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Yo, Am I Ageist?

workshop
Ashton Applewhite , Virginia Hamilton & Chip Conley February 14, 2021 - February 21, 2021
Longevity & Legacy Career & Leadership 7 Days
Workshop Postponed
Applications open til: January 3, 2021
Scholarships announced by: January 10, 2021
Longevity & Legacy Career & Leadership 7 Days

From childhood on, we’re barraged by these messages about aging:

"It’s sad to be old." "Old people are useless." "Aging is awful"

Yet no thoughtful person actually wants to be any younger. What’s up with that? Where do the negative messages come from, and what purpose do they serve? Whether you’re running an organization or just trying to figure out how you feel about getting older, if you enjoy deep conversation and asking bigger questions, you’ll find this workshop transformational. Over the course of the week, Ashton, Virginia and Chip will help shift your mindset and your understanding of the social and economic forces that attempt to shape our aging. This week we will examine our attitudes towards our own age and aging, explore the roots of ageism — in society and in our own age denial — and propose an alternative to all the hand-wringing: wake up to the forces that frame two thirds of our lives as decline, cheer up, and push back!

Who is this workshop best suited for?

This week is for everyone who wakes up a day older, because everyone needs to become an “old person in training.” The consensus from people over eighty, who should know, is that young people worry way too much about getting old, so the earlier we make this imaginative leap, the better. The sooner this lifelong process is stripped of reflexive dread, the better equipped we are to benefit from the countless ways in which it can enrich us.

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

Your workshop leaders

Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. From TED to the United Nations, she’s a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.



Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton is obsessed with designing and facilitating conversations and creating experiences that are thought-provoking and fun. She helps groups experience new insights, ensuring that people are free to be fully present and engaged.

Chip Conley

Chip Conley is a hospitality entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of MEA. His book, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder, is the foundation for MEA’s curriculum.

February 14, 2021 - February 21, 2021

Applications open til: January 3, 2021
Scholarships announced by: January 10, 2021

Your workshop leaders

Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. From TED to the United Nations, she’s a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.



Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton is obsessed with designing and facilitating conversations and creating experiences that are thought-provoking and fun. She helps groups experience new insights, ensuring that people are free to be fully present and engaged.

Chip Conley

Chip Conley is a hospitality entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of MEA. His book, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder, is the foundation for MEA’s curriculum.

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Tuition

Consider it an investment in your future.

For all workshops, MEA tuition is $5,500 per person for a private room, or $4,000 per person for a shared room. Full-tuition attendees must deposit 50% upon application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

Please note: In response to Covid-19, for the health and safety of our guests, all rooms will be single occupancy through the end of 2020, unless you are applying with a partner. You can still apply at the shared room rate, but premium rooms with king or queen beds and extra amenities will be given to single room applicants.

Scholarships

MEA is a social enterprise, committed to socio-economic diversity.

We know that our entire society is made stronger when everyone has the opportunity to learn, participate, and grow, no matter how much they make for a living. We offer two levels of scholarship on a need-aware basis and are committed to at least half of our students receiving some form of scholarship.

The scholarship request is included in the workshop application form. Please be aware that we have more scholarship applicants than available spaces—applying for full tuition does maximize the likelihood of getting placed in your preferred workshop.

Scholarship Levels (All scholarships are shared accommodation.)

$1,250 scholarship (Students are responsible for $2750 tuition.)

$2,500 scholarship (Students are responsible for $1500 tuition.)

We announce scholarships within five weeks of our workshops. (See workshop listings for announcement dates.) Scholarship tuitions function as the deposit and are due in full within five business days of announcement.

All scholarships are for shared room accomodation. Exceptions for specific medical or personal conditions may be considered.

Please consider the following scholarship criteria before applying: You must demonstrate financial need, and your application must be received at least six weeks prior to the workshop start date.

Payments and Cancellations

And now for the part about money.

For full-tuition students, a 50% deposit is due at the time of your application. Your acceptance will be confirmed within 3-5 business days. If we’re unable to confirm acceptance, your deposit will be automatically refunded. The balance is due 30 days before the start of your workshop.

Scholarship applicants will be notified of acceptance five weeks prior to the start of the workshop. The remainder of tuition is due in full within five business days of the scholarship notification.

Deposits are non-refundable. But if you give us a reasonable amount of time to fill the spot, we can transfer your deposit to another workshop, within a year, based on availability. We know that traveling right now is a very personal decision.

We cannot provide credit for no-shows, early departures, or program dissatisfaction.

In the event that we must cancel—and in this crazy, “pandemics are a real thing” world, it sometimes happens—we’ll let you know as far ahead of the workshop start date as possible and offer a refund or accommodate a transfer to another workshop, if you’re interested.

Tuition

Consider it an investment in your future.

For all workshops, MEA tuition is $5,500 per person for a private room, or $4,000 per person for a shared room. Full-tuition attendees must deposit 50% upon application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

Please note: In response to Covid-19, for the health and safety of our guests, all rooms will be single occupancy through the end of 2020, unless you are applying with a partner. You can still apply at the shared room rate, but premium rooms with king or queen beds and extra amenities will be given to single room applicants.

Scholarships

MEA is a social enterprise, committed to socio-economic diversity.

We know that our entire society is made stronger when everyone has the opportunity to learn, participate, and grow, no matter how much they make for a living. We offer two levels of scholarship on a need-aware basis and are committed to at least half of our students receiving some form of scholarship.

The scholarship request is included in the workshop application form. Please be aware that we have more scholarship applicants than available spaces—applying for full tuition does maximize the likelihood of getting placed in your preferred workshop.

Scholarship Levels (All scholarships are shared accommodation.)

$1,250 scholarship (Students are responsible for $2750 tuition.)

$2,500 scholarship (Students are responsible for $1500 tuition.)

We announce scholarships within five weeks of our workshops. (See workshop listings for announcement dates.) Scholarship tuitions function as the deposit and are due in full within five business days of announcement.

All scholarships are for shared room accomodation. Exceptions for specific medical or personal conditions may be considered.

Please consider the following scholarship criteria before applying: You must demonstrate financial need, and your application must be received at least six weeks prior to the workshop start date.

Payments and Cancellations

And now for the part about money.

For full-tuition students, a 50% deposit is due at the time of your application. Your acceptance will be confirmed within 3-5 business days. If we’re unable to confirm acceptance, your deposit will be automatically refunded. The balance is due 30 days before the start of your workshop.

Scholarship applicants will be notified of acceptance five weeks prior to the start of the workshop. The remainder of tuition is due in full within five business days of the scholarship notification.

Deposits are non-refundable. But if you give us a reasonable amount of time to fill the spot, we can transfer your deposit to another workshop, within a year, based on availability. We know that traveling right now is a very personal decision.

We cannot provide credit for no-shows, early departures, or program dissatisfaction.

In the event that we must cancel—and in this crazy, “pandemics are a real thing” world, it sometimes happens—we’ll let you know as far ahead of the workshop start date as possible and offer a refund or accommodate a transfer to another workshop, if you’re interested.

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The pandemic has forced us all to pivot (or “swerve” as we say at MEA). We’ve postponed our 2020-21 academic calendar for the season. But, because people are craving connection more than ever, we’ve created Sabbatical Sessions at our beautiful oceanfront campus. Instead of coming for a weeklong intensive workshop, you can now join us for an extended stay of two weeks or longer to enjoy an MEA-inspired respite. Our inclusive rates reflect less curriculum...with more R&R.

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