Heartshine Organisation

We believe in the power of creative expression, inner resourcing and self-care practices, offered compassionately in a safe and appropriate setting, to help children and young people bring their nervous systems back into balance, to help them to learn to self-regulate their emotions, and to build resilience.

The outcome of our programmes aims to empower our children with essential coping skills to become active, employable and responsible citizens of our country.     See our Programmes

Tracy Winde – Founder

A degree in Performing Arts birthed a passionate interest in the therapeutic impact of the creative arts and generated further study into inner resourcing techniques.

Coupled with this, her journey as a mother and volunteer worker at a children’s hospice and in end-of-life care, has provided Tracy with well-honed experience of the benefits of these approaches to healing and care.

As a passionate South African Tracy has witnessed first-hand the harsh challenges facing children in under-resourced areas. She is determined to make a meaningful and sustainable impact in her wider community by providing these resources to those most in need of them.

Mary George – Board Member

Qualified chartered accountant, certified director and equity markets professional. Wide ranging experience at board level including roles as chair focusing on the education, pharmaceutical and philanthropy sectors. Passionate about children’s healthcare and education. Married with three children.

Bushra Razack – Board Member

Community development specialist focussing on stakeholder engagement who has worked across Africa on various global initiatives. Currently Bushra is the CEO of Philippi Village near Cape Town, an integrative development hub.

Gabeba Gaidien – Director

Development professional with twenty years of experience in supporting child focused education initiatives with an academic background in Development Finance and Psychology. Passionate about Africa’s healing journey towards social cohesion.

Advisory Panel

Stijn de Leeuw

Child Developmental Psychologist

Prof Anita Padmanabhanunni

PhD Head of Dept of Psychology, University of the Western Cape

Dr Elzette Fritz

Educational Psychologist and Supervisor in the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Johannesburg