Transcendental Meditation (TM) Technique - Traverse City, MI Transcendental Meditation ® - Learn it in Traverse City

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The technique for
inner peace and wellness

The only meditation that's


Taught one-on-onePersonalized instruction by a certified TM teacher for a much deeper experience

Taught one-on-one

Personalized instruction by a certified TM teacher for a much deeper experience


Absolutely effortlessAnyone can do it — even if you "can’t meditate"

Absolutely effortless

Anyone can do it — even if you "can’t meditate"


Evidence–basedHundreds of published research studies


Hundreds of published research studies


Guaranteed Your assurance that TM works for you


Your assurance that TM works for you

Taught by a non-profit organization

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Transcendental Meditation doesn't focus on breathing or chanting, like other forms of meditation. Instead, it encourages a restful state of mind beyond thinking... A 2009 study found Transcendental Meditation helped alleviate stress in college students, while another found it helped reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression and anger.

Perhaps its greatest benefit is that it's relatively quick to learn and easy to master. No waiting weeks or months of practice before you see results: TM cuts right to the chase, taking only days — or for some, minutes — before one feels reprieve from their painful and overwhelming thoughts.

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Learn Transcendental Meditation in Traverse City


You are invited to a free intro talk on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. We recommend this step before signing up for the TM course. You can register for your chosen date by using the calendar on the left, or calling our Traverse City location at (231) 360-0546. To register click here or call our Traverse City location at (231) 360-0546.  Can’t make it to an intro talk? View our online TM intro video .

What you'll learn at an intro talk

  • What TM is and is not
  • How it's different from other meditations
  • Why it works for everyone right from the start
  • How TM improves health, happiness, and inner calm
  • Why it's so easy to practice
  • Why personalized one-on-one instruction is needed
  • How to learn TM in Traverse City

    TM instruction requires personal one-on-one instruction from a certified TM teacher, so it won’t be taught during this group introduction. However, you’ll have the opportunity to meet local TM teachers and sign up to learn the TM technique.

Meet the certified TM teacher

Cathy Montgomery

Why certified?

The TM technique can only be taught by certified TM teachers in a course carefully personalized for each individual. All 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.

A student on his experience with TM

“It’s effortless because it’s already there” (video 1:53)

Buzzfeed employees learn TM

What happened when we learned TM (5:18)

TM and the Beatles

Transforming the lives of over one million victims of traumatic stress* (3:33) * Our charitable projects with the David Lynch Foundation

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What is the TM technique?

It’s a simple, natural technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.

Transcendental Meditation — brought to the West in 1959 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — is an ancient technique that's easy to learn and enjoyable to practice. It's not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over ten million people have learned it — people of all ages, cultures, and religions.

What if I “can’t meditate”?

Have you ever tried to meditate, and found you couldn’t do it because your mind is too active — or maybe the technique was uncomfortable in some way?

It’s a common experience because almost all techniques involve some kind of control or focus.

The big difference

This is what makes the TM technique completely different — it’s so easy and enjoyable that anyone can do it, even children with ADHD.

How can TM be effective if it’s so easy?

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Interestingly, it’s effective because it’s completely effortless. The TM technique uses the natural tendency of the mind to automatically draw your attention inward, through quieter and quieter levels of thought, until you experience your own innermost nature — the most peaceful and silent level of your mind.

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Evidence-based results

The TM technique's benefits start right away, and keep growing. Hundreds of independent research studies have found major increases in calmness, creativity, energy, clarity of mind, and happiness.

Why is effort in meditation counter-productive?

Other techniques involving control (concentration or focus) or monitoring (mindfulness) tend to keep your awareness on the surface — on the active level of your mind.

The effort (even if small) required by such techniques impedes transcending. In other words, it prevents you from naturally experiencing the state of deep inner peacefulness.

Other common questions

Can I learn TM from a book or video?

Imagine trying to learn a natural golf swing or the violin. You know how valuable it is for a good teacher to show you the proper technique.

The TM technique is easy to learn, but requires personalized interactive guidance. For this reason, it’s taught only through one-on-one instruction by a certified TM teacher.

There is no other way to learn the authentic TM technique — and there is no evidence that anything else provides the full range of benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.

What happens during TM?

The TM technique allows your mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness — pure consciousness.

This introductory video provides a clear description of what happens during TM practice.

What’s the evidence of TM's effectiveness?

Hundreds of published research studies have found that the TM technique is highly effective for stress, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, and more. See the research overview.

What if I’m not good at controlling my mind?

No problem at all. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no contemplation, no monitoring of thoughts.

What if I’m skeptical?

The TM technique’s effectiveness is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely skeptical. That’s because it automatically and effortlessly allows your active thinking mind to settle down to a state of deep inner calm.

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What are the evidence-based health benefits?

Deep inner calm

Proven effective for stress and anxiety

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Clarity of mind

Improved focus, productivity, and memory

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Heart health

An effective natural approach

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Other evidence-based benefits


The most common cause of insomnia is stress and anxiety. Many research studies have found that the TM technique is highly effective at producing a state of deep inner calm. Many people report an immediate improvement in their sleep quality after learning the TM technique.

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Additional research studies on insomnia:

Orme-Johnson DW & Dillbeck MC. Methodological Concerns for Meta-Analyses of Meditation: Comment on Sedlmeier et al. Psychological Bulletin 2014; 140(2):610-16.

Elder C, Nidich S, et al, Effect of Transcendental Meditation on Employee Burnout: A randomized controlled study. The Permanente Journal, 2014 Winter; 18(1):19-23.

Haratani T., et al. Effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on the health behavior of industrial workers. Japanese Journal of Public Health 37 (10 Suppl.): 729, 1990.

Lovell-Smith H. D. Transcendental Meditation—treating the patient as well as the disease. The New Zealand Family Physician 9: 62–65, April 1982.

Orme-Johnson D. W., et al. Meditation in the treatment of chronic pain and insomnia. In National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment Conference on Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia, Bethesda Maryland: National Institutes of Health, 1995.

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Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress problems who learned the TM technique showed significant reduction in depression after four months, in contrast to others who were randomly assigned to receive psychotherapy. Reference: Journal of Counseling and Development 64:212–215, 1985.

Additional research studies on depression:

Elder C, Nidich S, Colbert R, Hagelin J, Grayshield L, Oviedo-Lim D, Nidich R, Rainforth M, Jones C, Gerace D. Reduced psychological distress in racial and ethnic minority students practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program. Journal of Instructional Psychology 2011 38(2):109-116

Elder C, Nidich S, Moriarty F, Nidich R. Effect of Transcendental Meditation on employee stress, depression, and burnout: a randomized controlled study. The Permanente Journal 2014 18(1):19-23.

Ferguson P.C., et al. Psychological Findings on Transcendental Meditation. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 16:483-488, 1976.


Transcending PTSD (video 5:10)

Research studies on PTSD:

Barnes VA, Rigg JL, Williams JJ. Clinical case series: treatment of PTSD with Transcendental Meditation in active duty military personnel. Military Medicine 2013 178(7):e836-40. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00426

Rees B, Travis F, Shapiro D, Chant R. Reduction in posttraumatic stress symptoms in Congolese refugees practicing Transcendental Meditation. Journal of Traumatic Stress 2013 26(2):295-298

Rees B, Travis F, Shapiro D, Chant R. Significant reductions in posttraumatic stress symptoms in Congolese refugees within 10 days of Transcendental Meditation practice. Journal of Traumatic Stress 2014 27(1):112-115

Rosenthal JZ, Grosswald S, Ross R, Rosenthal N. Effects of Transcendental Meditation in veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with posttraumatic stress disorder: a pilot study. Military Medicine 2011 176(6):626–630


Published peer-reviewed research studies have found that the TM technique:

  • Improves attention
  • Improves behavior regulation
  • Improves emotional control
  • Improves memory
  • Improves organizational skills
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
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The current findings indicate that children with ADHD can not only learn the TM technique but also benefit from it, the researchers report in the online journal Current Issues in Education. ‘The effect was much greater than we expected,’ lead researcher Sarina J. Grosswald, a cognitive learning specialist in Arlington, Virginia, said in a written statement. ‘The children also showed improvements in attention, working memory, organization, and behavior regulation,’ she added.

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How do I learn?

The Transcendental Meditation technique is easy to learn and provides a lifetime of benefits. For details, contactcontact your local certified TM teacher.

Free introductory talk and Q&A

with a certified TM teacher (45–55 minutes). Check our calendar for availability of in-person and virtual talks, or view an intro video here

Personal meeting with TM teacher

following the intro talk (5–10 minutes)

TM Course To ensure the success of each student, the Transcendental Meditation technique is taught exclusively by certified teachers over four consecutive sessions. The first session of the TM course is always in-person, but the following three can be done either in person or at home with our interactive digital content and live video meetings with your TM teacher (availability varies by location).

Session 1: Personal instruction

  • One-on-one with your certified TM teacher, in-person (60-90 minutes).
  • (Note: TM course fee is required at this step)

Sessions 2-4: Small group

  • Option A: In-person. Small group sessions with your teacher (1.5 - 2 hrs/session).
  • Option B: At-home. After your personal instruction, the rest of the TM course can be completed on a flexible schedule. This option includes online sessions with your teacher and approximately 6 hours total of interactive digital content (to be completed at home).

Follow-up (1 hr, approx. 10 days later)

  • Small group session (with Q&A), and a one-on-one “tune-up” to ensure your TM practice is easy and enjoyable, and you’re gaining maximum benefit.
  • Available remotely or in-person.

Free lifetime follow-up and support

All who learn the TM technique have these available at no cost:

What is the TM course fee?

We're excited to announce changes to the TM course fee!

As a non-profit organization, we've always been committed to making the TM technique and its benefits available to as many people as possible.

Now more than ever, people need a technique for inner peace and wellness — so we're now offering a new nationwide income-based pricing planincome-based pricing plan. We also offer partial grant support to deserving individuals in need.

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We won’t ask you for evidence of your household income.

We’re a non-profit providing support for at-risk children, vets with PTSD, and many others in need.

We rely on your integrity.

Category Annual Household Income (AHI)? TM Course Fee with Free Lifetime Support
A Receiving federal assistance? Ask us about partial grant support
B Less than $50,000 $135 x 4 months
C $50,000 - $99,000 $195 x 4 months
D $100,000 - $199,000 $220 x 4 months
E $200,000 or more $245 x 4 months
S Full-time students? $105 x 4 months
Category Annual Household Income (AHI)? TM Course Fee with Free Lifetime Support
A Receiving federal assistance? Ask us about partial grant support
B Less than $50,000 $540
C $50,000 - $99,000 $780
D $100,000 - $199,000 $880
E $200,000 or more $980
S Full-time students? $420

The income-based fees are supported by special funding for this location.

Non-profit organization

The Transcendental Meditation technique is available in the USA through Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. 100% of the course fee supports the organization’s educational and charitable initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. More

Helping those in need

Over the past several years, full TM scholarships have been given to more than one million at-risk students, military veterans, homeless people, and others in need through partnerships with other non-profit organizations and foundations.

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