The Elders Way 2020

The Elder's Way Retreat

Dates to be confirmed
Ubud, Bali

A retreat for men aged 50 and over to explore the remarkable world of Eldership - a place of Accomplishment, Grace, Wisdom and Blessings.

Pondok Saraswati, Ubud
Pondok Saraswati, Ubud

Pondok means little house and Saraswati is the Goddess of Wisdom and Learning. Founded in 1991, this unique, family run retreat overlooking the rice fields in Silungun near Ubud, provides a perfect tranquil space for group work.

Participants enjoy all of the services and comfort of a small private hotel. Lovingly prepared beautiful food, a swimming pool, village walks and outstanding service from host Wayan Mandira and friendly staff.

To Book

Contact John Broadbent on
+61 (0)417 645 536 
or email

The Elder's Way retreat is an opportunity for you to explore the potential of your last great journey in life. Far from being a place of placid 'retirement', The Elder's Way challenges you to claim and celebrate this magnificent period of your life as a precious gift and reward for your accomplishment and contribution to yourself and to others.

You will experience and share about letting go, detachment, wisdom, blessing, witnessing, creativity and the homecoming of spirit and the heart.

We will carefully and respectfully journey towards the great domains of your frailty and dying, knowing that even here there is much to be accomplished.

Elders are a much needed resource within our community.
There is work to do!
The Elder's Way is a program developed and co-ordinated by the WA based community organisation Menswork Project Inc.
Man Unplugged are delighted to be involved in the facilitation of the upcoming program.

What happens on The Elder's Way?

Lots of considerate, safe and respectful personal development group work, innovative workshop processes and sharing circles. Nothing boring! Some ritual work and plenty of reflection time. Great conversations and mateship. Plenty of village walks, meditation, bodywork, music and stunning local cultural events. We experience care, service, beautiful food, a few surprises and lots of fun!  These unique group experiences offer men an authentic, safe opportunity to go to the essence of themselves, to share and explore as a potential springboard to the next part of your life's journey.

The Retreat experience went way beyond any of my expectations, delivering for me a space where I was able to be in true integrity with myself amongst good men, opening my heart to them and feeling safe and honoured throughout the week.

Why Bali?

Many rites of passage programs and mens' work are based on deprivation, which certainly has its place for our Warrior archetypes. In contrast, The Elder's Way is based upon gratitude and abundance, a grounded place from which to share our elder wisdom to bless, empower and encourage younger people as they go through their own transitions in life. Where else could you participate in an 8 days fully facilitated, all-inclusive program with exceptional service and accommodation just sufficiently 'out of the way' to concentrate on just you! We offer a genuinely stunning adventure.

What's in it for you?

Previous participants have reported that they experienced:

  • self-validation rather than seeking it from others    
  • a willingness to let go of past issues
  • an enriched sense of family and place
  • self-respect and respect for others
  • freedom to be with other men
  • an appreciation of spirit
  • the ongoing support and friendship of fellow elders
  • an enriched and deeper insight into their life's purpose
  • a clearer understanding of what they want to do in the future
  • belonging and blessing vs competing with other men
  • a defining moment in their life story
  • ability to make time and space for themselves
  • an understanding of their place in community
  • a willingness to know and accept their life’s journey

Who else is going?

You will be joined by six to eight other men who are ready to reward themselves and explore the next stage of their journey in a safe, supportive and abundant setting, with the wise facilitation of our three program guides:


Wes Carter The Elders Way program guide

Wes Carter OAM

Wes Carter OAMPerth WAWes is a pioneer of the Men’s movement in Australia, he has committed his life to exploring and contributing to the wellbeing of people. A recipient of the Order Of Australia Medal for his work in the field of men’s health and wellbeing, his work has touched many hundreds of lives. From his deep source of life experience, he shares and facilitates with rich, resonate compassion. Wes is absolutely committed, he brings humour, challenge, support and life experience to this important work among men.

John Broadbent The Elders Way program guide

John Broadbent

John Broadbent, Sydney NSW. John is an engaged father to 2 sons, has actively been involved in mens' work for almost 30 years, published ‘Man Unplugged – Exploring The Inner Man’ and continues to explore his own eldership by helping other men take their own inward journey with purpose and support. He too has experienced the enhanced richness and fullness of life, resulting from mens' work and how that has deeply supported his own unfoldment.

Price for the retreat is $2,450* and includes:

  • 8 days and nights full accommodation (twin-share).
  • Breakfasts, lunches and Balinese evening feasts at venue.
  • Airport transfers to and from venue in Ubud.
  • All group work sessions (42++ Hours).
  • Local transport to and from venue & Ubud Balinese village walks.
  • Laundry at venue.
  • Staff gratuities.
  • Return transport across the island to a special breakfast at Padang Bai.
  • A special treat in Ubud.
  • Kecak dance and fire dance ceremony.


  • Airfares (check Garuda, Air Asia, Jetstar – Currently around $400 return)
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • A la carte meals in Ubud (main course in Ubud from A$15 to A$20.
  • Alcohol and bar fridge expenses (a large Bintang beer will set you back around A$4)
  • Personal shopping (most men would spend around A$100 on gifts and personal items)
  • Massages (one and a half hours of absolute bliss, around A$25, A$12 to $A15 for one hour – can be quite addictive!)

Booking for The Elder's Way

We encourage you to plan ahead to claim your space well in advance. All bookings need to be accompanied with a A$500 non-refundable deposit.


There are a limited number of places available on the retreats so we need to manage bookings carefully. Therefore, cancellations less than 60 days before the start date forfeit 100% of deposit payment. We will refund the deposit if we can fill the cancelled place. Cancellations between 60 and 90 days before start date forfeit 50% of deposit payment unless we can fill the cancelled place. If we cancel the retreat for any reason a full refund of your deposit will be made to all participants.

For further enquiries and bookings

Contact John Broadbent on +61 (0)417 645 536
or email

I arrived in Bali thinking that I had explored so much about myself. I found through the peacefulness of the retreat, the feeling of again letting go, the wonderful expertise of the facilitation allowed me to open up to new ways of being still with myself. The result was I returned home with a real sense of my purpose again.