Are you 50 or over and interested in a unique learning experience at an extremely affordable price? San Pedro Center, in conjunction with Road Scholar, offers you the opportunity to do just that.

Our all-inclusive programs offer five nights and six days of delicious meals, comfortable rooms, entertaining and knowledgeable instructors, field trips to the surrounding area, and a staff eager and willing to make your week memorable.

Below, please take a look at the programs we are offering for the 2019 winter/spring season!

To Register

Online at, or by calling 877-426-8056  - (Mon. – Fri. 9:00am-6:00pm Eastern Time)


JANUARY 20-25, 2019 #23302 $799 dbl.

EPIC TALES: Memoir, Mythology and 19th-Century Women Novelists
Whether you’re writing myth or memoir—some elements of storytelling can be applied to any work of writing or literature. Spend a week at San Pedro Conference Center studying some of history’s most famous stories as you delve into Greek mythology and the works of women novelists of the 21st century. Discuss their themes, historical context and impact on modern scholarship and literature. Then, take inspiration from these famous stories and apply it to memoir writing. Learn memory-evoking practices to help elevate your autobiographical stories to works of literary memoir.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Revisit some of Greek mythology’s most well-known tales of gods, goddesses and heroes as you examine them through historical and archaeological lenses.

  • Study the significant topics taken on by some of the 19th-century’s most famous female novelists, from Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters, to Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mary Shelley.

  • Using letters and photographs as prompts, learn how to dig deeper in your recollections to rediscover the details that make memoirs rich and effective.

JANUARY 20-25, 2019 #23301 $799 dbl.

Pain and grief are two of the most universally shared human experiences. Most of us will experience these emotions in our lifetimes, but we won’t all react to or cope with them in the same manner. Through the study of the biblical book of Job and practices such as yoga, meditation, self-care and forgiveness—learn how to find meaning and joy in pain and suffering and take home strategies that you can apply to the rest of your life and share with friends and family at home.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Unlock the mysteries of the biblical book of Job as you study its creation and the universal themes and transcendent answers in this literary masterpiece.

  • Discuss the importance of self-care and practice reflective writing to help you tend to your mind, body and spiritual needs.

  • Practice contemplation through yoga, tai chi, meditation and mindfulness during practical lectures.

FEBRUARY 10-15, 2019 #23303 $799 dbl.

Spend a week at spectacular San Pedro Conference Center as you delve into three diverse topics of study: European Artwork, 19th-Century Women Novelists, and Aromatherapy. You’ll join expert instructors for daily lectures that explore works of art and literature from authors and artists, such as the Bronte Sisters and Leonardo da Vinci. Then study the practice of aromatherapy and learn how to use essential oils in your daily life.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Delve into the live and works of some of Europe’s most famous and fabulous artists throughout history, from da Vinci and Michelangelo to Gainsborough and Picasso.

  • Learn about the 19th century’s woman novelists, from Jane Austen to Harriet Beecher Stowe, as you study the magnitude of their works.

  • Find out about the effects of essential oils and how you can use them in your daily life through the study of aromatherapy.

FEBRUARY 10-15, 2019 #23304 $899 dbl.

THE SUNSHINE STATE: Beyond the Oranges
“The Sunshine State” is more than just oranges, beaches and theme parks. Find out about the rich history, architecture and natural resources of this beautiful and diverse state. Journey through the Sunshine State’s history from the state’s beginnings, discussing the influence that American presidents, Catholic settlers, the military and more have had on its development. Explore the artwork of artists who lived and worked in Florida, from Thomas Moran to Louis Mignot. See how the stunning landscapes of Florida inspired their work and step out from the San Pedro campus to explore these landscapes for yourself.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Join a local expert for an on-site lecture about the Carpenter Gothic Churches of Florida.

  • Enjoy an study cruise on the St. John’s River to learn about local wildlife and ecology, and take a field trip to De Leon Springs to find out about this state park.

  • Take in daily lectures on a variety of Florida-friendly topics, from Florida’s native orchids and natural springs, to its local artists.

FEBRUARY 17-22, 2019 #22691 $799 dbl.

In an era marked by robber barons and booming industry, America also welcomed a wave of immigrants, survived two major economic depressions and witnessed two presidential assassinations. The Gilded Age – a term coined by Mark Twain — marked the end of the Civil War and the growth of the nation until the turn of the 20th Century. Come revisit this period as we delve into the politics, people, scandals and entertainment that became synonymous with the time.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discuss politics in the Gilded Age, including the ballot controversy of the 1876 election, two presidential assassinations and a Congress known for its tobacco-filled halls and spittoons.

  • Explore the artwork of the late 1800s, including the collections of two “robber baron” type industrialists, Harry Clay Frick and Louisine and Harry Havemeyer, the redecoration of the White House under Chester Arthur, and other American artists with their society portraits.

  • Consider popular culture of the era, including the birth of baseball and basketball, the popularity of vaudeville and books by authors including Arthur Conan Doyle.

MARCH 3-8, 2019 #23305 $799 dbl.

ART AND FILM THROUGH THE AGES: Themes and Interpretations
With the serene backdrop of San Pedro Conference Center to inspire you, this music and art history course takes you through three unique topics: European artists, 1940s film noir and contemporary art. Join local experts for a week of classroom study as you learn how famous artists and filmmakers from Michelangelo to Andy Warhol were influenced by the historical context in which they lived and worked, and study major themes that marked their artistic eras.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Delve into the live and works of some of Europe’s most famous and fabulous artists throughout history, from da Vinci and Michelangelo to Gainsborough and Picasso.

  • Contrast these classic European artists’ works with that of contemporary artists as you study major themes of post-1970s art.

  • Learn about the entertaining yet cynical film noir classics created in the 1940s as you explore the themes and tropes of this fascinating genre.

MARCH 3-8, 2019 #23022 $799 dbl.

Learning to Enrich Your Life with Wellness and Walking
Four hundred and seventy acres of beautiful, protected Florida wetlands provide the backdrop for a week of tranquil learning at San Pedro Center. Listen to the swaying of the palms and cypress, breathe in the scent of subtropical flowers and feel the warm Florida sun on your face as you take part in meditation along the boardwalk nature trail or a peaceful labyrinth walk. Work on mindfulness, breath-work and reflection, and take part in a stretch and breathe session in nature. Spend a week learning about walking and wellness in your own life and the lives of spiritual pilgrims, great explorers and literary walkers both in the classroom and on the sprawling Winter Park campus.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about the history, mythology and symbolism of labyrinths and approaches to labyrinth walking before enjoying a peaceful walk through San Pedro Center’s Chartres-style labyrinth.

  • Take a field trip to Winter Park for a narrated boat ride to learn about the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, and watch for cranes and alligators on the banks nearby.

  • Enjoy a special candlelit, plated dinner as you toast your champagne flutes to a week of scholarship in Winter Park, Florida.

MARCH 10-15, 2019 #22242 $799 dbl.

THE YEARS THAT “ROARED” – The Unforgettable 1920s
From economic boom to bust to notorious flappers and once-thriving workers reduced to selling apples on street corners, the 1920s in America were an age of social, cultural, political and economic upheaval. Revisit this decade that was anything but tame as the nation’s wealth doubled and, for the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. Known as the Jazz Age and the Age of Intolerance, the 1920s churned with the beginning flavors of modern America — and ushered in the Great Depression.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Revisit larger-than-life personalities, such as Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo, Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone and Babe Ruth.

  • Explore the political climate and the impact the inhabitants and policies of the White House had on each other and the country.

  • Discover how the 1920s unveiled Art Deco, the homegrown American modern art movement that gave rise to the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, and a Harlem Renaissance featuring important artworks by Aaron Douglas and Jacob Lawrence.