Coaches Circle

Especially for Introverts and HSPs

This is a peer group for those wanting to develop and enrich their self-employment journey as a coach. We talk coaching, business, and work-life harmony. (Some call it a “mastermind group.”)

It’s amazing what happens when kindred spirits come together in a small circle where you feel validated, and can get answers and resources to make your work easier. 

You’ll get a combination of practical guidance, calming and skillful facilitation, and supportive community — all designed with introverts and highly sensitive people (HSP) in mind.

Members are often combining coaching, consulting, and other creative pursuits, and sometimes doing a hybrid of employment and self-employment. You can be at any stage of business from newbie to experienced. 

I bring over a dozen years of being sustainably self-employed as a business/career coach, while being an introvert and HSP myself.

No need to reinvent the wheel. This is a genuine community of support.

Below you’ll find details, and another video with 2 current members. If interested, we can have a free call to discuss it.

Do any of these feel familiar?

  • Feeling nourished when you connect with like-minded coaches.
  • Wishing the business and marketing side was easier.
  • Wishing you had a go-to team for questions about systems, software, coaching framework, etc.
  • Wondering if your niche, offerings, and prices are right for you now.
  • Wanting to maintain a balanced life at the same time as running a sustainable business.
  • Wishing you had a little more clarity and confidence with how you work with clients, from initial calls to long-term clients.
  • Wanting to be part of a group with an experienced group facilitator.
  • Wanting your work to matter to the Greater Good. 

We address all of that and more.

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The guidance and support I have received in Val’s group for coaches has been essential to my success as a new entrepreneur. I’ve enjoyed the expansive dialogue with peers that I have needed to work through my challenges (and celebrations!). And even better … it is grounded in Val’s gentle guidance on how to navigate the journey of business building and sustainability, using an easy-to-follow map that breaks things down in a way that makes so much sense! The whole experience helps me feel at ease and has helped me thrive in my business!!”

~ J.Y., Business/Life Coach

Group members experience:

  • overall more fun and downstream flow in your work life,
  • easier decision-making and reduced overthinking,
  • restorative energy,
  • life-changing mindset shifts on how business and marketing can really work for you and your energy,
  • deeper clarity and confidence about what you have to offer,
  • a safe space to discuss concerns and self-doubt related to coaching or business,
  • getting results with less effort,
  • acceptance of whatever pace is realistic for you,
  • the rare and powerful experience of being in a space with people who really get it,
  • practical help for new technology and writing feedback,
  • new networking connections, and occasional collaborations.

The complete list of what’s included, and the cost, are in the Logistics section below.

I cannot say enough great things about the space that Val creates for her group members. She curates a group of like-minded heart-centered people and brings them on a journey to figure out how to achieve their goals. My time spent in the group has been incredible and I recommend it for anyone who wants to get their business flowing. I came in as such a newbie and received such a great foundation from Val, her guidance, and her masterful facilitation.” 

~ A.R., executive coach for startups

Is this for you? Let's see about the fit:

It’s a fit if you relate to all of these:

  1. You are self-employed or already moving in that direction, doing coach‑like work.
  2. You like the idea of having a community of kindred spirits.
  3. You value having a positive impact in the world.
  4. You are drawn to authentic, humane approaches to business and marketing, not gimmicks.
  5. You enjoy learning and growing.
  6. Work/life harmony is important to you.
  7. You’re able to get things done, at your own pace, when you know what to do.
  8. You either lean towards introversion and/or high sensitivity, or you at least resonate with something about being a sensitive soul or having a big heart.
  9. You embrace diversity and inclusion of all kinds and are committed to treating each other with respect and humility when you don’t understand someone else’s views or lived experience.
  10. You are a woman or someone who is comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. (Non-binary and trans inclusive.)
  11. You’re a good listener when others are speaking.

If you relate to all of those, I’d love to hear from you so we can discuss and decide together. (Send inquiries and/or book a call here.)

Details and cost are all below.

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Group Logistics and Frequent Questions

1. Community

  1. Monthly small group gatherings (90 minutes, up to 6 members) with Val’s facilitation. We use a meeting format and an approach to business and marketing that work well for introverts, HSPs, and extroverts too. 
  2. A second monthly gathering (optional) for setting priorities and action steps, with loving co-creative energy.
  3. Regular opportunities (most weeks) for co-working sessions that open with a guided grounding to jumpstart a block of concentrated work on your goals. (10:30 am–12 pm Eastern time, Wednesdays.) 
  4. Buddy matches between meetings for keeping the community connection strong.

2. Private Access to Val – to smooth out the rough spots, go deeper with your planning, review your website, etc.

  1. You get one or two private sessions per month (45 minutes each) with Val, depending on your plan. 
  2. Access to ask Val questions between meetings.

3. Guidance and Learning

  1. An easy-to-follow map that breaks things down in a way that calms the mind and heart.
  2. Learning modules to help support you with whatever step you’re on. (Modules include both inner and outer work, from fear busting to niche clarity and business content creation tools.)

4. Support and Networking

  1. Opportunities for business writing feedback, technology hand-holding, and other connections between meetings. This is a meaningful community of support.
  2. Connection to Val’s large network for help with new connections, and spreading the word about your offerings.

This program, with all the support described above, has these tiers available:

  1. Includes 1 private session per month: 417/month USD.
  2. Includes 2 private sessions per month: 617/month USD.
    (An ideal starting place when new to working with me.)

The investment could pay off when you get one new client, which I predict will come to you sooner and easier than before.

I’m including private sessions because it makes such a dramatic difference for your progress and confidence, and your focus on the right things to meet your goals.

Combining individual and group coaching is a perfect blend for me, where I benefit from the unique value each can offer me. A powerful combination! I’m so glad I have this one-on-one time to explore more deeply.” ~N.F.

I have tried to keep the prices low enough to make it accessible for most coaches. However, if you’re feeling nervous to invest in this kind of support at your current earning status, these things might help:

  1. I believe the investment will pay off when you get one new client, which I predict will come to you sooner and easier than before. I have seen both happen for people in my groups.
  2. I also believe earning will flow much better when you are feeling less constricted inside and more confident in your coaching.
  3. If you are wondering about if this is a good fit for you at this time, we can chat about it in a free call. No pressure to sign up.
  4. If you are feeling drawn to having some kind of support in your self-employment and coaching journey, ask yourself what are you most wanting. Then see what your heart thinks might match up to that.

Sliding scale options?
I have reduced cost spots available for those who are Black and/or Indigenous in North America, as a step towards reparations. (It’s not charity. It’s in solidarity.)

I welcome any questions via email or to discuss in a free call.

If you answered yes to all the questions in the “Is this for you?” checklist, it should work, but we can chat about it in a free call and decide together.

Members are at various stages and have various amounts of time to devote to their explorations and growth.

There’s no judgment on your stage or pace. You won’t be the only one feeling experienced in one area and new in another area.

Everyone has something valuable to offer, from listening and relating, to sharing ideas (if asked for).

We cover topics related to coaching methods and authentic business and marketing relevant for coach-like businesses.

In each meeting, you can bring whatever topics or challenges are most current for you.

We also walk through a set of steps to keep your foundation strong. 

Here are the kinds of topics we discuss:

  • How to choose your client attraction methods that will be easy and effective for you.
  • Whether and how to determine your niche.
  • Pricing that works for your heart and your wallet.
  • How to feel more confidence in your coaching.
  • How to handle initial consults and your client enrollment process.
  • Working through a company contract vs. private pay clients.
  • Facilitating groups,  workshops, courses.
  • Whether and how to use a framework with clients.
  • Stages of business development and where are you on the map.
  • What kind of support do you need and how to let it in.
  • Checking in with your values, purpose, and positive impact.
  • Incorporating your equity, inclusion, and earth consciousness values into your work.

This is not a replacement for coaching training.


We meet on the 2nd Tuesdays at 11:45 am – 1:45 pm Eastern Time // 8:45 am –10:45 am Pacific Time.

There are also co-working/ co-creating times on Wednesdays at 10:30 am – 12 pm Eastern, which I also encourage you to attend.


The group meets using Zoom video conference. For individual sessions, we can meet by phone or Zoom. You can be anywhere in the world.

Start Time and Commitment:

New members begin with a six-month commitment to the group so we can form strong connections. It’s not a drop-in group. 

After your initial commitment, you can end at any time, with notice of one month so you can attend at least one more meeting in support of you and the group having a sense of completion.

The group is an ongoing community.

Of course if you are ever dissatisfied or find it’s not a fit, please discuss it with me and we can come up with a solution together.

Before Starting 

All members will have done at least two private sessions with me, or something similar like a course. That way all members will be get caught up with a common mindset and structure, and I can make sure you have all that you need to get the most out of working together. I want to make sure this is a good investment for you. We can discuss this if you have concerns.

People often describe the meetings as their place to pause and breathe, and find their footing amidst it all. They feel understood in a way that is rare and so restorative.

A few ways to describe it:

  • I bring my business and coaching expertise, and I also help to draw out the wisdom of the group. Everyone’s voice is valuable, but there are no expectations.
  • I provide a clear meeting structure for equal sharing times and room to breathe.
  • I bring introvert-friendly coaching and facilitation methods so that connection and learning is maximized, and calming. Nothing is forced.
  • I provide a learning theme each month, with optional homework.
  • You can bring whatever topics or concerns are on your mind.
  • Everything is held in confidence.

Val Nelson business coachI bring over a decade of being sustainably self-employed as a business/career coach, using a heart-centered approach.

I’ve learned how to make it work for both my wallet and my energy needs as an introvert and a highly sensitive person (HSP).

Much of my career has included leading groups in some form, and I’ve had formal training in group facilitation and adult learning. I’ve developed my facilitation and teaching skills into a core strength.

I’ve included small groups as part of my primary offerings from the beginning of my business.

The “lone wolf” idea is a false and harmful notion. (Wolves live in packs for a reason.)

We are not built for total self-sufficiency, no matter what the Western individualistic culture tries to tell us.

We are built for understanding and restoring ourselves within community.

That is our true nature. Coming together “around the fire” for stories and connection is our heritage.

Over and over I’ve seen my clients come into groups and find the mental and soulful rest they need, as well as the renewed energy and clarity for next steps. It works, just as it has throughout human history.

Next Step: Let's Talk About It

If you feel the group might be a good step for you, please request a free call to discuss it. You can also use that same request form to ask questions.

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