"The Quest ....... which focuses on encouraging feelings of identity authenticity, was successful in reducing feelings of internalised homophobia, which the present project and previous research have both identified as a key factor underpinning decreased wellbeing among BME MSM"
- Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men, Project evaluation and systematic review (Public Health England, De Montfort University), May 2016
In 2015, The Quest was commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) to deliver its flagship "The Quest Program" to Black, Asian and Minority Ethinic gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM). The final report from the evaluation can be found here.
Due to the overwhelming requests that have come in over the past year to deliver the program again, and following on from the feedback in the evaluation report, we will be running a subsidized BAME The Quest Program in 2017. This has been made possible by donations from Friends of The Quest initiative, along with our commitment following on from the PHE study
The Quest Programme is a psycho-educational and experiential process that allows participants to reclaim and reintegrate all aspects of themselves. A team of professional Group Facilitators and certified Coaches take participants on an exhilarating and life changing journey that is intense, revealing, nurturing and profound.
During the process, participants get to grieve the past, release thoughts and beliefs that are no longer serving them, and practice new behaviours and beliefs that move them forward to living a life of fulfillment, connection and authentic self expression.
We go to the heart of the matter by posing the question:
“How is our past negatively impacting our present and jeopardising our future?”
The Quest Program for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Gay Men starts with pre-work, which participants are sent daily, a week before the workshop commences. The program is held over 2.5 days – Friday evening (7pm - 10pm), Saturday (10am - 6pm) and Sunday (10am - 5.30pm); along with a 3-hour follow-up session, three weeks after the initial exploration. Participants are expected to attend all the sessions.
We guide the group through a series of carefully constructed activities that constructively reveal a different way forward.
During the journey, The Quest uses a map comprising of four main ‘ports of call’ (or significant milestones) – Investigate, Explore, Release and Cultivate – each port serving as a platform to help you better understand your past and fully step into your present.
- 'Investigate’ the past, looking at the significant moments and experiences that impacted their childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.
- ‘Explore’ the present, by casting a critical eye over in their respective lives.
- An opportunity to safely work through the pain and ‘Release’ the underlying toxicity that can prohibit them from leading a truly fulfilled life.
- By creating valuable insights and life-skills each participant will become the true architect of their lives and ‘Cultivate’ an authentic way of living.
The programme processes will include discussions in small and large groups, storytelling, psychological exploration and education, book readings, journaling, coaching and self-reflection and inquiry.
Included in the workshop fee is:
- Pre-workshop daily reflective emails from The Quest; 7-days before the weekend gathering
- The Quest Program workbook
- Light refreshments during the breaks
- Copy of 'Love Me As I Am: gay men reflect on their lives'
- 12-day post workshop group process and support
- Group follow-up evening (apprx 3 weeks - after the Weekend Workshop)
- Joining a community of fellow gay Questors!