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23 - 25 Nov 2018 | The Self Compassion Break Retreat at Temenos with Karen Nebe

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

“If your compassion does not include yourself , it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield. Is it easier for you to show kindness to others rather than yourself? Are you hard on yourself most of the time? Most of us are able to feel compassion for a close friend who is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself? What is required is a shift in attention - recognising that as a human being you are also worthy of compassion. Many people criticise themselves in the belief that it will help motivate them to achieve their goals. This actually has the opposite effect. Self-criticism activates our threat response which then creates more stress and anxiety and orientates us towards the “negative”. Research has shown that practicing mindful self-compassion decreases stress, anxiety, depression and is essential to cultivating resilience and a more fulfilling life . ME-TIME is not a luxury - it is a necessity. During this weekend you will reconnect to self, community and nature through creativity, conversation and mindful self-compassion exercises . You will leave feeling nurtured and more centred - with practical tools which will enable you to generate more capacity to engage in this ever-changing world.


More about the package: The package includes 2 nights accommodation, healthy meals, art materials, guided meditations, mindful movement and creative guiding AND a follow up coaching session after the retreat. Yoga is optional. 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

Karen Nebe is a Creative Guide, an Ontological Coach and a Leadership Embodiment Coach . Karen has over 15 years of Corporate Retail & Marketing experience. She now partners with clients to reconnect with their own inner wisdom and cultivate a more resilient and resourceful way of being. Through guided art processes, coaching conversations and mindful body practices she invites self compassion, curiosity, and playfulness.More about Creative Guiding: In a nurturing environment Karen gently nudge sand 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.

Moira Burmeister

Charmaine Horsburgh is a Yoga practitioner who met her teacher,Swami Venkatesananda of Rishikesh, India in the early 1970’s and began a lifelong journey of yoga study, practice and investigation. The culture of learning which Swamiji encouraged has led her to constantly be looking for ways to deepen and inform her own practice and teaching skills. Charmaine now incorporates the cutting edge postural alignment techniques of the Bowspring into the yoga classes that she offers. It has been her great good fortune to learn from, and keep on learning from, the co-founders of this beneficial system, Desi Springer and John Friend.

Feedback from previous retreats: “I have learnt to slow down and access my inner, true intentions – what is exciting is I leave here armed with the tools to ensure I reach my intention.” - Wendy

“A space where you are held and made aware of possibilities that you already possess and that by making choices and setting an intention you can be the change.” - Tilla

“The retreat at Temenos means coming to a unique and wonderful space. It means tapping deep into the nature of your being and finding the right answers within you.” - Greg

"This gave me a chance to be present with my feelings and let go of any expectations or preconceived ideas." - Ella


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

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