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

Finding your Path on the Mountain...A One Day In-Depth Creative Experience
Sharon Niederman
Sharon NeidermanSaturday, July 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whether you create a poem, a photograph, or a prayer, you will be inspired by the newly created paths at the Mandala Center. Using the paths as a metaphor for our own growth, we will spend the morning walking and observing, taking notes in our journals, enjoying the peace and beauty of our special corner of Northern New Mexico. In the fullness of summer, birds, wildflowers, expansive skies and breezes of change will nurture our individual natures.

Following a delicious lunch, we will hear what some of our most beloved nature writers – Henry David Thoreau, Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich, Terry Tempest Williams – have found when they embraced stillness.

Then, using our observations, following our thoughts where they lead – to a memory, a dream, a hope, a loss, a discovery, a document of the day’s experience, or a feeling recalled from childhood summers - we will indulge in the luxury of time free from everyday responsibilities and create – in words or watercolors - as our hearts direct us.

Finally, within the circle of our day’s community, we will share our voices and celebrate what we have created. Come celebrate summer at the Mandala Center.

$30.00 per participant includes lunch, snacks, and art supplies

Call the Mandala Center at 575.278.3002 to register.

Yoga Wellness Weekend: A Personalized Approach
Monique Parker
Monique ParkerThursday, July 30th - Sunday, August 2nd

This is 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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Writing Your Way Home: A Guided Four Day Writing Retreat
Sharon Niederman
Sharon NiedermanWednesday, August 26th - Sunday, August 30th

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” Buddha
It’s time to take that unfinished manuscript of your novel, poetry collection, or memoir out of the drawer and complete the project that calls to you. Within the Mandala’s warm and comforting setting, a four-day immersion will allow your project the space and understanding it needs to blossom. While you will have ample solitary work time, you will also benefit from community support.

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Reprogramming Your DNA with Qigong /Tai Chi Mindfulness Training
Richard Leirer
Richard LeirerThursday, Sept. 24th - Sunday, Sept 27th

Monique ParkerEveryone who wants to create a happier and healthier body through the use of mindfulness methods of self cultivation should attend this workshop.This workshop is designed for beginners as well as those experienced in Meditation, Qigong or Tai Chi.

Participants will be presented with specific Mindfulness Energy Meditations and Movements designed to increase DNA Cellular Function, DNA Cellular Repair and enhanced qi energy, thereby increasing Mind/Body Health.

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Choose Your Own Adventure (or not)
Join us for a retreat weekend!
Follow your own path 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.

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.