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
 Alumni

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

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

MEA Online offers an intimate digital experience with learning, connection and insightful tools to shift your mindset and create results, resilience and adaptability. Our 8 week immersion programs include such titles as, “Navigating Midlife Transitions” and “Designing a Purposeful Path to Work” to help you 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, meet other participants from around the world, and enjoy rich authentic discussion groups. Together we build a viable community for ongoing support. Expand your vision of what’s possible and enjoy a retreat-at-home experience.

MEA Online

MEA Online offers an intimate digital experience with learning, connection and insightful tools to shift your mindset and create results, resilience and adaptability. Our 8 week immersion programs include such titles as, “Navigating Midlife Transitions” and “Designing a Purposeful Path to Work” to help you 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, meet other participants from around the world, and enjoy rich authentic discussion groups. Together we build a viable community for ongoing support. Expand your vision of what’s possible and enjoy a retreat-at-home experience.

Course Details

Alumni Testimonials

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

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

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

Sabbatical Sessions
I left class feeling stretched and as if I've worked, but also energized and aligned. I love it!
Hollie H

Hollie H

MEA Online
Tom is a wonderful teacher! It is a privilege to study with him.
Teacher in Training

Teacher in Training

MEA Online
This has changed my approach to exercise from "working" to concentrating and focusing on movement.
Norman F

Norman F

MEA Online
I've gained a lot of "body knowledge" and can activate certain muscles now!
Bridget C

Bridget C

MEA Online
Tom McCook did a great job teaching verbal and tactile cueing!
Mari

Mari

MEA Online
Loved the workshop!
Susanne D

Susanne D

MEA Online
Simple, yet thorough!
Renee R

Renee R

MEA Online
Eternally grateful for everyone and everything MEA!!
Alejandro Cano

Alejandro Cano

Co-Head of Opportunities Funds Oaktree Capital
MEA Online
These past 8 weeks with you were incredible!
Elisabeth Scharbaum

Elisabeth Scharbaum

Hospitalitarian
MEA Online
Thank you and all at MEA for the amazing program you have put together.
JoAnn Mann

JoAnn Mann

Professor
MEA Online
MEA is for anyone who wants to live with greater purpose and gratitude.
Bruce Deyle

Bruce Deyle

Engineer, IT Architect Verizon
MEA Online
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.

October
2022
2022-10-09
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12:00
2022-10-16
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12:00
Oct 9
Till 
Oct 16, 2022
Baja Workshops

Black Modern Elder Week

Mickey Fearn, Baba Ted Marsh, Greg Morris, Sharon Wamble King, Chip Conley Linda Grubbs, Diane Johnson Linda Parker Pennington, Paula Pretlow, Wanda Whitaker

Join MEA founder Chip Conley in this special week with MEA alumni Linda Grubbs, Diane Johnson, Linda Parker Pennington, Paula Pretlow and Wanda Whitaker as they infuse our curriculum with wisdom from a uniquely Black perspective. In this workshop you will manifest your spirit, strength and resilience as a person of African descent, cultivating deep inner wisdom and purpose.

Application Deadline: 
Enrollment Closes: 
October 1, 2022
Applications Closed
Enrollment Closed
October
2022
2022-10-15
T
12:00
2022-12-10
T
12:00
Oct 15
Till 
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
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: 
October 9, 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: 
October 16, 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 McNeil 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: 
October 23, 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: 
October 30, 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: 
November 7, 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: 
November 14, 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

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
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 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
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: 
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
T
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
2023-01-30
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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
T
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
T
12:00
2023-02-25
T
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
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
2023-03-28
T
12:00
2023-04-02
T
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
2023-04-17
T
12:00
2023-04-22
T
12:00
Apr 17
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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
T
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
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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.

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Enrollment Closes: 
May 14, 2023
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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
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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
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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
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2023-06-26
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2023-07-01
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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
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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 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
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8 Weeks
1 week +
Teaching Style
Structured
Structured
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Location
Baja, Mexico
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Baja, Mexico
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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.
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We do not provide scholarships for Sabbatical Sessions, however we will be granting Activist in Residence awards in 2022.
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$750 - $1250
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Best-suited for those seeking a catalyst for transformation in their lives and deeper connection with like-minded folks.
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2,000 Alumni

What Our Students Loved Most

Just know how grateful I am for the joy fuel you all put in my rocket ship. When I want to feel loved or just need a good smile I can think of my time at MEA, which came at the perfect time to encourage me on my journey. Thank you!

Alejandro Cano

Alejandro Cano

Co-Head of Opportunities Funds Oaktree Capital
MEA Online

My high expectations were far exceeded and I am so grateful the content remains available to reference again and again. Big admiration and gratitude for all this and for making me believe that digital intimacy is possible.

Elisabeth Scharbaum

Elisabeth Scharbaum

Hospitalitarian
MEA Online

I am a "sem-rewired" facilitator, adjunct professor at a German university, and this is the first online course that is 'done right'.  You have taken this to a new level that I love!!  Kudos and many, many thanks!

JoAnn Mann

JoAnn Mann

Professor
MEA Online

I experienced MEA as a newly diagnosed multiple myeloma cancer patient and as a result of the things I’ve learned - I’ve banished the anxiety of being a cancer victim, am in remission and living with a new found energy and purpose.

Bruce Deyle

Bruce Deyle

Engineer, IT Architect Verizon
MEA Online

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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