Take a much-needed breath and hit refresh this summer. Step away from the demands of headship to reflect and refocus in a supportive space where you can openly share challenges and needs. You are not alone on this journey. Engage with other heads and spouses at this energizing and nurturing retreat offering thoughtful dialogue on key issues facing heads of school. Led by Rob Evans & Michael Thompson. The 2022 Institute for Heads will take place at The Inn at Serenbe, about 25 mins from the Atlanta airport.

About Serenbe

Serenbe is nestled in the rolling countryside on the edge of Atlanta, with over 1,000 acres of preserved forestland, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, trails, an animal village, swings, and rocking chairs. Endless opportunities for relaxing and connecting with nature. Farm tours, wine tastings, cooking classes, goat yoga, and entertainment all await you. Learn more here about the history and philosophy behind this creative, sustainable, award-winning community. Review a full list of activities here.

What do past participants have to say about this experience?

“The SAIS Institute for Heads is an opportunity to step away from the demands of headship and to reflect, refocus, and openly share challenges and needs in a supportive space. There is time to laugh and to regain a sense of balance for a new year. This shared week with expert facilitators and fellow heads and spouses restores the reason that you love this calling to headship.” -Rachel Deems, Spartanburg Day School (SC)

“Ten years ago, Cathy and I first attended the SAIS Institute for Heads featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. This incredibly unique opportunity to bond with other heads and their spouses quickly became the most important professional and personal development commitment of each year. Rob and Michael are priceless in leading all participants in important, timely, challenging, and affirming conversations; the time with other heads and spouses is rare to find and meaningful, and the location always has a way of completing that total sense of rejuvenation and renewal. I recommend the SAIS Institute for Heads to every head I know.” -Jack Hall, The Walker School (GA)

Registration

SAIS MemberNon-MemberSpouse
Through May 13$2,325 per person$2,599 per person$1,025
After May 13$2,375 per person$2,649 per person$1,075

Speakers

Rob Evans
Michael Thompson

Hotel – The Inn at Serenbe

  • Group rate: $199
  • Cut-off date: Wednesday, June 1, or when the block is full.

To make your reservation, please call guest services at (770) 463-2610 and ask for a room in the SAIS block.

Please note that reservations in the SAIS block cannot be made online via the “book now” button on their website. They must be made over the phone with guest services.

Serenbe is a charming, family-owned inn not affiliated with a major hotel chain, so their systems are a little different than the norm. If you have any issues, please contact lori@sais.org

Serenbe is nestled in the rolling countryside on the edge of Atlanta, with over 1,000 acres of preserved forestland, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, trails, an animal village, swings, and rocking chairs. Endless opportunities for relaxing and connecting with nature. Farm tours, wine tastings, cooking classes, goat yoga, and a professional theatre company all await you. Learn more here about the history and philosophy behind this creative, sustainable, award-winning community. Review a full list of activities here. Serenbe is about 25 mins from the Atlanta airport.

COVID Safety Guidelines

Providing a safe environment for learning is a top priority at SAIS, as it is in your schools. We need your help to achieve this goal. We want to help keep you safe and healthy as we deliver this stellar lineup of speakers and sessions.

  • All participants will be fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines or will submit a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of arrival at the event in the event that they need a vaccination accommodation.
  • As safety guidelines continue to shift based on the latest research, case counts, and medical treatments, we will determine our on-site masking and distancing protocols accordingly.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the SAIS registration desk.

Acknowledgement of Risk and Safety Procedures

Participation in SAIS events signifies an attendee’s acknowledgement of infectious and other diseases and voluntary assumption of the risk of exposure or infection by attending the event. Attendees agree to comply with all guidelines and procedures, including distancing and/or masking, that may be implemented by SAIS, in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities.

Acknowledgement of Intellectual Property

Participants expressly acknowledge the intellectual property of the presenters of this conference and these other terms that are conditions of attendance. This acknowledgement includes the understanding that creating any form of recording, including but not limited to video or audio is a violation of the intellectual property of the speakers as well as a violation of the terms of participation in this event. Participants expressly agree not to independently record, or knowingly let anyone else record, any of the conference sessions in which they participate. Participants will also not share their unique link to the conference platform or the content therein with anyone else. The unique link to the conference platform will be used solely by the participant.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received before June 7 via this form will receive an 80% refund. After that date, replacement registrants are welcomed but no refunds are available. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis following the conclusion of the event.

Media Release 

Registration, attendance at, or participation in SAIS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SAIS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.

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