We are hungry for deeper friendships. We are more socially networked than ever before, but still feel largely disconnected.

We know more people, but feel less known.

With 75% of women wishing for more in their friendships, it's time to do something about it.

GirlFriendCircles brings together the women who not only know just how important better friendships are, but who are also willing to do something about it!


GirlFriendCircles.com is where women who care about meaningful friendships gather to inspire, learn from, and meet each other! 

As part of the community you will: 

Ask your friendship questions and get advice in any friendship challenge you’re facing

Share your experiences, stories, and discovered articles to help inspire and encourage others

Contribute to the polls, surveys, and questions which collectively is the largest member-contributed friendship database

Be encouraged that you’re not alone in wanting more meaningful friendships

Get invited to member-only calls or video hangouts with Shasta

Feel celebrated and cheered for your growth, your wins, and your courageous actions

Receive exclusive discounts to all friendship-building classes at The Friendship University 

Schedule or RSVP to a local event in your area to meet new friends in person

Join one of our virtual circles for sharing the highs-and-lows of friendship making with people like you (i.e. Child-free Friendships, Chronic Pain & Illness, Moms Need Playdates, Entrepreneurs)



I am not aware of any other factor in medicine - not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery - that has a greater impact [than love and intimacy] on our quality of life, incidence of illness, and premature death from all causes.
— Dean Ornish, M.D., New York Times bestseller and world-renowned physician
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and yet...most of us feel disconnected

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Exercise is a good metaphor for meaningful friendships…We go in to a gym expecting exhaustion and discomfort — even wanting it!— as proof of our exertion. We understand our physical health requires intention and energy. Unfortunately, far too many of us don’t realize the same is true for friendships, too. We have forgotten that relational health doesn’t just happen to us without emotional sweat, practice, or effort. It’s time to remember that we can learn to create the friendships that really matter in our lives.
— Shasta Nelson, author of Frientimacy, How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness

who leads our community?

We mistakenly think that the hard part of friendship is finding people we like. 

But the truth is that we have all met A LOT of women we have liked with whom we never became good friends.

Friendship isn't a search, but a process. 

And that process-- those skills and actions--can be taught.  And practiced.

We can build up the "friendship muscles" that will make a difference!

The healthiest women among us aren't the ones ignoring their sense of disconnection, rationalizing it, or hoping it will just go away on it's own. We may not have been taught how to do friendship as kids, but the women who are emotionally intelligent enough to hear the hunger of their body for more connection and support will also be the ones who acknowledge they're ready to put action behind that hope.

My calling in this world is to bring women together and teach them how to create the frientimacy--friendship intimacy-- in their lives that will improve their health, increase their longevity, and fill their lives with the happiness and peace that comes with being supported.

I would love nothing more than to teach you tangible friendship skills, challenge you to try new ways of connecting, inspire you with fun ideas, and encourage you with advice and support as you pay attention to creating healthy friendships!

Let's focus the next 12 months of your life to building greater friendships as though your life depends on it. Because it does.

We've got this, GirlFriend,



Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is the Founder of GirlFriendCircles.com, the "gym membership" for better friendships. 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 also writes at ShastasFriendshipBlog.com and in the Huffington Post, speaks across the country, and is a friendship expert in the media appearing on such shows as Katie Couric and the Today Show. 

what our members say

“I can honestly say that without GirlFriendCircles, I would not have some of the close friendships I have currently."

- Julia Krout, New York City

“The truth is that most of us have never been taught how to have healthy friendships so I joined GirlFriendCircles to learn more about how to friend others in a joyful and balanced way."

- Rheba Estante, Walnut Creek, CA

I recently moved. Shasta's teaching has been a source of encouragement, inspiration, and practical guidance to me as I've started making new friends in a new city.  

- Tricia Andor, Colorado Springs, CO

"What I love most about GirlFriendCircles.com is that it's a supportive community of like-minded women who are intentional about building and maintaining friendships."

– Kim Montenyohl, Baltimore, MD


"Shasta articulates and deconstructs friendship so powerfully, giving us the tools and language to be able to do friendship with depth and connection."

- Ayesha Mathews Wadhwa, San Francisco, CA


Are you ready to connect with other women who value healthy friendships?  

You are invited to join our community!


Women Welcome From Around the World: All of our classes and community interaction are in English, but you are so welcome to join us from anywhere.  No matter where you live-- our classes will benefit you, our community will support you, and we'll inspire and teach you how to build up friendships, wherever you are. 

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Questions? We’d love to answer them.

Fill out the form to the right to send us your questions. We are not currently able to provide membership information for a specific city, but we invite you to join for our awesome online community while we keep building up all the cities we can!