Welcome! I’m Alexis. I’m so glad you found me.

I am a life & relationship coach, a women’s empowerment coach, and a master Circling teacher. I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and have been facilitating transformation and authentic relating for men and women, couples and singles, coaches and facilitators, and groups of all kinds for more than 15 years. My style is inspired by integral and transpersonal psychology, masculine and feminine dynamics, communication, leadership, yoga, and meditation. Basically, I’ve been diving deep into the human experience–both personally & professionally–for a long time!

I am one of the founders of the Authentic Woman Experience (AWE), a series of life-changing workshops and programs that support women in full self-expression, feminine leadership, and the art of creating more intimacy in their lives. 

I love coaching women to discover their confidence and radiance, design lives they love, own their gifts, find their voice, and lead in powerful, authentic, feminine ways. I also love coaching men! Especially regarding how to live with power and intentionality, and how to unapologetically express their vulnerability and desires in relationship. Having men like this in the world inspires me.

I am also one of the founding teachers and original thought leaders of “Circling,” a dynamic relational practice and form of deep coaching. Circling, also known as “intersubjective meditation,” is an organic, in-the-moment, interpersonal process that is designed to allow a visceral experience of connection to and understanding of another person’s world. It is fun, dynamic, and often deeply moving. In 2006, I co-created the first-ever Circling training program, creating a curriculum and set of distinctions that transformed this once ambiguous and experimental process into a distinct relational practice and method of facilitation. I have trained hundreds of people in the art of Circling and have seen my students bring Circling to family, friends, lovers and strangers in a way that completely transforms their relationships. I feel so grateful for how this has benefited my life and the lives of so many people.

One of my passions is mentoring coaches, therapists and Circlers on how to start and deepen their practices, build circling and related skills, and harvest opportunities for personal growth available to them in their work. I mentor those who aspire to make a bigger difference in the world.

Alexis Shepperd

In addition to my professional creations, I am a spiritual seeker, a traveler, a yogini, an auntie, and an awesome workshop facilitator (if I do say so myself!). I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, have my roots in Eastern-European Jews, Texan cattle ranchers and the New Age movement, and I currently live in Oakland, CA.

Ultimately, I am inspired to live what I teach, support men and women in cultivating relationships as a spiritual practice, and to call out the wild, beautiful feminine heart.

Credentials and Training:

  • PhD in Clinical Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) – 2006
  • Co-owner of Authentic Woman Experience LLC 2005 – current
  • Co-owner of The Circling Institute – 2014 – 2017
  • Co-creator of the “Art of Circling,” a year-long coaching & circling training program – 2006-2017
  • Senior Trainer for Authentic World & the Integral Center – 2012-2013
  • Co-Owner of AuthenticSF LLC – 2005-2009
  • In private practice coaching women and men, singles and couples – since 2004