"I live by letting things happen. " - Dogen Zenji
With 30 years of exploration, Annette Knopp is a seasoned guide in the realm of consciousness. She is a mystic, meditation teacher and healer who 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, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, and sacred theatre). She is a 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 teachings of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, the earth-based practices of the Q'ero and the embodied wisdom of her somatic trainers Diane Poole Heller, PhD, and Patti Elledge, SEP.
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 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 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