Podcast episode 14: Mastermind Groups with Kari Chapin

Mastermind groups with Kari Chapin on the Dear Handmade Life podcast

This week on the Dear Handmade Life podcast we share our recipe for The Chapin and talk to our friend/the inventor of The Chapin – Kari Chapin author of The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business about mastermind groups. We went to Portland at the beginning of the year for a mastermind retreat hosted by Kari. We share our insights on masterminds and explain why the experience was an big eye-opener for our business. Kari breaks down what a mastermind group is and what her local mastermind is like. Plus the three of us chat about how you can create a mastermind for yourself. If you’re thinking about starting a mastermind or want to know more about them check out our recent post on how to take your business to the next level with a mastermind group by DHL contributor Rebecca Pitts the founder and owner of Hudson + Daughter.

Have a suggestion for a drink, topic or guest you’d love to see featured on our the Dear Handmade Life podcast? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

-Delilah + Nicole

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The Chapin
Author: Kari Chapin
  • One shot of vodka
  • A tablespoon or two of cherry juice (we prefer <a href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00852OTXE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00852OTXE&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwdearhandma-20&linkId=GAKMML76DPLILJNShttps://” data-mce-href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00852OTXE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00852OTXE&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwdearhandma-20&linkId=GAKMML76DPLILJNShttps://”>these</a> fancy but totally worth it cherries)
  • 7-up
  • Cranberry juice
  1. Fill your glass with ice and add the vodka and cherry juice.
  2. Add cranberry juice and 7-up until the glass is full.
  3. Toss a few cherries in the glass.
  4. *This recipe is loose because depending on how sweet you like your drinks, you can adjust them. If you don’t like your drinks sweet, consider using sparkling water instead of sprite and unsweetened cranberry juice.



  1. This episode was such an eye opener. I have been struggling by myself in my little studio practicing like a mad woman, but every couple of weeks I get blocked, I don’t know which direction to go or if I’m actually in the right path.
    Even though this episode talks about masterminds for business, I wonder if this would work for people who are not really yet in business but are searching while being self-taught. I thought I’d create a small meetup group for “aspiring” (though I hate the word) artists and illustrators but I realized that it might not be productive because not everyone wants to share their secrets and techniques. Even if each person’s art is different, getting together with other artists might not be as beneficial as for example a painter or illustrator getting together with a screenprinter or potter..
    For example:
    I would love to get real feedback on the work I’m doing, not pat-on-the-back-it’s-great type of feedback.. and I don’t know if a group would be the place. A mentor would be ideal but mentors want to work with people who are already promising. Then I want to learn how to prep my work for printing (watercolor, ink, etc) and I’ve searched high-and low for techniques on that and I can’t find any.. So basically I’m not sure how to get a group going. I really would love to talk to people and share my ups and downs in a more practical way. Family and friends are not very useful in this department 🙂

    Thanks for creating this podcast. I really get a lot out of it!

  2. Hi Luisa!

    I think that is a really good idea to start an artists/illustrator mastermind! You don’t all have to be doing the exact same thing but just having a group of peers who understand what you are talking about is really valuable…you don’t have to explain certain things as they are already understood (friends and family are awesome but you’re right, they just don’t understand it sometimes). I also think it’s a great idea because you can have an extra set of eyes evaluating work–I get that way too, you are “in it” so much and so closely that it is hard to see the big picture.
    Reach out online to see if anyone in your area would be up for this–if you find one person, see if they know other people and so on!
    So glad you liked the episode and hope to hear from you again soon! XO

  3. Absolutely LOVE this stuff – thank you!!!!!
    In the spirit of goal setting for the new year, I wanted to let you all know that I’m starting a Financial Freedom Mastermind Group in the next week or two. I’m looking for highly ambitious, committed, like minded financial freedom fighters who have a goal of financial freedom in 2-5 years. If you are interested please inbox me your email address or send an email to bryannicole@hotmail.com. I have tons more information about format, structure and criteria to determine eligibility for the group. Max group size is 8. Thanks in advance

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