8 -10 December 2023 | Ending The Year With A Grateful Heart|Online Retreat

How do we remain grateful in the face of it all?

 We come into silence, nourish the nervous system, pay attention. This is an invitation to reflect on all your experiences and relationships; immerse yourself in meditation, creative expression, gentle movement and begin the holidays with a grateful heart.

Event Date

8 December 2023

Event Time


Event Location

Online Guided Retreat

“Gratefulness does not require that we substitute happiness for the richness and teachings of struggle.”

#theselfcompassionbreak offers a guided online opportunity for you to create a warm and nurturing retreat space in the comfort of your own home. Carve out time to slow down, come into silence and come to center. This creates space for paying deep attention to heart, mind and soul and allows for more possibility. The invitation is to reflect on your experiences, relationships and what matters most to you. Observe your way of being with an open, kind and loving heart. 

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.

This invitation includes: time for silent self-reflection, guided meditations, self-compassion and grateful-living practices, mindful movement and creative guiding in silence. There will be time for sharing with each other.

“The ability to wake up to another new day — one with which we will surely need to wrestle and reckon, but one that will also teach and transform us … this is the unpromised gift for which to be grateful.”
  • Re-connect with your true self

  • Re-connect with your intuitive creativity

  • 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 silence

  • Practice observing yourself and the world differently

  • Move from anxiety and fear into acceptance and peace

  • Become clear on what matters most

“Listen to the silence, it speaks, listen to the heart, it knows.”

Create a nurturing space in your own home. Surround yourself with all your comforts and make sure you explain to your family that you will be unavailable. Ensure that you have access to a computer and wi-fi. You may like some candles and teas and snacks. Once you have registered Karen will provide you with a list of simple art materials (some of which you will find in your home) and other items that will help you create the perfect space.

R2500 per person

Once you have registered and paid Karen will provide you with a simple list of art materials that you can buy for yourself for the art processes. This will include some materials you may already have in your home. All guided meditations, mindful movement and Creative Guiding /Coaching is included PLUS one follow up Coaching session with Karen after the retreat. 

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

We start at 16:00 on Friday the 8th of December 2023 and aim to finish the programme 13h00 on Sunday 10 December 2023.


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, 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. 

Appreciate your body in the comfort of your home

Charmaine Horsburgh is a Yoga practitioner and Conscious Movement Facilitator who met her teacher, Swami Venkatesananda of Rishikesh, India in the the early 1970’s and began a lifelong journey of yoga study, practice and investigation. The culture of learning which Swamji 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.

Whether you are an experienced yogi or an absolute beginner, Charmaine relishes in the opportunity to introduce you to the Bowspring, an outstanding postural alignment system that has revolutionised her own practice and many others around the world. 
Wherever you may fit on the movement spectrum, she invites you to bring your Beginners Mind so that you may grow together.

The Bowspring is a new and exceptional alignment template that can be applied to any yoga pose, athletic movement or functional posture for optimal performance. A unique way of working with the natural curves of the body to improve balance, enhance strength, flexibility and a sense of lightness. Since it positively affects the nervous system and the circulatory system, a student can expect to see better mental focus, emotional clarity and a reduction in stress with regular practice.Appreciate

” 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 up to 15 days prior to the retreat will be refunded at 50% of the total cost. A cancellation request by you cannot be refunded within 15 days prior to the retreat. 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).