The Art of Prayer


An interactive (and interfaith) exploration of the divine dialogue we call prayer. You will discover new prayer practices you can use in your life, discuss different types of prayer, learn prayers from various faith and religious traditions (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Native American). The benefits of a daily prayer practice are real, and connecting with real people to develop it can be life-changing.

*Note: This is a fun, interactive and meaningful class for people of all religions and beliefs. You do NOT need to be a Christian to attend. There will be no preaching, and no agenda. Just an objective look at the way we understand (and talk to) God, Spirit, or the Ultimate “Other.”



  • New prayer practices you can start using immediately
  • Different prayers from around the world
  • A deeper understanding about why prayer is necessary
  • Improved dialogue and interpersonal skills
  • A more intimate relationship with God, Source, Spirit, etc.
  • A safe and open environment where asking questions is encouraged
  • In-person connection with people who love learning about what other people believe

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“Joran is a gold mine of intellectual stimuli – with guidance for emotional healing thrown in for good measure. I always come away from his workshops feeling blessed to have met him.”

— MaryLee V.

“I wasn’t really praying before now. I was only talking to myself.”

— Shannon S.

“We immersed ourselves in the prayer process and the energy and intention behind it. I was pushed out of my comfort zone in some deep and beautiful ways.”

“The one thing that isn’t explained very well in my [Christian] tradition is prayer. This class brought clarity to why and how we pray and so much more.”

— Keirstin P.

“Joran is a dynamic teacher. You’ll be engrossed in the content from beginning to end. He thinks about religion and spirituality from different perspectives and encourages you to question what you’re learning. I left informed, evolved and excited for the next one.”

— Rian P.


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Joran is an international speaker, author, life coach, interfaith minister, musician and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in media, community-building and events.

Joran is the author of Sentences and The Mountain and The Snow. He is also co-author of Order of the Sacred Earth (with Matthew Fox), Transform Your Life: Expert Advice, Practical Tools and Personal Stories and Integral Church: An Interfaith Handbook of Ceremonies and RitualsHis latest book, Spiritual Edge: Exploring the Boundaries and Future of Religion is due out in 2018. His writing has been featured in Creative LoafingThe Interfaith Observer, and on

Joran is the owner of the Metta Center of St. Petersburg and founder of Tampa Bay Interfaith Week as well as the Integral Church — an interfaith organization committed to community service, religious literacy and personal transformative practice.Joran is an ordained minister and holds a certificate in Religious Literacy from Harvard Online. He is also president of Interfaith Tampa Bay, chaplain emeritus at Unity Spiritual Campus in St. Petersburg and has served as Ambassador of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

He has shared the stage with Matthew Fox, Lynne McTaggart, Amy Edelstein, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ken Wilber, Jane Goodall, Dr. Stan Grof, Michael Beckwith, Howard Rheingold and Gary Vaynerchuck and has spoken about topics ranging from marketing to spirituality to the innovation of religion at campuses and conferences around the world, including Building the New World Conference in Radford, VA; South by Southwestin Austin, TX, Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT; Embrace Festival in Portland, OR and Integral European Conference in Siofok, Hungary.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Metta Center of St. Petersburg
4554 Central Ave. Unit F, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

$35 in advance. Seating is limited.