____________  MEDICAL & WELLNESS CLIENTS  __________

“We interviewed half-dozen coaches, Annelies came out on top as the coach we wanted to use for our faculty.”

~ Dr. Sam Jacubowitz, MD, Director of ER, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

“It was mesmerizing to see patients see themselves as their “new and improved selves”. I could see them open up like new flowers through you. My personal take away is that I am in control of my life. It’s like you recharged my batteries and reminded me what is most valuable in my life.”

~ Lauren Massey, BSN, RN, Bariatric Coordinator, UNC REX Healthcare

“I haven’t laughed that hard in years!”

~ Wind River, 501(c)(3) Cancer Retreat Participant

“I now realize I have the power of choice. That’s incredibly powerful for me.”

~ Cancer Survivor Retreat Participant

“I had never allowed myself to dream or play about anything. Creating my story was powerful and an important step to help me begin to heal and choose the life I want to create.”

~ Bariatric Patient

“My creativity [...and resiliency] was reborn by attending the Unplugged Retreat. I also learned mindfulness by focusing on my gut feelings and by being in nature.”

~ K. Neely, RN, RT

The Unplugged Retreat was very thought provoking! I realized in voluntarily giving up tether to technology and phone for the weekend, there is a whole world I’ve been missing. It was an eye-opening experience. I was invited to think in a different way from what I’m used to. Reconnection to people and mother-earth: priceless!! I also learned very valuable tools I will apply at work.”

~ R. Smith, RN

“Annelies helps people accesses a powerful way to dig deeper

into the connection between internal and external stressors. What a way to open up valuable resources that people don’t know they’re missing.”

~ Taylor Miron, Wake County Government Wellness Coordinator

__________  EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM CLIENTS  _________

“Annelies facilitated many opportunities to network, collaborate, take risks and think outside our comfort zones. That's rare and very valuable! I can't offer higher praise than that!”

~ Melissa Bostrom, Ph.D, PCC, Academic. & Professional Development NC State University

“It takes a pretty special person to engage and empower students to such a level. Even my student with autism was the most involved I’d ever seen him. Just to take time to breathe, is freeing. What a phenomenal experience!”

~ J. Kellock, M.Ed, Wake County Public Schools

Thank you for facilitating a deep and thought-provoking conversation. The interactive aspects of the discussion really worked. It was a powerful topic delivered by a talented, heart-centered coach.”

~ Kelly Best, MBA, CPC, Transition Coach, Program Chair International Coaching Federation


"This session reminded me that agility starts with awareness. Great experience."

~ Joe Seekins, IBM Financial Analyst

"What a powerful and thought-provoking experience! This workshop was excellent and unique. I'd love more!"

~ Leslie Blair, IBM Scrum

“Our team gained valuable skills in this resiliency training.”

Scott Phillips, Director, United States Center for Refugees and Immigrants

“Not only did you get us talking, you got us listening to one another. That was astounding!“

~ Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce Leadership Seminar Participant

"This training taught me that I can help others without being totally and emotionally involved

in their situation. That was eye-opening."

~ Tejaswi Giri, case manager, USCRI

I felt the group’s excitement to bring positive change to our organization.

It’s been incredibly transformative for our team!”

~ Bank of America Employee, Team-building Retreat

“Very unconventional! It opened me up to greater mental flexibility,

self-awareness and understanding. It was different and it worked!”

~ Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Seminar Participant

“I find Annelies to be profoundly insightful, she brings the gift of language and heart into

practical terms that we can use to impact our everyday lives.”

~ Russ Van Buren, MBA, District Manager, Carolinas at Prospect Mortgage, LLC & Author

“Thank you so much for our leadership seminar. Not only was it enjoyable but it forced me to think through situations and opportunities in a new way.”

~ Mike Harris, 5 Points Planning, LLC

"I know I can't change all circumstances all the time but I can change my response to stress. What I learned can help me relate to stress on the job and help me directly in my personal life too."

~ Frank Morales, non-profit employee

“Annelies really engaged our leadership participants!”

~ Corey Hutcherson, Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce


“Very professional, effective and efficient!”

Wanda Alink, HR manager, The Netherlands

Annelies has laser-listening skills.

I think she is one of the most astute coaches I have ever worked with.”

~ Jaymie Myer, Resilience for Life

San Francisco, California

“Annelies is a dynamic life and business coach!

She helped me exceed my own expectations, which is extraordinary! ”

~ Steve Hand, MBA, Executive Director Southeast Region, BNI

“I saw myself change and my business succeed in ways I could have never imagined!”

~ Dr. Jason & Dr. Brianna Williams, DC, Access Healthcare Chiropractic

“Working with Annelies is powerful!  If you want to take action and raise your game, she’s your coach! ”

Woody Wood, Owner & Founder of Choice Auto Repair, Cary NC

“Annelies’ team-building highlighted and strengthened our team’s talents and created momentum. She also helped me get grounded so that my business didn’t run me into the ground!”

~ Robin Berning, Owner, Simple Bliss Wellness

“Professionally, I’m in a much better place and most other aspects of my life are better as well.

I needed to be pushed out of my comfort zone.”

~ Ken Updegrave, Yadkin Bank, Raleigh NC

“After 35 years, I finally retired and sold my business.

I could have never done this without Annelies’ support and guidance.”

James Wooten

Former Owner Wooten Home Repair, New Jersey

“Annelies’ expertise is inspiring, eye-opening and gave me a competitive edge. I didn’t realize how important creativity is to me and my business!”

~ Carlo Matos, CEO, Batch Net

“Annelies helped me see past my limitations, guided me to focus on what is working and/or not working in order to best reach my business and life goals. A lot of transformation is possible, even in a short amount of time, if you are open to it!”

~ Deb McCutcheon, Broker/Realtor, Cary NC

“You allowed me to see situations from a different perspective which helped me and my business move forward in unexpected ways!”

~ Brian Green, Chapel Hill, NC

"Annelies created a collaborative atmosphere, where I felt comfortable synthesizing my thoughts and goals,

and was able to start building a vision, professionally and make decisions I needed to make."

~ Will Vanhhook, CPA, Raleigh NC

“Wisdom Circle forced me to think about “where I am”, “who I am” and “why I am”, leading me to really focus. This has changed me and my relationship to my life as a professional artist in a profound way.”

~ Jennifer Wood, Raleigh NC, Artist

"One of my biggest takeaways was the seemingly simple act of meeting people who were in similar positions and realizing that I was not alone in the processes of growth and change."

~ Erin Edgar, P.A., Attorney with Legal Aid of NC

"Annelies offers invaluable resources for the budding entrepreneur."

~ Ben Townsend, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM), M.S. Owner Townsend Acupuncture

“Working with Annelies was a real pleasure! She is professional, authentic and encouraging. She doesn't sugar coat, instead she gently helped me bring out my best. I was able to make changes in my life and move forward on projects where I had previously been "stuck", expanding my business and reaching big goals. I highly recommend working with Annelies. She's the real deal!”

~ Julie Marshall, Sales Coordinator & Wealth Accelerator, SC

“Wisdom Circle was a totally humbling experience.”

~ Jennifer Wood, Raleigh, NC, Artist

“Wisdom Circle has given me the foundation to make big decisions.”

~ Stacy Edwards, Raleigh, NC,  Former teacher & Professional Assistant

“I learned to look inside and find balance for personal and professional success. For this, I am grateful.”

~ Polissena Campitelli, Cary NC, Massage Therapist & Owner of The Studio Body Work

“Annelies facilitates organized, insightful strategies which provide opportunities for growth, accountability, building of self worth, and clearing of blockages. I highly recommend her Wisdom Circle Mastermind seminar. She makes it possible to see your way through and keep you on the right path all the way to success.”

~ Adryin Glenn, Glenn Designs, Raleigh

“Annelies is an amazing and inspiring leader, support system, cheerleader and accountability partner -- she pushed me to be my best self. I now have a plan and a set of tools to help me succeed personally and professionally, all because of working with her.”

~ Emily Rubin, MSW, CPCC, Emily Rubin Life Coaching

“Unplugged Retreat nudged me a little out of my comfort-zone and made me think about... if I am getting too comfortable (in life and my business)?”

~ Nina Schmidt, Graphic Designer & Artist


"Annelies offers firm and loving support, with creative ways of being present with yourself and staying in movement toward your goals. A real inspirational guide!”

~ Amy Avery, Richmond, Virginia

“A unique, back-to-basics experience that was uplifting, reflective and profoundly useful! Amazing!”

~ Workshop participant

“I feel like a whole new woman ready to conquer the world!”

~ Kathleen Yont, E-RYT & Writer

“It’s been eye-opening to realize how much I’d justify being small. Annelies continues to help me step into my power!”

~ Monica Shannon, Owner, Open Door Yoga, Raleigh NC

“Annelies helped me through those "sticky" times when conditioned old habit tendencies got in my way.”

~ Nancy Campbell, LMBT, Oaho, Hawaii

“Instead of wasting my time endlessly checking email and social media, I sat outside in the sun. I kept asking myself, how did I get this far from my center? I'm so grateful to have stepped away. Truly empowering."

~ Unplugged Retreat Participant

“Before coaching, I was spinning a thousand possible paths. Annelies guided an exploration

that included connecting to and moving through the stuck, allowing confidence, healing, and a design of a path forward to occur.”

~ Tina Holbert, Author

“The time frame of Wisdom Circle allowed me to unearth some big nuggets which made my path more clear.”

~ Christopher Grohs, International Lover, Dancer, Yoga Instructor, Body Worker


"I am taking with me the power of listening instead of immediately jumping in to problem solve.

I realized I wasn't leaving room to hear all of what someone else might be saying."

~ Kimberly Clark, lawyer

"The session help me realize that I don't have to absorb stress from my work or life environment.

I now have the tools to let it go."

~ Ruth Azikiwe, client coordinator

"I learned how to deal with and manage stress. In a career where I’m effected by compassion fatigue everyday, this was very helpful."

~ Sandeep Narayan, executive director

"Taking a minute or two for myself will be beneficial in the long run. I can't help my clients when I am a wreck myself. Understanding my own stress and triggers will help me and my clients better."

~ Stefanie Paige, case manager

"It was really useful to learn about being the observer. As a former therapist, I see value in this technique and will use it when working with clients in the future."

~ Angenette Brown, lawyer

"Today's experience helped me be mindful of how stress builds during the day little by little and how effectively I can manage and confront it in the moment."

~ Priya Preeta, non-profit employee

“A bit of peace in the midst of chaos.”

~ Briana Brown, Wake County Government