“I speak to individuals who have been silenced, shut down, suppressed and unexpressed.” – Bernadette Pleasant
Intoxicating and energetic, Bernadette Pleasant is a fiery sensual Speaker, Somatic Healer, and Creator of The Emotional Institute LLC, 400 Years: Unlearning Racism & Femme!, a mind-body wellness program. She has spent a lifetime exploring creative visualizations and celebrations of the human form, from sensual dance to somatic healing. A gifted healer, dancer, and entrepreneur, she channels her personal journeys and her radical empathy into transformative, immersive experiences that empower and celebrate people of all genders, ages, sizes, and fitness levels. Bernadette travels globally empowering all through classes, private workshops, retreats and conference engagements.
With certifications in Emotions-Centered Coaching, Nia Technique, Nia 5 Stages, Ageless Grace, Pole Dance, Somatic Healing, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy—and studies in African, Tribal, and Free Dance—Bernadette Pleasant promotes emotional freedom through movement and empowerment.
As an experienced entrepreneur and the founder of Femme! & The Emotional Institute, Bernadette Pleasant regularly leads discussions on emotional healing, grief rituals, inclusive movement, and empowerment for all. Her authenticity, charisma, and warmth allow her to empathize with and inspire those ready for a journey of emotional exploration and affirmation. Intuitive and engaging, Bernadette Pleasant is a vibrant, sensual speaker who connects with those who have been silenced and shut down to support their physical, emotional, and healing journeys—whether in a classroom, from a podium, or one-on-one.
“There are no good or bad, light, or dark emotions. Only ones that need to be expressed.” – Bernadette Pleasant
Bernadette is also a woman of color who comes from a long line of natural healers who have used touch and movement to help others find peace, empowerment, and wellness. Her classrooms welcome without judgment and support participants’ paths to finding comfort in their own skin. In the Femme! Experience, Bernadette creates a safe space for all ages, backgrounds, body types and dance skills to explore their sensual selves. Everyone is empowered to fully embrace and embody all of their emotions and fully express them through movement; joy, sorrow, rage, ecstasy and more are all welcome at Femme!. In Femme! everyone is infused with the affirmation, “It’s your body; you can do whatever you want with it-including love it unapologetically!”
MEDIA & FEATURED PRESS
- “A New Fusion Movement Experience” via ABC7News Here and Now
- “Entrepreneur, Fitness Enthusiast Creates Unique Wellness Experience” via New York Amsterdam News
- ” Bernadette Pleasant On Femme!, The Importance Of Being “Too Much,” And Living Her Healthiest And Happiest At 53″ via Madame Noire
- “De-stress With Femme!” via Alexandria Living Magazine
- “Meet Bernadette Pleasant” via Miz CEO Magazine, pg 15
- “The Femme! Experience: Emotional Healing Through Movement” via Eden Magazine, pg 18
- “Emotional Freedom: From Half Ass to Bad Ass” via WomanSpeak
- “From Beige to Bright Colors” via Her Success Radio
- “Moving Your Emotional Experience Through Femme!” via Body Soul Wisdom podcast
- “Movement Alchemy” via Super Power U podcast