Traysiah & Thomas 

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"Traysi and Tom are a force to be reckoned with.

They are gifted and entertaining facilitators."

- S.M. Jamieson, Victoria, Canada

Traysiah Spring, C.Ht., CNA, CCI



Traysiah Spring is an award winning author, Vedic astrologer and holistic teacher.


She was born and raised in the 'wilds' of Canada and has been meditating for more than 47 years. She was first introduced to meditation at eleven years old, and had a profound experience of vast inner expansion and peace. 


This set the path of her life, clearly in the direction of exploring the infinite potential of human consciousness.


Throughout her life, she has been fortunate to study in the living presence of some of the great spiritual masters of our time, such as His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Amma-ji, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati. 


She studied ancient Vedic Literature at Maharishi International University, majoring in Ayurveda (holistic health) and Vedic Astrology, then worked as an Ayurvedic Practitioner for many years, as well as, assisted in opening three Ayurvedic Clinics across Canada. 

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She lived in the meditation community of Fairfield, Iowa for many years and meditated regularly with large groups of between 1,200 and 2,000 people in grand golden domes. She is grateful for this opportunity, as it was a time of powerful inner awakening experiences.


She continued her studies in Vedic Astrology, with Master Astrologer Mark Kincaid of Nature's Astrology and has gone on to do Vedic Chart Consultations for countless clients all over the world. She especially has a strong following in Australia and New Zealand.

Traysi then trained to become a Certified Instructor with Dr. Deepak Chopra, in Ayurveda and Meditation and worked for years at Dr. Chopra's Center for Well-Being, in San Diego, CA, as an Ayurvedic Consultant and Meditation Instructor.


At this time, Traysi met Tom and they started their grand adventure together. More details

Traysi continued her training in the Holistic Arts, becoming a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Master in Guided Imagery, a Certified Advanced E.F.T. Practitioner, a Certified TranscenDance Facilitator, an Advanced Past Life Facilitator, Soul Coach and a Passion Test Facilitator, among other things. She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant for Acute Care.

"Traysi is an outstanding speaker and teacher.

She has a natural way of presenting a topic with interest, clarity and enthusiasm, that engages the audience."

- Reverend Blake Isaac, Questhaven Retreat Center,

San Marcos, CA

Rishikesh, India

In 2021, Traysiah went to Rishikesh, India for several months, where she had the opportunity to work with the world-renowned spiritual leader, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, which is on the banks of the Ganges River, at the foothills of the Himalayas.


The Rishikesh area is where Yoga and Meditation originated thousands of years ago, and Traysiah had the great honor of being a regular meditation instructor at the ashram. She was also a videographer and editor for several videos for Sadhviji. (More pictures from this grand adventure.)

"What an amazing gift from the universe, you are, Traysiah!"

- Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India

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Traysi also had the great pleasure of working closely with

global 'New Thought' leaders, and bestselling authors, Debra Poneman and Marci Shimoff, of Your Year of Miracles and Yes to Success.


Traysiah was the event co-ordinator for several of Debra's transformational retreats, and she gave Vedic Astrology consultations to many of Debra and Marci's clients, from all over the world. 

"We’ve both had astrology readings with Traysi and have been very impressed with the depth of her knowledge and usefulness of her guidance."

- Debra Poneman & Marci Shimoff - Global New Thought Leaders & Best Selling Authors

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Traysi was a single mother for many years. Her son, Jaydon, graduated with a degree in Engineering, and she could not be a prouder Mom.


Traysi feels very blessed to have been like a sponge all her life, absorbing timeless wisdom from many profound sources, and has been inspired to share what she has learned, through different mediums - she has written 2 books, produced video documentaries, some of which have played on PBS. She has written, performed and recorded several songs. As well as, created a board game for learning higher knowledge.


Traysiah has now been meditating for over four and a half decades, and has spent a lifetime writing, singing, dancing, speaking, videotaping, counseling, doing charts and holding retreats, about exploring our inner realm of consciousness – our own endless source of profound deep peace.

"Tom excels at creating a supportive rapport with students, and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that students truly experience learning."


- Susan Mills, Executive Director Tri-County Community Corrections (Retired), 

Crookston, MN

Thomas Bakken, MS.ED.

Biography


Thomas Bakken is an award winning author and gifted teacher.


He was born and raised in a little town in northern Minnesota, where he was a teacher for over 30 years. He got his Masters Degree in Special Education, as he was always inspired to give "compassion to those who need it most". 


He fulfilled this intention by working in the most challenging of learning environments, such as a prison, and a juvenile correctional facility, where he taught long-term prisoners, "at risk" youth, and children with special needs, for many years.


He taught for most of his life, with his first wife, Kathryn, by his side. She was a powerful force in education and was his daily example of how to strive for excellence as a teacher. She retired after 34 dedicated years of teaching, and within a year, was diagnosed with cancer.


Tom was devastated, but became her loyal support system through a two year painful journey. During this time, Kathryn and Tom discovered meditation as a way to alleviate stress and help with the healing process. They traveled together to the Chopra Center in San Diego, CA for a week of healing treatments and classes. But Kathryn's cancer was too far advanced and her journey ended, when she passed in 2012.

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Tom continued teaching on his own, but was less interested in the regular curriculum. He started to bring meditation to his students at the Juvenile Correctional Facility, as a way to bring healing to himself, as much as his students.


What he discovered, was that the students had definite changes in their behavior with the meditation. They would be more calm, clear and focused with their studies, as well as, more harmonious in their disposition. The students were resistant at first to engage in the meditations, but after a while, they started asking for it and it became a cherished part of their morning routine.


The daily meditation practice also helped Tom tremendously in moving through the painful grieving process, after Kathy passed. 

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He received a letter sometime later, from one of his students that had been through a particularly difficult upbringing, involving gangs and drugs. The student wanted to tell Tom how much the meditations had helped him and had given him hope for a better life. Tom was so inspired by the letter, but soon afterwards, he heard the tragic news that the young man was killed in a gang shooting.


All of these experiences woke Tom up to the power of meditation and he knew that he was ready for a new focus in his life. He decided to go back to the Chopra Center to continue learning more about meditation.

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It was there that he met Traysi and they became instant friends. They were both inspired to become Chopra Certified Instructors and over the next few years, they stayed in contact and continued to inspire each other at a distance.


Traysi was living in San Diego and Tom was still living in Minnesota at the time, and over time, the long distance friendship started to blossom into something more.


Eventually, Tom retired from teaching in Minnesota and moved to San Diego, California, where Traysi and Tom trained together as Chopra Instructors in both Ayurveda and Meditation. Then they got married and started teaching meditation at the Chopra Center.

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In California, Tom also continued working as a school teacher, at a Preparatory Charter School, where he brought meditation to their students, as well. 


Tom and Traysi now live in Blaine, Washington, and Tom continues to bring meditation to his students as an online teacher. He teaches students all over the country, through a national online school - Edgenuity.


Now, Tom and Traysi teach meditation and other programs in the local community of Blaine, Washington. They are meditation instructors for Semiahmoo Resort and lead a regular group meditation online.

"Life is a journey back to Peace."

- Tom Bakken