Petrea King

Wellness Educator, Author, Founder & CEO of Quest for Life Foundation


Petrea King

Petrea established the Quest for Life Foundation in 1989. She is a well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator. She is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, clinical hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher.

In 1983 Petrea was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was not expected to live. Meditation and the integration of past traumatic experiences, including the recent suicide of her brother Brenden, became paramount in her recovery, much of which was spent in a monastery near Assisi in Italy. She has been meditating since the age of 17.

Petrea has counselled individually or through residential programs and workshops tens of thousands of people living with cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, grief, loss, trauma and tragedy. She is at the forefront of wellness education and sees crisis as a catalyst for personal growth and understanding and as an opportunity for healing and peace.

She has written best-selling books: 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.

Frequently featured in the media, Petrea has been a regular guest on ABC Radio Sydney for almost 20 years, and she has appeared in This Is Your Life, Australian Story, and Compass. An acclaimed documentary was jointly commissioned by Channel 4 (UK) and ABC called Quest for Life – A Year in the Life of Petrea King in 1990.

Petrea has received the Advance Australia Award, Citizen of the Year and the Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community.