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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 Promotor Score
2,000 Alumni
Educational Programs
May 23
 — 
May 28, 2022
Baja Workshops
May 29
 — 
Jun 5, 2022
Baja Workshops
Jun 4
 — 
Jul 30, 2022
MEA Online
Jun 5
 — 
Jun 12, 2022
Baja Workshops
Jun 12
 — 
Jun 19, 2022
Baja Workshops
Jun 19
 — 
Jun 26, 2022
Baja Workshops
Jun 26
 — 
Jul 3, 2022
Baja Workshops
Jul 3
 — 
Jul 10, 2022
Baja Workshops
Jul 10
 — 
Jul 17, 2022
Baja Workshops
Jul 17
 — 
Oct 2, 2022
Sabbatical Sessions
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
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
We do not provide scholarships for our MEA Online course, however we do offer early bird discounts each semester.
No
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.

May
2022
2022-05-23
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12:00
2022-05-28
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12:00
May 23
Till 
May 28, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: The One Life We're Given - Saying Yes To Life

Mark Nepo, Jeff Hamaoui

One of today’s greatest poets, Mark Nepo, joins MEA co-founder Jeff Hamaoui to “open a heart space” for using poetry and the arts to unlock a better understanding of how rare it is to be here at all, and how precious, real, and raw is our tether to this life and each other. This is a rare opportunity to spend a week with a master poet for our times.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
April 11, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2022
2022-05-29
T
12:00
2022-06-05
T
12:00
May 29
Till 
Jun 5, 2022
Baja Workshops

Leading from Your Essence

Vanessa Inn, Chip Conley

Can reconnecting to essence liberate us to experience a more meaningful future? Join wisdom sage and mystic Vanessa Inn, with MEA co-founder Chip Conley, and discover how to lead and thrive (unapologetically) from your true essence. Vanessa has a gift for deep connection and is one of our most popular workshop leaders.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
March 28, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2022
2022-06-04
T
12:00
2022-07-30
T
12:00
Jun 4
Till 
Jul 30, 2022
MEA Online

Designing Your Purposeful Path to Work

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: 
June 2, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2022
2022-06-05
T
12:00
2022-06-12
T
12:00
Jun 5
Till 
Jun 12, 2022
Baja Workshops

Intergenerational Wisdom: Serving Each Other

Nim de Swardt, Charlotte Japp, Jeff Hamaoui, Chip Conley

Co-led by two of MEA's wise Millennials, and MEA co-founders Chip and Jeff, this week we invite a multigenerational group to lean into their hearts, brains and life experiences to gain new perspectives and purpose in career and life. Through work and play, we’ll share stories, build trust, and collaborate across ages to design a direction forward together – as individuals and as a multi-generational culture.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
April 24, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2022
2022-06-12
T
12:00
2022-06-19
T
12:00
Jun 12
Till 
Jun 19, 2022
Baja Workshops

You Are NOT Your Title: Finding Joy in a Career Swerve

Aaron Taylor, Christine Sperber

NFL Super Bowl champion Aaron Taylor joins our former pro athlete, MEA co-founder Christine Sperber, to dive into our core curriculum from a unique perspective. Christine coined the term “the swerve” for the unexpected. And this week, she and Aaron will explore new ways to view the opportunities in a career change.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 1, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2022
2022-06-19
T
12:00
2022-06-26
T
12:00
Jun 19
Till 
Jun 26, 2022
Baja Workshops

Crafting Your Next Chapter

Justin Michael Williams, Chip Conley

Often, our big dreams get pushed to the recesses of our lives for something more "practical" or "realistic." They may be dormant and covered in complacency, uncertainty, or fear, but still there...waiting for you. Join Chip and Justin for a powerful week of uncovering and saying YES! to your dreams.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 8, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2022
2022-06-26
T
12:00
2022-07-03
T
12:00
Jun 26
Till 
Jul 3, 2022
Baja Workshops

Get Unstuck: Turning Blocks Into Bridges

Janis Nakano Spivack, Jeff Hamaoui

Feeling blocked? MEA co-founder Jeff Hamaoui is joined this week by one of our most popular teachers, Crush. founder Janis Nakano Spivack, who’s developed a powerful process to turn perceived blocks into bridges to your best life. Come and learn to approach your blocks with a new perspective and greater confidence.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 15, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
July
2022
2022-07-03
T
12:00
2022-07-10
T
12:00
Jul 3
Till 
Jul 10, 2022
Baja Workshops

Own Your Age: The Business of Midlife

Tim Parr, Teddi Dean, Christine Sperber, Jeff Hamaoui

Join Caddis founder and CEO Tim Parr, MEA co-founder/partners Christine Sperber and Jeff Hamaoui, and Bones Brigade member and MEA mindfulness guy Teddi Dean for an irreverent look at building businesses that shake up culture. If you like a little cheek with your empire building, this workshop is for you.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
June 26, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
July
2022
2022-07-10
T
12:00
2022-07-17
T
12:00
Jul 10
Till 
Jul 17, 2022
Baja Workshops

Alumni Week: Co-Creating (Y)our Future

Kay Scorah, Paul Loper, Christine Sperber

MEA alums! Join with compadres from other cohorts for an intensive retreat where mindfulness and reflection meet creativity. Together, with MEA's co-founder Christine Sperber, the effervescent Kay Scorah and Paul Loper will co-create our vision for the future, for ourselves and our communities; sharing and acquiring new skills and practices on the way, which will facilitate authentic self-expression.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 29, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
July
2022
2022-07-17
T
12:00
2022-10-02
T
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
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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Not sure which MEA program is the best fit for your needs?

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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