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Skills for Change Coaching

Nancy Shanteau

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Nancy Shanteau helps people embody their values in their lives, work and relationships. She offers compassion and understanding to her students’ personal and professional development. Both pragmatic and visionary, Nancy helps people create thriving coaching and teaching practices in Skills for Change and Cooperative Communication. Nancy identifies as a white, multi-ethnic, pansexual, aromantic, solo polyamorous, relationship anarchist, non-binary woman settler living in unceded Nisenan territory. She is the lineage bearer for Skills for Change Coaching, founded by Julia Kelliher.

Nancy offers certifications in Skills for Change Coaching, Mediation and Bodywork as well as for Cooperative Communication Practitioners, Facilitators, and Trainers. She helps Coaches & Practitioners work with individuals, couples, families, children, friends, groups, teams, small business owners and organizations that want to implement embodied power analysis and the skills of Cooperative Communication. She offers self-paced online classes and coaching supervision by phone or videoconference.

A certified Skills for Change Coach and a certified Strozzi Institute Master Somatic Coach, Nancy studied Somatics and Trauma with Staci Haines and Denise Benson. She founded the Folkloom School in 2011. She sometimes teaches Cooperative Fusion Partner Dance classes in Grass Valley, CA and around Northern California.

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

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.

"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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