Come to a 3-day residential workshop to help you to take ownership and control of your life, recalibrate your priorities and find your midlife calling.

The Big Reset

Join Tom Verghese and Gabriela Domicelj, experienced facilitators and true modern elders, to learn how to ask the right questions and get inspiration for what your next stage can be.

Workshop inclusions:

2 nights of accommodation at Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat

delicious meals and snacks, prepared by our favourite chef Sid Stolk from Lushious

a night out at Dinner @ the Farm, with neighbours and award-winning Swiss chefs, Monique and Roland Kummer

products from the best local Blue Mountains providers, including Josophans’ chocolates, Whisk&Pin and iKou products

Workshop inclusions:

unlimited beverages including wine, beer and cocktails

early morning bird-watching (optional)

yoga and movement each morning (optional)

use of kayaks, tennis court and boules (optional)

MEAx journal and materials, and Carl Honore’s latest book Bolder – making the most of our longer lives

Space is limited. Only 12 participants. Register today.

Super Early Bird Discount for all bookings made before January 31, 2023
Was $2950 … Now only $1995 (saving of over $950 AUD)

There is an additional discount for a shared room. Please email us at for more information

Tues 21st – Thurs 23rd March, 2023

If you’re feeling stuck at the moment and are curious to explore how you can reset and renew your focus, this workshop will help you ask the right questions and get inspiration for what your next stage can be.

Are you stuck?

Has the pandemic caused you to rethink aspects of your life?

Do you need to recalibrate your priorities?

Would you like to reboot and reset part of your life?

Curious? If the answer is YES, sign up now.

In this 3-day residential workshop you will:

Take ownership and control of the major issue in your life by applying a growth mindset

Learn how the discomfort of uncertainty prompts healthy questioning of status quo, revealing new opportunities

Get inspired by stories of others who have dealt with similar life issues

Become more purposeful and optimistic

Foster the mindset to reimagine the second half of your adult life

Upon signing up, all workshop participants will receive a FREE gift: a copy of Carl Honoré’s book Bolder: Making the Most of our Longer Lives.

Who should attend?

If you fall into these categories, you should sign up:

If you are feeling stuck at the moment

If you have a key life transition you are trying to work through

If you enjoy deep conversations and asking big questions

Ready to face up to what you’ve been avoiding

If you are open to incorporating alternative perspectives

During this interactive workshop you will:

Take time out to reset and recalibrate

Stay in residence at the picturesque and tranquil Dantosa retreat in the Blue Mountains

Participate in group and individual conversations with other participants to share your thoughts and deepen your understanding

Be guided by expert facilitators and onsite learning coaches to leverage the power of searching questions

Design experiments to test and find answers to your questions

Relax with dinner at the farm, yoga, art and poetry

Who are we?

Tom Verghese is a consultant in cultural intelligence, with a personal and professional interest in the area of conscious aging. Tom is the founder of Cultural Synergies and works with clients to guide their culture, diversity and inclusion programs; he is the author of four books exploring cultural awareness and agility, including The Invisible Elephant. Tom is passionate about increasing cultural intelligence, global leadership and developing high functioning teams. He has over three decades of international experience and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and a Masters in Education. Tom is an MEA alumni and hosts the MEAx In Conversation series.

Gabriela Domicelj is a management consultant, who is passionate about innovative people management and midlife exploration. At Accenture she ran technology implementations for financial services clients and was part of the early definition and articulation of the field of change management. She has consulted on change management and employee engagement in 12 countries in Asia Pacific and led Aon’s Best Employers research program to collect best practice workforce management solutions across industries. Gabriela was also CEO of a film production company, creating motivational films to support recruitment, cultural change and retention programs. Gabriela is a Modern Elder Academy (MEA) alumni, consultant and lead for MEAx Australia.

Guest Faculty

Richard is a leadership coach and change navigator who is passionate about helping people find their purpose and perspective.  He has recently completed a Masters degree in Coaching Psychology and is the founder of Finding Your Why.

Richard Clarke

Learning Coach
Ang is a writer and a perpetually curious midlife explorer with a passion for storytelling. She uses her love of words to help make sense of the world.

Angela Galloway

Midlife Writer in
Paul is passionate about behaviour to money as the major link to financial wellbeing. He’s had 3 books published on the topic with his 2019 book, Spenditude, a best seller.

Paul Gordon

Money Mindset
Glen is a reformed corporate strategist who teaches entrepreneurship and leadership. He loves helping others use questions and new ways of thinking to solve problems.

Glen Wheatley

New Ways of

MEAx Experience

Sid is a health food expert and chef who runs a men’s shed where he teaches collaborative cooking.

Sid Stolk

Chef & Collaborative
Joanne is an academic librarian, with a passion and expertise in bird-watching in the Blue Mountains.

JoAnne Sparks

Librarian &
Bird Watcher
Dimitri is an astronomer who conducts star-gazing tours in the Blue Mountains.

Dimitri Douchin, PhD

Astronomer &
Star Gazer
Derek is a business leader and financial adviser with a passion for examining new global trends, including the sharing economy.

Derek Young

Dantosa Owner
Jane is a business and hospitality lecturer and consultant, with a deep knowledge of Australian wines.

Jane Adams

Wine Sommelier

The Big Reset Curriculum

Day 1

Framing your Challenge or Opportunity

Arriving in the morning, settle into the tranquil retreat and meet your faculty and cohort.

Share your current challenge or opportunity and learn techniques on how to become unstuck. Hear inspirational stories and consider the traits of modern elders, who are as curious as they are wise.

Day 2

Unpacking and Gaining Clarity

Identify what no longer serves you. Make sense of your current situation by unpacking the key inhibitors.

Learn how clarity of purpose can become a magnet for growth and collaboration. Use the power of good questions to explore alternative solutions and identify how best to mine your mastery

Day 3

Repacking for the Journey Ahead

Learn how to design experiments to increase your confidence and reduce uncertainty.

Think forward instead of backward to make your pragmatic plan of action. Reflect on your insights and learnings to confirm your commitment to your future.

Learning Elements

When you leave, you’ll:

Made sense of a complex problem

Have identified how to use your mastery to address your biggest challenge

Have turned your ‘stuckness’ into a new trajectory

Have made clear commitments to yourself to navigate your next steps

Concerns stopping you from taking action:

The program is expensive

Compared with other long weekend retreats or conferences the price of MEAx workshops are very reasonable. In our pilot stage conducts our facilitators are volunteers and we are only covering costs.

I don’t want to talk to strangers about my life.

We provide a safe environment where you can talk about what you are comfortable with, we believe that wisdom is shared not taught.

So, what have you got to lose?

If you’re feeling stuck at the moment and are curious to explore how you can reset and renew your focus, this workshop will help you ask the right questions and get inspiration for what your next stage can be,

Don’t put this off a second longer… Take advantage of this workshop, at this never-to-be repeated discount. Invest in yourself and do the SMART thing: take advantage of this offer now. Just click the button below to secure your seat right now…

*Please note: All workshop participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Not quite ready to book, but interested to know more? Schedule a call to learn about The Big Reset and get a taste of what to expect.