HAPPY WELLNESS WEDNESDAY aaaaand, how appropriate, is it that it is also Women Crush Wednesday! This past weekend, Connie and I attended an amazing 2 days with one of our favorite authors, Regena Thomashauer AKA Mama Gena... and 840 other women... for THE WOMANLY ARTS EXPERIENCE!!!! We packed up the NYU Skirball Center with joy, laughter, meaningful epiphanies, tears, open hearts, and a shit ton of dancing.
To give you an idea of what kind of person she is, just imagine if you could mash up a hilarious, saucy Betty White and Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas- you've got Mama Gena. She's a total firecracker, she's a master at her work, she's not afraid to show off her sexiness in all of it's dominatrix outfit wearing glory, AND she's in her 60s. Talk about #WCW.
I found out about Mama Gena's book, Pussy a Reclamation, from a wise girl friend and after I listened to it on Audible, I was hooked. I HAD to share it with Connie. As a woman, it spoke to me so personally, and it really shed light on all the ways I don't choose to appreciate who I am and what I am capable of. Not to say that I don't have a healthy relationship with self, but it's the underlying things that you never question that makes you realize what may seem like a "normal" way of living, is in fact, not that normal at all. What the book offered were tools to tap into my own intuition. And it showed me how (despite my self doubt), I have always held the key to empowering myself and the key happens to be on my body!!!!
***FOR THE RECORD, this book is not about man-hating!! We do not condone those kinds of materials***
After Connie read it, she also loved it so much that she gifted us tickets to see Mama Gena live in New York (yes, best soulmate EVER). What we didn't realize, was that this weekend would launch our friendship and love for one another to even greater heights than we could have ever imagined. The weekend itself involved 8 hours each day of sharing with each other (and total strangers) our deepest desires, fears, life experiences, and future goals. INTENSE? Absolutely. UNCOMFORTABLE? Definitely. WORTH IT? A million times YES.
We saw women of all ages, races, and backgrounds finding common ground with one another and waking up to collaboration over competition. We had epiphanies with each other that would not have happened so quickly otherwise. No matter how long you've had someone in your life... your friend, mom, sister, etc, there is always so much more to learn. We just happened to be in an environment that really fostered a sense of community and fearless sharing. It's an experience we wish we could share with all the women in our lives!!! Unfortunately, this is Mama Gena's last Live experience and Mastery courses, but she's cooking up ways to reach even more women, faster. We are really hoping for a tv show or a world tour!
In the meantime, if you're interested in hearing about her book and her work, here is a video of Mama Gena talking to Marie Forleo. This will give you a taste test of what we love about her!
We highly recommend gifting Pussy a Reclamation to your lady loves for Galentine's Day! We are all so much better working together.
Soma & Ulte