Cathy Rowan

Cathy Rowan

Cathy has spent her life researching and crafting a tool set and maps for navigating the ‘geography of the soul’.

As a result, she has developed a unique coaching programme, called True Significance, working with clients who are in their 50’s and 60’s and asking ‘what’s next’?

Cathy is a certified Awakening Coach. In addition, she teaches qigong, a movement based mindfulness practice, and meditation for physical, emotional and spiritual well being.


The expression of my unique gifts and soul’s calling is to be a guide for my clients on the adventure of their lifetime to the fullest expression of their unique gifts.

As a child I was fascinated by maps. And, I still am.

My childhood interest led me to study geography at university. I considered a career in the travel industry and worked for British Airways for a year. But, once in the corporate world, I became interested in the inner geography of business. I loved the organisational maps that connected people, and their skills, with job titles.

A qualification in Personnel Management followed.

My HR career began in the manufacturing industry. I spent 6 years focussing on industrial relations, compensation, job evaluation and recruitment for the Chloride Group and then ICL. Then I moved into management consulting, joining KPMG in London as an Executive Selection Consultant. After two years, I transferred into the company’s newly formed Career Consulting business, which was set up to provide outplacement coaching to redundant executives during City ‘downsizings’ in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was my introduction to coaching and my foundation for working with clients on questions of meaning, purpose and value in their careers and lives.

My interest switched to maps for personal development and to the navigation of life changes.

I was passionate about my career. But, close to burnout, I left my corporate job for self employment, marriage and motherhood. A period of prioritising family responsibilities followed. 

Personal 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

My personal quest began with yoga and psychotherapy in the 90’s.

I studied Gestalt approaches to change at Metanoia in London. Then, in 1998, I took a Diploma in the Inner Craft of Leadership at Re-Vision, a Psychosynthesis centre in London. Afterwards, I co-founded a leadership training company. Spiral Consulting offered workshops on leadership skills for uncertain times of change and transition.

By this time, I had discovered a whole set of new maps, including ones for uncharted territory. And, I was in uncharted territory myself, as the structures, on which I had built my early life and career, crumbled following a divorce.

In the ‘noughties’ I embraced a new quest to understand energy, taking a particular interest in the Eastern wisdom traditions. Studies included qigong, meditation, shamanism, astrology and ongoing practice of a traditional Indian yogini path.


Now, I am able to combine the fruits of my personal quest with my professional background to bring my clients some of the best, leading edge approaches in the coaching and personal growth industry.

My daughter has grown up. My parents have passed away. There may be a bittersweet quality to the opportunity I now have. But, I am embracing it and feeling into this next life stage, which holds much possibility and potential.

And I am enjoying working with others that are exploring the potential of life’s ‘third age’ and the expression of their wisdom, skill and personal power through service based contribution.

(Read more about my personal journey on this blog post)

My Offerings

One to One coaching

True Significance Adventure 

The Significance Quest

Feminine Significance

Day Retreats

In person, one day intensives may be taken separately or added to your programme.These include coaching, qigong, meditation and energy work, depending upon your interests and needs.

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)
  • Independent Funeral and Wedding Celebrant (FOIC)
  • Certified Soul Alchemist Practitioner
  • Certified Qigong and Meditation teacher
  • Certified Awakening Coach in all aspects of Awakening Coaching
  • Certified Deeper Love™ Coach (Awakening Coaching Institute)

In addition, I am in ongoing training and mentoring with world class teachers.