A retreat is different to a pain program. It is residential and you are cared for and nurtured.
Quest for Life has run two retreats each year since 2013. In 2016 that will increase to three due to the success of the retreat model and the outcomes for people who have particpated.
This is what people have said in response to their experience at Quest for Life in Bundanoon, in the Southern Highlands of NSW:
"I'm writing to you with good news - I am going back to work tomorrow!
Recently I made the decision that I was well enough to be able to return to work as an osteopath in a very part time capacity, starting with 3 appointments a week. I have a quiet confidence that I can do this in a way that is sustainable to my health and sanity.
Thank you for your part in helping me through a long period of falling apart both mentally and physically and coming back together again. I would not have been able to do so without what I have learnt from each of you at Quest. The retreats have changed the way in which I experience my life on a very deep level and helped me to develop good strategies for managing my physical limitations while finding ways to participate in all that fills me up and makes me happy." - Helen.
“Taking Control of Chronic Pain programme allowed me to take time out from challenges in my life and to reassess my journey with chronic pain.
The programme was a positive and powerful experience, that enabled me to realise I am not alone and that there is always hope, whether it be in the latest medical information or in the wonderful mindfulness journey that Quest starts you on.
The programme allowed me more control over what I felt was a battle that I was slowly loosing. The wonderful staff at Quest could not do enough for our group, the food was nourishing and delicious. The programme was scheduled in a way that was relaxing and flexible so that those unable to sit could lay comfortably whilst still participating.
Dr Coralie Wales had really helpful information about the nature of pain and how its treated and thought of in our society. How to manage things better and most importantly that there is help, understanding and hope for a positive life. Her experience as a health professional in the Chronic Pain area provided invaluable insight into the conditions we experience whilst learning about new practical tools to use in our daily lives.
Having Petrea King facilitate the program with Dr Coralie Wales was fantastic. Her personal experiences showed me that there was an understanding for what the participants were experiencing and what we needed from a programme like this. Petrea makes you feel connected to a wonderful community that you can tap into anytime. This is really important for those of us living in rural and remote communities or especially those with chronic health problems as this alone can make you feel disconnected no matter where you live.
I love Quest's approach to their participants experience. To me it feels as if the whole foundation works hard at providing every participant with a meaningful experience.
The Chronic Pain programme spurred me on to approach things in a different way, to allow myself the time to make changes in time and move forward in my life through the challenges of living with a chronic disease.” Michelle
" When I arrived at Quest I had a bulging disc that was pressing against 2 nerves down my leg that prevented me from, sitting, standing, walking and preparing meals. I was a prisoner in my own bedroom and its 4 walls, for 5 months. Quest was amazing in accommodating my physical situation. They provided a daybed for me to lie on through the day during our group sessions and brought food to my room for each meal so I was able to lie down to eat. I was so grateful for this. All the staff were so kind and caring and never made me feel like anything was too much trouble.
After only 3 days of participating in the Quest's Taking Control of Chronic Pain Program, I was able to actually sit in the dining room and join everyone for breakfast (before I had to lie on my side in bed to eat). This was huge for me...as I said I had not been able to sit for 5 months. The next day, due to the meditations, counselling, encouragement, exercises and implementing pain management strategies, I was able to join everyone for each meal. From then on, the pain progressively eased and I was able to increase my mobility each day!!
Quest provided me with skills to recognise triggers that aggravated my back pain, such as stress and to feel where my pain was located and gave me tools to learn how to deal with this in a different manner so the pain no longer crippled me.
This was a huge benefit for me. I AM NOW WALKING UNAIDED!
Dr Coralie Wales, the pain educator on the program, also provided me with the tools I needed when I returned home to keep my physical progression moving forward.
My spiritual and emotional capabilities continue to grow from the inspiration and information provided by Petrea and that a blend of that and my new physical capabilities, I remember what it feels like to know I can do anything again. In short, I am now driving short distances and am taking myself to the local pool for therapy. I can make myself lunch and even do a short trip to the local supermarket again.
I even made dinner for myself and my son the other night. This is the first time in 7 months that I have been able to do any of this!
My life is back on track and am looking at returning to work in 6 weeks’ time and this will be the last piece of the puzzle to putting my life back together. So 5 months of surgeons appointments, acupuncture, muscular skeletal specialists and physio did nothing for me compared to the most valuable 5 days I spent at Quests Taking Control of Chronic Pain Seminar.
I recommend this to anyone who is dealing with chronic pain, to make whatever effort is required to attend Petrea's seminar, with people who understand and care about the chronic pain we live with each day. It could be just the thing to change one’s life for the better...even if you have tried everything.
I am a new person and I have my life back. My pain medication has been substantially reduced and I no longer require a spinal operation. And I have this program to thank.
Others who suffer from Chronic Pain could have this too! Forever grateful." Natasha
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