Moving Beyond Trauma: Heal the Past and Bring Relief to Your Troubled Body, Mind and Spirit

Feb 15, 2023 | Blog Articles

Moving Beyond Trauma is designed to assist people with post-trauma stress symptoms to reclaim their lives and create greater control over their emotional equilibrium and their lifestyle choices. It is based on the latest research into neuroplasticity and epigenetics and provides you with a clear pathway towards full recovery from post-trauma injuries.

Our group education program, tailored to you as an individual, offers an effective and holistic approach to managing and healing post-trauma suffering.

Our results show a significant improvement in participant’s quantified mental wellbeing immediately after attending a program, and improvement continues to increase with time.

Why seek help?

The damaging effects of traumatic experiences affect people from all walks of life. Survivors of events such as serious accidents, natural disasters, sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood trauma, childbirth, bullying, crime, torture, war, seeing/hearing/witnessing a crisis or catastrophe, and more recently the effects of COVID-19, may develop PTSD or CPTSD symptoms. People in professions such as the military, firefighters, paramedics, emergency workers, police officers, victims of childhood sexual abuse, and psychologists are also vulnerable to this debilitating condition, which when left untreated may become chronic.

Drawing on an understanding of trauma, its effect on the brain, and special techniques of yoga, mindfulness, relaxation and meditation, you will learn practical skills and tools which will lead to an improvement in your overall health and relationships. Throughout the program, you will explore and experience methods to use in everyday life for healing the nervous system and managing the mind and emotions.

With regular practice of what you learn on the program, the intensity of PTSD and CPTSD symptoms can be managed and significantly reduced, restoring hope and quality of life.

You are not your brain; you have a brain. You may have suffered an injury to the brain and nervous system. The impact of trauma is not determined by strength of character, bravery or any other human attribute. It is a physical injury that can be healed by proactively utilising tools that lead to post-traumatic growth. The testimonials detail the effectiveness of the program as participants implement the education, strategies, and skills they receive during the program.

About the program team

Quest’s highly experienced professional teams provide you with education, encouragement and support over the 5-day program. Our professional teams include facilitators, psychologists, counsellors, a massage therapist, naturopath, yoga, and meditation teachers who collectively provide a holistic program that addresses the mind, body and social wellbeing of each person. Our teams are all trained in trauma-informed care and use a whole person, recovery-oriented approach.

In addition to our team members’ professional qualifications, each member has their own experience of personal growth through suffering. This lived experience adds a powerful dimension to our programs as participants feel they’re amongst people who really understand their suffering.

Esther Mckay, a former forensic investigator with NSW Police, set up the first PTSD support groups for police in NSW. Esther assisted Quest to develop and implement the Moving Beyond Trauma program and is assisting with developing a new 3-week immersive Healing Trauma program.

Each of us needs to find our own best answers to the challenges we face. While we provide education and many practical strategies, techniques, and tools to increase physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, participants are encouraged to implement the ones that feel right for them.

Residential programs are conducted at the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. The residential aspect of the program allows participants to fully immerse themselves in the supportive atmosphere and soak in the education provided without any day-to-day distractions. Registered Assistance Dogs are welcome. 

You will leave this program

  • With a simple, practical framework to understand and manage the complexity of PTSD and CPTSD symptoms 
  • With a toolkit of practical skills to help restore your emotional equilibrium 
  • With a much deeper understanding of yourself, others and life 
  • Feeling new confidence in your ability and skill to embrace your challenges 
  • Feeling optimistic, empowered, motivated and capable 
  • With greater appreciation of your story and your potential to heal 
  • Able to respond to situations rather than react  

Our nationally acclaimed programs change people’s lives in practical and positive ways and people generally leave confident in their ability to meet the significant challenges they face. 

Program fees

Quest subsidises all privately funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,295 to $2,695. This reduced fee only applies to privately funded bookings. 

Subsidies available. Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, Quest is able to offer subsidies to attend our Residential Programs. Anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered. In addition, specific grant funding is available for people experiencing suicidal ideation. 

Quest for Life is an NDIS Provider. Programs can also be funded through Worker’s Comp insurance and DVA for eligible veterans. 

Fee from $1,995 Shared room (Early bird* $1,895 – must be paid 30 days in advance).

CALL US TODAY ON 1300 941 488 to find out more.  

Participant Testimonials

“I am a Vietnam veteran diagnosed in 1995 with chronic PTSD and chronic depression. In the last 25 years, I have had 14 admissions into psychiatric hospitals, some short stays, and some as long as 3 months. Although the help I received on these admissions assisted with my ongoing survival, it wasn’t until I attended the Moving Beyond Trauma program at Quest that I finally found the peace and tools for personal growth beyond PTSD that I have been searching for, for so long. 

Although the course was intense, the client-to-staff ratio was incredible. There were 9 clients with 7 support staff including counsellors, very experienced psychologists, naturopaths, massage therapists, and yoga experts. And of course, the incredible experience and wisdom of Petrea King, the inspirational leader of this wonderful, amazing place of healing and peace. In my humble opinion, the PTSD programs available here would benefit all levels of veterans of all wars and perhaps put the brakes on the appalling number of suicides, which are increasing weekly.”

– Dave

“The course has made me want to embrace life for the first time in years. I believe that it was my calling in life to serve. I am confident now that I will be able to serve the community again one day. Hopefully soon.”

– Donna

“I arrived feeling burnt out and exhausted and now feel energised with a clear pathway forward.”

– Jane

“I had heard that Petrea King did great things for people dying and their families. I had never thought that it could possibly help me with PTSD. Meditation, hah, nothing that a tough ex-cop would be involved in. In fact, nearly everything over the next few days took me out of my comfort zone. Nothing was forced upon me, but you could feel the encouragement and support, not just from the other participants, but everyone. As a group, we discussed a lot of common-sense ideas that I had forgotten. I realised that I was in a habit, a bad habit of not trusting anyone and never showing emotions. The resources that were given will be a continual help throughout life.” 

–  Graham, NSW Police Officer

“I recently spent 5 days at Quest for Life in Bundanoon, without doubt the best decision I’ve ever made. Spending 5 days with people from all walks of life who have been struggling to understand and find alternative ways of dealing with stressful situations was made clear with a non-judgemental approach. I would recommend Quest to anyone in need of some quality time with professional support.”

– John

How Quest for Life can help

Call Us Today on 1300 941 488 and speak to the Programs Team to make a booking or see Moving Beyond Trauma for more information. 

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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.

Call our Programs Advisers Today
1300 941 488