The Mandala Center

2017 Workshops

Centering Prayer Retreat

Liz VanLandingham
Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 14th

Liz VanLandinghamAre challenges of life distracting you from your spiritual journey?

Are you seeking a way to deepen your relationship with God?


Liz VanLandingham began practicing Centering Prayer in 1993. She volunteers at the Center for Contemplative Living facilitating classes, half days of prayer, and Lectio Divina. Liz is active in the 11 Step Contemplative Outreach program. In addition to Centering Prayer, Liz has completed the Shambhala Heart of Warriorship, which is rooted in Tibetan Vajryana Buddhism. She has studied various Spiritual Practices throughout her life. Starting at an early age, Liz attended a school of The Fourth Way developed by George Gurdjieff and P. D. Ouspensky, followed later with energy work and studies under Barbara Brennan, author of Hands of Light. Liz earned her Master’s degree at Naropa University. In Liz’s formative years she attended Catholic schools and still regards herself a practicing Catholic. Liz retired from the Community College of Aurora in 2014. She lives in Lafayette, Colorado.



In this Centering Prayer retreat, you will learn about a prayer method in which you sit in silence with God, opening your mind, heart and whole being to the Ultimate Mystery—beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through Centering Prayer, we respond to God’s invitation to enter into a loving, intimate and ever-deepening relationship. The practice prepares us to be open and available to God’s divine action and presence in the innermost recesses of our being. It facilitates a process of interior transformation initiated by God, leading to divine union. The gift of contemplative prayer enables us to bring an attitude of humility, listening and service to our daily activities. During this retreat you will have opportunity develop a receptive attitude, opening your heart to God’s Divine love and grace, through Centering Prayer sessions, sacred silence, spiritual journaling, and Lectio Divina.

The method of Centering Prayer was co-founded by Father Thomas Keating, who is known throughout the world as one of the most influential contemplative leaders today.

Prices are all inclusive unless otherwise indicated.

To Register please call us at 575.278.3002.

Private Rooms


Share a room and make your stay more affordable.

We ask that you and your roommate 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.

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$295.00 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 rooms. 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.