About Antoinette Layoun

Antoinette Layoun

From Child Soldier to Peace Ambassador


Antoinette has travelled in and an out of the ordinary life path. At the age of 12, she was a child soldier in a civil war in Lebanon. She had to leave Lebanon so that her gravely wounded brother could receive emergency medical care in Québec.

For a long time, she sought to understand wars, inner conflict and on how the human being’s psyche functions. This is what guided her in her quest for healing and for peace.

Today, a specialized therapist with university training in psychology, as well as various other related professional training. Antoinette practices relational coaching with individuals and couples, and has done so for close to 20 years.

She is the author of the best-seller “Les dix clés de l’Amour” (The Ten Keys of Love), as well as many other written works including “The relationship with the ideal partner” and “Create your Life, Manifest your Dreams.” She is also a columnist for various publications such as the magazine ‘Mieux-Etre’, the magazine ‘Vivre’ and for a weekly local newspaper.

A Master in Yoga, she has developed and teaches Yoga Chi and Meditation as well as therapeutic movement through the body.  She is also known as Swami Shantiananda.  The title of Swami is an honorary title attributed to spiritual masters and teachers.  Shantiananda means Peace and Felicity.  The name was given to her for her devotion to the radiation of Yoga for the good of humanity.

Very involved at a social level, Antoinette received the title of Peace Ambassador by the Francophone Federation of Yoga.  She was an honored guest at international events for peace (Portugal and India), as well as being named a Public Peace Prize Laureate and the Tara Award, an international recognition for her work for humanity.

She participated in many programs touching on public affairs such as: Puisqu’il faut se lever with Paul Arcand at 98.5 FM and TVA news with host Jean-Luc Montgrain.

Founder of Universcité Antoinette Layoun, she developed a unique global approach uniting the Soul, the body and Spirit, bridging psychology and spirituality with: The Architecture Humaine AAH (Human Architecture Approach) and Communication C.O.E.U.R. 

As a seasoned lecturer and trainer she leads many courses and workshops and also accompanies groups on “Initiatory Trips’ around the world, and has done so for many years.

To find out more, to contact Antoinette, or to send her an invitation:


1 (450) 473-7848

To receive her info-letter (in French) about her activities:  antoinettelayoun.org

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