I help you to create a life of simplicity, working from the inside, out. I help you eliminate stress and overwhelm and live from a place of ease and grace.
You can find out more about my background below and if you’re interested in diving straight into my tips, techniques and philosophical musings for living with simplicity and soul, there’s a whole page here to get you started.
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 put myself through an intensive apprenticeship on what it takes to be happy. I trained as a yoga teacher. I became a Journey Practitioner and started hearing about this thing called ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’. 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 very own 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.
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 living true to themselves and their dreams.
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 writes and teaches about living with simplicity. She helps women to slow down and listen to their souls so they can live with less overwhelm and guilt. Samantha learned what she teaches whilst working as a lawyer and policy advisor to government on Aboriginal issues. It was there that she became adept at push, control and stress until she eventually collapsed from chronic fatigue and thought there might be a better way.
Samantha offers individual and group mentoring programs for women. She convenes lifestyle retreats 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:
- The elegance of simplicity
- Spirituality in the 21st century
- Alignment – getting your mind, body and spirit to work as one
- Graceful strength – harnessing the power of the feminine.
To contact Samantha please email firstname.lastname@example.org