Local Teacher - Helene Darisse
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.
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 two years in a row.
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"