You're an adventurous soul, longing to feel more empowered, uplifted, and inspired.
You long to travel and explore new ideas, places, and adventures - to delve more deeply into life, to live with a greater sense of purpose and intention.
You love losing yourself in stories - in movies, in books, in life - and you wish you had someone to explore their deeper meaning with.
Now imagine spending time in a cozy online café environment with like-minded people from all over the world. Envision getting life-changing mentoring on how the stories you love can help you create a much more powerful story to live by. Imagine stepping into the future much more deliberately.
You are perhaps frustrated because...
You are bombarded on all sides by (mostly useless) information, and you're staring at a tiny screen for more hours a day than you care to admit.
You are longing for a passionate group of inspiring people with whom you can share deeper things that truly matter to you.
You may even lament how much not living deliberately is actually costing you.
Time is a non-renewable resource. Do you think maybe it's time to stop paying the exorbitant price of squandering away hours, months, and years of your precious life, and instead take back your own story?
I have the perfect solution for you: You can start creating a new path much more easily and enjoyably than you may imagine. A path where you travel confidently in the footsteps of the main characters in stories you love toward your most authentic self.
Since the beginning of mankind, stories have helped us understand ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. Their ancient wisdom shows us that we are not alone, no matter how dark the territory we may be going through.
Hi, I'm Annette Wernblad. Since I was very little, I have known that there is a profound wisdom in stories that can help us live a more authentic life. I taught myself to read because I was aching to explore my treasured books more deeply. I watched every classic movie I had access to and was amazed by the way stories hold up a mirror to deeper sides of us.
Later, I continued my exploration with years of formal academic training. I have spent the last decades lecturing at European universities and schools, offering intensive courses and workshops in my own business, and writing two books on archetypal journeys in popular movies (one of which was actually on the bestseller list for a few weeks).
Along the way, I have seen hundreds of examples among my students of profound lightbulb moments when they fully realize how stories and the characters in them can teach us crucial lessons, guide us through even the most difficult problems, and inspire us to be much more than we imagined possible.
Just imagine how it would feel to ...
Put down your phone and relax in a cozy virtual café with an inspiring community of likeminded adventurers - while being mentored to become the best version of all that you are by one of the foremost cultural mythologists in the world.
Immerse yourself in wonderful stories the way you used to do when you were little - and easily reclaim all the sides of you that you were so familiar with and proud of back then (and perhaps even sharing this journey with a child in your life).
Understand how watching Netflix can actually be good for you when you learn to walk in the footsteps of inspiring characters - instead of being something you binge like junkfood to numb your exhausted mind at the end of yet another stressful day.
You can get all this in 90 minutes of intense hygge and learning every month -
and you don't have to do any time-consuming homework.
THE VIRTUAL CAFÉ
The Virtual Café is an annual membership program for adventurous souls who want to be deeply inspired by stories and the hero's journey, so they can start creating a more meaningful story for themselves, be the author of and the main character in their life, and start living deliberately right away.
You get access to the vibe of the great cafes of Paris, London, Copenhagen and beyond from the safety and comfort of your own home!
In a monthly 90-minute masterclass, you get teaching and mentoring as well as sharing with an enthusiastic and passionate group of people in different countries.
You are not just joining The Virtual Café to learn - you are joining it to live!
I am the only one who's on camera, so you can just curl up at home (or wherever in the world you are) and allow yourself to relax and take it all in.
What The Virtual Café offers, you can't find anywhere else: I extract the distilled essence of my own life experience and decades of professional studies of stories, and then I alchemistically blend that with my vast knowledge of film, literature, psychology, philosophy, and mythology - and show you how it all applies to your own life in a way that you can start using it instantly.
There are people who touch you profoundly in life by their authenticity, their depth of thoughts, and their ability to see beyond the day to day noise.
Annette is one of them. Do not hesitate to jump in one of her webinars to transform immediately the way you see and approach life. Her Hero framework is mindset transformative, by its simplicity and deep impact.
—Isabel Talens, London
Every single month you get:
Precious time where you can let go of distractions, transcend the madness, and instead connect with your inner explorer, realigning yourself, and delving deeply into fascinating cultural topics.
Inspiring age-old wisdom on stories, movies, literature, the hero's journey, archetypes, lifestyle philosophy, famous cities, and much more. You don't need any prior knowledge of any of these things: I will walk you safely through it all.
Immersion in the vibe and wisdom of the great cafés of Paris, London, or New York where artists, thinkers, writers, philosophers and filmmakers have been hanging out for centuries, discussing what really matters in life.
Easily implementable tools to start creating your own life story deliberately, as well as replays, worksheets, video clips, and checklists of things you can explore further on your own, in case you want more.
An inspiring community where you get instant access to a feeling of adventure that you can share with an international group of passionate and exciting people.
The opportunity to transform your life by walking in the footsteps of countless heroes through the ages; learning brand new (and even fun) ways to face the obstacles you encounter in your life.
What you get for this investment in yourself:
Annette Wernblad’s insights and gorgeous images teach, as well as inform us of ourselves. She always brings something new and interesting on a variety of subjects; especially cinema. This is a person you can learn from and enrich yourself in the process.
Spending time in her virtual café fills a desire of communicating complex and interesting subjects with like-minded individuals - something which, since Covid, has become near impossible to do.
— Michael Brakemeyer, St Louis
Annette's talks bridge academia and personal development concepts in a way I really love. By considering film, tv and literature as modern myth, she explores how we can use the concepts found within art to navigate our own journeys in life.
— Sally A. Ward
Maybe you're thinking...
I don't have the time
This membership only takes 90 minutes a month - time that you will spend in a cozy, stimulating environment with an inspiring international community. There is no preparation involved.
I don't have the money
Your investment in this program can be as little as $33 a month - the equivalent of any café visit. You just bring your own favourite drink and get life-changing mentoring by one of the world's leading cultural mythologists and film experts.
Am I smart enough for this?
You need no prior knowledge of the topics discussed. I will take you through this journey and tell you everything you need to know. All you need is an open, inquisitive mind and a desire to learn and be inspired.
Maybe you are thinking that you don't have the necessary knowledge to join this membership. But all you really need is an adventurous, inquisitive spirit, and a love of stories. I promise to walk you through the rest step by step.
You'll get access to the members only page as soon as you enroll!
The online classes are scheduled on Saturdays at 11AM EST. There's a clock in the virtual cafe so that you can always see what time that is in your time zone.
The online classes are usually on the first Saturday of the month, but can vary a bit depending on national holidays etc. There's a link in the membership portal to a calendar so that you can always see the dates of upcoming events.
If you cannot participate in the masterclass live, you will always get a replay link so that you can watch at any time that fits into your schedule.
The monthly online masterclasses take place in our Virtual Cafe classroom.
You will get the link in an email before each meeting, and it's super easy to log on even if you are not a tech expert. And you can do that as soon as you get the link if you want to check it all out and make sure it works on your unit.
Each masterclass is 90 minutes - approximately 60 minutes of me teaching, and 30 minutes of discussing comments from the members.
You can write comments in the chat section if you wish to join in. Or you can just curl up and relax and listen, if you prefer that.
I am the only one on camera, so you don't have to worry about your appearance at all. Just make yourself a cup of coffee, or whatever other drink you prefer, and make yourself comfortable.
After each workshop, you will get an email with a worksheet or checklist of the topics and stories we have discussed so that you can explore further on your own if you want to. Books you can read, and films or TV series you can watch. But it is completely up to you if you want to do this.
You have access to every single masterclass + all the bonus events, gifts, and materials as long as you are a member.
You can go back over the entire year and watch or re-watch anything you want.
As soon as you sign up, you will get access to the membership area and weekly emails from me.
At the end of your membership year, your membership will be automatically renewed unless you cancel beforehand.
You can cancel any time you want, simply by sending me an email.
If you cancel, your membership continues for the rest of the year you have already paid for, but is not renewed afterwards.
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have so you can determine if this membership course is right for you! Email me at email@example.com and I'll get back to you asap.
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.
Yes, I know that for many different reasons we cannot always go on outer journeys to new destinations, but we are much freer than we may realize to venture on inner ones into the vast realm within our own minds.
Books, movies and other stories can help us set sail if we learn to see how they mirror deep sides of ourselves back to us. The more mindful and deliberate we are on our journeys – outer as well as inner – the deeper the experience we have of this one precious life.
I am based in Copenhagen, 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 in tiny temporary homes I have set up in my favourite cities where I can explore and work and refuel.
I would really love to have you join me on this adventure of stories, movies, books, travel, journeys, lifestyle philosophy, and the art of living deliberately.
What do you say? Wanna come along?