Hi, I’m Samantha Nolan-Smith, resident freedom champion and spiritual mentor to women the world over.
My mission is for all beings to live awake to the truth of themselves. Knowing their own power as conscious, holy beings who can change not only their own lives but in time, the world.
I’m the founder of The Freedom Collective - an online community for people who want to live wild and free – as well as a whole raft of freedom generating tools such as Retreats at Home Guide ‘Unlock your Creative Genius’ and a 6 week online program for changing the way you live and work; ‘Build Healthy Habits’.
So how did I get to where I am? Well, I started my career very sensibly. I studied English literature, philosophy and law. I worked in corporate law firms, community legal centres, the voluntary sector, a number of government agencies, and private companies.
I travelled a lot, living in five cities and one tiny village, in four different countries. At one point I found myself crewing a 200 foot tall ship from Canada to the Bahamas. I met people who for all intents and purposes live on the sea and started wondering whether I could create a life more interesting and creative than getting the best job I could, buying a house, finding a guy and settling down.
I explored other cultures, most specifically, Aboriginal communities in Australia to which I dedicated a decade of my life. I learned a huge amount about community and culture, about the psychology of scarcity which keeps us living smaller lives than we deserve, and about the capacity of human beings to adapt and survive.
I then ventured off the traditional path. I was disillusioned with working in an office, under strip lighting, breathing reconditioned air. I was suffering from depression, stress, anxiety and chronic fatigue, sometimes all at once. Changes were needed. Big ones. I knew that 9-5 wasn’t going to work for me anymore and that my dream of changing the world needed to reign itself into something more manageable. I started with myself.
I put myself through an intensive apprenticeship on what it takes to be happy. I kept hearing about this thing we call ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ and I knew that more than anything, I wanted to experience it. So I trained as a yoga teacher. I became a Journey Practitioner and worked with Journey founder Brandon Bays running her seminars throughout Europe and North America. I sat with gurus in India and eventually, I stopped looking outward for the answers to life’s big questions.
Initially my journey was tough. Over time it became easier and easier. I’ve been fortunate to spend time with some of the most awake, free and joyous people living today. I learned tools that completely transformed my life and I used them to create my dream life.
Right now that looks like living in a beach-side village with my daughter and husband, working only on things that inspire me, in an office that’s filled with sunlight and fresh air. I work bare foot, drinking green tea and meeting in cafes. I write when inspiration strikes, not when the clock tells me to. Most of all, I no longer live according to that great divide called weekdays and weekends. I simply fill each day with projects and people that I love and infused with conscious awareness of my connection to all that is.
It’s been a long journey but whoa has it been worth it. I’ve learned that when people decide to work on themselves, when they have the courage to turn within and when they’re committed to change, then anything is possible.
I’ve also learned that when individuals change, families, communities and nations follow and that this is the way we change the world; one person at a time understanding their true nature and living living as a divine extension of that.
LLB/BA from the University of NSW, BA (Hons) from Monash University, GDLP from the College of Law, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, and qualified Journey Practitioner.
Samantha Nolan-Smith helps women awaken to the truth of themselves as powerful, creative and holy beings. She’s the founder of The Freedom Collective which supports people to find more freedom in their everyday by first finding freedom within.
She runs online programs and works 1:1 with women and is the founder of Retreats at Home, multimedia guides for conducting yoga retreats from the comfort of your living room.
Samantha is available for interviews and speaking engagements on the following topics:
- Sustainable success
- Spirituality, entrepreneurship and the new face of feminism
- Life reinvention – working barefoot by the beach
- The elegance of simplicity
- Aligning your life – getting your mind, body and spirit to work as one
- The yogic path to money, sex and power.
To contact Samantha please email firstname.lastname@example.org