30 Years of Hope & Healing

For over 30 years, Quest for Life has been running life-giving programs and has supported over 125,000 people living with life challenges. Based on the latest research into health, healing, meditation, mindfulness, neuroscience and epigenetics, our innovative programs are delivered by a professional team of highly skilled psychologists, counsellors, therapists, educators and body practitioners.

With every program, we witness the amazing transformation of people who refuse to be defined by the physical, mental or emotional trauma in their lives. People arrive at Quest feeling broken, anxious, grief-stricken, distressed or depressed and, by the end of the week, they’re filled with joy and hope, and well on their way to healing. With the right tools, skills and strategies and a safe and healing environment, Quest makes a profound difference in people’s lives.

People on the edge of despair, fear or hopelessness are often unable to work and can’t afford to attend a program. These people include men and women who’ve experienced a life-threatening diagnosis, sexual, childhood or domestic abuse or violence, war trauma, mental anguish, grief, divorce, sudden job loss or another significant challenge.

Your support, donations and fundraising help us continue this important work. 

30th Birthday Celebration

Quest celebrated our 30th year of operation with our local community and long-time supporters on 2 August 2019. Festivities included delicious morning tea, Quest birthday cake, guest speakers, tree planting and an opportunity to connect with the Quest community.

Stories of Hope and Healing

Past participants share their stories in the hope they resonate and inspire you to donate and fundraise to help others in need.      

Hope and Healing – Cancer Wellness Support’s story

Hope and Healing – Cancer Wellness Support’s story

The relationship between Cancer Wellness Support (CWS) and Quest for Life began back in 2006 when our organisation was only one year old. Through one of our massage therapists, Leonie Dale, I met Eleanor Oyston and eventually the path led to Quest and meeting Petrea....

Hope and Healing – Angela’s story

Hope and Healing – Angela’s story

About 15 years ago, aged in my mid 30s, I found my way to Quest for Life to do a residential course there. I had left a very traumatic childhood, struggling to find some inner peace and trying to work out how to relate well to other people. Despite my best efforts...

Hope and Healing – Chris’ Story

Hope and Healing – Chris’ Story

Chris was a paramedic for 33 years. During this time, he attended many traumatic and challenging jobs. As a result, Chris felt himself becoming more and more isolated. He couldn’t sleep and would cry a lot. “I became a completely different person,” Chris said. “I was...

Hope and Healing – Robyn’s story

Hope and Healing – Robyn’s story

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and within a couple of weeks I was loaned Petrea’s book, Spirited Women. In the book, I read about the workshops she held in the motel in Bundanoon. I found the book and then the workshop, incredibly uplifting and helpful. I...

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Planting of the Hawthorn Tree

Funding Options for Residential Programs


Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.

Subsidies and Financial Help

Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, additional subsidies and financial help is available for a range of circumstances and anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered. We review each case individually and we do not means test. All applications are conducted via phone with a friendly member of the Programs intake team.


Quest is a registered NDIS Provider. Residential Programs can be funded through plan-managed and self-managed NDIS plans.


We work with Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) White Card or Gold Card holders to make applications to the DVA Health Approvals Board.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

Residential programs can be covered by workers compensation insurance on a case-by-case basis.

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