Our Programs

Professional Development

Leadership Program in New Mexico

The Mountain Center’s Professional Development Program custom builds various aspects of leadership and management development as well as individual and organizational self-care and renewal with a holistic and intrinsic approach.

Think about it: What can rock climbing teach me about leadership? What can being suspended in the air 25 feet off the ground teach me and/or the team holding my rope about trust, support, and the importance of healthy communication? What can learning mindfulness practices of being in the moment and connected to my breath teach me about being a better supervisor? How can laughing and having fun while learning a new concept or perspective in leadership be beneficial for me as an individual and for the culture of the organization of which I am a part?

Answering these types of questions supports growth both personally and professionally, and we strive to create professional group experiences that deepen and integrate this type of profound change. 

Through active learning experiences, The Mountain Center helps groups identify and practice creating a safe and supportive environment, then encourages people to face challenges, be brave and reflect on their learnings and link them to their professional lives.

If your staff needs renewal or group team building, or your board needs some bonding and vision time, we can design the right program for your team.

Professional Development Programs and training we offer:

  • Elements of Leadership
  • Renewal and Reconnect our Purpose
  • Adventures in a Caring Community for Educators
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Customized Professional Development programs or training based on needs and outcomes

Some of the organizations for whom we have provided professional development:

  • Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women
  • AMERIND Risk
  • Team Rubicon
  • Serenity Mesa Treatment Center
  • Kewa Behavioral Health
  • New Moon Lodge
  • El Centro
  • Bernalillo Juvenile Probation
  • Kha'p'o Community School

Custom Therapeutic Programs

The Mountain Center creates programs tailor-made to the needs of your group--be it a business, a nonprofit, a company retreat, school group, leadership or a behavioral health program. We are dynamic in terms of supporting the needs of our partner agencies and communities.


Some of the partner agencies and communities for whom we provide Custom Therapeutic Programs:

  • Cibola County
  • Valencia County
  • Santa Fe Teen Court
  • Española Teen Court
  • Bernalillo County
  • Sandoval County
  • Butterfly Healing Center
  • Inspire Santa Fe Protégé Gathering
  • Taos Pueblo
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness (NMSU)
  • Breakthrough Santa Fe
  • American Indian Summer Bridge
  • Bosque School
  • Creativity for Peace


Our Professional Development Program is accredited by the Association of Experiential Education's Adventure Program Standards.

outdoor leadership program in New Mexico

What Sets The Mountain Center Apart

We are accredited by The Association or Experiential Education and our staff is highly skilled in both facilitation and risk management. Our staff is passionate about the work we do and the mission we serve. We have a track record of 30+ years of effectively using experiential adventure to achieve client objectives. We offer two great locations for off-site meetings, retreats, seminars, and training programs:

  1. Our training facility at our headquarters in the beautiful village of Tesuque, New Mexico
  2. Our urban adventure and training center in central Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We welcome your questions. For more information please email us at: info@themountaincenter.org

Questions or Feedback?


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We would love to hear from you.

Your questions and input are welcome so we may better serve individuals and families in our communities. Help us continue to develop and improve our training and to remain open to creative approaches to community education and outreach. Together we can help more New Mexicans thrive.