About Cathy

Cathy Rowan

Cathy trained as an Awakening Coach with Arjuna Ardagh, founder of Awakening Coaching. Arjuna is the author of a number of books on clear seeing and transpersonal perspectives. A recent title, which outlines the Awakening Coaching method, is ‘Better than Sex.’


Cathy’s early life was a good foundation for a ‘life PhD’ in transition and transformation.

She learned to embrace change by adjusting to eight house moves and six schools on two continents, attending American schools between the ages of 7 and 16. She finished her education in the English system and went to Reading University.

Cathy worked for British Airways before deciding on a professional qualification in Personnel Management. Subsequently, she worked in the manufacturing industry for six years, for the Chloride Group and then ICL. From this platform, Cathy moved into management consulting, joining KPMG in London as an Executive Selection Consultant. After two years, she transferred into the company’s newly formed Career Consulting business, which was set up to provide outplacement coaching to redundant executives. This was Cathy’s introduction to coaching. The business grew very rapidly during City downsizings in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

‘I learned a huge amount about transitions, uncertainty and impermanence. I was passionate about my career. But, close to burnout, I left my corporate job for self employment, marriage, motherhood and a personal quest!’

During these years, coaching was not the big field that it has become. Cathy studied humanistic psychology for skills development. From 1992 to 1994, she studied Gestalt approaches to change at Metanoia in London. Then, in 1998, she took a Diploma in the Inner Craft of Leadership at Re-Vision, a Psychosynthesis centre in London. Afterwards, Cathy co-founded a leadership training company. Spiral Consulting offered workshops on leadership skills for uncertain times of change and transition.

‘At the end of the decade, I divorced and moved from London to Surrey. Read the personal account of my ‘midlife identity crisis’ here!

The Quest

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

In the ‘noughties’ Cathy embraced a new quest to understand energy, taking a particular interest in Eastern traditions. Studies included qigong, tai chi, meditation, shamanism, astrology and tantra. As a woman, she searched in the ancient traditions for information specific to Feminine power and spirituality.

In 2007, Cathy met the teacher she was looking for and was initiated to a Feminine wisdom pathway within the Indian Kaula tradition, which she continues to practice.

‘My understanding of energy and personal power, gained from studying the wisdom traditions, is part of what makes me unique as a coach. My trainings include six years of study of the Universal Tao method and ten years of study of the Feminine tantric wisdom traditions. Other qualifications include Women’s shamanism and Zhineng Qigong.’

From Seeking to Finding.

Following a non-dual awakening in 2011, Cathy has been re-configuring her work to focus on the practical aspects of living awakening in daily life. This includes translating spiritual wisdom into accessible language that serves ‘real life’ relationships and business.

It was with this intent in mind that she discovered Awakening Coaching and became an Awakening Coach.

‘My commitment to myself, and to my clients, is to continue my personal practice, as I offer my perspective and wisdom as an Awakening Coach.’

Specialist expertise includes: life transitions, management of uncertainty, relationship dynamics, emotional reactive patterns, energy and power, decision making, non duality, spiritual crises and awakenings.

Contact me for a free of charge, exploratory conversation.

Coaching Services

My Home Page for Awakening Coaching

My Qualifications

  • B.A. – Geography (that’s how my lifelong interest in maps of all types was expressed at that age)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (although you won’t find me listed as I no longer pay the annual fee)
  • Diploma in the Inner Craft of Leadership (Re-Vision)
  • NLP Master Practitioner (Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna)
  • Women’s Shamanic Healing Practitioner (Shamanka)
  • Certified Soul Alchemist Practitioner
  • Certified Qigong and Meditation teacher
  • Certified Tantra Kriya Yoga teacher
  • Certified Awakening Coach.