Winter Solstice Mandala Creation

An annual event to celebrate the coming of the winter season. The mandala is made from a variety of seeds that feed migratory birds.

Please see the Open Space Calendar of Events for more information about this year's Mandala or call 505-897-8831.

About the Mandala:

Each December, the Open Space Visitor Center hosts the creation of a Mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds.  Volunteers contribute to the design and build the Mandala. The Mandala remains in place for one week. Materials for the Mandala consist of seeds and grains which can be eaten by birds, composted or can quickly biodegrade.

A mandala is...

An integrated structure
organized around a
unifying center

Longchenpa

Reference from: mandalaproject.org

“The word ‘mandala’ is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean ‘circle,’ a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.”

Photographs of the Mandala:

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Photos provided by Joshua Willis and Michael Mock

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Marking out the design                                 Admiring the Mandala                               Mandala details

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Workers                                                Full Mandala                                             Pouring Red Millett

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Snake Design                                         Group Shot                                            Filling in the details

Photos courtesy of Christopher T. Barber

Mandala video footage by Elke Duerr.

Materials: Corn, Red Millet, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, White Millet

The 2011 Mandala

Mandala video footage by Elke Duerr.

Photos courtesy of Christopher T. Barber

Image co-designed by Pat Malcom and Joshua Willis.

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The 2010 Winter Solstice Mandala

The mandala which appears before you is composed of grains. These grains are a common supplement in the fall and winter diet of the Sandhill Crane and many other migratory birds. We have created this mandala as an offering to these migratory species, and as a unifying structure for the communities of people who choose to preserve the habitats and species of the Middle Rio Grande.

Photos courtesy of Christopher T. Barber

Drawing a circle in the dirt

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Joshua Willis, drawing a circle in the dirt

Participants beginning to get creative

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The design coming together Pouring White Millet

Completed Mandala

The completed composition

 Community Participants:

  • Rick Robb
  • Allioun Robb
  • Archie Vajda
  • Isaiah Vajda
  • Phil Mann
  • Liz Kat
  • Irene Steff
  • Bethany Key
  • James Key
  • Therese Saunders
  • Cecilie Castillo
  • Scott Hardy
  • Deanne Nichol
  • Melanie Weidner
  • Holly Bahn
  • Kris Thacher
  • Andrew Ascher
  • Idris Ascherl-Hansbrough
  • Erin Hansbrought
  • Emile Ascherl-Hansbrough
  • Sayrah Namaste
  • Marsaya Namaste
  • Fred Malcolm
  • Pat Malcolm
  • Brendan Clarck-Slakey
  • Leau Phillips
  • Linda Ervin
  • Charlotte Clark-Slakey
  • The Rev. Anne Slakey
  • Nora Slakey
  • Heather Clark
  • Bill Slakey
  • Jude Dominique
  • Jenny Dominique
  • Xavier Doninique
  • Danny Ruppert
  • Pat Chavez
  • Cindy Ruppert
  • David Espinosa
  • Susan Beacker
  • Naithin Anderson
  • Bridgit Simpson
  • David Simpson
  • Beth Landon
  • Silas Landon
  • Marisa Landon
  • Lori Largo
  • Joshua Willis
  • Spencer Veltcamp
  • Chris Barber
  • Elke Duerr
  • Carol Salisbury
  • Michael Mock
  • Pat Malcolm
  • Fred Malcolm
  • Jude Dominique
  • Jennifer Dominique
  • Xavier Dominique
  • Gavin Dominique
  • Abigail Bennette
  • Martha Phil Mann
  • Irene K. Seff
  • Tim Carrell
  • Heather Malcolm
  • Rudy Carrell
  • Ginger Carrell
  • Mary Saremba
  • Cathy Levenstein
  • Olivia McDade
  • Janet Birchfield
  • Jonas Dumanie
  • Therese Saunders
  • Bethany Key
  • James Key
  • Caitlin Anderson
  • Bridget Simpson
  • Emiliano Swanson
  • Kent Swanson
  • El Duende
  • Danny Ruppert
  • Lisa Ruppert
  • Susan E. Page
  • Cindy Ruppert
  • Kiana Espinosa
  • Rosemary Espinosa
  • Carolyn Stapleton
  • Leau Phillips
  • Linda Ervin
  • Holly Bahn
  • Pat Malcolm
  • Fed Malcolm
  • Jenny Dominique
  • Wanda E. Cortez
  • Jerome Shea
  • Diana Shea
  • Celia Dale
  • Sophia Bowers
  • Becca Kunkle
  • Elsa Bumstead
  • Lib Lussiex
  • Isaiah Vajda
  • Archie Vajda
  • Allison Vajda
  • Rick Raab-Faber
  • Sean Lessiek
  • Linda Holland
  • Becky Holtzman
  • Christie Cole
  • Bridget and Caitlin
  • Stacy Bowers
  • Isaak Bowers
  • David Bowers
  • Patricia Cohen
  • Donna Detweiler
  • Irene Seff
  • Bonnie Baker
  • Ernesto Maestas
  • Michaela Maestas
  • Tim Ruby
  • Elsa Bumstead
  • Barbara Dodge
  • Bethany Key
  • James Key
  • Bobbie Stasey
  • Susan Thompson
  • Diana Shea
  • Chris Barber
  • Gladys Young
  • Carol Salisbury
  • Caitlin Anderson
  • David Simpson
  • Tiska Blankenship
  • Bridget Simpson
  • John Holland
  • Linda Holland
  • Melanie Weidner
  • Holly Bahn
  • Therese Saunders
  • Leslie Alperin
  • Olivia Jarmillio
  • Christine Herman
  • Robert Knapp
  • Bonny Hennigan
  • Terry Hennigan
  • Cathrine Troy
  • Remsa Troy
  • Kensey Troy
  • Genai Troy
  • Ann Kopel
  • Lee Lancaster
  • Jude Dominique
  • Jenny Dominique
  • Gavin Dominique
  • Xavier Dominique
  • Becky Bower
    •  Heather Ruby