The Mandala Center

2014 Workshops

Writing As A Spiritual Path: The Transformational Power of Story
Mark Matousek
Thursday, October 2nd– Sunday, October 5th


Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A past editor at Interview and O: The Oprah Magazine, he is a frequent columnist for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today and has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, Details, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, OUT, the AARP Magazine, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. He is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girl. As an instructor and speaker, he works on the faculty of the New York Open Center and The Omega Institute, and offers his popular creativity workshops -- Awakening Genius and The Untold Story -- around the country. His new book, Ethical Wisdom for Friends, will be published in 2013. Mark lives in New York City.

For more information go to Mark’s website...

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Writing is a powerful tool for self-realization.  Exploring our deepest feelings and experiences through language, we gain insight into our core stories, beliefs, fears, expectations, desires, dreams, and inherent wisdom.  Writing in this way, we discover the truth about who we are, and who we aren't. When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed. Through intimate writing, inspirational reading, supportive group work, and one-on-one meetings with Mark, participants in this workshop will learn the art of self-inquiry through life writing, how to shape their written stories on the page, and how writing can be used as a daily enlightenment practice. Although seasoned writers are welcome, no writing experience is necessary to benefit from this gifts of Mark's work.

Registration and Fees

Prices are all inclusive unless otherwise indicated. Regular Fee is for a private room. You can save on your room rate by bringing someone with you (see below for Share and Save). It also helps us when you share a room because we have limited room availability. (only 12 rooms or 24 beds.) This allows more people to join in!

To Register please call us at 575.278.3002.

Private Rooms


Share a room with a friend or partner and make your stay more affordable.

You and your roommate must register at the same time to take advantage of this discounted rate.

The Mandala Center cannot guarantee shared accommodations. If you wish to share a room, and do not have a roommate, please ask to be placed on our roommate waiting list. However, if you do not have a roommate at the time of registration you must pay the private room rate. If a roommate is found you will be reimbursed the appropriate amount.

Share and Save

$620.00 Per Person

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.

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.