Rass Mandal was originally designed & constructed by a direct descendant of the daughter of Emperor Akbar of India (1542 – 1605), sister to Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal.  Its architecture is quite unique being a fusion of US southwestern construction materials and Asian design.

Please visit this link for an interactive tour of Rass Mandal:

(use your arrow keys or mouse to navigate through the tour)

 Virtual Tour of Rass Mandal


Below is a slide show of Rass Mandal extracted from the virtual tour above:

The video below is an aerial view of the Rass Mandal complex.  From this vantage, you can see that the main residence is in a slightly U shape.  When Nyssia Wali envisioned the construction, it was her intention to make it represent a bird with the center room representing the main body of the bird and to either side representing the wings.  The building in the lower left is the screened-in yoga pavilion.  The small building to the right is the cabin with its own deck.

An enchanting and serene abode of beauty, peace and harmony in which resides a many splendor nectar of spiritual awakening, presently lying dormant and seeking to arouse in man an awe inspiring many dimensional awakening, out of his present illusory existence, into an all encompassing divinity.  May God’s choicest blessings be showered on the owners, Richard and his family, and all his future residential guests, and may God arouse in them a tingle of serious and divine inquisitiveness.
Major General N C Khanna ( retired )
New Delhi, India

Thank you for visiting our  website!  For more information regarding availability to stay at Rass Mandal and rent the entire residence, please visit the HomeAway reservations website (listed to the right).



View from our Knoll


Right from the front door of Rass Mandal, you can either hike or mountain bike the Ponderosa Ridge to Hidden Valley Road down to Wilderness Gate Road and right into town via Canyon Road or the Old Santa Fe Trail.  There are so many choices to enjoy – renewing both the body and spirit!  Additionally, if lucky on the walk, you may spot coyotes, mule deer and a variety of birds and birds of prey.

Rass Mandal Backyard


Shibana Class

Shibana leading a Yoga class

Rass Mandal - Trend 4

Rass Mandal - Trend 3

Veronica Beach 1

Yoga in the morning with Veronica

Fire Pit at Party

The Night Sky

Night Sky Rass Mandal 2

Rass Mandal has been selected as one of the top luxury rentals in all of New Mexico and the United States.  There are almost 300,000 vacation rentals in the US of which approximately 2000 have been chosen for this honor.  Rass Mandal is 1 of 14 of those residences that are located in New Mexico.


7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Pamela Serna-Yoga
    Native of Santa Fe, Founder of Santa Fe Yoga Festival and lover of life. I am happy to guide you through a rooted yoga flow here in City of Holy Faith.
    OM Shanti om

  2. My name is Brenda Steele, and I work internationally as a personal chef, based out of the Taos, New Mexico area. I had the absolutely pleasure of working at Rass Mandal this past week…
    Rass Mandal is not just a beautiful property, it is a profound experience unique unto itself… From the moment you step foot on the grounds, you can sense the deep love and passion that cultivated every nook and cranny in the property…
    I would be thrilled to continue to provide private chef services at this property in the future. For details in pricing, menus, and a catalog of images:
    Chef Brenda Steele

  3. Keisha Wixom offers well-rounded yoga classes for the body, mind, and spirit. Each carefully constructed class weaves together yoga history, philosophy, postural purpose and technique, with meditative methodology. Instruction is specifically tailored to accommodate each participant’s general health, specific injuries or conditions, age, strength, flexibility, and life circumstances.
    Private lessons and customized small group classes can be requested in the style of your choice; gentle, restorative, hatha, vinyasa, prenatal, or yoga nidra.

    Services Offered:
    Private one-on-one yoga lessons
    Customized small group classes
    Yoga Nidra
    Guided Meditation and Pranayama
    Thai Yoga Therapy

    Keisha Wixom
    Sattva Yoga

  4. Robbi Firestone, and Santa Fe Art Classes, offers private, public and corporate 2 hour painting classes for total beginners. On Location at Rass Mandal, or at her beautiful downtown studio (can host up to 35 guests) one mile from the Plaza, Robbi’s mission is to inspire beginners to unleash freedom through painting and creativity. In these 2 hours, you’ll leave with your own, unique mini-masteripiece! A licensed RScP, Robbi also offers 4 hour Vision Board/Journal workshops to enrich intimacy, deepening and connection to enrich your retreat. All supplies brought to you!

  5. Mark Oppenheimer – Private Chef
    Mark Oppenheimer is a Private Chef specializing in Ethnic/ Asian cuisine infused with New Mexico’s rich culinary traditions and fresh Farm to Table ingredients. He is a master of flavour and creates menus that are innovative yet simple that both meet and surpass his clients expectations.
    Give Chef Mark a call and create your own menu together.

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