbara Stanny, Geneen Roth, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Kelly Brogan, Leymah Gbowee, Jaiya, and Samina Ali––among others.   In order to maximize your class time with Regena, these teachers will present over the phone and between intensives in a series of scheduled tele-classes. If you happen to miss a call, you can go back and access the recording in our Facebook group at your leisure. Mastery Guest Speakers are consistently a highlight of the course –– expect inspiring dialogue, strong female voices, and a wide range of enlightening perspectives! ...

Every year, we bring together a diverse group of experts, thought leaders, and acclaimed educators to teach our Mastery students. Over the course of the program, you will hear from several powerhouse women presenting on big-picture topics like sex, finance, business, health, activism, and global stewardship. While next year’s schedule is still in the works, past speakers include Barbara Stanny, Geneen Roth, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Kelly Brogan, Leymah Gbowee, Jaiya, and Samina Ali––among others.
 
In order to maximize your class time with Regena, these teachers will present over the phone and between intensives in a series of scheduled tele-classes. If you happen to miss a call, you can go back and access the recording in our Facebook group at your leisure. Mastery Guest Speakers are consistently a highlight of the course –– expect inspiring dialogue, strong female voices, and a wide range of enlightening perspectives!

I don’t have or want a Facebook account, how will this affect my Mastery experience?

Outside of our three Mastery intensives, the support structures offered between weekends are entirely optional. You decide how and when to participate in the intervening weeks. If social media sites like Facebook are not your thing, we completely understand! Like all of our resources, the online community is not mandatory and will not make or break your experience.   That said, Facebook is the easiest way to stay plugged-in to the tools, community, and course materials, especially if you live outside of New York. If you’re not tech-savvy, our staff members are happy to assist you in setting up an account and successfully navigating the website. To keep things separate, some students have created anonymous accounts for themselves just to participate in the group. If privacy is a concern, please trust that we take every precaution to ensure that the group’s content is only accessible to our current students. Whether you choose to use Facebook or not, we are here to help and have your best interests at heart! ...

Outside of our three Mastery intensives, the support structures offered between weekends are entirely optional. You decide how and when to participate in the intervening weeks. If social media sites like Facebook are not your thing, we completely understand! Like all of our resources, the online community is not mandatory and will not make or break your experience.
 
That said, Facebook is the easiest way to stay plugged-in to the tools, community, and course materials, especially if you live outside of New York. If you’re not tech-savvy, our staff members are happy to assist you in setting up an account and successfully navigating the website. To keep things separate, some students have created anonymous accounts for themselves just to participate in the group. If privacy is a concern, please trust that we take every precaution to ensure that the group’s content is only accessible to our current students. Whether you choose to use Facebook or not, we are here to help and have your best interests at heart!

What are the homework assignments like?

Homework assignments offer a new way to practice the tools you will learn in class. They are detailed in beautiful course workbooks. On any given week you’ll choose from journaling exercises, self-care rituals, film and book recommendations, and activities that push your edge!...

Homework assignments offer a new way to practice the tools you will learn in class. They are detailed in beautiful course workbooks. On any given week you’ll choose from journaling exercises, self-care rituals, film and book recommendations, and activities that push your edge!

Should family members or friends attend together?

The short answer is yes, although it depends on your individual relationship. We often have friends, relatives, and mother/daughter duos who go through the course together.   The key to making it a positive experience for both parties is learning to maintain boundaries, in and out of the classroom. We want each of our participants to have their own journey in Mastery, to avoid self-censorship and express themselves with abandon. This could be as simple as sitting apart during the sessions (so, you know, you’re not pair-sharing with your mom about sex, if you don’t want to). ...

The short answer is yes, although it depends on your individual relationship. We often have friends, relatives, and mother/daughter duos who go through the course together.
 
The key to making it a positive experience for both parties is learning to maintain boundaries, in and out of the classroom. We want each of our participants to have their own journey in Mastery, to avoid self-censorship and express themselves with abandon. This could be as simple as sitting apart during the sessions (so, you know, you’re not pair-sharing with your mom about sex, if you don’t want to).

Community

I’m a new mom who is nursing, can I breastfeed or pump?

We love new mothers! Lunch breaks are two hours long (from 1 – 3pm) to give enough time to attend to your infant’s needs. The Mastery Classroom is not baby- or child-appropriate so children are not permitted to enter but some mothers arrange for caregivers to meet up with their little ones during the lunch window for nursing/feeding/snuggling. If you need to pump at any time, please let our support staff know and we will assist you in finding a comfortable place in the venue and we’ll refill your water bottle — just ask! Unfortunately, we do not have access to a fridge, so do bring your own cooler or ice packs....

We love new mothers! Lunch breaks are two hours long (from 1 – 3pm) to give enough time to attend to your infant’s needs. The Mastery Classroom is not baby- or child-appropriate so children are not permitted to enter but some mothers arrange for caregivers to meet up with their little ones during the lunch window for nursing/feeding/snuggling. If you need to pump at any time, please let our support staff know and we will assist you in finding a comfortable place in the venue and we’ll refill your water bottle — just ask! Unfortunately, we do not have access to a fridge, so do bring your own cooler or ice packs.

Are transgender women welcome at Mastery?

Yes. And we want to be so clear that the curriculum of Womanly Arts Mastery comes from Regena’s extensive study, research, and experimentation, as understood through her lived experience as a heterosexual-ish cisgender white woman. That experience can’t be entirely teased out from the work and it means the School will never, ever claim to be expert in the experience of transgender women (or of non-heterosexual or racialized women), or that we won’t mess up but Regena is committed to learning. She is committed to holding space for all. She is committed to stoking every woman’s desire. She is committed to teaching us all to honor the feminine and in so doing raise us all higher.   Because so many women have been taught that our bodies — and particularly our sexual anatomy — are objectionable (and often, even, unnameable), an important aspect of the Womanly Arts Mastery curriculum is addressing body-shame. Every Mastery student will be challenged to adapt the curriculum to fit her own sense of self but differences in anatomy may be an additional complexity for transgender women....

Yes. And we want to be so clear that the curriculum of Womanly Arts Mastery comes from Regena’s extensive study, research, and experimentation, as understood through her lived experience as a heterosexual-ish cisgender white woman. That experience can’t be entirely teased out from the work and it means the School will never, ever claim to be expert in the experience of transgender women (or of non-heterosexual or racialized women), or that we won’t mess up but Regena is committed to learning. She is committed to holding space for all. She is committed to stoking every woman’s desire. She is committed to teaching us all to honor the feminine and in so doing raise us all higher.
 
Because so many women have been taught that our bodies — and particularly our sexual anatomy — are objectionable (and often, even, unnameable), an important aspect of the Womanly Arts Mastery curriculum is addressing body-shame. Every Mastery student will be challenged to adapt the curriculum to fit her own sense of self but differences in anatomy may be an additional complexity for transgender women.

Real talk. Is this all “white feminism”?

Regena is a white woman and will never know all of what it means to be a woman of color — and she knows it. She is on her own ongoing anti-racism learning journey (along with all team members at The School of Womanly Arts) because sisterhood requires nothing less.   While Regena is the teacher, sisterhood has no hierarchy. We meet in a metaphorical circle, and every woman’s story and every woman’s experience and every woman’s identity is valued. The Mastery Classroom is one of the most diverse gatherings of women on earth, and the women in the room create the experience. Imperfect, human, and extraordinary....

Regena is a white woman and will never know all of what it means to be a woman of color — and she knows it. She is on her own ongoing anti-racism learning journey (along with all team members at The School of Womanly Arts) because sisterhood requires nothing less.
 
While Regena is the teacher, sisterhood has no hierarchy. We meet in a metaphorical circle, and every woman’s story and every woman’s experience and every woman’s identity is valued. The Mastery Classroom is one of the most diverse gatherings of women on earth, and the women in the room create the experience. Imperfect, human, and extraordinary.

Is Mastery safe for women who have experienced trauma or have mental illness, such as depression and PTSD?

The world isn’t safe for women. So many of us carry trauma and live with mental illness. Regena sees all women as whole, resilient, and capable — even in our vulnerability, even with our wounds. Especially with them. We are not broken. We are competent. We are strong. We are bigger than our pain.   You do not have to be “well” to be welcome here.   And, yes, Mastery will “bring stuff up.” It provides a container for grief and rage and horror, as much as for joy and pleasure. It’s quite a ride!   Regena’s own mother, the “Bubbe” of Mastery, makes her lap available and will stroke your hair if you need to leave the room. She is not a therapist; she is a grandmother. Sometimes that is everything you need in a moment, but you know yourself best, and if you feel you will need more therapeutic support, a one-on-one relationship with a trained counselor may be a better fit than the group experience of Mastery, or may be an additional layer of support you arrange for yourself during Mastery....

The world isn’t safe for women. So many of us carry trauma and live with mental illness. Regena sees all women as whole, resilient, and capable — even in our vulnerability, even with our wounds. Especially with them. We are not broken. We are competent. We are strong. We are bigger than our pain.
 
You do not have to be “well” to be welcome here.
 
And, yes, Mastery will “bring stuff up.” It provides a container for grief and rage and horror, as much as for joy and pleasure. It’s quite a ride!
 
Regena’s own mother, the “Bubbe” of Mastery, makes her lap available and will stroke your hair if you need to leave the room. She is not a therapist; she is a grandmother. Sometimes that is everything you need in a moment, but you know yourself best, and if you feel you will need more therapeutic support, a one-on-one relationship with a trained counselor may be a better fit than the group experience of Mastery, or may be an additional layer of support you arrange for yourself during Mastery.

What happens after I graduate?

You will emerge from Mastery with lasting friendships, a rich understanding of your own self-worth, and specific tools for living your most turned-on life, practices that you can fall back on again and again.   After graduation, the Mastery Facebook group that pertains to your particular session will close and you will be granted access to an online resource hub that includes a robust directory of every alumna, as well as business listings — so you will be able to support one another and connect with one another long after graduation. Your Mastery circle will expand by hundreds! ...

You will emerge from Mastery with lasting friendships, a rich understanding of your own self-worth, and specific tools for living your most turned-on life, practices that you can fall back on again and again.
 
After graduation, the Mastery Facebook group that pertains to your particular session will close and you will be granted access to an online resource hub that includes a robust directory of every alumna, as well as business listings — so you will be able to support one another and connect with one another long after graduation. Your Mastery circle will expand by hundreds!

Does The School of Womanly Arts do any community giving?

Definitely. The School of Womanly Arts partners with Unlocking Futures to provide self-development opportunities to women who otherwise face barriers. Regena and Mastery grads from previous years also mentor high school girls in New York City. And The School of Womanly Arts offers financial support to She’s the First, an organization that fights gender inequality through education. When you support The School of Womanly Arts, you are a part of all of this work too....

Definitely. The School of Womanly Arts partners with Unlocking Futures to provide self-development opportunities to women who otherwise face barriers. Regena and Mastery grads from previous years also mentor high school girls in New York City. And The School of Womanly Arts offers financial support to She’s the First, an organization that fights gender inequality through education. When you support The School of Womanly Arts, you are a part of all of this work too.

Finances

Do you offer custom payment plans?

We understand that Mastery is an investment –– one that requires planning and conviction. We want every woman who enrolls to feel their full yes before joining us in the classroom. With that in mind, we are available to answer any and all financing questions prior to registration, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!   As an incoming student, you have the option to enroll for our courses on a monthly payment plan. This plan begins the month you register and extends through your Mastery graduation in June. Monthly installments will vary depending on when you enroll for the course (the more months in advance, the lower the monthly amount you will be paying). If you’re looking to get the deepest discounts on tuition, we recommend signing up for the course as early as possible. If you’re on our mailing list, keep your eyes peeled for announcements about the start of early-bird enrollment!   While we cannot offer a custom plan to every participant, we are ready and willing to discuss specific financing concerns. Payments are accepted in any major credit/debit card. If you need to process a transaction on two separate cards, we can accommodate that as well. Still have questions? Please contact us directly to discuss. ...

We understand that Mastery is an investment –– one that requires planning and conviction. We want every woman who enrolls to feel their full yes before joining us in the classroom. With that in mind, we are available to answer any and all financing questions prior to registration, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
 
As an incoming student, you have the option to enroll for our courses on a monthly payment plan. This plan begins the month you register and extends through your Mastery graduation in June. Monthly installments will vary depending on when you enroll for the course (the more months in advance, the lower the monthly amount you will be paying). If you’re looking to get the deepest discounts on tuition, we recommend signing up for the course as early as possible. If you’re on our mailing list, keep your eyes peeled for announcements about the start of early-bird enrollment!
 
While we cannot offer a custom plan to every participant, we are ready and willing to discuss specific financing concerns. Payments are accepted in any major credit/debit card. If you need to process a transaction on two separate cards, we can accommodate that as well. Still have questions? Please contact us directly to discuss.

Can I give Mastery as a gift?

Yes, absolutely! If you’d like to gift this course to a loved one, we’re here to help! Just call us at 212-787-2411, ext. 1 or send us an email at info@mamagenas.com and we’ll gladly guide you through the process, step-by-step. We do not offer traditional gift cards/certificates but can easily arrange payment on a participant’s behalf....

Yes, absolutely! If you’d like to gift this course to a loved one, we’re here to help! Just call us at 212-787-2411, ext. 1 or send us an email at info@mamagenas.com and we’ll gladly guide you through the process, step-by-step. We do not offer traditional gift cards/certificates but can easily arrange payment on a participant’s behalf.

Do you offer scholarships?

We do not have a public scholarship program, however we partner with mission-aligned organizations that have identified women in their programs who would benefit from Mastery but couldn't otherwise access the course....

We do not have a public scholarship program, however we partner with mission-aligned organizations that have identified women in their programs who would benefit from Mastery but couldn’t otherwise access the course.

What is the refund policy?

You have seven days from the date of registration to get a full refund for whatever you’ve paid. After seven days and before March 5th, your tuition is refundable only in the form of a course credit that is good for up to a year. If you choose to withdraw prior to March 5th, anything you have paid will remain in our system to be applied to the following year’s session. No refunds or course credits will be issued after March 5th....

You have seven days from the date of registration to get a full refund for whatever you’ve paid. After seven days and before March 5th, your tuition is refundable only in the form of a course credit that is good for up to a year. If you choose to withdraw prior to March 5th, anything you have paid will remain in our system to be applied to the following year’s session. No refunds or course credits will be issued after March 5th.

Still have questions?

If you have a question we haven’t answered, you can reach out to us—and we will do our best to answer your questions. We can’t wait to connect!

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