Alumni Member Benefits

You're the Heart of MEA

Welcome to MEA Alumni Membership where we offer two ways to continue your Modern Elder journey with us and your community.

Experiences

Your Learning Journey Continues — via online course, in curated support groups, and one-on-one to keep your modern elder goals on track.

Engagement

Access + Amplification — Connect to MEA wisdom resources and expand your professional reach via our new Concierge and Directory services.

Entertainment

Founder Frivolity — Nobody does it better. They’ll host something special every season. And surprises will be delivered throughout the year.

Explore With Us
In MEAningful Ways

MEA alums are explorers. Some of you have traveled to Baja for workshops and Sabbatical Sessions. Others have experienced MEA Online, with technology navigating new paths. And many more will venture to Baja and Santa Fe in the future. You’ve told us what really matters to you. You want to partner with us in more MEAningful ways — continuing to grow via internal explorations and learning in community — guided to new insights and connections, and sharing your wisdom in the world. 

In the spirit of long life learning and cultivating community, we’ve designed two alumni memberships to support you beyond your first MEA experience. Both provide lots of ways to continue to explore and grow with us, and together. Our Standard Membership offers news, events and connection to the greater alumni community. And the Corazón Membership extends this offering with even more opportunities and education. Either way, your exploration continues and we travel together to what’s next on the modern elder journey.

Membership Details

$750 MEA Program Credit

Joining Corazón means you have a credit toward any program: 8-week MEA Online, 5- or 7-day Baja workshops, or a spacious Sabbatical Session. Whatever you choose, your credit brings you back into the center of this community, continuing your modern elder journey with your fellow travelers.

Available Upon Sign Up

Exclusive Events

From Corazón-only workshops with bestselling authors, experts and master facilitators to film screenings with filmmaker Q&A sessions, to exciting special events at our Baja and Santa Fe campuses, your membership gives you access to MEA’s broader offering of talent, connection and wisdom.

Available March, 2021

Regional Chapters

An opportunity to meet, connect, socialize and dig deeper with other members into specific topics such as Career Reinvention, Legacy, and “Midlife” and Beyond. MEA will facilitate the first meeting and provide structure and tools so groups can share wisdom and practice long life learning together. Join as many groups as you like!

Starting February, 2021

Transition Groups by Topic

You asked for groups. We’ve got ‘em! Meet other members going through similar transitions by joining a Transition Group. Topics include The Third Act, Caregiving, Modern Elder Love and Professional Networking. Receive support, gain insights and deepen relationships within our community.

Starting February, 2021

Alumni Directory

Community at your fingertips! You told us that you’d like to find and connect with other alums beyond your cohort, experience, and location. Well, we heard you! Here’s where you can search for your fellows from other Baja workshops, Sabbatical Sessions and MEA Online. Connect and have fun!

Available Upon Sign Up

Content Library

Our curated “best of MEA” archive supports your continued long life learning journey through engaging and inspiring words, pictures and ideas. Enjoy great books recommended by Chip, staff and alums, illuminating conversations with Jeff and guests, and original modern elder work and research.

Available Upon Sign Up

Professional Partners Listing

MEA Alumni are brilliant professionals that travel across all sectors of business, and every type of organization and consultancy. You will have the opportunity to network your expertise in this curated resource on MEA’s website. Share your brilliance with us and we’ll shine the spotlight on you.

Available Upon Sign Up

Toolkits as a Resource

This community and your fellow alums are here to support your long life learning journey. Our toolkits offer resources to help establish ongoing transition group success, accountability goal setting strategies and more. Download these resources, join a group, find a buddy and get started!

Available Upon Sign Up

Quarterly Co-founders’ Parties

Each season we’ll hold an online event hosted by one of MEA’s co-founders. Inspired by our group experiences in Baja — from reflective and exploratory to fun and party-like...Poetry & Lyrics anyone? Expect some old favorites, and some new. Either way, be prepared for effervescence!

Available Quarterly, 2021

Corazón Tote Bag

We’re eco-conscious about our “swag.” Corazón members will receive a custom tote bag, handmade by a Baja women’s artist collective and containing your member gifts: a special book by one of our luminaries, two copies of MEA’s coloring book, The Land of Yet, and, of course, some surprises.

Available Upon Sign Up

Surprises!

Expect to receive a few surprises throughout the year (if we told you what, they wouldn’t be a surprise, would they?). Just know that we’ll be thinking about what you told us is most MEAningful: Connection. Learning. Serving. This will guide our choices in bringing you a little extra delight.

Available Upon Sign Up

Corazón Overview

We’ve planned your yearlong itinerary for maximum enjoyment, and with our usual intentional cadence.

Upon joining Corazón, you’ll have immediate access to: sign up for MEA Online (or a $750 credit toward any Baja campus program), our Concierge Service, and Chip’s Flatline on the Faultline audiobook. And in short order, you’ll receive a special package in the mail with your Corazón artisan gift, copy of Radical Alignment and two copies of The Land of Yet.

In February, we’ll launch our first topical Transitions Groups.

In March, you’ll select your Corazón Compadre.

In May, you’ll be able to feature your business in the Professional Services Corner on our membership site.

Each season, enjoy a quarterly co-founder’s party with fun and surprises!

Pricing Details

Given the times we’re living in, we want to make sure that Corazón is affordable for everyone. So, we’re making it easy to join by offering the $600 one-year membership in 12 monthly payments of $50.

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Questions?

For any questions about the Corazón Membership feel free to reach out to Leslie by clicking here.

Concierge Service

How does wisdom at your fingertips sound? MEA Concierge is part librarian, part directory assistance, part networker. Ask us any questions about MEA reference materials, resources, guest faculty, or alumni expertise. You’ll enjoy exclusive member access to our wisdom workers via email or phone request.

Available Quarterly, 2021

Alumni Friday Newsletter

Every week we share the latest news and events with a little bit of inspiration on subjects of importance to our community and the world at large. You’ll never miss out on what’s happening if you read our “AF”...your snackable, yet nutritious, weekly news. Delivered with no extra calories.

Available Upon Sign Up

Chip’s memoir, Flatline on the Faultline

Written in a gooey liminal time, on his 50th birthday, this reflection tells the intimate story of Chip’s midlife challenges. Only 50 copies were published for his inner circle. You’ll receive a link and download instructions as your Corazón welcome. Audiobook narrated by Chip.

Available Upon Sign Up

MEA Staff Children's School Fund

You Alums are a generous bunch. And we’re often asked how you can make a lasting difference. Perhaps nothing has more impact than contributing to the flourishing of younger generations. We’ll make a $100 gift in your name, and it will be inscribed on a plaque at MEA’s Baja campus.

Availability TBD

MEA Portal

MEA alums are explorers. Some of you have traveled to Baja for workshops and Sabbatical Sessions. Others have experienced MEA Online, with technology navigating new paths. And many more will venture to Baja and Santa Fe in the future.

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You’ve traveled far. And here you are.

You are the beating heart of MEA. Choose your membership today.

The most valuable gift I received from my time at MEA was a new mindset. And the best thing about a growth mindset powered by love, faith and intention is that it needs constant feeding. That’s why I treasure my continued connection to MEA leaders, programs and alums. Having a supportive community and learning tools along on my journey will help me cultivate greater self-acceptance, happiness and wisdom.

Ken Pasternak
Ken Pasternak
Alma Libre, Jan '19

My experience at SabSesh has been life changing, so much so that I extended my initial two-week trip to four weeks then six weeks... I am thrilled to have the opportunity via the Corazón membership program to stay connected with the MEA community and expert teachings to continue the growth and transformation initially forged at Baja.

Laura Pauli
Laura Pauli
Sabbatical Sessions

My MEA experience was a rite of passage. Modern culture has so few good examples of what it means to live life well. At age 71, I was looking for something better. At MEA, I met people who value and celebrate personal growth, wisdom, and living life fully. I now feel that I’m not alone on this journey; and that’s why I’m part of the MEA community.

Ron Nakamoto
Ron Nakamoto
Modern Elders on the Loose, Feb '20

My first workshop was in 2019, followed by a recent Sabbatical Session. MEA was the perfect place to land when transitioning to single life from a long marriage and again the right place to be during COVID as I ponder career choices. I've made incredible relationships and look forward to expanding them by being a Corazón member.

Lisa Carmel
Lisa Carmel
Baja Babes, Dec '19

MEA is an oasis that refreshes me and replenishes my emotional supplies for the rest of my journey. I’m excited about Corazón. It will increase my connection to a community of vibrant, curious long-life learners. As a health coach, I teach that the people we associate with affect our physical and psychological health. The MEA community is good for my health and will extend the length and quality of my life.

Pat Whitty
Pat Whitty
Sean, April '19

I discovered MEA while on the verge of burnout and in great need of personal and professional renewal. My experience was so transformational, that I’ve done three programs and am planning a fourth! The team creates magical and unique experiences that envelop you in love, support and wisdom. I wish everyone I knew could experience MEA.

Lisa Fitzpatrick
Lisa Fitzpatrick
3 MEA cohorts in 2019-20

Choose Your Membership

Either way, you’re in the MEA family. This is your community and you get to choose how much you’d like to engage with us and with your fellows.

Standard Membership

Whether you’re an alum from our Baja programs or online, you’re automatically a part of this community, and always connected and up to date with MEA.

Free
Event Calendar
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Something’s always happening at MEA. We aim to educate and inspire through our workshops, sabbaticals, and online programs. Check here for the latest.

Content Library
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Our curated “best of MEA” archive supports long life learning through engaging and inspiring words, pictures and ideas: books, conversations and work.

Alumni Directory
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Want to connect with alums beyond your cohort? This is the place to search for fellows from other Baja workshops, Sabbatical Sessions and MEA Online.

Regional Chapters
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Want to be part of an MEA group near home? There’s a good chance there’s a local group in your area. Search here to find yours and connect IRL at home!

MEA Portal Access
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You’re part of an extraordinary community of wisdom seekers. This is the place to continue connecting and learning with MEA resources and your fellows.

Alumni Friday Newsletter
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Every week we offer the latest events and a bit of inspiration...AF is your snackable, yet nutritious, weekly news. Delivered with no extra calories.

Corazón Membership

You’ve traveled far, now here you are! Continue your learning journey and deepening your connections through exclusive events, programs and services to support what’s next.

$600
 / annually
$50*
 / monthly
Annually
Monthly
*annual commitment, paid in monthly installments
All Standard Benefits, plus...
Exclusive Events
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From private workshops with authors and masters to film screenings with filmmaker Q&As, your membership gives you access to MEA’s phenomenal braintrust.

Corazón Tote Bag
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We are eco-conscious about our swag. Receive an Alumni-only MEA tote bag, handmade by a Mexican women’s collective, filled w/ a bunch of special items.

Transition Groups
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Meet other Corazón members going through similar transitions. Topics include the Third Act, Caregiving, Modern Elder Love and Professional Networking.

Concierge Service
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Your 411 to ask your questions about all things MEA: reference and resource materials, networking tips, guest faculty info, alumni connections and more.

Toolkits as a Resource
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Tap into the power of community by using our toolkits to establish ongoing transition group success, accountability goal setting strategies and more.

$750 MEA Program Credit
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Yay! Joining Corazón means you have a credit to use toward any of our programs: MEA Online, one of our weekly Baja workshops or a Sabbatical Session.

Professional Partners listing
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Brilliant professionals across all sectors of business, and every type of organization and consultancy. This is where you get to network your expertise.

Quarterly Co-founders’ Parties
i

Each season the co-founders host an online event inspired by group experiences in Baja with old and new favorites. Just come prepared for effervescence!

A few surprises along the way (of course!)
i

We’re always thinking about what’s most MEAningful: Connection. Learning. Serving. This will guide our choices in bringing you a little extra delight.

Chip’s midlife memoir, Flatline on the Faultline
i

Written in a gooey liminal time, on his 50th birthday, this reflection tells the intimate story of Chip’s midlife challenges. Audiobook narrated by Chip.

$100 gift in your name to MEA Staff Children’s School Fund
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Perhaps nothing has more impact than contributing to the flourishing of younger generations. Your gift will be inscribed on a plaque at our Baja campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the Standard and Corazón memberships?

How can I use the $750 credit?

What is the MEA Portal? Do I need to pay extra for this?

What happens in the Transition Groups by Topic?

If I choose the monthly payment option for the Corazón membership, will I be charged interest? And can I cancel my membership anytime?

We’re working hard to finish building the brand new MEA Alumni Portal, which we expect to be unveiled in May. In the meantime, and to avoid any complications, we kindly ask that you wait to sign up for our Alumni Membership program.

For questions, please contact Leslie, MEA's Director of Alumni and Community Relations.

–The MEA Team