The Mandala Center

2019 Workshops

InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM)

Creating Compassionate Wisdom

Dr. Ed BastianDr. Ed Bastian
July 5th - 7th

Dr. Ed Bastian developed InterSpiritual Meditation through his work with over fifty contemplative teachers from diverse spiritual traditions. He is the president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation and holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies. He is an award-winning documentary film producer, author of the award winning “Living Fully Dying Well,” and author of “InterSpiritual Meditation” and “Mandala: Creating an Authentic Spiritual Path.”

Ed has been a Fulbright Fellow in India, a Global Trustee for the United Religions Initiative, a Smithsonian program director, a business entrepreneur, and board president of the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara. He is on the faculty of Antioch University where he teaches Buddhism and Mindfulness Meditation. He teaches online courses and leads retreats on InterSpiritual Meditation and the InterSpiritual Mandala process.

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InterSpiritual Meditation (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.

The Retreat

To prepare for this retreat participants are encouraged to visit

During the Retreat you will be invited to:

  • Deepen your own personal meditation practice.
  • Honor and harness your spiritual learning styles and questions.
  • Integrate wisdom from one or more secular and spiritual traditions.
  • Join with a mutually supportive cohort in focused discussions.
  • Use our course workbook for your journaling.
  • Learn to apply meditative calm and compassionate wisdom to public service.
  • Learn to lead a non-sectarian meditation for people with diverse beliefs and practices.

Registration and Fees

Prices are all inclusive unless otherwise indicated.

To Register please call us at 575.278.3002.

Private Rooms


Share a room with a friend or partner 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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$590.00 Per Person

Commuter Rate

$500.00 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.