The Modern Elder Academy 

Spacious, Self-Curated Stays

Sabbatical Sessions were created out of the loneliness epidemic during the pandemic, as a way to keep our beloved Baja staff employed, and to ensure stability in our small town. Our hope was to discover a way to gather safely and create community in a time when circumstances were pushing us all toward isolation. The depth of joy and connection we found as we navigated this new world together surprised us all.

We’re delighted to continue offering these spacious stays, with lighter programming than our workshops, and more time to restore at our beautiful campus. We’ll alternate every few months with our Baja Workshops and, as it becomes ever more possible to safely gather indoors and to head out into the local community, we’ll evolve our programming to include some of MEA’s favorite practices. 


You will only be able to make reservations during the Sabbatical Sessions - other times are closed for workshops. Avoid frustration by only choosing dates that are actually bookable! 

Oct 1 - Nov 27SabSesh
Nov 28 - Dec 18Workshops
Dec 18 - Jan 9, 2022SabSesh HOLIDAY
Jan 10 - March 13Workshops
Mar 13 - May 8SabSesh
May 8 - July 10Workshops
July 10 - 17Alumni Week
July 17 - Oct 15SabSesh
Oct 16 - Dec 12Workshops
Dec 18 - Jan 15, 2023SabSesh

Booking Help

If you are having trouble finding availability, please contact us -- we can help!  EMAIL US and we will do our best to make it work.

Book your stay by selecting an available room below.  All-inclusive — food, snacks, and drinks, including alcohol. One week minimum. Guests must be at least 16. Please read our FAQ for details on our COVID-19 response and guest guidelines, and contact us at for any questions. In-depth COVID-19 response information.

While we aim to ensure your rest and relaxation, there will be some daytime construction noise next to our Desierto area of campus in the fall.

Payments policy

A 50% deposit is required at the time booking. Balance is due 30 days prior to the beginning of your stay.

Cancellation policy

Unlike reserving a vacation at a traditional resort or retreat center, Sabbatical Sessions offer a unique, curated experience in an intimate setting for like-minded travelers who seek education and community as well as an idyllic environment to rest and restore. Thus, cancellations impact MEA unlike other destinations. And, we do understand that we’re living in a new world when it comes to COVID-19 and travel so we will do our very best to rebook and offer the best option when the unexpected happens. See our policy below.

Refunds provided on a case-by-case basis in the event of:

For all other cancellations other than those listed above, if we are able to rebook the full dates of your stay with a new reservation, then the cancellation fees are as follows:

SJD is the closest airport! 

New Booking:
Mon Mar 29 - Mon Apr 12, 2021

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