The Mandala Center

2018 Workshop


A retreat on navigating life’s wavering terrain

Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
Thursday, June 28th - Sunday, July 1st


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).

Tom has been adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology ay Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he teaches, Wellness and Spirituality, Mindfulness and Recovery, and Positive Psychology classes. He is also visiting lecturer at The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where he teaches courses in integrative approaches to mind-body healing.

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

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“The thing that screws us up the most is the picture in our minds of how it is supposed to be.”

You see, it comes down to this: Everything changes, it is all unfolding as it should, so, relax, pay attention and be creative.

Typically, we react to change with resistance and insistence; resisting the way our lives are unfolding and insisting that it should be otherwise, according to our plan.

Transitions are potentials. They bring forth necessary questions and interruptions. Where am I? What am I doing? Who am I? What is important? It has been described as trying to drive through fog! Feeling an urgency to hurry up and get to where we think we have to get somewhere but not really being able to see clearly ahead.

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

What have we neglected for ourselves, that gives our life a greater sense of depth and meaning? How do we live a life from a deeper place of spiritual awareness and wisdom?

What defines the quality of our lives is the grace and skill with which we navigate the dynamic flow of our lives. Grace and skill emerge when we face each moment with patience, openness and compassion.

Leaving this retreat, you will proceed into your life with a richer, and more fulfilled sense of how to embrace yourselves and your life from a place of grace and skill, with more patience, openness and compassion.

Registration and Fees

Prices are all inclusive unless otherwise indicated.

Commuter Rates Available...please call for details.

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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$405.00 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. 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.