Welcome to the Community of The Mystic Heart

A circle of interspiritual mystics and contemplatives originally envisioned as “The Universal Order of Sannyasa”by Brother Wayne Teasdale.


The common heritage of humankind’s spiritual wisdom; the sharing of mystical resources across traditions; the intersubjective discussion about what humankind is experiencing; the movement of these discussions to the experience of Oneness.

CMH is about interspirituality

Visit our vast interspiritual resource THE INTERSPIRITUAL MULTIPLEX website, a completely free resource for understanding interspirituality worldwide:
The Multiplex was created by Bro. Wayne’s original ISDnA and the interspiritual education programs at interfaith institutions like One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and Learning Alliance (see Communities and Links).

Brother Wayne Teasdale

As to Community of The Mystic Heart (CMH):

“It should be an interspiritual order….open to all people– men and women, married and single, young, middle-aged, and old, confused or clear, adherents or not, with faith or agnostic– united in their desire for a deeper, more meaningful life.”

As to Sannyasins of CMH (see definition p. 272, The Mystic Heart):

“This would be a truly universal society of sannyasa, an order that welcomes as members individuals from all the world’s religions and even from no tradition at all.”

Why we Changed Our Name: Although “The Universal Order of Sannyasa” was the name used by Brother Wayne throughout his writings, we found that use of the term “Sannyasa” in a non-traditional sense caused discomfort for some traditional Sannyasa and, further, the term was unfamiliar, or seemed too exclusive, to others in the unfolding international interspiritual dialogue


Interspiritual Monastic Options

As of 2013, the Community of the Mystic Heart began partnering with Slate Branch Ashram in Kentucky to create a traditional monastic program dedicated to Interspiritual teaching and learning wherein CMH members could apply to take full sannyas under the direction of Swami Shraddhananda. With the establishment and stabilization of this program following 2013, in 2015 and 2016, to fully accommodate the diverse needs of its members, the Community further reorganized. It made some changes to the sannyas program (see Monastic Options) and inaugurated “The Interspiritual Monastics in the World” program (see Monastic Options).

To generalize, full sannyasins in CMH make a commitment to residential living at Slate Branch Ashram, or its annex, Boat Dock Road Retreat & Wellness Center. Member of CMH may apply to become full sannyasins, when they are no longer engaged in married or partnered life. Interspiritual Monastics in the World is a more eclectic and diverse expression of monastic living tailored to the individual needs and backgrounds of farflung and diversely backgrounded members of the CMH community. Detailed information on both programs can be found at Monastic Option.

Parties Interested parties in sannyas should contact Dr. Kurt Johnson, CMH Administrator, at kurtjohnsonisd@yahoo.com or Sw. Shraddhananda, CMH Lineage Holder and Preceptor, at mailto:swshraddaji@gmail.com

For more information, please go to the CMH link at http://www.jonesfoundation.net/node/41

The Jones Foundation oversees the activities and programs of Slate Branch Ashram. Or go to the Community of the Mystic Heart Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communitymysticheart.

Parties interested in Interspiritual Monastics in the World, administered by “Circle” of CHM members with broad backgrounds in monastic living and lifestyle should contact James Hopkins at timolivieri@icloud.com.

Boat Dock Retreat House 20150606
Boat Dock Road Retreat in Somerset, KY is the site of “The Nine Elements of Mature Interspirituality” Retreat scheduled for April 29- May 1, 2016. Dr. Kurt Johnson and Mirabai Starr are to join Sw. Shraddhananda as the retreat’s lead teachers.
Slate Branch Ashram, located near Boat Dock Road Retreat in the beautiful Lake Cumberland Valley, is the mother ashram for the Community of the Mystic Heart.


Rev. Dr. Kurt Johnson, a close associate of Brother Wayne Teasdale and Administrator of Community of The Mystic Heart (www.thecominginterspiritualage.com).