Dorte Olivarius Koustrup is 48, a mother of three, and "is a forthcoming, unpretentious and warm meditation teacher who has the ability to make materials and meditations uncomplicated and very straightforward" (~ female participant, 43 yrs)
Dorte is an experienced Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Meditation Teacher. Dorte has offered Mindfulness and Meditation courses, One on Ones, Workshops and Talks in Norway, United States and in Denmark. Dorte moved back to Copenhagen, Denmark in August 2019 from Houston, Texas.
Dorte has experience working with municipalities, companies, colleges and universities. Right now her focus is her own private courses; e.g. "Awakening Joy", as well as teaching students and adults in and outside the workplace.
Dorte holds various degrees. A Master of Science (M.Sc) from Handelshøjskolen in Aarhus, an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) from Aarhus University in Denmark and University of Massachusetts, USA, and is also an MSC (Mindful-Self-Compassion) Teacher from Center for Mindful Self-Compassion - an education founded by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. You can find Kristin Neff's research puplications here: https://self-compassion.org/the-research/
In June 2019 Dorte added Certified Awakening Joy Teacher to her portfolio. Dorte is among the first Awakening Joy teachers trained by James Baraz, the wonderful and highly respected meditation teacher and author of "Awakening Joy - 10 Steps to Happiness", and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Adding on to this, Dorte is also a supervisor for the new teachers training to be an Awakening Joy teacher.
Besides being a meditation and mindfulness teacher, Dorte also achieved at 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainer Certificate from Yoga Works, as gentle yoga is often a part of teaching mindfulness.
Dorte has many years' of experience as a teacher. In 2006-2015 Dorte was lecturing various subjects to students, as well as being a counselor for college students (at Copenhagen Business Academy) dealing with difficult - often stress-related - situations during their studies.
Dorte countinually participates in educations around mindfulness and self-compassion. To mention a few "Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness" by David Treleaven, Advanced MSC Teacher training by Christine Brähler, "Fierce Self-Compassion" by Christine Brähler", Awakening the Heart" by James Baraz, and an Insigth study group by Christin Illeborg, etc. Every year Dorte also attends a silence retreat; in recent years the retreat taught by Helen Gamborg and Erik Mikkelsen, two very wonderful and experienced meditation teachers in Denmark.
Mind the Busy Mind's Vision:
Dorte's vision is to introduce mindfulness, self-compassion and joy into your daily life so you will embrace yourself and others with more kindness, compassion and understanding. Thus, all in all enjoy life more<3
Dorte's mission is to show you ways of navigating through troublesome/stressful periods. To teach you how to embrace yourself, the whole packet - with more kindness and self-compassion. To inspire you to enjoy life, find peace, awaken joy and gratitude.
"Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart"
By introducing you to Mindfulness, Meditation, Joy and Compassion tools, which through daily practice can help you navigate within your busy mind and busy life more easily.
"We drink a cup of Tea, but we don't know we are drinking a cup of tea. We sit with the person we love, but don't know that she is there. We walk, but we are not really walking. We are someplace else, thinking about the past or future. The horse of our habit energy is carrying us along, and we are its captive. We need to stop our horse and relcaim our liberty. We need to shine the light of mindfulness on everything we do, so the darkness of forgetfulness will dissapear"
~Thich Nhat Hanh