Take the first step Learn meditation in Colchester

Transcendental Meditation is an investment in your health

Vasandhara Thoroughgood, Colchester GP

Vazz, GP, Colchester

Online Talks available

Book into an online talk with your local certified teacher, Barry Spivack.

Barry Spivack, Certified Teacher of Transcendental Meditation

If you would prefer a personal presentation about Transcendental Meditation either in person or over the phone then call Barry Spivack  on 01394 420455.

Barry trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1977 after graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He taught TM part-time whilst also working in the furniture industry, both manufacturing and retail, where he was director of operations. Barry enjoys teaching members of the public to meditate but also enjoys working with the NHS, Essex University, local companies and partnering with other institutions in Essex to help people who are at risk.

Barry is an expert on the effects of TM on society and has co-authored a book on this subject, An Antidote to Violence: Evaluating the Evidence, which will be available in June 2020.

Take the first step

Public introductory talks are either online or in-person.
If your local centre is not advertising a webinar, please call them direct. Otherwise ...

...register for an 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.

Colchester TM Centre

Barry Spivack
Call 01394 420 455
Email barry.spivack@tm.org

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

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.

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

Jerry Seinfeld:

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


"TM blew everything away"

Ray Dalio & Martin Scorcese

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

Cameron Diaz

"TM makes me feel whole again."

  • 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.

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.

Experience of Essex school Teachers

Friends Project


Courses to Learn Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation classes are offered by appointment, at times and in a location most convenient for you - for example at a private address in Colchester, your own home, another venue in North Essex, or at Barry's home in Rendlesham, Suffolk.
Personal instruction in Transcendental Meditation takes place on four consecutive days for about one-and-a half hours each session. These are most often on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, outside normal working hours but other days are often possible.
As part of the course fee, we offer a six-month follow up programme of regular checking and knowledge meetings, to ensure the best start and maximum benefits over time.