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27 – 29 Nov 2020 | Recalling the Creative Muse A Creativity Retreat with Johann van Greunen

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

“Just as blood is a fact of your physical body and nothing you invented, creativity is a fact of your spiritual body and nothing that you must invent.” - Julia Cameron

Regardless of the career path we follow, all of us experience at some point of time a “creative block” and loss of inspiration. Whether it is due to unreasonable demands on our time, work pressure, obligations, fatigue or a combination of it all, it is a challenging and sometimes very unhappy space to be in. We might feel that we are just living a rat-race to manage deadlines and ensuring that our lives stay more or less intact. But our souls might remind us that we are lacking. It is the kind of Dark Night of the Soul that brings to awareness that we have lost imagination and creative inspiration, and that it is time to retrieve it.

This retreat aims to help us develop tools that we can use in our daily lives to recall the Creative Muse and keep our inspiration alive. We will engage Mindfulness Practices like Meditation and Movement, Music and spontaneous Creative Activities to assist us with this. The retreat programme will incorporate the public silent meditation sessions at 9:00 and 18:00 at Temenos and focus on the following:

  • Early morning walks, Stretches and Mindful Movement

  • Movement Meditations, including Walking the Labyrinth

  • Music and Colour Journeys

  • Creative Expression through drawing, painting or collaging

  • Creative Writing

  • A session on creating Mandalas facilitated by Gillian Bowman

  • Evening Sound Journeys

  • Visualisation, Affirmation and Goal Setting for Returning

  • Having Fun!

The retreat fee is R 3700.00 for shared accommodation and R 4300.00 for single accommodation and inclusive of brunch and dinner daily, coffee/tea with snacks as well as all retreat activities and art materials used. Checking in-time will be from 14:00 on Friday 27 November and we will gather 16:00 for the start of the retreat. The retreat will end at 13:30 on Sunday 29 November, although the fee includes free accommodation for Sunday evening for those that can stay over. Supper on Sunday evening will be at your own cost. The restaurant, Tebaldi’s at Temenos is closed on Sunday evenings, but you can order a take away at the restaurant before 2pm, or choose to self-cater. The cottages at Temenos are fully equipped for self-catering. An immediate deposit of R 1 000.00 secures your booking. The outstanding balance must be paid by Friday 20 November. Payment options can be discussed. Please book soon as space is limited. For bookings, contact Johann at or 021-914 1294 or 083 764 5978.

About your facilitators:

Johann Van Greunen

Johann has realised the value of Meditation and Mindfulness Practices early in his life, and has come to know Mindfulness Meditation as an invaluable aid in assisting us to develop integrated and coherent life stories.

With an interest in Integral and Complementary Medicine from early on, Johann qualified as Reiki Master to offer a hands-on healing practice that complements his counselling practice. Being a Master in Reiki, he teaches courses on Levels 1, 2 and Master Level.

Johann had been training in both ballroom and contemporary dance for years, and developed a strong interest in the healing power of creative processes, especially in art, movement and music. He uses these processes working with groups and during his workshops and retreats teaching Mindfulness Practices. He encourages his clients coming for counselling to use creative processes in order to develop new narratives for their life stories.

Johann holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Pretoria and a M.Th. (Clinical Pastoral Care) from the University of Stellenbosch. He is registered as Specialist Wellness Counsellor at the Association for Supportive Counsellors & Holistic Practitioners. He is involved with mentoring programmes for the City of Cape Town and Desmond Tutu TB Centre linked to the University of Stellenbosch, which involves psycho-social support for health clinic staff, clinic managers and field workers. His work with these teams includes team-building, trauma debriefing and teaching mindfulness practices. In his private practice, apart from counselling, Reiki healing and training, he teaches meditation courses and various workshops focused on mindfulness practices.

Johann is passionate about life, the arts, music, dance, nature, good food, coffee, wine and soulful friendships. He lives with his partner in the leafy suburb of Kenridge in Durbanville and is the servant of a big fluffy ginger cat.

Gill Bowman:

Gill Bowman originally studied as a teacher, specialising in art. In 1987 she qualifies as a FAMSA Education Counsellor and a family and marriage counsellor, also completing a certificate in counselling through the University of Port Elizabeth. After this she began work as mentor and counsellor to students at the Eastern Cape Universities for the Students Christian Association. Gill went on to do an MPhil in Christian Studies, and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in 2007. She retired last year after 5 years as a rector at St Andrew's Church in Eureka Estate in Elsie's River. Out of her experience in the socially challenging area of Elsie's River, Gill began to colour Mandalas as a means of centering herself, and finding a place of peace and silence. As she did this, she began to design and construct her own Mandala's, finding she was working through her experiences in the process.

An example of Gillian’s mandalas.

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



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