HANNELI ÅGOTSDATTER Psychotherapist and yoga & meditation teacher - kontemplation.dk, Denkmark

    Hanneli Ågotsdatter, M.A, psychotherapist, architect and meditation teacher. She is the founder of kontemplation.dk which offers MBSR-programs and group retreats where mindfulness, presence yoga, empathy and creativity are interwoven into an integrated practice.

    In her work, Hanneli has placed special emphasis on relational competence, teaching the practice of empathy and presence to professionals working with children and young people. She co-leads a one-year program for Danish school teachers, a project that sorts under The Danish Society for the Promotion of Life Wisdom in Children.

    Hanneli lives at Vaekstcenteret, a contemplative community in Denmark under the guidance of founder Jes Bertelsen. She divides her time between counseling, teaching, and long-term personal meditation retreats.

    MARTIJN VAN BEEK Associate Professor - Aarhus University, Denmark

    Martijn van Beek is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and affiliated with the Interacting Minds Centre, both at Aarhus University, Denmark.

    Having previously spent many years working and conducting research in Ladakh and elsewhere in the Himalayan region, his current research explores the meeting ground between contemplative traditions, especially Buddhism, consciousness research and modernity.

    One of the goals of his current research is to contribute to refining our understanding of the significance of the spread of mindfulness and related forms of modern contemplative practice for people and for society today. Together with colleagues at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris he is also engaged in research on the phenomenology of contemplative experience.

    Martijn teaches on contemplative life in context, in theory and in practice at Aarhus University; in the programme “Training Empathy” for professionals working with children and young adults offered by Børns Livskundskab, The Danish Society for the Promotion of Life Wisdom in Children; and at Vaekstcenter, the intentional community where he lives, and elsewhere.

The retreat will be led by Hanneli Ågotsdatter and Martijn van Beek, with a contribution from Andreas Roepstorff.


    ANDREAS ROEPSTORFF Professor - Aarhus University, Denmark

    Andreas Roepstorff is a professor of cognition, communication and culture in the departments of Culture and Society and Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University. He works at the interface between anthropology, cognitive science and neuroscience, and is equally interested in the workings of the mind and brain, and in how cognitive science and brain imaging, as fields of knowledge production, relate to other scientific and public fields.

    He has formal training in social anthropology and in neurobiology, and has published widely both within these disciplines as well as in various collaborations across other fields, such as psychology, linguistics, clinical medicine, semiotics, and philosophy. He is the director of the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University and is involved in a number of transdisciplinary collaborations, focusing on aspects of human interaction. He has a long-standing research interest in cognitive aspects of contemplative practices.

    Andreas is also a Mind & Life Europe Board Member.