Quest for Life

For people living with cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, MND, SLE, autoimmune diseases & chronic illnesses, this interactive group education program delivers the latest research on health, healing & neuroscience.

About the Program

The diagnosis of cancer or serious illness profoundly impacts our lives. Quest for Life is a residential program designed for people seeking ways to actively contribute to their own healing and make meaning of this challenging experience. The program explores avenues of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing and encourages participants to find their own best answers. Partners and loved ones are encouraged to attend and some focused sessions are conducted specifically for them.

The role of intuition in healing, taking charge of our thoughts and feelings and practical strategies to manage aspects of illness are covered as well as dietary guidelines and meditation. Program content is always tailored to participants and addresses practical aspects of living well with illness and creating an environment for healing.

Our residential programs are conducted at the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. Staying on-site allows you to immerse yourself in the program and surrounds, focus on your life without distraction and learn valuable life skills and strategies for healing and peace.

Program numbers are currently limited to 15 participants plus facilitation staff to ensure we are a Covid-safe organisation.

About the team

The highly experienced professional team which educates, encourages and supports participants over the 5-day program includes psychologists, counsellors, massage therapists and naturopaths who, together, provide a holistic program that addresses the mind, body and spirit of each participant.

Program Dates

8-12 November 2021
7-11 February 2022
30 May-3 June 2022

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 $4,195 to $2,595. 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.

$1,995 Shared room (Early bird* $1,895 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,595 Single room (Early bird* $2,495 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2021

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 a 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
  • 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

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

  • Knowing how to create an environment for physical healing
  • Understanding yourself and others more deeply
  • With practical tools for meditation, communication and healing
  • Feeling inspired and confident to embrace your challenges in a positive way
  • Brimful of valuable insights and knowledge and an ability to find your own best answers
  • With an enlivened spirit

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.

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.
  • 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.

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:

“There is no ‘quick fix’ for a person who has cancer. Quest for Life is a complete package that helps you come to terms with your illness, to cope with it emotionally, to get the most out of each moment and to value those who love you. I am extremely thankful to have found Quest for Life ten years ago when I was dealing with a poor prognosis from oesophageal cancer, and for having the opportunity to take part in many of their wonderful programs since. The services provided by the facilitators and staff are simply phenomenal! The quiet solitude the Centre provides is an excellent environment for learning the things the program is designed to teach. Everyone works diligently to ensure we get the most possible out of the program. I don’t believe I would still be alive today without the lessons learned at the Quest for Life Centre.” Tracie

“Overall it has been a perfect week as I am going home feeling much better physically and a better man. I have learnt practical tools in my life to create more peace and healing.” Mark