Currently I am running, along with others, a large-scale study (Teaching with the Heart and Mind) as well as applications of contemplative pedagogy in the education field. In addition, I chaired the first national conference on contemplative education held in 2018, which reflected the great work already taking place; and have also designed a free online course promoting a caring, benevolent environment in educational settings. I am also involved in and working towards the integration of spirituality into psychotherapy, through the Gateways to Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling Conference and the establishment of an MA specialization in Integrative Psychotherapy: Body-Mind-Spirit. More projects are in the works, revolving around spirituality in businesses and organizations, spirituality as a means for inter-group reconciliation, promoting research and study programs on spirituality and the human spirit, and more. These activities, conducted in collaboration with colleagues from the center and outside it, are just the beginning of our vision to connect and build a bridge of light, wide and boundless, between academia and the spiritual realms, and between researching the human spirit and working in the community, with the center acting as a beacon lighting the way, outlining the possibilities and welcoming a connection between different incredible people, each with their own passions, visions and wishes to do good in the world.
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I hope that through the spiritual strengths within all of us, the knowledge and insights the world of research can provide, and the support of the realm of light and consciousness, together we will succeed in spreading good in the world.
The center’s staff currently includes about 30 members from 5 universities (Haifa, Tel-Aviv, Hebrew U., Bar-Ilan and Ben-Gurion) and a number of colleges (Zefat Academic College and Oranim Academic College).
The center shares its vision with a number of major international organizations focusing on similar topics, based in universities such as Columbia, Berkeley, and Stanford.
Its activities so far have included research, study programs, and work in the community, mostly with educational and health-related organizations:
*MA specialization in Integrative Psychotherapy: Body-Mind-Spirit
*Study on applications of Jewish spirituality in psychotherapy
*Teaching with the Heart and Mind research project , including development of the program and implementing it in Israeli elementary schools – a flagship study of the Israeli Ministry of Education
*National conferences on various topics such as The Study of Contemporary Spiritualities, Contemplative Education: Spirit, Consciousness and Magic in Education, Gateways to Spiritualities in Psychotherapy and Counseling
*Innovative free online course (MOOC) on Creating a Caring and Benevolent Environment in Education