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A school dedicated to helping you navigate midlife and beyond.

Your wisdom and experience have never been more needed or important. We offer the tools to help you navigate your next chapter.

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Introduction to MEA

MEA is on a mission to reframe midlife from a crisis to a calling. Our purpose is to help you find a renewed sense of purpose.

Midlife is a time when things start to shift and change. And any moment of change brings an opportunity for reinvention and revitalization. What do you truly want out of your career and your life?

Ask deep questions and find great answers on a sun-drenched stretch of the Pacific, far away from your day-to-day. Here, with the gifts of time, space, and a cohort of other curious learners by your side, we’ll dig into our challenges together, and discover what’s possible.

Simply put, MEA changed my life, not in an intellectual way, but in an emotional way.
Douglas Tsoi

Douglas Tsoi

Founder, School of Financial Freedom
Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in MEA. It was the best gift in my adult life.
Carol Spangler

Carol Spangler

Entrepreneur
MEA is more than just a breathtaking destination or the latest trend in the longevity market.
Bill Apablasa

Bill Apablasa

Co-founder of Oxygen Buzz
MEA was the most radically transformative journey I've ever embarked on!
Irene Edwards

Irene Edwards

Media and Communications Executive
I hope each of you have the opportunity to experience the online course.
Eddie Dobbins

Eddie Dobbins

Dream Coach
Highly recommend to anyone interested in exploring the roles they play in the world.
Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Professor, Stanford University
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to live a richer life as they age!
Upkar Arora

Upkar Arora

CEO Rally
I learned more in my week with you all than my 2 years in school!
Linda Gold

Linda Gold

CEO of M3iworks
My MEA experience was life-changing. It wove a sense of peace into my life that still remains.
Ken Page

Ken Page

Psychotherapist
MEA is a beacon for the soul, seeking renewal and inspiration for the next phases of life.
Shilpa Sankaran

Shilpa Sankaran

Entrepreneur
After my stay at Modern Elder Academy, I left a more evolved and rested person.
Jeff Tidwell

Jeff Tidwell

CEO, Next For Me
I became a part of a community focused on mindful aging and embracing the beauty of liminality!
Wanda Whitaker

Wanda Whitaker

Visionary Artist

Educational Programs

Welcome to the world’s first “midlife wisdom school” dedicated to long-life learning. With 2,000 alumni from 30 countries and 25 regional chapters worldwide, this is a global movement of curious and wise mid-lifers. Our programs help you invest in your sense of purpose, wellness, and community.

Net Promoter Score
2,000 Alumni
Educational Programs
Jul 17
 — 
Oct 2, 2022
Sabbatical Sessions
Aug 24
 — 
Sep 14, 2022
MEA Online
Oct 9
 — 
Oct 16, 2022
Baja Workshops
Oct 15
 — 
Dec 10, 2022
MEA Online
Oct 16
 — 
Oct 23, 2022
Baja Workshops
Oct 23
 — 
Oct 30, 2022
Baja Workshops
Oct 30
 — 
Nov 6, 2022
Baja Workshops
Nov 6
 — 
Nov 13, 2022
Baja Workshops
Nov 14
 — 
Nov 19, 2022
Baja Workshops
Nov 21
 — 
Nov 26, 2022
Baja Workshops
Nov 27
 — 
Dec 4, 2022
Baja Workshops
Dec 4
 — 
Dec 11, 2022
Baja Workshops
Dec 12
 — 
Dec 17, 2022
Baja Workshops
Dec 18
 — 
Jan 15, 2023
Sabbatical Sessions

Which program is right for me?

Baja Workshops

5- or 7-day cohort weeks explore our core curriculum with guest faculty bringing expertise in all areas of work and life.

MEA Online

Our 8-week programs offer insights, connection and community from the comfort of home or on the road. Explore transitions and purpose.

Sabbatical Sessions

Personal retreats of 1-week or more at our beautiful oceanfront campus offer community with lighter, optional programming.

Duration
5-7 days
8 Weeks
1 week +
Teaching Style
Structured
Structured
DIY
Location
Baja, Mexico
Online
Baja, Mexico
Scholarship Available
Yes
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We offer two levels of scholarship or financial aid such that your tuition is limited to either $1500 or $2750 and the request is embedded within the application for each workshop.
No
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We do not provide scholarships for our MEA Online course, however we do offer early bird discounts each semester.
No
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We do not provide scholarships for Sabbatical Sessions, however we will be granting Activist in Residence awards in 2022.
Price Range
$4000 - $5500
$750 - $1250
From $2k/week
Best Suited For
Best-suited for those seeking a catalyst for transformation in their lives and deeper connection with like-minded folks.
Meaningful for those seeking a deep experience from home and meeting a global community.
Perfect for someone who wants to combine a relaxing beach getaway with a light amount of learning and a big dose of community.
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Upcoming Programs

Many of our students choose their experience based upon what works best for their schedule, whether it’s our programs in Baja - workshops and Sabbatical Sessions - or our Online course. Explore our calendar and find the program that's best for you.

July
2022
2022-07-17
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12:00
2022-10-02
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12:00
Jul 17
Till 
Oct 2, 2022
Sabbatical Sessions

Sabbatical Sessions

Sabbatical Sessions emerged during the pandemic as an alternative to our highly-curated workshops. “SabSesh” offers time to reflect and restore, work as a digital nomad, and tap into our “best of MEA” programming on your schedule. Come for a break, stay for the community.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 2, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
August
2022
2022-08-24
T
12:00
2022-09-14
T
12:00
Aug 24
Till 
Sep 14, 2022
MEA Online

Body Wisdom: Movement for Life with Tom McCook

Join us for a transformational approach to movement awareness. Learn practical tools to use your mind and body to improve posture, mobility, strength, and balance.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
August 23, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
October
2022
2022-10-09
T
12:00
2022-10-16
T
12:00
Oct 9
Till 
Oct 16, 2022
Baja Workshops

Black Modern Elder Week

Daryn Dodson, Mickey Fearn, Baba Ted Marsh, Greg Morris, Sharon Wamble-King, Chip Conley, Linda Grubbs, Diane Johnson, Linda Parker Pennington, Paula Pretlow, Wanda Whitaker

Join MEA founder Chip Conley in this special week with MEA alumni Linda Grubbs, Diane Johnson, Linda Parker Pennington, Paula Pretlow and Wanda Whitaker as they infuse our curriculum with wisdom from a uniquely Black perspective. In this workshop you will manifest your spirit, strength and resilience as a person of African descent, cultivating deep inner wisdom and purpose.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
September 1, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
October
2022
2022-10-15
T
12:00
2022-12-10
T
12:00
Oct 15
Till 
Dec 10, 2022
MEA Online

Living and Working on Purpose

MEA Online offers a unique kind of “digital intimacy” that accelerates your learning, growth and impact. This 8-week program focuses on becoming more purposeful in your everyday life, with engaging live events, weekly videos, community discussions and reflection tools.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 14, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
October
2022
2022-10-16
T
12:00
2022-10-23
T
12:00
Oct 16
Till 
Oct 23, 2022
Baja Workshops

The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Compassion

Shauna Shapiro, Chip Conley

Join MEA founder Chip Conley for a rare opportunity to spend a week with Dr. Shauna Shapiro as they dive into the practice of self-compassion ― the secret sauce for lasting transformation. This workshop has the power to change our individual and collective lives. Be prepared for unexpected beauty and delight.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
September 4, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
October
2022
2022-10-23
T
12:00
2022-10-30
T
12:00
Oct 23
Till 
Oct 30, 2022
Baja Workshops

Love, Death and Human Connection

Michael Hebb, Chip Conley

Let's Talk About Death (Over Dinner) author Michael Hebb joins MEA founder Chip Conley for a journey into the two topics that define us most deeply as humans, love and death. Discover a profound territory of human connection, meaning and purpose through their compassionate exploration of our mortality, and our capacity to love.


Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
September 23, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
October
2022
2022-10-30
T
12:00
2022-11-06
T
12:00
Oct 30
Till 
Nov 6, 2022
Baja Workshops

Write for Your Life: Discovering Yourself and Your Purpose

Mollie McNeil, Jeff Hamaoui

Get some ink on the page, conjure important moments of your past and discover your most authentic voice as a writer under the direction of returning guest faculty Mollie McNel and MEA’s Jeff Hamaoui. This inspired duo will call upon poetry, improv, cooking, and meditation to expand and enliven your writer’s mind and spirit.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
September 18, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
November
2022
2022-11-06
T
12:00
2022-11-13
T
12:00
Nov 6
Till 
Nov 13, 2022
Baja Workshops

Body Wisdom: Keep Moving For Life!

Tom McCook, Christine Sperber

The best life insurance is to take care of your body. Join our CXO and co-founder, Christine Sperber, and one of our favorite humans, renowned fitness master Tom McCook, to dig deep into MEA’s core curriculum while learning to tap into your body’s wisdom and attune to living in it with fresh eyes.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
September 25, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
November
2022
2022-11-14
T
12:00
2022-11-19
T
12:00
Nov 14
Till 
Nov 19, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: The Power of Purpose

Richard Leider, Chip Conley

This is a workshop whose purpose is purpose. What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? At midlife and beyond, the answer can become more challenging than ever to answer. Join “purpose pioneer,” Richard Leider and MEA founder Chip Conley, in doing a Purpose Checkup and experiencing how to unlock your purpose and answer the question.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 3, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
November
2022
2022-11-21
T
12:00
2022-11-26
T
12:00
Nov 21
Till 
Nov 26, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Regenerating Soil and Soul: People, Planet and Purpose

Paul Hawken, Jeff Hamaoui

The most-asked question about the climate crisis is what to do, where to start, and how to make a difference. Join MEA’s co-founder Jeff Hamaoui for a rare opportunity to connect in an intimate setting with an ecological and entrepreneurial icon of our time, multi-bestselling author and activist, Paul Hawken.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 10, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
November
2022
2022-11-27
T
12:00
2022-12-04
T
12:00
Nov 27
Till 
Dec 4, 2022
Baja Workshops

Never Too Old to Get Rich

Kerry Hannon, Chip Conley, Jeff Hamaoui

Join MEA co-founders Chip and Jeff and New York Times contributor and author of Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life, Kerry Hannon, to learn how entrepreneurship means more than you think: freedom, love, getting out of your comfort zone, creativity, destiny. Expect your mindset to shift!

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 16, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
December
2022
2022-12-04
T
12:00
2022-12-11
T
12:00
Dec 4
Till 
Dec 11, 2022
Baja Workshops

Cultivating Awe: How to Make it Your Superpower

Dacher Keltner, Chip Conley

Did you know there's a science to the feeling of Awe? It's time to enliven your spirit and get reintroduced to what it means to experience it – internally and externally. Join MEA veteran Dacher Keltner, director of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, and MEA founder Chip Conley for an inspired dive into science, ancient wisdom, art, and movement to explore Awe: body, mind, and spirit.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 23, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
December
2022
2022-12-12
T
12:00
2022-12-17
T
12:00
Dec 12
Till 
Dec 17, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Entrepreneurship at Any Age

Blake Mycoskie, Chip Conley

Join two visionary entrepreneurs, karmic capitalists and friends who believe that entrepreneurs have the capacity and an obligation to positively influence the world. Learn about their entrepreneurial roots and how they cultivated wisdom and are harvesting it today at their companies that are changing lives from the inside/out, Madefor and MEA.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
November 12, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
December
2022
2022-12-18
T
12:00
2023-01-15
T
12:00
Dec 18
Till 
Jan 15, 2023
Sabbatical Sessions

Sabbatical Sessions

Sabbatical Sessions emerged during the pandemic as an alternative to our highly-curated workshops. “SabSesh” offers time to reflect and restore, work as a digital nomad, and tap into our “best of MEA” programming on your schedule. Come for a break, stay for the community.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 2, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
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“ MEA is on a mission to reframe midlife — from a crisis to a calling. We’re dedicated to helping you  discover and pursue yours. ”

— Becca R. Levy
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Regenerative Communities

An MEA Regen Community shifts mindsets about aging from leisure to cultivating purpose and connection. Intergenerational engagement is a core value—with opportunities to learn, grow, serve and work together. Our vision is to create a place that helps us to focus on the things we know help us to thrive as human beings: community, nature, and good living.

MEA in the Press

The curriculum is unlike probably any you’ve ever seen. Some classes deal with work and careers; others deal with the heart and soul.

[workers] learn to evolve out of past knowledge and past experience, and to become a vital, relevant part of the modern economy.

...everyone working past middle age needs to become a modern elder, sharing wisdom while embracing fresh ideas and ways of thinking.

MEA has created a perfect retreat from the busy world for intentional midlifers wanting to take a step back, regroup and repurpose.

Transformative travel is not just a game for the young...a mid-life trip may be the best antidote for the dreaded ‘mid-life crisis.’

While I have toyed with the idea of ‘we-tirement’ — I have no intention of ever living in a conventional retirement community.

Midlife is such a vulnerable time, filled with stressful transitions, yet there are no safety nets or rites of passage to guide us.

...celebrate the intelligence of aging. And why not do that surrounded by peace, beauty, wisdom and an añejo tequila in hand.

A beachfront sanctuary in Baja California Sur, Mexico, it’s a place where people can learn to navigate midlife transitions…

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With more than one program offering, we know you may have questions and invite you to schedule a call to explore your options….we’d love to help you select the right one.

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