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. CMH members may apply to take lay, full, or householder sannyas (a form of lay sannyas for couples).

Lay sannyasins are free to come and go from the mother ashram in Kentucky as their daily lives demand. Full sannyasins make a commitment to residential living at Slate Branch Ashram, or its annex, Boat Dock Road Retreat & Wellness Center. Lay sannyasins may apply to become full sannyasins, as may householder sannyasins when they are no longer engaged in married or partnered life.

Future plans include the first ever CMH residential retreat to be held in Kentucky April 29-May 1, 2016, and the opening of a Community of the Mystic Heart Retreat House & Hermitage in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in Spring 2016. Interested parties should contact Dr. Kurt Johnson, CMH Administrator, at kurtjohnsonisd@yahoo.com or Sw. Shraddhananda, CMH Lineage Holder and Preceptor, at 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

Sw. Shraddhananda, Dr. Kurt Johnson and several members of the Community are in the process of forming a CMH program called “Monks in the World” (named for Wayne Teasdale’s second book). Participants in this program will live in their home locales as lay monastics and participate in an online CMH community. More information will be forthcoming soon.

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).