The Mandala Center

2016 Workshops

Sacred Chanting for Whole Body Health

Richard Leirer
Thursday, Sept. 15th– Sunday, Sept. 18th


Richard Leirer is one of the most experienced and accomplished Qigong teachers in the US. He has been a serious student and practitioner of the internal mindfulness arts for over 42 years. He is considered by many to be one of the few American Qigong Masters. Richard began his training in 1972 with the American Kung Fu and Karate Federation. He later was accepted as a student with Master Huang, Tzeng-yu, Lee Henn, Master Hao Tian-Yao, Grand Master Hu Wei-yu, and was trained in the lineage of Grand Master Zhong Hong Bao. He has been officially recognized as a Master by the Chinese Qigong Society of Cleveland for his excellence in Neigong (Taoist inner alchemy meditation techniques). He has studied in China, and was certified as an instructor of Wu Ji Qigong by the late Master Zhu Wei from Tien Tai Mountain.

For more information visit Richard's website...


In Chinese Medicine, energy travels in the entire body through acupuncture channels. Health occurs as a result of that energy coursing through the body in a balanced fashion. There are numerous points along those channels, where energy can be become blocked, stagnated or over stimulated, creating an imbalance in the body. Balanced qi is the key to health.

This qi energy can be moved about through the acupuncture energy channels of the body, by use of the mind. “The mind leads the qi energy, and the blood follows” is an old training adage. Chanting concentrates the mind, which will lead the qi. Chanting can call the qi to a particular location, enhancing the qi flow. Qi energy leads the blood. The blood carries adult stem cells that that will regenerate the cells of the body creating greater health and vitality.

The Chinese word for mind intent is Yi Nian (意念 ). Yi meaning thought / to think / intention and Nian meaning to study. Yi Nian means to think and study the qi movement in your body, through your channels.

This special workshop will teach how to call the acupuncture points, through chanting, to create whole body health. The participants will learn point names, locations and chanting techniques that will call the qi energy to remove sickness and promote whole body health. Participants will be presented with specific Mindfulness Energy Meditations and Movements designed to increase DNA cellular function, DNA cellular repair and enhance qi energy, thereby increasing mind/body health.

You will also learn a DNA Qigong Reprogramming Meditation that will enhance adult stem cell production and cleanse the internal organs.

  • 10 Qigong movement forms designed to cleanse the internal organs, increase qi/blood circulation and open the joints within the body
  • The basics of a 24 movement form Tai Chi set
  • 5 intelligence Qigong exercises to prevent Alzheimer Disease and Dementia
  • 3 practical stress reduction methods for everyday life

Who Should Attend

Everyone who wants to create a happier and healthier body through the use of mindfulness methods of self cultivation should attend this workshop. This workshop is designed for beginners as well as those experienced in Meditation, Qigong or Tai Chi.

Qigong /Tai Chi works on healing your body in specific ways. The first function of Qigong /Tai Chi practices is to create chemical reactions in your body that promote cell growth and inhibit cellular mutation. Learn how to Reprogram Your DNA and create a happier, healthier and more vibrant body through Qigong/Taichi and a special Qigong Reprogramming Your DNA energy meditation at this workshop.

Is it really a wonder why Harvard Health Publications May 2009 issue calls Tai Chi “medication in motion”? That article explained how tai chi is helpful in treating a range of conditions including arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, sleep problems, and stroke.

Qigong/Tai Chi plays a significant role in boosting the immune system and is easy to practice. The elderly or those already experiencing a disease can quickly boost their immune system with Tai Chi/Qigong exercises.

How does it really work? Stress is the major source of all illness. Scientists now believe that stress is responsible for 90 percent of all illness. Daily living can create stress chemicals within the body that restrict the immune function and lead to disease. Chemicals like cortisol, GH and norepinephrine are all released at periods of high stress. They damage your DNA and cellular function.

Other chemicals like melatonin, serotonin and dopamine are all stress reducers. They help the human cells stay healthy. Still other chemicals act as anti-mutation chemicals that kill free radicals which damage and mutate a cell. These anti stress chemicals really help the cell stay healthy by washing or cleaning away the free radicals that can mutate a cell and cause disease.

Qigong /Tai Chi both increase those types of chemicals, particularly SOD (Superoxide Dismutases), an antioxidant that cleans each cell.

Additional studies found that practicing Qigong /Tai Chi leads to reductions in damage to DNA. Simply put, Qigong /Tai Chi practitioners have better DNA and cellular function than other people.

Qigong/Tai Chi also creates MENTAL HOMEOSTASIS. Psychological homeostasis refers to emotional control or tranquility. It has been stated that the biological function of human emotion and repression is primarily homeostatic. Evidence suggests that a feedback relationship exists between forms of homeostasis, and the body-mind type of therapies like Qigong/Tai Chi.

Qigong/Tai Chi are also of a spiritual nature. Whatever your spiritual belief might be, the practice of these ancient health maintenance techniques increases your connection to that which is divine. The sacred source, to which we are connected, is enhanced through these practices. Maybe it is a direct result of having a healthier body?

The ancient Chinese sages said that if you want to become a true human being, you must cultivate a healthy body. Through this cultivation, you will discover your subtle energy. Through an investigation of this energy, you will experience the part of you that is connected to the Universal energy. Discovering this connection is the primary purpose for having a human body. Join with us in this journey, and learn to expand your mindfulness training with specific skills that will last a lifetime.

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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$480.00 Per Person

Commuter and Day Rates

For those who are not able to attend the full workshop we are offering the following:

Commuter Rate

$340.00 Per Person...includes all sessions and meals but no overnight lodging

Day Passes

$95.00 per day...includes morning and afternoon sessions and lunch

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.