Carolyn Trethewey

Hi there!  

I’m Carolyn, Managing Director of PAUSE people. animals. wellness. 

If it has to do with radiance of body, mind and spirit, for either you or your animals; I can help.



(A.)      Are tired of feeling stressed and overwhelmed and just KNOW there has to be a better way to navigate your perfectly imperfect life.  (You might even have received a formal health diagnosis, but want to be seen as a unique person and not just a label or a number on a test result).

(B.)      Acknowledge that your eating habits need improvement AND crave sustainable, practical ways to nourish your cells (& your taste buds!) without fad diets and restrictive eating regimes.

(C.)      Feel an inner calling (that keeps getting louder… and louder!) to make positive changes in your life but know you need support and ENCOURAGEMENT to navigate that journey.

(D.)      Admit you have put your health and wellness at the bottom of your list for WAY TOO LONG and want to reclaim your energy and the happier healthier version of you that you know exists (you may even have been catching glimpses of her in your minds eye).

(E.)      LOVE animals + recognise that their wellness needs are equally as important as yours.




  • Wellness Consultations (Natural Medicine) for people; empowering you to reach and maintain optimal states of health and well-being via holistic and collaborative measures.

  • Results Coaching to help you realise your future goals and get any result you want. (Alignment + Action = Results)

  • Reiki treatments for people at my home office in Maylands , Peninsula Estate (for relaxation and stress relief)

  • Mobile Animal Reiki sessions – where I attend your home to ensure your animals receive maximum benefit from their session.

  • Meditation and Animal Reiki classes– where I teach people how to share meditation with and deepen their connection with ALL animals (whether their own animals, native wild-life, wild animals: big or small the approach is the same).

  • FREE Closed Facebook Group for support and encouragement – Join us >> HERE <<

  • Fortnightly Cat Meditation Classes at Cat Cafe Purrth – More Info + Tickets >> HERE <<


For as long as I can remember, I had an inner calling to start my own business, even though had absolutely NO IDEA what that business would be or when it would eventuate.

I could never have anticipated the path it took me to get here, and as it turns out, I wouldn’t have wanted to.

In fact- if anyone had told me even 10 years ago that part of my work would be teaching people how to meditate with animals I would have thought they were crazy!  (Or that my training in Naturopathic medicine would be such a blessing in helping my loved ones and I in significant ways, with our own health concerns, before I even started helping others).

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Since my youth, I had always stayed open to what my career path would be and after completing studies in tourism and basic accounting, soon found myself changing jobs every 2 or 3 years.

From Travel Agent, Bank Teller (and trainee Supervisor) to Government employee in a range of roles; I learnt an array of skills but INSIDE knew there was MORE I was meant to be doing! 

I felt an inner yearning, a calling, to do something meaningful in the community and in the world.  Something lead by my heart (and not the sensible rationalisations of my head)! 

And so began my journey into holistic healthcare… including meditating with animals – whom I now honour as our wise friends and teachers in life.

PLUS with the work I was doing, while I was earning great money, it had started to get EXHAUSTING for my spirit.  If only we were taught how to honour the unique wisdom of our hearts and to love ourselves wholeheartedly in school, what a different world it would be!

Looking back, the FIRST puzzle piece arrived after I went for my first Reiki treatment back in 2000.  The peace and tranquillity of Reiki spoke to me so much that I soon completed Reiki I and II training.

I left those courses with a knowing in my heart; that one day, when my schedule allowed, I would come back and dedicate more time to deepening my understanding and experience of Reiki.  (This was my first real introduction to spirituality and it opened a portal within me).

The NEXT CLUE arrived a few years later (in my early 20’s), when I fell ill with glandular fever.  I was undiagnosed for 3 months (despite various trips to the GP who kept telling me I had the flu).

Eventually, in tears of frustration, I pleaded for blood tests.  When the results came back- the only advice I received was to rest.  (Very frustrating after months of illness).

So I took myself to a Naturopath who prescribed some nutritional supplements, liquid herbs and a few dietary changes and within a few weeks I had recovered!

I remember being so impressed that this young Naturopath had been able to help me and although I don’t know her name to personally  thank her…

I can say that it was this experience that inspired me, many years later, to commence studies in Naturopathic medicine.  (Graduating in 2016).

ANOTHER PUZZLE PIECE arrived years later, and I have my mother and father in laws beautiful cat Xena to thank for it! 

Xena showed me how much Animals love Reiki and because of her I found my way to my Animal Reiki teacher and mentor Kathleen Prasad (in California!), and my next Reiki teacher (& dedicated Reiki researcher) Frans Stiene.

Soon after (2013/2016/2017), I started travelling to both the eastern states of Australia (Frans) and to the United States (Kathleen and Frans) to complete studies with them- including Reiki and Animal Reiki teacher training.

I feel extremely blessed to have found such inspirational teachers.

A FOURTH CLUE soon appeared when I visited the most beautiful and aptly named animal hospice and education centre BrightHaven, in California, in 2013. (One of the special organisations Kathleen teaches Animal Reiki).

This visit to BrightHaven was transformational.   I was so deeply moved by the level of love, compassion, care and dedication shown to the animals at BrightHaven that firstly – I didn’t want to leave and secondly, after doing so… well… I cried for 2 weeks!

These were not tears of sadness, they were tears of gratitude; and there is a piece of BrightHaven that travels in my heart EVERYWHERE I go.

I left with a knowing that I would return again, and did so in February 2016- however this is a story for another time. :)

I also set an inward intent: that ALL animal lovers MUST be made aware of the holistic options available for their animals in their later years, as practiced by BrightHaven.

This was the message that resonated so powerfully within me- communicated from the BrightHaven animals hearts to mine. I wrote about my visit (HERE).

I could NEVER have anticipated that in 2017 I would be interviewed for and feature in a book, Buddhism For Pet Lovers, Supporting Our Closest Companions Through Life And Death.

This amazingly beautiful book (written by Perth based David Michie, internationally best-selling author of the Dalai Lamas cat series) is recommended reading for animal lovers everywhere! (The book also features both Kathleen Prasad – my Animal Reiki teacher – and Gail Pope – co-founder of BrightHaven).

–>> The universe really does rewards the action we take towards realising our most heartfelt intentions!

The FIFTH AND FINAL CLUE arrived when I attended ‘The Turning Point’ an event run by Authentic Education.

Troubled that 50% of people that visit a Naturopath/ Natural Medicine practitioner never make it past the first consultation (that statistic is not satisfying for practitioners or clients)…

I was searching for a solution, a missing puzzle piece from my training so far, that would allow me to effectively address the blocks and emotional contributors that so often:

  • Surface as part of a holistic wellness journey; and

  • Prevent progress, even with changes that clients know within they want to make.

Immediately identifying Results Coaching as a powerful tool of empowerment (including helping to connect people to their innate intuition and subconscious) I signed up for the course that day, completed my certification in 2017.. 

This qualification enables me to assist clients to quickly and effortlessly overcome fears (and barriers) to unsurpassed levels of health and wellness.

PAUSE – People Animals Wellness (THE CONCEPT)

I believe that our well-being and that of our precious animals is intertwined and… if you think about it… how can it not be?  The human-animal relationship is unique and profound and the amazing bond we have with our animals transcends species.

As an animal lover I know my home would feel incomplete without my cats Roger & Leilani (who have been with my husband and I for over 16 years) and I’m sure you feel the same about your own precious animals.

Sometimes it can even be difficult for us animal lovers to find the words to express just how deeply we love our animals, how much they mean to us and just how much comfort their presence brings to our lives.

We have domesticated these beautiful creatures and we are their world, we are their family, they love us so much, so it makes sense that the levels of peace and / or stress in our own lives can, through no fault of our own, subtly impact their own wellbeing and their sensitive and sweet hearts.

Our animals gently encourage us to be more kind to ourselves, to live in the moment with them instead of in our heads, and to trust and follow our hearts just like they do.

Yet our lives are busy, with steadily increasing demands and pressures and it is not uncommon to find that we have little time to nurture our self and our own needs (as opposed to the never ending needs of others).

This is why I am a passionate advocate of the beauty of meditation and Reiki/ Animal Reiki as an integral part of a holistic wellness treatment protocol. (Reiki traditionally being a system of meditation and contemplation, originating in Japan).

Not just for the multitude of proven, and researched, health benefits it provides but additionally, the infinite possibilities for healing (becoming whole) that exist when we learn how to share the peacefulness of meditation with the animals we share our lives with.

The beautiful thing is, that our animals want us to be well and healthy and even more than that, they want us to be peaceful, not just in our minds, but in our hearts. 

To be peaceful like this is a profound experience not just for us, and not just for our own animals, but for everyone in our life – for every person and every animal we come into contact with, and beyond.

As part of my extensive training I have shared meditation with cats, dogs, horses, chickens, ducks; native wildlife; exotic animals including tigers, a bear, a hawk, an alligator, a fox, racoons and a bobcat; farmyard animals including cows, goats and donkeys; and one of my personal favourites- a gentle and adorable (but huge!) tortoise named Goliath who I met and instantly connected with at The CARE Foundation in Florida. (Where I studied in 2016).

To see all of these animals, no matter their history, respond positively to the gentle power of meditation is beyond breathtaking…  The compassionate wisdom of the animals we share this world with is truly, is astoundingly beautiful.

I feel immensely blessed to have found my way to this peaceful, compassionate profession; and to be part of the worldwide Animal Reiki movement and the beautiful Reiki/ Animal Reiki community.

Thank you again for stopping by- I look forward to meeting and working with you and your animals.

To your health and happiness ALWAYS,

Carolyn Trethewey


Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)

Shubumi International Reiki Association – practitioner member

*Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) – practitioner member


  1. Advanced Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine, 2016 (Australian Institute for Holistic Medicine)

  2. Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine, 2016 (Australian Institute for Holistic Medicine)

  3. Results Coaching Certification, 2017. (Authentic Education)

  4. Shinpiden Level 3 (Master/ teacher training), Usui Reiki Ryoho, 2013. (International House of Reiki, NSW)

  5. Shinpiden and Animal Reiki Teacher training, 2016.  (Animal Reiki Source, USA)

  6. Okuden and Animal Reiki Training: Advanced Techniques, 2013. (Animal Reiki Source, USA)

  7. The Animal Reiki Workshop: Core Curriculum, 2014. (Animal Reiki Source)

  8. Shoden, First Degree Practitioner,Usui Reiki Ryoho, 2000 (re-sit 2011). (International Institute For Reiki Training, WA).

  9. Okuden, Second Degree Practitioner, Usui Reiki Ryoho, 2001 (resit 2011).  (International Institute For Reiki Training, WA).

I am passionate about contributing to the community through my work, including donations to various Australian animal shelter, sanctuary and rescue organisations.

Since March 2014 I have volunteered Reiki meditation weekly at Cat Haven (a cat shelter in Shenton Park, Western Australia) offering a space of peace and relaxation to hundreds of cats in need. 

Cat Haven says “(Carolyn’s) calm nature has helped hundreds of cats settle into their condo’s, letting their true nature show through which in turn helps them to be adopted.”

Cat Haven is an amazing organisation doing so much for cats in Western Australia. (If you are interested in learning more about the many ways the simple power of meditation benefits shelter animals, please read this article I wrote in 2015).

* The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) is an American non-profit organisation created by my Animal Reiki teacher and mentor, Kathleen Prasad.  SARA is dedicated to getting Reiki meditation into animal shelters all over the world, and promoting the highest standards in Animal Reiki Practitioner and Teacher excellence.  There are currently members in the United States, South America, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Australia and Europe.