In May we had the opportunity to host a youth group from Duncan, Oklahoma, as part of a three day STEAM Outdoor Leadership program. Our site manager and park rangers from Capulin Volcano National Monument led the high school students and adults up the side of Sierra Grande, the largest extinct volcano in northeastern New Mexico. With permission from the state land office, the hikers climbed from 6,650 feet to 8,100 feet, reaching the upper slopes of the volcano. From there they were able to see the Mandala Center and the surrounding landscape from a totally new perspective.
As I thought about this hike I realized it was a perfect metaphor for what is taking place at the Center...reaching new heights and taking a fresh “look” at the Center. While building on the strong foundation created by dedicated past executive directors and board members, we are climbing higher, looking for more ways to reach out and make a difference. We’ve created new trails and hiking events to give guests the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of our surroundings and to learn how to care for the envi- ronment. We’ve added new programs and partners, like-minded groups that work with us for the benefit of others. We are offering day programs where guests take part in short workshops, walk the labyrinth or visit the outdoor chapel, and enjoy lunch at the Center. Our Life Transitions workshops are half-day events, free to the public, that give guests the opportunity to experience, on a small scale, what is available at the Center. We welcome those seeking space for self-guided retreats. And we continue to offer a variety of workshops and provide facilities where groups can gather to do the work they do.
In the spring of 2015 we set a goal to have 1,000 guest days at the Center. By the end of 2015 we not only reached, but surpassed, that goal. As of July 1st of this year we’ve had over 800 guest days. Even with this level of activity we remain true to our mission...to provide a peaceful place to refresh the mind, renew the spirit, and heal the body.
We will continue to climb. With a dedicated board, committed staff, generous donors, and others who share our vision we know the Center will reach new heights. Our guests, workshop leaders, like-minded partners, and our community will help us on our journey. Thank you for your continued support...we’ll see you at the top!
~ Karen Brown, Executive Director
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