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SANTA FE, NM, October 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Modern Elder Academy (MEA) – the world’s first quarantine wisdom school – has chosen Santa Fe, NM as the location for its first US academy and world headquarters . MEA co-founder Christine Sperber will oversee the operations of the US headquarters and academy, which, when fully staffed, will employ 25 to 35 people at headquarters and hundreds in academies across New Mexico during the their opening in 2023 and beyond.

Santa Fe was selected after comparing it to 20 other possible American locations for a variety of factors, including beautiful natural surroundings, rich cultural history, a tradition of being popular for adult learning and workshops, the breadth of talented workshop facilitators and facilitators in the region; and indigenous elders in the region who can incorporate their wisdom into MEA programs.

“Northern New Mexico is unlike any other place in the United States,” said Chip Conley, co-founder of MEA. “The light, the skies, the mountains, the air. . . it has attracted people for centuries. When our team got together and considered the possible locations for our first American academy, we all unanimously chose Santa Fe. Today, Santa Fe is recognized as one of the most fascinating urban environments in the country. and is known for the traditions of the city’s vast cultural heritage, making it one of the most diverse and fascinating places in the country. We look forward to introducing our guests from around the world to the magical north of New Mexico. “

Earlier this year, the MEA purchased 2,566 acres of the Saddleback Ranch in the Galisteo Basin outside of Santa Fe for the new academy. The MEA will preserve more than 75% of the ranch as a permanent open space, introduce a network of trails with public access, and engage in regenerative grazing to replenish the earth’s soil and water table. The MEA team works closely with the community to ensure that the design authentically represents the region. MEA taps into local talent for all aspects of sustainable design, including local AOS architects, Environs landscape architects, and hydraulic engineering and ecological restoration company Biohabitats.

While the development of the Santa Fe Academy is underway, in-person workshops have resumed at the MEA campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico, as well as sabbatical (longer stay) and MEA Online sessions, all two created during the pandemic.

“MEA Online and our sabbaticals were created to deliver our program during the pandemic, but both have become so popular that we have decided to keep them as part of the program,” Conley added.

The one-week and five-day Masters Workshops have reopened and are scheduled until 2022. Each workshop features MEA faculty members and visiting professors who bring a wide variety of experiences to the workshops. Visiting professors include iconic activists such as musician Michael Franti and bestselling authors Lynne Twist and Paul Hawken, mindfulness masters Dr. Shauna Shapiro and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and entrepreneurial freaks Shelley Paxton and Blake Mycoskie. . A complete list of programs and visiting professors is available at: Workshops

MEA was established in 2018 to help people reimagine midlife as a time of learning, growth, and positive transformation. To date, more than 1,500 people from 28 countries have participated in MEA programs. The participants were between 30 and 88 years old, 75% of the former students being between 45 and 65 years old with an average age of 54 years. Over 60% are women and about 25% are people of color. Over 500 people have completed the MEA online and registration is open for the February program.

In addition, today MEA was named a “Brands That Matter” winner by Fast Company magazine. The 95 winning companies and nonprofits became relevant through their cultural impact and social engagement, and authentically communicated their missions and ideals.

“All 95 have found the ability to forge an emotional connection with customers, whether it’s leading the environment or pop culture, engaging B2B customers, or responding meaningfully to current events,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

Joanie Griffin Modern Elder Academy 505-261-4444 [email protected]

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