Dreaming of teaching TM? Here’s your chance!
March 8, 2016
There is still time* to complete your online application for the International Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course in Bali. And here are some reasons why you should seriously consider doing it.
“When we were on the Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course, the course leaders kept saying, ‘This is the greatest job you will be able to do in your life,’” Amine Kouider recalls. “And I kept going, ‘Yeah, right!’”
Kouider loved making films and playing music, so he was pretty certain he already knew what made him most happy in life. Yet it took just one student to turn that idea upside down.
Kouider’s first student as a new TM teacher was a 60+-year-old man. “He came out of his first meditation and said, ‘I’ve been looking for this for my whole life. Thank you so much!’ To me that was the most powerful experience I had ever had!”
Nowadays, Kouider gladly admits, “I do have to say it is the best job I could be doing. Even more enjoyable than making films.”
Those who have never been TM teachers might think of Amine’s experience as a novelty effect, bound to wear off soon.
But Mariam Daudi works as a Transcendental Meditation teacher in New York City, where stressed-out inhabitants flock to the local TM Center in the thousands. Personally, she has already taught more than 400 people.
“The experience has been amazing! I’ve been doing this full-time for two years now and it never gets old!” She adds, “We have teachers here who have been teaching for 40 years, and it never gets old for them either!”
Mariam Daudi and Amine Kouider were among the young Transcendental Meditation teachers who shared their experiences at an introductory event for the upcoming ELI International Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course (TTC) that starts on the 4th of September, 2016, in Bali.
Organized by Enlightened Leadership International (ELI) – a global organization of young leaders within the Global Country of World Peace, the international organization founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 2000 as “a country without borders for peace-loving people everywhere” – this TM Teacher Training Course has been designed keeping in mind the specific needs of the next generation of TM teachers.
Adrienne Schoenfeld, executive director of ELI, explains, “We have designed a teacher training experience that has Maharishi’s beautiful curriculum, but built around it is the most nourishing, sweet, and smooth process for you.”
This means a lot of support and mentoring both before and after the course—and beyond that first year as well in order to ensure the greatest success of the new teacher.
ELI will personally communicate with all prospective TTC participants 4–5 months prior to the course, enabling them to get into the details of what is about to happen.
Before the course, the participants will get more detailed information about the training itself, get their expectations and concerns addressed, find out more about the teaching career ahead of them, and participate in interactive discussion and workshops that focus on skills needed as a new TM teacher.
“While you are on the course, ELI will also ensure that your transition to teaching will be a very smooth process,” Schoenfeld explains. “We will make sure that you are welcomed with open arms and a great deal of support wherever you go.“
Besides arranging mentoring on the local level, ELI will also keep the young TM teachers around the world connected after the TTC course is over through the ELI Young Governors Association and will continue to provide ongoing education and networking opportunities.
Watch an introductory video about the course:
Tal Ron, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in Israel, points out that TTC does not quite prepare you for everything:
“While TTC is great, the really great thing is after TTC when you go and you teach. Nothing prepares you for the person who opens his or her eyes and says, ‘Thank you! I haven’t been able to sleep for 30 years but I slept today!’ It’s so enormously fulfilling!”
Donielle Freiberg echoes his words: “I have been teaching for six years. I can never come up with anything I would rather be doing as a career in my life.”
“It’s the most fulfilling thing to be able to share this tool that allows people to reconnect with themselves, with that quiet place inside. A lot of the people I’ve been working with through the David Lynch Foundation are students in inner-city schools, teenage girls who have been victims of prostitution, people who have been formerly homeless. Most of these people don’t experience silence at any time else in their life. And it’s such a gift to be able to give them this tool.”
In addition to the prospect of finding ultimate career fulfillment, the 2016 five-month Bali course is also a magnet for prospective applicants due to its scenic location and exceptional local food. The men will be housed in an idyllic mountainside eco-resort. The women will live in a peaceful, five-star resort right by the ocean.
Schoenfeld explains that while TTC is a rigorous program and will involve a very structured day, the training will take place in a stunningly gorgeous and most comfortable environment with highly qualified and well-trained course leaders.
“And there’s even a special guest who will visit!” She cannot contain her excitement as she reveals that Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, the leader of the Global Country of World Peace, is planning to visit the course and its participants—spending time furthering knowledge with the newly made teachers.
So, if having the best job in the world does not sound enticing enough, the prospect of beginning each day eating fresh papaya and basking in the full sunshine of knowledge can be added to the perks list.
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* Meditators have until 20th of March and Sidhas until 7th of May to complete their application.