Antoinette Layoun


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:


Antoinette Layoun


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  specilized therapist 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):
Antoinette Layoun

91 thoughts on “Antoinette Layoun

  1. Clearly, Antoinette has made a fundamental option for peace within herself and her generous spirit shares this with all whom she encounters one person at a time.She also uses the gifts of her extraordinary energy and sense of well-being to affect peaceful transformation in the greater world.Congratulations, Antoinette, for being a beacon of love in the world and congratulations, Amanda, for recognizing this and initiating the nomination!

  2. Her magnanimity, listening, compassion towards the other, marked her teachings of love an inspiration, an example.

  3. Because Antoinette Layoun allowed me retrouer the path to peace after I wandered the maze of life without finding anything interesting. Now, thanks to her, I found peace as I look.

  4. She is the person probably nominate for this award. She lives for peace, it teaches us the statement. This is called an ambassador!

  5. Her openness and the fact that she has a motivation, a desire to help others without judgment. Sensitivity and emotional intelligence has certainly had inspirer hundreds of people, if not thousands!

  6. His philosophy in very simplified: Peace heart; Peace of his family; Peace around us – Namasté

  7. Antoinette is my idol in connection with peace and love. Being in his presence is enriching and rewarding.
    Suzanne Giroux

  8. Ms. Layoun, promotes true peace through self-knowledge to allow propogation of that peace. Inner peace for peace on earth.

  9. Antoinette is a sensitive, bright woman who helps everyone without judgement and staying connected to reality.

  10. Antoinette’s life is a work composed of consciousness, altruism and kindness. She is a model for all. Antoinette thank you.

  11. Antoinette leads us to become aware of our sufferings and offers tools so that we can take care of it responsibly. Thank you!

  12. Personally, she helped in my life to bring me to know me in my inner sensibility. She brought me to see the gratitude in simplicity, lightness and wonders that surround me every day. All this allows me to be in love, creation and existence… to be – me -with peace in my heart.

  13. Antoinette is a woman of peace with a great heart. Her support helped me a lot to know me and taught me to be in peace and in harmony with me. I thank from my heart ! Namaste !

  14. Antoinette is dedicated to her work and it transpires her on all those who meet her. The joy , peace of heart , sharing , love and understanding of the human are its watchwords .

  15. Antoinette thank you !!! Thank you for allowing me to exist for me and to be in relationship with me. Thank you for showing me how to create it. Thank you to let me know inner peace.

  16. I wholeheartedly support the nomination of Antoinette Layoun . Antoinette is for me a woman standing which darkens and Rayon . She shares the peace with her heart and touched mine.

  17. I support the appointment of Antoinette Layoun . She is an extraordinary woman , her energy , her knowledge and pure vocation to the human is exemplary. She shares her knowledge and guide many people to bring peace , love and happiness in the lives of everyone she encounters . It is essential to know Antoinette , for love of neighbor is palpable just looking at her. What a great inspiration is this wonderful woman ! I have a lot of gratitude and thank the Universe for having put in my way.
    Nathalie Gallant

  18. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met Antoinette and been able to take her Meditation Chi class. I attended classes with my best friend and while we hoped it would help us with the stress and demands of our daily lives, we never expected it would have such a transformative impact on our lives.
    Antoinette is like no other person I’ve ever met. It’s hard to describe what its like to be in a room with her. She has a magnetic presence and warmth that draws you in and instantly sets you at ease.
    Every class we left feeling like she had spoken directly to us, about us and set us on a path to fix another little part of ourselves. I felt the effects of her teachings and her class in the most unexpected ways.
    It wasn’t until my last pregnancy that I felt the full impact of Antoinette in my personal life. My pregnancy was complicated and my doctors were unsure if I would carry to term. I felt desperately alone and numbed myself to prepare for the worst. It was Antoinette’s simple and quiet counsel that changed everything for me. Through her meditative practices she gave me the most beautiful gift: permission to love my unborn child. She gave me courage to rise about my fears and liberated me to fully open up my heart. It saved me. I am eternally grateful.
    She is a phenomenal woman and I wholeheartedly support her nomination!

  19. I am with all those who support the candidacy of Antoinette Layoun . I had the privilege of working with this great lady during a journey to India in 2015 and my heart remained impregnated her magnanimity and his humanism . I hope with all my heart that it is recognized for the inspiration it represents and for universal love and peace that she spreads around her. It provides a light source on the life path of a human being . Bravo! Antoinette for your work !

  20. I support the appointment of Antoinette Layoun for the Peace Prize.
    I knew Antoinette for 10 years now. I was just going through a difficult period due to cancer and a year of treatment.

    I lived in fear, insecurity as cancer comes back and it prevented me to take my life in hand. I have been to other resources that did not work but the encounter with Antoinette in her 2 years class who was called at the time ‘Living in relationship’ completely transformed me.
    It’s not just knowledge as a professional coaching she is much more Antoinette work fully in us discover our greatness within us so that we resume our personal power. I saw others like me changed.

    I attended several workshops with Antoinette and it always brought me other healings of my Soul. It was the springboard for me to regain my life back so that thereafter I discovered my potential and I returned to live normally.

    These cures have given me the willingness to help people who are also going through a period in the disease. Naturopathy challenged me and now I help people.

    Antoinette has this desire to work for World Peace. Around me I saw so much transformation of Joy, Peace, Love that will liberate our hearts affected by the hazards that life sends us.

    This award would simply be the return of what she has given and continues to give, her peace and hr love!
    Antoinette thank you xxx

  21. I really believe that Antoinette deserves this award for peace. It is a INSPIRATION for all those around her from near and far .

  22. The first time I met Antoinette was at UQAM in Montreal in October 2014. I had a real love for her spiritual lightning. By listening to her life story, as a child soldier Ambassador of Peace, I could feel the entire Peace and passion that emanated from her. I decided to follow some personal growth classes at her Universcité in Deux-Montagnes. There, I understood the difference with her approach that is accepting ourselves with love. Not phrases positive thoughts that we repeats but do not feel them half the time. To go further in my quest I said yes to a journey to Costa Rica in her company and there I really felt she took me by the hand to lead me to my truth. That is Antoinette, a real woman, human and Peace carrier. Thank you to consider her candidacy with great interest.

  23. I definitely want to take this moment to warmly recommend and support the candidature of Antoinette Layoun . I knew Antoinette three years ago already. Her oral teachings, also through her yoga, meditating her guidance and her way of making accessible the love and peace concepts lead us deeply to a nonviolent communication and action.
    May she continue to touch hearts for a better world ! A big thank-you ! Hélène B.xx

  24. It is a previledge for me to have met Antoinette . It took me some time to see that she would make a change in my life. She is a real peace sembassadrisse who breathes peace and transmits peace. I count myself lucky to be able to know her and receive her knowledge. I support deeply within me her candidacy.

  25. Antoinette had a huge impact on the direction of my life during a very difficult time and i will forever be grateful. She lights up a room and makes everyone feel heard and special. Many times during her yoga-meditation class it felt as if she was directly speaking to me and brought so much clarity in my life. My best friend and i called her « our Oprah ». Thank you so much for the gift of strength and clarity you gave me! xoxo

  26. Dear Antoinette , you are the incarnation of Love and Peace . You are a woman of Heart and Peace who gives the others. You brought me so many lessons to help me pursue the path of peace and serenity which I aspire . Thank you for being!

  27. Antoinette is a Woman of Heart and Peace I met for already a year and a half. Through her teachings, whether the course of Yoga Chi Meditation, the various live conferences and on the web, courses and workshops, she conveys concrete means to be in peace with ourselves, our loved ones and all our environment. Her term child soldier Ambassador of Peace, demonstrates very well how she worked to heal her own wounds to live in peace and subsequently help and communicate more how to live in peace. It is a living and practical example for everyone and especially for all those who meets her.
    Her smile, her compassion and understanding of the human make her a warm person, rarely will meet an exceptional Woman of Heart like she is, integrates and works without tirelessly for Peace.
    Antoinette thank you to be the one that you are, thank you for being such a beautiful light to the world, and finally thank you for everything you do for Peace.
    Francine Vallée

  28. vote for Antoinette Layoun . She is an exceptional woman! She emanates peace and love that we receive with grace through her work and we are trying to spreadit at our turn .

  29. I vote for Antoinette Layoun . This woman is an angel and she helps me find my wings . I like her a lot and I thank life for letting me know this extraordinary woman. I vote for her.

  30. As a former soldier I support the candidacy of Antoinette Layoun . She inspires confidence and has a very open mind . It is not necessary to be in the UN to represent peace. Her life mission is peace and shares it with as many people as possible .

  31. From the first Yoga Chi class , I felt a great inner peace , which prompted me to continue hers course in order to calm the anxiety whirlwind. It helps me so much to soothe me

  32. Antoinette is a person who is working hard for World peace and inner peace of each individual who metts her , inner peace generates outer peace .

  33. Seamless continuity in work for peace as the collective and individual point of view . Her help in the community is undeniable !

  34. n addition to carrying peace, she lives it, she explains it to us, she shares to us and shows us the way to our inner peace.
    Antoinette thank you !

  35. In addition to carrying peace, she lives it, she explains it to us, she shares to us and shows us the way to our inner peace.
    Antoinette thank you !

  36. Antoinette by her words, her action, her compassion, her teachings , she dedicates a model for peace in the world. It helps me become a better person in love, peace and compassion. Thank you!

  37. Antoinette is an authentic person who helps us see ourselves in peace and love through her teachings and example .

  38. Because Antoinette is a passionate , visionary , who wants peace in every heart and in humanity. Congratulations. Thank you! Guy St- Denis

  39. I support the candidacy of Layoun Antoinette because she is a woman of heart and very inspiring.
    She might be the best person for the Peace Prize 2016 .

  40. Antoinette allowed me to contact my inner strenght. I was hiding all this time, now I removed my mask and I am the main actor of my life.

  41. Here are the reasons why I support the candidacy of Antoinette for the Public Prize for Peace.

    Antoinette wrote the book The 10 keys of Love but she has a eleventh ky: the key to our hearts . She speaks from heart to heart . Fairy, witch or sorceress , whatever, she reached us, to find the best in us and teaches us to make it grow . The more our heart grow, the better we understand it and listening we can only live in love and peace.


    If only she could become as popular , we would be assured to live in peace on this earth.

    Antoinette thank you , you carry Love and Peace in you, how lucky we are to know you !

  42. Antoinette Layoun is a woman inspired and inspiring through her teachings, her articles, her book and the Yoga Chi & Meditation practice; I developed an energy that helped me a lot to live positively treatment against cancer. I cultivate my inner peace …
    Piece of the heart , body and spirit .
    Namasté .

  43. Antoinette seeded our hearts through her words, actions and teachings. With our intention and love, from that seed will grow a tree in our heart. From that tree, fruit grows and with awareness and love we can harvest these fruits that are PEACE , LOVE, JOY , BLISS , CONSCIOUSNESS and COMPASSION . Antoinette thank you ! Peace to you !

  44. Antoinette by her life story and her daily work is a very inspiring person . Her presence inspires joy and confidence and dedication to its mission of peace through her yoga classes, consultations , her articles and speeches is very beneficial for all. She always helps us more to find peace in yourself and in my relationships

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