Nancy Shanteau helps people achieve their dreams. She offers compassion and understanding to her clients’ journeys. Both pragmatic and visionary, Nancy offers support for creative and artistic expression, transformation from traumatic experiences, and life transitions. Nancy identifies as a white, multi-ethnic, pansexual, aromantic, relationship anarchist, cis woman settler living in unceded Nisenan territory. She is the lineage bearer for Skills for Change Coaching, founded by Julia Kelliher.

Nancy offers coaching and mediation for individuals, couples, families, children, friends, groups, teams, small business owners and organizations that want to implement the skills of Cooperative Communication. She offers skills for change bodywork, and coaching supervision both in person and by phone. She specializes in helping people write books. Often working by phone, Nancy supports her clients with articles, websites, Master’s theses, books, CDs, and DVDs.

A certified Skills for Change Coach, a certified Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach, Nancy studied Somatics and Trauma with Staci Haines and Denise Benson. She founded the Folkloom School in 2011 and teaches Skills for Change Coaching, Bodywork, and Mediation courses to certify Skills for Change Coaches. She graduated with Highest Honors from UC Berkeley’s English department. You can take her Cooperative Fusion Partner Dance classes in Grass Valley, CA.

Nancy is a major contributor to the book Access to Power: A Radical Approach for Changing Your Life. “This book provides a general theory of change, why and how we get stuck, and what we can do to make a shift. Through an exploration of common obstacles, we learn to recognize the truth about what is possible, identify the difference between our power and powerlessness, and make plans to achieve a positive future.” Learn more.

Nancy offers many online courses including Quiet Mind, Empowered Boundaries, Relationship Anarchy & Skills for Change, Managing Anxiety, and The Art of Planning. She launched the Skills for Changemakers Patreon community in 2017. Her YouTube videos can be found here. She can be reached at 530-273-5170 or at

"May we all have the good fortune to have loving community around us who support our awareness of what we can change and what we can't. May we access powerful support, both inner and outer, to create positive change, incrementally and over time, those things that are worth changing. And may we come to peace and acceptance over the larger forces of life, human limitations, and the things over which we truly have no control." -- Julia Kelliher

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Skills for Change Coaching was founded by Julia Kelliher in 1995. Skills for Change teaches students and practitioners to locate themselves in their embodied wise adult consciousness, fight internalized oppression, exit the rescue dynamic, communicate cooperatively, analyze power in transactions, and embody change through practice.

Julia brought a somatic embodied approach to change learned from Robert Hall and Richard Strozzi Heckler through Lomi Therapy, together with a pragmatic approach to power studied with Radical Therapist Beth Roy. She added flavors of her pragmatic wisdom as a mother and small business owner, her Buddhist practice with S.N. Goenka, and a fascination with Deep Ecology. Julia certified many coaches, and started a movement, by serving radical wisdom to countless clients and students.

Learn more about Skills for Change Coaching here. ​Apply to get certified here. Or watch the video below, where Nancy traces the Skills for Change lineage somatically, radically, and transactionally.

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