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2020 Institute for Heads | June 23-26 | Chatt Hills, GA
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Featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson , this energizing and nurturing retreat offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement on key issues facing heads of school and their spouses. Typically about half of the attendees bring spouses and half attend solo. The current price is $2,295 for SAIS members and $2,499 for non-members.


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  • A unique combination of learning and therapy in an intimate environment, which is unlike any other program I have ever attended.
  • Rob and Michael are two of the very few consultants who truly understand the complexities as well as the joys and challenges of being a school head.
  • Meaningful time with a small group of people who do the job you do ... the generosity, empathy, and wisdom are hard to match.
  • The topics are always relevant, but it is the degree of intimacy and trust that develops rather quickly among the participants that makes this particular program of importance and relevance to me (and my spouse).
  • It would be next to impossible to adequately describe this program in a brochure due to the dynamic nature of the overall experience.
  • An open dialogue that focuses on the personal as well as the professional and is as energizing for the spouse as for the head of school. Michael and Rob work to ensure many voices are included in the discussions.
  • This is a unique opportunity for you and your spouse to be engaged together in professional learning. Rob and Michael are dynamite and the chance to learn from and connect with other heads/spouses are the two reasons why we make this as a priority for our professional development.


Tuesday-Friday, June 23-26, 2020


The Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chatt Hills, GA 30268

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.



SAIS will make hotel reservations for The Inn at Serenbe
  • Room rate = $199


    • AIRPORT: 30 minutes from ATL
    • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Please refer to the hotel's driving directions and map.


    • This institute is specifically designed to be relevant to spouses as well as heads.
    • It offers a chance for both heads and spouses to learn from and connect with others who share the same role.
    • In addition to a specific session that focuses on the "first couple" and sustaining a healthy marriage, other sessions frequently touch on themes that relate to the spouse's role or that help spouses understand the larger context of issues facing heads.
    • Spouses are welcome to attend every session and to participate in the discussion.
    • Typically about half of the attendees bring spouses and half attend solo.



    Business casual (erring on the side of casual) is always safe with us. We want you to be comfortable. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater in case you find the meeting room chilly. We tend to skew cooler rather than warmer.


    If you require special accommodations or have any questions, please contact


    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received before June 2 via will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date refunds are no longer available, but replacement registrants are welcomed.

    Consent to Use of Photo / Video / Audio: 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.

    Target Audience: SAIS professional development events are designed for those currently employed by K-12 independent schools. Topics are presented from an independent school perspective and discussed based on that unique culture. As such, registration is limited to faculty/staff from SAIS member schools or from non-member schools meeting the SAIS candidacy criteria. Please contact if you have questions about eligibility.

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