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20 - 22 Feb 2020 | The Self Compassion Break Retreat at Temenos with Karen Nebe

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

“Lasting healing comes from being curious rather than controlling, from mercy rather than manipulation, from responding rather than reacting. It is about opening what has been closed, reclaiming what has been hidden, and remembering what has been forgotten.”

Mary O’Malley

Move Into The New Decade With Curiosity And Courage

This is an invitation to choose courage over comfort - to give yourself permission to be vulnerable, let your guard down, declare yourself a learner and embrace the uncertainty of the new year. And to do this with self-compassion and through creativity. “Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being… The Asaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has a beautiful saying: “Knowledge is only a rumour until it lives in the muscle.”

Self-Compassion - 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. Research has shown that practicing mindful self-compassion decreases stress, anxiety, depression and is essential to cultivating resilience and a more fulfilling life.

Join us for #TheSelfCompassionBreak at Temenos Retreat in McGregor. Through Creative Guiding, gentle movement, conversation, reflection and mindful self-compassion exercises you will re-connect with your full potential. You will leave feeling calm and centred - with practical tools which will enable you to choose the great adventure of being courageous and fearful at the same time as you move through a new decade.

More about Creative Guiding:

In a nurturing environment Karen gently nudges and steers the art making. She draws on inspiration from nature and its elements, stories, poetry and other stimuli. The emphasis is on the experience of creating, developing and reflecting through the artwork and not on the finished product. An invitation to let go of expectations and be curious about whatever emerges.

Feedback from previous participants:

“I realised that you designed a very safe place but more importantly you purposely created a space where everyone felt protected. Your gift is that you make each of us feel safe and you are emotionally intelligent enough to encourage each of us, with our vastly different personalities, to be open to each other.” ~ GW

“I really enjoyed the way you arranged the dance between the art and the self-compassion, how you gently led the processes and were so authentic and vulnerable yourself.” ~ BB

“I benefited immensely, I was able to create my artwork without prejudice. What I created is how I feel at the moment. It helped me to empty my loaded self, get rid of some baggage. I loved the way Karen led the entire session, she was inclusive, she made sure everyone was following, the way she set out the space was outstanding”. ~ SN

“The art-making processes were extremely helpful in my personal journey. The way in which the activities themselves were thought out created a flow and development process. The interaction between the group was inspiring and completely pure and beautiful.” ~ ERL

More about the package: The package includes 2 nights accommodation, healthy meals, art materials, guided meditations, mindful movement and creative guiding AND one follow up coaching session after the retreat. Sunday night accommodation is free and optional. (Dinner on Sunday evening is not included.) Beverages from the restaurant are not included. (Coffees, teas, bottled water & sodas.) The cottages are set up for self-catering with fridges. ALCOHOL IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE RETREAT.

Personal Investment: R4500 per single cottage R3900 pp sharing cottage with a friend

Bookings: +27 82 828 2028

Karen Nebe

Leading with curiosity, courage, creativity and compassion.

Karen’s strength lies in connecting with people. She gently nudges and facilitates a space for them to observe differently, explore possibilities, learn and grow ~ and re-connect with the best version of themselves.

Karen Nebe is an Ontological Coach, Creative Guide and a Leadership Embodiment Coach & Professional Associate with 19 years of Corporate Retail, Marketing and Eventing experience. She has a proven and successful career in strategic big picture thinking, designing, directing and producing and has recruited, managed & coached diverse teams within challenging environments.

She now partners with clients to re-connect with their innate wisdom and cultivate a more resilient and resourceful way of being so that they may navigate constant change with more ease. In addition to individual coaching Karen designs bespoke workshops and retreats for private clients and leadership teams and has a special interest in compassionate & courageous leadership, health & wellness. Karen 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. Through conversations, mindful body practices and guided art processes Karen encourages her clients to lead with curiosity, courage, compassion and creativity. Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognise ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and re-connecting to ourselves and others.


At Temenos we're always happy to host Retreats and Workshops, for more details contact Margaret



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