NEXT MASTERCLASS: Thomas Berry: The Eco-Spiritual Priest with Kathleen Deignan | July 13, 2024 | 12PM Eastern

Immerse yourself in the lives of¬†12 MODERN MYSTICS‚Äďwith¬†a world-class masterclass each month!



Are you a spiritual off-roader? 

Imagine a place where...


ūü•ĺ You trade in your Sunday suit for sturdy hiking boots.¬†

You embark on an off-road spiritual adventure, discovering your own path through the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred.

ūüß≠¬†The only map is the compass of your intuition.¬†

You navigate the wilderness of the Divine with curiosity and an open heart, guided by your deepest desires and yearnings.

ūüŹěÔłŹ Each bend in the path reveals a breathtaking vista.

You discover profound wisdom in unexpected places ‚Äď in the whisper of ancient trees, the roar of crashing waves, or the silent language of the stars.¬†


ūüĒ•¬†Fellow seekers become your trail companions, sharing stories and laughter around crackling campfires.¬†

You connect with a vibrant community of kindred spirits, sharing experiences, asking questions, and finding inspiration in each other's journeys.


ūüēäÔłŹ The "shoulds" melt away, replaced by the liberating embrace of "what is."

You explore your own unique connection with the Holy One, free from judgment or expectation.


This is the Modern Mystics School. 


We believe spirituality is a lifelong adventure, not a suburban cul-de-sac. We celebrate the freedom to explore, the joy of discovery, and the transformative power of getting a little lost (and wonderfully found) in the vastness of the Divine. 

Why the Modern Mystics?


Forget about fenced religion. These 20th-century rebels and revolutionaries were fired by a holy wanderlust.

Meet poets like Mary Oliver, whose words taught us how to pray like the grasshoppers.

Meet healers like Nicholas Black Elk, the Lakota medicine man who braided together his indigenous mysticism with his Catholicism.

Meet fierce activists like Simone Weil, a revolutionary who longed to see society transformed by love. 

Meet swamis like Bede Griffiths, who explored the fruitful fusion of Hindu and Christian mysticism in India.

Meet oddballs like Caryll Houselander, the chain-smoking, gin-drinking therapist who revealed the face of the sacred feminine.

Meet changemakers like Howard Thurman, the "spiritual godfather" of the Civil Rights Movement, who ignited the souls of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr.

Each mystic will serve as your guide on a unique leg of your spiritual adventure. 


Here, you’ll find vulnerability is your superpower.

Discover the Divine hiding in the most unexpected places ‚Äď from the roar of a social justice movement to the quiet strength of a tree. Learn from a rebellious nun, a Lakota medicine man, and a chain-smoking mystic who dared to explore beyond religious boundaries. Craft a unique spiritual path that ignites your passion and connects you to the vastness of the sacred.

Are you ready to trade rigidity for revelation?


Join the Modern Mystics School and explore the possibilities of a more spacious spirituality.

Get ready for an immersive journey into the lives and wisdom of¬†history's¬†greatest mystics. ‚Üď

‚úĒ¬†LIVE Monthly Masterclasses.¬†

We've hand-picked guest experts who are not only knowledgeable, but also live into their mystic's spirituality. Indulge all your curiosities with live Q&A at the end! 

‚úĒ¬†Monthly Spiritual Practices.¬†

Each month you'll be able to listen to the words of that mystic--in their own voice! Receive a guided meditation to enter into divine presence.

‚úĒ¬†Meet the Mystic Summaries.¬†

Receive an at-a-glance summary of each mystic's story, context, and what makes them such a badass!

‚úĒ¬†Private Community.

Discuss the mystics and your own journeys with other kindred spirits! If you choose the "Better" package, you'll be able to join a live small group and connect in the members-only forum.

‚úĒ¬†Personalized Reading Lists.

Hungry to dive deeper? Check out our recommended reading list, so you don’t have to sort through the plethora of books yourself.

¬†¬†‚úĒ World Renowned Speakers.

Learn from top-notch contemplative teachers like James Finley, Ronald Rolheiser, Laurence Freeman, and more!

‚úĒ A¬†FREE¬†Bonus Course!¬†

When you enroll, you'll also receive FREE access to our course, the Seeker's Guide to Mysticism.

‚úĒ Rich Continuing Education.¬†

You'll receive 18 hours of course time and 12 hours of discussion.

‚úĒ¬†All the best formation, all in one place.¬†

No need to trudge through translations on your own. Meet each of these modern mystics in a fresh and full-bodied way! 

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Thomas Berry:

The Eco-spiritual Priest


Thomas Berry: Spiritual Master of the Ecozoic Era, Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD.

Welcome to a rich encounter with one of the visionaries of this Earth moment. Sage, monk, shaman, poet, geologian, path-finder and guide to a new Earth future - the world-class seer Thomas Berry embodies and teaches a way to realize our cosmic vocation by way of a New Story and an urgent summons to take up The Great Work of healing our desolating relationship with Earth by embodying a cosmology of peace.

Meet the wisdom keeper of the age to come as we practice our way into new modes of intimacy and communion with all our kin in this still unfolding, mysterious universe.


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Presented by Kathleen Deignan


Kathleen Noone Deignan, CND, PhD is a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame and Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Iona University where she taught from 1980 ‚Äď 2021, and now serves as founding director of the Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit, a multi-faceted project in support of the cultivation of global citizens for the emergence of a global ecological civilization.

A GreenFaith Fellow since 2008 and recipient of its ‚ÄúSpirit Award,‚ÄĚ Dr. Deignan is an alumna of Fordham University where she studied with her mentor Thomas Berry earning a Master‚Äôs Degree in the History of Christian Spirituality and a Doctorate in Historical Theology. Several of her spirituality programs are available on-line:


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World Renowned Speakers

James Finley

Popular Contemplative Teacher & Student of Thomas Merton 

Lerita Coleman Brown

Spiritual Director & Howard Thurman Expert

Ronald Rolheiser

Award-winning Author & Popular Speaker

Laurence Freeman 

Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation

Carl McColman

Contemplative Speaker & Author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism 

Robert Ellsberg 

Activist, Publisher, & Author of Dearest Sister Wendy 

Kaira Jewel Lingo

Buddhist Teacher & Former Nun in Thich Nhat Hahn's Community

Dan Miller

Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, & Abraham Heschel Expert

Adam Bucko

Interspiritual Pioneer, Author, & Episcopal Priest

Bill White

Lakota Deacon and Vice-Postulator for Nicholas Black Elk's Sainthood

Kathleen Deignan

Eco-Theologian and Songwriter of Sacred Music

Ken Hood

Poet, Pastor, and Spiritual Companion

Tired of suburban religion?
Explore the spiritual wilderness with 12 modern mystics.


Meet the Moderns

Your Curriculum Includes: 

Thomas Berry

The Eco-Spiritual Priest with Kathleen Deignan


Caryll Houselander

The Chainsmoking Eccentric with Carl McColman


Nicholas Black Elk

The Lakota Healer with Bill White


Thomas Merton

The Interspiritual Pioneer with James Finley


Simone Weil

The Deep Feeling Activist with Laurence Freeman


Abraham Heschel

The Apostle of Astonishment with Dan Miller


Howard Thurman

The Spiritual Father of the Civil Rights Movement with Lerita Coleman Brown


Thich Nhat Hanh

The Father of Engaged Buddhism with Kaira Jewel Lingo


Mary Oliver

The Poet Who Prayed with Birds with Ken Hood


Henri Nouwen

The Light of Tenderness with Ronald Rolheiser


Bede Griffiths

The Hindu-Benedictine Monk with Adam Bucko

MAY 11 | 9AM PST/12PM EST 

Sister Wendy Beckett

The Hermit Art Critic with Robert Ellsberg



12 of History's Greatest Modern Mystics.

12 of the world's most revered spiritual teachers.
All in one course. 


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When you sign up for the Modern Mystics School, you will receive the free BONUS course: 
The Seeker's Guide to Mysticism


In The Seeker's Guide to Mysticism BONUS course, you'll learn:

‚úĒ¬†What mysticism is (and isn't)

‚úĒ¬†Step-by-step guides to meditative and contemplative practices

‚úĒ¬†How to tell if you're called to the mystical life

‚úĒ¬†The difference between meditation and contemplation

‚úĒ¬†How to pray contemplative prayer (includes a demo!)

"This is exactly the wild adventure I've been looking to be part of. I LOVE it. This course has been so enriching.

I'm turning 80 this next year and I feel like I've just been born anew into the world of mysticism. Where have you been all my life?"

- Barb Y.

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  • Recommended Reading List
  • Meet the Mystic Summary
  • Guided Spiritual Practice
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  • Recommended Reading List
  • Meet the Mystic Summary
  • Guided Spiritual Practice
  • Video recordings to watch at your convenience
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  • Downloadable class transcript¬†
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  • Discussion partners

  • 1-on-1 Spiritual Direction each month

  • Psycho-Spiritual Maturity Assessment

  • A LIVE 90 minute Monthly Masterclass on a different modern¬†mystic
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Meet the Mystic Summary
  • Guided Spiritual Practice
  • Video recordings to watch at your convenience
  • Class¬†audio file for easy listening
  • Downloadable class transcript¬†
  • Renowned Guest Speakers
  • BONUS course on¬†Mysticism
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Why Modern Mystics?


They’re human.

These women and men are alive in living memory. There’s been no time to cast them in marble and spin perfect tales about their heroic lives. We know their quirks, their flaws, and what makes them human.

They’ve lived in our complex times.

ey know what it looks like to stand up to racism and injustice, to live in a global world, to juggle the strains on our time and attention and hearts. What does it look like to seek divine union in the midst of the modern melee? 

They’re open to finding the Holy everywhere.

Christians and Muslims and Buddhists from 1000 years ago had practically no opportunity to meet someone of another religion (unless it was a violent encounter). Modern mystics have discovered they are all speaking the same language‚Äďand, perhaps like you, recognize that two mystics of different religions have far more in common than a mystic and a fundamentalist of the same religion.¬†

Learn from speakers who knew the mystics personally.

Thomas Merton mentored James Finley while they were in the monastery together. Sister Wendy Beckett was penpals with Robert Ellsberg from her hermitage in England. Thich Nhat Hanh ordained Kaira Jewel as a nun in his community. Get the inside story from people who knew them!




Kelly Deutsch


Kelly is the founder and bestselling author of Spiritual Wanderlust. A former nun, Kelly is passionate about supporting others on the path to divine union. She has facilitated popular programs such as The Women Mystics School, The Celtic Spirituality School, and the worldwide Contemplative Summit. She speaks internationally and writes on the intersection of mysticism, neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and embodiment.

"Kelly has a gift for making the deepest truths edible.

Highly recommended."


- Richard Rohr

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Ready to go off-roading with 12 modern mystics?

ūüßė Have you ever been curious what gives Buddhist monks such peace?

ūüćÉ Or what it looks like to indigenize your spirituality?

ūüĆ≤ Have you ever pondered finding a mentor in a pine tree or a pond?¬†

ūüĎ©‚Äć‚öĖÔłŹ Or how you might weave together activism with a contemplative life?

Learn from the spiritual rebels of the last century‚ÄĒNicholas Black Elk, Howard Thurman, Simone Weil, Thomas Berry, and more‚ÄĒand receive uncommon wisdom from a plethora of traditions.


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