I draw from a diverse background in international relations, communications, emotional intelligence and yogic science to create meaningful programs designed to inspire, promote self awareness and facilitate positive change.
- Nancy Zabaneh
Based in Dubai for 20 years, Nancy is a pioneer of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness in the Arab world and an active Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Trainer with the New Mexico-based Aquarian Teacher Academy (KRI).
Nancy coordinated the Arabian Gulf's first ever yoga teacher trainings, and has since led many more. She is a Compassionate Inquiry therapist, certified by renowned, Vancouver-based physician Dr. Gabor Mate, through his psychotherapeutic approach. Nancy is also part of the Healthy Breast Foundations Program, designed to educate women about breast health. She helps facilitate community classes in Beyond Addiction, an internationally recognized recovery program for addiction. In 2019, she was a trainer in the first-ever Kundalini Yoga teacher training in Palestine and has held retreats in Sri Lanka, Zanzibar and the UAE.
Nancy develops mindfulness initiatives for both public and private sector institutions, including Dubai Municipality, Dubai Holding, Dubai College, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Sahm Women, Chalhoub Group, Bloomingdale's, Harvey Nichols & Meraas, to name a few.
Dedicated to spreading awareness through conscious living and diverse methodologies, Nancy founded Darshan in 2019, a training, seminar and event curator that builds grassroots connections through its rich calendar of activations designed to render service, education and inspiration. Nancy is also founder of The Red Chair, a platform for raising awareness and pushing boundaries around topical issues.
Educated at both McGill University and the London School of Economics with an MA in International Relations, Nancy began her career as a corporate banker, before moving into corporate and government communications, and since evolving into an independent emotional intelligence mentor. A certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (American Board of NLP), Timeline Therapy™ and Hypnotherapy, Nancy is a motivational speaker who has headlined for media outlets and events in the Arab world, including
Dubai TV, Sama Dubai, Virgin Radio, YogaFest & XYoga.
Known to many by her spiritual name Hari Darshan Kaur, Nancy is married with three children and moves frequently between Dubai, Toronto and London.