Bill Williams

Bill Williams

After twenty years spent building and leading his own successful business, Bill faced a challenging life crisis which led him to begin a new journey to discover the secrets of developing an emotionally healthy life. This work began with a personal therapist who guided Bill to re-connect with the wisdom of his body through group therapy, bio-energetics, boundary exercises, and Holotropic Breathwork, to name a few of the modalities utilized over approximately 3 years.

He attended psychodrama workshops under the direction of Al Peso, known for his pioneering use of psychodrama in overcoming the effects of childhood trauma. Bessel van der Kolk, in his book The Body Keeps Score speaks to his own work with Al Peso and the usefulness of psychodrama to support the healing of childhood trauma.

Bill participated in the one-week Onsite Living Centered Workshop intensive, and a few months later decided to attend Barbara Findeisen’s seventeen-day intensive workshop for overcoming childhood traumas. Bill participated in Barbara’s workshop in 1993 and again in 1995. Under her guidance, he became a facilitator, was invited to join the board of directors of her foundation, on which he served as chairman and treasurer for nineteen years. During this time, he also became a lead facilitator of small groups.

Bill has attended numerous men’s conferences led by Robert Bly, John Lee, and Robert Moore, pioneers in the men’s emotional health movement. Joseph Campbell’s works on mythology and the hero’s journey has been a source of inspiration and insight for Bill’s own journey, and after listening to Rumi poetry translated by Coleman Barks and Robert Bly, he developed a deep appreciation for the healing impact of poetry. David Whyte, Mary Oliver, and Mark Nepo are among the list of inspirational poets that have been an important part of Bill’s emotional healing work.

He has also hosted a monthly men’s support group in Nashville for twenty years. In 2014, Bill started a new chapter in his journey with a vision to create a home for this work in the southeastern United States, and the seeds of the Quest Programs sprouted. Additionally, he has done graduate work in psychology at Keiser University.

Bill and his wife, Dana, split their time between Florida and Tennessee, so they can be with his two children and their four wonderful grandchildren.

 

Dana Williams

Dana Williams

For over two decades, Dana has pursued personal growth and transformation. Beginning with group therapy, she participated in other modalities such as therapeutic bodywork, Holotropic Breathwork, Healing Touch, and bio-energetics. She sought out deeper experiences through intensive retreats at STAR, Onsite Workshops, the Hoffman Process, and the Eupsychia Process.

Dana developed a passion for bringing to others the gifts she has received, such as the healing possibilities available in safety, the experience of belonging to a non-judgmental community, and the power of reclaiming and sharing her story. She also wants to share the healing, inspiration and solace she finds in nature, music, art, and connecting with others.

Dana has a BSN from East Tennessee State University, certification in massage therapy from the Cumberland Institute of Holistic Therapies, and certification by the Jacquelyn Small’s Eupsychia Institute in Integrative Breathwork and soul based psychology.
Retired after 33 years as a RN, Dana lives with her husband Bill in Florida and Tennessee, spending time with their grandchildren and supporting the work of Quest, and loving on their dog Rocky.

 

Monroe Ford

After spending almost eighteen years building and leading his own successful consulting business, Mo faced a challenging life crisis which led him to ask the question “Why do I continue sabotaging my success?”  His search for the answer to this question lead him to a personal therapist who, for two and a half years, helped him to re-connect with the wisdom of his body through group therapy, bio-energetics, boundary exercises, Holotrophic Breathwork, and other modalities. He attended a psychodrama workshop under the direction of Al Pesso, known for his pioneering use of psychodrama in overcoming the effects of childhood trauma. Bessel van der Kolk, in his book The Body Keeps the Score, speaks of his own work with Al Pesso, and the usefulness of psychodrama to support the healing of childhood trauma. This work continues to influence Mo today.

Mo participated in the nine-day Living Centered Workshop intensive at Onsite in 1996.  A few years later, in 2003, Mo experienced another crisis where he felt his world was collapsing around him.  With the encouragement and support of his good friend, Bill Williams, he attended Barbara Findeisen’s ten-day intensive workshop for overcoming childhood traumas. That experience was unbelievably successful, and Mo left knowing he had much more work to do.  Mo returned to repeat Barbara’s workshop in 2004. Overwhelmed by his new-found joy and the desire to give back, he became a workshop facilitator and was invited to join the board of directors of her foundation. During this time, he also became a lead facilitator of small groups at the workshops.

Mo has attended numerous men’s conferences led by Robert Bly, John Lee, and Robert Moore, pioneers in the men’s emotional health movement. He has also participated in a monthly men’s support group in Nashville for fifteen years.  His experience in this group motivated him to create and lead a men’s group that meets weekly in Dickson, TN.

Mo continues to be influenced by the works of Joseph Campbell, Brene Brown, Bessel Van der Kolk and many others.  His passion for this work now extends to serving the less fortunate in his home community.  Currently, he leads a group of volunteers who go out into the community and help those who cannot help themselves.  As rewarding as this is, the greatest reward is watching and teaching others the benefit of serving the people of their community.

In 2014, Mo began a new chapter in his journey by choosing to support Bill Williams with his vision to create a home for this work in the southeastern United States, where the seeds of the Quest Programs sprouted. Mo’s takes tremendous pride in telling others that both his son and daughter have been through the program and his granddaughter is scheduled to attend the program in July while she is on summer break from college.

Mo still resides in Tennessee to be close to his son, daughter and granddaughter as well as watch over his consulting business.  In addition to supporting the Quest Program and continuing to serve his community, Mo still finds time to make several international trips each year.  Mo acknowledges that the life he enjoys today is a result of finding the answer to the question “Why do I continue sabotaging my success?”