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.

Beth Woolfork
Pat Whitty
Angela Vazquez
2,000
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Baja Workshops

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Baja Workshops

We’ve earned our global reputation for “long life learning” through more than 50 workshops since 2018. The lion’s share of our class time is spent in a bright, airy room next to a courtyard full of bougainvilleas, with comfortable seating for breakout conversations (and sometimes in nature’s “classroom” on the beach).

Our cohort size is intimate (typically 20 people) because we believe that wisdom isn’t taught—it’s shared. And this belief influences how we curate our groups. You may experience your most profound learning during a stroll down the beach with someone from a different background who lives halfway around the world from you.

Baja Workshops

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Baja Workshops

We’ve earned our global reputation for “long life learning” through more than 50 workshops since 2018. The lion’s share of our class time is spent in a bright, airy room next to a courtyard full of bougainvilleas, with comfortable seating for breakout conversations (and sometimes in nature’s “classroom” on the beach).

Our cohort size is intimate (typically 20 people) because we believe that wisdom isn’t taught—it’s shared. And this belief influences how we curate our groups. You may experience your most profound learning during a stroll down the beach with someone from a different background who lives halfway around the world from you.

Course Details

Alumni Testimonials

Baja Workshops
Pat Whitty
Michael MacNair
Adele Martz
2,000
 Alumni

MEA Online

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MEA Online

MEA Online offers an intimate digital experience with learning, connection and insightful tools to shift your mindset and create more resilience and adaptability. We explore the most common transitions in midlife and help you to create a roadmap for your next path.

Through both LIVE and self-guided sessions you will center, learn, reflect and connect with our expert faculty, and a cohort of like-minded travelers. Enjoy authentic conversations weekly in a smaller cohort—and one-on-one with fellow members—as you cultivate new friendships, exchange support, and build community. Expand your vision of what’s possible in life...from home.

MEA Online

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MEA Online

MEA Online offers an intimate digital experience with learning, connection and insightful tools to shift your mindset and create more resilience and adaptability. We explore the most common transitions in midlife and help you to create a roadmap for your next path.

Through both LIVE and self-guided sessions you will center, learn, reflect and connect with our expert faculty, and a cohort of like-minded travelers. Enjoy authentic conversations weekly in a smaller cohort—and one-on-one with fellow members—as you cultivate new friendships, exchange support, and build community. Expand your vision of what’s possible in life...from home.

Course Details

Alumni Testimonials

MEA Online
Adele Martz
Barbara Vance
Pamela Grieb
2,000
 Alumni

Sabbatical Sessions

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Sabbatical Sessions

Located in the rural fishing and farming village of El Pescadero—near the Pueblo Magico town of Todos Santos—MEA’s beachfront campus was conceived with natural luxury in mind. You’ll enjoy an intimate, upscale resort feeling in five unique areas with pools, spas, steam rooms, yoga and art studios, a meditation park, organic garden, and lots of cozy nooks to connect or chill.

One of our happiest surprises has been the close bonds our “SabSeshers” forge during their DIY time together, exploring the area or participating in the lighter, optional programming we offer. It’s the perfect opportunity and habitat to relax, reflect and refuel.

Sabbatical Sessions

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Sabbatical Sessions

Located in the rural fishing and farming village of El Pescadero—near the Pueblo Magico town of Todos Santos—MEA’s beachfront campus was conceived with natural luxury in mind. You’ll enjoy an intimate, upscale resort feeling in five unique areas with pools, spas, steam rooms, yoga and art studios, a meditation park, organic garden, and lots of cozy nooks to connect or chill.

One of our happiest surprises has been the close bonds our “SabSeshers” forge during their DIY time together, exploring the area or participating in the lighter, optional programming we offer. It’s the perfect opportunity and habitat to relax, reflect and refuel.

Course Details

Alumni Testimonials

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Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in MEA. It was the best gift in my adult life.
Carol Spangler

Carol Spangler

Entrepreneur
Baja Workshops
I learned more in my week with you all than my 2 years in school!
Linda Gold

Linda Gold

CEO of M3iworks
Baja Workshops
I became a part of a community focused on mindful aging and embracing the beauty of liminality!
Wanda Whitaker

Wanda Whitaker

Visionary Artist
Baja Workshops
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
Baja Workshops
MEA was the most radically transformative journey I've ever embarked on!
Irene Edwards

Irene Edwards

Media and Communications Executive
Baja Workshops
After my stay at Modern Elder Academy, I left a more evolved and rested person.
Jeff Tidwell

Jeff Tidwell

CEO, Next For Me
Baja Workshops
Attending the academy gave me the jump start I needed to not only get back to work.
Linda Grubbs

Linda Grubbs

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Baja Workshops
Highly recommend to anyone interested in exploring the roles they play in the world.
Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Professor, Stanford University
Baja Workshops
We put behind what didn’t serve us any longer, and gained clarity on our life’s purpose.
Isidra Mencos

Isidra Mencos

PhD, Bilingual Communications Expert
Baja Workshops
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
Baja Workshops
MEA is a beacon for the soul, seeking renewal and inspiration for the next phases of life.
Shilpa Sankaran

Shilpa Sankaran

Entrepreneur
Baja Workshops
MEA is a unique opportunity for transformation; a chance to begin.
David Strand

David Strand

Former COO, Cleveland Clinic
Baja Workshops
Find your possibility and soar at MEA.
Nicole Seawell

Nicole Seawell

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

Ken Page

Psychotherapist
Baja Workshops
Modern Elder Academy provided a pivotal opportunity as I stepped into mid-life to unplug, and relax.
Rae Richman

Rae Richman

Social Impact Advisor
Baja Workshops
I was thrilled to hear about Sabbatical Sessions to restore, reflect, and reimagine what’s next.
Dr. Debbie Lane

Dr. Debbie Lane

Anesthesiologist
Sabbatical Sessions
Focusing on creativity and personal mastery!
Ron Nakamoto

Ron Nakamoto

Wealth Manager
Sabbatical Sessions
The last real opportunity to pause, reset, reflect and learn before launching my new venture.
Ben Pundole

Ben Pundole

Hotelier and Founder of AHotelLife.com
Sabbatical Sessions
The perfect place to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going.
Wanda Whitaker

Wanda Whitaker

Visionary Artist
Sabbatical Sessions
This was a beautiful journey that has come to an end, unfortunately.
Marc Posch

Marc Posch

Brand Consultant
MEA Online
The experience will forever mean a lot to me.
Carol Davis

Carol Davis

Learning & Dvlpmt. Strategist
MEA Online
I have much more peace and acceptance of who I am.
Adele Martz

Adele Martz

Dir. Risk Mgmt. Blue Cross, Blue Shield
MEA Online
This was the best thing that came out of 2020!
Carole Cooper

Carole Cooper

Caregiver
MEA Online
My biggest takeaway was the confidence and permission to move forward.
Michael MacNair

Michael MacNair

CEO, GO MACNAIR Travel
MEA Online
MEA Online exceeded my expectations. Your structure just works. And Lifetime access is a big deal!
Angela Vazquez

Angela Vazquez

Senior Consultant
MEA Online
Without these new tools, I would have been in trouble. This training on transition is so necessary.
Leslie Hielema

Leslie Hielema

Global Innovation Engineer
MEA Online
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to live a richer life as they age!
Upkar Arora

Upkar Arora

CEO Rally
MEA Online
This course has literally transformed my life!
Debbie Hesse

Debbie Hesse

Non-Profit CEO, Entrepreneur
MEA Online
I hope each of you have the opportunity to experience the online course.
Eddie Dobbins

Eddie Dobbins

Dream Coach
MEA Online
As close as you can come to a live retreat.
Nancy Rielle

Nancy Rielle

Intergenerational Cohousing Catalyst
MEA Online
The human connection, warmth and love you were able to build into an online program is amazing.
Pat Whitty

Pat Whitty

COPE Certified Health Coach
MEA Online
We got so close that we feel like we’ve known each other for years.
Cindie Adams

Cindie Adams

Social Advocate, Adventure Seeker
MEA Online
I didn’t realize how much I needed this course! Thank you!
Barbara Vance

Barbara Vance

Freelance Customer Service Professional
MEA Online
The biggest gift I received was that of community. I now have a strong support system!
Pamela Grieb

Pamela Grieb

Community Relations Manager
MEA Online
Loved the content and the capacity to fit it in around my schedule in my own time.
Natasha Ginnivan

Natasha Ginnivan

Postdoctoral Fellow UNSW, AU
MEA Online
An online course unlike any that I’ve seen before. Very engaging!
Linda Grubbs

Linda Grubbs

DEI Learning Consultant
MEA Online
Thank you for putting this together! I have already learned a lot and have enjoyed the process!
Beth Woolfork

Beth Woolfork

Sr, Project Mgr, OnShift
MEA Online
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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.

January
2022
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Jan 23
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Jan 30, 2022
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 3, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
January
2022
2022-01-31
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12:00
2022-02-05
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12:00
Jan 31
Till 
Feb 5, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives

Carl Honoré, Chip Conley

Carl Honoré is well-known for tackling both the cult of speed and the cult of youth in his talks and his books, published in 35 languages. Chip Conley spent his business career trying to run faster until he joined Airbnb and realized he just needed to be wiser. Join these two thought leaders in a radical rethink of what it means to age and why it’s a bonus, not a burden.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 10, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2022
2022-02-06
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12:00
2022-02-13
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12:00
Feb 6
Till 
Feb 13, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastering Creativity: How To Bring it To Your Work and Life

Chip Conley, Dr. Srikumar Rao

Are you happier today than you’ve ever been? When was the last time you felt "radiantly alive?" Founder of The Rao Institute, Dr. Srikumar Rao suggests we're wasting our lives if we're not experiencing this. And he proves that it's possible, but to do so you’ll have to learn to think creatively, differently...radically differently. Join founder Chip Conley to change your thinking and get creative with your happiness with Dr. Rao.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 10, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2022
2022-02-14
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12:00
2022-02-19
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12:00
Feb 14
Till 
Feb 19, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: The Consciously Curated Life

Barbara Waxman, Jeff Hamaoui

Join MEA founder Chip Conley and veteran guest faculty Barbara Waxman on the journey of a lifetime as you learn to harness the energy, creativity, and tools necessary to forge a vibrant path forward on the blank canvas of your life, at the intersection of Middlescence and being a Modern Elder.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 17, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2022
2022-02-20
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12:00
2022-02-27
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12:00
Feb 20
Till 
Feb 27, 2022
Baja Workshops

Crafting Your Encore Career

Marci Alboher, Christine Sperber

Join Encore.org leader and author Marci Alboher and MEA co-founder and CXO Christine Sperber to shine a light on the powerful elements of purpose, passion, and a paycheck in the second half of life. Glean insights and inspiration to help bring your power to light and explore what's possible today.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 24, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2022
2022-02-26
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12:00
2022-04-16
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12:00
Feb 26
Till 
Apr 16, 2022
MEA Online

Navigating Midlife Transitions

MEA Online offers a unique kind of “digital intimacy” that accelerates your growth. This 8-week course helps students become better prepared to welcome meaningful change into their lives with engaging live events, weekly videos, community conversations and reflection tools.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
February 24, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
February
2022
2022-02-28
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12:00
2022-03-05
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12:00
Feb 28
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Mar 5, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Creating a Business and Big Life in Midlife

Chip Conley, Jeff Hamaoui

How do you juggle being a midlife entrepreneur while also creating the big life of your dreams? Join MEA’s seasoned leadership team — who understand the practical, mindset, and lifestyle challenges entrepreneurs face — for our most in-depth business workshop.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
January 31, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
March
2022
2022-03-06
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12:00
2022-03-13
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12:00
Mar 6
Till 
Mar 13, 2022
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 14, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
March
2022
2022-03-13
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12:00
2022-05-01
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12:00
Mar 13
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May 1, 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: 
May 8, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2022
2022-05-08
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12:00
2022-05-15
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12:00
May 8
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May 15, 2022
Baja Workshops

Successful But Not Satisfied?

Paula Pretlow, Jeff Hamaoui

This week, MEA co-founder Jeff Hamoui is joined by business and humanitarian phenom Paula Pretlow to dive deep into MEA’s core curriculum with a focus on challenging your underlying assumptions about success...and satisfaction. Explore your definition of success today, in midlife, in this era of world-changing events, and beyond.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
March 27, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2022
2022-05-16
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12:00
2022-05-21
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12:00
May 16
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May 21, 2022
Baja Workshops

Mastery Week: Heartfully Preparing for Elderhood

Matthieu Ricard, Chip Conley

Join founder Chip Conley for a rare opportunity to spend a week in contemplation, connection and community with renowned author and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. Altruism, happiness, and service in the latter few decades of one’s life will be explored as we prepare for the natural evolution of adulthood to elderhood.

Scholarships limited. Proceeds will be donated to the new Enlightenment Stupa project in El Pescadero nearby MEA.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
April 4, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
May
2022
2022-05-23
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12:00
2022-05-28
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12:00
May 23
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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: 
April 17, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
June
2022
2022-06-05
T
12:00
2022-06-12
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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
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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
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12:00
Jun 19
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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
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Jul 10, 2022
Baja Workshops

Succeeding When You Fall

Stacy Peralta, Teddi Dean, Jeff Hamaoui, Christine Sperber

MEA’s mindfulness, yoga and surf director Teddi Dean welcomes his Bones Brigade mentor, Stacy Peralta, skateboard icon, entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker of Dogtown and Z Boys, Riding Giants and the soon-to-be-released Gerry, about surf legend Gerry Lopez. We'll take on the notion of “failure” as an opportunity to cultivate fearlessness, clearing a path to help you in achieving your goals and heart's desire. MEA co-founders Jeff and Christine will explore MEA's core curriculum with Teddi and Stacy on surfing, meditation and yoga. Total beginners are encouraged to join us!

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
May 22, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
July
2022
2022-07-10
T
12:00
2022-07-17
T
12:00
Jul 10
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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
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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
2022-10-24
T
12:00
2022-10-29
T
12:00
Oct 24
Till 
Oct 29, 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: 
September 12, 2022
Applications Closed
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October
2022
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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.

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September 18, 2022
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November
2022
2022-11-06
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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.

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September 25, 2022
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November
2022
2022-11-14
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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.

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October 3, 2022
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November
2022
2022-11-21
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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
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November
2022
2022-11-27
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2022-12-04
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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: 
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October 16, 2022
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December
2022
2022-12-04
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2022-12-11
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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: 
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October 23, 2022
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December
2022
2022-12-11
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2022-12-18
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Dec 18, 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.


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October 30, 2022
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December
2022
2022-12-18
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2022-01-15
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Jan 15, 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: 
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October 2, 2022
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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 “Navigating Transitions” virtual cohort experience offers connection from the comfort of home or on the road.

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 - $999
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 facing transitions and seeking community but who may not be able to travel to our Baja, Mexico campus.
Perfect for someone who wants to combine a relaxing beach getaway with a light amount of learning and a big dose of community.
2,000 Alumni

What Our Students Loved Most

Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in MEA. It was the best gift in my adult life. I now encourage rural people to recognize their worth; to live into their potential. I wanted you to know the positive differences MEA makes in my life, and subsequently in the lives of some rural people in our Kansas community.

Carol Spangler

Carol Spangler

Entrepreneur
Baja Workshops

I want to reiterate my HUGE thanks for a fabulous week at MEA. If I didn't mention this already, I have $40,000 in student loans for my M.A. in Leadership Studies at a prestigious private college and truly believe I learned more and had access to more relevant content in my week with you all than my 2 years in school!

Linda Gold

Linda Gold

CEO of M3iworks
Baja Workshops

MEA came highly recommended by friends who previously attended. As I took a deeper look into the experience, MEA felt perfect for me. Unfortunately, my financial situation proved to be challenging and I was becoming disappointed that I might not be able to attend until I found out about MEA's scholarship program! Not only did I walk away with a newfound appreciation for the value I can offer others, but I also became a part of a community focused on mindful aging and embracing the beauty of liminality.

Wanda Whitaker

Wanda Whitaker

Visionary Artist
Baja Workshops

MEA came to me during a big transition in my life. I was in the process of selling my business and looking at what I wanted to do with the second half of my life. As I took a deeper look into the experience, MEA felt like it was hand-crafted for me. Simply put, MEA changed my life, not in an intellectual way, but in an emotional way. It was the transformational experience of love, through the teachers and staff and the community. Through it, I was able to touch something inside of me that was never touched before.

Douglas Tsoi

Douglas Tsoi

Founder, School of Financial Freedom
Baja Workshops

It makes me quite emotional to think about being in Baja a year ago with all of you. Even for an experience designed to change lives, MEA was the most radically transformative journey I've ever embarked on, and I can't tell you enough times how grateful I am. Upending our lives so dramatically has been both incredibly humbling and rewarding. I don't think I would have had the courage to move the family to Copenhagen and start a new career without my time at MEA.

Irene Edwards

Irene Edwards

Media and Communications Executive
Baja Workshops

After my stay at Modern Elder Academy, I left a more evolved and rested person. I also left with a deeper understanding of what people were looking for in this next phase. If an existential crisis is looming for my generation around longevity, I do believe there is hope for us. We have it in us to create a movement that finds a natural place for people rethinking the stages of their lives.

Jeff Tidwell

Jeff Tidwell

CEO, Next For Me
Baja Workshops

MEA brought me back to myself, who I was meant to be. Attending the academy gave me the jump start I needed to not only get back to work, but to start a new career. Come break bread with us!

Linda Grubbs

Linda Grubbs

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Baja Workshops

I wish we’d taken a before and after photo of the group because the internal changes were matched by dramatic physical transformations as each person unfolded into the person they wanted to be. Highly recommend to anyone interested in exploring the roles they play in the world and how they want to change as they enter a new stage of life.

Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Professor, Stanford University
Baja Workshops

MEA helped us transition to the next step in our journey. We put behind what didn’t serve us any longer, gained clarity on our life’s purpose, and strength to realize it. The curriculum emphasized the idea of evolving from a fixed mindset that holds you back to a growth mindset that allows you to learn and renew your place in the world.

Isidra Mencos

Isidra Mencos

PhD, Bilingual Communications Expert
Baja Workshops

The Modern Elder Academy is more than just a breathtaking destination or the latest trend in the longevity market. It’s an experiential journey into what is possible if we allow ourselves to step out of the comfort of who we think we are, and allow ourselves to be who we could be.

Bill Apablasa

Bill Apablasa

Co-founder of Oxygen Buzz
Baja Workshops

MEA is a beacon for the soul, not fading, but seeking renewal and inspiration for the next phases of life. Our cohort shared the feelings of gratitude for this very unique opportunity to experience the magic essence of the place, the people, and the transformative benefits of an adult gap year.

Shilpa Sankaran

Shilpa Sankaran

Entrepreneur
Baja Workshops

MEA is a unique opportunity for transformation; a chance to begin, as Chip says, to “make space in your life to see what emerges.” The insights you will learn, the wisdom you will gain, and the friendships you will develop, will be with you and benefit you for the rest of your life.

David Strand

David Strand

Former COO, Cleveland Clinic
Baja Workshops

MEA is transformative! It is the opportunity to think BIG, explore what’s possible, find your inner shaman, dismiss your inner critic, bond with incredible wisdom sharers, overflow in gratitude, soak in Baja’s beauty and plan the next incredible chapter of your story (in ways I didn’t consider before). Find your possibility and soar at MEA.

Nicole Seawell

Nicole Seawell

Attorney
Baja Workshops

My MEA experience was life-changing. It wove a sense of peace into my life that still remains, an inner sustenance that eases and empowers me. Best of all, I found real and unexpected friendship with a cohort of some of the most authentic, gentle, truly inspiring people I've ever met.

Ken Page

Ken Page

Psychotherapist
Baja Workshops

Modern Elder Academy provided a pivotal opportunity as I stepped into mid-life to unplug, relax, recharge, and reconsider the way that I was orchestrating my life. The beautiful surroundings and food were nourishing for my body, the community connection I felt with my cohort was salve for my soul, and the content and coaching that I received provided practical tools for moving forward. Now, the ability to connect to other alumni on social and professional levels is invaluable!

Rae Richman

Rae Richman

Social Impact Advisor
Baja Workshops

The pandemic has taken a toll for so many, both personally and professionally. I knew I needed a break and had experienced MEA twice before so I was thrilled to hear about Sabbatical Sessions to restore, reflect, and reimagine what’s next.

Dr. Debbie Lane

Dr. Debbie Lane

Anesthesiologist
Sabbatical Sessions

I loved my MEA workshop experience in early 2020 so I’ve now booked a month during the time a guest faculty member would be there focusing on creativity and personal mastery.

Ron Nakamoto

Ron Nakamoto

Wealth Manager
Sabbatical Sessions

When I heard that MEA’s new program was Sabbatical Sessions, I knew I had to attend. I see it as the last real opportunity to pause, reset, reflect and learn before launching my new venture.

Ben Pundole

Ben Pundole

Hotelier and Founder of AHotelLife.com
Sabbatical Sessions

Sabbatical Sessions offers the perfect place to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going, especially in these unprecedented times. Nature is such a profound, patient teacher.

Wanda Whitaker

Wanda Whitaker

Visionary Artist
Sabbatical Sessions

The program was spectacular. It really surpassed my expectations. I was really surprised about how the course was curated. There was such a warm intensity and personal touch to it.

Marc Posch

Marc Posch

Brand Consultant
MEA Online

Thank you so much for the impactful training design in the 8-week MEA program on transitions! The experience will forever mean a lot to me.

Carol Davis

Carol Davis

Learning & Dvlpmt. Strategist
MEA Online

For the first time in my life I feel that I am good- just as I am! There is always space for improvement but I have much more peace and acceptance of who I am.

Adele Martz

Adele Martz

Dir. Risk Mgmt. Blue Cross, Blue Shield
MEA Online

This was the best thing that came out of 2020! All of the team and my fellow compadres at MEA have really opened up a new path for so many of us. Thank you!

Carole Cooper

Carole Cooper

Caregiver
MEA Online

My biggest takeaway was the confidence and permission to move forward without any pressure of timeline or having figured it all out well.

Michael MacNair

Michael MacNair

CEO, GO MACNAIR Travel
MEA Online

MEA Online exceeded my expectations. Your structure just works. And Lifetime access is a big deal!

Angela Vazquez

Angela Vazquez

Senior Consultant
MEA Online

Without these new tools, I would have been in trouble, possibly turned my natural sadness into depression as a new empty nester. This training on transition is so necessary.

Leslie Hielema

Leslie Hielema

Global Innovation Engineer
MEA Online

I would highly recommend this program for anyone who wants a road map and a community they can call upon, to navigate through their own transitions, and live a richer life as they age.

Upkar Arora

Upkar Arora

CEO Rally
MEA Online

This course has literally transformed my life! It helped me decide to take the steps to learn how to be an entrepreneur and how to build my confidence to take these next steps.

Debbie Hesse

Debbie Hesse

Non-Profit CEO, Entrepreneur
MEA Online

I hope each of you have the opportunity to experience the online course. It’s content and information for midlifers was truly a remarkable experience to go through.

Eddie Dobbins

Eddie Dobbins

Dream Coach
MEA Online

It just works and is as close as you can come to a live retreat. You all really care!

Nancy Rielle

Nancy Rielle

Intergenerational Cohousing Catalyst
MEA Online

The human connection, warmth and love you were able to build into an online program is amazing.

Pat Whitty

Pat Whitty

COPE Certified Health Coach
MEA Online

Started out as a slow crescendo that ended in an explosion of fabulousness! We got so close that we feel like we’ve known each other for years.

Cindie Adams

Cindie Adams

Social Advocate, Adventure Seeker
MEA Online

I didn’t realize how much I needed this course! Thank you!

Barbara Vance

Barbara Vance

Freelance Customer Service Professional
MEA Online

Loved the flow and structure of each week. The biggest gift I received was that of community. I now have a strong support system and friendships to help me navigate my journey to truly becoming a Modern Elder.

Pamela Grieb

Pamela Grieb

Community Relations Manager
MEA Online

Loved the content and the capacity to fit it in around my schedule in my own time.

Natasha Ginnivan

Natasha Ginnivan

Postdoctoral Fellow UNSW, AU
MEA Online

An online course unlike any that I’ve seen before. This course really helped me narrow my focus, and think about what are next steps…and I got them.

Linda Grubbs

Linda Grubbs

DEI Learning Consultant
MEA Online

Thank you for putting this together! I have already learned a lot and have enjoyed the process!

Beth Woolfork

Beth Woolfork

Sr, Project Mgr, OnShift
MEA Online
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Purposeful Pathway

Our alums report that the #1 skill they’ve deepened at MEA is “Exploring Your Purpose,” with over 80% surveyed feeling the same.

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98% again...this time, when asked about connection, our surveyed alumni stay connected to each other online and in real life.

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