NEXT Rest Quest – FALL 2023
with co-host Dr Saundra Dalton Smith!

Welcome to
Rest Quest

The definition of Quest is to search or seek for; pursue as if on a treasure hunt!

Rest Quest is a personal encounter and adventure with God!
The Vision of every Quest is to inspire hope, restoration, and dream catching for women in various seasons of life through a variety of unique retreat adventures!

“On the first day, God did a whole new thing. He made something out of nothing. Where there was a void, He filled it. Where there was no substance or form, He created shapes, color, and reality—with deep beauty. And even after one day, one evening and one morning of Genesis moments, the world was changed forever!”
-Jill Briscoe, Barefoot In My Heart

from your host …

It is with glee and anticipation that host Pat Layton “dreamer, writer and gatherer,” is inviting a small group of women to revel in a bit of gently guided rest, renewal and reflection together. 

Surround yourself with a small group of like-minded women who know the struggle of personal and family priorities – running a creative business, holding a job, leading a ministry, writing, blogging, teaching…!

Or maybe—you are not quite sure WHAT you are doing with this season of life!!

Take this time to meet new friends, learn new strategies, and set new goals but mostly, as our verse in Matt 6:6 (MSG) says—JUST BE THERE!

Leave re-energized, creatively fulfilled, and revived for the next step of your unique life journey!

Pat’s hearts desire is to exceed every expectation you have had about retreats and conferences.

This is your personal invitation

This special retreat will include a special “in depth” coaching day with Pat and Dr Saundra!

Weds 10/24 (optional) through Sunday 10/28

Your Fall Rest Quest Hosts

Here is what I want you to do;
so you won’t be tempted to role play before God.
JUST BE THERE as simply and honestly
as you can manage.
The focus will shift from you to God,
and you will begin to sense His grace.
Matthew 6:6 (MSG)

And He said to them,
“Come aside by yourselves
to a deserted place
and REST while.”
Mark 6:31 (NKJV)

When we get tired, let’s learn to REST,
not QUIT!

“Part of the happiness of life consists
not in fighting battles,
but in avoiding them.
A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.”
-Norman Vincent Peale


Why Rest Quest?

Because it’s TIME!

You are ready to experience life differently.

You are ready to experience God’s Word differently.

You are ready for a change of pace from the same spiritual hoops you have jumped through year after year.

You are ready to hear God’s voice for yourself.

You are ready for a change of course, change of results or change of scenery!

You are ready for an adventure of faith!

There comes a time in the life of every woman when what we have always done to inspire our faith journey, the conferences we have attended, the amazing teachers we have learned from, the Bible study systems we have used for so many years need a breath of fresh air. Sometimes this yearning is sparked by a recent loss or life transition. Sometimes it is simply a feeling of dissatisfaction or maybe a feeling of lost inspiration for God’s Word. As women, the demands of life and the daily requirements placed upon us to meet the needs of those we love, shift us out of balance and create a feeling of loneliness or disconnect smack in the middle of the madness.

Madeleine L ‘Engle compared prayer and meditation to planting seeds in the ground: “They go down in silence and they stay in silence and in the dark. Then, a few little green shoots come up. It is the same way with us spiritually, what we put down before the Lord, in the quiet places of our soul, will without quest, begin to sprout life!”

THE KEY ACTIVITY of a REST QUEST is experiencing the ancient pattern of LECTIO DIVINA which simply means reading and resting in God’s WORD! This is a beautiful method of taking a portion of scripture and allow God to press it deep into your heart through prayer, journaling, art, creativity and a sweet encounter with nature and the beautify of God’s creation.

A Life Changing Adventure


Each QUEST focuses on a unique theme designed to offer women a place of restoration, renewal and revival of her hopes, dreams and the longing of her heart!


Each quest is limited to a small group of women.


Each QUEST is designed to provide women with a place to get away alone or with a close friend to experience an encounter and adventure with God! At every QUEST she will find a place of rest, pampering, and someone else to do all the work!


The primary activity of a REST QUEST is–get ready—REST! The primary activity of FREEDOM QUEST is peace, purpose and passion.

Rest of God! Rest in prayer! Rest in worship! Rest in pampering! Rest in nature! Rest in sharing!

At QUEST RETREATS hostess Pat Layton invites you to join a small group of women for a time “set apart” for pampering, prayer, healing and a bit of fresh focus.

Each retreat offers a strategic theme that always includes a MATCHLESS ENCOUNTER with The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit!

Rest Quest is designed to offer you a personal encounter with Jesus and a chance for you to go directly to YOUR SOURCE for some fresh found Peace, Purpose and Passion!

hat on pole at beach

What you WILL NOT find at any Quest Retreat!

As with EVERY QUEST, this personal retreat is strategically designed as a time of shared teaching, learning, and offering of gifts and talents, giving, receiving, blessing, and being blessed!

We believe that God has deposited an anointing into every woman, that He speaks to each of us personally and intimately and that gift MUST BE unwrapped and shared in community.

Bible conferences, biblically sound teaching, exhortation and organized studies are CRITICAL to the growth and accountability of every believer. At the same time, it is equally critical, if not more so, for every CALLED woman of God to be challenged, inspired and encouraged to listen for that “still small voice of God” for herself, her family and her ministry.

Far too often we leave fabulous conferences filled with spirit-filled teaching that fills our notebooks but do not translate into our everyday life. A Quest is a UNIQUE (not your normal retreat experience) BOUTIQUE (only for small groups of women) RETREAT (an intimate encounter with Jesus)


Let me just say that again. EVERYTHING God does has a purpose and HE invites us to join HIM.

So let’s begin our quest with a few fun questions:

If your answers are YES, then we have the destination for YOU!

Just a few of these Quest experiences will include all 7 types of REST:

  • Personal quiet time
  • Private coaching and prayer
  • Sunrise devotions and sunset prayer
  • Corporate worship
  • Yummy healthy meals that are cooked FOR YOU!
  • Collaborative exercises
  • Beautiful nature EVERYWHERE you turn
  • A private waterfront balcony
  • Free time for fun and reflection
  • Creative rest
  • Destination shopping and sightseeing

For YOU, Jesus has prepared a place for:


… of your Mind, Body and Spirit as you connect intimately and personally with God in a fresh new way.


… of your life’s purpose and vision!


… of that passion for life and love that may be a bit shadowed by life and love’s demands.

Come away with me and re-discover the masterpiece God has created you to be! Leave the business, the assignments, the “to do” lists at home, and be delighted in the Lord with a few sweet days where life is “ALL ABOUT YOU and HIM!”

This is not the typical run-of-the-mill conference

You will not sit in a chair and have someone else download HER knowledge,
leaving you with a notebook full of good intentions.

No, not at all. NO WAY!

Pat, Saundra and their guest speaker team will set the stage for a weekend of time, talent, caring & creativity
that sets this experience of LECTIO DIVINA, an intimate encounter with God.

We are determined that no detail, no matter how small, will be overlooked on your behalf!

An EXAMPLE of what our time together will look like …

We want to make your experience as easy as possible! 

Arrive on the island (fly into Savannah, Jacksonville, Brunswick), take an Uber, cab or rental car to Epworth by the Sea, and the Quest team will take care of the rest. 

Airport transportation is not provided, but upon registration, we will provide you with shuttle and rental car information as well as attempt to connect attendees to share rides. 

When you arrive …

Check into your ROOM by 3 pm, unpack, explore and settle in.

Around 6 pm we will meet for dinner and get through that NOT SO AWKWARD get to know one another time!

We’ll kick-off our weekend with a casual welcome party and some good ole’ fashioned Southern hospitality. Expect socializing with new friends, spectacular sweets and a few fun surprises while the sun goes down! 

After dinner we will all gather for welcome time with Saundra, Pat, our wonderful QUEST Team and some creative fun that sets the stage for the weekend getaway and PROMISES to get the REST QUEST started with freedom, fun and fellowship!

First Gathering


Kick off those burdens and get ready to rest The intimate dinner will be our time to get to know YOU. What are you hoping to accomplish this weekend?

Session 1
Pat: What IS Lectio Divina

Pat will share the REST QUEST mission of LECTIO DIVINA and our trademark QUEST tools. Ladies will receive their own QUEST GUIDE as well as the materials the group will be using for the weekend. You will meet all guest speakers and Quest team members for future connections and needs.

Gathering #2

Meet for breakfast at 8am (or not – you are FREE to sleep in)

Session 2: Knowing

Madeleine L’Engle compared prayer and meditation to planting seeds in the ground: “They go down in silence and they stay in silence and in the dark. Then, a few little green shoots come up. It is the same way with us spiritually, what we put down before the Lord, in the quiet places of our soul, will without quest, begin to sprout life!”


We will meet again at dinner followed by another sweet session.


Gathering #3


We will meet again at dinner followed by another sweet session.

Session 3: Hearing

This session will focus on the presence and power found in the LISTENING LIFE!

Gathering #4

Meet for breakfast at 8am (or not – you are FREE to sleep in)

Session 4: Rest in Play
Lunch ‘n Leisure

Options: QUEST GUIDE, nap, walk, personal photo-shoot, rocking chair chats, talk over tea & coffee!

Optional: Private ministry and prayer time. 


We will meet again at dinner followed by another sweet session.

After Dinner Gathering
Session 5: Receiving

“On the first day, God did a whole new thing. He made something out of nothing. Where there was a void, He filled it. Where there was no substance or form, He created shapes, color and reality—with deep beauty. And even after one day, one evening and one morning of Genesis moments, the world was changed forever!”
-Jill Briscoe, Barefoot In My Heart

This session will be about RECEIVING all that God has spoken and shown us in just a weekend. He can. He will. 


Closing Session

Early girl morning walk & reflection time
Closing Session: Blessed to Bless

Prayer, praise and worship

Our QUEST together will leave you with a HANDS ON—TAKE AWAY and personally designed REST QUEST tool for taking what God has shown you during the retreat and applying it to your own life.  You will not leave this retreat with a notebook full of someone else’s inspiration and Word from God. 

You will leave with God’s PERSONAL WORD for YOU!

*It’s a guarantee! You will leave for Home—Rested, Refreshed and Renewed!!

Only a small group of women will be accepted!


Join Pat and Dr Saundra for a deeper dive VIP quest day. Normally at A Sacred Rest Quest we steer away from “work related” coaching; teaching and “business” talk and keep our focus on REST and hearing from God. At this years Fall retreat we are adding an EXTRA DAY OPTION for just those things. We will share a time that is focused on MINISTRY and BUSINESS coaching and teaching. We will meet on Thursday for some special one on ones coaching appointments and training that will include writing; speaking and platform building and end the day with a PRIVATE SUNSET CRUISE. THIS IS A LIMITED SPACE OPPORTUNITY. REGISTER BELOW!

REST QUEST is an investment in your life, ministry, mission and is not refundable due to the limited number of guests and our required investment.

All Meetings will be held at Epworth By The Sea in the Pioneer Room


WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY (for VIP) or THURSDAY-Sunday – October 24/25-28

If you are attending the VIP Day – $798.40 (PRIVATE)


Shared room options are available

  • 4 Nights for VIP or 3 Nights for Quest Retreat Only in a WATERFRONT ROOM with a balcony. Stunning walkaways with rocking chairs, covered decks & spectacular views.
  • ALL meals and drinks from arrival at the property to departure. 
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. We promise you won’t go hungry!
  • 3 nights and 4 days designed for you with Word, Worship and Whimsy to INSPIRE your mind, body and spirit! 
  • Opportunity for up close and personal conversations with speakers and other attendees through planned workshops and rocking chats! 
  • Love gifts and surprises? We do too! Prepare for some wonderful swag from our sponsors.


FRIDAY – Sunday Morning, October 25-28, 2023

A Sacred Rest Quest

Begins Thursday night after dinner
through Sunday morning

2 Payment Options (see below)

VIP ADD-ON for all day Thursday including a
Beautiful Dinner Cruise Thursday Evening


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Use code QUEST23 to save $200 off your Quest Package.
ALL Payments are due by Sept 15th

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We have answers!

Sorry, only participating attendees are allowed on the property during our event.

Just let us know in advance when registering and we’re be happy to accommodate you! Our host venue is able to accommodate most common food allergies or dietary preferences. Just let us know at registration and we’ll make the arrangements!

Because of the casual nature of the event, we recommend COMFORT! 

Weather in Georgia in the Spring is normally beautiful. It can still get a little chilly at night (We HOPE IT WILL!) Think mid 70s-80s. You may want to bring a light rain jacket in case of an early summer shower as we may have a tiny walk from place to place. Include some athletic shoes for morning walks or to take advantage of the fabulous and numerous trails on the property. Nighttime of course is perfect for pajama parties at our rocking chair chats!

Pack as light as you’re able to and leave room in your bag for a few goodies.

Our first “official” session begins with dinner at 6 pm 

We ask that attendees do not arrive earlier to Epworth than 3:00pm but St Simons Island is an amazing place to visit if you arrive early. 

Our dinner activities will start at 6 pm. 

Just to be safe and relaxed choose a flight that arrives no later than 2pm ET. 

An ideal departure flight would be late afternoon on Sunday. We will have a morning session after breakfast that will end by 11:45 am.

After flying into Savannah, Jacksonville or Brunswick Airport our host location is easily accessible by rental car. AFTER YOU REGISTER we can help connect you with fellow attendees ahead of time to coordinate a rental car with those arriving the same time as you. 

NO, PLEASE! Honestly—we highly recommend that you UNPLUG as much as possible. However, some of us prefer taking notes on our laptop and may want to share your website or blog during some of our workshops. Epworth does offer complimentary WIFI in case you need to check a few emails. 

At the very least, we recommend you turn your email setting to “Out of Office” while you’re at REST QUEST!! LET’S REST! 

We want you to have every opportunity to take advantage of rest—restore and refresh!! W also know you will want to learn from one another and fully connect! 

As part of our desire to pamper you, we encourage you to choose some quiet time and private reflection. If you’d like to share a room, options area available directly through Epworth.

NO— we do have a limited block of rooms available at Epworth, but you are welcome to stay anywhere on the island.

As the saying goes, “a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet!” Our QUEST TEAM loves being someone’s new best friend and truly believes you are going to go home with a lot of new friendships! We will have lots of get-to-know-you times, but NOT times of putting you on the spot. Trust us—the very first night will set the stage for a relaxed weekend of being exactly who you are!!  

Quest Registration includes all workshop content and materials, events and experiences. 

If you choose to stay at Epworth, you will enjoy a waterfront balcony room, and all meals and beverages are included.

Depending upon the specific QUEST location we have anywhere from 15-30 attendees + Saundra, Pat and a few speaker and leader friends to pamper you, including a worship leader. 

Due to the nature of this intimate event, details are planned and personalized far in advance for each of our guests, so all deposits and payments are 100% non-refundable. Transfer of your registration will be considered upon application of the new guest. 

The majority of attendees will range in age from mid 30s to mid 50s. 

Most are married with young families, but we welcome all women no matter your age or life stage. We LOVE our Quest Guests to represent a diverse group of women, all seeking God’s best plan for their lives, business and ministry!

First—Take this assessment to see!

Pat love all variety of conferences from learning new skills to sharpening old ones. A SACRED REST QUEST has taken all she has learned and seen, the good, the bad and the ugly and created an event like none other our guests have ever encountered.  

Her heart’s desire is to design an interactive, creative, spirit-filled environment that provides a place for you to not only learn something new, but a place to recharge, regroup and consider what God might be doing new in your life.

Our heartfelt guarantee: you will NOT take home a bunch of notes leaving you wondering what to do with them. Each of our times together will be directed towards a clear and personal takeaway and unique application exercise that applies to YOUR life. 

We will take a small group of women and sow into each one as close to what she personally needs as possible. That is why we keep the group small.