Hi, i’m annette
I teach courses and workshops on stories and journeys. How movies and books and the stories you loved when you were little can make your journey through life so much richer
An interviewer recently asked me to describe myself in 3 words or less. The answer was easy enough. It would have to be: WANDERER AT HEART.
To me there is nothing more exciting than the fact that we are given this wondrous life, and that we can go wherever we want.
If we cannot always go on outer journeys to new destinations, then at least we are much freer than we may realize to venture on inner ones into the vast realm within our own minds. Books, movies and our own thoughts can help us set sails. And the more mindful and present we are on our journeys – outer as well as inner – the deeper the experience we have of this one precious life.
I say it’s high time to dust off your inner explorer and live your fullest, deepest, most deliberate adventure while you’re still here.
I have always felt – since I was very little – that there is a magic in stories:
- The stories we were told when we were children
- The stories that since the beginning of mankind have helped us understand ourselves, each other, and the world we live in
- The stories we tell ourselves every day – often unconsciously – about our own lives
Stories shape our mythic journeys through life. The better we understand them consciously, the more we can use them to live a fuller and more authentic life.
We live in a world of intense overstimulation – we are bombarded on all sides with (mostly useless) information and distractions. Most of the time we are constantly and mindlessly rushing on to the next thing.
I invite you to stop and focus on the things that truly matter to you. To explore your own story and journey while walking in the footsteps of all those heroes who have walked before you in thousands of stories. You cannot really decide how long your life will be, you can decide how deep it is.
I have spent most of my life studying stories, movies, myths, and archetypes. And I have always felt compelled to try to tell people I care about that there is so much more in them than we probably realize.
First I was exploring stories by devouring all the books and movies I could get my hands on as a child. Then I continued to dig deeper through years of formal academic training. And finally I have spent the last decades teaching this at the University of Copenhagen, lecturing in various European schools, universities, being interviewed for the media, and offering intensive courses and workshops in my own business.
I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark where I was born and raised. But being a wanderer at heart, I have structured my life around freedom. Thus my life and business are set up so that a large part of the year I can work wherever I want to. I spend as much of my time as possible setting up tiny temporary homes in other cities where I can explore and work and refuel – my favorites being Paris, London, Edinburgh, and Nice.
Annette – Michael