anahata collaborative

The Gild (Local)

A Local Community of Small Businesses learning and growing together.


The Gild - new for 2019

(GILD (v): to cover in gold: (n) old English meaning an association of people with similar interests or pursuits, especially a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen)


After many, many, many discussions with our fellow creative and wellness small business owners we discovered that many of you are already working from home, in coffee shops, in your studios or in other office spaces. You were feeling settled into your spaces, especially if you had a area full of all of your painting supplies, or all your reference books. You also loved the energies of coffee shops. So then what was missing? People, Direction and Balance! What was missing was other creative entrepreneurs who are also learning how to do it all on their own: how to sell their paintings, how to edit their photos, how to price and sell their products, how to be more efficient, how to build a retreat, how to juggle your new business with family obligations, how to continue to be inspired, how to achieve work/life balance, etc... People you could talk to, learn from, and collaborate with. Enter, The Gild!

We know you feel lonely working your butt off trying to build your business, and we also know you don't always feel like dressing up to attend Networking events. This is the perfect chance to be part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs in your own way. And you know what? We won't even judge if you show up in your sweats or mismatched socks.

We are passionate about helping our Doing-It-All-Yourself entrepreneurs and small business owners by giving them the skills and support they need to continue doing it all themselves, but with more focus and clarity, while driving more business and maintaining a work/life balance and inspiring creativity.  

You CAN DO IT! You are a rock star!

The purpose behind The Gild is to have a constant, reliable, enthusiastic community who is in it to win it. We hope this group becomes like a family for you and that we can all grow together.  So if you are ready to commit to growth and amazing-ness, you're in the right place! Having a community within which to work helps create structure and discipline which is motivating. Too much autonomy can cripple productivity because people lack routines.  Our creative community allows members to adopt an environment inclusive of invigorating thoughts while executing their work, feeling supported and inspired while still being held accountable, and gaining a broader network and skill set through community. We exercise inclusivity at Anahata Collaborative so The Gild and The Academy is open to all humans

We have put all our blood, sweat and tears into creating membership option for 2019 which will not only give you a chance to meet some like-minded creatives on the regular, but is PACKED with opportunities to grow your business, discover work/life balance and BE YOU in all the best ways. We have focused on the 4 pillars of Anahata Collaborative: Business, Creativity, Wellbeing and Doing Good.

We will meet the first three Mondays of each month at noon to discuss our businesses, listen to guest speakers, collaborate with other members. Why Mondays? Great question. We chose Mondays for a reason. Just one day a week for you to start each week off on the right foot. This way you can gather motivation, inspiration, actionable goals to carry out through the rest of the week. Then the following Monday, you do it all over again to carry you through the next week. We want these Mondays to be an integral part of your week. We do understand that sometimes things come up and you won’t be able to attend EVERY Monday. It’s ok. All we can say is try your best to attend as many as possible. You will also have the Academy Online and the Private Facebook Group to keep you accountable and moving forward each month.


  • First Monday of the month will focus on BUSINESS

  • Second Monday of the month will focus on WELLBEING

  • Third Monday of the month will focus on CREATIVITY

Why aren’t all three Mondays focused on Business? It’s called burn out. We want you to actually succeed instead of overwhelming you and causing burn out. What do you think the #1 reason is that solopreneurs end up giving up? Amazingly, it’s not lack of funds. It’s mental health. You will have an entire month from one Business Monday to the next Business Monday allowing you time to incorporate what you have learned into your business in a less stressful way. The second Monday we will discuss your wellbeing and mental health specifically, giving you tips and tricks you can incorporate throughout the month. The third Monday of the month is exercising your creativity. We will have fun, creative workshops to learn a new creative skill. Quite simply: Art Heals. Not only will it benefit your mental health, but it will also inspire creativity. Not to mention you get to learn something cool! ALL THREE WEEKS are important!

The Gild launches at Anahata Collaborative on February 5th and runs through November. You can join at any time during the year and your first month will be pro-rated. All future months will be billed on the 1st of the month. You can join at any time during the year, but you will not be able to access any previous workshops of The Gild, on the months going forward through November.



Let’s Do This!


The Gild BASIC MEMBERSHIP includes:

All three monthly workshops as discussed through November 2019.

Access to The Academy Online which will not necessarily follow The Gild workshops, so there will be additional lessons to be learned online.

“Networking time” on Mondays after workshops

Access to the Private Facebook group which will include all Academy and Gild members, and recordings of VIP Monthly Business Q&A’s.

Gild Member discounts to local businesses (being added constantly)

20% Venue discount on hourly rental

Monthly value over $300



The Gild VIP MEMBERSHIP includes:

The Gild VIP MEMBERSHIP includes everything in the BASIC Membership

PLUS the following from experts in their fields during the year:

One-on-one with our in-house professional photographer, Kianna Notermann, who will give you 4 fabulous profile pics for you to use for your business and assistance with your professional bio.

A review of the current state of your Social Media and how you can improve it to bring more customers with Social Media Expert, Kianna Notermann

A review of the current state of your Website and how you can improve it’s functionality (OR help going over wherever you are and working on next steps)

An Emotional Wellbeing consult with Certified wellness expert Lara Cornell (also happens to be the founder of Anahata Collaborative)

A Wellness Lifestyle consult with Ayurvedic Expert, Laurie Reade Endris: goal setting and lifestyle recommendations including ayurvedic diet/routine and yoga practices

Marketing Assistance from Anahata Collaborative by the way of a featured blog post on our website and social media posts.

Monthly Q&A Business Check-ins with Professional business coach, Lauren Armstrong, via Zoom.

A one hour business strategy meeting with Lauren Armstrong

VIP access to our upcoming LONDON retreat in collaboration with Calmer UK! (currently being planned for Feb 2020).

50% Venue discount on hourly rental

MORE items will be added throughout the year!

Monthly value over $800


VENUE Member

For those who are growing their own local businesses and would benefit from using the Anahata Collaborative Venue on a regular basis for their work:


photo sessions

meeting with clients

hosting workshops or classes

non-profit meeting

masterminds/book clubs/support groups

and more…

A Venue Member has the ability to book the entire venue (not just a room or semi-privately) as needed throughout the month for work related things. They pay one monthly fee and NO additional hourly rental fees. When the venue is not booked, Venue Members can use the space to meet with clients, get some work done, meet with other members to brainstorm and collaborate, and more. Please note, this membership does not allow you to book events. You must use the space for working. However, you may use the membership for a ticketed workshop, class or meeting.

This option works best for businesses that are more portable and need a larger private space for their business. It is a great option to anyone with a very small workspace already and who needs a larger and more open floor plan for other parts of their business such as photo shoots, larger classes/workshops/meetings, etc…

Space is VERY LIMITED (no more than 8 venue members at a time), and memberships are 12 months. Venue Memberships are $565/mth. First month is pro-rated.

Monthly value over $4000

The Team

Here are four of our Professional Partners (so far this year) who will be adding their expertise to make YOUR year ROCK!

Lara Cornell

Lara is the owner and founder of Anahata Collaborative. She is an artist with several wellness certifications (Flower Essence Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Wellbeing and Self Care Coach). Lara has also spent over 2 decades in the international travel industry and leads her own retreats abroad.


Kianna Notermann

Kianna Notermann is a photographer, Social Media and Marketing Strategist and Content Writer. She loves getting creative and making you shine.


Lauren Armstrong

Lauren Armstrong is an implementation strategist who works with business owners who are feeling overwhelmed by ALL. THE. THINGS. within their first three years in business. She helps them get unstuck and identify, organize and execute the most important tasks so that they have the freedom they started their business for in the first place.


Laurie Endris

Founder of Svasti Yoga, Laurie has over 1100 hours of formal training in Yoga & Ayurveda and she is a Reiki Master. Laurie studied with David Frawley, earning certifications in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness from the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She has a background in Kundalini Yoga & completed a Diploma of Yoga Therapy in Nashik, India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul. The Gurukul teaches classical Indian Yoga, Naturopathy & Ayurveda.