The Mandala Center

2018 Workshops

Micaceous Clay Workshop...
In the Tradition of the Jicarilla Apache

Shelden Nuñez-Velarde
Monday, July 30th - Saturday, August 4th

Shelden Nunez-VelardeThis is a wonderful "hands on" workshop that is a guest favorite. Participants spend the week making an assortment of beautiful, one of a kind pottery. This is a very unique opportunity to learn from one of the masters in this ancient art.


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 being presented with opportunities to learn from established potters such as Lydia Pesata, Jicarilla Apache, and Felipe Ortega, a potter of Jicarilla descent. The desire to produce beautiful pottery pieces was already in place as his great-great-grandmother, O'Ha Montoya, who lived on the plains and mountains surrounding Cimarron, NM, possessed the ability to create micaceous utilitarian pottery.

For over 25 years Shelden has won national recognition and numerous awards for his art. Besides his own artwork, he has conducted workshops and demonstrations throughout the Southwest about the Jicarilla Apache pottery traditions. Shelden is also an accomplished bead-worker and basket-maker.


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Shelden will share his unique style of developing pottery. Specializing in hand-coiling traditional Jicarilla Apache pottery, as his ancestors did, Shelden gathers the clay and slip from clay sources. He soaks the clay, cleans, sifts, mixes, hand coils, shapes, sands, polishes, and then fires his pottery outdoors, using pine or cedar wood. The pottery pieces he produces are beautiful... traditional and functional yet contemporary.

Participants will leave this hands on workshop with the pottery they have created and an appreciation for all the steps involved in making Jicarilla Apache micaceous clay pottery.

Who Should Attend?

Any age, male or female, various backgrounds or professions.

Registration and Fees

Prices are all inclusive unless otherwise indicated.

To Register please call us at 575.278.3002.

Sign up now...material fee is waived for the first 10 registrations!

Private Rooms


Materials Fee $30.00

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.

Share and Save

$525.00 Per Person

Materials Fee $30.00

Commuter Rate

$400.00 Per Person...includes all sessions and meals.

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.