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Art of Prayer (AoP) for Focusers

Focusing Highlights is a series of interactive, online pay-what-you-can classes.

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Dana Ganihar
Baruch Brenner

The International Focusing Institute - Dana Ganihar and Baruch Brenner

Where & When

Online (Class will also be recorded)
Sunday, August 15, 11am-1pm
Eastern (New York) Time

Online Joining Information

Soon after registering, an email will be sent to you with the Zoom link to join the webinar.

Meeting Format
The Focusing Institute (TIFI) Events

Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 11:00am to 1:00pm Eastern (NY) time

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Class will be recorded for all registrants and available for viewing for one month.

Imagine a Focusing space that can touch and evolve into a deeper and deeper responsive-space; a space which radically renews our understanding of what in traditional terms was called the prayer-space, and that gently reformulates our intimate experience of being in the world.

When Gendlin speaks about the body he doesn’t mean the ‘body’ as understood in the conventional ‘public language’ and with the old assumptions. Likewise, when we speak about ‘prayer’ we don’t mean it the way it is usually understood either. 

There are many varieties of traditional prayer. In this class we will explore and develop a new kind of prayer consciousness:  a lucid prayer movement that transforms our life experience - free of theological underpinnings. 

For us, prayer is a unique opportunity to unfold the depths of our lives; to listen - as in Focusing - to the ‘much more still’; and to be open to how life invites us to co-create as part of a larger system. Prayer is not an action that takes place outside of existence - it is the action that creates existence. The act of pray-ing expands the meaning of being human, of being fully human. 

Throughout his life - Gendlin, the philosopher of ‘being human’ - continuously investigated the processes that enabled life to move forward and evolve.

We were excited to discover that in his last years Gendlin explored the intricate connections between humans and the larger system, a discovery that inspired our path of on-going crossing between Focusing and prayer.

In this webinar we will:

  • Explore what happens when we “Clear the space” for the word “prayer”
  • Become inspired by relevant texts of Gendlin's philosophy when you read them with a fresh perspective
  • Learn and experience the new kind of model of “Prayer for Focusers” we developed

There will also be time for questions and coments from participants. This webinar is intended for those already familiar with Focusing though all are welcome to attend. (For those who register and enjoy this offering, we are planning a follow-up workshop to this Highlight for those who wish to go deeper into this topic -- we will announce that when a date is set.)

We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. In this webinar format, you will see the presenter and host, but you will not be seen. You will be able to ask questions during the webinar by typing them.

You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the class. So if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will still be able to view it for one month.


Dana Ganihar (Focusing coordinator who teaches Focusing and TAE in several universities and colleges in Israel) and Baruch Brener (Focusing trainer, theater director, singer, and a Rabbi.) are the creators of Shakio (the Aramaic word for 'the flow of life'). Shakio creates a new syntax from three languages that seek the "more": the Jewish mysticism, the philosophy of Eugene Gendlin, and art - movement, voice and imagination. For more information about our prayer course:  About shakio:

Registration Details

Dana and Baruch are offering this class to support The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30.

If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

Refunds: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee (regardless of the registration fee paid) for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable.

Registration Policies: TIFI reserves the right to cancel, change and alter the program if necessary. Participants authorize TIFI to use their name, statements and likeness without charge, for promotional purposes in publications, advertising, video, web, new media, or other formats. Please note that the class will be recorded and may be distributed to a wider audience. By registering for this course with the Institute, and in consideration of the right and opportunity to participate in and contribute to the Institute’s classes, for the purposes of its control of all video and/or audio recordings thereof pertaining to uses serving our purposes and goals, in enrolling in this session you acknowledge and agree to the Institute’s ownership of all rights in such classes, including all rights under copyright therein.  In no circumstance shall any portion or clip posted or displayed exceed 3 minutes in duration.  If you plan to use, post or display any portion or clips of these recordings, including posting these to a website or to a social media platform or portal, you agree that you will seek and obtain the prior approval of the Institute.

2021-07-07T12:00:00 - 2021-08-15T15:15:00

PLEASE NOTE: Soon after registering, you will receive a confirmation letter which includes the instructions on how to join the event.

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