What Do Women Really Want?

63-year-old Beverley May wants to help women figure out what they want across all areas of their life. Photo: John Borren

Tauranga woman Beverly May was working as a hairdresser in her 20s when she realised she didn’t want the life most of her female clients seemed to have.

“Most women I talked to were surviving not thriving in their relationships, as mums and in life in general. I wanted more than that.”

That was the beginning of a journey which has led to the launch of ‘What Women Want’ – a programme designed to help women bring joy to all areas of life.

Beverly will be outlining the course at an introductory evening at the Tauranga Historic Village on Sunday, November 3.

Now 63, Beverly is the only Kiwi woman who has completed a mastery programme at New York’s ‘School of Womanly Arts’.

The school, founded by Regena Thomashauer, looks to reconnect women with their innate passion, enthusiasm, creativity and power.

“The ’womanly arts’ are tools to help you find the relationship you want, or train the man you already have, by training yourself,” says Beverley. 

“Women don’t realise how much impact they can have on their environment and relationships – and that it starts by making changes in themselves.

“It’s working on yourself, getting rid of old paradigms that serve you, but in a fun way.”

One of the women who has already signed up to ‘What Women Want’, Otumoetai’s Sarah Wilson, says she met Beverly initially through business circles but came to realise the grandmother had an unusually blissful marriage.

“Beverly is the kind of woman other women want to be like,” says Sarah. “She has far greater intimacy with her husband now, in her sixties than in her twenties. I want to learn how to make that happen in my own life.”

Beverly says relationships are only part of what the course will cover; the topics vary from your wardrobe to the words you use.

“For so many women, life is a struggle,” says Beverly. “They’re keeping it together at the surface, but underneath they’re bone-tired and frantically treading water. It doesn’t need to be like that, no matter what your circumstances.”

She says this course isn't exactly coaching, but will help women break things down themselves.

“It’s about understanding us women, how we tick and how can make changes with ourselves to improve our relationships.

"It also brings women together on a more supportive level for themselves and each other.”

Beverley’s first marriage ended after 16 years, leaving her to bring up four children on her own – the youngest only six months old.

“Being a single mum was hard, but I’ve always been a curious person, so I began to learn and grow, studying women’s health and education. I learned how to have so much fun, fun for me as well as for the children.”

The next information evening about the course is being held on Sunday, October 20, from 6pm-8pm at the Tauranga Historic Village. Entry is $15.

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