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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.

PRESIDENT & TREASURER – Paulien Gort

I’m a Sound Healer and Family Constellations facilitator and run regular Sound Baths and facilitate Family Constellations workshops. I love to activate the body’s innate healing abilities through beautiful high vibrational sounds and bring more balance into people’s lives by resolving anything that’s holding them back.

I have a background in working in the arts combined with finances while learning about spirituality and different healing modalities. I’ve been a member on different Committee’s in the arts in the Netherlands as well as in Australia.

I have been coming to the AOL for about ten years, and have enjoyed the wide range of interesting speakers enriching me in many ways. I am very honoured that I am able to help continue this wonderful legacy to bring more light into the world at this auspicious time we’re in. It is more important than ever to be with like-minded souls and feel their support.

Vice President – Carmel Vowle


I am a Bowen Therapist and am passionate to support people in their journey to look at life in new ways through healing modalities, NLP, self awareness coaching and other self healing modalities. I am a Funeral Celebrant and support those who are facing the end of life.

Secretary and PR Officer : Ros Bongiorno 

Ros is an Integrative Dietitian and Energy Practitioner. She combines her passion for nutrition with healing via energy work in her work with clients. With her background in science she is particularly interested in Quantum Physics and the technical aspects of our Soul.

She has been attending AOL since 2018 and ?joined the committee to help the group thrive and continue to provide a place for lightworkers to both learn and support each other on the north side of  Sydney.  She has taken on the secretarial duty and as a relatively new member she looks forward to meeting everyone in person as the year progresses.

Public Officer : Sharie Kennedy-Smith

Sharie worked in the financial services industry for 30 years and retired 2 years ago. She has always had an interest in spirituality and the metaphysical world. She has completed a number of courses including Numerology, crystal healing, colour therapy, energy healing exploring different systems and modalities for her personal interest. Recently she has been studying the Human Design system which has many facets including Astrology, Hindu chakras energy centres, the Kabbalah tree of life, I Ching and Quantum Physics which provides a deeper knowledge and understanding of who you are and your life purpose. Sharie is looking forward to being involved in the Academy of Light to connect with like minded individuals and to support the group as we all continue on our spiritual journey.

Ordinary Commiitee Member : Paula Cummins 

I went to a talk many years ago at AOL. I don’t remember the talk but I do remember the people. It had a community spirit of so many like minded, open folk and I felt right at home. It was a place I could go and feel like I belonged. People walk in the door, let their guard down and open their hearts. I have attended many talks since and I thought it was time to give something back to the community.

I have studied Kinesiology and have a passion for complimentary medicine in both body, mind and spirit. I look forward to being part of the AOL once again.