Renewing Purpose: Modern Rituals to Navigate Life Transitions with Day Schildkret



Baja, Mexico
Dec 3
Dec 10, 2023
Led By
Day Schildkret
Chip Conley
Aparna Shute
Maja Varner

As life changes, we also must change; yet this isn't guaranteed. Too many of us get stuck at our thresholds. We need ritual to help us cultivate discernment, recognize gains and losses, and conjure possibility. Join us for a transformative workshop designed to give you real skills and deep understanding to create your own modern rituals to reflect, reimagine, and renew the purpose of your life’s next chapter. Guided by award-winning author, artist, teacher, and ritualist Day Schildkret. This workshop will provide you with the meaning-making skills to step into your life thresholds with renewed grace and purpose.

What you’ll do

The MEA core curriculum forms the foundation of each workshop we offer and is focused on equipping you with the skills to navigate transitions, break through life obstacles, and tap into your deeper life purpose.

Additionally, in this workshop expert faculty Day Schildkret will empower you with the meaning-making skills to step into your life thresholds with renewed grace and purpose.

  • Learn the ins and outs of this ancient technology to expertly navigate change.
  • Learn the power of "symbolic action" to align your psycho-spiritual experience.
  • Craft your own modern ritual to mark your personal threshold and rediscover yourself.
  • Discover the 7-step Morning Altars practice to use nature, art and ritual for understanding and meaning.
  • Experience the support and witness of others also renewing their life's purpose.
  • Create custom "Threshold Wonderings" that provide reflection, refinement and direction.
These workshops will help you master the tools, strategies, and mindset shifts to embrace change, overcome challenges, and thrive in times of transition, transforming your life into a more purposeful and joyful one.

We’ve carefully and intentionally designed your days on campus to facilitate the best possible experience and maximize your investment into you.

Join us if you feel your transition has become protracted and you need greater support and attention to skillfully transition to your next chapter.

MEA was the container within which I could recreate who I wanted to be and step into that with confidence.

JD Schramm
California, USA

MEA's team is composed of growth-minded individuals who are passionately dedicated to providing the mindset and tools to support our collective mission to discover purpose, grow wiser, and gracefully transition through the many stages of midlife. We are rooted in our commitment to community and guided by the belief that wisdom is shared, not taught.

Day Schildkret
Day Schildkret
Guest Faculty

Day Schildkret is an award-winning queer author, artist, and teacher known for Morning Altars, a practice in nature, art and ritual. His latest book is Hello, Goodbye: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration and Change.

Chip Conley
Chip Conley

Chip Conley is a hospitality entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and the co-founder and CEO of MEA. His two most recent books, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder and Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better With Age, are the foundation for MEA’s curriculum.

Aparna Shute
Aparna Shute
Content Facilitator

Aparna Shute has rich leadership experiences in technology, health care, and nonprofits. She is passionate about bringing the world of business and non-profits together through partnerships and systems that help create a world that works for everyone. She is particularly interested in building programs for under-resourced youth.

Maja Varner
Maja Varner
Experience Facilitator

Maja Varner's career spans from Fortune 500 companies to unicorn startups, including roles at Procter & Gamble, Benefit Cosmetics, and Ro. She's a lifelong athlete, wellness advocate, certified trainer, and holds degrees from Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Join us if you feel your transition has become protracted and you need greater support and attention to skillfully transition to your next chapter.

All of MEA’s workshops are designed to support you to consciously curate the second half of your adult life. Our curriculum offers three paths through MEA content:

  • Manage midlife change effectively. Understand the stages of transitions and the necessary TQ (transitions quotient) intelligence to move through them more easily.
  • Find meaning and curiosity when exploring big decisions, or evolving into your next chapter of life. Understand purpose as a regenerative tool.
  • Identify and lean in to the wisdom you have developed to date. Look at a generative second adulthood, engaging in new purposes, new communities, time spent on something greater than yourself.

All workshops provide a comprehensive set of tools to use right away, a deep connection with a new community and a 5-star hospitality experience to allow to you recharge and ready for what’s next. You will learn:

  • Hacks: practical tools that you can practice while you’re here
  • Habits: longer term practices that will impact your daily life
  • Practices: a point of inflection and reflection to support your ongoing journey.

Shift your mindset as we provide you with:

  • The space to ask great questions
  • The inspiration to think differently
  • The time to reflect
  • The resources to support your path

Themed in-person workshops are grounded in research based upon collaboration with academics and prestigious institutions like Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale. Guest faculty weeks feature a chance to experience a deeper dive into their unique content paired with our MEA experiences.

Learning at all stages of life is the glue that drives us to purpose, community, and our evolving wellbeing. Make a commitment to staying healthier, continuing to grow, having an open mindset, and giving back to the world. Instead of “lifelong learning”, we believe “long life learning,” creates a life that is as deep and meaningful as it is long.

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Our expansive beachfront campus encompasses inviting rooms and picturesque grounds, offering a diverse range of amenities. Among these are three pools, including a 25-yard lap pool, along with two hot tubs, two steam rooms, massage rooms, an oceanfront yoga platform, a movement studio, a library, an organic garden, a bocce ball court, and lots of comfortable seating nooks for relaxing, reflecting, and chatting. We’re pleased to share that the number one comment we hear from visitors is that there’s always something new and beautiful to discover. The campus was meticulously designed under the guidance of Oren Bronstein, a longstanding design collaborator of Chip Conley's.

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.

To help you plan your trip please arrive at the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) by 4 PM on the start date of your workshop and depart anytime on the last date. Our amazing Hospitality Team will coordinate your ground transportation on your behalf.

Food & Beverage

This area attracts chefs from all over the world to explore “la costa del sabor” (the coast of flavor). The culinary tradition in the Todos Santos/El Pescadero area is well-known as there are few places in the world that have more celebrated restaurants per capita than our location. Most people who move to the area say that the culinary scene is part of the reason they chose to make this home.

Chef Tony Peralta sources local ingredients, including fresh produce from our organic garden, 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 if you choose to imbibe.) All meals, beverages and alcohol are included in the cost of the workshop.
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All prices in USD. A 7% tax and $100 service fee will be added to your final invoice.
Included In Your Tuition
  • Transport to and from SJD airport
  • Curriculum and workbook
  • Three meals per day plus beverages and alcohol
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Off-campus explorations
  • Festive gatherings to celebrate newfound connections

Financial Aid

We know that our entire society is made stronger when everyone has the opportunity to learn, participate, and grow, regardless of economic status. To support diverse learning we are committed to having a portion of our workshop participants receive an award. We offer two levels of financial aid on a need-aware basis.




Participants are responsible for $3,000 tuition (50% of full workshop tuition) and their travel costs. We will announce gold-level awards within 5 days of application submission. You will be placed on an upgrade waitlist for a private room – exceptions for specific medical or personal conditions may be considered.


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