Mandala Course

Create Your Spiritual Practice and Path by
Harnessing Your Spiritual Styles
to Find Answers to your Spiritual Questions.

April 2 – May 21 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:30pm Pacific / 7:00pm – 8:30pm Eastern)
Live sessions via Zoom (will be recorded).

The InterSpiritual Mandala Overview

The InterSpiritual Mandala offers a universal, non-sectarian, and
holistic process for developing a personal spiritual path from one
or more spiritual and secular traditions. It outlines a life-long
journey of spiritual inquiry, insight and integration wherein we are
empowered to fully engage the challenges of the world from the
inside out. The Mandala contains twelve families of spiritual styles,
questions and traditions. By systematically moving through these,
we gradually can discern valid teachers and resources that will
help us define our own spiritual paths.

Explore the Mandala

Click on the words in the Mandala to learn about each of the 12 Styles, Questions & Sources.

  • Arts
  • Body
  • Devotion
  • Imagination
  • Love
  • Meditation
  • Mystic
  • Nature
  • Prayer
  • Reason
  • Relationships
  • Wisdom
  • Consciousness
  • Death
  • Existence
  • Freedom
  • God
  • Good & Evil
  • Happiness
  • Reality
  • Soul
  • Spirit Beings
  • Suffering
  • Transformation
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • General
  • Hinduism
  • Indigenous
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Mythology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Taoism

InterSpiritual Mandala

Creating your Spiritual Path and Practice

8-Session Mandala Course Membership Includes

  • 8 sessions for both live synchronous interaction and asynchronous independent study.
  • Live & recorded meditations.
  • Instructional video clips from Ed Bastian and teachers from various traditions.
  • Journaling tool for each student.
  • Profile tools for harnessing your personal styles and questions.
  • Discussion forums for course members.
  • Custom search engine for
    resources from various teachers
    and traditions.
  • Guided audio meditations.
  • Discussion forums to connect with an interspiritual community.
  • A mobile-ready platform for easy use on your tablet or phone.
  • Regular community meditations and discussions.
  • Optional support from mentors and facilitators.
  • Perpetual member access to this

How the Mandala Course Works

Your Personal Spiritual Styles Profile Tool

We begin by discovering and harnessing our internal archetypal styles. These are the internal lenses through which we perceive, process and interpret spiritual information and practice. The Spiritual Styles Profile Tool helps us to discover, honor, harness and harmonize our 12 styles. By gradually activating all our styles, we can fulfill our highest human potential.

The Way of the Arts

The Way of the Body

The Way of Devotion

The Way of Imagination

The Way of Love

The Way of Meditation

The Way of the Mystic

The Way of Nature

The Way of Prayer

The Way of Reason

The Way of Relationship

The Way of Wisdom


Your Spiritual Questions Profile Tool

The Spiritual Questions Profile Tool is designed to help re-awaken our natural curiosity about life’s big spiritual questions.   We engage with an intention to energize our journey of discovery by exploring perspectives from profound spiritual and secular sources that will give our live meaning and purpose.

  1. Consciousness – Is it confined to my body?
  2. Death – What happens when I die?
  3. Existence – What is the source of my being?
  4. Freedom – How can I be truly free?
  5. God – What is God? How do I define God?
  6. Good and Evil – What is their source?
  7. Happiness – How can I be truly happy?
  8. Reality – Is the world I perceive real?
  9. Soul – Do I have a permanent soul?
  10. Spirit Beings – Are there spirit beings?
  11. Suffering – What is the cause of my suffering?
  12. Transformation – How can I be transformed into my highest potential?

Find Your Answers

Then, our Custom Search Tool helps us to find our answers f rom
authentic sources. These sources include spirituality, science,
philosophy, psychology and mythology. The 12 Families of Sources are listed in the inner circle of the Mandala. These are:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Taoism
  • Indigenous
  • General (Authentic Spiritual & Secular Sources)
  • Mythology
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Science

Mandala Course Syllabus

Week 1:
Week 2:
Arts & Body
Consciousness & Death
Week 3:
Contemplation & Devotion
Existence & Freedom
Week 4:
Imagination & Love
God & Good and Evil
Week 5:
Mystic & Nature
Happiness & Reality
Week 6:
Prayer & Reason
Soul & Spirit Beings
Week 7:
Relationships & Wisdom
Suffering & Transformation
Week 8:
Course Review & Presentations

The Instructors

Each class will be led and moderated by Anna Wolfe with the support of Jeffrey Keefer and other trained Mentors and Facilitators who will share their perspectives and experiences working with the InterSpiritual Mandala.

Anna Wolfe

Anna Wolfe

I grew up in Illinois, was raised an Episcopalian. Through early travels my mother opened my eyes and heart to learning about and connecting with people of other cultures and religions.

After graduating from Yale, I settled in Washington, D.C. where I worked on Capitol Hill for my Congressman.  I began to raise my family in Virginia, and I started to take courses in spiritual subjects, getting an adult education certificate in theological studies from Georgetown University, completing the Education for Ministry program for lay people from the University of the South, and I became a Stephen Minister.

In 1997, I founded a retreat center, the Mandala Center, on the high plains of New Mexico. My family moved to New Mexico, where we lived for about 15 years to serve those who came on retreat.  Over the years the Mandala Center has had programs on meditation, yoga, healing, Buddhism, and many of the arts, as well as personal growth.  In December of 2023 I gave the Center to the the Charis Foundation for New Monasticism and Interspirituality so that it can continue into the future as a place of retreat, learning and making connections.  I now live in Carpinteria, California. On our Center’s 20th anniversary in August of 2017 I learned about InterSpiritual Meditation, and I have practiced this daily ever since.  I have taken the ISM course multiple times, and also the Mandala class, often assisting as a resource lead, and I am now certified as both a facilitator and a mentor, and now an instructor. 

Jeffrey Keefer, Ph.D.

Jeffrey is an Educational Consultant and Eco-Mindfulness Guide dedicated to blending academic rigor with practical applications in personal growth. With extensive experience in educational consulting, he offers strategic guidance to higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, focusing on strategic planning, capacity building, and accreditation processes. Jeffrey reinforces a systematic approach to knowledge development and skill enhancement as a research methodology professor and institutional researcher.

In addition to institutional strategy, Jeffrey is deeply committed to coaching adult doctoral students, aiding them in navigating the complexities of thesis and dissertation completion. This personal mentoring aligns with his vision of applying eco-mindfulness practices in educational and nonprofit settings. This approach fosters individual well-being and promotes a sustainable impact on the community. Jeffrey’s work as a spiritual life advisor at New York University and as a spiritual director in private practice further complement his professional endeavors, offering a balanced perspective that integrates academic pursuits with mindful environmental and personal stewardship.

Jeffrey has a Ph.D. in educational research and graduate degrees in religious studies, English and American literature, business education, and adult learning. He completed a two-year certificate in Spiritual Direction from Cherry Hill Seminary. Jeffrey is an active editor of Wikipedia, enjoys spending time with his two pugs, and celebrates nature through walking parts of the Camino de Santiago in France each summer.

What spiritual leaders say about our programs

Father Thomas Keating Founder, Centering Prayer

Spiritual Paths is an
excellent program that grew out of the
Snowmass Inter-religious Conference at St. Benedict’s Monastery. As inter-religious dialogue continues to deepen and spread, experienced spiritual practitioners, with some capacity for scholarship, need to suggest what works best for spiritual growth. This is the thrust of the Spiritual Paths conferences and educational activities.

This circa 2009 photo from the Alliance for Jewish Renewal shows Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.  Schachter-Shalomi died in his sleep after a long illness at his home in Boulder, Colo., early Thursday, July 3, 2014. He was 89. Schachter-Shalomi started the renewal movement in the early 1960's as a way to use contemporary religious and political scholarship to re-examine Judaism after the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Alliance for Jewish Renewal)
Rabbi Zalman Schachter Founder, Jewish Renewal

Spiritual Paths brings
together the wisdom of
authentic teachers from
the worlds spiritual
traditions, provides an
excellent curriculum
based on those traditions, and leads us toward a new paradigm of InterSpiritual education and practice.

Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf
Imam Feisal Abdul-rauf Founder, American Sufi Muslim Association

I am particularly excited
by this initiative of
Edward Bastian and the
Spiritual Paths
Foundation. It as a sea
change in the evolution
of what we used to call
the ecumenical activity. I see us coming into the
next phase of
inter-religious dialogue,
to introduce one another to the inner experience of each others faith traditions. For when we do, we shall come to the
realization that the end is One. In a sense, the
previous intellectual
phase of inter-religious
dialogue was like reading cookbooks on French food, or Indian food what Spiritual Paths is suggesting we do now, is to taste and sample it!

Carol Pearson
Carol Pearson Past President, Pacifica Graduate University

Dr. Bastian has done for
spirituality what I’ve
worked to do with
archetypes, developing a system through which
anyone–religious or
not–can identify his or
her own natural mode of assessing spiritual truth. Dr. Bastian’s work is a great and important
breakthrough, as so many believe they are not spiritual because they do not follow a particular dogma or because the tradition in which they were raised does not fit for them. His work also can be of assistance to
those within any spiritual tradition to expand their
horizons and to promote
respectful interfaith

Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault Author & Teacher
ISM is an open-hearted and truly universal practice. If ever there was a practice to help us get spiritually unstuck, this is it.

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