Ikigai Circles

I invite you to join a circle

Ikigai circles are cohorts of diverse professionals who together generate individual and collective insight, energy and wisdom to support and fuel the expansion and creation of their best lives as defined by them.

The ikigai framework serves as the basis of the process designed to inspire participants to generate clarity, meaning and purpose as participants proactively design their lives. Your circle will inspire and propel you toward your commitments while helping you fulfill them with bold actions.

What is ikigai?

In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as “a reason to get up in the morning;” that is, a reason to enjoy life. In Dan Buettner’s TED talk, ikigai is proposed as one of the reasons Okinawans have such long lives.

Meet Your Teacher

Carrie brings 25+ years of experience working across a range of organizations and industries in a variety of leadership capacities, currently as founder and CEO of Green Business BASE CAMP.  Carrie’s coaching practice was born out of a desire to support impact entrepreneurs and leaders to navigate the challenges of leadership with grace. She is committed to helping leaders enhance their personal resilience and wellbeing to lead with presence, clarity and joy.  Carrie holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and certifications in Laser Coaching and Shamata Meditation Instruction. She has additional training in the KonMari Method of organizing.

"At a point in my career where I was seeking more but not entirely clear on what "more" meant, this course was timely, on-point and clarifying. I've had unexpected a-ha moments that have helped me prioritize aspects of my career looking ahead. We're not done yet with the course, but I'm already feeling sad about not having this monthly jolt of self-reflection and insight.”
Shivani Garg Patel
Principal, Skoll Foundation

Each intimate group is facilitated by me as a professional coach who will join you on your personal journeys as we explore, discover, and clarify how to think about where you are versus where you want to be and generate an inspiring plan for getting there. You will be exposed to  new tools, coaching (one-on-one and group), peer-to-peer mentoring, and enjoy the fruits of a dedicated investment in yourself. 

These groups are created for a diversity of professionals who are experiencing or planning for inevitable life transitions including but not limited to:

  • Career: advancement, pivots, and transformation

  • Caregiving: parenting, eldercare, and empty nesting

  • Wellbeing: self-care, relationship balance, and graceful aging

  • Legacy: building & planning

Course Structure & Content

生き甲斐 – ‘a reason for being’
My role as facilitator and coach is to create a unique environment of support, confidentiality, and trust to safely explore your current situation and goals. We use the ikigai framework to identify alignment or opportunities for transformation in four quadrants:
  1. What you are good at 

  2. What you love  

  3. What the world needs  

  4. What you get paid to do (or what you want to get paid to do) 

The ikigai framework is a powerful and effective lens to explore your life journey (yesterday, today and tomorrow) while making connections between your current professional role or situation and your true calling, which is grounded in your passions and reason for being.

Once you have clearly articulated your personal mission and how it relates to your professional and personal commitments and passions, you will be able to establish simple yet meaningful goals and courageous commitments, while creating clear action plans to achieve them.

Along the way, the group will explore provocative questions: Where are you unstoppable?  Where do you sell out on yourself? Where are you comfortable with being uncomfortable? Do you have secret or latent aspirations? Where are you mindful, content, at peace?

Schedule & Pricing

Virtual groups launch regularly and are hosted every other week for 3 months.

The cost to join a circle is $897 as a one-time payment or three payments of $359 billed monthly for the course duration.  

Join an upcoming cohort:

Starting December 4 at 12:00 p.m. PT – Sign Up Here
Group dates: December 18, January 1*, January 15, January 29, February 12
*group will negotiate workaround for holidays as necessary

Starting January 7 at 10:00 a.m. PT – Sign Up Here
Group dates: January 21, February 4, February 18, March 4, March 18

Starting February 18 at 4:00 p.m. PT – Sign Up Here
Group dates: February 18, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15

In order to generate a robust, intimate and transformational experience, each group has a limited number of participants, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate! These spots fill up quickly.


I also provide private coaching of the curriculum for people who prefer more individualized attention.

"I lived my life by optimizing everything around productivity and efficiency. After discovering my ikigai, I live my life by optimizing around joy and contribution. I experience joy every day while I am achieving my personal and professional goals. You, too, can discover your reason for being so it can fuel your personal definition of success.”
Shari Bowles Gibbons
Managing Partner, Anderson Lane and Associates