BEing a Vessel for Change


The time has come to approach ourselves, our organisations, communities, families, life and work differently. We need to make a radical shift, before we destroy ourselves. It is time to operate primarily from being instead of doing; what we do needs to be ignited by who and what we are in essence.

We are proactively making that shift and invite you to join us. Together we will be at the forefront of creating a healthy and peaceful world. Let’s be the change that we wish to see in the world, and as leaders: let’s be the vessel for change that we wish to see.


Fundamentally different approaches are needed. We have been and will continue to learn by experimenting with new ways of using our senses, initiating, responding, relating, working and collaborating. That makes us experts in processes that support you to find your own answers to the issues that you would like to address in your life and its different constellations. But be warned: you will only want to engage us if you truly want to shift!


What is it that you wish to shift?


Karen Verburgh is my name. I started working as an independent Process and Learning Facilitator and Coach in 2000. I am passionate about creating a healthy society in which humans are aligned with nature and Source. I support people to connect to Self, each other and their purpose. My journey can be summed up as “being a vessel for change”.


I have been called an “energy powerhouse” and love systemic work that reveals relationship dynamics, helps surface the marginalised voices and allows the system to see itself; therewith enabling transformation and getting stuck energy to flow again into new – more efficient – constellations.


I mostly work in different partnerships of which you will find an overview and the work that we do together on this website.


Individual Leadership Coaching

When you desire to operate from a higher level of consciousness and get different outcomes in your life and work, I am here to help you go deep within and explore who you are in essence and how to operate primarily from there.


The journey together always starts with your intention and learning objective, which we never lose sight of. Then we work in the moment, with what arises. I have studied many different coaching, counselling and healing disciplines and approaches, which I blend as necessary. I use my strong intuition as the main instrument to be your vessel for change.


I like to do walking coaching sessions in nature, if possible. If not, we will find the next best place possible to connect in and with essence, even online.

Women’s Nature Retreats

There is a lot going on between men and women. Good stuff and also plenty to heal. We all need to heal and integrate the masculine and feminine within ourselves. Sometimes one needs to do some work in their own group. That is one of the reasons why we organise, host and facilitate Women’s Nature Retreats. Another reason is to recognise and celebrate our sisterhood when we connect as women across multiple divides.


This is in partnership with Busi Mgbemena and Din van Helden. Currently we are using Din’s website as the placeholder for the Women’s Nature Retreats info

No-Name Initiative

NNI (no-name-initiative) was birthed from a dream to create access to deep transformative and healing processes, and to make that available to all citizens of post-apartheid South Africa. It started out as a big vision with a big heart for greater equality, a call to service and engagement, and a commitment to real action and accountability: empowering communities and facilitating proactive citizenry.


NNI nowadays is a global social enterprise, part NPO (NNI Ignite) and part company (NNI Dialogue Institute).


NNI Ignite, front-runner and at the heart of nni, has been hosting free public transformational dialogues since 2010, as well as training citizens as powerful dialogue facilitators across the globe.


NNI Dialogue Institute developed to answer the call of companies and government organisations asking for deep and rigorous transformation processes that allow for the ‘real stuff’ to surface and to be worked with in a constructive and transformative way. Executive coaching, change program consultation and design, diversity work and leadership development is what we do. With nni’s expertise in rank and privilege awareness building and transformational group process dialogue, we deliver the perfect pan-organisational change processes for companies wishing to create and address their own transformation trajectories in whatever locality or cultural context


ForReal is a purposeful organisation. We are a social enterprise delivering quality services and we are a learning organisation for young people where every aspect of its internal functioning, including the way it is designed and built, is used as a training ground for young people.
We truly believe that every step in this process of realizing our idea is a fabulous learning opportunity for us and for young people and we want to actively work with that.
Together with a group of young people from the community we explore, develop and find ways to turn our idea into reality – ForReal.
ForReal is a physical hub that offers a space for people from different walks of life to meet and have meaningful conversations. It is building bridges for people. It is offering young people a ForReal opportunity to enter the labour market. It is opening young people’s minds by bringing them in touch with different careers/jobs and providing opportunities to connect, for real, with people who actually work in these jobs.

ForReal is a vibrant workshop place, which allows all organizations to hold meaningful meetings, workshops, retreats and conversations in a creative and appealing environment. ForReal is an active hub for facilitators and trainers who have an interest in facilitating crucial conversations and interactive engagements. ForReal offers various trainings and can be used as training venue especially for the civil society sector. ForReal is open to conversations that need to be held and that need to emerge and is open to exploring new topics and new approaches.
ForReal is about making urban living environmentally sustainable. Being conscious about our impact and aiming to reduce it. Being local as much as possible. Being healthy. Being organic

The Art of Facilitation

We believe that facilitating is a creative act. The Art of Facilitation is an inspiring development programme that gives you an opportunity to sharpen and broaden your practice as a facilitator. The programme will grow your confidence, expand your skills and add new tools to your tool kit so that you can be the best facilitator you can be.

Become part of a network of facilitators who want to learn, to experiment and to expand their approach and facilitation tools. The group is a vital part of the learning process and all participants are encouraged to share their own experience, knowledge, skills and tools with their fellow learners.

The programme focuses on deepening your grasp of the core principles of facilitation, while covering a range of approaches and tools to help you design the best approach for your client or the group you are working with. It will give you the freedom to facilitate as you will build a solid platform from which to practise and experiment.

The key components include:

• Being the Facilitator
• Designing the Intervention
• Expanding your Tool Kit

Let’s Start Something new
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