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. More than a peer support group or business mastermind, a ZenTribe group is facilitated by the expertise of psychologist, Dr. Sherry Walling (ZenFounder.com), and experienced founders 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.
ZenTribe 4 Starts September 20th!
The first two summer groups filled up in a few days. We are now taking sign-ups for our fall group.
Each group will be capped at 8 people. We’ll meet online (via Zoom).
ZenTribe 4 is like our 101 Seminar. It meets on Wednesdays from 10:15 to 12 beginning on September 20 and is facilitated by Sherry Walling and Shawn Hesketh. This is a great starting point — it is bootcamp for the mental side of being an entrepreneur. It is limited to 6 participants. Secure your spot here.
ZenTribe 5 is our FounderFamilies group. This group is for couples to attend together and has a specific focus on the challenges of parenting and relationships — while running a business. This group will be led by Dr. Sherry Walling, along with Shawn & Kay Hesketh. It will meet every other Wednesday from 8 PM to 9:30 PM (CST) beginning in January. Learn more about FounderFamilies 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 Apply?
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 Apply
- 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 for accountability and 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
How Much Does It Cost?
Introductory Rate: $899
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.