6 January 2024 |New Beginnings | Hermanus

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” ~Rumi.

 Join Karen and Almarie for an afternoon of gently guided art-making, visualisation and inspiring Sound Journey. Begin the New Year with CURIOSITY, CLARITY and COMPASSION. Set your intention as you become clear on what really matters most to you.

Event Date

6 January 2024

Event Time


Event Location

Flower Street Studio, Hermanus

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”

~ Gandhi

Whatever your intention is – is going to create your experience.

This invitation includes: an inspiring sound journey guided by Almarie with Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls and various other sound instruments. Karen will take you through a visualisation and art-process which will help you gain clarity on what truly matters to you.  

The practice of self-compassion makes it possible for us to be present with all of our experiences, including those that are challenging. It is the stepping stone to acceptance – of self, of others, of uncertainty. 

By following the path of self-compassion, and of self discovery, we eventually dissolve the line between loving a self and loving another.


“When we trust in our intuition, we can be receptive to things that we may have forgotten or have never been open to before – our hearts open when we let go of fixed, conditioned reactions.”
  • Re-connect with your true self

  • Reflect on all your experiences and relationships

  • Practice letting go of perfectionism, control and overthinking

  • Cultivate a practice of self-compassion and gratefulness

  • Practice listening to your body 

  • Open to new experiences and outcomes

  • Connect with like-minded individuals

  • Practice being in the present moment

  • Practice observing yourself and the world differently

  • Move from anxiety and fear into acceptance and peace

  • Become clear on what matters most to you

“Listen to the silence and the vibrational sound as it speaks, listen to the heart, it knows.”

The venue is Karen’s art studio in Hermanus and we will hopefully be able to make use of the nurturing cool garden and lawn.

R750 per person

Once you have registered and paid Karen will send through the details for the PlayShop along with the address. You’ll need a journal and a yoga mat(we have a few) and an apron for the art-making. All art materials, guided meditations, sound journey and Creative Guiding is included. We will serve tea and ask that you please bring a small vegetarian snack to share.

ALCOHOL IS NOT ALLOWED BEFORE OR ON THE RETREAT. We ask that you please make a commitment to this.

We start at 13h00 aim to finish the programme by 18h00. Please make sure you have had lunch before arrival. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you can settle.

Karen uses a creative approach and shares mindful body practices, grateful-living and self-compassion practices that will encourage you to become more aware of your unhelpful habitual patterns, guide you to center, let go of fear and anxiety and begin to cultivate more acceptance and compassion.

Creative Guiding centres on the creative process and journey of making art rather than the finished product. Karen gently nudges and guides art-making in a supportive, silent environment. She draws on inspiration from nature and its elements, sound, stories, poetry and other stimuli. The Emphasis is on the experience of creating, developing, learning 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.


Karen has been guiding retreats since 2014. She 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 consistent change and respond to challenges with more ease. She comes together with her clients as conversation partners, creativity partners, co-observers and co-learners. Karen embodies care, love and deep respect for personal dignity and 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.

Karen facilitates processes that expand through three key approaches: Ontological CoachingLeadership Embodiment Creative Guiding.

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 reconnecting to ourselves and others. 

Vibrational sound healing has been a part of Almarie Venter’s offering for 7 years now and she has been blessed to learn from masters both locally and internationally. Almarie weaves sound healing into all her treatments such as wellness coaching, mindfulness, meditation, yoga and movement, conscious breathing, personal development, and neuro-integration.

With over 17 years of experience in health, wellness and personal development, Almarie thrives on introducing alternative and practical ways to reduce stress and increase a sense of wellbeing for clients of all ages.

It is through her personal healing journey that her passion and purpose was birthed to support people from all walks of life to bring about change and healing, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.


” A unique experience to come home to yourself and take care of yourself. Karen helps you to develop an awareness of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits of self-compassion. Building an awareness, she helps you to begin a simple practice of being kinder to yourself and therefore others. This takes place within a nurturing, calming and creative environment. I highly recommend #theselfcompassionbreak.” ~ Helen

” The retreat highlighted for me the importance of self-soothing and compassion. It helped me to release my old judgmental and critical way of thinking.” ~ Nicolas

” Liberating, educational, joyful, compassionate, reflective and the opportunity to enjoy nature.” ~ Margot

” It has reminded me of things forgotten and renewed my commitment to a path of kindness to myself and to joy.” ~ Tom

“I can highly recommend #theselfcompassionbreak especially if you’re needing a safe and nurturing environment to go within and reflect. Karen’s guiding and art processes offer a rich opportunity for self enquiry and insights to emerge.” ~ Lana

“This opened new ways of getting to know myself and ways to discover what matters to me. It encouraged me to discover what gives me joy.” ~ Petra

” This is for anyone wanting to explore their creative energy and move forward in a personal path of self-discovery.” ~ Melissa

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

” I am leaving the retreat feeling reinvigorated, safe and a lot braver than when we began. The safe space Karen created was supportive, nurturing & challenging at the same time. It allowed me to expand my thinking and to let go of limiting thoughts.” ~ Anthea

” This has put me in touch with emotions I didn’t know I felt but desperately needed to touch.” ~ Bruce

Completing and submitting the registration form is a sign of a firm commitment to this retreat – including payment. Payment is Due IN FULL on submission of the registration form. The retreat will run with a minimum of 6 participants. If, due to unforeseen circumstances the retreat is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If the retreat is rescheduled, you will have the choice of a refund or to attend on the new dates. A cancellation request by you before 2 January 2024 will be refunded at 50% of the total cost. A cancellation request by you cannot be refunded after 2 January 2024.  You may transfer your registration to another person. Please contact Karen at +27 82 828 2028 for any transfer requests. By submitting the registration form, you hereby indemnify Karen Nebe against any and all damages, illness and/or loss of whatsoever kind, caused by Karen Nebe’s involvement (whether direct or indirect) in terms hereof and render Karen Nebe harmless against any claims (regardless of whether they arise).