The Soul Project – New Year, New Perspectives



The Soul Project Canberra is bringing together a group of inspiring women for an evening of fun discussing health, wellbeing and nutrition. As well as hearing from the incredible women below, enjoy a drink and a chance to socialise as well as raise money for the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group.


Performers and Speakers include:

  • Amber Nicols – finalist on The Voice
  • Kate Pamphilon – kinesiolgist, complementary medicine practitioner & expert for I Quit Sugar
  • Blair Kelly – NLP coach, Arbonne national vice president & nutritional therapist
  • Danielle Shine – natural food chef, Hay House author, yoga teacher & TV chef
  • Lisa Donaldson – accredited practising dietitian, 12WBT nutrition lead & educator


We sat down with Soul Project Canberra co-founder Lisa Donaldson to find out more.


What is The Soul Project Canberra?

The Soul Project Canberra is an opportunity to showcase some of Canberra’s most inspiring health practitioners who have a strong desire to promote positive health messages and share strategies to get there. It’s also an opportunity for us to bring people together in a beautiful venue, featuring some of Canberra’s musical talent! We also raise money for an important charity, which allows us to ‘give back’ to those in need.


Where did you get the inspiration for The Soul Project Canberra?
The idea came about many years ago, when I heard about a movement in Sydney who hosted a similar style [of] event in bars and clubs around Surry Hills. I thought, how fabulous! Bring people together to learn, share a wine, a laugh and meet others.


Where did you find the co-founders Kate and Blair and why did you choose to collaborate with them?
I’ve known Blair for many years. We were Group Fitness Instructors together for about a decade! I heard that she had moved into the health, mindset space and I thought she’d be a great person to collaborate with. She suggested we work with Kate and I was really interested in Kate’s work. We got together, thought it was worth a shot and the rest is history.


Tell us about your career in nutrition.

My path to nutrition was based on my own health. In the early 2000s I was a school teacher. I was diagnosed with a number of health related issues and didn’t know what to eat anymore. I started reading about food for health and loved it. As a mature age student I landed on my feet pretty quickly. When I graduated I spent 2.5 years working alongside Channel 9 Nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan, learning how to explain complex science in every day language. I learnt so much from Joanna and loved every day. During that time, I also set up my private practice FEEDinc. and commenced work with Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation. I also have a number of roles here in Canberra – teaching Allied Health Assistants at CIT, presenting for Nutrition Australia and I am currently working on recording an album for children called Mr Tim and the Food Detective.


Why are you so passionate about The Soul Project Canberra and nutrition?

Education is power… but nobody likes to be lectured! So the feel and atmosphere of The Soul Project enables us to educate people in a relaxed, fun and inspiring way. I am so passionate about nutrition because it helped me be well and continues to keep me well. If I can give that same feeling of wellness to anybody, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.


What are The Soul Project events like and who should attend?

The Soul Project is for anybody who likes a fun night out and who wants to learn more about their own mind, body or soul! We currently hold our events at Palace Electric Cinema, so it feels like a night at the movies – but with music, mingling and inspiring speakers.


What can we expect from The Soul Project in 2017?

We are so excited about 2017. We are kicking of the year with an incredible musical act, Amber Nicols, a finalist from Channel 10’s ‘The Voice’. We are also bringing in guest speakers – first speaker we have for our ‘Soul Village’ is Chef Danielle Shine – a Natural Food Chef who has a fascinating story to share. So expect more guest speakers, some wonderful musical acts and potentially some hands on cooking workshops and Yoga sessions in some different venues, too.


Event Details

Thursday 23 February, 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Palace Electric Cinema

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Holly Cooper

Holly Cooper

Holly Cooper is Canberra born and has worked in the beauty and fashion industry for over a decade. She loves to travel and brings those experiences home to develop new creative ideas. She enjoys a glass of red and music for relaxation and inspiration.

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