Curriculum

Learning is the glue that drives our engagement in purpose, community, and our evolving wellbeing. Committing to learning for life is a commitment to staying healthier, continuing to grow and have an open mindset, and thriving as a human being. Instead of “lifelong learning”, think of it as “long life learning”.

Our core curriculum is based on founder Chip Conley’s book, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder, but each workshop has its own unique set of topics, exercises, and discussions.

Weeklong workshops are grounded in four primary pillars from the book:

  1. Evolve: strategically editing your historical identity and mining your mastery
  2. Learn: strive for a beginner’s mind that allows you to be both a mentor and intern
  3. Collaborate: use your EQ and team building skills to create more successful partnerships
  4. Counsel: tap into your “know-how” and “know-who” and your role as a confidant and coach You don’t need to read the book before attending, but it’s helpful to do so.
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Classroom and Cohorts

Frankly, the entire MEA campus is our classroom. (And the beach, and the mountains, and El Pescadero…) But the lion’s share of our “classroom” time together is spent in a bright, airy room, next to a courtyard full of bougainvilleas and comfortable seating for breakout conversations.

As for cohorts, we believe that wisdom isn’t taught—it’s shared. And this belief influences how we curate our cohorts. Some of the most profound learning you may experience might just happen during a stroll down the beach with someone who lives halfway around the world from you. Meeting an incredible, diverse group of people from around the world is one of the great pleasures of attending MEA. Cohorts average around 18-20 people, from all walks of life, brought together by a common desire to learn and stretch themselves.

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Location

MEA is located right on the beach in El Pescadero, a farming and fishing village near the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, just a short drive away from the “Pueblo Magico” Todos Santos. Here, the waves meet the desert and the mountains, and the night sky is so clear and dark, you can see the Milky Way. Come at the right time of year, and you may even see baby sea turtles making their way to the ocean, or the Humpbacks playing just offshore.

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Rooms and Grounds

The rooms and grounds of our beachfront campus were designed by a team led by Oren Bronstein, Chip Conley’s longtime design collaborator. We have multiple pools and hottubs, a steam room, massage rooms, a yoga studio, library, organic garden, and lots of comfortable seating nooks for relaxing, reflecting, and chatting.

So do boutique accommodations and learning belong together? Think of it this way: When you’ve had a moment to exhale, and your shoulders begin to relax, you’ll understand what a beautiful setting can do for your state of mind.

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Food and Beverage

Meals are a big deal here at MEA. We like to eat, and we eat well. Chef Tony Peralta sources fresh, local ingredients to bring the best flavors of Mexico and beyond to our plates each day. Our cuisine leans toward healthy, but that certainly doesn’t preclude a few delicious indulgences. (Plus the occasional margarita, wine, or local beer on tap if you choose to imbibe.) All meals are included in the cost of the workshop.

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Other Experiences

Our cohorts venture far beyond the classroom, but if we were to describe every activity we enjoy together, new students would miss out on one of the best things MEA has to offer: Surprise. In a world where most of our days are scheduled and predictable, there’s a certain joy that comes from doing the unexpected. We know it might feel weird, this state of not knowing the entire schedule, but our guest satisfaction scores tell us we’re on the right track.

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Alumni Network and Activities

After attending MEA, you'll become part of a dynamic network of people from all over the world. Our alumni are excited about continuing MEA conversations about midlife opportunities and developing wisdom. They have the opportunity to meet regularly, both virtually and in person. Small group and larger town hall meetings keep everyone connected and engaged.

If you’re interested in learning more about our community, visit the MEA Facebook group. When prompted, please answer the three simple questions designed to keep the group filled with engaged folks, and you’ll be automatically accepted.

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What’s Included

Our goal is to help you feel supported and open to new possibilities during your stay here. We’ll take good care of you, so you can take good care of yourself. Tuition includes:

  • Our private shuttle to and from SJD airport
  • Upscale room accommodation
  • Three meals per day — fresh, locally-sourced and largely organic with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, wine and beer at dinner
  • Curriculum
  • Yoga and meditation
  • An hour long massage
  • Several culinary excursions
  • A trip to Todos Santos
  • A few festive parties

Available offerings not included in cost of tuition: shamanic sessions, Reiki, surf lessons, and more.

We are committed to nurturing our environment, our community, our staff, and you. Stewardship of this beautiful place is lovingly baked into everything we do and there are opportunities to give back while in attendance, if you feel compelled.

Explore workshops

Curriculum

Learning is the glue that drives our engagement in purpose, community, and our evolving wellbeing. Committing to learning for life is a commitment to staying healthier, continuing to grow and have an open mindset, and thriving as a human being. Instead of “lifelong learning”, think of it as “long life learning”.

Our core curriculum is based on founder Chip Conley’s book, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder, but each workshop has its own unique set of topics, exercises, and discussions.

Weeklong workshops are grounded in four primary pillars from the book:

  1. Evolve: strategically editing your historical identity and mining your mastery
  2. Learn: strive for a beginner’s mind that allows you to be both a mentor and intern
  3. Collaborate: use your EQ and team building skills to create more successful partnerships
  4. Counsel: tap into your “know-how” and “know-who” and your role as a confidant and coach You don’t need to read the book before attending, but it’s helpful to do so.

Classroom and Cohorts

Frankly, the entire MEA campus is our classroom. (And the beach, and the mountains, and El Pescadero…) But the lion’s share of our “classroom” time together is spent in a bright, airy room, next to a courtyard full of bougainvilleas and comfortable seating for breakout conversations.

As for cohorts, we believe that wisdom isn’t taught—it’s shared. And this belief influences how we curate our cohorts. Some of the most profound learning you may experience might just happen during a stroll down the beach with someone who lives halfway around the world from you. Meeting an incredible, diverse group of people from around the world is one of the great pleasures of attending MEA. Cohorts average around 18-20 people, from all walks of life, brought together by a common desire to learn and stretch themselves.

Location

MEA is located right on the beach in El Pescadero, a farming and fishing village near the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, just a short drive away from the “Pueblo Magico” Todos Santos. Here, the waves meet the desert and the mountains, and the night sky is so clear and dark, you can see the Milky Way. Come at the right time of year, and you may even see baby sea turtles making their way to the ocean, or the Humpbacks playing just offshore.

Rooms and Grounds

The rooms and grounds of our beachfront campus were designed by a team led by Oren Bronstein, Chip Conley’s longtime design collaborator. We have multiple pools and hottubs, a steam room, massage rooms, a yoga studio, library, organic garden, and lots of comfortable seating nooks for relaxing, reflecting, and chatting.

So do boutique accommodations and learning belong together? Think of it this way: When you’ve had a moment to exhale, and your shoulders begin to relax, you’ll understand what a beautiful setting can do for your state of mind.

Food and Beverage

Meals are a big deal here at MEA. We like to eat, and we eat well. Chef Tony Peralta sources fresh, local ingredients to bring the best flavors of Mexico and beyond to our plates each day. Our cuisine leans toward healthy, but that certainly doesn’t preclude a few delicious indulgences. (Plus the occasional margarita, wine, or local beer on tap if you choose to imbibe.) All meals are included in the cost of the workshop.

Other Experiences

Our cohorts venture far beyond the classroom, but if we were to describe every activity we enjoy together, new students would miss out on one of the best things MEA has to offer: Surprise. In a world where most of our days are scheduled and predictable, there’s a certain joy that comes from doing the unexpected. We know it might feel weird, this state of not knowing the entire schedule, but our guest satisfaction scores tell us we’re on the right track.

Alumni Network and Activities

After attending MEA, you'll become part of a dynamic network of people from all over the world. Our alumni are excited about continuing MEA conversations about midlife opportunities and developing wisdom. They have the opportunity to meet regularly, both virtually and in person. Small group and larger town hall meetings keep everyone connected and engaged.

If you’re interested in learning more about our community, visit the MEA Facebook group. When prompted, please answer the three simple questions designed to keep the group filled with engaged folks, and you’ll be automatically accepted.

What’s Included

Our goal is to help you feel supported and open to new possibilities during your stay here. We’ll take good care of you, so you can take good care of yourself. Tuition includes:

  • Our private shuttle to and from SJD airport
  • Upscale room accommodation
  • Three meals per day — fresh, locally-sourced and largely organic with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, wine and beer at dinner
  • Curriculum
  • Yoga and meditation
  • An hour long massage
  • Several culinary excursions
  • A trip to Todos Santos
  • A few festive parties

Available offerings not included in cost of tuition: shamanic sessions, Reiki, surf lessons, and more.

We are committed to nurturing our environment, our community, our staff, and you. Stewardship of this beautiful place is lovingly baked into everything we do and there are opportunities to give back while in attendance, if you feel compelled.

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