Find Your Tribe
Entrepreneurship is a demanding, often lonely job.
It’s filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
And the hardest part… most of your friends and family don’t understand the unique demands, responsibilities, stresses, and pains of entrepreneurship.
So not only is it a tough sport… it becomes an intensely lonely one too, compounding the problems, as you try to balance relationships, parenting, and a host of other things in life.
Too often we entrepreneurs bottle all this up. We put on masks. We put on a smile, despite the adversity we deal with daily. We suffer in secret while maintaining a facade of success.
But what if you had a group of like-minded entrepreneurs, dealing with the same issues?
What if you could share openly, honestly, your struggles? What if the other folks just got you?
What if you had practical tools to deal with anxiety and debilitating worry?
What if you knew the early warning signs of burnout and could recharge yourself before it's too late?
What if you could move beyond teetering precariously between work and personal life and instead enjoy a sense of balance and integration?
What if you had a small group of trusted and like-minded peers who could encourage and build you up every week?
We’ve created something JUST for you called ZenTribes.
What is ZenTribes?
ZenTribes are groups of 6-8 entrepreneurs who commit to meet weekly for 8 weeks and monthly for 6 months.
More than a peer support group or business mastermind, a ZenTribe group is facilitated by psychologist, Dr. Sherry Walling (ZenFounder.com), often in partnership with an experienced founder such as Cory Miller of iThemes.com, Shawn Hesketh of WP101, and Karim Marucchi of Crowd Favorite.
The purpose of ZenTribes is to:
- Offer the place, people, time, and guidance to tackle the unique struggles and challenges you experience as an entrepreneur.
- Build and deepen your friendships with other entrepreneurs.
- Equip you to have ongoing, meaningful self-reflection and self-care practices.
- Help you spot burnout and similar problems in yourself and your team members.
- Give you scientifically-sound strategies to rest and reset.
- Give you scientifically-sound strategies to work with greater focus and intention.
- Help you optimize your brain power and creativity.
- Problem solve tricky interpersonal interactions with team-members, customers, and personal contacts.
Tribes are forming now!
ZenTribe is an 8-week bootcamp for your mental game. Each 8-week intensive is followed up with 6 monthly accountability and support sessions. We meet for 1 hour and 45 minutes. This is a great starting point to improve your mental health and optimize your awesomeness as an entrepreneur. Each group is limited to 8 participants, and we meet online via Zoom. Interested in participating in the next ZenTribe? Apply and reserve your spot here.
The Meeting Format
Each meeting lasts 90 minutes. We begin with a round of check-ins, during which each participant shares a brief reflection about the current moment or challenge from the previous week. Then, the heart of the meeting is a 45-minute guided discussion by Dr. Sherry Walling around the central topic for that week. Each meeting concludes with practical application or ‘homework’ you can practice during the following week. Of course, there is always ample time to discuss your specific questions.
What Topics Will Be Discussed?
We will tackle the key topics and issues that affect YOU most as an entrepreneur. We'll tailor the exact content of each group around the specific needs of the participants. With that as background, here are some of the topics we’re preparing to discuss with Dr. Sherry Walling:
- Anxiety, Fear, Worry
- Anger, Frustration
- Self reflection and self assessment
- Loneliness and friendship
- Physical Health
- Play, hobbies, fun
- Relationships — marriage, parenting, friendships
- Handling Criticism
- Failure & Loss
Who Should Join?
Whether you run an online ecommerce store, software business, a law firm, or retail store... we want to build a community of entrepreneurs.
The only qualification is that you are an entrepreneur who is willing to share openly, listen respectfully, and learn collaboratively. We are inviting you into a confidential, growth-inspiring community that welcomes your successes and your struggles.
Why Should You Join
- You want to invest in yourself (and therefore your business)
- You want to build meaningful relationships with other entrepreneurs; to share life -- the highs and lows -- together
- You want to find help, support, encouragement to face the issues below the surface that cause you heartburn and headaches
What ZenTribes Is Not?
- A mastermind or business group designed solely for accountability and business advice
- A networking group for sales and leads
- A place of judgment or bragging
What others are saying about ZenTribes...
“ZenTribe is a different kind of mastermind group. It fills the gap between running a business and running a healthy lifestyle and family. The ZenTribe sessions provide a much-needed break to step back, think about what truly matters and give and get support with folks who know where you're coming from.” — Brian Casel, Founder of Audience Ops
"I have such respect for Sherry and the others running ZenTribes that I jumped at the opportunity to join a group. Each week was a curated conversation around a topic that always seemed tailored just for me. Turns out my struggles are not uncommon amount entrepreneurs and it was encouraging and cathartic to share with others in the group. Thank you, Sherry and team, for facilitating a safe environment to connect with other entrepreneurs in a meaningful way."
-Carrie Dils, OfficeHours.FM
ZenTribe Boot Camp
Jump in with a small group of 6-8 entrepreneurs committed to personal growth, business growth, and supportive friendships.
Protect your business by protecting your mental well-being.
It's an antidote to the stress and isolation of entrepreneurship!
ZenTribes are like a boot camp for the mental side of being an entrepreneur.
Whether you run an online ecommerce store, software business, a law firm, or retail store, this founder group will help you find help, support, encouragement to face the issues below the surface that cause you heartburn and headaches.
We meet weekly for four weeks, take a week off, meet weekly for another four weeks.
- Tribe Boot Camp
- 6 months of accountability and implementation
Stay connected to your Tribe and committed to your personal and business growth.
Here's your chance to leverage your progress from ZenTribe and apply what you learned to your day-to-day life. We've allocated more time for check-ins, for more in-depth conversation.
We meet monthly for 6 months following the conclusion of ZenTribe boot camp.
We've kept the cost low to make this feasible in the long-term. This bundle includes six monthly check-ins, at less than $100 per month. That works out to just $50/hour.
This option only works if 4 Tribe members select it. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll refund the difference between Tribe Boot Camp and ZenTribe Plus.
ZenTribe + Personal Growth
- Tribe Boot Camp
- 6 months of accountability and implementation
- 6 Individual Sessions with Dr. Sherry
One-on-one focus on a mental health strategy that’s individualized for you.
During ZenTribe Boot Camp you’ll learn how to change your life by protecting and optimizing your mental health. Tribe Plus provides you with 6 months of accountability and support to implement the changes you most need.
Each month, you'll get a personalized, confidential conversation with Dr. Sherry, designed to help you identify potential problems or solve problems that are flaring up.
This is a great way to make permanent the changes that you've made during ZenTribes.
Learn More About ZenTribes' Hosts
Dr. Sherry Walling is a licensed psychologist and the co-host of the ZenFounder podcast. Her life’s work is to help entrepreneurs and founders maximize their vocational potential while also maintaining sanity, life satisfaction, and a sense of personal fulfillment. Married to a serial tech entrepreneur, Sherry has a unique combination of psychological expertise and 17 years of experience in the trenches of the start-up world. She loves bringing these two worlds together on the podcast, in her consulting work, and as a conference speaker.
Cory Miller is the founder of iThemes, which builds web design software and offers cutting-edge web design training for customers around the globe. He is also the cofounder of The Div, a nonprofit tech foundation. Cory is also the co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies and he blogs regularly about entrepreneurship at CoryMiller.com. Cory is half of the force behind ZenTribes and has been a longtime advocate for the importance of entrepreneur groups.
Shawn Hesketh spent 26 years as a freelance designer. In 2008, he created WordPress 101, which has become one of the most popular WordPress tutorial sites in the world, and has helped more than 1.5 million beginners learn to build their own website or blog. Today, Shawn spends his time helping freelancers and business owners increase their impact and do meaningful work. Shawn is a ZenTribes facilitator and an integral part of the consulting team.
Karim Marucchi is the CEO of Crowd Favorite and Chairman of The VeloMedia Group. His career has included founding startups, working for large web agencies, and taking companies public. Karim has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions. He loves figuring out how to make diverse teams work as a cohesive unit. Karim is a key source of support for entrepreneurs in the midst of hyper-growth or leaders in the midst of significant business transitions.