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This retreat was probably the best designed and best executed retreat I have ever attended. It exceeded my expectations in every respect: the quality of the exercises, facilitators, participants, and setting. Each was superb in its own right, and all meshed together perfectly at a leisurely reflective pace. I was able to crystallize familiar insights into a powerful new frame, and push my existing self-knowledge on to the next level. What a wonderful way to begin my retirement — or whatever you call that life chapter that begins at 65! – Jill Bamburg, July 2016, Bainbridge Island, WA

The timing for me to participate in the Quest could not have been more fortuitous as it synchronized with a cross-country move and an exploration of my Right Livelihood and calling. I did not, however, anticipate the extent of powerful transformation, personal growth and revelations that would emerge. I’ve shared the value and benefit I took away with everyone I’ve encountered since returning home. What I realize now is that whatever time one chooses to embark on this journey is the right time for him/her – there is a never a time that is misaligned with the unique purpose for which you were created. I urge anyone who has the chance to run – don’t walk – to the next Quest for an amazing experience of self-discovery that will unfold before your wondrous eyes and heart! – Grace Carlson, July 2016, Sarasota, FL

Returning from the Quest was interesting. People asked how it was, which I couldn’t answer in words; then they asked how I felt, which I also couldn’t answer in words. I tried to give them something, but all the words I used sounded flat in the air. Sitting with the negative answers to the questions, “Do you feel refreshed? Like a new person?” and the lack of answer to, “So how do you feel?” finally revealed something accurate: I don’t feel like a new self, I feel like myself. More like myself than I ever have. Like my soul has been validated, like my spirit has been invited deep down into the earth for water, and the depth and oneness with the ground has made me solid. My experience at the Quest was not a jarring few days filled with epiphanies (which I think is what I expected), the experience was subtler, deeper, and truer, and fundamentally transformed the way I view myself, the world, and my place and experience within it. – Mallory Smith, September 2015, Portland, OR

I truly can not thank you enough for the experience of the Right Livelihood Quest. The intention with which you lead the process allowed me to feel completely safe, cared for, open, and prepared to be fully present and engaged. And, in turn, the Quest provided me a way to look at my own life with all the filters off. For me, the Quest was a strong medicine that worked in a way that has transformed my understanding of my purpose. It has given me a deep sense of knowing myself and connection to others that had previously, despite my best intentions, remained superficial. The Quest allowed me to see that I have a valuable and unique contribution to make to the world; this contribution now serves as my very own North Star to guide me as I continue to learn and as circumstances and opportunities continue to change around me. This was an invaluable experience and Simon, you were the most wonderful guide. Thank you, thank you, thank you! – Trish Graf, September 2015, Portland, OR

The Right Livelihood Quest was a unique opportunity to explore and tie together lingering and pressing themes in my life. I gave this as a gift to myself for my 32nd birthday and I don’t think there could’ve been a better way to spend this time. The space and care to dive meaningfully into different dimensions of my life’s purpose with fellow “questers” has helped open up my eyes and heart wider than ever before. This work, the work of the heart and Beyond, is the most important work I can be doing right now. – Lisa Pellegrino, September 2015, Atlanta, GA

My life’s greatest personal transformation to-date was catalyzed at Simon Goland’s Right Livelihood Quest. It was there where a window made itself seen, creating the psychic clearing that I hardly knew I was looking for to begin living the life of my own accord. And that is, by no accident, how I would conceptualize the otherwise knotty ideal of “personal transformation”: a stepping-closer to living your life fully of your own accord—free of the weights of others, especially those weights that have been with you for so long that you’ve mistaken them for you. And it’s precisely because of the knotty nature of self-unraveling that the brilliantly sacred process and container offered by the Right Livelihood Quest is so essential to our transformation’s fulfillment… In other words, if you’re intrigued by it, do it, and you will forever cherish it as a milestone moment in your life—one that cannot simply be penciled-in. – Danny Lampton, July 2015, Portland, OR

The Right Livelihood Quest was excellent! In a small group we gathered, shared stories of happiness and pain, walked through the forest, built models, celebrated, released and healed. We laughed and we cried. We all transformed in various ways. The container was expertly held by Simon and Alison – giving space, offering questions, and leading us through all the activities. It was a lovely time together and I would recommend it to anyone who is open to excavating old unserving patterns. – Tamara Connell, July 2015, Vancouver, BC

The Right Livelihood Quest was nothing like what I expected, and was more than I ever could have hoped for it to be. Entering the space feeling apprehensive and nervous, I left with a stronger sense of self and connection to the essence of who I am than I’ve ever felt before. That in its own made the experience more than worth it, but in addition, I was able to do deep healing work, and discover clarity in response to the question “who am I?”, facilitated by Simon, Alison & the rest of the group in a way that was supportive, gentle, insightful, and welcoming. Simon & Alison have a gift for seeing our truth even when it feels unclear, and for grounding people in the love that comes with being completely seen. Beyond this, I left Channel Rock with a new community of folks with whom I’ve developed a deep connection and who continue to hold me accountable after witnessing my unfolding during the Quest. It was the process itself, the activities that connected us with our deepest truth, and being witnessed and loved throughout that made this experience invaluable to my personal journey. I recommend the Quest wholeheartedly to anyone considering taking the leap. – Asia van Buuren, July 2015, Nova Scotia/Vancouver, Canada

The Right Livelihood Quest was an incredible and deeply valuable experience for me. It has given me a new framework for understanding myself and how I operate in the world. Having done the Quest with my partner, the two of us now have a much richer and deeper understanding of one another and a new shared language. Simon and Alison brought exceptional presence and wisdom to the experience and each of my fellow Questers brought their own amazing perspectives and gifts to our time together. I highly recommend the Quest for anyone who has that nagging feeling of wanting or needing to burst out of their shell and discover a new hidden layer of purpose to their life. – P.S., July 2015, Seattle, WA

As a veteran of varied retreats and workshop, I can honestly say with great pleasure this is one to cherish. Simon Goland and his assistants have all the qualities that made this experience uniquely memorable; they were thoughtful, organized, and available. The process itself is designed in such a way that each person’s life experiences, both positive and negative, are used to create an atmosphere to explore new directions in life. I came away with something – just one sentence – that puts on a fast track that which was vague and ambiguous before. Simon’s commitment to the process and to each individual is golden. Unlike many retreat leaders, he makes himself available should you need extra time for support or to put words to your story. The design of the retreat is foolproof. Everyone becomes wholly involved in deepening and crystallizing their own story and its ramifications for their future. If this were a hotel recommendation, I would give it five stars. – J.E., September 2013, Seattle, WA

Months ago I began recommending Simon’s Right Livelihood Quest to friends, colleagues and clients. It dawned on me, as I listened to my enthusiastic encouragement, that I was drawn to it myself and immediately signed up! I chose to invite a long-time friend and colleague to come with me. This turned out to be a wonderful way to enrich and deepen the experience for me! When I first signed up, I thought about it was more as a quest for “Right Life” than “Right Livelihood,” since I am close to retirement age. However, I found even the preparatory readings and thought-provoking assignments beforehand began to awaken a desire for me to refresh my current professional life and realign it with what is most essential for me. So rather than looking years ahead to retirement, I found the Quest immersed me in a deep, powerful and transformative exploration of how to live the essence of my right livelihood now, as well in the years I continue to work for pay, and also after I “retire.” The group process was deep, safe and intimate. The Quest is exceptionally well-designed to help each of us move into an ever-deepening understanding of the essence of our Right Livelihood. Simon’s leadership (along with his strong support team) was kind, generous, insightful and a perfect blend of support and challenge. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone at any stage of his or her professional life and at any age! – M.H., September 2013, Seattle, WA

I have had the privilege of working with Simon over the past year. The first time I met him, I knew he had something significant to offer to me. Through his facilitation, I’ve been able to begin understand myself and how I relate to the world with much more clarity. The Right Livelihood Quest, about a year into this process of discovery, was a very rejuvenating and supportive experience. Going through the process, I came to conclusions about my right livelihood which didn’t surprise me. What has supersized me is how much naming my Right Livelihood through the Quest has affected my perception of opportunities, my intentions, and my path. One month after the quest, I feel giddily like a child, identifying new ways to pursue my right livelihood on a daily basis. I’ve spent years of my life confounded, trying to figure out my purpose. The Right Livelihood Quest didn’t change anything about who I am, but rather, it provided me with exceptional clarity about who I am. – C.M., July 2013, Seattle, WA

The Right Livelihood Quest gave me a chance to step out of the business and distractions of my day-to-day life and turn my attention inward. Simon and Alison created a safe and encouraging space in which we could push ourselves, peeling back layer after layer until we uncovered the core of how we are best able to heal the world, and ourselves. The passion Simon brings to this work was matched by the authenticity that the other participants revealed, making it both deeply empowering and also a powerful bonding experience. Working by myself, with others, and in nature, I learned more about myself in four days than I could have possibly imagined. I was amazed and inspired by the process and my own learnings, and I know I will look back at this experience as a turning point in my life. – D.M., July 2013, Portland, OR

For me the Quest was about exploring my beauty, darkness and dreams – and considering how these inform my central purpose. Simon uses a mix of indigenous rituals, fun and creative exercises, and an enriching amount of time in nature that invites personal introspection, discovery and various forms of group reflection. This Quest for me is a journey that will continue in reading the signs and times of my life. The Right Livelihood Quest give you some practical tools for listening and observing on a deeper level. – A.C.R., July 2013, Bremerton, WA

As a scientist by training, I thought I was taking the Right Livelihood Quest to help me justify career decisions I had already rationalized. Unexpectedly, the Quest helped me see doors I never realized were mine to open, and I left feeling even more empowered than I had expected. The Quest’s process helped pull my focus away from logistical life details and into the values underpinning my deisions, asked me to open up, look deep, be vulnerable, and see what I found. I gained insight into my own values and reactions, and learned how those impact my interactions with others and with myself. Simon and Alison are an amazing team, willing to meet you where you are and push you to go deeper. The tools and insights they shared with me during the Quest are already shaping – for the better – the way I move forward through life. – H.C., July 2013, Seattle, WA

I experienced an unfolding of my spirit, and the re-emergence of my playful self. As this occurred the feelings of being closer and closer to a truth I’ve always known that I’ve kept hidden became palpable. It started as joy leaking out in small moments of reflection, group activities, and particularly in mundane moments. The joy was like a fragile tether to a source of self-knowledge, original pain, and ultimate freedom. The activities helped stir this process of inward looking, and together we built a collective safety net for one another. I felt safe, encouraged, and increasingly curious. The Right Livelihood Quest offers a series of engagements that touch all parts of being to increase awareness and appreciation. I don’t know which was most powerful; the inward exploration or the tender witness of other’s growth. It’s been a month or so, since I returned from the Quest. The experience gave me a special lens to keep in my toolkit. My daily life has resumed, but since this experience, it has a richer texture. I am joyfully aware of the purpose and possibilities that I carry with me in the world, and have renewed courage to explore the meaning of it in myself, and in others. – N.T., March 2013, Wapato, WA

Simon’s Right Livelihood Quest brought to light a swirl of callings and pathways knocking on my door. Engaging in the readings and exercises leading into the Quest heightened my senses and brought me deep insight into the people around me and the nature of what makes me happy and what makes me cry. The whole month long process felt very profound and left me knowing this was just the tip of the iceberg and that the journey has only just begun. The atmosphere at our retreat was calm and playful and I always felt safe and welcome. I feel as if a door has been opened by my experience that has me peering into a world of possibility residing at my finger tips. Thank you Simon for truly an experience that will last a lifetime. – B.J.D., March 2013, Portland, OR

I came out of Right Livelihood Quest with a deep gratitude for Simon, attuned with myself and no longer tethered to the “shoulds” that had previously ruled far too many of my decisions. Simon as a guide is authentic, intuitive, and a bit mischievous. He provides a safe environment in which to explore the depths while guiding his participants back to a place of empowerment, seeing how their experience is just what is needed in this world. The questions he asks will persist in guiding me as I continue on my journey. – R.H., March 2013, Philadelphia, PA

I returned home thoroughly transformed. Everything is possible. Though daily life calls, pulling you back into patterns that threaten to derail your efforts to go to your life calling; I now have new tools and new awareness to navigate these setbacks. Boundless possibilities fill my mind; each of them an entire career in itself or an entire world movement. I am now equipped with the knowledge that my uniqueness qualifies me to do any one of them. The healing in this process – The Quest – is phenomenal. – C.M., September 2012, Santa Cruz, CA

The journey I began with Simon and the Right Livelihood Quest has brought nourishment and peace that I have not felt since the innocence of childhood. The guidance and support Simon has given are allowing me to be present in my life and live with more intention. Truth be told, I had no idea this experience would be as rejuvenating as it has proven to be. And the journey continues. Thank You Simon! – L.C., September 2012, Easton, CT

I entered the quest with an open mind. What it enabled me to do – beyond what I expected – was to open my heart. Simon has a way of gently leading each individual to a deeper understanding of how our current selves are engaged in a perpetual dance with our compound experiences and histories, set to the inimitable music in our souls. With deep compassion and a sense of fun, Simon helps us see and feel the beauty and rhythm of that dance, allowing us to step more fully and gracefully into it, in our lives and livelihoods. – H.C.W., March 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

I want to thank you for such a fantastic experience at the Right Livelihood Quest. At first, I wondered if there would be anything for me in this experience, since I have been “questing” for about 5 years now. I am so thankful that my experience was so rich and meaningful and I want to thank you for providing such a beautiful, safe, and inspiring environment to help me take the work I have been doing and go deeper. I have an improved sense of clarity and am so inspired about what lies ahead. – S.F., September 2012, Seattle, WA

Simon’s workshop was a powerful lesson for me in listening deeply to what one already knows, and trusting that the answers don’t come from somewhere “out there.” I came away with a strong sense of being grounded not only in my deepest dreams and longings, but in the lessons which Nature has to teach us about ourselves, and in the wisdom of others. In a world where it’s easy to lose oneself in the noise and seeming hopelessness, it was a reminder to me of what magic can happen when one stops to truly listen. – H.L.J., March 2012, Whidbey Island, WA

I feel a deep and boundless sense of gratitude; one which finds words inadequate. Your sensitive guidance has brought me to a new place. I now have the strength of knowing myself. My fellow travelers helped me get there; without each member of the quest, I would not have come to this place. I went into the right livelihood quest afraid of the work and the commitment needed to look deeply within myself and truly see what is there. I felt like I was standing on the end of a dock, shivering, nearly naked in my bathing suit. I was revealing myself and about to jump into cold water. Would I be able to breathe? Could I tolerate the embrace of the lake? The quest was my dive in. It was physical, spiritual, enveloping, exciting, frightening, wrenching and ultimately exhilarating and powerful. I emerged with a true understanding of my essential self. I can bring this knowing to all I do; I can use it and measure my actions against my essence, aligning how I behave to truly reflect my deepest being. Thank you. Thank you for your guidance. Thank you for doing this work. – R.M., March 2012, Mill Creek, WA

We each carry all that we need—in this very moment — to become more aligned with our right livelihood. We just need to listen, trust ourselves, and be open to the guidance we receive. The Quest provided that essential space and a well-paced exploration that prepared us for deeper inquiry into our gifts, fears, and motivations. Simon modeled uncertainty with honesty and humor, and offered practical tools to live in the Quest. After all we never arrive; we never run out of the discovery of ourselves. I’m excited to see what takes shape. Thank you for sharing your gifts, Simon. – M.O., March 2012, Olympia, WA

The Right Livelihood Quest is not about form, it is about essence. I’ts not about determining “what I want to be when I grow up,” it’s about uncovering your truest nature and passion in life, and learning how to maintain an awareness of that, to guide you in all that you do, not merely what you do to make a living. For me, the Quest was enlightening, uplifting, and very challenging all at the same time. Like anything of great value, it doesn’t come without determined effort. What is beautiful, though, is that you truly get out of it what you put into it. Take the time to do the exercises and look inside, and you will surely be successful in the Right Livelihood Quest. I am deeply grateful for Simon’s instruction and all I’ve gained from the Quest. – D.M., August 2011, Portland, OR

Simon is one of those rare individuals who practices what he preaches. He walks with you; not for you. He prepares the way and invites you to join him when you’re ready. Without judgment he accepts everyone in whatever manifestation we choose to present ourselves as perfect and appropriate in the time and space we cross paths. If you find yourself singing a tune, he will join you. If you find yourself planting a seed, he will find a spade. Just be careful what you ask for. One morning you may wake to behold an infinite garden alive with a symphony that was always there, but never before had ears to hear. – M.F., August 2011, Woodinville, WA

The quest rekindled my childlike sense of wonder and curiosity. Through carefully selected exercises and activities I have learned how to tune into the messages the universe lovingly delivers and brings to my attention. My relationship with nature has been infused with new meaning. The reflective exercises sparked rich conversations with loved ones and friends, which served to deepen those relationships and provided many unexpected gifts. This experience gave me my bearings and provided a much needed compass to help guide me on my path to right livelihood. – M.T., August 2011, Seattle, WA

Why am I here? That’s the question the persistent seeker in me is always asking. What is my true purpose in this life, on this planet? I’ve always looked for its manifestation in the form of actions, vocations, places, and time. I’ve lived a very fortunate life that’s taken me to many different places and provided incredibly varied and unique experiences, but I was constantly looking for the connection, the common thread, the direction. When you’re being led down a path, eventually you wonder where you’re going. The Right Livelihood Quest finally made light of all my “disconnected” experiences, by allowing me to see the underlying current that has always been there, driving and guiding me. I now have my guiding light with my internal compass pointing true north. No, I did not walk away with my vocation in hand, nor do I have all of the answers to life’s mysteries, but I do have a solid foundation of who I am and why I’m here. I’m here to unify and that’s what I plan to do. – B.C., August 2011, Roanoke, VA

I am usually a skeptic when it comes to these kinds of quests. I have been on them before, a long weekend where you come away feeling enlightened, but then nothing sticks. Back to the routine. This Right Livelihood Quest was different. The month of preparation prior to the collective journey raised the stakes, and the connections formed within the group, through both deep sharing and the sharing of meals, left a lasting impression that sustained itself after I left the retreat location. This quest helped me gain clarity when other quests were still foggy. I made significant changes as a result, and more importantly, the quest instilled in me a lasting commitment to continue on this lifelong process. – M.G., August 2011, Seattle, WA

The Right Livelihood Quest was such a wonderful gift! As a person very interested in personal development and unpacking all the things that live in my head and affect my leadership abilities/relationships – for better or worse, this weekend adventure truly aided in my growth process. Simon is the perfect facilitator! He knows when to send you out in the woods to think about something or push you just a little further in your group sharing to find key pieces of your story. This IS his right livelihood and he is a joy to be around! I was lucky enough to have my partner at the retreat as well, and we gained a much deeper understanding and respect for each other around the personal topics that are often tough to touch. I would recommend Simon’s Right Livelihood to my best friends and family; it was that meaningful! – J.T., August 2011, Long Beach, WA

The Right Livelihood Quest was such a wonderful experience of bonding, sharing, and having fun with amazing classmates. You all helped me get clear on what I was good at and seeing things in me that I could not see myself! I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart!! I am so grateful for the experience that was EXPERTLY Facilitated by Simon! I can’t thank you enough for the retreat and the whole process really! It was a huge catalyst for my long time search for my Right Livelihood! – M.D., August 2011, Portland, OR

Exploring my life’s passions and pitfalls through Simon’s Right Livelihood Quest has been an eye-opening experience. I started the quest not knowing what to expect, and came out with a greater understanding of who I am an where I fit in the world. While I don’t have the all the answers, I am more comfortable in the journey and more at ease with where my life has taken me and where I might go next. I can now wear my contributions to the world proudly and have confidence in my future. Thank you Simon and everyone who joined together to make the Right Livelihood Quest a transformative adventure. – D.K., August 2011, Seattle, WA

My Right Livelihood Quest weekend with Simon help clarify what questions I should be asking myself to find my Right Livelihood. From these questions I have been able to realize what my true professional dreams are and I am now persuing them! – Z.G., August 2011, Seattle, WA

This powerful experience brought much needed clarity and sense of purpose during a time of career transition. Thank you! – J.T., August 2011, Seattle, WA

The Right Livelihood Quest is about guiding one in the “how” to find what we’re looking for, rather than a one-dimensional “what should I be doing” that so often concludes with only one possible answer. Right Livelihood dives deeper and has the unique ability of narrowing down and revealing what really drives us while simultaneously opening up many new possibilities for what to do with that drive. It is a worthwhile experience no matter where you find yourself in life. – B.L., August 2011, Portland, OR

My life’s pursuits have not been random or meaningless. There has been a unique and persistent thread of purpose that has webbed the entirety of my life together. The Right Livelihood Quest provided the space and guidance to articulate and celebrate both this thread of purpose as well as the journey of my life thus far. – K.L., August 2011, Portland, OR

In order to fully experience this Right Livelihood Quest with Simon, one must be open and willing to deeply engage in the process. Sometimes you may not understand why you are asked you to do something but you might as well trust the system once you are in it. There is always a reason, and eventually everything connects. Simon has a unique gift for exploring each person’s gifts and space, and has an extraordinary amount of patience and care while doing so. I trust him completely. For results, I am grateful to have been able to walk away secure in my awareness of my place and my role. To be clear, it’s not always nice to know what you are supposed to do. Sometimes I want to be lazy and complacent but now I know that doing so takes away my life experience and defies the reason I am here. If you are looking for something like this, some way to find your own life purpose, you have found it. – J.M., August 2011, Seattle, WA