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IKIGAI Academy


Welcome to the Ikigai Academy

Here you can get information and register for courses, workshops and personal exercises. Read articles, experiment with meditation and broaden your horizons.



Buddhism in Israel

practice group (sangha)

A group open to newcomers led by Gal Brander, the group combines guided practice in Buddhist meditations (Vipassana and others), a sharing circle, and lectures on Buddhist principles and concepts, with an emphasis on their practical application in everyday life. The group is suitable for experienced practitioners and those with no previous experience.


My name is Gal Brander, I started my spiritual path in 2013 "at the center of soul and body" and since 2015 I have been studying and practicing the Buddhist path under the guidance of Avi Farr (my dear teacher).

Studies and practices Buddhism with a broad and integrative view that draws from traditions Theravada, Mahayana and Dzogchen.

In 2019, I decided to deepen my practice by providing spiritual guidance to people with serious illnesses as part of the "Journey Partners" association.

The main principle in the nature of my study and practice is the "integration" of the way into everyday life with the intention of improving the relationships in my life - with myself, family, relationships, friends, work, driving on the road, casual daily interactions - in the supermarket and in line for the post office, etc., and this with an understanding It is profound that we live in a mutual becoming and that all those relationships fill our lives and give a sense of meaning and fulfillment.

Gal Brander


Starting from 16.9


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"I wish you to be peaceful and happy"

Introductory yoga workshop

What is yoga? What is the basis, the way and the result in the asana practice?

Introductory workshop for beginners or experienced practitioners in the world of yoga, who want to deepen the basics of the practice.

Through the investigation of common poses and transitions we will understand and experience Ojai breathing, rooting in the pose and Drishti (focus point). 

We will learn how to create a beneficial and safe practice.

This is an opportunity to explore, ask questions and leave with a renewed and deep understanding of your yoga practice.


Hala Matlon




workshopUpside Up

Advanced inversion poses are challenging and require strength, concentration and technique. They are also fun,   and the balance in them calms the mind and uplifts.

From headstand, through forearm stand to handstand, every inverted position calls for a lot of courage and patience.

Warming up muscles and joints for support, finding the right element, breathing in a position and entry and exit technique - all of these will help us find balance and confidence in a stable and relaxed stay. 

In the workshop we will practice and discover the state of mind that allows focus, rooting and clarity in the poses and above all we will have a lot of fun and leave with tools to continue.


Hala Matlon




Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice seeks to free us from constricted and painful habits. The practice allows us to remember that a different life experience is possible - open, compassionate and more enabling. In the meetings we will ask to get to know the ways in which we are used to meeting reality and the challenges of life. And we will get used to a broader and freer encounter experience, which opens our hearts to the world. 


Gigit Shreeki

October - exact date will be announced soon


The Happiness Journey


8  Personal Practices

With Reut Reuveni Pizen

Happiness is a journey, not a destination

Through a combination of yoga, meditation and practical practices ofThe Happiness Journey program will help you live life the way you've always wanted to:


Calmly, confidently, and armed with the tools you need to deal with whatever life throws at you.

You will engage in a series of practices designed to increase your own happiness.


  • Creating your own Happiness Roadmap

  • Having tools and techniques to practice your happiness

  • TrainYourMind - Learning to Meditate. What is mindfulness?

  • TrainYourBody - Introduction to Yoga practice. Learning to build your own yoga practice.

  • Find Your IKIGAI - Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.

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