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29 Nov - 1 Dec 2019 | The Self Compassion Break Retreat at Temenos with Karen Nebe

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” ~ Thomas Merton

With all the radical change and enormous amount of suffering in this world we often find ourselves in a place of “busy-ness”and overwork - this is a coping mechanism - a way of numbing - a way of avoiding what we are really feeling. Compassion has a direct and integral relationship with suffering. If there is no connection with our suffering, then there’s not much compassion.

This is an invitation to STOP - to begin to pay attention to that which you are feeling and befriend these feelings. Self-Compassion - fierce, fearless compassion - with courage, curiosity and trust in basic goodness helps us to see options 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. The invitation is to re-connect to yourself, to community and to the world through Creative Guiding, gentle movement, conversation, reflection and mindful self-compassion exercises. You will leave feeling calm and 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:

“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

“The retreat definitely enriched my life. Karen has created this safe space where one can be open and honest and vulnerable. Also, being amongst strangers makes it much easier to open up without fear of judgment. We arrived as strangers and left as sisters” ~ LP

"A huge gift - time to nourish, be still, explore, have fun, observe the body and emotions without judgment." ~ AA

“Reminded me of what is important in our daily lives. Reminder of the joys and gifts we have. Reminder of all the beauties we possess.”~ SR

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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