Meet Shasta Nelson

A leading expert on friendship and healthy relationships, creator of a global community, keynote speaker, author of several books, and popular media resource

Our friendships are foundational to our health, happiness, longevity, and personal growth. 

The lack of the them-- whether from lack of interaction, or from lack of intimacy-- can damage our health more than smoking, obesity, or being a lifelong alcoholic; and the presence of them can buffer our bodies from absorbing the impact of stress, inspire us to be more of who we are, and leave us with what we most crave: belonging.

Shasta speaks to organizations and conferences all over the country; writes books, blogs, and articles; provides expertise to media, creates teaching videos and classes; gathers people for retreats and events; and consults and coaches leaders and teams-- all for the purpose of creating healthier friendships in this world.

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Shasta Nelson, M.Div., a friendship expert, is a leading voice on creating healthy relationships in her efforts to eradicate the growing loneliness in our world. Her spirited and soulful voice for meaningful connections can be found in her books Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness and Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends. She is Founder of, her tribe of women committed to creating more friendship in this world and teaches monthly friendship skill building classes at The Friendship University. In addition to speaking across the country, she is also a frequent contributor to the media appearing on TV shows such as Katie Couric and The Today Show, and in countless magazines and newspapers including The New York TimesGood HousekeepingHealth, and Forbes.

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Shasta captivated the room and was able to shift her program to fit perfectly with the audience. She was fun, organized, inspiring and energetic. My organization does events every week and Shasta’s was hands down one of the very best.
— Christine Bronstein, Founder, A Band of Wives
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At a time when so many people are “friending” one another online yet reporting feelings of loneliness, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! reminds us that friendships worth creating are done with intention and significance.
— Dale V. Atkins, PhD, psychologist, author, media commentator