The importance of learning from a Certified Teacher

Only certified TM teachers can provide instruction in the authentic Transcendental Meditation technique.

In the U.S., the certification of TM teachers is available exclusively from Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Certified TM teachers have successfully completed an intensive 5-month in-residence Teacher Training Course, and they maintain their certification through ongoing professional courses for TM teachers.

Jaya Garrison

Jaya Garrison

Jaya was instructed in the TM technique in 1967, and became a teacher in 1972. She taught the TM technique in New Hampshire for two years, and then was fortunate to be accepted to the Vedic Studies Program with Maharishi in Switzerland, and earned her Master of Science in Vedic Studies in 1977 from Maharishi European Research University. After completing her degree, Jaya conducted two TM teacher training courses in France. Over the years Jaya has continued teaching the TM Technique and doing administrative work for the Maharishi Foundation. She has also worked as a portrait photographer, wellness counselor, and office manager. Jaya is now co-director of the TM Program in Santa Cruz.

“Learning the TM Technique was the most important and beneficial decision of my life. It is my great joy to pass on this easy and effortless technique of transcending, which brings peace, well-being and fulfillment to all who practice it.”

 Harry Smeenk

Harry Smeenk

Harry became a Transcendental Meditation teacher in 1975. Soon afterwards he went to Coranado, CA and worked as a carpenter with Beulah Smith. A few years later got his contractors license and moved to Santa Cruz where he started a family and a construction business. He’s currently a co-director of the Santa Cruz TM center where he has been actively teaching for the last 5 years.

Harry has built a Vastu home in Santa Cruz county and is looking to further his desire to build homes for people who want to live in Vastu. The primary goal of his building career has always been to build homes of quality, comfort and health.

“The opportunity to become more active in teaching the TM technique has fulfilled my desire to share this knowledge and technique the day that I was first instructed in 1972. I feel blessed to have this skill and to be able to share it with others.”