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Quest for Life Foundation


Nourishing the Spirit





Funding Dates

Decemer 2013 - December 2014

The Issue

Quest for Life Foundation provides residential and community based programs that encourage, educate and empower people from all walks of life with the skills to confidently face their individual challenges.

With more than 900,000 people in Australia suffering from an eating disorder and Australian women more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder in their lifetime than breast cancer, Quest for Life Foundation identified a need for an intensive treatment program.

The Project

Nourishing the Spirit is a new and unique five-day residential program for young people aged 18 to 30 years with eating behaviors. 

The program aims to give participants the skills to develop a positive body image, encourage hope and help-seeking through education, awareness, practical exercise and strategies to overcome negative eating behaviors.

nib foundation's grant supported the development and delivery of the pilot program which was delivered at the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon in 2014.

The Impact

18 young people from Sydney and regional NSW completed a very successful pilot of the Nourishing the Spirit retreat in June 2014. 

Over 90% of participants reported the retreat had provided information, skills, and strategies to  improve their general quality of life, and 88% agreed the retreat would help to better manage their situation and make more informed choices. 

Pre and post-program evaluations indicated an overall reduction in symptoms of eating behaviours including a reduction in participant's concerns about their weight and shape.

Following the success of the pilot program Quest for Life have scheduled a second retreat 1-5 December 2014.

“I just wanted to express how eternally grateful I am toward you all for the incredible experience and for the prolonged change it will forever have for me. I have tried all sorts of different therapies in the past 1 ½ years, but it wasn't until I attended this retreat that a complete liberation from my eating disorder occurred. Of course, I still have some more to work on but my entire belief and love for myself has now flourished. Thank you so very much.”

Nourishing the Spirit participant, June 2014