Personal Development Course

Join us for a week of fun, transformation + education by the sea!

For girls aged 13-17 years old


Our 2019 courses have just wrapped up – register your interest for 2020 below!

The Shine From Within Personal Development Course is our signature course and is designed specifically to help teen girls (13-17 y.o.) realise and develop their own unique beauty and confidence.  We don’t just teach them how to present themselves on the outside, but give them the tools to nourish their body, mind and spirit from the inside.  It’s been described as a modern deportment course with an holistic focus.  We spend lots of time on self-love and wellness and we use all natural and cruelty-free products, encouraging our students to treat themselves and the world around them with respect and love.

Educational Classes

We’re all about getting hands-on with expert guest teachers and practical classes in natural skincare, make-up application, job interview skills, nutrition, organic hair care and more.

Fun Activities

Think yoga sessions on the beach, gentle fitness sessions carefully curated by mindful wellness leaders, meditation and cooking demo’s to experience wellness in a whole new way.

Modern Info

With classes and group discussions about friendships, communication skills, positive body image, self-worth, social media and your personal brand, we’re devoted to providing modern info that girls really need.

hear from our students…

You will learn how to:

// EMBRACE your unique beauty with practical classes in natural skincare, make up, manicure & hair styling

// FEEL CONFIDENT in your own skin by developing your self-esteem & positive body image

// NOURISH your body with wholesome nutrition, yoga, women’s health & movement classes

// COMMUNICATE with others confidently & ensure a positive first impression

// FEEL PREPARED & confident for a job interview

// CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL BRAND & mindfully create your online presence

// DEVELOP YOUR STYLE & dress to suit your body shape

// UNDERSTAND how your choices impact others & the environment

// SET FEELING-BASED GOALS & believe in yourself

// SEE how beautiful you are & express your awesome self with a professional photoshoot

// REALISE your true potential & SHINE FROM WITHIN!

“Sophie really enjoyed the personal development program and we would highly recommend it to others,” Shelly.  Her daughter Sophie completed the September 2016 Personal Development Course.”

mother of a Sept 2016 course student

“Hey Amanda, I know this is completely out of the blue, but I wanted to thank you so much for the Shine Personal Development Course. Everything we covered throughout it is still of huge help to me today, and I’m sure it will be forever! It really helped me and it was all an absolutely amazing experience!”

Meg, Jan 2015.
Personal Development Course student
(from our first ever course in 2013!).

“I’ve been meaning to contact you just to say thanks so much for the wonderfully balanced Personal Development course.   It’s great that she’s seen such positive role models in you, Christine and the other experts involved.  You have topped up her confidence right at a time when she will need to stay strong with the new school year.

Thank you.” 

Leah, mother of a Jan 2016 student 

“Your course was life changing for both of our girls – too much to put in to a few words here. Jess got a job at the local cafe 3 weeks after doing your course.  They are both happy in their own company, embrace their uniqueness and don’t feel pressured to fit in with the popular groups because they know they are just fine just as they are.  They are eating healthier and putting to good use the knowledge that you and Jess shared and are seeing the health benefits on a daily basis.  You changed my girls’ world for the better this year and words cannot describe how grateful I am.”

Jo, mother of 2 girls that she brought up from South Australia to do the course 

“Thank you so much for being such a great mentor and organising [this course].  It’s been so amazing, I just don’t want to leave!  You have been so inspiring in what you do along with all the other guest speakers and all the girls have been so lovely to me.

Yasmin, student 

“Shine From Within is a great start to knowing how you can look and feel your best.  Amanda makes everyone feel so welcome to explore their own identity and style.  All the teachers are so knowledgeable in their diverse fields it is impossible to not take something new from every class.  It’s been two months since my attendance and I’m still learning and exploring what was started during that week.  My family has commented on how I’ve changed positively and I have no doubt everyone else around me has seen changes as well.” 

Joanne, a student who came up from Sydney  

“I just want to let you know how much Phoebe enjoyed the photoshoot and also how beautiful the photos are.  We thought they were done so beautifully and tastefully and really capture Phoebe’s essence – and what a great job they did on their make up!  She is really enjoying the course and the friendships she has made and I can see she has gained confidence as well as important life skills.”

Mother of a student   

the lowdown

The Shine Personal Development Course is suitable for girls aged 13-17.  It is conducted as a non-residential 5-day school holiday program (it’s not a camp so you go home or back to your own accommodation each night).  The course includes:

// 30+ hours of face-to-face learning time with our Director, Amanda Rootsey & other industry professionals including beauty experts, hair stylists, wellness experts, professional photographers, trained youth mentors  & more (valued at $2400).

// Professional Photoshoot with a nurturing photographer so that each student can SEE how beautiful she is – a small selection of edited, digital copies are provided to you (valued at $847).

// Shine From Within gift bag featuring a variety of high-quality, natural products (valued at over $100).

// Healthy, organic snacks provided each day (valued at $100).

// a copy of our book Shine from Within; a teen girl’s guide to life (valued at $19.90)

// Lifetime student discount & free shipping for the SFW Online Store.

That’s over $3400 worth of value!


here’s what it looks like…

** Note: all images featured on this website have been taken by our talented photographers during the courses (there are no ‘stock’ images here!)

The photoshoot

One of the highlights of this week-long course is a professional photoshoot at the end of the week.  The students learn how to apply their make-up in the morning, spend some time with a stylist to decide on which outfits from their wardrobe will make them feel the way they want to feel and then they spend some time with a nurturing photographer.  


Watching the girls on the day as they take a peak at the back of the camera and see, with their own eyes, how beautiful they are is a magical moment.  

Register your interest for 2020

To jump on the waiting list and be the first to hear when new dates are announced, register below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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1. What if my daughter is a bit younger than 13 or older than 17?

The suitable ages are a guide only.  If you feel that your daughter would benefit from this course then by all means, book her in.  We do have a course for girls aged 10-12 but, once again, if you think this would suit her better then please book her in.  We’ve had girls who are a little older join us as well.  Keep in mind that the school holiday course is quite long hours each day – if your daughter is younger than 13 please ensure that she will be OK for this long.  We also cover subjects and group discussions such as job interview skills and relationships that may not be appropriate if the student is too young.

 2. Is lunch/dinner provided?

SCHOOL HOLIDAY COURSE: runs from Monday to Friday from about 10am – 5pm each day.  We will provide organic morning tea and afternoon tea each day but the students will need to bring their own lunch.  There is a full kitchen at the venue so they are welcome to store lunch in the fridge each day and use the facilities.  The venue is also a short walk from Peregian Beach centre, which has a number of cafes, sushi bar, juice bar and convenience store.  The beach is also very close too so we encourage the students to get out for a walk during the lunch break.

3. What if we don’t live where the course is being run? Is accommodation provided?

The course is not a residential retreat so accommodation is not provided.  We have had a number of students come up from other states and they have made a family holiday out of it.  As this is becoming quite a common occurrence, we have a document with a range of local accommodation that is convenient for the venue.  Please get in touch after you have booked in and we’ll send this through to you.

4. Is there public transport nearby?

Yes.  The venues we choose are always near public transport.  Please get in touch for a link or timetable.

5. I’m paying just the deposit today. How do I pay off the remainder?

Once we’ve received your deposit payment and booking form, we’ll get in touch with our bank details so that you can pay off the remainder in instalments at your leisure.  The full amount must be received BEFORE the course commences.

6.  We live somewhere else and would like the course to be run in our hometown.  Is this possible?

We have arranged workshops in other towns or cities but require assistance in the local community.  If you believe the girls in your area could benefit from this course (or a modified version of it) and are happy to assist with the arrangements, please get in touch by phone or email here.  We have been training up lots of wonderful youth mentors all over the world so you might like to check out our events calendar to see if they are running anything in your local area.

7.  I’m not sure if my daughter wants to do this.  Should I still book her in?

Most students turn up to our workshops or courses a little unsure of what to expect and nervous to be in a room full of strangers.  We quickly get to know one another and, to this date, we’ve always received 100% positive feedback from the girls after the course.  Simply turning up is a great exercise in feeling a bit of fear or nervousness and moving through it anyway to find a fun week ahead.  In saying that, there’s no point a student coming along who absolutely loathes the idea of being there so we leave it to your discretion as to whether you think you should book your daughter/young person in.  Please feel free to give us a call on 0430 035 740 if you’d like to talk this through.

8.  What does a typical day during the course look like?

Each day is different and each course is different (depending on what we feel this particular group of girls need) but this will give you an idea:

10am arrival and ice-breakers

10:30am first session of the day (e.g. a class all about natural skin care where we go through some theory, show a video and then get practical by doing a facial, making body scrubs and essential oil spritzers!)

12:30pm lunch and free time

1:30pm – afternoon sessions begin (we may have a guest teacher come in to lead a particular class)

3pm – afternoon tea

3:30pm – second afternoon session begins (e.g. meditation or yoga down on the beach and a group discussion)

5pm – finish up for the day.

Haven’t answered all of your questions?  Please contact us by phone or email here.

We acknowledge and pay respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we run our workshops and business.

We welcome students of all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities, and all abilities. Shine from Within is LGBTQIA+ friendly. Read our complete commitment to our social and environmental impact here.

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