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17-20 March 2023 | A Year Of Hope | #theselfcompassionbreak | With Karen Nebe.



Join us in the abundant gardens of Temenos Retreat, McGregor in the Western Cape – a sanctuary where there is an array of bird life, plant life and so many hidden gems, including meditation rooms, a labyrinth and a Library. It’s the perfect place for stillness, self-reflection and provides an opportunity to connect with nature and her elements.


Our human compassion binds us to one another – not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”~ Nelson Mandela

Hope is the belief that circumstances will get better. It’s not a wish for things to get better – it’s the actual belief, the inner knowing that things will get better, no matter how big or small. In the face of significant challenges and losses along our journey, hope is the mood in which we hold a commitment to possibility. Hope is not passive; it is living and breathing. It is at the core of who we are. This is an invitation to honour our human capacity for hope.
Come into stillness and do some internal work – breathe, meditate, move gently, declare yourself a learner and immerse yourself in a creative process that will help you center, let go of anxiety and begin to cultivate a mood of radical hope.
Re-connect with your true essence. And most importantly, do this with self-compassion.
Self-Compassion – makes it possible for us to be present with all of our experiences, including those that are difficult. It is the gateway to acceptance – of self, of others, of uncertainty. Fierce, fearless compassion – with courage, curiosity and trust in basic goodness helps us to see possibilities we might not have otherwise imagined or ever thought possible and invites us to take action.

R5900 for single cottage
R5700 for sharing (with friend or relative)

3 nights accommodation at Temenos Retreat in McGregor. All fresh, healthy vegetarian meals, art materials, guided meditations, mindful movement and Creative Guiding/Coaching PLUS one follow up Coaching session with Karen after the retreat.

Sunday evening’s dinner Monday morning’s breakfast are not included. The cottages are set up for self-catering.

Beverages from the restaurant are not included. (Special coffees, teas, bottled waters & sodas.)

ALCOHOL IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE RETREAT.

We start at 16:00 on Friday the 17th.

Wellness treatments are available at an extra cost. Please make bookings in advance here: https://www.temenosretreat.co.za/wellness


Creative Guiding centres on the creative process and journey of making art rather than the finished product. Karen gently nudges and guides art-making in a supportive environment. She draws on inspiration from nature and its elements, stories, poetry and other stimuli.

The Emphasis is on the experience of creating, developing, learning and reflecting. There is a deepening of self-awareness in which one’s thinking does not override the process of spontaneity and creativity. It’s about an inward exploration, being in the present moment, letting go of expectations and being curious about whatever emerges. No art experience is required.


Karen embodies care, love and deep respect for personal dignity and brings a presence to her coaching that is both compassionate and encouraging. This in conjunction with her sensitivity to all in a group creates an environment for all to explore and discover.

Karen facilitates processes that expand through three key approaches: Ontological Coaching, Leadership Embodiment & Creative Guiding.





Completing and submitting the registration form is a sign of a firm commitment to this retreat – including payment. Payment is Due IN FULL on submission of the registration form. The retreat will run with a minimum of 4 participants. If, due to unforeseen circumstances the retreat is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If the retreat is rescheduled, you will have the choice of a refund or to attend on the new dates. A cancellation request by you 15 days prior to the retreat will be refunded at 50% of the total cost. A cancellation request by you cannot be refunded within 15 days prior to the retreat. You may transfer your registration to another person. Please contact Karen at +27 82 828 2028 for any transfer requests. By submitting the registration form, you hereby indemnify Karen Nebe against any and all damages, illness and/or loss of whatsoever kind, caused by Karen Nebe’s involvement (whether direct or indirect) in terms hereof and render Karen Nebe harmless against any claims (regardless of whether they arise).



Karen Nebe | +27 82 828 2028 | karen@karennebe.com

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