The Elders Way 2019

The Elders Way 2019

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

May 22nd to 30th, 2019
Ubud, Bali Indonesia

The Elders Way at Pondok Saraswati
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. Beautiful food, lovingly prepared by Nyoman Rusni, a swimming pool, village walks and outstanding service from host Wayan Mandera and friendly staff.

More about Pondok Saraswati

To book call John Broadbent
+61 (0)417 645 536

The Elders 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 Elders 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 Elders 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 in May 2019.

What happens?

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.

Why Bali?

Many rites of passage programs and mens work are based on deprivation, which certainly has it's place for our Warrior archetypes. In contrast, The Elders 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 five to seven 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:

Your 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 men’s 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 men’s work and how that has deeply supported his own unfoldment.

Tim Fisk The Elders Way program guide

Tim Fisk

Tim Fisk, Gold Coast QLD. Tim is an accomplished men’s work facilitator and has a magnetic passion for personal growth, group work, rites of passage and the profound lifelong changes they bring. Tim is the founder of Complete Men and is an active elder at their three weekly groups and other programs on the Gold Coast.

What does The Elders Way cost?

The Elders Way costs A$1,950 and your place can be secured by a deposit of $450. This includes all transfers and meals. We suggest you budget an extra A$200 for personal shopping, massages and a couple of meals when visiting the Ubud township. You'll also need a return airfare (approx $500 to $700) and travel insurance for the 8 days.


Call John Broadbent on +61 (0)417 645 536 

or complete the enquiry form below and John will be in touch.