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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 over 3,000+ alumni from 40 countries and 26 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
3,000+ Alumni
Educational Programs
Dec 4
 — 
Dec 11, 2022
Baja Workshops
Dec 12
 — 
Dec 17, 2022
Baja Workshops
Dec 17
 — 
Jan 2, 2023
Sabbatical Sessions
Jan 15
 — 
Jan 22, 2023
Baja Workshops
Jan 27
 — 
Mar 3, 2023
MEA Online
Jan 30
 — 
Feb 4, 2023
Baja Workshops
Feb 5
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Feb 12, 2023
Baja Workshops
Feb 12
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Feb 19, 2023
Baja Workshops
Feb 20
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Feb 25, 2023
Baja Workshops
Feb 26
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Mar 5, 2023
Baja Workshops
Mar 5
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Mar 12, 2023
Baja Workshops
Mar 17
 — 
May 5, 2023
MEA Online
Mar 19
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Feb 26, 2023
Baja Workshops
Mar 28
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Apr 2, 2023
Baja Workshops
Apr 3
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Apr 8, 2023
Baja Workshops
Apr 9
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Apr 16, 2023
Baja Workshops
Apr 17
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Apr 22, 2023
Baja Workshops
May 8
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May 13, 2023
Baja Workshops
May 14
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May 21, 2023
Baja Workshops
May 21
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May 28, 2023
Baja Workshops
May 28
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Jun 4, 2023
Baja Workshops
Jun 4
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Jun 11, 2023
Baja Workshops
Jun 12
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Jun 17, 2023
Baja Workshops
Jun 18
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Jun 25, 2023
Baja Workshops
Jun 26
 — 
Jul 1, 2023
Baja Workshops

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 6 to 8-week programs offer insight, 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
6 - 8 Weeks
1 week +
Teaching Style
Structured
Structured
DIY
Location
Baja, Mexico
Online
Baja, Mexico
Scholarship Available
Yes
i
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 connection with 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 in-person programs in Baja - Workshops and Sabbatical Sessions - or participation in our Online Courses. Explore our calendar and find the program that's best for you.

October
2022
2022-10-15
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2022-12-10
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Oct 15
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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
November
2022
2022-11-27
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2022-12-04
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Nov 27
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Dec 4, 2022
Baja Workshops

Jumpstart: Crafting Your Next Chapter

Kerry Hannon, Chip Conley, Jeff Hamaoui

Join MEA co-founders Chip and Jeff and Yahoo Finance Senior Columnist, Workplace Futurist and Best-Selling Author of 14 books, including In Control at 50+, Never Too Old to Get Rich, Great Pajama Jobs and What’s Next?, Kerry Hannon to learn how to shift your mindset to embrace change, freedom, love, getting out of your comfort zone, creativity, and destiny. You will explore new ways to let go of those mental roadblocks and take back control of your life right now.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
November 20, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
December
2022
2022-12-04
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12:00
2022-12-11
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12:00
Dec 4
Till 
Dec 11, 2022
Baja Workshops

Cultivating Awe: How to Make it Your Superpower

Dacher Keltner, Chip Conley Jeff Hamaoui

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: 
November 27, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
December
2022
2022-12-12
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12:00
2022-12-17
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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: 
December 5, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
December
2022
2022-12-17
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12:00
2023-01-02
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12:00
Dec 17
Till 
Jan 2, 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: 
January 2, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
January
2023
2023-01-15
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12:00
2023-01-22
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12:00
Jan 15
Till 
Jan 22, 2023
Baja Workshops

Finding the Magic of Midlife

Jeff Hamaoui, Christine Sperber, Chip Conley

Join MEA co-founders Chip, Christine and Jeff for an annual special event, the only workshop that features all three of them in the same week. Chip says his 50s were his favorite decade and Christine and Jeff are still in their early 50s and are delighting in the discoveries of this magical decade.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 1, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
January
2023
2023-01-27
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12:00
2023-03-03
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12:00
Jan 27
Till 
Mar 3, 2023
MEA Online

Navigating Midlife Transitions

A 6-week online course to navigate midlife’s most common transitions with confidence and a fresh perspective.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 27, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
January
2023
2023-01-30
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12:00
2023-02-04
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12:00
Jan 30
Till 
Feb 4, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: The Emergence of the Wise Leader

Soren Gordhamer, Chip Conley

MEA believes that the success skills for 21st-century leadership include wisdom, clarity, authenticity and compassion. But, how often do you invest in developing these character qualities? Join two leaders and expert facilitators, Soren and Chip, who’ve collaborated with and mentored many well-known leaders who’ve gone on to greatness.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 16, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2023
2023-02-05
T
12:00
2023-02-12
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12:00
Feb 5
Till 
Feb 12, 2023
Baja Workshops

Leading from your Essence

Vanessa Inn, Jeff Hamaoui

Can reconnecting to essence liberate us to experience a more meaningful future? Join wisdom sage and mystic Vanessa Inn, with MEA co-founder Jeff Hamaoui, 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: 
January 22, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2023
2023-02-12
T
12:00
2023-02-19
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12:00
Feb 12
Till 
Feb 19, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastering the Expression of your Authentic Self

Cari Costanzo, Abraham Verghese, Barbara Tint

You are a unique embodied being shaped by the culture of your geography, class, family, race, gender, education, religion, responsibilities, and so forth. How can you find your true identity, your true story, while situated within these forces? In this workshop, you will use art, biography, and reflection to create a life-sized Body Map that represents your authentic self.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 29, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2023
2023-02-20
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12:00
2023-02-25
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12:00
Feb 20
Till 
Feb 25, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: The Call of Your Soul

Mark Nepo, Jeff Hamaoui

Each of us has a language of truth in our heart that only living our life can give voice to. And being a spirit in the world centers on how we meet the life of experience that no one can escape. In this, life is the master and we remain the student. This workshop will help you to inhabit a personal form of expression, by which you can strengthen your connections and find your way, while deepening your conversation with life.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
February 6, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2023
2023-02-26
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12:00
2023-03-05
T
12:00
Feb 26
Till 
Mar 5, 2023
Baja Workshops

From Conventional to Intentional: Attune to Your Purpose

Zee Clarke, Saul Kuperstein & Chip Conley

If you have achieved all the conventional markers of success according to your own measure or society’s norms, but still feel that you are not fulfilled, you are not alone. Come and join Chip, Zee, and Saul as they help you attune to your purpose – intentionally and actionably.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
February 12, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
March
2023
2023-03-05
T
12:00
2023-03-12
T
12:00
Mar 5
Till 
Mar 12, 2023
Baja Workshops

Awaken Your Rebel Soul to Reimagine Success

Shelley Paxton, Christine Sperber

Join rebel souls Shelley Paxton and Christine Sperber for a life-changing exploration of what it means to rewrite the script of success and live life on your terms. Inspired by Shelley’s pioneering path from CMO to CSO (Chief Soul Officer), this workshop offers a rebel roadmap to status quo no more.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
February 19, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
March
2023
2023-03-17
T
12:00
2023-05-05
T
12:00
Mar 17
Till 
May 5, 2023
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: 
March 17, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
March
2023
2023-03-19
T
12:00
2023-02-26
T
12:00
Mar 19
Till 
Feb 26, 2023
Baja Workshops

Reframing Retirement: Thriving in Your Next Phase of Life

Collen Drummond, Robert Laura, Chip Conley & Jeff Hamaoui

Join us as we push the boundaries of traditional retirement, critically questioning everything about it, and help you develop a new, more personalized framework for thriving in your next phase of life. It’s an engaging, intellectual and spiritual life stage with so many possibilities. You have more options than you think.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
March 5, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
March
2023
2023-03-28
T
12:00
2023-04-02
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12:00
Mar 28
Till 
Apr 2, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Optimizing Longevity with the "Blue Zones" Founder

Dan Buettner, Chip Conley

Want to learn the secrets to living a long, happy life? Join two of the world’s leading experts on aging and longevity who’ve studied the qualities of what makes a deep and meaningful life. Discover a science-backed blueprint to extend your life another 12 quality years.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
March 14, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
April
2023
2023-04-03
T
12:00
2023-04-08
T
12:00
Apr 3
Till 
Apr 8, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Women's Power Play Book

Carolyn Buck Luce, Nicole Seawell

Women do so much for so many - yet wonder why they don’t feel fulfilled. Time to play a different game and create a life by design, not default. Join Carolyn to uncover your purpose, recover your power and discover your destiny.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
March 20, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
April
2023
2023-04-09
T
12:00
2023-04-16
T
12:00
Apr 9
Till 
Apr 16, 2023
Baja Workshops

Finding the Magic of Midlife

Jeff Hamaoui, Kari Cardinale, Chip Conley

Join MEA co-founders Chip, Kari and Jeff for an annual special event, the only workshop that features all three of them in the same week. Chip says his 50s were his favorite decade and Kari and Jeff are still in their early 50s and are delighting in the discoveries of this magical decade.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
March 26, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
April
2023
2023-04-17
T
12:00
2023-04-22
T
12:00
Apr 17
Till 
Apr 22, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: The Consciously Curated Life

Barbara Waxman, Jeff Hamaoui

What if you had the time and space to sit at the feet of your life to unearth its wisdom? How could you use the insights gleaned to chart your path towards your next best steps? This popular Mastery Week will help you align the wisdom and insights you'll surface to guide you to say yes with conviction and no with clarity as you embrace the authorship of your next chapter. Join veteran master faculty Barbara Waxman and MEA co-founder Jeff Hamaoui on the journey of a lifetime!

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
April 3, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2023
2023-05-08
T
12:00
2023-05-13
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12:00
May 8
Till 
May 13, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Stability vs Adventure - The Dilemma of Eros Through the Life Cycle

Esther Perel, Chip Conley

Eros – the experience of aliveness, vitality, generativity – is a seductive, enthralling and compelling companion in life. But cultivating eros is a challenge that few master. Join Chip Conley and iconic couples therapist Esther Perel for an exploration of the interplay of stability and adventure in designing our best lives – at home, at work and beyond.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 8, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2023
2023-05-14
T
12:00
2023-05-21
T
12:00
May 14
Till 
May 21, 2023
Baja Workshops

The Courage to ReLaunch: Recreate Your Career on Your Terms

Marci Alboher, Deborah Newbrun

Join Encore.org leader Marci Alboher for an immersion on custom-crafting an encore career of purpose, passion and a paycheck. You will be inspired and equipped to work effectively across generational differences. And you will leave with self-awareness and strategies that will sustain you as you navigate through many transitions.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
April 30, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2023
2023-05-21
T
12:00
2023-05-28
T
12:00
May 21
Till 
May 28, 2023
Baja Workshops

Transitions: Crafting Your Next Chapter

Justin Michael Wlliams, Chip Conley, Jeff Hamaoui

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 Justin for a powerful week of uncovering and saying YES! to your dreams.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 7, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2023
2023-05-28
T
12:00
2023-06-04
T
12:00
May 28
Till 
Jun 4, 2023
Baja Workshops

Disrupting Traditional Leadership by Unlocking Your Inner Genius

William Doniusm, Barbara Tint

It’s easy to become “encultured” in habits and routines that result in self-limiting behaviors. Learn why these exist and how to break free to live a more intentional and authentic life. Join Bill to discover how to revolutionize your thinking by activating your brain differently.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 14, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2023
2023-06-04
T
12:00
2023-06-11
T
12:00
Jun 4
Till 
Jun 11, 2023
Baja Workshops

Cultivating Happiness From the Inside Out

Scott Shute, Deborah Newbrun

Too often our quest for happiness involves a chase for the external trappings of life - career, financial, relationships, etc. True happiness comes from the inside out. It comes from a place of aligning our actions with our values. From recognizing the gifts of growth in every situation.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 21, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2023
2023-06-12
T
12:00
2023-06-17
T
12:00
Jun 12
Till 
Jun 17, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Unburdening Yourself From Cultural Bias

Rchard Schwartz, Jeff Hamaoui

This week will feature a brief review of the basics of the IFS model by Dr. Schwartz, followed by an interactive group workshop focusing on helping you release your personal burdens and deal with the transitions in your life with a renewed clarity and sense of personal empowerment.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 29, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2023
2023-06-18
T
12:00
2023-06-25
T
12:00
Jun 18
Till 
Jun 25, 2023
Baja Workshops

Fit and Fully Alive at Every Age

Kathy Smith, Janis Nakano Spivack

Appreciating your body for what it can do rather than how it looks is where we begin. Making peace with your physical reality so you can fully enjoy your body and appreciate the beauty of what “is” ..that is the essence of healthy aging no matter what your age.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
June 4, 2023
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2023
2023-06-26
T
12:00
2023-07-01
T
12:00
Jun 26
Till 
Jul 1, 2023
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: New Frontiers of the Enneagram

Russ Hudson, Nicole Seawell

As we move into retirement and the later chapters of our lives, it is a wonderful opportunity to discover aspects of ourselves that we never had a chance to explore before. The Enneagram is an incredible tool for seeing many of our assumptions about ourselves, but more importantly, for opening up new vistas about our possibilities.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
June 12, 2023
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
Admissions Team

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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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