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Andrew Keegan holds 'intention ceremony' with pregnant girlfriend

Andrew Keegan celebrated the impending birth of his first child with girlfriend Arista Ilona by holding a "sacred intention ceremony" at the actor's spiritual center in Los Angeles.

The former Party of Five star announced his longtime partner's pregnancy last month (Oct15), and on Wednesday (11Nov15), the couple took part in a special event to mark its new journey to parenthood - although a representative for Keegan insists the ceremony was not a wedding.

A statement issued to UsMagazine.com on Thursday (12Nov15) reads: "No marriage but there was an intention ceremony held last night at Full Circle for the baby. Family and close friends of Andrew and Arista gathered to celebrate this new chapter in their lives."

Keegan and model Ilona also used the gathering to reveal they are expecting a baby girl.

"My beloved partner and I are excited to welcome a baby into our lives and our community," Keegan says in a statement. "We look forward to embracing the sacred responsibility of parenthood as well as learning from this spirit. Our intention is to raise our child in a co-creative environment where truth and love are foremost. We welcome your thoughts and prayers for this incubating life."

Keegan co-founded the Full Circle center last year (14), when he described the venture as a project "dedicated to supporting individuals in our community to follow their passions with a broader social understanding".

He added, "The home of a conscious social movement, we provide an experiential environment designed to creatively expand consciousness through visual and performing arts, movement classes, workshops, forums and healing therapies.

"Full Circle integrates the indigenous and modern practices, bringing individuals, community and organizations together as indispensable collaborators realizing a co-creative, sustainable and fulfilling future. We provide a platform for the community to engage in diversity inclusion, economic and environmental sustainability, inspiration through art and music, health and well-being and social/soci-political awareness."

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