The Mandala Center

2019 Workshop

Embodied Presence: Vipassana & Mindful Yoga Retreat

Unifying Body, Breath, and Mind

with Thomas Roberts and Monique Parker

September 19th - 22nd

Thomas RobertsThomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts is a retired Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. He has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and has been a practicing Zen Buddhist for nearly 50 years. In 1992 he received lay Buddhist vows from Thich Nhat Hanh.

He is the author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginners Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion (New Harbinger Press, 2009).

Over the past 35 years, Thomas has become a leader in the fields of mind-body healing, clinical hypnotherapy, and mindfulness. He continues to present retreats locally as well as throughout the United States.. Visit his website at

Monique ParkerMonique Parker

Monique Parker, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500/RYT 500, is a senior teacher and yoga educator in the Svastha Yoga worldwide organization and owns Taos Yoga Therapy, a boutique yoga studio in Taos and Svastha Yoga Institute, the U.S. affiliate yoga school of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda in Chennai, India. Previously, Monique co-founded and directed the Yoga Teacher Certification Program at the University of New Mexico-Taos. A yoga practitioner for over 25 years, Monique gave up a lucrative career in Silicon Valley in 2001 to move to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico, where she dedicates herself to study, teaching, and service. For more information about Monique visit her website at


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Unifying body, breath, & mind

Embodied Presence is a dynamic, innovative, and interactive retreat that integrates Zen Vipassana meditation and therapeutic yoga (Sri T Krishnamacharya tradition)-tools from complimentary disciplines for those working in the counseling and helping professions. Retreat participants will increase their skill repertoire by learning effective strategies on how to apply these mindfulness techniques to help alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, depression and more.

Ongoing research points to exciting evidence-based developments on the convergence of brain science and the age old practices of meditation and therapeutic yoga.

We have learned that the regular practice of these disciplines positively enhances psycho-physiological functioning, thus increasing one's ability to deal with stress and improve emotions and behaviors, and overall health and well-being.

This retreat is well-suited for students of meditation, and or/yoga, as well as professionals in the healing professions (such as nurses, physicians, counselors/therapists, teachers, body workers, clergy) who seek ways to be more effective in achieving higher levels of well-being themselves, and in helping clients restore and maintain their mental and physical health.

One-on-one time with instructors will be available upon request for an extra fee.

In this special collaborative retreat we will explore the cultivation of energy, movement, self-inquiry, and breath awareness as a means of accessing internal layers of consciousness, vitality and deep inner peace. Retreat includes Vedic Chanting and Tibetan Singing Bowls. Arrive “as is” and expect to return home enlivened, grounded, replenished, and supported with tools for your practice.


Registration and Fees

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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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. 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.