The Mandala Center

2018 Workshops

The Way of the Sage - Wisdom through Creative Engagement
Elsie Wood
May 31st - June 3rd, 2018


Elsie Wood received her Master of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was formerly Executive Director of the Society for Creative Aging in Boulder, Colorado. She has many years’ experience as a sculptor and creative artist and is currently facilitating a Creative Sage Circle in Colorado. She is an alumna of Journey Path Institute as a JourneyCircles™ Licensed Facilitator and a certified Creative Depth Coach.


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For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

This retreat/workshop invites you to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure. The Way of the Sage is a journey process for women of all ages seeking illumination along life’s path. As we experience life we are accessing and gathering wisdom. Exploring through the creative process offers a new way to engage in a meaningful, conscious, and Sage-full life.

Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

In this workshop you will experience...

  • the magic of Wisdom from Wonder
  • the R’s of a Creative Sage: Re-flection, Re-member, Re-story, Re-vision, Re-joice
  • a safe and compassionate sacred space, honoring one’s own time and rhythm for deep inquiry, introspection and reflection
  • the ease of materials and prompts to explore your unique, luminous creative self through symbols, images, color and form: Meditation, Spiral Life Mapping, Collage (JourneyCircles™ cards and other formats), Prayer Stone Stacks, Labyrinth …
  • the potential release of psychic blockage and the eliciting of new perspectives, insights and wisdom(JourneyCircles™ cards and other formats), Prayer Stone Stacks, and Labyrinth.

Who Should Attend?

Open to women interested in spiritual, creative, and personal growth. Art experience not required.

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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$395.00 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 roomsl. 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.