Meet Shasta Nelson

Friendships are central to everything I do... 

...whether it’s hosting a small group of friends for dinner, running GirlFriendCircles.com, facilitating workshops where strangers become friends, speaking on healthy relationships, or blogging about the impact of friendships on our health and happiness.

In fact, the more I study and teach about healthy relationships, the more I realize that this is a topic that not only can save our personal lives, but could very well be the thing that transforms the world.


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Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is a leading expert on friendship. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong female relationships 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 GirlFriendCircles.com, her tribe of women committed to creating more friendship in this world and teaches monthly friendship skill building classes at The Friendship University. She also writes at ShastasFriendshipBlog.com and in the Huffington Post, speaks across the country, and is 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.