Immerse yourself in the lives of 12 modern mystics–with a world-class masterclass each month!

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What does it look like to be a mystic today? 

If you’re here, you’re probably a deep diver.

You’re likely over the concept of certainty: life, you realize, cannot be packed into such tidy packages.

Instead, I imagine you’re more interested in longings.

Depth.

Spaciousness.

If you’re like many of us here, you crave union with the Holy One who leads us into these wide open spaces where freedom is the watchword and intimacy is the goal.   

You’ve searched, meditated, read, podcasted, and served for years, chasing this desire that will not leave you alone. 

 

What would it mean to be deeply fed?

To feel nourished, filled, alive? 

Thankfully, we are not alone in our desires.

Millions have passed before us, grappling with and riding those very longings as their fuel toward divine union.

You’ve heard of some of them: Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, John of the Cross. 

But have you met the cast of 20th century mystics?

There are fierce activists like Simone Weil and Howard Thurman. 

There are oddballs, like the gin-drinking therapist Caryll Houselander or the hermit art-critic Sister Wendy Beckett.

There are interspiritual pioneers, like Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh and Bede Griffiths (who became a Hindu-Benedictine monk!).

Perhaps you’ve met Nicholas Black Elk, the Lakota Healer who prayed with both pipe and rosary.

Or Rabbi Abraham Heschel, the “apostle of astonishment” who beckoned the world to find the Holy One in wonder.

Or the beloved Mary Oliver, whose words taught us how to pray like the owls and the trees.

Or maybe you’ve met Thomas Berry, the eco-spiritual priest who advised Christians to “put the Bible on a shelf for 20 years” and listen to the songs of the Earth. 

Each of these mystics took their unique path up the mountain.

Each longed for union with the Holy.

From a variety of religions, cultures, and backgrounds, each forged a way in this wild modern world–

And were drawn into the spacious love that envelops us all. 

Join us to discover the humanity behind each of these larger than life figures--and the urgent spiritual wisdom they offer our age today.

Because in the end, we might learn, as they did, that it’s less about climbing the mountain–and more about falling, beginning again, and embracing our need that makes space for the Holy One to dwell within us.

  Want to learn to follow your own desires--all the way to divine union?

 

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FOLLOW YOUR LONGINGS

✔ 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! 

✔ 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.

✔ Meet the Mystic Summaries. 

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

✔ 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.

✔ 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.

  ✔ World Renowned Speakers.

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

✔ A FREE Bonus Course! 

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

✔ Rich Continuing Education. 

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

✔ 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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What People are Saying about Our Courses:


"A
mazing! Literally brought tears and an enveloping peace!"

 

- Carol P.


"This series is wonderful. Like a good book that I can't put down."


- Zeke F.


"Sending heartfelt gratitude. I've found a home where I hear the language of the soul."

 
- Carmella D.

 

"The materials presented are marvelous… I almost became overwhelmed with the quality of the presentation. Top notch! Needed time to digest the information... I am grateful for each and every speaker."


- Mary

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

OUR CLASSES

 

MAR 2 Mary Oliver: The Poet Who Prayed with Birds
with Ken Hood

APR 6 Henri Nouwen: The Light of Tenderness
with Ronald Rolheiser

MAY 11 Bede Griffiths: The Hindu-Benedictine Monk
with Adam Bucko


JUN 1 Sister Wendy Beckett: The Hermit Art Critic
with Robert Ellsberg

JUL 13 Thomas Berry: The Eco-Spiritual Priest
with Kathleen Deignan


AUG 3 Caryll Houselander: The Chainsmoking Eccentric
with Carl McColman


SEP 7 Nicholas Black Elk: The Lakota Healer
with Bill White

OCT 5  Thomas Merton: The Interspiritual Pioneer 
with James Finley

NOV 2    Simone Weil: The Deep Feeling Activist
with Laurence Freeman


DEC 7 Abraham Heschel: The Apostle of Astonishment
with Dan Miller


JAN 11 Howard Thurman: Spiritual Father of the Civil Rights Movement
with Lerita Coleman Brown


FEB 3 Thich Nhat Hanh: The Father of Engaged Buddhism 
with Kaira Jewel Lingo


"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.

Simple Pricing

 

Conferences featuring just a fraction of what we offer cost $895-$2000. We wanted to make this kind of formation available to everyone - for the price of a monthly dinner out! For those with limited funds, please contact us for scholarship information.

Self Study

$27/mo

GOOD

Each Month You'll Receive 

  • 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
  • Pay in full and get one month FREE + Lifetime Access! (click here)
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Learn in Community

$47/mo

BETTER

Each Month You'll Receive 

  • Private Community 
  • LIVE monthly small group discussions
  • Discussion partners
  • 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
  • Pay in full and get one month FREE + Lifetime Access! (click here)
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1:1 Formation

$197/mo

BEST

Each Month You'll Receive 

  • Private Community

  • LIVE monthly small group discussions

  • 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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A portion of all proceeds will be donated to refugee relief. 

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.


Th
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–and, 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!

 

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HOW IT WORKS

Pick your package.

Access the Spiritual Wanderlust School for a new masterclass each month

Join the online discussions with fellow spiritual explorers! (optional)

Immerse yourself in fresh, timeless wisdom!

I Want to be a Modern Mystic

Want lifetime access?

Choose our Pay in Full option for any package, and you'll save money AND receive lifetime access to all the classes and materials!

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Looking for Group Pricing?

Want to meet the modern mystics with your book club, church, or small group? Click below for groups of 4-8 people!

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KELLY DEUTSCH

m e e t   t h e   f a c i l i t a t o r

 

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 SummitShe speaks internationally and writes on the intersection of mysticism, neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and embodiment.

  

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

 

- Richard Rohr

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