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Dorte Olivarius Koustrup

Foto: Søren Jul Lambert

Dorte is the founder of Mind the Busy Mind, author and an experienced Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Meditation Teacher. She 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.

In august 2022 Dorte published the book "Sig mig, er det din onkel, der er død?" (Tell me is it your uncle who has died?) about her own journey including how mindfulness, compassion and practicing joy have helped her enormously. When Dorte was 15 she lost both her sister and father to suicide. For years she tried to escape from these wounds, which unfortunately only increased fear, hostile thoughts and sadness. In her book she shares how various mindfulness- and compassion "tools" has helped her to face fear, to meet herself kindly and to find joy. Dorte gives a lot of talk about her book. Here you can see the quote from a participant:

"Sitting on my couch after a fantastic talk by you. Wow, how amazing you were to convey. I could feel every word right into my heart. It was so nice, present and authentic"

~ Woman, 49 years old

Dorte has experience working with companies, municipalities, schools, colleges and universities. Right now her focus is on one-on-one, workshops and courses in companies as well as her own private courses; e.g. Awakening Joy. Furthermore, Dorte is a part of the Inner Strength team from Human Practice Foundation teaching mindfulness and compassion to 7 graders.

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:

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" and "Fierce Self-Compassion" by Christine Brähler", Awakening the Heart" by James Baraz, and a 3-years energy course "Syntese" by Helen Gamborg.

Every year, Dorte participates in silence retreats. For many years, Dorte's favorite retreat has been at Louns by the Limfjord, where Helen Gamborg from the Centre for Growth teaches.

​​Mind the Busy Mind's vision:

The vision of Mind the Busy Mind is to make the world more inclusive and warm. A place where we meet each other with more understanding and care and practice less judgmental behavior towards ourselves and others.


Dorte hopes to inspire and help us embracing the whole package; learning to love ourselves for who we are - for better or worse.  To dare to be WHOLE instead of running around out of breath in an attempt to constantly being good:.​

"I'll rather be whole than good"





By giving you hope. It is possible to have a good life!

Dorte will introduce to meditation, mindfulness and compassion tools that through practice can help you to find inner joy, wellbeing, and achieve greater mildness and understanding.

You will learn to use the present as an anchor, to be more grounded and robust, approach yourself and others with more kindness and understanding, and have a different and more constructive relationship with yourself and your thoughts and feelings.


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"Thank you for a really good lecture yesterday in Viborg. What a wonderful, inspiring and warm-hearted person you are, who reached all the way down to the back row. It's great that you dare to challenge silence and meditation despite the fact that there are skeptics between us listeners. I felt your warmth, spaciousness and inspiration all the way to my heart"

~ Anne Løhde Rask

"Dorte is a warm and unpretentious person who has the ability to make meditation uncomplicated and very straightforward. For many years I have suffered from anxiety and through a course with Dorte I gained further self-insight. Through meditations with Dorte I have gained insight into how to cope with all my disturbing thoughts, learned to be more present and to find more calm ~ female participant, 43 yrs

"Sitting on my couch after a fantastic talk by you. Wow, how amazing you were to convey. I could feel every word right into my heart. It was so nice, present and authentic"
~ Lone Haarhøj Tollak

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