Mel and Nicho have a fantastic way of connecting with people and help bring out the best in them! Their ability to guide and inspire people to find their direction in life is refreshing!  Amazing people that not only talk the talk but walk the walk!! Can not recommend them highly enough! ‘- via Facebook

Kerrie Lalor | Emerging Leaders’ Aunty


‘I have worked with both Mel and Nicho over many years and I know first hand that they are brilliant, deeply authentic educators. I would highly recommend getting on one of their programs – I have seen the good they do for people.’ – via Facebook

Matt Shanahan | Director Matt Shanahan & Associates 


‘I have worked with Mel and Nicho for many years. Their passion and experience in developing capacity-building relationships with young people is inspiring. They are dedicated, fun, professional and refreshing and I highly recommend working with them or attending their life building events and programs.’ – via Facebook

Tracey Farrant | Aunty Amalda & Community Development Legend


Mel is a brilliant leadership expert and has a fantastic rapport with all the members of the group we were in. I have not met anyone quite as passionate about her role as she is, a true inspiration.’ – via Facebook

Richard Abraham |  Beast


Nicho and Mel from The Mandala Project are fabulous! Between them they have an extraordinary amount of experience in running leadership events and activities. And it’s all stuff that really hits the ground and makes a difference. Through our business, Business Growth Strategies, Rod and I have been delighted to support them because we know they’re the real deal.’ – via Facebook

Ellyn Martin | Director Business Growth Strategies


The youngsters have learned so much about life and it’s challenges. Very well organised, personal and also very funny!’

Rob Surminski | Teacher and Business Owner Meester Max


If you have an interest or passion for leadership and the outdoors follow The Mandala Project! Run by two of the most wonderful educators in the business you can keep up-to-date with their amazing work and programs! Being lucky enough to travel will Mel has been truly life changing.’ – via Facebook

Daniel Thuys | Cashier at IGA and studying nursing at Deakin University


Mel and Nicho are changing the world. I have first hand experience with the professional way they go about it. Both Mel and Nicho have had a huge impact on me and the person I am. Nicho gave me my first break in the professional world while I was at uni and Mel’s support of me during my teen years at youth services will never be forgotten. I would recommend anything that these people are involved with! – via Facebook

David Fox | Elsper Digital Marketing & Design


‘The Mandala Project exceeded my expectations. Within a single weekend we all, as a team, became aware of our potential and how to focus solely on who we are and what we should do to strengthen ourselves. I believe I am now a manifestation of my passion and I will utilise everything The Mandala Project has given me.’ – via Facebook

James Fawcett | Personal Trainer at Wodonga Sports & Leisure


I’ve worked with both Mel and Nicho for about 10 years in various roles. Whenever I think of leadership and young people, I think of Nicho. I’ve been involved in their programs and initiatives in a number or roles – a participant, guest presenter and mentor. Doing programs with them has certainly been a game changer for me and my career. Mel and Nicho are incredibly easy to get along with, have a vast array of skills and experience and any time spent with them is time spent well. I’d highly recommend them.’ – via Facebook

Kat Bennett | Past participant and current Wodonga Councillor


‘I am very interested to read that you [Anthony] are taking on this new challenge, particularly one as rewarding and close to my heart as community leadership. The council was fortunate to have you to run their program for the past nine years, and you should be proud of the impact you have had on the many young graduates who benefited from leadership training under your countenance.

In parliament last year I noted how important it was for community leadership program participants to say “I have a vision of how our community can be a better place”. I congratulate anyone who makes a start by becoming involved in this community leadership program. Leadership begins by working effectively with others and understanding that your corner of the world will be different if you decide to act on its behalf.’

Cathy McGowan AO MP

Independent Federal Member for Indi