Petrea King is CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation which she established in 1989 after a series of personal traumas. She is a naturopath and yoga and meditation teacher. Petrea opened the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon, NSW in 1998. It is in this residential Centre that Petrea and a team of facilitators, psychotherapists, yoga and meditation teachers, psychologists and other health professionals conduct 30 five-day programs each year for people experiencing physical, emotional or mental trauma including post-traumatic stress injuries. Quest facilitators conduct a further 100 one or two-day workshops in rural, regional and remote Australia each year.
Petrea is a best-selling author of 9 books and a dozen meditation practices, is a frequent keynote speaker at medical and other conferences, a facilitator, teacher and trainer and, for the past 20 years, has been a monthly guest on ABC’s Midweek Conference and Nightlife where she discusses the challenges of living a meaningful life in the midst of illness, trauma, difficult circumstances and tragedy. Petrea is passionate about person-centred care which addresses the physical, mental and emotional aspects of health and healing and the influence of the context and story each person holds.
Quest for Life programs, support and meditation groups and workshops have helped more than 120,000 people living with physical and mental health issues. These programs provide participants with a proven, effective and holistic approach to creating physical, mental, emotional health and wellbeing. Petrea has received the Advance Australia Award, Citizen of the Year and the Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community. She has been nominated for Australian of the year each year since 2003 as well as being a NSW finalist for Senior Australian of the Year in 2011. In 2003 she was celebrated on Channel 9’s This Is Your Life and has been featured twice on Australian Story, Compass and many other television and radio productions.