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4 - 6 June 2021 | #TheSelfCompassionBreak

The only constant in life is change. The seasons come and go, the sun rises and sets. Flowers bloom and die. Our thoughts come and go. We are born, grow, and eventually die. We can plan, we can care for, tend and respond, however, we cannot control. Instead we can PAUSE, take a breath, and open to what is unfolding, right where we are. When we are quiet, we can rest in loving awareness and see our true nature from the heart of understanding. When we accept that change is inevitable, and find our composure in that knowledge, we can re-enter the river of experience. This is a profound shift, from holding on, to letting go and moving into acceptance. We then make space for something new. This is an invitation to open yourself to that which is unfolding - AND to do this with self-compassion.

Self-Compassion - fierce, fearless compassion - with courage, curiosity and trust in basic goodness helps us to see possibilities we might not have otherwise imagined or ever thought possible.

Creative Guiding centres on the creative process and journey of making art rather than the finished product. Karen Nebe gently nudges and guides art-making in a supportive environment. 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. There is a deepening of self awareness in which one's thinking does not override the process of spontaneity and creativity. It’s about an inward exploration, being in the present moment, letting go of expectations and being curious about whatever emerges. No art experience is required.

The Package Includes

2 nights accommodation, all fresh, healthy vegetarian meals, art materials, guided meditations, mindful movement and Creative Guiding PLUS one follow up coaching session after the retreat.

Sunday night accommodation is free and optional.

Yoga is optional at R100 per class.

Dinner on Sunday evening is not included.

The cottages are set up for self-catering with fridges.

Beverages from the restaurant are not included. (Coffees, teas, bottled water & sodas.)


Personal Investment

R4900 per single cottage Or R3900 per person sharing a cottage with a friend or partner.

Covid-19 protocol applies.

Book +27 82 828 2028

Feedback From Some Previous Participants :

“Nourishing. A gentle way to explore and encounter my defaults & patterns with tools & experiential learning to navigate these more kindly, generously and with more awareness & ease.“ ~ MLVDW

“Everyone should do this retreat. It’s a great investment in your physical, spiritual & mental well-being”. ~AH

“A time to open to your creativity - be nourished -all in a safe space. Worth every penny - just go!”~ JT

“A retreat that enhances your sense of well-being, in a compassionate and comforting environment” ~SOB

“Karen, you are a generous, thoughtful person who led with humour, creativity, care and warmth. You gave us the freedom to explore and encouraged us onward. Thank you for an

opportunity not easily forgotten” ~ PT

“This was a gentle compassionate experience that I really have benefited from. I’ve realised how much my self words and judgement hurt my soul and how much kinder I can be to myself”. ~ SD

“Definitely a reminder to surrender, explore, be curious. If you are ready to explore the layers of your being-ness, I can highly recommend Karen’s retreats.” ~AVDM

“Excellent. Loved the mindfulness and centering techniques.

Accessible, nourishing, well held, fantastic facilitator.” ~ MV

About Your Hosts

Karen Nebe

Karen Nebe is a Well-being Coach, Creative Guide and a Leadership Embodiment Coach & Professional Associate with 19 years of Corporate Retail, Marketing and Eventing experience.

Karen 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 compassionate & courageous leadership, health & wellness. 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.

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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