Prayer is a defining characteristic of being human. It is not merely a practice for quieting our minds or hearts in the ongoing hectic pace of daily life. Rather it is a practice that supports the evolution of ‘Life’ in-of-itself. 

In this course we wish to expand our understanding of the ancient/new wisdom of what we call ‘The Art of Prayer’. On this journey into life and living, we will explore how experiences in the realm of body and consciousness can change the perception of the self, creation and divinity. 

Emphasizing what the physiologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin called “the thinning of life” we will open to the full intricacy that is implicit in every person and situation. 

Throughout the course we will learn:

  • The Gates of Prayer. 
  • Wisdom texts of ancient sages and mystics from different traditions, that allow us to deepen our experiences in prayer. 
  • Experiential practices that are inspired by the work of Eugene Gendlin (the founder of the Focusing approach).

This course is particularly relevant to spiritual companions, caregivers and students. It is open to new and returning students and anyone interested in deepening their experience and understanding of prayer. 


"Since learning with Dana and Baruch, I can mark the time when my heart began opening itself, and pointing the way towards the depths of my soul. As I find more of myself through the Art of Prayer, my relationships are softening and growing. And those closest to me are beginning to find their own softening, growing and soul-deepening." Lynn Rosen

"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

"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

"I find that the practices we explore in the Art of Prayer support the deepest yearnings of my soul. These practices have begun to open to my awareness a sense of life force - Living Presence - bubbling up in me and calling me forward to participate in the unfolding of Creation." Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev

8 live zoom sessions on Thursdays, starting April 13th 2023

Course Details


April: 13  (intro session), 27

May: 4, 11, 18

June: 1, 8, 15


 5:00pm-6:45pm Melbourne / 10:00am-11:45am Tel Aviv

Baruch and Dana

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. 

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Two payment levels. All motivated students will be accommodated. Please write to us if in need of financial assistance to

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