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26-29 April 2024 | Word, Brush and Being a Creative Retreat for Poets, Writers and Painters

Updated: May 2

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us to see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our silence. (Yeats)

discover the writer / artist inside you

Join Dorian Haarhoff and Buster Petersen in this picturesque village. Temenos (a spiritual oasis) provides a tranquil setting for introspective and soulful discovery to find its way to the canvass and sketchpad. Time to write, or paint, circle the garden of the beloved … the labyrinth… communicate with peacocks and peahens … meditate amidst blue glass… breathe… be…. come and source your bliss. An idyllic in-depth artistic discovery. Beginners are welcome.

We facilitate parallel sessions with one session a swop-over when writer’s paint and artists write. Joint evening sessions.

The cost includes:

  • Temenos Garden cottage ensuite abode – 3 nights

  • 2 brunches and 3 suppers … top of the taste buds cuisine

  • retreat experiences galore

  • a surprise gift related to painting / writing

  • a story evening - living a larger life

  • tea coffee (drinks own account)

  • gratuity

  • hire of venue

R4970 pp / R4770 pp sharing (50% deposit secures*)

(book early - limited space) pay to *Dr R D Haarhoff Standard Bank Current acc. 0828 59 248

Universal code 051 001

McGregor locals are invited to join at a reduced rate of R3070.00


This will cover the cost of the retreat:

- including 2 brunches, 2 dinners and a light supper on Sunday night

- excluding accommodation

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep….

People are moving across the doorsill

where the two worlds meet. The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep. (Rumi)

your facilitators

Dorian Haarhoff is a story-teller, poet,

and writing mentor. A former Prof of

English Literature (Namibia) he has also

taught in a Canadian faculty. Dorian

now facilitates writing/ story-telling

experiences (his 8th Temenos retreat)

He is passionate about developing

innate creativity and imagination. He

believes in the power of stories and images to build our belonging. His wordshops are based on his workbook The Writer’s Voice.

Your far reaching and profound knowledge and your generosity and calm clarity of spirit make you a superb teacher. Not only do you share your rich knowledge and

insights. You emanate a field of creativity in which we are inspired and gladly participate. (the late Evette Weyers, sculptor)

Buster Petersen (aka Roy Bermeister) will facilitate a weekend of creative painting and sketching. Oils. Acrylics. Water Colours. Buster has been painting and sketching most of his life. Has works in the

USA (Chicago exhibition in 2012), Australia, Canada and South Africa. Although an expert in photo luminescence and cosmic

landscapes, Buster doesn’t teach. He facilitates to encourage and extract the finest creative artist in you. 082 450 7858

He will advise the artist group on what materials to bring.



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