Amanda Rootsey, Founder + Director
Amanda Rootsey is a Hay House author (Shine From Within; a teen girl’s guide to life), qualified life coach and youth mentor, cancer-survivor, former international model, inspiring speaker and gentle guide. She has been teaching and presenting to teen girls since she was a teen herself and has supported thousands of young girls since launching her holistic training school, Shine From Within, on the Sunshine Coast QLD Australia in 2012. A little more gentle than many other youth speakers and facilitators, one Vice Principal said, ‘Her dignified, gentle manner – coupled with her passion for empowering young girls – was greatly admired by teachers and students alike,” Deb Thomson Kimberley College, Brisbane QLD.
In 2016, Amanda launched an online Youth Mentor Training program to support passionate people feeling called to support the youth in their own community with unique workshops of their own. It brings together over 15 experts from around the world in psychology, coaching, event management, business and, of course, youth. Now in it’s fifth round, our community of youth mentors have supported teens in Africa, UK, Canada, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Amanda has appeared on The Today Show (Channel 9) and Today Tonight (Channel 7), been mentioned as a ‘game-changer’ in The Collective magazine and has been a regular columnist for Nature & Health Magazine. She’s spoken to audiences big and small all around Australia, and often volunteers her time for not-for-profit organisations and youth-mentoring programs.
“I started Shine From Within when I realised that a new type of personal development school was needed, one that addressed modern issues that teen girls face today while retaining some of the etiquette and values of traditional deportment programs. A school that was holistic, compassionate and nurturing. One that combined practical classes in natural skincare, make up, style, job interview skills and money matters with classes to nourish the body and spirit such as self-worth, positive body image, yoga and nutrition.”
It was a 2-year battle with cancer that really inspired Amanda to bring together a team of experts and inspiring guest teachers to create her unique training school. Her time as an international model in her early 20’s also opened up her eyes to the tortuous relationship that many girls have with their bodies and prompted Amanda to deepen her understanding of positive body image issues in teen girls.
Nothing gives her greater pleasure than to see her students realise how beautiful they are inside and out, take responsibility for their own health and happiness and truly shine bright.
With a background in teaching teen personal development courses spanning 10 years, life coaching and youth mentoring qualifications, a passion for natural health and a Hay House book on the way, Amanda is leading the charge in a new wave of teen education.
On a personal note, Amanda lives with her partner, David Rafter and their ‘fur baby,’ Trudi. As well as facilitating workshops and mentoring young women, she’s also passionate about raising the profile of eco-friendly fashion and gentle living, which you can read about over on her blog here.
- Currently completing a Certificate in Young People’s Mental Health and Technology (Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health)
- Bachelor of Business Management, University of Queensland
- Certified Life Coach, Beautiful You Coaching Academy
- Qualified Twenty8 Health & Lifestyle Educator
- United Synergies Youth Mentor Training
- Butterfly Foundation BodyThink Workshop and Eating Disorder Prevention Training
- Skin Care Course, Endeavour College of Natural Health
- Super Nutrition Course, Endeavour College of Natural Health
- Member, Australian Youth Mentoring Network
- Board Member, Fashion Revolution Day Australia
- Approved Blue Card Holder
Brylie Hillegers, Admin + Design
After attending the Shine From Within Personal Development course in her last year of high school, she is now passionate about nourishing food and living a more gentle, positive life. Brylie joined the team to help out straight after her course. She has helped behind the scenes at many of our workshops and nothing makes her happier than seeing the girls at the end of each course see their worth and potential when they realise just how beautiful they are inside and out! She has recently moved to New Zealand where she continues to work as our assistant and designer.
Leah Castle, Youth Mentor 'Mentor' + Assistant
Leah was inspired to do this work with teens after working with some of societies most vulnerable young people and her work with refugees. “I have seen the lengths that some boys and girls will go to, to find connection and self-worth. It is this that made me realise that we need something more for our young people, something is missing and I believe that is a strong community. This is what has inspired me to create S.O.U.L.”
“I am very passionate about helping girls understand their bodies and the beautiful creations they are. For me it took a cancer scare and infertility to realise the food I was eating, the products I was using were not serving me. But really the biggest thing was my thoughts were not serving me. I was living a life of fear and not love. Once I truly began to love myself it was as if everything began to happen with ease.”
We’re very lucky to have Leah on the Shine From Within team and love watching her business, Sharing Our Unique Lives blossoming as well to support many more teen and tween girls on the Sunshine Coast. Visit her website here: www.sharingouruniquelives.com.au
Guest teachers, consultants
+ team members:
Kylie Eustace, Make Up Director
It fits in well with Shine From Within’s values and we use Kylie’s products exclusively for all of our courses. You can find Kylie’s products in our online store, here.
Kylie is often too busy to join us for the courses but has trained Amanda extensively on her methods so that she can take the class confidently!
Nat Lynn, Photographer
Shine’s Personal Development Course students each do a photoshoot and Nat’s team of highly skilled photographers ensure that each and every student’s light shines through in these images. It’s such a beautiful experience to see how Nat and her photographers gently guide each student to feel comfortable in front of the camera.
** Please note we now have a team of photographers that we switch between depending on availability. Others who we LOVE to work with include Bayleigh Vedelago, Moriah Overell (also one of our first students!) and Renee Bell.
Kim Morrison, Natural Skin Care
They co-founded Twenty8 Aromatherapy in 2009 – with the aim to provide affordable yet luxurious, ethical and chemical-free skincare and aromatherapy products that are easily accessible to everyone. We use this range exclusively in all of our courses and sell the range here.
“I am so excited to be a part of this incredible initiative and to work alongside the amazing Amanda Rootsey and I look forward to presenting the natural skincare and self care component. This is an extraordinary opportunity for young women to really get what they are about and to investigate positive self-esteem, self-care and self-worth. I recommend this course to ALL women wanting to be their absolute best version of themselves, its about finding that inner spark and shining the light for all,” Kim Morrison.
Check out the beautiful range of Twenty8 Aromatherapy skincare here.
Zoe Champion, Style Director
Since her return, she has acted as Style Director for the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival, been a creative mentor for Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, and was also invited to lecture on the Master of Styling at the University of Technology, Sydney as apart of the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week Design Program.
Zoe has always felt a strong affiliation with young women and is excited to educate them on the importance of celebrating ones true shape, ones true identity, and ones true style.
Adele McConnell, Author + Intuitive Food Teacher
Adele joins the Shine From Within team when she’s available (she lives in Melbourne but we’re lucky to have her up here sometimes!) as part of our Nourish classes during the courses, demonstrating how to make healthy cooking fun and easy! http://vegiehead.com http://adelemcconnell.com
Ashley Jubinville, Kitchen Coach
“Never underestimate the power in that next single step.”
Ashley does not restrict herself (or anyone else) to any particular diet other than “healthIER”, step-by-step, day-by-day, gradually making changes that last, and only so fast as to still enjoy and delight in the process.
“It is about integrating these gradual changes into your current lifestyle so that they become the new ‘normal’ “.
Her natural ability to combine flavours and create easy, wholesome meals with whatever’s available has inspired many already to be able to do this themselves.
Ashley is based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She and her team travel Australia-wide for Pantry & Kitchen flips, speaking engagements, and short-courses. Find her at http://thekitchencoach.com.au
Kelly Carthy, Health + Fitness Professional
Kelly’s proven 20 years of educating other trainers and a wide range of clients, means that she comes from a strong position of knowledge and experience, to understand what is needed to maximise someone’s potential.
Kelly has recently founded Luxe Fitness Escapes. A personalised luxury lifestyle escape providing an exclusive opportunity to prioritise wellbeing whilst enjoying the best lifestyle and fine dining experiences Noosa has to offer. Kelly will be teaming up with Shine from Within to offer a unique Mother & Daughter Escape in Noosa later this year.
Kat Harding, Yoga
It was this want for knowledge and a passion for healthy living that lured Kat into the realms of teaching and sharing her yoga practice with the world Kat is a qualified Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, who lives on the Sunshine Coast and is also the co-author of the Get Active, Nourish & Be Grateful EBook.
She believes in doing everything in moderation and that the most important lesson she hadn’t learnt in her teens was to follow your intuition, to listen to your body and to work hard for things that you are passionate about. Kat wants young girls to remember that it’s important to be exactly who you were meant to be and that when you are you will be able to find happiness and love for yourself and those around you in everything that you do.
You can find beautiful Kat here: http://kathardingyoga.com
Everescents, Organic Hair Care + Stylists
Isabella Lynden, Youth + Community Engagement Manager
Issy ensures that what we teach and how we connect with young people is conducted in a way that best serves their needs. She also assists with social media strategies and management, connecting with the community and taking care of our juicy gift bags.
We feel extremely blessed to have her on the team! You can reach Issy on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Shine From Within we are dedicated to ensuring our students receive the most up-to-date and useful knowledge in our courses. To assist with this, we’ve invited some leaders from various industries to make up our new Advisory Board. The Advisory Board members are supporters of Shine From Within and offer advice and support on various topics. Meet our very first Advisory Board members by clicking the button below.