Petrea King is the Founder and CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation which she established in 1989 after her unexpected recovery from leukemia. She is a well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator. Petrea is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, clinical hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher and has been a regular guest on ABC Radio’s Midweek Conference and Nightlife for 18 years.
In 1983 Petrea was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and wasn’t expected to survive. Meditation and integration of past traumatic experiences, including the recent suicide of her brother, became paramount in her recovery, much of which was spent in a monastery in Italy. Petrea’s been meditating since the age of 17.
Petrea has counselled tens of thousands of people living with cancer, Parkinsons and other life challenging illnesses, grief, loss, depression, anxiety, trauma and tragedy either individually or through residential programs. She’s at the forefront of wellness education and is a frequent lecturer at medical and other conferences.
More than 120,000 people have attended residential programs, support and meditation groups or counselling with Petrea and her team since 1985. She also lectures and conducts workshops around Australia and internationally.
Petrea has written nine best-selling books, Up Until Now – A Memoir, Quest for Life - A handbook for people with life-threatening illness; Spirited Women - Journeys with Breast Cancer; Sometimes Hearts Have to Break - 25 inspirational stories of healing and peace; Your Life Matters - The Power of Living Now; three children’s books, You, Me & the Rainbow, Rainbow Kids and The Rainbow Garden; and a recipe book, Food for Life. Your Life Matters is also available on a double CD narrated by Petrea. She has also produced more than a dozen relaxation and meditation practices on CD, including one for children, Rainbow Connection.