The Mandala Center

The Mandala Center Workshops

As we did last year and the year before we went to our place of spiritual retreat, The Mandala Center, in northeastern New Mexico. Always new people to meet - people with fascinating life stores and intriguing views. Always new taste delights. The scene from our juniper clad hilltop set on the great plains brings peace to the soul, and the interior of the unique buildings invites the spirit to expand and soar while cradling the body in comfort and safety. – Beverley

Choose Your Own Adventure (or not)
Join us for a retreat weekend!
Follow your own pathMay 21st - May 24th
October 8th - October 11th

Explore the beautiful countryside, take in the local area attractions, or settle in with a good book in our fountain room. We welcome individuals or couples to share time with us in beautiful northeastern New Mexico. These retreats are specially priced as a thank you to our many guest who return year after year.

A wonderful dinner is served every evening at 6 p.m., and you’ll enjoy brunch served every morning at 10. We provide snacks as well as coffee and tea throughout the day. Take a walk on some of our newly created trails, and make sure to visit the labyrinth. Learn about the area’s history by planning a trip to the museums in Folsom and Clayton. Don’t forget to include a visit to Capulin Volcano National Monument. From the rim of the volcano visitors claim they can see 5 states. Or take time to create your own adventure...there are many roads to follow!

Retreat Weekends begin on Thursday at 3 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m., and the weekend ends with brunch on Sunday. These retreats require a minimum number of participants so please register early. Dates are subject to change based on registration numbers. Prices are per person and include lodging and meals.

Private Room $360 — Shared Room $255

We also welcome those seeking individual retreats throughout the year. Please call for information.

Compassionate Acceptance...A Healing Path to Release the Burdens of Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma
Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
Thomas RobertsThursday, June 11th - Sunday, June 14th

We all carry with us a store of life’s hurts, betrayals, and traumas. Much of the impact of these experiences resides deeply in our nerves and cells of our bodies, to be relived repeatedly throughout our lives. Deep healing of depression, anxiety, trauma and pain, occurs only when we soften our self-aversion and begin to accept and relate wisely with deep compassion to that part of ourselves that need healing.Through the exploration of Contemplative, Taoist, and Buddhist teachings and healing practices you will finally be able to reach a kind of healing based on acceptance and compassion that is often overlooked. This depth of healing is integral to deepening the spiritual path.

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Micaceous Clay Workshop: In the Tradition of the Jicarilla Apache
Sheldon Nunez-Velarde
Shelden Nunez-VelardeMonday, June 15th - Sunday, June 21st

Back by popular demand! Learn how to make pottery in the tradition of the Jicarilla Apache. Shelden belongs to the Ollero clan, sometimes referred to as the mountain people-pottery makers. His interest in the art of pottery started at an early age and Shelden has developed his own unique style. This is a great hands-on workshop. Space is limited so be sure to register early. We will waive the material fee for the first 10 registrations!

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Svastha for Wellness: A Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Monique Parker
Monique ParkerThursday, July 30th - Sunday, August 2nd

This is our Monique's 5th annual yoga retreat at the Mandala Center. She will lead you step-by-step into a journey of personal transformation using the ancient and practical tools of yoga. Everyone needs the time to unplug from the stress of daily life to delve deeper into spiritual practice. Through breath-centered mindful asana classes, Vedic chanting, meditation, and guided exercises and discussions about the philosophical roots of yoga psychology, you learn how to live a more authentic, happy and healthy life.

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Occasionally groups open their workshops to others seeking a retreat and we are happy to include these events in our listings. If your group is looking for a place to meet please contact us for more information about our facility rental.

Radiant Sun, Radiant Moon
Gail Gustafson and Jeff Bickford
Radian Sun, Radiant MoonJune 24th - June 29th

A five day meditation and movement retreat open to those who wish to engage meditation, movement and silence. This retreat will teach specific methods to embody the radiance of kindness, as it arises in sitting practice, movement practice and daily life.

About the Retreat: You can rely on a fluent balance of sitting meditation, teaching, movement practice, solitude, interaction, laughter and storytelling. Each participant also receives a private consultation daily. Our retreats are held primarily in silence. Additionally we retreat without internet, cell phones, reading, or other distractions. In these ways, we create a container for the undisturbed warmth of sustained practice. There are three delicious meals daily, plus tea and snacks.

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Register by calling 575-278-3002

You may pay by credit card (visa or mastercard) over the phone or send in a check or money order within 10 days of registration payable to The Mandala Center. (PO Box 158 Des Moines New Mexico 88418) Payment in full is expected at the time of registration. Space is not held until payment is arranged.

Do you have a spouse or friend who would like to come on retreat but NOT attend the workshop with you? Call us for prices for lodging and meals only and bring them along!

Please register early if you are interested in a workshop. Workshops may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met.

Check in Information

Check-in begins at 3 p.m. on the first day of your workshop unless otherwise noted in workshop schedule. If you wish to arrive early, or would like to extend your stay, please contact us. We offer a 15% on lodging for additional nights. Our staff will assist you with registration and see you to your roomsl. Dinner is generally at 6 p.m. preceded by a brief orientation. An evening introduction session with your workshop instructor will follow dinner. Workshop leaders will establish the daily routines/sessions with you. Workshops generally end at lunch time on the final day (usually Sunday). We ask guests to be out of their rooms by 12 p.m. on the day of departure.

Cancellation Policies

Our fees and cancellation policies are subject to change at any time without notice.

Although it is our desire that all programs are successful, circumstances do arise that lead to a need for cancellation. The Mandala Center reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If The Mandala Center cancels a program you will receive a full refund on the program and accommodation fees. We are not responsible for travel expenses incurred due to cancellations.

We cannot offer refunds beyond the policies listed. We are not able to give refunds due to bad weather conditions or for anyone who simply does not show up for a program. We cannot give refunds for anyone who must leave a program early or does not participate in portions of a program.

We keep our fees as low as possible (and our non-profit subsidizes portions of all programs) to make it as affordable as possible for guests. Due to this practice we are unable to reduce rates further or refund beyond our stated policies.

If you must cancel your registration written notice is preferred via email, fax, or mail.
Fax 575-278-3001
PO Box 158 Des Moines NM 88418

Cancellations prior to 30 days: full refund minus a $75 processing fee.

Cancellations made within 15-30 prior: 50% refund of total fee OR a non-refundable credit for the full amount transferable to any future program or stay within one year of issue minus a $150 processing fee. (note: a gift certificate will be issued for credit and must be presented/mentioned upon registration for future event/stay to receive credit.)

Cancellations 8 - 14 days prior: 25% refund of total fee.

Cancellations 7 days or less prior: No refunds are issued.