The Mandala Center

About Us


The Mandala Center is staffed with a full time Executive Director, Site Manager, Operations Manager for Guest Services, and Operations Manager Assistant. We also employ part-time staff in housekeeping, kitchen and food preparation, and maintenance.

OUR Board

The Mandala Center has a volunteer board of up to 9 members. The Mandala Board › › ›


The Mandala Center was born from a vision. In a lifetime of spiritual seeking, illness, and a thousand good deeds improving the lives of others, Tish Hewitt, then in her sixties in the mid 80’s, was still searching for the next assignment in life.

Tish Hewitt discovered the land that now is home to The Mandala Center after having a vision of two mountains that seemed very important to her. During a road trip she discovered her vision was real when she came upon the Sierra Grande and Capulin Volcano – the two mountains she was shown. Tish felt a calling to settle here and purchase land and the ranch, right between the two mountains, just happened to be for sale .

Tish Hewitt began construction of our buildings as a personal retreat home and she felt lead to include round walls and rooms. Tish asked her daughter, “Why am I making round walls?” Anna replied, “You are building your own Mandala of healing and wholeness.” Tish named the main building Casa Mandala.

Tish, who seemed to sense she would never live in the Casa Mandala, passed away before her retreat home was complete. After her passing, Anna, her daughter, decided to move across country to take care of the ranch and the land her mother loved. After much reflection, Anna felt called to turn Casa Mandala into The Mandala Center and open up this special place to the public as a retreat center for those who are in search of rest, renewal, healing, and deeper understanding of life’s journey. In 1996 The Mandala Center came into being.


We are located in Des Moines, New Mexico. 35 miles east of Raton, on highway 87/64 just after mile marker 383 (going east) or 384 (going west). Our road sign is Mandala Road.

We are on the slopes of Sierra Grande Mountain with sweeping and expansive views of the desert plains and the volcanic mountains that abound here. The rural area and quiet environment lends itself to rest and contemplation. We are in the upper eastern corner of the state, close to both the Colorado and Texas borders.

The major airports in Albuquerque (NM) and Denver (CO) are an approximate 4 hour drive to the Center. Airports in Amarillo (TX), Colorado Springs (CO) and Santa Fe (NM) are approximately 3 hours drive. Those who fly into Colorado will find a very scenic drive down through the mountains at the Raton pass, with the Rocky Mountains in the rear view mirror. Whatever your airport destination the drive is a wonderful time of pilgrimage to unwind, center, and mentally prepare for your retreat experience.
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There are many nature areas to explore including the Capulin Volcano National Monument where you can hike down into the volcano, and Sugarite Canyon complete with a beautiful desert lake and abounding wildlife. At night the sky is clear and unending, perfect for stargazing. We welcome you to this land and all the secrets that it holds.

The Meaning behind the Name

The Mandala

The Mandala represents wholeness, transformation, integration, and balance. The Mandala, as used here, is seen as a universal image found over and over again in nature itself and, in some form, in all cultures. It is a circle that does not exclude but contains. It does not separate, but protects and holds opposing forces in such a way that it can be transmuted and transformed. We believe The Mandala is the perfect symbol for the Center. It is a sanctuary for “holding space” for our quests, healing work, pilgrimages, educational learning, and creative expressions.