Inside Maharishi’s Ashram

Inside Maharishi



Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Rhoda Orme-Johnson who talks about Transcendental Meditation, and her new memoir, “Inside Maharishi’s Ashram. A Personal Story”, that gives a first-hand look at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Transcendental Meditation movement.

Author Rhoda Orme-Johnson details her often skeptical introduction to TM and to Maharishi and takes the reader through her years of being a TM teacher and founding faculty member of MIU, Maharishi International University (now Maharishi University of Management), and her departure from the university. Her honest, vivid, and humorous take on what was going on around her provides, in the words of her reviewers, “a riveting read”, and “a page turner.”

Rhoda’s career began with a BA in mathematics from Vassar College and a stint working on the Apollo project as a programmer assisting engineers writing abort trajectories for the missions. Drawn to her first love, fiction, she left her job to pursue a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland in College Park. When she became involved in the TM movement she and her family traveled around the world with Maharishi and then settled at MIU in Fairfield, Iowa, until her departure in 1996. She has had a successful fifteen-year career on the Emerald Coast of northwest Florida as a Realtor and is now retired and writing full time.

Her book is available on Amazon as a paperback and in Kindle and soon in Audible versions. Visit


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