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Shasta's Training

The Community Makers Circle

Connecting, Training, and Supporting those who are Making Community Happen

Starts Monday, February 4, 2019


Shasta's Training

The Community Makers Circle

Connecting, Training, and Supporting those who are Making Community Happen

Starts Monday, February 4, 2019

The truth is that most of the people around us are lonely. It’s possible we are, too. This loneliness epidemic is hitting us all hard.

For some, the loneliness comes from lack of interaction, but for most of us it stems from not having enough intimacy in our lives. We’re looking for relationships that are deeper, where we feel more resonance, and where we feel more supported.

And that’s where Community Makers can help heal this world with the most beautiful gift: meaningful connection.

WHO Is a “Community Maker”?

A Community Maker is someone who knows that one of the biggest contributions they can make in this world is to be someone who gathers, invites, and connects people to each other.

We all need friends and networks… but Community Makers are those who don’t just get those needs met for themselves, but who are committed to helping provide those opportunities for others!

Whether it’s running a local networking association, managing an online community, organizing a meet-up group, hosting a regular small group, facilitating coaching groups, serving as social coordinator for a club, leading a sorority, chairing a mastermind, serving a congregation, running a support group, or any number of other beautiful formats— what we have in common is a desire to bring people together for something more meaningful than we could experience by ourselves.

  • We might be starting our first circle, responding to that inner tug to gather those around us?

  • Or maybe we have been leading communities and groups for a long time, and feel excited to evaluate, clarify, tweak, and expand our work?

  • Maybe the group we want to start is for our business: a support group, a coaching group, a networking event, or an online membership community?

  • Or maybe the group we want to start is more about socializing, fostering community, pulling people together in our neighborhoods, our schools, or around one of our interests?

Our motivations, formats, purposes, audiences, locations, and personalities will vary, but we will have the same mission to bring people together for a more meaningful outcome than what anyone can do alone.

Are you already gathering people? Or, are you willing to connect others? Yes? YAY!!!

What is this “Circle”?

strategic planning/learning + incubator/mastermind

This Community Makers Circle is a virtual community, led by Shasta Nelson, that includes classes, reflection & application worksheets, mentoring, masterminding, and networking for the purpose of making sure all Community Makers feel excited about their role, clear about their contribution, and connected to others who are on similar missions!

When is it?

We’ll journey together for 13 weeks from Monday, February 4- Monday, April 29, 2019

How Does it work?

For 13 weeks we’ll switch off between bi-weekly Teaching Circles taught by Shasta (with personal exercises and strategic planning) and bi-weekly Mastermind Circles with other Community-Makers (with brainstorming, support, and accountability).

  1. 7x Teaching Circles led by Shasta: You can join our video classes live or watch the recordings at your own convenience (1 hr each), but every class will be about teaching you to look at community development in new ways that can maximize the success of the community you’re building! Sample classes include: What Is My Unique Connector Style? What is My Calling and Contribution? Who Am I Here to Serve? How is Community Developed? All classes will include live Q/A.

  2. 6x Mastermind Circles: Every Community Maker will be strategically matched into a group with 3-5 others to meet via video (1 hour each) with clear guidelines how to use the time to get to know each other, support one another, brainstorm ideas, and clarify your own vision. Each session you will have dedicated time to ask your group for the support that would be most meaningful to you that week. Groups will be matched to ensure optimal learning and meaningful connecting!


Add 2x 1:1 Coaching Calls with Shasta: Choose the VIP option below (LIMITED!) and we’ll add two full hours of 1:1 time with you and Shasta! In one session she will coach you on your strengths and how they inform your work, support your relationships, and speak to where you can make the greatest and most energizing contribution, and you can design the 2nd call to serve you in whatever way will help you the most: asking for her advice, running your plan by her, seeking her ideas or experience, or coaching you through an obstacle.

What Will I Receive?

  1. Meaningful Networking: Learn from each other, collaborate with other Community Makers, share your experiences, ask for ideas and advice, participate in brainstorming, feel seen and validated, and above all: feel supported! You’re not out there alone… surround yourself in a community with other Community Makers who are in it with you! To that end, in addition to connecting with all the participants through our video classes and online community, you will also be strategically matched into a mastermind group of 3-5 other Connectors who you can learn from, contribute to, and support each other!

  2. Inspirational Learning: Whether you already have a group that you want to take to the next level or simply have a brainstorm that you’re ready to make happen— we will all benefit from getting super clear on who exactly we are (what is our unique style, personal strengths, and heartfelt desire), who we’re here to gather, what the purpose of that group is meant to be, and how we can best make our new goals happen! To that end, every other week we’ll have a class taught by Shasta which we can join live or watch at our convenience!

  3. A Strategic Plan & Accountability: While this is a teaching course for those on the front lines of bringing others together, it’s also an idea incubator where you will be held accountable to not just getting excited but also for putting those ideas into action. The modules build on themselves so that we continue to think through, and plan for, all aspects of our success. To that end, we’ll have worksheets and exercises to help us brainstorm, plan, and apply the teaching to our own individual situations and we’ll have accountability partners so we can cheer each other on!

  4. Mentorship with Shasta: Shasta will be teaching every class live, taking questions, live coaching, and helping give ideas and share her wisdom! To that end, you’ll see Shasta on video every other week, can interact with her in our online group, and she’ll join every Mastermind once so your small group will get more undivided attention! (Note: there is a VIP price available which also includes more 1:1 time!)


  1. Two Free Books! We'll gift you with both of Shasta's book (either paperback or e-book): Friendships Don't Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends and Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness (valued at $35)

  2. Free Access to StrengthsFinder Inventory which will send you a report of your Top Five strengths! (valued at $20)

  3. Unlimited 5 Month Access to The Friendship University which has over two dozen friendship classes for your continued education. (valued over $500)

  4. Access to and Inclusion to a Private Circle: Connect with women across the country and engage specifically in a private circle with the Connectors where we can interact during the week, access all of our resources, ask questions, and brainstorm with each other.

  5. Don't forget the awesome connections you're making! You'll be meeting and getting to know other big-hearted and awesomely-motivated women who are here to make a difference in this world. We'll all be here to help you all along the way!

So in a nutshell?  We'll journey together for 13 weeks to clarify your contribution, resource you to make the difference you want to make, and help you strategize the best way to implement all that you've learned! 

Am I A good fit for this Circle?

  • I’m Ready to Step Up! I’m ready to either start dreaming and planning a new group for my business or personal life OR I’m excited to evaluate, tweak, improve, and amplify a group I’m already leading.

  • I Value Self Reflection. I know that there is no one cookie-cutter plan… and I wouldn’t want it if there were! I want to develop a group that fits who I am, meets the specific needs of others, and accomplishes my goals— and I look forward to the process of figuring that all out!

  • I Value Strategy & Planning. I want whatever I create to be healthy, thoughtful, strategic, and effective— based on research, best practices, and the experience of others. I want to know that what I build has a strong foundation that was well-thought out and included the ideas and feedback of others.

  • I Want to Feel Supported! I know community matters so much that I want it for myself, too! I refuse to feel “alone” while I plan and create community for others. I want people who will cheer for me, brainstorming with me, and help me succeed!

  • I Love Helping Others! I know that whatever group(s) I create won’t be enough to eliminate loneliness for everyone so I’m thrilled to meet others who are willing to do their part in this big mission. I look forward to collaborating with them, sharing my expertise, and encouraging their success.

What do you think?  Are you one of the women who will be in circle with me?

Who Is shasta?

Shasta Nelson is a leading voice in the media on creating healthy relationships in order to eradicate the growing loneliness in our world. She is a two-time author (working on her 3rd book now on relationship in the workplace) and keynote speaker who has been creating community her entire life— whether it be at retreats, in social groups, in coaching groups, in masterminds, or via her online community,

My vision?  Oh basically turn around the loneliness epidemic by bringing together some of the most amazing women who want to be on the front lines of friendship in this world that desperately needs more connection.

No matter how talented each of us is or how hard we each work--  we aren't meant to do this alone.

I know, for sure, that my best work going forward is to keep training the "teachers" who can go teach healthy relationships to people, in places, that need YOUR voice. Many of you have written about the work you want to do in prisons, colleges, churches, elementary schools, therapy offices, youth groups, and organizations around this world.You are the women being called to take healthy relationships to them.  I want to resource you, connect you to others, and mentor you any way that I can!

Basically, if you are passionate about facilitating better friendships in this world then we'd love to know you.  We want to support you, cheer for you, network with you, refer you, and be friends with you.

I'm excited but now I have a few questions!

No worries! Here are some we're anticipating!  :)

Is this for therapists or teachers or managers or facilitators? Yes! All of the above!  In my dream world I will one day hold a training only for therapists, or only for HR managers, or only for teachers; but there was just so much variety that what excites me the most right now is to really connect with 12 of us who are committed to connecting this world. So this is a more broad training/mastermind... (And who knows, some of the women in this first-round might be the ones who help us train for more specific audiences down the road?) As one of my best girlfriends told me "This is your life work, Shasta, so you don't have to do it all this year!" haha! I'm trying to remember that!  ;)

How are you deciding who to accept? If you feel drawn to this and believe that you're somehow meant to do more for friendships in this world then we encourage you to apply. We are going to do our best to pick the best mix of women-- from different backgrounds and with different skills sets-- who are ready right now to connect. If we don't choose you this round-- we may have something else we can refer you to.

When exactly will the classes and calls happen? The exact schedule will be finalized by the 12 women once we know their schedules a bit better, but in general the "Teaching Circles" led by Shasta will be on Wednesdays, the Masterminds and Partner calls will be scheduled by those who are matched up, and the 1:1 calls will be scheduled that week at various times. Our hope is that you can be available to join us live for all the Teaching Circles, but they will be recorded in case you can't make one!

What is the investment? The live weekend event is $300 (plus lodging and travel), and the 10 week Mentoring Circle and access to all the resources is $1150 (or $399 per month for 3 months) so the whole enchilada is under $1,500 and is all done live and with tons of love. We're trying to keep this as affordable as possible and also give you as much as we can, but because we know not everyone has access to personal or career development funds, we'll also make two partial scholarships available. xo

Will I be certified at the end of this? No, we're not quite at the point where we know whether we're going that route or what exactly that will involve.  If meaningful or helpful to you, you can certainly state "Mentored by Shasta Nelson" in your work that pertains to friendship and you would certainly always have a front-row seat to anything that gets developed down the road, but really we're seeing this as more of a mix between an incubator and a training where you will emerge with more clarity as to how you can best be a friendship connector, coach, or teacher.

When will I find out if I am accepted?  We expect to start telling some of you that you've been accepted as early as the last week of June and it's expected that the entire circle will be finalized by July 5, 2018. (And remember that registration to the live retreat is separate so you can sign up for that at anytime whether you're in the Mentoring Circle or not.)

What if I live outside the U.S. or am a male? Then hang tight because I'm super passionate about connecting with you... I promise!  I just have to get started in this smaller way right now but I hope to eventually expand and incorporate you!

Will you be offering CEU's? I wish! But alas, not yet.

What if I can't make the live retreat but I really want to join the mentoring circle? It does require your attendance at the Frientimacy Retreat weekend in Santa Cruz this Labor Day weekend. I know that prevents some of you from joining and I am so sorry for that! Someday we'll undoubtedly do more virtual stuff but I really want to meet you this time and get to know you better!

Will you be offering this again? No plans right now... and I may end up going with a different focus in the future so if you're thinking about it then I'd strongly encourage you to jump in now! :)

So what exactly will be my outcome of being in this Circle of Pioneers? In addition to making a difference in this world, feeling connected to something bigger than yourself, and being trained in "the friendship work"-- you will also complete this circle with strong ties to 12 other women with similar passion, clarity in your calling and the role you're to play in this work, access to Shasta's resources for your clients/customers, greater confidence in your skills, and specific/tangible action items to move you forward.


Let's lift each other up and do friendship together while we plan for how we will bring better friendships to this world!