Entrepreneurship (at any age) is simple creative alchemy—a magical mix that takes your wisdom, life experiences, and unique skills and transforms them into a spark that ignites your soul with purpose and puts you on a path to start your dream business or passion project.
And make no mistake; you don’t need to be a young 30-something, techno-wizard, or Harvard MBA, to become an entrepreneur. You can be any age and come from any background as long as you are curious and courageous enough to embrace a growth mindset that invites you to turn your unique ideas and passions into gold. In short, you need to believe in yourself. Leave it to us to show you how to get started.
In this inspiring and practical Entrepreneurship Workshop, you will:
- Learn how to shift your mindset away from fear, doubt, and all the misconceptions that keep you from starting a business (especially later in life), embracing intuition, trust, and your innate power to create the life you want
- Explore the Alchemical Map to turn your ideas and experiences into the creative gold that will build, grow, and sustain your business or passion project
- Cultivate your authentic self (and unique skills) as the foundation for your entrepreneurial journey
- Develop an understanding of the Alchemical Principles of starting a business while developing a practical blueprint you can use moving forward
- Be supported and inspired by like-minded seekers who are also ready to embrace the exciting journey of entrepreneurship
Your Workshop Leader
Steven Cardinale, the author of “Synaptic Alchemy: The Art & Science of Turning Ideas into Gold,” is a lifelong entrepreneur. From paper routes as a kid to chess hacking in college to the founder and CEO of a healthcare technology startup, Steven has woven the innovation of business success into a predictable pathway that anyone can follow at any age.
MEA co-founder and poetic Chief Education Officer Jeff Hamaoui is a gentle and empathic facilitator, business innovation veteran, and community builder who’s taught sustainability courses at Wharton, Berkeley, and Stanford.
Is this workshop for YOU? Probably!
This program has been designed from the ground up to be relevant at any age, and to welcome all people of all genders, races, identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We rise together. It will be particularly valuable for those who are navigating an important transition in their life that feels like it’s become protracted. Come prepared to be propelled.
If you’ve ever imagined starting your own business, being your own boss, or bringing a passion project to life, this workshop will show you how, offering the inspiration, tools, and mindset to transform your unique ideas (and heart) into personal and business success.
Our MEA Core Curriculum
When making your workshop selection, trust you can’t go wrong as up to 70% of the content we deliver is consistent in each workshop, designed to help you reframe aging, break through life obstacles, tap into your deeper life purpose, and craft actionable takeaways based in a newfound, growth mindset.
Our work is structured with three takeaways in mind:
- Hacks: practical tools that you can practice while you are here.
- Habits: longer term practices that can impact your daily life.
- Practices: a point of inflection and reflection to support your ongoing journey. Shift your mindset as we provide you with: the space to ask great questions, the inspiration to think differently, the time to reflect and the resources to support your path.
Guest faculty then bring their unique content and experience to each week led by MEA staff.
Themed weeklong workshops are grounded in four primary pillars based upon collaboration with academics and prestigious institutions like Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale:
- Reframing Aging: highlighting what gets better as we get older
- Mindset: helping midlifers move from a fixed to a growth mindset in life
- Transitions: providing tools to help people navigate their midlife transitions
- Regeneration: introducing MEA’s four principles for living a life of renewal
Workshop Agenda & Flow
We’ve carefully and intentionally designed your days on campus to facilitate the best possible experience and maximize your investment into YOU! Here’s what a typical day looks like. Please note this itinerary could vary and your week is immersive and intensive so please leave the office at home. All times are Mountain Time.
- Breakfast 7 AM - 8 AM
- Mindfulness Practice 7:30 AM - 8 AM
- Workshop Sessions 10 AM - 1 PM
- Lunch and Break 1 PM - 3 PM
- Workshop Sessions 3 PM - 5:30 PM
- Dinner 6:30/7:00 PM
We also allow space and signups for massage sessions, a shaman session and surf lessons. You’ll be guided to the process on how to reserve your spot once on campus.
To help you plan your trip please arrive at the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) by 4 PM on the start date of your workshop and depart anytime on the last date. Our amazing Hospitality Team will coordinate your ground transportation on your behalf.
Envisioning yourself in a workshop, but have questions?
Consider it an investment in your future.
MEA tuition is $5,500 per person for a private room, or $4,000 per person for a shared room. Full-tuition attendees must deposit 50% upon application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
Please note: beginning January 2023, a 7% tax and $100 service fee will be added to your final invoice.
MEA workshops offer a unique, educational and experientially-dense program with world class teachers and a community of like-minded travelers. Our idyllic oceanfront campus provides a rich container for deep learning in an intimate cohort setting. Thus, cancellations impact MEA unlike other travel destinations. And, we do understand that we’re living in a new world when it comes to COVID-19 and travel. So, if you must cancel, we will do our very best to fill your spot in a workshop. See our policy under Payments and Cancellations.
We know that our entire society is made stronger when everyone has the opportunity to learn, participate, and grow, regardless of economic status. To support diverse learning we are committed to having a portion of our workshop participants receive an award. We offer two levels of financial aid on a need-aware basis.
The financial aid request is included in the workshop application form. Please be aware that we have more requests for aid than we have available.
Applying for full tuition is the only way to guarantee you’ll be accepted into your preferred workshop.
Applications requesting financial aid will be in a shared room with another participant of the same gender. Our Gold level will be placed on an upgrade list for a private room should one be available. This is not guaranteed. Exceptions for specific medical or personal conditions may be considered.
- Gold: $1,250 award (Participants are responsible for $2750 tuition.)
- Platinum: $2,500 award (Participants are responsible for $1500 tuition.)
- Please note: beginning January 2023, a 7% tax and $100 service fee will be added to your final invoice.
We will announce Gold-level awards or offer alternatives within 5 business days of application submission. We will announce Platinum-level awards no more than 5 weeks before the requested workshop start date.
Once accepted, full payment is due within 5 business days. Failure to complete payment within this time will result in your award and application being canceled.
Deposit and Tuition Payment Policy
For full-tuition students, a 50% deposit is due at the time of your application. Your acceptance will be confirmed within 3-5 business days. If we’re unable to confirm acceptance, your deposit will be automatically refunded. The balance is due 30 days before the start of your workshop.
Financial aid applicants will be notified of acceptance either within 3-5 business days for Gold Award level or within five weeks prior to the start of the workshop for Platinum Award level. The remainder of tuition is due in full within five business days of the award notification.
Our Refund Policy
As you read through our policies, please note we highly recommend purchasing Allianz travel insurance to cover unforeseen illness, travel complications, flight interruptions, and other emergencies. You can also get multiple quotes from Square Mouth.
Our 24-Hour Cancel Policy
Planning a trip to Mexico can be complicated. Rest assured you can cancel your workshop application and request a full refund of your deposit payment within 24 hours with no penalty.
Other Cancellation/Credit Requests
In the unlikely event MEA must cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund.
For participants needing to cancel after our 24-hour grace period, our policy is as follows:
30 Days or More Prior to Your Workshop Start Date
MEA understands life events can pop up, making traveling to your planned workshop not possible. Should you need to cancel your attendance to your planned workshop, MEA will provide a 1-time credit to move you to a new workshop within 3 months of the original workshop start date, based upon availability. There will be a $125 change fee added to your final invoice.
Should you not be able to attend one of the offered workshops or there is no remaining availability to move you, MEA will provide a refund minus a 5% administrative fee.
Less than 30 Days Prior to Your Workshop
Your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances that may prevent you from attending for any reason including, but not limited to illness, travel interruptions, family emergencies, etc.