Ami Stadnick learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique in 1973 while she was a graduate student in Neurophysiology 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 Ft. McMurray, Alberta, teaching over 100 students 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 is a full time TM Teacher since retiring from Alberta Health Services in 2015.
She looks forward to welcoming you to her calm, peaceful, quiet home office for further information and instruction.
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.
Rhonda Day has practised TM since 1972 and has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation since 1974. She taught English and Drama at a large Edmonton high school for 28 years and was three times nominated for an Alberta Excellence in Teaching award.
For six years, Rhonda, with her husband, Richard Day, taught TM to over 60 students and staff at the high school where she taught. Students who practised TM at the school reported improved social relationships, better academic achievement, greater alertness, improved sports performance, and improved relationships with family. Meditating teachers enjoyed improved energy through TM, as well as a greater ability to manage students and an increase in physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Now retired from school teaching, Rhonda continues to teach TM to the community and welcomes all former students to call her to arrange a personal verification of their TM practice.
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 atJasper Place High School in Edmonton. He enjoys photography, video, reading, and hiking in the mountains.
Richard Shelford became of teacher of Transcendental Meditation 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.
For Those Already Practicing Transcendental Meditation
MEDITATORS' MEETINGS: Are held regularly - please contact us for full schedule.
PERSONAL CHECKING: To refresh your practice and receive more guidance on your TM technique, these one-to-one 30 minute sessions are available by appointment.
REFRESHER COURSES: If you would like to refresh your practice and understanding of Transcendental Meditation, why not sit in again on a course of instruction? Phone or email for details.
Helle Pettersen, Nurse and Mother:
"Those 20 minutes of silence were the quietest I had known for a long, long time. I felt I got in touch with my self, that inner peace, that person I am," Helle says. "That was great. Now, as a parent, I am much more focused, calm, with better resources to give more, and can be more present for my daughter – calm, not stressed." - Helle Pettersen As quoted in "Flying Start Parenting" magazine"