I am a passionate mindfulness educator with 31 years of practice, an experienced and engaging presenter and speaker, and a caring trainer & coach at ease with people of all ages and cultures.
My work is a blend of Western corporate training & Eastern inner-based practices, a synthesis that promotes a full engagement of work & home life. The result is a unique approach offering knowledge & wisdom in a practical and empowering way. My clients range from ordinary people seeking peace at home & at work, to UCLA, Hugo Boss, C.A.A., Thomas Cook, The Senate of Canada, KPMG Consulting, Labatt Brewing, Christian Dior, The Capital Group, UTA, Armand Hammer Museum, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Working as both a corporate trainer/executive coach and a mindfulness teacher/coach, I found myself organically blending these two – sharing insights of mindfulness with my corporate clients and introducing practical workplace tools to my mindfulness students. This marriage has evolved, in more recent years, into the creation of services now offered at aram3.
30+ years of practice
Professionally, I have experienced working life from a variety of perspectives— as a mindfulness educator, corporate trainer, former Human Right Commissioner, adjudicator, mediator, free-lance journalist, and an executive at not-for-profit and for-profit entities.
Personally, I have also seen life from many angles. I was forced to walk out of my country of birth – Iran – at a young age. Since then I have moved 26 times and lived on four continents. My curious mind has taken me to 60 countries, and I feel both sweetly homeless, and at home everywhere. I raised two compassionate creative young women, now my adult children, on my own. When I advise clients and students, there is a good chance that I have experienced the “it” that they are talking about in one shape or another.
I began studying & practicing a range of meditation and mindfulness techniques in 1985. I trained at the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation Center in Perth, Australia, received private lessons and teachings from my teacher and renowned Buddhist monk, The Venerable Dr. Vivekananda, and travelled with him throughout Asia. I studied Taoism in Canada, and graduated from Sacred Path at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. I have also been a student of Rumi’s philosophy for decades. I am a graduate of UCLA’s first Mindfulness Facilitation Program, offered through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) in the School of Neuroscience/Semel Institute, where I now teach Mindful Awareness Practices & coach MARC students.
One special gift – and challenge – that deepened and shaped my journey so far, has been Dyslexia. I learned to make sense of things/life in a different way, since I could not understand them as presented. Patterns, shapes, colors, stories…all have become my friends on the road of surviving/thriving and learning/teaching.
Born in the East, raised in the West, thrilled with my challenges and excited about helping to make secular mindfulness, and living with awareness accessible to the global community, I am a passionate teacher and curious student, determined to address the world’s growing demand for a balance of inner peace and outer accomplishment.