Prayer as a Model of Life

An Art of Prayer (AoP) Course starting October 19th

In the depth of our existence there are untapped reservoirs of living processes awaiting to be discovered. ‘The depths’ are asking to be acknowledged, engaged and developed. As we learn to interact with these processes an evolutionary model of consciousness emerges, one that enables us to humbly yet revolutionarily participate in co-creating life. We call this model - prayer consciousness. 

By integrating prayer consciousness with the Focusing approach developed by the late philosopher and psychologist Prof. Eugene Gendlin - new and fertile facets emerge, which support the ‘carrying forward’ of our life within diverse situations and encounters. 


During the course we will learn how prayer consciousness and the processes it catalyzes, can open our lives to manifested wellbeing; to new insights; and to the tuning of our awareness to the experiential unfolding of life, which is beyond any concept. 

Part of Shakio Institute's learning spiral, this course is open to graduates of Art of Prayer courses and to new students alike. It is designed to support the implementation of prayer consciousness in daily life. Thus, during the sessions we will review prayer gateways and explore additional Art of Prayer movements and steps. Together we will create a ‘commons’ of practice, a ‘greenhouse’ for sharing our experiential interactions as practitioners, facilitators, care givers, counselors, and as human beings. 

7 weekly gatherings on Zoom on Wednesdays beginning October 19th through November 30th:

Melbourne 7:15pm - 9:00pm / Tel Aviv 11:15am - 1:00pm / Berlin 10:15am - 12:00pm (Israel and EU students, notice time changes in mid course >>)

The first session is offered as an experiential introduction session, click here to register >>

The Facilitators

Baruch Brenner is an Israeli Focusing facilitator, theater director, actor, singer, teacher and an ordained Orthodox Rabbi. Over the last 25 years, he has been a leading innovator in integrating Jewish and spiritual practices with experiential work in theatre, movement and vocal arts. He was the artistic director of the Vertigo lab in the eco-art village, and a research fellow and member of Jerzy Grotowski theater ensemble.  

Dana Ganihar, M.Sc. is a teacher and researcher certified as a Focusing Coordinator by the international focusing institute in New York. Over the last couple decades she has led numerous workshops and seminars exploring the work of psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin: IBF - Instancing Based Focusing, PoI - Philosophy of the Implicit, and TAE - Thinking At the Edge. Dana has initiated cooperative research exploring the potential impact of Focusing practices on diverse fields such as biology, architecture, creative writing and religion. 

Enter the field of prayer consciousness

Course investment 195 USD / 200 EU / 300 AUD. Write to us if in need of financial assistance, multiple payments: [email protected]


"Standing in front of the gateways of prayer, taking time to breath, observe, listen. Doing this together, even if within zoom-frames, in conversation and silence, with the lucid guidance of Dana and Baruch..this is a gathering with new and known depths, personal and universal, temporal and infinite - we've been blessed to have this opportunity" Prof. Sara Sviri, Writer - The Sufi Anthology

"The practices help me become more aware of the presence of the Larger Life that lives through me, and to listen with reverence to what is being asked through me in my particular life circumstances. I know this way of being is desperately needed in our world and our communities. Baruch and Dana offer their skills, experience and commitment to provide a safe and potent space to explore and practice together. Many thanks." Jennifer Guild 

"Working with Baruch and Dana has been a very important and deeply stabilizing experience. Especially when the Corona measurements hit us and fear and insecurity spread I felt I was coming home when entering our shared space. I am so unspeakably grateful for being part of this group where failure does not exist and trials are welcome. Where being human gains a whole new depth." Judith Weisz

"The Art of Prayer opened for me gateways of love towards fellow humans, the world, the the understanding of our communal becoming, and a participation in the processes of creation. Many thanks." Sigal Golan, Psychotherapist

"The Gates of Prayer are a profound experience that have brought a deep peace and colorful joy into my conflict ridden life." Inga von Staden

Course curriculum

    1. Much more still

    2. Discussion Board

    1. The Gates of Prayer

    2. Gates 1-4 - Guided Exercise

    3. The Subtleties of Action

    4. ZOOM LINK to Week 1 - free participation

    5. RECORDING - Gathering week 1

    1. Imitate Your Creator

    2. RECORDING - Gathering week 2

    3. Gendlin Texts

    1. RECORDING - Gathering week 3

    1. RECORDING - Gathering Week 4

    1. Prayer in Action

    2. RECORDING - Gathering Week 5

About this course

  • $195.00
  • 16 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content