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7 - 9 May 2021 | #TheSelfCompassionBreak

Updated: May 7, 2021

Clearly recognising what is happening inside us, and observing what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what we call Acceptance. If we are holding back from any part of our experience, if our heart shuts out any part of who we are and what we feel, we are inviting fear, anxiety and unworthiness. The creative process is a gateway to presence, which allows space to observe our way of being differently. When we are present and we feel our hearts open it actually feels like we’re coming home to who we truly are - to our deepest potential.

This is an invitation to PAUSE and come into stillness - to breathe deeply, meditate, move gently, declare yourself a learner and immerse yourself in a creative process that will help you gain clarity on what is truly important to you.

Come and re-connect with your true essence, with community and with nature. And most importantly, 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.

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.

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

“Thank you so much for your energy, insight and for holding the space in such a nurturing and mindful way. “ - LF

“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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