Moving Beyond Trauma

If you are living with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) & want to heal the past & bring relief to your troubled body, mind & spirit in a confidential safe environment, we can help you. Our group education program offers an effective holistic approach to managing & healing post-trauma suffering.

About the Program

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 results show a significant improvement in participants’ quantified mental well-being immediately after attending a program, and improvement increases with time.

Why seek help?

Damaging effects of traumatic experiences affect people from all walks of life. Survivors of serious accidents, natural disasters, sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood trauma, bullying, crime, torture, war, seeing/hearing/witnessing a crisis or catastrophe, and other traumatic events may develop PTSD 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.

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 health and relationships. Throughout the program you 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 symptoms can be managed and significantly reduced, restoring hope and quality of life. You are not your brain; you have a brain. Post-traumatic growth is possible as you learn to manage your brain more effectively.

Our 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 you to fully immerse yourself in the supportive atmosphere and soak in the education provided without any day-to-day distractions.

About the program team

The highly experienced professional team which educates, encourages and supports participants over the 5-day program includes psychologists, counsellors, massage therapist, naturopath and yoga teacher who, together, provide a holistic program that addresses the mind, body and spirit of each participant. The team 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 was instrumental in setting up the first PTSD support groups for police in NSW. Esther helped Quest to develop and implement the Moving Beyond 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 your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, you are encouraged to implement the ones that feel right for you.

Program Dates

3-7 May 2021
7-11 June 2021
5-9 July 2021
16-20 August 2021
13-17 September 2021
18-22 October 2021
15-19 November 2021
13-17 December 2021

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 $3,995 to $2,395. This reduced fee only applies to privately funded bookings.

If you are on a low income, or affected by domestic/family violence, speak to us as additional subsidies may be available. We are always fundraising to assist vulnerable people and communities.

Quest is an NDIS provider which means, for those eligible, the government will pay for your attendance on a program. Worker’s Comp insurance and DVA funding are available for eligible people.

$1895 Shared room (Early bird* $1795 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2395 Single room (Early bird* $2295 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Venue

Quest for Life Centre
13-33 Ellsmore Road
Bundanoon NSW 2578
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Program content

Content is tailored to participants’ needs and addresses practical aspects of living well with challenging circumstances and instruction on how to create an environment for healing. The program provides evidence-based approaches to health and wellbeing.

Your day starts at 7.30am with (an optional) gentle morning stretch and meditation and finishes with an evening activity that ensures you get plenty of sleep. There is long lunch break so you can rest, read, have a counselling or massage appointment or go for a walk in the beautiful gardens.

Group sessions include:

  • An understanding of trauma’s impact on the brain and body
  • Pathways to recovery
  • The role of meditation – understanding they why and how
  • Living mindfully in the present moment
  • Taking charge of our thoughts and feelings
  • Practical strategies to improve communication
  • Learning to respond rather than react
  • Managing our lives more skilfully
  • Relaxation and sleep strategies and techniques
  • Education in improved nutrition and lifestyle choices

Program Inclusions

  • Accommodation (4 nights) in your own ensuited comfortable bedroom with double or queen/king size bed. If you travel to Quest with a family member, partner or friend, they are welcome to share your room.
  • 3 delicious and nutritious meals a day, morning and afternoon teas and fresh juices. Read more about our acclaimed food below.
  • A varied selection of herbal teas or coffee. Our delicious, filtered water is available at any time.
  • A personal counselling session. Extra counselling sessions are sometimes available at a reasonable charge.
  • Education in neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change/heal) and epigenetics (the factors influencing genetic expression including sleep, exercise, nutrition and mindfulness).
  • Gentle yoga stretching each morning.
  • Regular relaxation sessions incorporating meditation.
  • Personal vision board to take home.

Optional extras

(Book on arrival. Credit card or cash payment)

  • Massage
  • Additional personal counselling sessions

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.

You will leave this program

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

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

Arrival and Departure

  • Monday Arrival time 2-3pm
  • Friday Departure time 2pm
  • 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

Accessibility

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

Meals

  • 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.
  • Lunch and dinner include soups, chicken or fish and vegetarian options and dessert.
  • Our chef can cater to most dietary needs – 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.

Interested in 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.

All potential participants need to speak to a Program Advisor so they can ask any questions about the program and to ensure you are booked into the most suitable program for your needs.

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What previous attendees have said:

“I’m a Vietnam veteran diagnosed in 1995 with chronic PTSD and chronic depression. In the last 25 years, I’ve had 14 admissions into psychiatric hospitals, some short stays, and some as long as 3 months. Although the help I received assisted with my ongoing survival, it wasn’t until I attended ‘Moving Beyond Trauma’ that I finally found the peace and tools for personal growth beyond PTSD that I’ve been searching for. 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, yoga experts along with recovering PTSD sufferers. And of course, the incredible experience and wisdom of Petrea King, the 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.” – Bob

“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.” – 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

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