Using neuroscience & Christian spirituality our aim is to transform existing community places like cafés into enriched environments where people do life together, embark on the search for meaning and give voice to the deeper things of the soul. We call this a Soul Food Café.

Our Soul Food Cafés offer a sacred space where we can share our life intentionally and thrive through dialogue and spirit-led discovery.

Our cafes are also training spaces where we promote spiritual health as a pathway to mental health. We elaborate on our life story to find our soul story. Our aim is to help deepen our self-awareness, spirituality and listening skills to assist others who are soul searching.
Journey of Discovery
Our Journey of Discovery courses offer a real-life experience. Part of our training is online but the vital part is done in small groups. This dialogue is essential in our meaning-making, and spiritual & mental health.
Self-Discovery - Course 1
The first course focuses on the contemplative mind and aims to encourage soul searching, resilience and self-care. We believe that you need to understand yourself before you can understand others.
Shared Discovery - Course 2
The second course focuses on the compassionate mind. This is the course where you join a Soul Food Cafe and develop friendships to connect & grow. You’ll look at the intersection between your life story and soul story in groups of 2 or 3.
Discovery Coach - Course 3
The third course offers skills-based training to equip you to become a coach. Using our coach-the-coach model we explore transformative stories, skills and support to help you to renew your mind & soul and become an ambassador of change.

Mind & Soul Travel Guides
In this book series, Dr Paul Whetham uses tell, show, do principles to help renew your mind & soul.
Journey of Discovery - Travel Guide 1
The first guide, Journey of Discovery takes a good look at the mind and soul, and aims to deepen your self-awareness and spirituality.
Built for Adventure - Travel Guide 2
The second guide, Built for Adventure encourages you to move out of your comfort zone and to go deeper into mystery and meaning.
Soul Talk - - Travel Guide 3
The third guide, Soul Talk helps you to reflect, connect and grow spiritually with others.
How can I start?
Our aim is to offer the Soul Food Café courses to anyone interested. Currently, we are in the early stages of our roll out and offer our training courses only to organisations.

Contact us ( if you are part of an organisation and are interested in Soul Food Café.

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“Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards”

– Soren Kierkegaard
"...Paul, I am so glad you ran this Soul Food Café workshop. This has meant a lot to me in many areas and for many reasons, but I think the most revealing bit was sharing my story ...
I was rather shocked to see how many things were "below the line", and how deep they were below the line. I have a feeling that God is changing me and my direction ..." - Elaine

"On the first day, I felt this amazing sense of relief when you shared the concept of listening to each other's broken and beautiful stories and valuing each person and their story…
Finally, I found someone who's on the same page!" - Wendy

Our Trainers

Dr Paul Whetham
Dr Paul Whetham is a Christian clinical psychologist who has over 25 years’ experience in mental and spiritual health. He was previously the Director of the Masters in Counselling program at the University of South Australia and has co-written Year 11 and 12 Psychology textbooks for South Australian and International secondary schools. Paul did his PhD on the loneliness of church leaders and has written burnout materials with the National Church Life Survey. He is also a Certified Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner (IACN) and currently runs a clinical psychology practice in South Australia called Lifeboat Stories which focuses on neuroscience, resilience and practical self-care.
Nigel Skeates
Nigel Skeates is a Christian counselling psychologist with experience within the faith community, private and non-government sectors. He has been a Salvation Army officer, worked in private practice as a psychologist, been involved in mental health research and development as well as having extensive experience in management and Human Resources. He also has an interest in neuroscience and is passionate about families and the experience, role and importance of fathers as mentors.

Our Mission
  • Transform existing community cafes into informal sacred spaces where we enhance our mental & spiritual health and develop ongoing friendships to connect & grow.
  • Equip people with practical neuroscience principles, self-care & people skills.
  • Promote spiritual health as a pathway to mental health in community & church organisations.
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