Quest for Life with Petrea King

#003 – Petrea was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 1983 and told she ‘wouldn’t see Christmas’ just 3 months away. Her children were aged 4 and 7. Her marriage had recently collapsed just after the suicide of her brother. Petrea spent several months in a little cave outside of Assisi where St Francis use to retreat to. She spent 18 hours a day meditating – and weeping! – for several months. On her return from Italy, she was in an unexpected remission and was told that it may only last a few days or weeks. 

Petrea King is Founder and CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation. The Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon hosts 34 five-day residential programs plus 100 community workshops each year. More than 125,000 people have utilised Quest’s services. Quest programs provide participants with a proven, holistic and evidence-based approach to creating physical, mental, emotional health and wellbeing.

Petrea is a best-selling author of 9 books and many meditation practices. She is a facilitator, naturopath, yoga and meditation teacher. For the past 21 years, Petrea has been a monthly guest on ABC’s Midweek Conference with Richard Glover where she discusses the challenges of living a meaningful life beyond illness, trauma, difficult circumstances and tragedy. 

Petrea has received the Advance Australia Award, Citizen of the Year, the Centenary Medal and has been nominated for Australian of the year each year since 2003 as well as being NSW finalist for Senior Australian of the Year.

Connect with Petrea here:

  • Website –
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  • @questforlifeaus
  • Inst: questforlifefoundation
  • LI: Quest for Life Foundation


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