The Mandala Center

The Mandala Center Workshops

We have some great events and workshops scheduled for 2018! We add events throughout the year so please check our website often for updates and new additions.

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.

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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Elsie WoodThe Way of the Sage - Wisdom through Creative Engagement
Elsie Wood
May 31st - June 3rd, 2018

This retreat/workshop invites you to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure. The Way of the Sage is a journey process for women of all ages seeking illumination along life’s path. As we experience life we are accessing and gathering wisdom. Exploring through the creative process offers a new way to engage in a meaningful, conscious, and Sage-full life.

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Navigating Life’s Wavering Terrain
Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
Thursday, June 28th - Sunday, July 1st

This retreat will be an opportunity for us to explore how transitions and change are beckoning us to clean things up in our lives. Facing qualms, uncertainties and indecisions as being an integral part of our lives and spiritual journeys. We will look at how change helps us evaluate the essential life shift from quantity to quality; from doing to being, from an expected life to a more genuine and authentic life.

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Mandala Center Summer Day Camps
Mandala Discovery Program for Youth Ages 8-15

For more information or to register your child for these camps please call the Center at 575.278.3002.

2018 Raton Ridge Day Camp
Sierra Mandala
June 11-13
June 18-20
June 25-27
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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2018 Summer Camp

Raton Ridge
July 9-12
July 16-19
July 23-26
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Dr. Ed BastianInterSpiritual Meditation (ISM)
Creating Compassionate Wisdom
Dr. Ed Bastian
Thursday, July 19th - Sunday, July 22nd

ISM is a universal seven-step meditation. It combines Mindfulness with other meditative practices leading to health, happiness, gratitude, transformation, compassion, wisdom and service. This process honors spiritual, ethnic, racial, gender diversity in service to the Earth and All Living Beings. In this retreat, Mandala Center Director Rev. Tim Sexton and Founder Anna Wolfe will join Dr. Ed Bastian to help you to deepen and refine your personal meditative practice.

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Shelden Nunez-VelardeMicaceous Clay Workshop: In the Tradition of the Jicarilla Apache
Shelden Nunez-Velarde
Monday, July 30th - Saturday, August 4th

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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MelindaJoy PattisonThe Mandala Experience: A Creative Retreat for Personal Growth
MelindaJoy Pattison
August 23rd - 26th

Movement, creative writing and art making are combined in the daily round of this retreat. Use of the outdoor chapel and the labyrinth on the Mandala Center grounds will be incorporated into the schedule of events. Gentle, accessible movement and journaling will prepare the participants for the art process each day. They will then be invited to creative exploration through mandala making. There will be plenteous studio time each day for the leisurely completion and assimilation of the art projects as well as time to rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Mandala Center. No previous art experience or perceived ability are required to participate in this time of retreat. All art supplies will be provided.

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Linda SherrillThe Basics of Photography
Linda Sherrill
Date to be announced...

Linda Sherrill has been a professional photographer for the past 24 years. Her work has appeared in numerous national magazines, Cat Fancy, Endurance News, The Horse Magazine, Horse Illustrated, Equus, Saddle Up Magazine, and many books and calendars. She is a member of Professional Photographer's of America, (PPA) and is an award winning photographer having received an Image of Excellence Award in 2017 from the Texas Professional Photographer's Association and also received a merit for her image "Sunday Stroll" from the PPA International Print Competition, on display in January in Nashville during PPA's National Convention. Linda believes that we all should exist in photos.They are our only connection to the past and the people who love us.

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Occasionally retreat leaders open their private workshops to others seeking a retreat and we are happy to include these events in our listings.To register for the workshops listed below please visit their websites or call the Mandala Center for more information.

Rebecca SkeeleSummer Solstice Retreat
Rebecca E. Skeele
June 21st - 24th, 2018

Our ancient ancestors celebrated this day with rituals to honor the bountiful earth and the harvest that would come. Summer is also a time when life becomes full, ripe and rich. A time to pause and assess the abundance of blessings as well as the opportunities for more growth, expansion and Self revelation. The Mandala represents wholeness, transformation, integration and balance. Our Solstice Retreat will incorporate both the voices of the light and the dark of our being. In the circle of wholeness nothing will be excluded. All will be contained. Then seemingly opposing forces can be held in a safe space of transmutation and transformation.

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Infinite Potential YogaTransform & Claim Your Destiny with Powerful Purpose
Infinite Potential Raton Yoga
July 27th - 29th, 2018

Three days of yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic Science, Homeopathic healing, Gong Puja, Sacred Clay, Journey Dancing, Reiki, Massage, Hiking and more.

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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.