project's practical operation summarized from its Operating Plan
(the latter not available on this website)

The Mandãla is a visionary shrine in the desert wilderness of the Colorado Plateau
where a revolving entity embodying cosmic order dwells in a womb-like chamber.

Its mission encompasses the following purposes:

  • planetary sanctuary

  • cathedral of the Americas

  • animistic shrine

  • monument to the resacralization of the Earth

  • sanctuary in a desert wilderness

  • time-keeping device

  • spiritual power-plant

  • monument to the End of Time

  • oasis of mystery

  • visionary creation

The Mandãla is a unique vision. This visionary piece of living architecture bears no resemblance to any sacred site or religious sanctuary currently in existence.

The project is site-specific: the vision will dictate its precise local of implementation. The building phase will be conducted with a zero to near-zero environmental impact. Furthermore, when the Mandãla begins to operate as a self-sustaining piece of living architecture, it will start to have a positive impact onward. That impact is defined energetically, spiritually, aesthetically, and culturally—pertaining to both the site surroundings and the planet at large.

Visitors to the sanctuary will come for spiritual or exploratory purposes. Anyone bearing respectful intent will be welcome. visitation will be restricted to 1 or 2 individuals per day (this policy subject to change). The sanctuary will be open day and night, with no time limit imposed. There will be no fee for entering the sanctuary. Access will be secured through the Mandãla website. A keeper—not living onsite—will provide a physical link between the sanctuary and the outside world.

The Mandãla website (the-Mandala.net) has 2 objectives. During the project developmental phase, it generates exposure and facilitates development. After onsite implementation, it will fulfill a role of interface between the organism/sanctuary and the collective body of human consciousness. Note: such an interface represents a new step in our collective evolution toward an intelligent Web.

The Mandãla Project is to be incorporated as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It will adopt the organizational structure of a large-scale art project.

The Mandãla is offered as a new sacred place of power and, perhaps more specifically, as the architecture of the End of Time (symbolic, not literal). It is presented as a guiding principle and a beacon of hope for our future on this planet. Whichever forms they may take, presentations will always bring forward the profound beauty, power, truth, and mystery of this new cathedral for the world.

Funding for the project is expected to come primarily from individual donations—with a narrowly selected, international target base. Corporate sponsorship and grants from private foundations are also sought after. The main marketing approach is to seek large monetary gifts from selected individuals.

A dependable estimate has yet to be made as to the project overall cost. A temporary figure of US $10 Million gives an idea of the financial scale.

Jean-Philippe Mul is the project director and founder of the Mandãla. He will work with a tight network of consultants, contractors, and individuals—all boasting the right expertise and an active interest in the project.

Developing the Mandãla entails a collaboration between individuals in many fields. The ideas and craft of these individuals will have a large influence on the final shape of the piece. To ensure that the integrity of the original vision remains, the Project Director shall have final say on all major decisions needed to be made during the development of the sanctuary. The project will need collaborators and staff who can share its vision and mission; dedicated individuals with enthusiasm and the right expertise. It is hoped that a family-oriented network will thus be created—a family of and for the Earth, conscious creator of the future.

Given the long-term nature of the entire project, development planning needs to remain flexible. An organic, easily adaptable framework can be used. One such model has been used in various forms until now: it is divided in 3 Stages of 13 Phases total.

The Mandãla was first conceived in 1998. It evolved steadily over the last 10years. In 2004, a financial gift allowed the project to experience significant development. This was followed by 2 other, smaller donations in 2006 and 2007, allowing completion of PHASE III/XIII—a phase of mature vision that included all facets of the project. Earlier at PHASE IV, the Mandãla saw the developing and launching of its website.

Today, the project stands at a juncture — shifting from its visionary phases to development and implementation phases. An estimated $100,000 - $200,000 in seed-money need to be raised before the next phase of the project can begin.

Implementing such a long-term project in this era entails significant risks. There are multiple and interdependent factors to consider: human, financial, environmental, and social. But in the end, we must remember that “potent images become”. It is the implicit position of the project director that this new cathedral for the world will gather the support it needs to manifest.