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

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Jeff Hamaoui
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Mastery Week: Regenerating Soil and Soul: People, Planet and Purpose
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Paul Hawken
Jeff Hamaoui

“The ultimate power to change the world does not reside in technologies. It relies on reverence, respect, and compassion – for ourselves, for all people, and for all life. This is regeneration.” So says Paul Hawken in his new book, Regeneration. Join us this week as we explore together how the principles of regeneration need to be applied to our own lives and, from there, how we can begin to take action to regenerate the world.

Jeff and Paul will also explore what it means to be an activist and an entrepreneur at the same time – especially in midlife. This Mastery Week will inspire and prepare you to become a pioneering architect for capitalistic reform with respect to ecological practices. And it may help you imagine your legacy for the second half of life. Some topics we’ll cover…

  • The difference between sustainability and regeneration
  • How to become a role model and steward of the planet
  • Creating and operating a purpose-driven business

Your Workshop Leaders

Paul Hawken
Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul is Founder of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming.

Jeff Hamaoui
Jeff Hamaoui

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’re concerned about the future of the planet, want the rare opportunity to connect in a small group with a master, and to be inspired to make a difference, this week is for you. Come for deep conversations about the bigger questions. And find some of your own answers. This rich experience will be transformational whether you’re an activist, author, entrepreneur, idealist, farmer, or just plain believer in humanity.

Note: All workshops cover the foundational Modern Elder curriculum and provide a comprehensive set of tools to help navigate midlife, resulting in a Certificate in Mindset Management. Guest faculty bring a unique experience to each week led by MEA staff.

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:

  1. Hacks: practical tools that you can practice while you are here.
  2. Habits: longer term practices that can impact your daily life.
  3. 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.

Getting Here

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.

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

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