TM's scientifically proven health benefits

Hundreds of published research studies on the TM technique have documented its effectiveness on stress and anxiety, brain function, cardiovascular health and more

Your experienced and certified TM teachers in Geneva

Philippe Mercanton

Philippe Mercanton

Philippe Mercanton, DSCI, is a TM teacher since 1984. Philippe starts his teaching activities in the Lausanne area while training in Ayurveda. His training as an Ayurvedic therapist was agreed by ASCA in 1991. Philippe moved to Geneva in 1993 where he developed his therapist activities and continued teaching TM in French and English. He obtained the new federal diploma OrTra MA in Ayurvedic medicine in 2016. Philippe currently shares his time between his activities at the Maharishi Institute and the administrative management of the Maharishi School of Vedic Medicine.

Claude Newell-Lesslauer

TM-Teacher since 1998, Claude regularly teaches TM-courses in Geneva and in Berne — in English, French, and German. Director of the National Course Office Switzerland, she equally organizes residence courses and advanced meditation classes. After trainings in cultural anthropology, art history, and Sanskrit at the Universities of Basel and Lausanne, she pursues her studies of the Vedic tradition.

Claude Newell-Lesslauer

Take the first step

A choice of a location or online introductory talk

Main points of the info session

The first step is to attend a free introductory talk or "Info Session".
This will be presented by a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation and generally takes about 1 hour. You will find out:

  • Why TM is so effective for stress and anxiety
  • Why anyone can practise TM
  • What benefits you can realistically expect
  • How it works – the process of transcending
  • How TM differs from other meditations
  • What happens during TM

Following the talk there will be an opportunity to meet privately with the Teacher to discuss personal considerations.

The talk is a prerequisite to joining a course of instruction in TM, but there is no commitment to learn. It is open to everyone even if you only have a mild curiosity! Feel free to bring a friend.

    • Wed Jun 19th 19:30 Introduction to the Transcendental Meditation (MT) course
      At the Maharishi Institute (Geneva - Servette) INSTITUT MAHARISHI, 56 av. Wendt (Servette area), 1203 Geneva,
    • Tue Jun 25th 19:30 Introduction to the Transcendental Meditation (MT) course
      At the Maharishi Institute (Geneva - Servette) INSTITUT MAHARISHI, 56 av. Wendt (Servette area), 1203 Geneva,
    • Wed Jul 3rd 19:30 Introduction to the Transcendental Meditation (MT) course
      At the Maharishi Institute (Geneva - Servette) INSTITUT MAHARISHI, 56 av. Wendt (Servette area), 1203 Geneva,

Geneva TM-Center

Maharishi Institute
56 av. Wendt — 1203 Geneva (Servette)
Your contact TM Teacher : Philippe Mercanton
Tel : 022 733 31 42 - 078 654 81 07
Institute's website



What is
Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation is a simple technique practised 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably.

It is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over ten million people of all ages, cultures and religions have learned TM.

"It is our birth right to be happy, to be alert..."

Hugh Jackman talks about TM

What happens when you meditate?

The TM technique allows your mind to easily settle inward, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness. It is completely different as it involves no concentrating or focusing, no trying to "empty the mind".

What people are saying about Transcendental Meditation


"TM blew everything away"

Jerry Seinfeld:

"It's like a charger for your mind and body"

Ray Dalio & Martin Scorcese

"It brought me a clarity"
"That 20 mins is a god send"

Ellen DeGeneres:

"It's the only time I have stillness...It is a beautiful experience"

How is Transcendental Meditation different
from other meditations?

Compared to other meditations TM is different in two ways.

1. Absolutely effortless

  • No concentrating
  • No control of the mind
  • No mindfulness (monitoring of thoughts)
  • No trying to "empty the mind"
  • Anyone can do it, even children with ADHD

2. Proven effective

TM has been proven effective for stress and anxiety, clarity of mind, and more.


3. Teaching method:
  • Unlike other meditation methods, TM is taught one-on-one by instructors
  • TM teachers are certified and world experts in the field of TM
  • Delivery of training is personalised and individual

Better stress management, more confidence and increased productivity.

Freddy Leguizamon, insurance broker, Geneva

Common Questions

Can I learn TM from a book or video?+
What happens during TM?+
What if I'm not good at controlling my mind?+
What if I'm sceptical?+
  • TM is the only meditation practice that has been shown to reduce blood pressure…all other meditation techniques, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction are not recommended in clinical practice to lower blood pressure.

  • 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"

  • According to both the Australian CSIRO and American Heart Association (AHA), the TM technique is the only meditation technique that has been shown to effectively reduce high blood pressure.

  • A 2009 study found Transcendental Meditation helped alleviate stress in college students, while another found it helped reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression and anger.