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The Gathering - January 21 - Demystifying Mysticism

Dates: Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7 pm ET
Available by: Join by Videoconference Only (learn more about videoconference)
Suggested Love Offering: $ 10.00


Demystifying Mysticism:

The word “mystic” is from the Greek “mystkos,” which means the pursuit of direct, personal communion with God. It can be found in something as seemingly trivial as breathing into a star-filled sky, or as serious as losing someone you love. It can come from years of inner work — or be a gift of pure grace.

Spend an hour with Rev. Garrett A. Foster as we explore and experience mysticism in a way that makes it accessible to everyone.


Garrett Foster

Rev. Garrett Foster

Rev. Garrett A. Foster is a three-time cancer survivor. Each diagnosis became a tremendous gift and led him to committing to a life of love, gratitude, and service. Ordained by One Spirit, Garrett is an interfaith minister, inter-spiritual counselor, Unity-trained prayer chaplain, Life-Cycle Celebrant™, and community builder. He is the founder of the online Community In Spirit; and will be launching his Spiritual Writers Academy™ in the fall of 2020. A graduate of Vassar College where he majored in English, Garrett spent three decades as a senior writer, editor, and manager at Soap Opera Magazine, and The Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel newspapers. Early in his career, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for his writing contributions on the CBS drama Guiding Light. He is the author of the self-published novel, The Accident of Being Human. His follow-up novel, The Weight of Faith, will be available soon. Garrett is most called to work with writers and creative types; people who have been bullied, oppressed, and marginalized; anyone facing cancer or other life-threatening diagnosis; and those who are drawn to the path of the mystic. Garrett and his partner of 30 years, Brian, divide their time between South Florida and Merida, Mexico, in the Yucatan. Together they have co-created and owned two successful small businesses and raised a menagerie of furry rescue animals.


If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840.

Experience One Spirit Seminary Info Session - January 26

Dates: Tuesday, January 26th at 7PM ET.
Available by: Join by Videoconference Only (learn more about videoconference)
Price: This is a free event!


Despite how different we all seem, we all are from and a part of this one planet. We are all of us connected and that has never been more clear due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If there’s one thing we truly need to learn it’s that we need each other - we can’t do it alone. We need diverse community not only to live but to thrive.

So I invite you to come learn about how One Spirit helps support the creation of community. How we train, empower, and help our students grow as individuals and through a transformative journey inspire sacred consciousness which prepares them to be of service to individuals, communities, and the Earth.

One Spirit's Interfaith/Interspiritual Seminary program cultivates spiritual awakening through our experiential and heart centered educational model. If you're being called to take action in your life, community or the world around you, join us for this introductory session to find out how One Spirit's training can support you in that calling - now more than ever.

Join us as we offer a taste of what the classes are like by coming together through ritual and personal sharing, with plenty of time to answer your questions.

Come on January 26th and meet co-directors, Rev. DeShannon Bowens and Rev. Eileen Fisher along with other staff.

If you have questions please contact One Spirit by email to [email protected]


DeShannon Bowens

Rev. DeShannon Bowens

Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens is the Co-Director of One Spirit Seminary and a psychotherapist, professional development trainer, interfaith minister, and founder of ILERA Counseling & Education Services. Through ILERA, she has implemented workshops at various agencies focusing on vicarious trauma and wellness, healing from sexual abuse, sexuality, and spirituality. DeShannon is the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015) and an emeritus interfaith scholar with the State of Formation. She was also the first recipient of AASECT’s Bill T. Jones Award. Presentations of her work have taken place at Harvard University, American Academy of Religion, Washington University, New York Theological Seminary, and Interfaith Center of New York. (

Eileen Fisher

Rev. Eileen Fisher

Rev. Eileen Fisher is the Co-Director of One Spirit Seminary and has been teaching in NJ public schools for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s degree in education and has experience developing educational programs while working with young children, families and adult learners. She is currently the facilitator of a mindful education program in a middle school. Eileen was ordained by One Spirit in 2010 and has supported One Spirit as a classroom assistant and coordinator of the mentoring ministry program. She has served through her local hospice and a women’s prison in New Jersey. A Sufi dervish in the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order, Eileen strives to walk the path of remembrance and expresses her ministry by supporting the spiritual growth of others through officiating life cycle ceremonies and spiritual counseling. She is deeply committed to protecting and caring for the Earth and all sentient beings. Eileen believes we are all connected and called to demonstrate the ​​transformative power of Love through expression of our own Divine Wisdom in ways that will bless and heal the world.


If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected].


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