Cathy Rowan


The coaching and mentoring options that I present to you on this website are based on journeys that I have taken and continue to take.

I am a lifelong explorer. My background laid the foundation for an ongoing study of the ‘geography of the soul.’ Professionally, I have been a guide, a coach and a supportive change agent since my early 30’s.

I look forward to accompanying you on your path for a time, using my skills, expertise and life experience to guide you to a greater vision, an expansion of possibility, to a healing of your broken heart and to the most aligned expression of your love and gifts into the world.


My Journey


My childhood was spent partly in England and partly in the United States. I had an American education between the ages of 7 and 16. No doubt several changes of school was good for learning about transition. It was less good for establishing long term friendships or a sense of belonging. 

I had a fascination for maps in childhood, perhaps stimulated by coming from a dispersed family. (Relatives in England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada plus a Dad who travelled a lot in his job.) I took a keen interest in geography at school, which became my degree subject at university. My fist job was in reservations with British Airways. (Where I learned very useful things, such as the 3 letter codes for airports!)

Once in the business world, I found my place. I began to take an interest in organisational maps, particularly those that connected people and their skills with job titles. I left the travel industry to take a professional qualification in Personnel Management.

Following HR roles with the Chloride Group and then with ICL, I moved into Executive Selection and Management Consulting with KPMG. Then I jumped a fence into Career and Outplacement Consulting.

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. And it was an exciting business to be in during the late 80’s and early 90’s when companies were downsizing and reviewing ‘job for life’ practices. Consequently, many people ‘woke up’ to the need to be self responsible with regard to their careers.

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

I was passionate about my career and about being successful as a woman in business. But, close to burnout, I left my corporate job for self employment and a personal journey. (This was a major turning point in my life.)

My success in the workplace had been based on my thinking, my creativity and the responsibility I was prepared to shoulder. In line with the demands of the workplace, I had well developed ‘masculine’ skills. But their more ‘feminine’ counterpart had not been developed. In particular, I had been ignoring signals from my body, until I couldn’t any longer…..

Corrective education and rebalancing began with yoga and psychotherapy in the 90’s. I also studied Gestalt and Psychosynthesis applications to leadership.

I discovered a whole set of new maps, including ones for uncharted territory.

A few years later, I co-founded a leadership training company. Spiral Consulting offered workshops on leadership skills for uncertain times of change and transition, which require a more ‘feminine’ approach.

Meanwhile, in my personal life, my marriage had broken down and I moved from London to Surrey to begin a new life as a single mother. (You can read more about this on the Relational Mastery page.)

I began searching for a new template for my life in the ancient traditions that had an understanding of masculine and feminine energies as complementary rather than conflicting.

I prioritised my daughter, while my personal quest bore fruit during the 5 years I trained in the Universal Tao system (including chi kung, meditation, shamanism and taoist healing love practices). This was supplemented with complementing trainings in Women’s Shamanism and tantra. I began to offer consultations and teach chi kung.

Subsequently, I looked specifically for a female teacher from whom I could learn more about the tantric traditions. I found what I was looking for in the Indian meditation traditions, which I had encountered originally via hatha yoga. Since 2007, I have been a student of yogini Uma Parvathinath Saraswati, a teacher of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Vidya. 

My journey and practice has been of utmost importance to me and remains a deep commitment. I very much work and live from the perspective that to become a fully expressed human being it is necessary to integrate the spiritual and material aspects of life.

A few years ago, I realised that I needed a new structure for my coaching and teaching work. I entered into an intensive period of training at coaching’s leading edge. I now hold certifications in Awakening Coaching and Deeper Love Coaching. I’ve pursued another ‘love affair’ with an approach called Tribal Marketing for 2 years and offer this valuable process to clients under license.

Are we meant to work together?

“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 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 (Ascended Relationships)
  • Certified Qigong and Meditation teacher (by more than one school)
  • Certified Awakening Coach in all aspects of Awakening Coaching
  • Certified Deeper Love™ Coach (Awakening Coaching Institute/Arjuna Ardagh)
  • Tribal Marketing Coach (Jeffrey Van Dyk)


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