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21 - 23 June 2019 | The Self Compassion Break Retreat at Temenos with Karen Nebe

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

The intimate connection that arises through deep enquiry and truly listening - is only possible if we can open to the vulnerability of our own hearts. Breathing in, contacting the life that is right here, is our first step.

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 cosy weekend at Temenos Retreat the invitation is to re-connect to self, to community and to nature through Creative Guiding, gentle movement, conversation, reflection 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 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 came here disconnected, full of stress and pain, and not knowing the right questions, let alone answers. Karen has equipped me with the tools to reflect on my mental and physical wellbeing - and explore a more joyful, playful, creative side to myself that I had lost in my life. Simply observing and listening are already helping me “unthaw” and reconnect with the me I thought I had lost.” - IB

“I found the processes that Karen chose for us to do revealed where I could be more compassionate towards myself. The way she held the space and her vulnerability facilitated me in becoming kinder to myself with each creation, having more fun each time, relaxing more and holding myself with a fuller compassion in the end.” - CL

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. 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

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 loss and trauma. 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.

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.


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

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