The last weekend in January was a fun one. A friend and I drove up to Racine, WI where we spent some time learning the Art of Feminine Presence with Jenavere Boulanger, followed by painting (and drinking) with Picasso Vino. It was a wonderful, meditative afternoon, during which I learned quite a bit about myself, and it was followed by a fun, relaxed, creative evening with a group of women who loved to laugh.
What is the Art of Feminine Presence?
While I plan on doing a post all about Jenavere Boulanger, I figured I’d give you a quick outline of the Art of Feminine Presence and introduce you to Jenavere “in person”. The Art of Feminine Presence teaches women to move away from the constant ramble in their head–all of those concerns and worries about busy schedules, kids, money, etc. I can feel you sitting there nodding in agreement. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Jenavere calls this the “head bubble”, and it’s a state of mind that causes women to lose focus and step out of the moment.
In the Art of Feminine Presence, you learn practical tools to move into a different space–to get you out of that “head bubble”–that naturally allows you to be more relaxed and present. You become powerful and attractive while being more at ease setting clear boundaries with others. When you step out of your “head bubble” and into your femininity, you feel more comfortable with your sensuality and with receiving positive attention.
I’m sure you’re looking at this thinking “oh please, I’m feminine and I’m comfortable with myself, I don’t need this”, but I can tell you, as someone who’s very comfortable with herself, this is much more than just “feeling good” or “being comfortable”. It is not just a different way of thinking, it is an entirely different energy, and I can honestly say that it makes a huge difference in how you feel, how you think, and even how you act and react. Since last Saturday, I have been using Jenevere’s teachings every day, and I can actually feel how different I feel and think.
Here’s Jenevere giving you a better outline of her teachings.
You can visit her website and check out her class schedule as well. Rumor has it there will be similar classes incorporating all kinds of fun things–such as the painting class with Picasso Vino–and Jenevere teaches in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, so there is plenty of opportunity to take advantage of learning the Art of Feminine Presence.
Picasso Vino… is that as fabulous as it sounds?
Yes, yes it is! It’s painting, drinking, and laughing all rolled into one! There’s a sample painting, and Jose walks you through creating your own version of it. He provides the canvas, the paint, the brushes, and the alcohol (but you can bring your own too). He even brings smocks in case you really don’t want to have to worry about getting paint on yourself. And if Jose and Picasso Vino travel to your location (because, yes, they do that too), they’ll even bring tables, chairs, and floor covering so you don’t have to lift a finger (except to drink… and paint).
In case you missed the progression of my peacock painting on Instagram, here it is, in all its glory. For the record, I took art classes for quite a few years and strayed a little bit from what Jose was telling us to do (because I’m a rebel like that). I got a lot of complements during and after the class, but reality is I hadn’t picked up a brush in probably 5 or 6 years, and can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve free-hand painted since starting art classes (which, I believe, was when I was 6 or 7, so it’s been awhile).
And here’s a shot of the group’s setup during a break. As you can see, everyone put their own fantastic spin on the peacock, and that was really the best part of it. We all walked away with a piece of art that was unique to us, instead of something that was… bottled.
And here’s Jenavere and I (with my painting) after everything was over.
All in all, it was a really fun weekend!
It was enlightening, a chance to be creative, and I learned quite a lot about myself in the process. And I got to do it all with a fabulous group of women who loved to laugh and have a good time. You can’t beat that!