Living with Grief: Weekend

“There is no real preparation for the death of someone we love. Whether the death is unexpected or long anticipated, when it comes, it leaves us in shock as we struggle to find our equilibrium in this unexplored landscape of grief.” Petrea King

About the Program

The death of a loved one leaves us feeling profoundly sad – but we can also feel angry, disoriented, lost, stuck, bitter, confused or bereft of our identity. While the loss of someone dear to us is bound to cause us grief, the shared experience can help us traverse this difficult landscape and begin or continue our healing journey.

Grief can isolate us in our pain and distress, as our culture encourages us to ‘keep a stiff upper lip’ and to ‘manage’. While grief may not be visible to others, it can render us helpless as we stumble about in the dark of our sorrow and loss. Grief can be a bleak and lonely place but Living with Grief can shed light in the darkness and help you find a pathway forward.

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

Program Dates

Register Interest

Program Fees

If you are being funded by the NDIS click here for Pricing and how to register.

Single room: $1,500
Share room: $1,300
Includes accommodation, meals and program

Fees effective 1 July 2023


Quest for Life Centre, 13-33 Ellsmore Road
Bundanoon NSW 2578 – Google Maps


  • Managing powerful emotions including anger, despair, regret
  • Learning to ride the waves of grief and deal with ‘triggers’
  • Dealing with secondary losses due to family estrangements, lack of compassion, insensitivities and strained communications
  • Why meditation, mindfulness and exercise assist us to find peace
  • Self-care as a foundation for forgiveness, grief and for life

Your attendance will provide support, camaraderie and a sense of shared understanding and purpose. Sometimes we don’t know what we think until we hear what we say. Compassion and attentive listening lie at the heart of Living with Grief.

Sharing our experiences enables us to understand ourselves and others and find the strength and inspiration to grow in wisdom and find peace and healing.

Subsidies are available to enable people on limited incomes to attend.

Expected outcomes

  • Understanding the complexities of grief
  • Feeling less isolated and more empowered to navigate sorrow and loss
  • With practical tools for self-care and self-nurturing
  • Knowing how to meditate, live mindfully and switch off the stories in your mind
  • Understanding yourself more deeply
  • Inspired to heal a broken heart and with an enlivened spirit

Set within 9 acres of manicured gardens in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands, NSW. From the moment you enter the drive, you will begin to feel renewed, refreshed and inspired.

Program inclusions

  • Friday – Arrival 2-3pm. Dinner, accommodation, welcome session and workbook.
  • Saturday – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, accommodation and all sessions
  • Sunday – Departure after lunch. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and all sessions.

You will be nurtured, nourished and restored with the confidence to embrace your life again.

Arrival and Departure

  • Friday Arrival 2-3pm. Dinner, accommodation, welcome session and workbook.
  • Saturday breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, accommodation and all sessions
  • Sunday Departure after lunch. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and all sessions.
  • Plenty of onsite parking is available
  • You can be picked up and dropped at the Bundanoon train station (City Link and Country Link trains stop at Bundanoon)
  • Best trains to catch (book well in advance)
    – From Sydney Central Station Depart 12.01pm
    – From Canberra Kingston Depart 11.55am


Discuss any accessibility or mobility requirements with the Program Adviser when you book in. Quest has a wheelchair accessible room/ensuite.

Delicious meals and snacks

  • We serve delicious freshly prepared meals using the principles of SLOW – Seasonal, Locally-sourced, Organic, Wholefood as far as possible. The Quest veggie garden supplies seasonal produce.
  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegan are no problem! Our chef can work with allergies and intolerances as listed with prior notice – all special dietary requirements can be discussed with the Program Advisor at the time of booking.
  • Breakfast is served from (8.30-9.30am), Lunch (1-2pm), Dinner (6-7pm)
  • Freshly pressed juices are served for morning and afternoon tea along with delicious snacks.
  • Teas, coffee, filtered water and fresh fruit are available at any time.
  • Please note that the Quest for Life Centre maintains an environment that is alcohol and non-prescription drug free. A participant will need to leave the program if found to be drug or alcohol affected.

Enquire or book into this program

You can call between 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday on 1300 941 488 to speak to a Program Advisor or complete the form below and we will be in contact.

What previous attendees have said:

Extremely positive experience. Felt amazingly well cared for. – Sue

An immense help to me moving forward to a life learning to live with grief in a positive and productive way. – Marie

Thank you. I am grateful for the opportunity to spend a weekend focusing on grief in a safe, compassionate environment. – Stephanie

At Quest for Life, I had a crash course in courage. I see people who have been broken by grief and trauma. Pain is etched on their weary faces. Some of their lives seem unbearable to me. I see their faces soften, those deep lines relax, a hesitant smile play on their lips. They speak a hopeful sentence or two. These programs, carefully crafted and delicately tailored, open hearts and build solidarity. They teach us how to rebuild our shattered lives, how to engage with our pain and play with the possibilities of healing and a brighter future. We learn about the latest research, to guide and support us. At Quest, we find a home. – Wendy

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