My name is Amanda (not Mandy), and I am an ambivert.

I love people, but I get overwhelmed by lots of them all at once. I come alive in small groups, especially around creative souls who want to be honest, laugh and speak over the top of one another. I published my first book, Capture 30 Days of Inspiration, over 20 years ago; somehow, another fourteen books have followed. I dream of gathering women in circles to find insight from their stories. Women’s voices have been oppressed for far too long, and injustice makes me deeply sad.

I live in Perth, Western Australia, with my husband and two children, a wild cat whom we aptly named Freedom (before knowing her outrageous indignation for cheap cat food and the weather). If you like perfect grammar, now is your time to bow out, as I will frustrate you to no end.

However, If you are looking for an imperfect sojourner of the creative voice and someone who believes wholeheartedly that every problem can be solved with a pen, you have found your tribe leader.

Want to gather in a circle with me and my friends sometime soon? In fact, my next retreat is in Bali in 2024.

You are formally invited! Tell your boss it’s professional development, tell your husband/partner/cat/best friend it’s a very important work opportunity and let’s run away to the island of dreams and write together …

Applications open Bali 16-19 August 2024

Gentle Rhythms Customer Review
I purchased the Gentle Rhythms workbook, not understanding how big an impact going through the workbook would have on me. The highlight of the purchase, though, was Amanda offering a 1-hour Zoom session on Friday afternoons for six weeks to meet with her and other people who purchased the workbook and to go through it together, page by page, helping me, encouraging me to reflect on my year and notice what I have learnt about myself…..good and bad! To have a go at journalling and assuring me there is no right or wrong way to write what comes out; it’s my story! I don’t have to write it perfectly, write. Thank you, Amanda! I have loved it. You have gently challenged me to write/journal my story.

Jenny Hastings, NSW
Acknowledgement of Country
I acknowledge that I write and tell stories on Whadjuk Boodjar of the Noongar nation and I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which I create. The Binjareb* and Whadjuk*, Nyoongar* were the first storytellers on this land. I pay my respects to their elders and ancestors who have handed on the stories and culture from generation to generation.  Australia is home to more than 260 different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities each with its own distinctive art and cultural practices. No matter where you are travelling, you will find opportunities to immerse yourself in the distinct art and culture of that region. I acknowledge that the tradition of rich story-telling and art is continuing and alive on this land. I acknowledge that I live on the ground from the boundary of the Whadjuk and Binjareb Nyoongar people’s territories. 

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