Antoinette LAYOUN is a therapist and a yoga master in Quebec (Canada). From her experience as a child soldier in Lebanon, Antoinette came away filled with the strength of love and now artfully teaches a way to inner peace that allows people to share their personal peace through constructive, loving lives. The numerous warm comments received from the public that is familiar with her workshops allowed her to be discerned with the 2016 Public Peace Prize as PERSONAL PEACE WEAVER and SOCIAL PEACEMAKER.
Read all the letters of this support for this nomination in their original language (French) at:
FROM CHILD SOLDIER TO AMBASSADOR OF PEACE
I would like to nominate an extraordinary woman named Antoinette Layoun. Her story begins in Lebanon where she became a child soldier. She later came to Canada and then Québec, eventually becoming a Peace Ambassador to events in Portugal and India.
She founded a centre over nearly 20 years ago which helps people find inner peace and share this peace with the world around them in their daily lives. Her approach of the Human Architecture comes from her expertise and experience as a psychotherapist and Yogacharia, today known as Swami Shantiananda.
Antoinette’s list of accomplishments is very long. Some can be found on the centre’s website (see two articles in French below). However, her main objective remains bringing peace to the daily lives of as many people as she can. Her book Les dix clés de l’amour was written to serve as a tool to teach others how to find peace within and a more loving approach to life. She is often invited as a guest on talk shows and live events to speak about her approach to peace.
As someone in her entourage, who has known her for at least six years now, and who has also been her student, I can attest that she works unceasingly and tirelessly for peace with heart and determination. She participates in many activities at the centre, practices many hours of yoga and meditation, gives courses and provides coaching. She also takes part in events such as the ‘Festival du Féminin’, which took place in Montreal last October. She will also travel to Paris in spring 2016 for a similar event. Yet, even with such a weighted schedule and responsibilities, she manages to connect with every person who comes through her door.
Antoinette has put in place initiatives such as 21DayforPeace, during which she guides people for 21 days in September on the road to peace through meditation and self-awareness. She has hosted enumerable events to raise awareness for peace – many taking place on September 21 every year. She also writes a weekly column for a local paper and has had her articles in many publications.
Please allow me to tell you the reasons I am nominating Antoinette. The first is because this woman has given herself heart and soul to her mission of peace and I know that, for her, the work itself is her reward. I wish her to be acknowledged because it is important for us to recognize these beautiful people in our society, to give them the energy to continue their work. I also feel that the best way to thank her is to propagate her mission of peace. By speaking about her, we speak about her mission as the two are inextricable. Her aim is to bring individuals to finding inner peace and to giving up the war within. We know that inner peace translates into peace in all that we are and all that we do.
I invite you to read these articles and discover Antoinette Layoun, this amazing woman of peace.
Amanda Bridget Griffin
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Read all the nominations proposing Antoinette Layoun for the Public Peace Prize (in their original language):