The Mandala Center

2017 Workshops

Mindfulness, It Is Not What You Think:
An Introduction to Practice

Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
Friday, September 29th - Sunday, October 1st

Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts is a Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist in private practice (Innerchange Counseling) in Onalaska, Wisconsin. He has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice.

He is the author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginners Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion (New Harbinger Press, 2009). He holds licenses as an Independent Clinical Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tom has certifications as a Fellow with the National Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists, a Diplomat with the American Psychotherapy Association, and as an Addictions Counselor in the State of Wisconsin.

Tom has been adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin and also at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud Minnesota Community Counseling and Community Psychology Program. He's taught upper level and graduate courses in integrative approaches to mind-body healing...Wellness and Spirituality, Mindfulness and Recovery, and Positive Psychology classes. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse where he teaches integrative approaches to health and healing.

Over the past 25 years, Thomas has offered hundreds of workshops and retreats throughout the United States to professionals in the health care field, as well as to individuals who are seeking greater depth and meaning in their personal and spiritual journeys. Visit his website at

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Beginning the path of mindfulness meditation is an ideal opportunity to live our lives with great patience, openness, and compassion. Living from a practice of mindfulness, offers useful ways of being more focused and alert to the flow of your life, feeling more grounded with a quiet mind and open heart.

This retreat will be a very dynamic and practical experience where we can peel back the layers of self-deception to see things clearly, as they truly are. The more we wake up, the more we can live our lives from an open compassionate heart, and a balanced calm mind; from a deep place of innate wisdom. This awakening reduces our fear-based reactions and cultivates our natural ability to respond to life situations, others and ourselves with great patience, openness and compassion.

Drawing from the various insight and contemplative meditation traditions, we will learn the essential qualities of taking our meditation practice far beyond the cushion or chair, thus allowing us to remain fearless amidst the day-today flow of our lives; inviting our hearts and minds expand and radiate with compassion and intelligence. Ultimately experiencing the opening to our true nature.

The simple yet profound practice of mindful meditation, whether on a cushion or in a chair, or in a grocery line, or talking with another, keeps you in an open, balanced, and compassionate place that just makes this a better world.

This mindfulness meditation retreat will be a wonderful experience in developing a meaningful and beneficial meditation practice. You need not have any prior meditation experience. Or you may wish to attend to deepen or re-kindle 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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$515.00 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.