Academy Committee Members

The Academy of Light was originally founded by Rosemary and John Butterworth. After  22 yrs of devoted service through the Southern Cross Academy of Light / Academy of Light, and 12 years of weekly commutes to their farm they have permanently relocated to their beloved Jacaranda Haven.  We are very pleased to announce that we have a new Committee of talented and dedicated souls – some new, some familiar – who have stepped up to assist in the running of AOL.


Paulien GortPaulien Gort is a Sound Healer, ThetaHealer and Family Constellations facilitator at White Raven Healing in North Narrabeen. She runs regular Sound Baths in the Northern beaches and the city and facilitates regular Family Constellations workshops. Her wish is to support children and young adults with Sound Healing making it easier for them to navigate these changing times. She offers special Sound Baths for this age group in her healing practice or at other locations.

She has 25 years of experience in finances and has been a member on different Committee’s in the arts in the Netherlands as well as in Australia. Some of those positions were in the role of Treasurer, like for the Energetic Healing Association. Throughout her life she has always combined finances, the Arts, spirituality and healing. She has been coming to the AOL for about ten years and has been part of the Sound Events since this year. She is really excited to be part of continuing the AOL, building on this special spiritual community where people can come and bath themselves in high vibrations, and the wonder of the energetic and spiritual world.

SECRETARY – Vice President

Debbie SchutzI am a Crystal & Energetic Healer & owner of Anchor Your Soul, also a psychic intuitive and a Tesla Metamorphasis practitioner.

I have always loved spending time in nature connecting with the land and have had an interest in crystals, quantum physics and all things metaphysical most of my life.

My soul purpose is to assist people in raising their vibration so we may raise the vibration of the Earth.

I have been part of AOL for a year and a half and love the community here. I am passionate about carrying forward on the foundations that Rosemary Butterworth created and expanding AOL to reach, teach and educate a larger demographic and spiritual community.

I look forward to working, meeting and connecting with everyone within the AOL fam.

SECRETARY – Rochelle Self

Rochelle SelfMy name is Rochelle and I am really excited to be part of the AOL commitee.  I love the role that AOL plays in the spiritual community. I am studying psychotherapy and have experience in an array of wonderful healing modalities such as Theta Healing, Reiki, meditation, crystal bowls and sound.  I just love energy work really!  I can’t wait to meet everyone over the coming year at an AOL event soon!

PUBLIC OFFICER – Alison Challis

Alison ChallisI have an extensive history working as a Registered Nurse. I spent over 40 years working in Cardiology, Emergency, Refugee Health and more recently clients with complex mental health issues. Therefore I have had the absolute privilege of encountering human beings at their most vulnerable.
I spent 13 years living in an Indian Ashram around India and Australia. I raised my 4 sons within in this collective.
Most recently my passion is researching the new science of slow ageing and longevity combined with meditation and spirituality.
I feel grateful and privileged to be a part of the Academy of Light team and look forward to exciting new times.