– Teacher, Writer + Youth Mentor for teens –


I’ve worked with teens for about 20 years and absolutely LOVE helping them get excited about taking care of themselves, each other and our planet!  Which is why I launched Shine From Within in 2012, delivering workshops and courses for teens and tweens ready to shine their light in the world.  It started as a modern deportment school with an holistic twist, focusing on wellness, self-love and presentation to build confidence but has evolved over the years to be more about holding a nurturing space for youth to explore and express who they truly are within. So much of what youth are exposed to now is about how to fit in and be a productive part of this current (and failing, in my opinion!) society. Shine From Within nurtures them to recognise their own innate value and make conscious decisions. To foster empathy and courage to embrace all of who they are and make a difference in the world in their own unique way. I love getting to know each student and always have the privilege of learning something from them.

Through Shine From Within, I connect with a small group of teens a few times a week through our Online Academy, provide a school-based wellbeing curriculum for schools, run in-person events and retreats and offer one-on-one mentoring.

I’ve also have a book called Shine From Within; a teen girl’s guide to life, out now worldwide with Hay House. Learn all about the book and find it here.

– Coach + Consultant for adults –

One of my main joys in my work nowadays is to support ADULTS who want to be effective and inspiring youth mentors through an award-winning, online Youth Mentor Training program.  The Youth Mentor Training, now in it’s 6th year, has supported hundreds of folks in over 20+ countries around the world to become nurturing youth mentors and grow their own businesses or organisations. If you’ve ever dreamed of holding a space for young people to shine, learn more and register your interest here.  We also run annual in-person business retreats for our youth mentors and I host The Youth Mentor Podcast here if you’d like to have a little listen.

If you’re not sure that the Youth Mentor Training is for you and you’d like to work with me one-on-one, I do offer a more personalised approach. Past clients have included someone writing a book for teens, an established youth facilitator needing additional support to take her business to the next level, and organisations or people who don’t necessarily need the Youth Mentor Training but are looking for business coaching or consulting to support the growth of their project. I can also put together bespoke training packages for teams who work with youth.

I’m a certified coach with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy so if you are studying to become a life coach, coaching with me can go towards your accreditation. If you’re interested in working with me one-on-one as your business coach or consultant, or are keen to simply have a chat to see what you need and what options are available, please book in for an initial complimentary consultation here. 

– Co-host Gentle Business Mastermind –



In 2018, my longtime mastermind buddies, Nicola Newman, Naomi Arnold and I decided to host a year-long mastermind for anyone wanting to grow their business gently, purposefully and without the constant ‘hustle’ that we see promoted so often in the online business space. We LOVED holding a space for 40 or so people from all over the world, in all sorts of industries and all different stages of their business (though mostly in the first couple of years) to support each other, set great habits, share resources, ask questions and feel less alone in our often solo businesses. We usually run this each year, beginning in March –  you can read a little more about it and register your interest for the next one here.

You’ll also find a free eBook ‘Grow Your Business the Gentle Way’ and our podcast, ‘Ditch the Hustle’ there. 

Get the free eBook here.


– Speaker –

I have spoken to large and intimate audiences all over Australia on a variety of topics, including how to coach and mentor teens, gentle living, growing a business gently, sustainable fashion and more.  I’ve also MC’d a variety of wellness and earth-friendly events. If you’re looking for a calming and gentle presence then I might be a good fit for your event but I limit my speaking engagements these days so please reach out, with plenty of notice, to info@shinefromwithin.com.au to discuss. Here’s what some folks have said: 

“Gosh, you were AMAZING…We couldn’t stop talking about how adorable, sweet, gentle and grounded you are on stage.  Such a beautiful presence to balance out some of the craziness!”  Rachel, Team Leader at Free Spirit Girl youth leadership retreat

“Warm.  Gentle.  A grounded presence like no other; you can’t NOT be moved when you’re sharing the same space as Mandy.”  Tara Bliss

“There is no doubt that your facilitation style – so easy going, inclusive, and warm – contributed greatly to how the young women experienced the session.  You gave so generously of your time, resources and knowledge, and the young women, (and boy! ), who attended, all really enjoyed the day.”   Zig Zag Women’s Resources Centre

Images above, from left to right, top to bottom:

1. Speaking at Soulpreneurs Summer School Jan 2017 And under that one, speaking on a panel about activism in business at the Soulpreneurs LIVE conference 2018.

2 & 3. Speaking at Self-love and Sisterhood by Earth Events 2013

4. Speaking at Peppermint Magazine’s Teen Pep Talks event October 2019

5 & 6.  Speaking at Beautiful You Coaching Academy Inspiration Day April 2017

6.  Speaking at a youth conference Jan 2016

7.  Facilitating sustainable fashion discussion for Fashion Revolution Day at QUT university 2015

8.  MC for Raw Beauty tour by Earth Events 2014

9.  Keynote speaker at College of Natural Beauty graduation 2016