Canada : Learn Transcendental Meditation (TM)
January 6, 2015
Transcendental Meditation in Canada
To learn TM in Canada, please visit the official national website
You can also contact local Transcendental Meditation centers/teachers across Canada:
Contact: Pat Simpson
Location: 1039 17th Ave SW, Suite 205
Ria Kinzel has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since 1975. She emigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1965, first teaching Inuit students in the Far North and then pre-school and elementary students in Edmonton for 20 years.
In 1996, she and her husband, Cliff, moved to Fairfield, Iowa, centre of the Transcendental Meditation movement in the United States. There she taught high school English and critical thinking at the Maharishi School, where all students and staff meditate twice a day. At the same time, she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management. She also has an M.A. in English from Carleton and a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta. She trained as a TM teacher in 2010 and, subsequently spent six months on a Transcendental Meditation school project in South Africa. Then she moved to Calgary to teach Transcendental Meditation, which she has been doing with great enjoyment ever since. She also enjoys walking in the mountains, reading detective stories and mind/brain research, and spending time with her granddaughters.
Pat Simpson began the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) with his wife Bev, in July 1978 in Edmonton. While his initial reaction to the suggestion of becoming a TM Teacher was that of surprise, he knew that this was something that he was destined to do. In 1992, Pat became a teacher of TM and worked full time teaching TM for 4 years in Edmonton, Victoria and Calgary. Pat has been the TM Centre Chairman in Edmonton, Victoria, and Calgary.
His career outside of TM was that as a Computer Specialist, Owner of a Computing Business, VP of Sales with a recruiting firm, and Financial Advisor. Pat has recently retired from the business world to once again pursue teaching TM full time in Calgary.
Contact: Deboragh Varnel
Deboragh Varnel learned Transcendental Meditation at 16 years old and became a TM teacher in 1984. She taught TM in Toronto for many years, and is currently teaching TM in Vancouver to health professionals, business executives, teachers, students, first responders and women’s groups to name a few.
Deboragh holds a BA in Recreation Therapy and Management from Concordia University in Montreal. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of World Peace Studies for her forty years of research and study in the development of human consciousness.
Deboragh worked as a program coordinator for private recreation facilities in Montreal and as a social director in a Calgary nursing home. She was project manager in a Toronto Bay St. financial firm specializing in theme park development, mining and project finance. She is President of AV Royal Consulting, a Vancouver based consulting firm.
Deboragh is an abstract artist, ayur vedic cook and has practiced hatha yoga for over 32 years. She also enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, cycling and swimming.
William Ayling became interested in meditation self development and enlightenment at the age of 8 years old. He started Transcendental Meditation in 1970. He became a teacher of TM in 1972, and has been teaching TM ever since.
He has taught TM in the military, education, business, health care, rehabilitation, government and the general public. He has taught in India, Nepal, Philippines, Europe, USA, and throughout Canada. He is now teaching TM in his home town of Vancouver BC.
He has served as department head and on the board of directors of an international health product company, has worked in project finance for a land developer, and is the CEO of the Vancouver Based company AV Royal Consulting.
In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in recognition of his years of work and research in Vedic Science and modern science, and the development of consciousness
Contact: Ami Stadnick
Ami Stadnick learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique in 1973 while she was a graduate student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
At the university library, while searching for some interesting material for her lectures on Respiration that she was assigned to give to an Introductory Physiology Class, she found Dr. Keith Wallace’s article on Transcendental Meditation in Scientific American, and noted his chart depicting the deep rest that practising the TM technique provides, deeper than sleep. She concluded that this was what she needed in her own life, and took the Transcendental Meditation course straight away.
She took her 6 months of TM teacher training course in Europe in 1976, followed by two more Advanced Courses of 6 weeks and 7 months during 1977 and 78. Ami taught in McMurray, Alberta, teaching there until 1979. She then moved with her husband to Hinton, and taught in Hinton, Edson, Jasper and Grande Cache. She moved back to Edmonton in 2001, and has continued to teach in Edmonton.
Ami is a registered Psychologist and continues to work as a Counsellor part time for Alberta Health Services, along with her teaching activities. She looks forward to welcoming you to her calm, peaceful, quiet home office for further information and instruction.
Rhonda Day has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation since 1974 and an English/Drama high school teacher since 1976. Three times nominated for an Alberta Excellence in Teaching award, Rhonda is presently teaching English and Creative Writing & Publishing at a large public high school in Edmonton, Alberta.
For the past five years, Rhonda has run, with her husband, a Quiet Time program at the school where students and staff learn and practice Transcendental Meditation. After June, 2014, when Rhonda retires from regular classroom teaching, she will stay on at the school as the coordinator of the Quiet Time program. Students who practice TM at the school report improved social relationships, better academic achievement, greater alertness, improved sports performance, and improved relationships with family. Meditating teachers enjoy improved energy through TM, as well as a greater ability to manage students and an increase in physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Rhonda looks forward to the time when the Quiet Time program at her school is adopted district wide.
She lives with her husband Richard, and their two daughters in a Maharishi Sthapatya-Ved home in Edmonton and enjoys gardening, theatre, and reading
Richard Day learned TM in 1968, and became a teacher of TM in 1973. He has instructed about 300 people. He studied English at the University of Toronto, and earned a B.A. in 1971 and an M.A. in 1973. He received a diploma in Communications Arts at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1981, and did video production at Grant MacEwan University for 27 years before retiring in 2008. He is currently helping his wife Rhonda Day, also a TM teacher, with the Quiet Time project, which she started and administers at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton. He enjoys photography, video (of course), reading, and hiking in the mountains.
Richard Shelford became of teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1996. He took his training in Seelisberg, Switzerland.
Upon returning from his training, he became the Director of Maharishi International Academy in Huntsville, Ontario. Then he moved to Calgary to direct the TM Centre there.
In 1998, Richard managed the research project- “Benefits of TM on African Americans with High Blood Pressure” at Medical University of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Richard came back to Canada in 2000 to teach TM and become the director of the Edmonton TM Centre. Now he splits his time between teaching in Edmonton, Saskatoon and also in St. Kitts-Nevis.
Richard started out his career as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. Then went back to school to receive his BSc. in Physical Geography from Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario (1971) and a MSc. – Geography (Geomorphology), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (1975). He then worked for the Department of Alberta Energy and Natural Resources from 1976 to 1993.
Since his teens, Richard has been an active participant in religious, social, community and governmental organizations. Richard was the President of the Council of Black Organizations, and the St. Kitts-Edmonton Community Organization. He also ran for office as a member of the Natural Law Party.
Contact: Jeanne Geldart
Meadow Court Business Center
2492 Hanwell Rd.
Hanwell, NB, E3E 2C2
Jeanne Geldart Bentley became a TM teacher in 1996 and had the pleasure of teaching people within companies and organizations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia between 1997 and 1999. When an opportunity came along in 2007 to teach TM to middle school students at a First Nations School in Maine she welcomed the year long experience. Since then she has been teaching TM part-time and is currently working at a university, following an extensive and varied career in teaching, business, association management and fund raising. She was drawn to the TM practice in mid-life when health issues emerged and stress was identified as the largest contributing factor. She welcomes the opportunity to help others experience the many and multi layered benefits of Transcendental Meditation
Contact: Yotka Rickard
Yotka Rickard became a certified TM instructor in 1992 at the Bulgarian Association Vedic University Maharishi (BAVUM), Sofia, Bulgaria. She has taught TM to hundreds of people in Sofia, Bulgaria, and since 1995 in Hamilton, Canada. Yotka received her M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria; B.Sc. in Mathematics from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria; M.Sc. in Mathematics from McMaster University, Ontario; Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Ontario; and B.Ed. from Brock University, Ontario. She is a recipient of the Post Doctoral Fellowship from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Post-Doctoral Award from the Canadian Space Agency. Yotka has led or coordinated many advanced courses relating to Transcendental Meditation, including Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI). She has translated Maharishi’s book “Science of Being and Art of Living” into the Bulgarian language. She participated in the project “Group for the Government” in Washington, D.C. 1993 where she met her Canadian husband Brian. They have two adopted teenage daughters. She teaches Mathematics and Engineering Sciences at McMaster University, enjoys playing the classical piano, loves yoga, loves reading and always aims at expanding her knowledge.
Contact: Christopher Collrin
19 Thorne Street,
Christopher Collrin holds a BA in psychology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, and became a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation after careers in Crime Prevention and Youth Development and Human Resources Training and Development. As part of a 1994-1995 Canada-wide crime prevention tour promoting the “Maharishi Effect” with former New Brunswick Police Commissioner CarmenKilburn and 20 year parliamentarian Stan Darling, Christopher and the team were invited to meet Maharishi personally to report on their progress. In 2005, Christopher received an Honorary Doctor of World Peace from Maharishi European Research University for his more than 20 years full time dedication to Maharishi’s programs for personal development and world peace. Presently, Christopher teaches TM in London, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, and Guelph, as well as offering the TM program to students on the surrounding university campuses. In addition to his TM teaching activities, Christopher is National Director of Communication for the Global Country of World Peace (GCWP), Canada, Director of First Nations Programs for GCWP Canada, and Canadian co-Director of “Operation Warrior Wellness”, offering the TM technique to returning veterans. In addition to his TM activity, Christopher enjoys being a father to his 18 year old daughter, Bridget, just entering her first year at University of Western Ontario. Hobbies include canoeing, golf, skating, and cycling.
Contact: Salma Mattar
1135 Viscount Rd,
London ON, N6K 1H9
Salma Mattar and her husband, Maroun Moubarak are both certified TM teachers in London On. They married in 1998 and have three beautiful children who have been meditating since they were three.
Salma learned TM in 1981 while at university studying Architecture. She worked in that field, on and off until she married, but teaching was always her passion. She became a TM teacher in 1994 with the influence and encouragement of Dr. Tony Nader, a Lebanese neuro-scientist, researcher, university president, author and now leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Maharishi was and still is the greatest inspiration in her life.
Maroun Moubarak learned TM in 1985 while also in university studying Architecture. He worked in that field since his first year in university and still is.
He always wanted to share his experience with TM, so he became a teacher in 1997 in Holland. He was so fortunate to be a part of a group who spent a three day conferences with Maharishi, five to six hours each day.
Christopher Collrin : see here
Contact: Dianne Field
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Dianne began the practice of TM in 1972 while living in Vancouver and after moving to Toronto became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1977. In addition, Dianne has also worked in public education in Toronto and Mississauga teaching K– Gr. 8, including 10 years as a Music Specialist. She holds a BA major in Music from York University and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto. Dianne recently retired from the Peel Board of Education and now dedicates herself full time to the teaching of the TM program.
Dianne is married to David Field, her husband of 46 years. David is an acclaimed professional jazz musician. Together they have raised three sons, all of whom are musical in addition to their other professions. Dianne is a longtime member of the Ambiance Singers, a ladies’ singing group based in Mississauga. Her other interests include gardening, renovating homes and travelling as well as being an active member of the Anglican church.less
Helen was born and raised in New York City, NY. Helen began to practice TM in 1970. Shortly after, in 1974, she became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
She worked as a site coordinator in the field of developmental disabilities and physical disabilities for over 30 years. Her hybrid role encompasses aspects of administration, site security, property relations and health and safety functional responsibilities. She recently retired from ErinoakKids, Centre for Treatment and Development, and now devotes herself full-time to the teaching of TM.
Helen has a passion for art and theatre and is a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario and frequently attends theatre productions. Helen belongs to the Beaches Hebrew Institute and attends regular services with her family.
Helen has been married to Kelvin for over 32 years. He is a retired teacher and was a Guidance Counselor for the Peel Board of Education for over 40 years. Their daughter Jessica, who presently lives in Los Angeles, is pursuing a career as a film producer.less
Lynne began her career as a Registered Nurse in the Toronto area and learned Transcendental Meditation in 1975. After experiencing the benefits of TM and seeing how this could benefit others, she was naturally drawn to become a teacher herself. She became a TM teacher in 1977 in Avoriaz, France.
Lynne met her husband, James, also a TM Teacher, while teaching in Toronto. They moved to Ottawa where they raised their two daughters, one of whom, now currently teaches at the Toronto TM Centre. While in Ottawa, she became interested in Maharishi Ayurveda, a comprehensive system of natural medicine and worked at Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centres in Ottawa and Huntsville.
In 2007, Lynne and her husband moved to Bermuda where she taught TM for 6 years. Recently, they returned to Canada and Lynne is happy to now be a part of the Mississauga TM Centre team.
She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren as well as pursuing many interests including watercolour painting, photography, travelling and being in nature.
Moncton, New Brunswick
253 Old Coach Rd, Riverview, NB, E1B 5R7
I learned TM in 1978 because I really needed something to help me deal with the stress I was experiencing from work. As a Social Worker I was responsible for an in-house rehabilitation program for alcohol and drug addicts. Needless to say, at the end of each day I was drained and a night’s sleep was not sufficient to help me recover from my fatigue. From the start TM gave me the edge I was looking for. Not only did I regain all of my strength but it even gave me more than what I thought possible. After recommending TM to all of the clients from 1978 to 1995, I finally decided to become a TM Teacher myself. There were so few TM teachers in the maritime provinces that I felt it was time for me to take the next step. My wife felt the same way as well so we both became TM Teachers.
In the years that followed I participated in many projects promoting TM. One of which was in collaboration with the former minister of Education of New Brunswick, Mr. Clarence Cormier, in the creation of the Canadian Association for Stress Free Schools, and I have been the Executive Director since. In 2008 I accepted the role of being the National Director of Law and Order to promote TM within the Justice Department and its penal system inclusively.
My wife and I take considerable interest in experimenting with foreign cuisine. We particularly like Indian food for its delicious variety of spices. Over the years we also explored French, Italian and Greek recipes. Our waist line is a reflection of that passion. We also enjoy walking on the numerous well kept trails available in the Greater Moncton area.
I have a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Moncton that I completed in 1975. However, my area of expertise at present is with Maharishi’s Vedic Science and more particularly in the area of creating permanent world peace.
I started practicing Transcendental Meditation in 1989 and became a TM teacher in 1996. Transcendental Meditation continues to be a major tool for my personal and professional development as it provides me with greater clarity of mind, more energy and a deeper sense of compassion for my fellow human beings.
Originally, I am from Lévis, Quebec. I have completed my BA & Masters degree at the “Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières”. At the end of my studies I have adopted New Brunswick for my residence and for starting my professional career. This province has become my new home. I am a member of the College of Psychologist of New Brunswick since 1994. Presently, I am employed by the Georges Dumont Hospital (Vitalite).
My husband Laurent and I manage the Maharishi Invincibility Centre for the Greater Moncton area since 1998.
My hobbies include cooking, walking and scrapbooking.
Francine Leclerc has practiced Transcendental Meditation since 1975. She became a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation in December 2010. She teaches French and English in the Greater Montréal area and also in the surrounding regions.
Michèle Beausoleil learned TM in 1972 and became a TM teacher in 1976. She earned a Masters degree in education from Maharishi University of Management in 1987 and a Doctorat Honoris Causa in World Peace from the Maharishi European Research University in 2005. She was the co-director of the Montréal TM Center and teaches in both languages – French and English. She taught more than 3,000 people both in French and English. She also teaches Maharishi Ayurveda courses in Montreal and coordinates the visits of Ayurveda experts from India. She is currently working on a project to build a Peace Palace for the greater Montreal.
John Cérigo became a TM teacher in 1974. He also holds a degree from Concordia University in engineering and business administration. He has been teaching TM for 40 years and was the director of the Montréal TM Center for the past 28 years. He taught TM to more than 5,000 people both in French and English. Accompanied by his wife Michèle Beausoleil, he has been organizing lectures in the fields of health, education and business in the province of Quebec.
In 1970, when no one was looking, I snuck into a TM lecture at McGill University.
Following up, I then became instructed in the TM programme on June 14, 1970, which became the happiest day of my life, hands down. Over the next several months of regular practice my life changed radically with very tangible and wonderful results. Exactly three years later, in 1973, I decided that I needed to share my experiences of TM with others, helping them attain the same inner peace and dynamism in activity that had so notably transformed my own life.
Once a TM teacher, I dedicated my teaching time to working in the corporate world. As I had had many years of experience in the business world, teaching in that sector came very naturally to me.. I taught TM through the “Corporate Development Program” to many top executives in the business community in Montréal, executives and personnel from institutions such as the TD Bank and Steinberg’s, a major Canadian food chain.
Over the years I have never stopped teaching, as it has been such a fulfilling experience, even while I have run first a jewelry business (Joanne Hollander Designs) until 1996, then, until now, while I serve as president and product developer for Soyummi Foods in Canada and the US, a company I founded in 2001.
The benefits from the TM and TM Sidhi programmes have afforded me a rich,fulfilling and dynamic career. My aspiration now is to help others realize their dreams.
Marie France Graude
Marie France Graude started Transcendental Meditation 31 years ago. She’s the mother of two and worked in architecture with her husband architect. She became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She has been teaching this unique technique in French, English and Spanish for 27 years.
Contact: Kathleen Lapeyrouse
“My life has been enriched by practicing TM; with TM I feel like I have my own built-in personal battery recharger. And I feel blessed to be able to teach TM to others; it’s my honour and privilege.”
Kathleen Lapeyrouse learned TM in 1967 and has the distinction of being the first high school student in Calgary to do so! Kathleen took a break from her university studies to become a TM teacher in 1971 and has considered it her main vocation ever since. She teaches in her home in Qualicum Beach, and holds TM courses in other cities and towns in the mid Vancouver Island area. Recently, Kathleen taught TM in an independent First Nations School.
She completed her BA in English Literature and moved to the west coast of Vancouver Island and raised her family there and also took up acting in community theatre, painting, and supporting community life. Kathleen has acted as the Treasurer of Chamber of Commerce and President of Parent Advisory Council. Now that her family is grown she is happy to be able to teach TM full time.
Marty Howe learned to practice Transcendental Meditation on Oct 28th 1972 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. By December of 1973 he had become a teacher of TM. He has taught the TM technique full time since 1973, and became a member of Maharishi’s Thousand Headed Purusha Program (a men’s world peace organization) from 1981 to 2005.
Marty is the president of Circle Digital Multimedia, and has been a multimedia designer for the past 18 years, specializing in Interactive Digital Multimedia such as web site design, digital media presentations, and social media marketing. Also, he is a partner in the Web Conferencing Store.
He has two Masters from Maharishi University of Management (MUM), a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Higher Education Administration.
Marty is also a musician, playing jazz and world music. He plays flute and jazz chromatic harmonica for the group THE MARTYS.
Elliott Hinton Willis grew up in Greenwich, CT, learned Transcendental Meditation as an art student in Rhode Island in 1970 and became a TM teacher in 1972, teaching in CT, Salt Lake City, UT and Portland, OR. Elliott holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Study and Vedic Study from Maharishi International University (MIU) in Fairfield, IA, later working as an administrator there. She then took an MIU Education MA and served as administrative director for Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Silver Spring, MD.
Moving to Canada in 1988 when her daughter was born, she taught TM in Nanaimo, BC until 1990, took a diploma in Interior Design and is partner in EJ Interior Design for residential, commercial and healthcare clients. Elliott re-certified as a TM teacher in 2013 and is happy to again offer this profound technique for integration of inner silence with outer dynamism in our lives through the Mid-Vancouver Island TM Centre in Nanaimo, BC. Her personal interests include First Nations, yoga, permaculture, organic gardening, living in intentional community, natural building, Maharishi Vastu home design, natural health care and Maharishi Ayur Veda.
During those intervening years she completed her MA degree at Laval University in Quebec City, and was a language and Linguistics teacher, a translator with the government of Quebec, a development officer with the Canadian International Development Agency in Ottawa and overseas, and a mother of three. She also practiced a variety of arts and crafts, such as pottery, calligraphy and playing the Celtic harp. Her career and that of her husband brought her to live, work and practice TM on four continents.
Linda believes the Transcendental Meditation technique gave her the focus, energy and resilience she needed to balance family life, career and creative interests. “TM helped me to meet challenges with a positive attitude. Dipping twice daily into that ocean of silence washed away stresses, bringing a fresh new outlook.”
Now living in Parksville, BC and happily retired, Linda feels privileged to have been able to go Maharishi Vedic City in the the US recently to learn to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. “I can think of no better direction to take than to learn to introduce others to TM.”
Contact: Lynn Tobin
Lynn Tobin learned to meditate in 1988. She later became a TM teacher in 2001. She completed a one year Ayur Veda Technician course at Maharishi University of Management in 1991 and worked in several Ayur Veda clinics during the 90’s.
Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has taught English as a second language in Asia and the Middle East. Her interests include art, travel and history.
Helene has been teaching Transcendental Meditation in Montreal, Ottawa, and the Niagara Region since 1975, when she was personally made a teacher of TM by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Arosa, Switzerland. Since then she has participated in a total of over 4 years of research into consciousness through advanced programs in Transcendental Meditation.
She chaired the Transcendental Meditation Centre in Ottawa and has been a Director of the Niagara Falls TM Centre since 1995. As a faculty member, she taught Technical Video Production at Maharishi International University for three years and administered Maharishi International Academy TM “retreat” centre in Huntsville, Muskoka, for another three years.
Additional background includes a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts, a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, and Master’s in Educational Technology from Concordia University, Montreal. She taught elementary school in the Niagara Region from 1995 to 2004, and therefore would love to teach TM within the education system.
Contact: Peter Cameron
Peter Cameron began practicing the TM technique in 1970 while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He attended the first International Symposium on the Science of Creative Intelligence the following summer at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. where he first met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM program. Maharishi extended an invitation to the symposium participants to travel to Europe to complete their training as Teacher’s of the TM technique. Peter went early in 1972. While completing his music studies at Acadia University in Wolfville, his hometown, Peter helped organize the Students International Meditation Society on university campuses throughout the Maritimes.
After graduating with his B.A. in Music Education in 1975, Peter traveled extensively by car throughout the Maritimes teaching TM: earning him the nickname “asphalt yogi” from one of his colleagues. The name stuck and so did the traveling TM teaching. Now, after 41 years, Peter has conducted TM courses, worked in administration and generally represented and promoted the TM program while traveling across Canada from Prince Rupert, BC to St John’s Newfoundland and Internationally in India, Europe and the USA. So if there is a Canadian community where there are people eager to learn TM and there is no local teacher, better give him a call or text him at 902 225 1383.
Contact: Mary Glasser
Location: Ottawa TM Centre
250 City Centre Avenue, Suite 402
Mary Glasser became a teacher of TM in 1984. She was fortunate to have studied under Maharishi and met him personally during courses in Switzerland, India, and Holland. She has taught TM to hundreds of students in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Mary has been a full time Director of the Ottawa Maharishi TM Centre since 1994. She headed a project introducing TM to at-risk youth in one of the first Consciousness-Based TM Quiet Time programs in Canada.
Mary developed a passion for the Vedic system of health called “Ayurveda” in 1987, when she trained in Maharishi Ayurveda with world-renowned Ayurvedic physicians (Vaidyas) Brihaspati Dev Triguna and others at an international course in India presided over by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was during this course that she began the study and practice of Nadi Vigyan or ayurvedic pulse assessment. She was fortunate to be able to apply this knowledge in her role as Director of two Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centres, where she offered personal health consultations to hundreds of clients. Her continuing interest in Maharishi’s Vedic Approach to health has culminated most recently in certification as a Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems technician and as a consultant in Maharishi Aromatherapy.
Mary continues to teach TM in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario and offer Maharishi’s Vedic programs for health. Among her many pastimes, Mary enjoys music, gardening and golf.
Michael Larrass started TM in 1974 while he was a university lecturer in France. He was subsequently involved in different national TM projects in France (President of the Association Education et Conscience) and in his native Germany (MERU Media Office).
From 1985 to 1987, Michael took his TM teacher training course in Switzerland and Canada. His first task, apart from teaching TM, was to translate and help various German publishers promote the first books on Maharishi Ayurveda in German-speaking countries.
In 1988 Michael was called to participate in preparing the SATTWA Project (Social Phase Transition Facilitation Project, September 1989 to March 1990) whose purpose was to help defuse tension during the critical phase of German unification in 1989 through the group dynamics of consciousness (TM-Sidhis). The unification was qualified “the most momentous social event in recorded history without a single casualty.”
In 1996 Michael and his Canadian wife Margaret came to Canada. The couple operates a translation company with some 50 translators, revisers and interpreters. “Without the daily contact with inner silence, I don’t think we would have had this constant success, built on the intimate knowledge of language from the zero point to the surface of multilingual expression.” In his spare time, Michael teaches TM in the National Capital Region in order to contribute to creating a society and an economy without fear. He also publishes to promote the conceptual understanding of the so-called Maharishi Effect: http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2009/05/bomb-of-silence-invincible-defence.html; http://www.beirut-online.net/portal/article.php?id=5050less
Roy Anderson was instructed in the Transcendental Meditation technique June 8, 1974 by Leslie Johnson in Calgary, Alberta. He was so impressed by the benefits of the technique that within a year he made the decision to leave his current career as a mechanical draftsman and attend the TM Teacher Training Course, which he completed following year.
Since then Roy has instructed over 200 people and participated in TM projects in Canada, USA, Philippines and India. In 1984 he graduated from the MBA programme at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
Throughout his career as a TM teacher Roy has attended many multi-month advanced courses in TM and various advanced courses, as well as spending many months with the founder of the TM programme, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Following the completion of his MBA Roy moved to Ottawa and put his strategic planning hat on, conducting several contracts for the Federal Government of Canada and eventually starting a successful financial planning practice in 1996 which he continues to head today.
Between operating his financial planning practice and teaching the TM programme in Ottawa Roy enjoys golf and playing his guitar.
Donna Anderson learned the practice of Transcendental Meditation in Montreal in 1970 and became a teacher of the TM Programme in 1975. She obtained an R.N. degree at Vanier College in Montreal in 1976 and in 2007 earned her degree as a D.O.M.P. (osteopathic manual practitioner) at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. She currently has a private osteopathy practice in Ottawa where she also teaches the TM Programme on a part time basis.
In the 1970’s, Donna taught the TM Sidhi Prep Courses in Lac Beauport, Quebec and in Huntsville, Ontario. In 1977 Donna worked as a research assistant to Dr. Keith Wallace during a pilot study on the effects of TM an Aging. In the 1980’s, Donna worked as an Maharishi Ayurvedic Technician at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre for a period of 5 years where she also acted as the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre Director for 2 years and was the National Trainer for Maharishi Ayurvedic Technicians in Canada during that time.
Donna is married to Roy Anderson, also a TM teacher and her husband of 24 years. She is the mother of 2 adult children. When time permits, Donna enjoys playing golf and gardening in summer and cross country skiing in winter as well as travelling whenever possible. She has a profound interest in alternative and preventive approaches to health care.
Linda Cloutier – see here
Gerard learned TM in 1971 and shortly after he studied with Maharishi in Europe. He became a TM teacher in 1973, and has taught TM to many people in the US and Canada.
Gerard attended St. Patrick’s College in Ottawa. He earned an M A in Vedic Studies from Maharishi University of Management where he was also the Director of Student Activities. Gerard has hosted online radio shows and television interviews with meditators about their experience of TM and the natural development of their creativity and happiness.
In addition to hosting shows, one of his favorite interests is writing. His first book Kissing Time Away, (see Amazon.com) was published in 2012 as a tribute in prose and poetry to his mother and their Kealey ancestors of Bytown, early Ottawa. Gerard has one son and when not teaching TM, he enjoys hiking and pole walking in the Gatineau hill.
Contact: Matthew Macleod
Matthew first learned Transcendental Meditation in 1986. He has been practicing the TM technique regularly for the last 30 years. The positive experience has given such tremendous benefits to so many areas of life that he was inspired to became a certified teacher to share this gift with anyone interested in learning.
After studying guitar at McGill University in the 1990’s and working as a professional musician Matthew also became a schoolteacher. He taught at the Maharishi School in Melbourne, Australia for 3 years after earning his Bachelor of Education and experienced firsthand how effective the TM technique was in a school environment. With the inspiration of the David Lynch Foundation to make TM more accessible to high need populations Matthew decided to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
He has recently taught courses in Toronto and the Georgian Bay area and currently teaches TM in Peterborough and the greater Kawartha region. In addition to being a certified TM instructor Matthew is a canoe instructor, musician and writer.
Contact: Anne St-Gelais
Location: 100 Chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec, G1R 1T2
The first time she sat down to meditate Anne knew she had found what she always wished for. As far as she could remember, she has searched to establish a just world full of peace. There she was, in one meditation. She knew it was for life like her long-term relationship with Louis Charlebois, her husband, with whom she took her course to become a TM teacher. They ran a TM center on the South Shore of Québec city in the late 70s until the early 80s. At the beginning of the new millennium, they came back to teach full‑time. Actively supported by their three children, they dream to establish a permanent center to spread and teach this fundamental technique, to help everybody who wants to experience a healthy world full of peace and to enhance this fullness and enrichment of life.
Besides, Anne got a B. A. in Visual Arts and she still continues her artistic path through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installations, and she finds now herself in writing. Apart from her love of arts and sciences, Anne adores outdoor activities like hiking, swimming or skating. This reveals her second nature. But her initial one is and will always be that of the Transcendental Meditation teacher in her.
Louis Charlebois graduated from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal with a geophysicist engineer degree and a professional career of 39 years in the field of management and computer systems for the Québec Government followed. He mainly worked in the environment of those large government systems within the mission of social solidarity, integrating business solutions and information technologies. Now as a TM certified teacher he is contributing to create this living reality so that his fellow citizens can also enjoy the wonderful knowledge that Maharishi gave us.
Louis began the TM technique in 1972 and has been a certified TM teacher since 1977. In 1975, Louis he had his first contact with Maharishi in Montréal, when he came to Canada to inaugurate the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment for North America. Through all those years, he pursued and deepened his involvement in the Quebec region.
Diane learned Transcendental Meditation in 1975 and began teaching it in 1977. Before moving to Quebec City, she ran the Montreal TM Centre and worked at the TM national office. She has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a M.Sc. in Microbiology-Immunology from Laval University. She also studied herbal medicine and aromatherapy. She is a consultant for Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems and is a senior therapist in Maharishi Aroma Therapy. Diane lives at Lac-Beauport on a large property in the mountains, ideal for teaching and consultations. With her husband, Serge Viau, she is presently in charge of the Maharishi Ayurvedic center in Quebec City and Lac-Beauport.
“For as long as I can remember, I have had the well-being of humanity in my heart. My actions and studies were to contribute to world happiness and peace.”
Serge has practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) since 1975 and became a teacher in 1979. He was the director of the Montreal TM center and then secretary of the TM National Director for Canada. In 1990 he became President of the Quebec City TM Centre. From 1986 to 2012, he founded and directed a travel agency while teaching TM part time.
“TM is a simple technique that allows the development of higher states of consciousness, our full potential and fulfillment in a natural and fast way. Being a TM teacher allows me to offer this wonderful knowledge to my community.
Contact: Miville Couture
Miville Couture was born in 1945 in Val-Brillant, a small village of the Gaspe Peninsula. He is the second child of a large family of 12 children.
Miville learned TM in March 1973 and became a TM teacher in April 1976. During the first year as a TM teacher, he taught TM in many villages and cities around the Gaspe Peninsula (North East of Quebec). In February 1977, he went to Haiti and taught TM in that developing country until October 1979. During his last four months in Haiti, he was a member of a team of 7 teachers who taught TM to 1000 young men in Cité Soleil, a slum of Port-au-Prince. From there, he went to Medellin (Colombia) to be course director on two TM teacher training courses for the French students from the Caribbean. From Colombia he went to India for 18 months. Miville taught TM in many schools of the state of Rajasthan. From there he went to Germany to be the course director on an international TM teacher training course until December 1982. Then, he taught TM in Montreal until 1984. In June 1984 he became a member of the Purusha Program and continued to teach TM abroad in the Philippines and in Senegal where he was a member of team of 12 French speaking TM teachers who taught TM in 33 prisons. In Senegal, they taught TM to 10 000 inmates and 1000 prison officers from March 1987 to March 1989. He also worked as the director of the design department (pre-press) at the College of Natural Law of Washington, DC from January 1985 to March 1987.
When he returned to Canada in 1989, he took part in different projects at our national academy on Lake of Bays in Huntsville (Ontario). From 1992 until 2000, he was a very active within the Natural Law Party of Canada. He was national campaign manager twice for the NLP of Canada.
Since 1997, Miville lives and teaches TM in Saint John (NB). In 2005, he started to teach French as a second language to civil servants working for the federal government and the provincial government of New Brunswick.He is also a very active organic gardener. He has set up a few projects of organic gardening with school children in Saint John and in Memramcook.
Before learning TM, Miville was a school teacher for two years and worked as a superintendent on road building for two years. Miville did a humanities course in Rimouski and obtained a Bachelors of Arts from Laval University in 1966. He also studied architecture at Laval University for three years.
His favorite hobby apart from organic gardening is to spend time in the forest and to learn more about the indigenous flora of the Maritime provinces. My wife Janice MacMillan is from New Brunswick. She has always been very supportive of all aspects of my work.
Contact: Teresa Gillen
Teresa Gillen learned Transcendental Meditation in 1971 and feels it was the best decision of her life. She became a TM teacher a few years later, and spent several years working at the international level of the TM organization, soaking up as much knowledge and experience as possible. She taught TM around the world — to children and adults — and joined an international women’s world peace organization for almost 20 years using TM as a powerful, effective stress management tool.
Teresa holds a B.A. from Maharishi University of Management and went on to receive her Master’s degree in the Science of Consciousness.
Now Teresa calls Salt Spring Island home, where she teaches residents and visitors who come to explore this beautiful Gulf island.
“The best gift I ever received was to learn Transcendental Meditation in 1966. It changed my life and forged my new future.” In 1972, Carolyn Grayson went to Mallorca, Spain and Italy to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and was made a teacher of TM. Over the years she has taught meditation to over 300 students and has facilitated 60 retreat courses in major cities across Canada. She has been an administrator and schoolteacher for the Maharishi School for Ideal Education in Ottawa and Victoria.
In 1972, Carolyn completed a B.Ed degree in Art Education at University of Victoria and later post graduate studies in Fine Art at Maharishi International University. Her expertise is in systems management, public relations, writing and art history.
Currently Carolyn lives with her husband David, on Salt Spring Island, BC where she never tires of the ever-changing beauty of the Gulf Islands. She enjoys story-writing, mixed media painting, researching European and Canadian fine art, and being with the close-knit family of friends on Salt Spring Island.
“The whole purpose of life is to gain enlightenment. Nothing else is significant compared to that completely natural, exalted state of consciousness. So always strive for that. Set your life around that goal. Don’t get caught up in small things, and then it will be yours.” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Alan Brooke was born in England, and moved to Canada when he was 9 years old. He grew up in West Vancouver. He was educated at UBC, and holds a diploma in Mechanical Technology from BCIT. He worked in custom furniture design and production, and as an Engineering Technologist. Alan learned Transcendental Meditation in 1979, then became a TM teacher in 1990. Following that Alan and his wife Estelle taught TM in Vancouver then went on to help the International TM Movement in Holland in 1997. They returned to BC in 2007, and now live on Saltspring Island. Alan and Estelle grow most of their own organic food, and enjoy sailing up and down the coast. He likes designing and making things in wood.
Contact: David Shaw
2642 Midland Ave.
(north of Midland and Sheppard)
Scarborough, ON M1S 1R7
David began the practice of TM as a student and had the privilege of studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 70s. His teaching experience includes: over 2,000 individuals instructed in the TM technique, leading regular advanced seminars and workshops for practitioners, facilitating residential retreats, and the implementation of TM as part of corporate leadership programmes.
In addition to being a certified TM instructor for 40 years, David has also maintained a parallel career as an business entrepreneur. The multiple marketing and communications enterprises he launched has led his teams of specialists across Canada, the USA, Caribbean, UK, EU, and Asia developing and implementing communications strategies and mission critical business operations for multi-national corporations.
He has taken a hiatus from the business arena to focus on the development and expansion of the TM Programmes in Canada. David’s current role with the TM organizations includes; local teaching responsibilities, leading the national communications strategies and outreach programmes as well as a role with the international communications team.
Deborah has been a dedicated practitioner of Transcendental Meditation since 1992. The positive impact of TM on all aspects of her life inspired her to become a certified teacher. With over 40 years experience as a certified yoga teacher, Deborah also teaches the Maharishi Yoga Asana program; an expansive approach to yoga postures.
Deborah is a creative and visionary entrepreneur who has created, owned and operated several successful businesses in Toronto. Most recently she founded and ran Yoga Spirit (now Yoga U Online), an online continuing education hub serving the international yoga community. She was a partner in Enrich Performance, a workplace health and wellness company. Deborah also created and operated City Nights, a unique marketing concept that became a driving force for entertainment and lifestyle advertising in Toronto.
Dancing West Coast Swing, Latin and Ballroom is one of Deborah’s passions. She attributes her regular TM practice for deepening her creative expression and ability to connect with her audience.
Deborah’s love of speaking to professional organizations and sharing the benefits of TM with her students has earned her the distinction of the year’s Top Canadian Teacher.
Igor has been practicing TM since 1994 and became a TM instructor in 1996. He was the National TM Administrator in Moldova (a former Soviet Republic) from 2000 to 2007 where he was responsible for national affairs, the local centre administration, teaching, conducting regular advanced seminars and workshops and leading residential retreats.
In addition to being one of the youngest TM instructors in Moldova – certified at the age of 18, Igor also continued his other studies and received his Bachelors Degree in English Literature. He then went on to maintain a parallel career as TM teacher and a Microsoft Brand Manager consultant, advising individuals and corporations on software licensing. In 2010 Igor along with his family emigrated to Canada where he continued to teach TM part-time. Beginning in 2013 Igor is happy to be engaged fully in his primary vocation as one of the dedicated TM teachers serving the GTHA.
With his background Igor also has the official certification to teach TM in both English and Russian, providing a special service to the GTHA growing Russian speaking population.
Razvan was born and raised in Craiova, Romania. He obtained his B.Com at University of Craiova. During his university years, he devoted his time to being VP of finance at AIESEC Craiova, the local chapter of the largest not-for-profit, student run organization in the world.
Razvan began his TM practice in the summer of 2011 and, after four years of practice, in 2015 he became a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He learnt TM at the recommendation of his brother, being inspired by the positive improvements and growth he saw in his brother and family. Now, almost everyone in their extended family is practicing TM.
Razvan is also a member of CPA, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, earning his professional designation in 2010 as Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Contact: Dominic Mayers
Location: 831 rue McGregor
Sherbrooke,Québec, J1L 3B4
Dominic has practised Transcendental Meditation since 1976 and became a certified teacher in 2005. He received a Masters of Physics at Maharishi University of Management in 1987 and a doctorate in Computer Science at Université de Montréal in 1993. He presently teaches Transcendental Meditation both in English and French in Sherbrooke and surrounding area.
I learned the TM technique in Sherbrooke, in 1977 and became a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1981. I received a B.A. in Physical Education (1975) from the University of Sherbrooke, a Masters degree in the Science of Creative in Intelligence (1996) from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and a Doctorat Honoris Causa in World Peace (2005) from Maharishi European Research University. I taught Transcendental Meditation in USA for a few years. I am now teaching TM to ladies in Sherbrooke.
I enjoy doing Yoga and started my journey as a yoga teacher in a private college. I then discovered the Transcendental Meditation program and went to Iowa where we have a university in which everyone practices the Transcendental Meditation technique. Also, I spent many years on a TM retreat program going deep inside and unfolding the inner treasures. Everything is made of consciousness. Our physiology is made of consciousness. Everything is consciousness. Practicing TM allows the awareness to turn within and experience the source of thought which is pure consciousness. I enjoy very much teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique and wish to have the opportunity meeting and teaching many of you.
Serge has been teaching Transcendental Meditation for 37 years. During these years, he has played a leading role in the teaching of TM in the Eastern Townships area. He has organized conferences in the business sector and in the education and health areas. He has personally taught TM to more than 2000 people. For the last 10 years, he has worked part time at Moisson Estrie, the regional food bank for people in need.
Contact: Deborah Rubin
Deborah Rubin – see here
Sarah can’t remember a time when Transcendental Meditation wasn’t part of her life. She started the children’s version of TM called the Word of Wisdom technique at age four. She began practicing Transcendental Meditation when she was ten years old. She grew up in a community of meditators in Ottawa, and attended the Maharishi School, a consciousness-based education private school that that incorporates Transcendental Meditation, yoga, and Sanskrit into the curriculum. Having meditated since childhood, she has seen the value of meditating as a student first hand. It gave her energy for academics and her extra curricular activities of acting and writing. Sarah has her BA in Literature from Maharishi University of Management and is in the middle of completing her Masters in Vedic Science.
After spending a year teaching English in Japan, Sarah decided she wanted to do more to give back to society. She was inspired to become a certified Transcendental Meditation instructor by David Lynch when he started the David Lynch Foundation to make TM more available to the most stressed populations.
Sarah moved to Vancouver in 2009 to run the Vancouver TM Centre for four years. In that time she ran two TM programs in schools and taught hundreds of people from every walk of life. Now she has come to Toronto to help launch the downtown TM Centre. She also works on marketing initiatives for TM, including managing the national and local websites.
When she’s not teaching, Sarah enjoys writing, going to theatre and film productions, practicing yoga, and traveling.
David Shaw – see here
Wanda Beaver learned TM in 1971, while still in high school. She hitch-hiked to her classes in Hamilton from St. Catharines. She became a TM teacher in 1974 in Belgium and then taught in St. Catharines and Buffalo in the mid seventies. She studied at Maharishi University of Managment (MUM) in 1975 as a first year student. Wanda attended the TM Sidhis course in Switzerland in 1976. In 1986, Wanda graduated with a degree in Communication and Design from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD). Wanda and her husband David own and operate Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, a popular retail/wholesale bakery- café since 1986. It’s presently located in Kensington Market, in the heart of Toronto. Wanda and David actively participate in various charities and fund raisers involving the food and restaurant industry in Toronto. Wanda is the author of “Wanda’s Pie in the Sky”, an award-winning cookbook. Wanda very recently resumed teaching TM after returning from a recertification course in the summer of 2013.
Igor Gorbatenco – see here
Eugene began Transcendental Meditation in 1968 and after a year of meditation decided to go to India to be with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After being made a teacher, Eugene returned to Toronto and began Teaching TM. He also toured around Ontario performing with the National Ballet Orchestra, while teaching TM all over the province. Eugene also taught in Ottawa when he performed with the Canadian National Orchestra. During this time he instructed over a thousand people and has continued teaching throughout his career in the Canadian Brass. In 1972, after starting The Canadian Brass, Eugene moved to Hamilton to play with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Since retiring from the Canadian Brass, Eugene has enjoyed his association with TM by being part of a wonderful group of teachers, organized by David Shaw. Eugene also lectures on the importance of Meditation and Performance: “Understanding the Mind/Body Relationship During, Before and After Performance”.
Practicing TM since 1986, Christine became a TM instructor in 1996 and was the director of the Toronto TM organization until 2007. During that time Christine managed the administration and teaching activities of the centre including teaching TM, conducting knowledge meetings for TM practitioners, promoting and organizing special events, and teaching in-residence retreats.
Christine enjoys seeing the many and varied benefits her students experience after learning TM. From a desire to help her students lead more balanced, healthy lives Christine also introduces practices from Maharishi Ayurveda, an ancient, comprehensive system of natural healthcare.
Prior to teaching TM, Christine worked in the insurance industry as a Senior Business Systems Analyst. Her interests over the years have included technical writing, teaching ESL, professional organizing, and interior design. Christine loves to crochet especially for her grandson Luka.
Dianne Field – see here
Helen Engelson-Law – see here
Keerthi has been dedicated to Transcendental Meditation (TM) since 1976. During his time as the President and then Secretary of the TM organization in Sri Lanka, he organized advanced teaching seminars, weekend retreats and actively promoted Transcendental Meditation.
Keerthi is a retired professional who served as the regional and overseas commissioner of the Sri Lankan tea control board, the national regulatory agency that ensures the quality of tea exports. Outside of his professional career Keerthi was an active volunteer in the community; as the president of the local Rotary Club he organized and participated in social service events. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. As a commitment to his goal to be a lifelong learner, he subsequently completed a diploma in marketing from the American College of Higher Education. At present, Keerthi lives in Toronto, where he serves the local community as a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher.
Razvan Ionescu – see here
Contact: Roger Périgny
Location: Medical Polyclinic,
1900, blvd. des Récollets, suite 315,
First consultation office is free.
By appointment only.
Roger Périgny learned TM in August 1974 and became a TM teacher in August 1976. In 1978, he went to Africa and taught TM for 5 years. From there, he taught TM in South India in many schools to over a thousand students. He was the course director on international TM teacher training courses in Switzerland and Germany. In 1989, he returned to Trois-Rivieres and worked as Director to the local TM center. Roger obtained a bachelor degree in administration, human resources and psychology from the University of Québec. He did two masters degrees : Project Management and Management of small and medium size businesses. In 2000, Roger returned to teach TM part time and became a Director and senior advisor for a practice firm created by a college called « Cegep de Trois-Rivières ». In 2014, he opened a TM-Center in a Medical Polyclinic in Trois-Rivières. His office is open by appointment. He organizes lectures in the fields of health, education and business.
Contact: Chelsea McCooey
Chelsea McCooey is a third generation TM practitioner and a second generation Certified Teacher of the technique. She has past experience in hospitality, childcare and marketing. Knowing she wanted to making a positive change in the world, she studied Peace and Conflict Studies and moved onto earning a degree in Political Science in 2009. She thought she would make change by becoming a politician or lawyer, but instead, due to the deepening of her meditation practice and connection with herself, she became a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. Nothing has brought her more bliss than the gift of teaching others to transcend (go beyond) thought to find the sweet peace we all have within.
Rich van Schaik
Rich van Schaik has taught the TM programme to thousands of people in 31 countries. He studied with Maharishi in India and took personal training in TM and Ayurveda from him. Rich has led hundreds of courses for people from many backgrounds, including students, seniors, children with autism, and the homeless. He has also taught in corporate settings, including at Microsoft and at Radical Software. He has been a full-time TM teacher for over 20 years.
Gloria Hansen has been a Transcendental Meditation Teacher for 40 years and has been fortunate to be on many courses with Maharishi, including her TM Teacher Training Course in 1973.
Gloria became a TM Teacher because she wanted others to enjoy a fuller happier life and to help Maharishi fulfill his plan for World Peace.
Gloria has a Bachelors of Home Economics from the University of Manitoba and was honoured with a Doctorate in World Peace Studies. She has worked at the National TM office and taught TM full time in a number of cities in Canada. She is now living and teaching TM on Vancouver’s North Shore. Her husband is also a TM Teacher and their daughter has been meditating since she was four.
Gloria is passionate about Art, Design, Film and is always up for new adventures.
Bruce Hansen started TM in 1970 as a University student. In 1971 he had an opportunity to be with Maharishi for 1 month on a special course in California, and decided right then to become a Teacher of TM.
Bruce spent 7 months on a Teacher Training Course with Maharishi in Spain and Italy and has now been teaching since 1972.
Bruce has the great joy of being in a ‘meditating family’. His wife Gloria is also a long time TM Teacher and their daughter has been meditating since 4 years of age.
They are all enjoying life and teaching TM in North Vancouver.
Bruce has a passion for technical analysis and is a 10K runner.
Leigh Badgley has been teaching Transcendental Meditation in the United States and Canada since 1993. As a filmmaker, TV producer and writer, Leigh’s passion is to share how the regular practice of TM can ignite a person’s creativity no matter what the medium. In addition to teaching TM and making films, Leigh is a part-time faculty member of the David Lynch M.A. in Film programme in Fairfield, Iowa, where meditation is the foundation for all creative processes.
Michael Beresford learned TM in 1979 while studying for his BSc degree in Mathermatics & Computer Science at the University of Reading in England. Following graduation he worked for Maharishi European Research University in Switzerland where he was lucky enough to spend a considerable amount of time in close contact with Maharishi. During that time he helped to develop the first computer system that analysed EEG (brainwave) coherence in real time. He also conducted several scientific studies on TM and EEG Coherence which were published in TM Collected Papers research volumes. In 1984, Michael became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and returned to his home in Cardiff, Wales. Michael taught TM full time in Wales for the next 10 years and instructed over 3,500 people. He also served as the National Director for TM in Wales during that time.
In 1994 Michael moved to Vancouver where he continues to teach TM on a part time basis. In 1995 he established a manufacturing company called Moor Spa Inc which produces 100% natural skin and body care products for the worldwide spa industry. Moor Spa is now available in over 20 countries and in some of the finest luxury spas in the world. Michael continues to run this company while helping to support the local TM community.
Sheila Elliott learned Transcendental Meditation in 1976 and has been meditating regularly ever since. Upon her retirement from a successful career in adult education Sheila decided to embark on a second career as a teacher of TM. She completed her training in 2000 and has been actively involved in TM in the Vancouver area since then. Sheila was the chairperson the the Vancouver TM Centre for a few years. During that time she took part in special projects including bringing TM into schools and colleges in the lower mainland. She is now semi-retired but still an integral part of the Vancouver TM community.
When not involved in TM activities or enjoyable family times Sheila has a wide range of interests and hobbies including theatre, art, photography and baking. Life is never dull!
Mark McCooey has been a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program since July, 1978 and has taught TM to hundreds of people on a part time basis since then. Mark’s full time occupation is as the President of SEI Industries Ltd, a company that is the world leader in helicopter applications for fighting forest fires. Combining 27 years of business experience with Maharishi’s teachings of Transcendental Meditation, Mark knows first hand the value of TM in the world of business success and stress management. Always a popular speaker, Mark combines that practical real world experience with the subjective inner value of TM to bring special relevance to the learning experience of the student.
Joseph Shannon learned TM in 1970 along with many of his close relatives. Soon after, he took TM teacher training in 1972 at Humboldt State College, where he spent a month in residence with Maharishi. He then spent six months Calla Millor, Majorca, Spain and Fiuggi, Italy. Upon returning home, Joseph taught TM all over British Columbia: in the Okanagan, the Kootenays, Prince Rupert, White Rock, Surrey and Vancouver. He also taught in Sante Fe, New Mexico between 1973 and 1974.
Joseph is a member of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). He graduated from the Building Technology program at BCIT, Burnaby in 1988. He practiced Architectural design in Architectural and Engineering offices in the Vancouver Metro area since 1988. Also, he was a part time technical consultant for “Building Envelope” architectural projects in the Vancouver area.
Joseph is a Metis citizen, and a member of various local and provincial Metis and First Nations aboriginal organizations; also a member of a local Metis dance group. He
looks forward to teaching TM in the BC Interior and to aboriginal communities in BC.
In his free time, Joseph likes Metis jigging, cycling, skiing, exercising, and amateur astronomy.
Olga Campbell, from Vancouver, started meditating in 1967. She became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in India in 1970. Olga got her Masters of Social Work in1967 and worked for many years as a social worker. She also went to art school in Vancouver and received a BFA in 1993. Art is her passion. She has been doing sculpture, mixed media, photography and digital prints for the past twenty years. Olga attended the recertification course for TM teachers in the summer of 2013 and is now teaching TM again in the Vancouver Centre.
Prince Pabbies was born and raised in India. He immigrated to Canada after graduating from university in 1968. He started practicing Transcendental Meditation in 1974 and also started a profession as a Real Estate Agent in the province of British Columbia. Prince travelled to a few countries participating in various TM advanced programs & also in World Peace Creating Assemblies. In the year of 2005, he retired from the Real Estate business and became a Certified Teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
Now, he enjoys working on various TM activities on a full time basis, including teaching the technique of Transcendental Meditation in the city of Vancouver.
Nancy Malcolm Stewart began her professional career as a Certified Orthoptist in 1952, treating patients with eyesight problems. She went on to own a practice in 1963. However, in 1968 her passion for teaching began to develop and she attended the University of British Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She then began teaching, specializing in primary and art education until she retired 1990. Nancy believes her best achievement to be her student’s artwork, which was often displayed at the Richmond Art Gallery to considerable acclaim.
In 1965, Nancy learned the concept of TM from an Orthoptic patient who referred her to a TM teacher. Within two weeks she learned, gaining wonderful benefits. This was when TM was first being introduced to Canada and the western world. She soon made her home available for individual TM instructions and group meditations. She went on to become a TM Teacher in 1976. She worked both as a TM teacher and school teacher until she retired from school teaching in 1990. In 1978, she worked on the Ideal Society Campaign. In 2003, she reached out to the school principals of Richmond, BC, defining the benefits TM would offer their students. In 2008, she taught TM to several special education teachers at a school for children with learning disabilities.
Nancy, a Vancouverite for all her life, continues her TM teaching and acrylic painting.
Laurie Robyn Young
I learned Transcendental Meditation in the fall of 1971, after trying several meditation methods that didn’t do much. TM worked very well the first time, and I felt better in days. I decided that Maharishi’s Movement would be the place to pursue my development. After meditating for a year and a half, I became a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation in Spain in the Spring of 1973.
Most of my teaching activities have been in the Vancouver area. Also, I taught in Victoria for a period in 1981. In Vancouver, I worked full-time for four months in 1978 teaching TM in our “Creating An Ideal Society” campaign. In 1983-1984 I worked for a year at our National TM Capital in Huntsville, Ontario. Along the way I have combined my hairdressing career with teaching TM. I am still working as a hairdresser.
During most of my life I have been known as “Robyn”, which is actually my middle name. In 2007 I switched to using my legal first name of “Laurie.” Other interests include: reading, yoga, aerobics, strength training, conversations.
This summer, Angela Absalom decided to return to teaching Transcendental Meditation. Angela started meditating in May 1975 and became a TM Teacher in January 1976. She taught for 2 years in Scarborough and Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. Angela moved to Vancouver 1980, where she raised 2 daughters. She worked as registered nurse at several Vancouver hospitals, ending up at B.C. Women’s. She still works there part time, even though she’s retired. Her hobbies include dance, playing fiddle, singing, and spending time in Nature.
Deboragh Varnel – see here
William Ayling – see here
Contact: Helen Foster-Grimmett
Helen Foster-Grimmett has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1970, and became a teacher of the TM program in 1972. She holds a B.Ed. in English Education and a Ph.D. in World Peace Studies and is a member of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. Helen has taught high school English in the BC public school system and has worked at the local, national, and international offices of the Transcendental Meditation Program. In addition to leading TM Teacher Training Courses, Helen has traveled the world participating in a peace-creating task force for the reduction of crime and violence. Helen is the National Director of the Foundation for the Development of Consciousness and Director of the Transcendental Meditation Centre in Victoria, B.C. She specializes in the TM Program for women and girls, Consciousness-Based Education(CBE), programs for First Nations’ communities, and volunteers in the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Victoria School for Ideal Education. A lifelong educator, Helen has a passion for sharing with her students the adage: “Be the change you want to see in the world”, and the action step: “Change begins within”.
Garry Foster is the President of Enlightened Communications, a speakers’ bureau with public relations expertise. He holds a B.A. in Humanities and a Ph.D. in World Peace Studies. He is a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program and has taught TM in over 30 cities in 8 countries. Garry believes that there are an infinite number of ways we can all help society, and he chose to help improve the quality of individual life, which is the basic unit of a healthy, peaceful society. He continues his strong interest in peace-creating programs by serving the community as the National Co-Director of “Operation Warrior Wellness – Canada” – an initiative to bring the stress-reducing benefits of TM to military veterans and police with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is an avid photo journalist whose work has been published in Canada, the United States, England, and Australia.
Neil Dickie learned TM in 1973 and became a TM teacher in 1977. Neil edited the quarterly color magazine of Maharishi University of Management, MUM World, between 1989 and 1993, and MUM’s Annual Report, 2000, 2001. He was the production coordinator of Scientific Research on Transcendental Meditation, Collected Papers, Vol 5 (1988). Also, he was the Publicist for MUM between 2000-2001. He has taught TM at two Canadian high schools (2007-2008, 2011 – 2012). Neil was also a daily newspaper reporter, writer-researcher for a Bay St brokerage firm, 1996 – 2000. He taught undergraduate writing for two semesters at MUM, 2000 – 2001, and currently operates his own writing/editing business.
Neil has an MA in professional writing and an MBA. He’s a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and a certified Maharishi Gem-Light technician. In his free time he likes to exercise and practice yoga.
Joe Truscott learned TM in 1970 and has been meditating regularly since then. He has been teaching Transcendental Meditation and a range of programs associated with TM as a Certified TM Teacher for 43 years, worked over a 5-year period as Age of Enlightenment Center Director in Vernon, Vancouver and Victoria and currently continues to teach part-time in Victoria. He has a close association with the Victoria School For Ideal Education, teaching meditation to Parents and students and is married to the school’s principal, Ginny Lovick.
Educated with a B.Sc. Degree in Zoology from UBC, Diploma of Technology in Environmental Health from BCIT and a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, Joe also continues with his professional career, most recently as a Project Director at a Victoria Environmental Consulting Firm (Hemmera). Starting in 1971 he worked over a 35 year period for the BC Government, Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and BC Hydro in marine and freshwater biology, major project environmental assessment, coastal and land use planning and construction environmental management. This includes leading community and First Nations consultations during environmental assessments for major mining, transmission line and energy projects; and teaching post graduate and senior undergraduate courses at Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria and Royal Roads University over a 14 year period. Joe’s experience also includes marine biophysical capability inventory, assessment and regulation of marine aquaculture and participation in the development of a Marine Protected Areas Strategy. Joe has strong facilitation, verbal and written communication skills gained over many years of working with First Nations, stakeholders, and agencies. His key professional goals are effective leadership and mentorship through close collaboration with junior and senior associates and making the work environment an enjoyable place for everyone. Joe loves travelling, cycling, hiking, reading classics, listening to music, watching movies with Ginny, and spending time with his family.
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Contact: Chaya Green
Chaya Green learned TM in 1970. She became a TM teacher in 1972 in Majorca, Spain, and Fiuggi Fonte, Italy. When she returned from her training, she taught TM in Tucson, Arizona for two years, and then moved to Fairfield, Iowa with her husband, who taught physics at Maharishi International University. During the 15 years spent in Fairfield, Chaya gave birth to four children, including triplets. They are in their thirties now. Chaya moved from Los Angeles to Winnipeg in 1992 with her husband, Rabbi Alan Green. Their life revolves around the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, which give meaning and rhythm to the changing days and seasons and reminds them of their history, their relationship to God, and to other people. Entertaining in the Green household is mostly in relation to Shabbat (the Sabbath) and holidays, with festive meals and special rituals to mark each one. Singing around the table is a fun part of their celebrations. Chaya enjoys adult Jewish learning and takes classes in order to deepen her understanding of the tradition.
She has been teaching TM full time since 2008. Her teaching schedule revolves around Jewish life also, because Jewish holidays prohibit many kinds of activities, including work.
Chaya and Alan travel often to Israel. In their leisure time, they enjoy concerts and movies, being with friends, and visiting their children and one grandson in various locales in the U.S.A. and Canada.
Lilian Lontra is a certified Teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
Lilian graduated from Estacio De Sa University in Rio De Janeiro with a law degree (1993) and specialized in Trademark Law. In 2011 Lili’s interest in decorating motivated her to become an Interior Decorator at Red River College and then continued her traing in Vastu Architecture. In 2007, Lili learned TM in Rio. She moved to Canada in 2010 where she continued her extensive TM training in both Winnipeg, Canada and Fairfield, USA to achive all levels of Advance Techniques. Lili regularly attended retreats in Fairfield to further increase her awareness and understanding of TM. In 2012/13, she completed her final advancement to become a teacher of Transendental Meditation when she graduated from Teacher Training (TTC) in Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa, USA.
Her goal is to lead people to have a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life.