Jeanette Lodwig, attorney
Left her full time job in Seattle, traveled through Asia and New Zealand, and moved to Hawaii
I am very aware that I am the beneficiary of many years of work that you did to create this experience of retreat, beauty and inspiration. It came at the perfect time in my life and I can’t begin to tell you what a life changing gift it is.
Before I came on the Vision Quest I was feeling frustrated, tired and without a clear vision for how to live my best life. This week Rick designed a series of experiences, questions, and writing exercises that allowed me to clarify my own vision for my life.
Anyone who is going through a life transition or is hungry to find more meaning, purpose and clarity would benefit from this retreat.
Rick has a way of leading and guiding the retreat to encourage your own self discovery.
I will leave Bali with more excitement and focus on what really matters. I will enjoy the ride more.
I was inspired by and learned form the other people in the group — they were all teachers for me. This retreat attracts people who are actively choosing to live with courage and purpose.
Completing the VisionQuest last year helped me uncover not only some specific goals, but a vision for how I want the next phase of my life to feel.
This retreat set me on a course to living with more intention and joy. It’s fun to check things off my Five Year Bucket List.
But even more powerful for me was that I came away with a softer approach to how I live my life.
I’ve always been very goal oriented, and sort of white knuckled my way through challenges to achieve my goals.
This retreat helped me clarify my larger purpose, and trust that the right opportunities will open up along the way.
For anyone considering a VisionQuest, I would say that this is an amazing gift to your future bad ass self – and s/he deserves it.
— Jeanette Lodwig, attorney
Honolulu, Hawaii (from Seattle)
Adam Hudson, entrepreneur
Built a $10,000,000 company that changes its clients lives AND gives back
2014, Los Angeles
Australian entrepreneur Adam Hudson collapses on the sidewalk outside his animation company in Hollywood and is rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
It’s his second panic attack and he knows that something’s got to change.
His good friend Carmen Marshall (see following Success Story), who had already done the VisionQuest Bali Retreat twice, recommends that he checks it out.
Adam does the VisionQuest Bali Retreat.
Recognizing that his animation company doesn’t light his fire anymore, he decides to sell it.
He signs the paperwork one afternoon while sitting in his board shorts overlooking the ocean.
Which creates space for something better.
Through the VisionQuest writing exercises Adam gets the clarity to use his gift of teaching to start an education company.
He begins doodling his business ideas in the workbook.
Adam is back for his second VisionQuest Bali Retreat.
I ask him what he wants to get out of it.
“The year after doing the retreat was the best year of my life. I just want to see what happens when I do it again.”
His online education business has been open for one month and does over $100,000 in sales.
Pretty good start.
But nothing compared with what was to come.
After being in business for just 2 years, Adam’s company does over USD $10,000,000 in sales.
Not only that, they’ve sponsored over 3000 micro-loans through Kiva. And sponsored about 500 cataract surgeries, sometimes reversing total blindness, in Indonesia.
If you feel like you want to attend a program where the leader creates space for your inner voice to tell you what you need rather than them telling you what they think you need through their own lens on life, then this course is ideal. It’s a bargain and well worth the effort.
Not only did we break seven figures in our first year, and 8 figures in our second year, but we’re serving people in 12 countries while giving back to charities and communities all over the world.
Rick helped me find the clarity – and this is the result.
His info is not just touchy-feely. He’s a gift and an inspiration, and what he does is special. Spirituality and financial success do not need to be mutually exclusive.
Life is too short to live it with a nagging feeling that you’re not really happy or living the life that is right for your unique soul.
Thanks, Rick. I can’t recommend your program highly enough.
— Adam Hudson, founder of Reliable Education
Gold Coast, Australia
Carmen Marshall, business + lifestyle expert
Re-branded and grew her coaching business, danced more, and bought her ocean front dream home on Maui
* My retreats used to be called “Surf Life” — like aligning with the waves of life — and some of my early clients, like Carmen, still call it that! I changed the name to VisionQuest in 2015, because I found that clarifying your vision is the key step to surf life 🙂
Carmen does the VisionQuest every 1-2 years.
“When I want to step into some bigger dreams I know that Rick’s program will provide the inspiration and container to go to the next level.”
So far she’s done the Bali Retreat twice and the Online Program once.
Here are some examples of dreams Carmen’s lived since doing the VisionQuest program:
- Creating her own Soul Craft coaching program to empower women to create a life they love
- Running Soul Craft retreats in Mexico and Bali
- Living in Maui, Bali and Miami (and owning homes in Maui and Miami)
- Centering her life around her mega-passion: dance
- Creating, trademarking and teaching her own Soul Craft™ dance classes
- Launching 2 other new business that she’d been dreaming of for years (Tea Tumblers and a Raw Food Bar)
- Making big decisions, like when to sell houses, at the perfect time… with her GUT (I love this one)
As ever, you continually inspire me, remind me of what’s most important in life, and inspire me to live my dreams like no one else. Keep doing your amazing work — you help so many people and my life has forever been changed for the better x 100 by you.
— Carmen Marshall, business and lifestyle expert, carmenmarshall.com
Maui, USA + Bali
Joanne Stone, jewelry designer
Launched a jewelry company
A year ago I karmically attended your retreat and everything changed for the better. I have done several yoga and meditation retreats but none were so much fun and gave me such practical tools that go straight to the heart of my life purpose.
You pulled me up and I have never come down since.
Sure I have my moments but since the VisionQuest the door of prosperity opened and keeps expanding.
I recently launched my own jewelry and website and have checked a few more things off my Five Year Bucket List which makes me feel incredible!
The biggest thing I got was to let go and trust that everything I want is possible.
Thank u so much and keep spreading the love.
— Joanne Stone, jewelry designer, Joanne Stone Design
Harrison Gilbertson, actor/writer/director
Booked 9 leading roles in feature films and tv shows
Rick Cowley and his VisionQuest gently guided my interpretations of the world around me to a place of great awareness and openness. He helped me to channel the quietness we all desire amongst the mayhem of society into a reality that has impacted my personal and professional life deeply.
Whether it be finding genuine connection with a stranger in my life, or the stranger I am about to become on film, the wisdom Rick has shared with me since we first met has and continues to be a profound part of my life.
I will be forever grateful for my experience.
— Harrison Gilbertson, actor
Adelaide, Australia + Los Angeles, USA
Nathalie Dupasquier, architect
Met her husband, left a stressful job, had a baby, and built her dream home on Bali
Rick told me that he runs VisionQuest retreats and we surf and do yoga and I might like it and it might help me. I was curious so I signed up. I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t even understand that we did writing every day, but I figured that I was there so I might as well do it with everyone, haha!
I’m so glad I did because I finally got clear on what I should really do with my life. I found my element.
One of the exercises is to write down your dreams for the next five years. Two years later I found my list and realized that everything had already happened.
For example, I left my stressful job, met an awesome partner, had a child, and built my dream home on Bali.
I was like, “What the hell!?” In just two years!! I couldn’t believe it. Amazing what happens when you get clear.
But even better, I learned to trust the Universe, that everything will fall into place, at the right time, with the right people, and not to worry.
— Nathalie Dupasquier
Bali, Indonesia (originally from Switzerland)
Jamie Knowlton, entrepreneur
Left investment banking and co-founded a forest preservation company
Shortly after getting married, Jamie and his wife Karen left their home in Toronto and embarked upon a one-year sabbatical from their jobs to travel the world, surf, and experience as much as they could. They did the VisionQuest Bali Retreat during this time. Here’s an update he sent our community 15 months later.
We tend to think of the so-called “quarter life crisis” in negative terms, that period in our young lives when we realize we’ve done everything we’re supposed to, made the “best” decisions we could, worked hard, and are disturbed to realize that we’re still not happy. Something is still missing.
Previous generations seem to think of this as a “reality check” for us millennials, where we realize that life isn’t and won’t be as fulfilling as we had hoped and been promised it would be.
To me this ‘crisis’ has been a positive event and has given me the awareness that material success does not equate to happiness or fulfillment, and that a new strategy for life is now required to move forward in a meaningful way. I feel like I have come out the other side happier, healthier and more inspired than I ever would have imagined.
We weren’t interested in waiting around until retirement to live our dreams. We were also chasing answers to what we wanted in life, what brought us joy, and I was exploring what the elusive concept of success really means.
About halfway through our trip we participated in Rick Cowley’s VisionQuest Bali Retreat.
To say this experience was life-changing would be an understatement.
We returned home to Toronto, Canada, and have been working on starting anew since then. I have achieved many of my Fyckit List (Five Year Bucket List) goals and dreams, some while traveling and others since we’ve been home, all of which I am very proud of and grateful for.
- Start and build a successful company
- This company helps fulfill another goal: Minimize my environmental impact and help reverse the damage
- Move to a new city
- Live near the mountains and on the ocean
- Inspire others to be bold, take risks and improve their lives; one of the ways I do this is our blog
- Climb a mountain — Ben Lomond, Queenstown, New Zealand
- Hike the Na Pali coast on Kaua’i and camp on Kalalau Beach
- Surf the North Shore of Oahu
- Complete the BC Bike Race — a 7 day mountain bike stage race
- Bike to work
- Control my schedule and work/life balance
- Buy a new bike
- Exercise every day
- Get 8 hours of sleep per night (80% success rate)
- Keep surfing
- Define my own version of success and live it
That’s it for now. I have many more dreams that are not written here on the page, but I feel like I’ve made incredible progress over the last 12 months in creating the life that I most want to live and loving each and every day of the journey. But where the last year has been about tearing down, contemplating and rebuilding the foundation, the next few years will be about doing the hard work to actualize the structure.
A big thanks to Rick for helping me put many of these dreams and goals into words, and to my wife Karen for giving me the courage to be bold and chase them.
— Jamie Knowlton, co-founder of Better Place Forests
San Francisco, USA
Alicia Albright, singer + dancer
Original cast member of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway
Dear Rick, I honestly don’t think I would have booked this gig and fulfilled this dream if it wasn’t for you and the work we did on the VisionQuest!!
Thank you thank you thank you for being you and inspiring me and believing in me!!!!!! I love you more than words can express!!!!!!!!!”
— Alicia Albright, singer + dancer
New York City, USA