December 2 - 9, 2023

Annette Knopp, Blue Spirit Co-founder


There is an innate, biological desire in all of us to connect and bond with others. When we experience a connection to be overall safe and responsive, caring and respective, we feel nourished and uplifted in countless ways. The quality of our adult connection with others, though, hinges foremost on the relationship with ourselves: How attuned are we to our authentic feelings, legitimate needs, or true values? How grounded and alive are we in our own bodies? And, how deeply can we relax into our natural essence and find a sense of belonging within the larger Whole?

More about This retreat

​This week invites us to identify and undo the habits that keep us living at a large distance from ourselves and others. Through guided meditations, experiential inquiries, compassionate community, and modern Western psychology on attachment relations and interpersonal neurobiology, we uncover what is already profoundly okay within each of us and re-awaken our capacity to experience more fulfilling and embodied connections with each other and the world at large. Daily movement practices (for all levels) will support our deeper integration.

During our free time, we can unwind habitual tensions in the pristine presence of surrounding nature, enjoy Blue Spirit’s white-sanded beach, swim in the Ocean or saltwater infinity pool and be nourished by Blue Spirit’s deliciously nutritious cuisine. There is also the option to book individual bodywork sessions and treatments at the Longevity Center at Blue Spirit.

IMPORTANT: The nature of this retreat is mainly contemplative. If you are not ready to observe silence for parts of this week – in order to lessen the distractions that prevent us from befriending ourselves – this retreat is not a good fit for you.

Part of the team supporting this retreat week are:
Catrin Kihlborg
and Suma Bouchardon, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner


Tentative Schedule (to be finalized)

7:00 – 8:00 Movement Practice (all levels)
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Buffet & Free Time
10:00 – 12:00 GROUP SESSION
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Buffet
There will be 90 min. long group sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
Other afternoons are free so that you can rest and replenish as you see fit.
6:00-7:15 Dinner Buffet

Teacher Bio

With 30 years of exploration, Annette is seasoned guide in the realm of consciousness. As a meditation teacher, somatic counselor and shamanic practitioner she supports and mentors clients from all over the world in their unique journeys of awakening and transformation.
Favoring an integrative approach to spiritual awakening, Annette draws from a rich background of studies and practices of Buddhist meditation, Hindu Vedanta and cutting-edge Western psycho-spiritual integration. She is a full mesa carrier in a Shamanic lineage of the Peruvian Andes, a certified DARe-practitioner (somatic approach to repair relational trauma), ordained Wisdom Keeper and has been trained as a Yoga teacher in various traditions.

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