The Mandala Center

The Mandala Center Workshops

2016 promises to be a great year at the Center! Please check back often as we will be adding new workshops and day events throughout the year.

The view from Wolf Lodge Deck
Self Guided Retreats

Spend time with us in the beautiful stillness of northeastern New Mexico. Located on the slopes of Sierra Grande mountain, the Mandala Center provides space for you to rest, relax, and rejuvenate for the coming year.

Meals are not provided for these retreats but guests are welcome to use the Wolf Lodge kitchenette for food preparation.


Special Room Rate for multiple nights. Please call for availability.

Ellen Wood
Life Transitions Workshops

"The only thing constant in life is change." ... Rochefoucauld

We face changes every day. Breaking out of our normal routine and thought patterns can be stressful. Even changes that bring happiness into our lives can cause us to be anxious. Join us for a series of Life Transitions Workshops where presenters will share techniques in dealing with change and how to incorporate change into a happier, healthier lifestyle.

These are FREE workshops... everyone is invited!

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Occasionally groups open their private workshops to others seeking a retreat and we are happy to include these events in our listings.To register for the workshop listed below please contact Gail Gustafson or Jeff Bickford. Their contact information is listed on their website.
Pointing out the Way imagePointing Out the Way
Gail Gustafson and Jeff Bickford
June 15th - June 20th

This silent retreat creatively interweaves Buddhist pointing out instructions & the Wizard of Oz. Imagine that! In their joyfully serious manner, Jeff and Gail will teach methods in meditation, movement, discussion and interaction to help you recognize & follow the way. This retreat requires some experience in meditation.

You can rely on a fluent balance of sitting meditation, teaching, moving practice, solitude, interaction, and laughter. Our retreats are held primarily in silence, observing the 5 Mindfulness Trainings. Gail and Jeff have been teaching together for 25 years. They emphasize embodied practice, gleaned through meditation and movement as paths to awakening.

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Thomas RobertsWhen I Let Go What Do I Have To Hold Onto?
Finding our Way in the Spiritual Landscape
Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
Thursday, June 23rd - Sunday, June 26th

You are not alone. There are many who are expanding their spiritual journey. Often this involves your examining the institutions, teachings and imperatives that have come with a prescribed religious path. This retreat is an opportunity to explore and discern ways to deeply enhance your spiritual path. Through the utilization of various wisdom, contemplative and meditation teachings, you will come to embrace the wisdom that emerges from the depths of silent listening. Come with your questions, confusions, fears and struggles along with openness to learn on a level that you may not have previously explored.

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Shelden Nunez-VelardeMicaceous Clay Workshop: In the Tradition of the Jicarilla Apache
Shelden Nunez-Velarde
Sunday, June 26th - Saturday, July 2nd

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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Monique Parker6th Annual Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Monique Parker
Wednesday, July 27th - Sunday, July 31st

This popular retreat is an ideal way to unplug from familiar surroundings in order to break through accumulated habits of distraction that perpetuate our lives, while affording the space and solitude for the development of a daily yoga practice. Whether you need to gain perspective, embark on a new wellness path, or delve more deeply into your existing practice, this retreat will give you inspiration and practical tools that you can take home and integrate into your life.

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Richard LeirerReprogramming Your DNA with Qigong /Tai Chi Mindfulness Training
Richard Leirer
Thursday, Sept. 15th - Sunday, Sept 18th

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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Jeff Bickford and Gail GustafsonEquanimity & The Quest for Just Right
Gail Gustafson and Jeff Bickford
Thursday, November 10th - Sunday, November 13th

Monique Parker“If only my life were different, then it would be okay.” Most of us are on this unattainable quest to find something other than what we have, something that we think will please us more. What would it be like to experience contentment in your life, just as it is?

This retreat relies on a fluent balance of: guided and silent sitting meditation, teaching sessions, movement awareness practices (Tai Chi/Qi Gong, Feldenkrais®, Developmental Movement), creative interaction, and laughter. Gail and Jeff have been teaching together for 25 years. They emphasize embodied practice, gleaned through meditation & movement as paths to awakening.

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If your group is looking for a place to meet please contact us for more information about our facility rental.


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.