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Spacious, Self
Curated Stays

Engage in as much as you like. Dig deeper into a project and work remotely in paradise with Wifi, IT support, and plenty of campus area to reimagine what your “office” looks like from day to day.

Best of MEA
Programming

Take advantage of optional, outdoor conversation sessions with a variety of MEA’s expert guest faculty to ignite the wisdom that comes from curiosity, exchanging ideas, and reflection.

Open-Air
Community

Balancing the desire for community with health precautions to offer a safe, MEA-inspired experience, we have ample outdoor spaces that set the stage to explore your inner landscape.

Being wise in a time of need.

Being wise in
a time of need.

The world’s first midlife wisdom school, MEA has welcomed over 750 students to our 50 cohorts to date. But due to COVID restrictions and protocols, we’ve replaced our weekly academic cohort workshops with Sabbatical Sessions for the 2020/21 season. These self-guided extended stays offer a unique opportunity to join like-minded travelers in Baja Sur to enjoy all that our unique environment has to offer, in a more spacious way (literally and figuratively). With “best of MEA” optional programming, these expansive sessions provide you with the place and the nourishment to restore, engage, and reset in a safe and beautiful location. And, while you may not have your own MEA cohort, you will become a part of our MEA community. Click between the filters below to explore Sabbatical Sessions in more detail. (And look for an announcement about our new “Activist in Residence” program soon.)

Schedule

Being wise in a time of need.

Located in the rural farming village of El Pescadero, an hour from the hustle and bustle of Cabo San Lucas, the rooms and grounds of MEA’s beachfront campus were designed by a team led by Oren Bronstein, founder Chip Conley’s award-winning design collaborator. We have four campus areas with multiple kitchens, pools, spas, steam rooms, a yoga and an art studio, meditation park, organic garden, and lots of cozy seating nooks for personal or shared time. Our sunrise and sunset meter is over the moon. And we are walking distance from one of the sweetest little surf spots anywhere (go on, take a lesson!)

Being wise in a time of need.

MEA’s beachfront campus was designed by a team led by Oren Bronstein, founder Chip Conley’s longtime design collaborator. We have four guest areas with multiple kitchens, pools, spas, steam rooms, yoga and art studios, meditation park, organic garden, and lots of cozy seating nooks for personal or shared time.

Being wise in a time of need.

Comfort is a big deal here at MEA. Our upscale rooms offer extremely comfy beds with feather pillows, crisp white linens, and thirsty Turkish towels. And meals are an even bigger deal. 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. From today’s catch to what was just picked from the garden, 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.) And, we accommodate dietary preferences/restrictions.

Being wise in a time of need.

Our upscale rooms offer comfy beds with feather pillows, crisp linens, and Turkish towels. Meals are a big deal -- we like to 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, with a bit of indulgence, of course.

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Room & Board
Deluxe accommodation
3 gourmet meals per day, largely organic / locally sourced
Vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options
Self serve snacks / beverages, including Baja Beans coffee
Adult beverages at dinner
COVID enhanced in-room housekeeping 2x weekly
Access to free laundry facilities
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Public Spaces*
2 pools, 2 hot tubs
Steam room, art studio, organic garden
Multiple fire pits, ample outdoor spaces
Beachfront silent contemplation park
French door flanked, well ventilated, multi purpose meeting room/yoga studio
MEA Resource library, curated by Chip with catalyzing questions
*constantly cleaned with COVID protocol enhanced procedures
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Programming Options
Weekly Mastery Hours
6 hours weekly optional structured conversations
3 hours with various luminary guest faculty when in-house
Infrastructure
IT support
Wifi throughout campus
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Activities
Guided hikes
In-house meditation
Trek mountain bikes
Suggested excursions
Community service opportunities
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Available at extra cost*
MTB tours
Shamanic sessions/cleansing
Day and multi day nature excursions
Massage and Reiki in our enhanced COVID-cleaned massage studios
Lessons: surf, Spanish, yoga, pilates, cocktails, cooking, beach fit
Qualified network of therapists and counselors in immediate neighborhood
*with our network of vetted providers
This paragraph can be used as a brief blurb or can also be used to make note of extra, paid activities that guests can take advanateg of upon request.
This paragraph can be used as a brief blurb or can also be used to make note of extra, paid activities that guests can take advanateg of upon request.
Room & Board
Deluxe accommodation
3 gourmet meals per day,
largely organic / locally sourced
Veg, gluten-free, vegan options
Self serve snacks / beverages,
including Baja Beans coffee
Adult beverages at dinner
COVID enhanced in-room
housekeeping 2x weekly
Access to free laundry facilities
Public Spaces*
2 pools, 2 hot tubs, steam room
Art studio, organic garden
Fire pits, ample outdoor spaces
Beachfront silent park
Well ventilated, multi purpose meeting room/yoga studio
MEA library, curated by Chip
*constantly cleaned with COVID protocol enhanced procedures
Programming Options
Weekly Mastery Hours
6 hours weekly optional structured conversations
3 hours with various luminary guest faculty when in-house
Infrastructure
IT support
Wifi throughout campus
Infrastructure
IT support
Wifi throughout campus
Activities
Guided hikes
In-house meditation
Trek mountain bikes
Suggested excursions
Community service opportunities
Available at extra cost
MTB tours
Shamanic sessions/cleansing
Nature excursions
Massage and Reiki in COVID-cleaned massage studios
Lessons: surf, Spanish, yoga, pilates, cocktails, cooking, etc.
Qualified network of therapists and counselors
*you’ll have access to our network of trusted providers

Being wise in a time of need.

In order to encourage longer stays, and to reflect the lighter programming, our pricing has significantly decreased. We’ve designed Sabbatical Sessions to encourage spacious visits to MEA. Instead of tuition for our full curriculum week, we’re offering affordable, inclusive stays — of two weeks or longer — as programming will be lighter and optional. We are not granting academic scholarships during Sabbatical Sessions, but will announce our “Activist in Residence” program soon.

Being wise in a time of need.

All rates per person:

Single: $3,500 for 2 weeks

Double: $2,500 for 2 weeks (per person)

Residence Rate (4-weeks): $5,000 Single | $3,250 Double (per person)

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What does a week at Sabbatical Sessions look like?

What does a week at
Sabbatical Sessions look like?

A typical week at
Sabbatical Sessions.

Many of our guest faculty will join us, leading two 90-minute sessions on themes ranging from cultivating awe and wonder, to crafting an encore career, to improving your relationship with money. Learn more about our themed weeks here. Your stay will be self-guided from day-to-day and our weekly schedule will change only slightly during guest faculty weeks. We’ve made it easy to participate in as much or as little as you like with regularly scheduled meals and daily sessions. Click between the day filters below to experience a sample week. All times are Mexican Pacific Time.

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*swipe left to view the complete schedule for each day

Speakers

Henry French

Henry French

iSense

Developing wearable technology that communicates information using only the sense of touch

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Timothy Dolan

Timothy Dolan

Freelance

Inspired by nature, interested in the symbiosis between living and synthetic materials

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Sila Diaz

Sila Diaz

Supper

Philly's artistic cirector and consultant, the founder and director of Supper

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Andrea Emery

Andrea Emery

Webflow

Focused web designer on Instagram, she is adamant about fostering improved production.

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Ammara Benton

Ammara Benton

InVision

UI designer focus on creating storytelling patterns

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Ricky Laing

Ricky Laing

Shattering Journal

The imaginative chief and front-end / UI expert behind Shattering Journal

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COVID-19 Response

Baja California Sur is one of the safest regions to visit in Mexico. And, we understand that in order to comfortably travel here, you need to feel confident in MEA’s health and safety protocols. Since we closed the Academy in March, we’ve thoughtfully redesigned our campus to support an open-air experience that will ensure a safe community — enjoying meals, conversations, optional educational programming, and other group activities.

Precautions

Speakers

Masks
Outdoor meals
Community guidelines
Single rooms
Local commitment
Outdoor programming
Detailed Guidelines

COVID-19 Response

Baja California Sur is one of the safest regions to visit in Mexico. And, we understand that in order to comfortably travel here, you need to feel confident in MEA’s health and safety protocols. Since we closed the Academy in March, we’ve thoughtfully redesigned our campus to support an open-air experience that will ensure a safe community — enjoying meals, conversations, optional educational programming, and other group activities.

Precautions

Speakers

Masks
Outdoor meals
Community guidelines
Single rooms
Local commitment
Outdoor programming
Detailed Guidelines

Reserve Your Sabbatical Session

Reserve Your
Sabbatical Session

FAQ

We've broken up our FAQ into 4 different categories to help you find the information that matters most to you.
Click between the category filters to read through the most common questions we receive from our guests.
We've broken up our FAQ into 4 different categories to help you find the information that matters most to you. Click between the category filters to read through the most common questions we receive from our guests.
Click between the category filters to read through the most common questions that we receive from our guests at Sabbatical Sessions.

Being wise in a time of need.

How are you reacting to COVID-19?

We have created the Sabbatical Sessions to allow gathering in a safer way for our guests, our staff and our community. We believe that in order to do this, all parties must play a part. There are the operational changes we must make, and the behavioral changes that rely on everyone’s participation. Please take the time to read our detailed statement and community guidelines here.

Where do you stand on masks?

In instances where social distancing can’t be guaranteed, masks will be required. Masks, of course, are welcome and celebrated at all times.

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Are you requiring testing for guests or staff?

We do not require guests to arrive with negative test results, as we cannot guarantee testing from myriad sources, or monitor exposure during travel. However, we will take temperatures regularly, and require testing and quarantining of staff (MEA’s expense) and guests (guest expense) if symptoms or known exposures occur. As testing becomes more available, reliable and rapid, these guidelines will evolve.

What if the border closes while I am there?

We don’t have a pat answer for that one. We are living in entirely new times. What we do know is that when we approach challenges with a growth mindset, empathy, generosity and kindness we can solve most things. So that’s what we will do.

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How do I choose a room?

Pick your room and dates here. There is a two week minimum, and pricing is designed to encourage you to stay for at least a month. There are four main sections of campus, all walkable to the beach:

1.
Playa (beachfront) 
3. Hacienda, (lush private garden setting)
3. Desierto (luxe center of campus, lively pool, most social)
4. Mariposa (quiet desert setting, slightly set back from other properties, staff residences)

When is payment due?

50% at booking, 50% 30 days before your arrival.

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What is the cancellation policy?

If you give us a reasonable amount of time to fill your spot, we can transfer your deposit to other dates, within the year (ending September 20, 2021), based on availability. (And if COVID-related, we are of course very flexible with this policy).

In the event that MEA must cancel due to COVID travel or health restrictions—we’ll let you know as far ahead as possible and offer a refund or credit…your choice.We cannot provide credit for no-shows, early departures, or program dissatisfaction.

Given the current international travel uncertainty, cancellations due to health issues or travel restrictions will be honored. And we are nice humans, so let's talk through situations that arise- if you must cancel, please alert us with as much time as possible at: contact@modernelderacademy.com

What does the price include?

• All-inclusive — food, snacks, and drinks including alcohol.
• Free Wi-Fi access on campusLaundry facilities and amenities
• Structured conversations and activities, including guided meditation.
• All rooms include: air conditioning, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hair dryer
• No additional taxes or fees. Gratuities for frontline staff are welcome.
• See our complete list of what's included here.

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What are the health care options in Pescadero?

If you have a medical emergency, we have a local doctor on call, an emergency center about a 15-20 minute drive away in Todos Santos, and modern hospital facilities available in both Los Cabos and La Paz. The old adage “Prevention as the best medicine” is especially true in this rustic environment. Unfortunately, we’re unable to accommodate people with mobility limitations due to our uneven stairs and walking surfaces, or those recovering from a serious illness or injury.

Is this a safe area?

Our number one priority is your safety. The Todos Santos and El Pescadero areas are almost completely free of criminal activity. We have 24/7 staff on campus and a state-of-the-art surveillance system.

I have dietary restrictions. How is your food?

Amongst our sky high satisfaction scores, guests consistently grant the highest ratings to the food and kitchen team. We accommodate a wide range of dietary needs- please email contact@modernelderacademy.com with special needs. 

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Is there a gym on campus?

While we do not have a gym on site, we do offer a stunning three-mile beach for walking, jogging, and running, as well as mountain bikes for adventuring, two pools, and spaces for individual yoga and other physical activities. You can also go swimming and surfing at the renowned Los Cerritos Beach nearby.

Can I bring my dog?

Sabbatical Sessions were created and designed around the concept of community, and we believe that community includes our furry friends. We expect you to keep your dog under leash, verbal or visual control at all times, to pick up after them, and never leave a dog unattended when barking or damage could occur. We are on a turtle nesting beach, so beach control is paramount. A minimum donation of $100 USD to Dog Prana, our local rescue organization, is requested per stay.

What is the programming? What is my day like?

Join in as much or as little as you like. Please see our sample schedule for what we have on offer.

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Am I allowed to travel to Mexico?

Tourism is permitted into SJD. We are not familiar with the rules and regulations pertaining to your return trip.

How do I get to MEA?

Flights
• The best way is to fly into SJD airport, San Jose del Cabo, BCS, México. LAP is also nearby, though without as many flight options, amenities, or ground transportation options. You’ll need a passport if you’re coming from outside Mexico.

Airport transfers
• Airport transfers are NOT included during Sabbatical Sessions. 
• For a private shuttle to pick you up at the airport ($120 per private car), please reach out to our trusted transportation partner Todos Santos Private Transportation.
• If you choose to rent a car, we can only recommend BBB Rent a Car or Cactus.

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What's the weather?

Amazing. No matter how many times we say it, first time visitors seem unprepared for the day to night temperature variations that happen here in the desert. Be sure to bring layers - dress code ranges from casual to uber casual. It can be 80F in the day and 40F in the same evening. Check here for the current weather conditions one mile south of campus at the famous Cerritos beach.

Are there other things I should bring?

Sunscreen, sunglasses and flip flops are not as easy to source as you’d expect -- better to bring! All the prescription medicine, contact lenses, etc you need for your stay unless you check with contact@modernelderacademy.com ahead of time. Also, if you would like to bring school supplies for our local kiddos, we will gladly distribute. Also, Chip loves chocolate. While the amount of businesses that accept credit cards has grown tremendously over the past few years, cash is still king. Your best rate, and safest way to obtain pesos is through a bank ATM at a bank location. We have two in Todos Santos, Bancomer and Banorte. Pescadero does not have a bank ATM yet. Generally speaking, the exchange rate at the airport is not good, but you may want to exchange a small amount either there or before you arrive.

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