"I live by letting things happen. " - Dogen Zenji
With 30 years of exploration, Annette Knopp is a seasoned guide in the realm of consciousness. As a meditation teacher, counselor and healer she mentors clients from all over the world in their unique journeys of awakening and transformation.
Since early on, Annette has had a deep love for Spirit which was nurtured by her connection with the natural world. Suffering from depression in her early twenties led her to seek relief in Eastern wisdom traditions and the practices of Yoga and Thai Chi. Since then, she has developed a rich background in the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indo-Tibetan meditation (Mahamudra, Dzogchen), Shamanic energy medicine and modern Western modalities of psycho-spiritual integration (such as IFS, DARe, interpersonal neurobiology, sacred theatre and shadow work). She is a full mesa carrier in a shamanic lineage of the Peruvian Andes, a certified DARe-practitioner (Dr. Poole-Heller's relational trauma work), a Yoga teacher trained in various traditions and an ordained Wisdom Keeper in the Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI). Annette is especially grateful for the inspiration and teachings of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche and the embodied wisdom of her somatic trainers Dr. Diane Poole Heller, Patti Elledge and Caryn Scotto d'Luzia.
Originally from Germany, Annette worked as a simultaneous interpreter in Spain before following the call to explore in depth the essence of life. She lived for nine years in India, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands and moved upon invitation of Pamela Wilson and the "Fellowship of the Heart" in 2005 on a religious worker visa to the US. In 2009, her husband Stephan and Annette opened the Blue Spirit retreat center in Nosara, Costa Rica. These days, she divides her life and work between North and Central America; in her free time she loves to take her horse Kareem and dog Kaya on long excursions in nature.
“That unshakable deliverance
of the Heart - that, verily, is
the object of the sacred life,
that is the essence, that is
- Shakyamuni Buddha