Introducing...Brenda Hobbs
Willpower Institute

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Brenda Hobbs
Willpower Institute

Phone: 289.296.5154

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What has brought you to this work?

It was back in the 70’s when the world was rapidly changing and, I suppose, with a little help from the Beatles, that meditation first sparked my interest. The idea of accomplishing inner peace simply by using the power of the mind sent me on a search lasting some 35 years. Oh yeah, I had my own mantra, (don’t quite recall how it went), was given purple meditation beads by a Buddhist man on a Vancouver beach; and even learned transcendental meditation (which scared the wits out of me). A 15 year yoga practice with the sweet reward of "savassana" at the end of each session led me to believe I had found what I was seeking. But it wasn’t until 6 years ago when I moved to Niagara Falls that I learned a meditation style that still answers my needs each and every day. Intrigued by their advertisement I attended the Orientation session at Willpower Institute and was awed and inspired by what I found inside. After graduating from the course my instructor and mentor, Emilie Fowler invited me to become an instructor with Willpower. I love what I do and can’t imagine life without Willpower!

What services do you offer and how do they assist others?

Willpower Meditation Centre offers a FREE non-denominational meditation course - a simple and powerful meditation technique for everyone. The new session begins with Orientation on Saturday, September 16 from 2 - 4 pm and continues with regular classes Monday, September 18. Classes are held from 1 - 3 pm Monday through Friday from September 18 until February 23. For students who meet the attendance criteria and write the exam there is an optional 2 week field study in Thailand. Many students will tell you this course and field trip are absolutely life changing!

What philosophy do you live by?

When you live in awareness the lessons are everywhere.


Sometimes we are fortunate enough to be blessed in our lives with something very special. This happened to me in 2015, when I walked through the doors of Willpower Institute. This experience was the beginning of a new me. Without going too deep, I was lost, I was hurting, and I was broken. I had been struggling for far too long, and I couldn’t find a way out. I had tried everything. Then, the Universe leads me to Willpower. From the moment I walked through the doors, I knew this was something different. It was warm, it was safe, the energy was calm, and it felt good to my soul. The instructors were all so kind and informative, and each and every day I slowly felt my dark and broken cracks fill up with light. I never thought I of all people would be able to learn to meditate. But I did! Completing the full course was necessary for me to get the full benefit. It was the very best decision I ever made for myself, and for my family. Now, meditation is my favourite go to medication! Meditation is medication for my mind. And healing my mind has healed my soul. I will be forever grateful to Willpower Institute, the trip to Thailand was just icing on the cake. The change it’s created in me can never be taken away. The ripple effect that it has carried over to others, and changes I’ve made in my life I am very proud of. Meditation will always remain a part of my life, as it keeps me connected to who I am, and keeps me very happy. It’s such a wonderful way to live. My wish would be that everyone would say "yes" to themselves, and give themselves this gift of the Free Meditation Course that Willpower Institute offers... because it would change their life too.
- With Love & Gratitude, Kristina Quinn

Last year my husband and I went to Willpower to learn about meditation. As soon as I came into the building I knew it was going to be a wonderful experience that would stay with me forever. All the instructors were caring and very committed to teaching us about our Master Teacher, Luangphor’s meditation. It seemed that 6 months of daily meditation would be too much but each day we looked forward to being there. We met wonderful people who were like us - searching for peace and compassion and lots of fun. The trip to Thailand was an amazing adventure that is not to be missed. Climbing the mountain, chanting and just being in the energy of 9,000 fellow peace seekers changed us. Sitting on the rocks of the mountain in Chiang Mai, chanting with the monks, as the sun comes up, listening to the spiraling vibration of sound as it touches your soul brings you peace in your heart that is always there for you when you return and carry on with your life.
- Rev. Sandra Atkinson

Willpower Institute. My sanctuary. I was settled into a daily meditation for quite some time when I learned of Willpower Institute. I was intrigued so I attended my first group meditation session. I was immediately welcomed with warmth and acceptance. I was shown exactly what I needed to do. Shortly after attending a few sessions, I decided to take the 6 month course. The doors that it opened were incredible. I learned a lot about myself over the time I was in classes daily. How to focus without distraction was my biggest take away. Being able to travel to Thailand for graduation was just the icing on the cake. I will forever hold those memories in high regard with a special place in my heart. The instructors were top notch and shared freely of their experiences and knowledge. I cannot recommend Willpower Institute enough. If you are looking to find tranquility through meditation, join in.
- Marnie Prokator