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5 Days Healing Yoga Retreat Australia

  • Quest for Life Centre, 13 - 33 Ellsmore Road, Bundanoon, New South Wales 2578, Australia

Overview

Moving Beyond Trauma Yoga Australia Retreat

This retreat offers an effective and holistic approach to managing and healing post-trauma suffering. This retreat is specifically designed to assist people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to reclaim their lives and create greater control over their emotional equilibrium and their choices. It's time for you to manage and reduce your PTSD by joining this healing retreat!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga
  • Daily workshops
  • Individual counseling sessions
  • Understanding the complexity of PTSD symptoms
  • Managing PTSD symptoms
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Located in the main building and also in lodges within the grounds, the accommodation is in either single or twin share room. All rooms are spacious and comfortable with central heating and en-suite bathrooms.

Your partner or friend can enjoy a stay at Quest for Life Foundation Australia as a casual guest while you are doing the program. There is a lesser fee which includes all meals and accommodation but not the program. For this information, please send Quest for Life Foundation Australia an inquiry.

The damaging effects of traumatic experiences affect people from all walks of life. Survivors of serious accidents, natural disasters, rape, crime, torture, war, and other horrifying events may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People in professions such as the military, fire fighters, paramedics, emergency workers, police officers, and psychologists are also vulnerable to this debilitating condition.

Drawing on an understanding of trauma, its effect on the brain, and simple techniques of yoga, mindfulness, relaxation, and meditation, you will learn practical skills and tools which bring relief to the troubled body, mind, and spirit. Throughout the retreat, 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 will learn on the retreat, the intensity of PTSD symptoms can be managed and significantly reduced, restoring hope and quality of life.

This retreat will begin at 16:00 on day 1 so please arrive between 14:00 - 15:30 to register. It is important for you to be present for the start of the first session which will begin promptly at 16:00. The retreat will conclude on day 5 with lunch at 13:00. The retreat requires your full commitment to attend for the duration as the final sessions are crucial to your understanding of the week’s experience.

If through some unforeseen circumstance you’re running late on the first day, please let Quest for Life Foundation Australia know.

Benefits of the retreat

After this retreat, it is expected that you will:

  • have a simple, practical framework for understanding and managing the complexity of PTSD symptoms
  • have a toolkit of strategies and practical skills to help restore your emotional equilibrium
  • have a much deeper understanding of yourself and others
  • feel new confidence in your ability and skill to embrace life’s challenges
  • feel optimistic, empowered, and capable with a greater appreciation of your story and your potential
  • have an enlivened spirit

This retreat will take place at Quest for Life Centre. Quest for Life Centre is at Killarney House located in nine acres of landscaped gardens in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The grounds provide a tranquil, private, and productive environment available for exclusive hire. From the moment you enter the gravel drive, you begin to feel renewed, refreshed, and inspired.

Nearby places

  • Moss Vale, 18 kilometers

Though the dietary needs of the guests may differ widely, the philosophy of natural, seasonal, and whole food underpins every dish. The serving of fresh, healthy, seasonal food is integral to the center’s retreat and it is gratifying to see the physical improvement in guests’ health over the space of a few days - good food really does nourish the spirit as well as the body. Served in the dining room overlooking the gardens, breakfast, morning tea, a 2 course lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner are included as part of the fee.

Quest for Life Foundation Australia can, and often do, cater to any specific dietary requirement. The vegetables are from the Quest for Life Foundation Australia's kitchen garden. Pukka teas, filtered water, and coffee are available and they highly recommend brewing yourself a cup of tea and taking it outside to enjoy the beautiful gardens and the fresh country air, while you reflect on your stay. However, alcohol is not allowed in this retreat.

Sample menu

Breakfast

  • Homemade toasted muesli
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Roasted tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Selection of milks and breads

Morning Tea

  • Freshly squeezed juice
  • Fruit bowl
  • Selection of cakes and biscuits

Lunch

  • Poached Atlantic salmon
  • Petrea’s pumpkin pie
  • Asian noodle salad
  • Rainbow salad mixed salad leaves
  • Dessert

Afternoon Tea

  • Freshly squeezed juice
  • Fruit bowl
  • Selection of cakes and biscuits

Dinner

  • Sweet corn and zucchini soup
  • Quinoa and pea fritters with minted yogurt
  • Orange, spinach, and walnut salad
  • Potato salad

Quest for Life Foundation Australia's counsellors and therapists are all highly trained, qualified, and experienced. Massage therapists have all completed post-graduate training in massaging people with cancer or other serious illness. Massage therapists charge 100 AUD per hour and the counselor charges 100 AUD per hour.

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Counseling sessions
  • Daily meals
  • Daily workshops
  • Daily yoga classes

Driving directions from Sydney (2 hours)

  • Take the M5 freeway south towards Canberra.
  • Continue past the exit to Mittagong / Bowral (about an hour from the start of the freeway), past the exit to Berrima until you come to the sign that indicates the end of the freeway (you will get 2 kilometers, 1 kilometer signs).
  • Approximately 1 kilometer along, turn left into a small road sign “Sutton Forest”.
  • Immediately turn right (Goldenvale Road).
  • Continue along until you reach a T‐junction (approximately 5 kilometers), turn right towards Goulburn, and then take the next road left signposted: "To Bundanoon".
  • As you approach Bundanoon ‐ 60K sign (you will have travelled approximately 12 kilometers), you will see an Information Bay area on your right and the road will curve to the right.
  • As the road straightens, turn right into Erith Street to go over the railway tracks.
  • At the junction of Ellsmore Road (Bundanoon Hotel on corner), turn right, and 100 meters up Ellsmore Road, you will see the Quest for Life Centre on the right.

Driving directions from Canberra (1.5 ‐ 2 hours)

  • Travel north towards Sydney until just past the Marulan truck weighing station. About 200 meters further, you will see a small road on the right signposted "To Bundanoon".
  • Follow that road through the villages of Tallong, Wingello, and Penrose until you reach Bundanoon.
  • When you reach a T‐junction (“Stop” sign), turn left over the railway line and then turn right.
  • Continue to the “Stop” sign at the junction of Ellsmore Road (Bundanoon Hotel on corner).
  • Turn left into Ellsmore Road and 100 meters up Ellsmore Road, you will see the Quest for Life Centre on the right.

Driving directions from Kiama (1 hour)

  • Travel to Robertson from Jamberoo, follow the Illawarra Highway through to the roundabout at Moss Vale, turn left.
  • This is still the Illawarra Highway. Follow this through Moss Vale until you get to Sutton Forest and the 60K sign there.
  • Just past the Sutton Forest Hotel (on your right) take the next road left which is signposted ‘To Bundanoon’.
  • As you approach Bundanoon ‐ 60K sign (you will have travelled approximately 12 kilometers), you will see an Information Bay area on your right and the road will curve to the right.
  • As the road straightens, turn right into Erith Street to go over the railway tracks.
  • At the junction of Ellsmore Road (Bundanoon Hotel on corner), turn right and 100 meters up Ellsmore Road, you will see the Quest for Life Centre on the right.

Arrival by bus

Berrima Buslines operates a service from Moss Vale to Bundanoon four times a day. Some services coincide with train arrival times.

Arrival by train

CityRail operates regular services from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Campbell town and then onward to Moss Vale or Bundanoon via the Southern Highlands Line. CountryLink operates services from Sydney Central station to Bundanoon via the Canberra or to Moss Vale via the Melbourne services. CountryLink also operates a service from Canberra to Bundanoon. Bookings are essential on CountryLink trains.

From Melbourne, the Melbourne to Sydney CountryLink train will set down passengers at Bundanoon when this is specified in your booking.

Arrival by taxi

Moss Vale, 18 kilometers from Bundanoon, is the nearest town to which there is a frequent rail service. If it is not possible to get a suitable train to Bundanoon, an option is to travel to Moss Vale and take a taxi from there to Bundanoon. The taxi fare is approximately 50 AUD (more on Sundays and public holidays).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Quest for Life Foundation Australia an inquiry.
  • Review by Andrew
    10 out of 10

    "The Quest for Life programs are so very instructive, enlightening and healing. I have been involved with Petrea and the Institute for 15 years now since my breast cancer, my volunteering there, and now my husband's thyroid cancer. There is nowhere in Australia that offers this kind of healing environment. It is priceless. We feel so blessed to have it not only available to us, but as Southern Highland dwellers on our doorstep. Thank you Petrea, for being in our lives!"

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "In my whole life I have never known what it is or what it was like to feel a deep sense of peace, until I learned this invaluable life lesson at Quest, (I might say it has taken me at least 5 visits to Quest). My journey is ongoing and my peace is found is nearly all that I am and participate in every day of my life. Petrea and her amazingly devoted family at Quest are my guardian angels and I will forever be grateful to them for helping me find and heal my heart, soul, mind and body. I am so proud of me and the path I am now on ( and so are my beautiful family ) that i can honestly say for the first time ever, I really do love me and think that I am pretty darn special. My face is full of smiles and my heart full of love for every extraordinary day. My cancer has become my friend and my inner voice when I need to be gently reminded how precious each and every day is. I thank my angels at Quest for allowing me to find this unique and priceless gift."

    Quest for Life Foundation Australia website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "In my whole life, I have never known what it is or what it was like to feel a deep sense of peace, until I learned this invaluable life lesson at Quest for Life Foundation Australia (Quest), (I might say it has taken me at least 5 visits to Quest). My ongoing journey and my found peace are nearly all participating in every day of my life. Petrea and her amazingly devoted family at Quest are my guardian angels and I will forever be grateful to them for helping me find and heal my heart, soul, mind, and body. I am so proud of me and the path I am now on (and so are my beautiful family) that I can honestly say for the first time ever, I really do love me and think that I am pretty darn special. My face is full of smiles and my heart is full of love for every extraordinary day. My cancer has become my friend. My inner voice reminds me when I need to be gently reminded how precious each and every day is. I thank my angels at Quest for allowing me to find this unique and priceless gift."

    Quest for Life Foundation Australia website, edited

  • Review by Rita
    9 out of 10

    "In May 2011, I was one of the participants of the "Healing your Life" program. During the week, I felt nurtured and at peace. I was able to express my fears amongst all the other inspirational participants who showed me their love and understanding and allowed me to feel safe and be myself. Meeting Petrea was something even words cannot describe. Thank you for your warmth and compassion, your hugs and warm smile, and for just listening. Your wonderful staff Petrea, who constantly showed us how much they genuinely care. On the Friday of that week, I struggled to hold back my tears knowing I was about to leave all the special people I had just spent the week with. I did not expect to make these connections and it is wonderful to know we have kept these friendships since returning home. Having that ongoing love and support has only strengthened that bond. As we heard the facilitator's individual goodbyes to the group, it was heart warming to see them also struggle to hold back their own tears and emotions as we heard them express what effect we had on them during the week. It showed me how much compassion they have in their hearts. I would like to end with a thought I also shared with Bernadette. I release old fears, for they were never part of my true self. I am strong now and forever. I own my power with love and grace, fueling it with my caring thoughts, positive emotions and complete faith. Love and hope, Rita."

    Quest for Life Foundation Australia website, edited

  • Review by Jodi Philis
    9 out of 10

    "Thank you Quest for Life Foundation Australia. I came to you feeling overwhelmed by my life. I came away feeling like my life is a blessing. Thanks to the staff and the participants, I now have the tools to ensure I feel every moment of my life and experience it in its true form and respond accordingly. I want to come back again and again and keep feeling the love!!"

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Bundanoon, Australia

The Quest for Life Foundation Australia provides retreats and community based workshops that encourage, educate, and empower people with the tools to create emotional resilience and peace of mind.

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5 days / 4 nights

Early bird discount

There is an early bird discount of 200 AUD per person if you book 30 days prior to your preferred retreat date.

Departure:
Friday February 3, 2017
(5 days / 4 nights)

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