4th Annual Learning Retreat for Maine School Leaders to be held June 2017!

Check back in December for more details!

If you would like to design an individual school retreat separate from our Learning Retreat, please contact Dr. Jenn Page via email or phone to discuss options for your team! (Email: jenn@hurricaneisland.net, Cell: 207-992-6362)

The Hurricane Island Foundation is excited to announce the fourth annual Learning Retreat for Maine School Leaders! We invite teachers, principals, and superintendents to join us on Hurricane Island for a retreat that past participants have called “simply amazing” and an “inspiring and energizing experience”. 

Our retreat is designed to support prospective and existing teams of school leaders tackling real challenges, within an invigorating and supportive environment. Retreat facilitators will meet with school leadership teams prior to the retreat to prioritize team goals and clarify objectives to ensure the retreat meets the needs of individual teams.  The retreat itself is a dynamic mix of facilitated time for leaders to collaborate on critical school initiatives and increase their shared leadership capacities, including opportunities for personal and professional renewal on the Island.  Participants will leave the experience with a renewed sense of purpose, a stronger vision for their team, and clear direction for addressing the challenges they face as a team.

Who: School/district teams of teacher leaders (mentors, department heads, team leaders, etc.), principals, and/or superintendents

Where:  Hurricane Island, Penobscot Bay (12 miles offshore from Rockland Harbor)

Why Hurricane Island? Hurricane Island offers a naturally beautiful setting for reflection, renewal, and risk-taking. Whole group presentations, small group discussions, experiential team leadership opportunities, and time with colleagues occur within a backdrop of ocean vistas, lofty evergreens, and granite underpinnings. Imagine being away from the distractions and stressors of everyday life, among a community of learners, departing the island feeling invigorated and refreshed. The Island itself becomes an outdoor living laboratory in which to explore and develop the intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects of leadership. Even the boat ride over is a chance to meet new friends with whom to begin your leadership adventures. Our offshore and off-the-grid environment encourages you to unplug and immerse yourself in the experience.

Facilitators to include:

Richard Ackerman (Professor, UMaine & Courage to Lead facilitator)

Doug Babkirk (Courage and Renewal Facilitator and Consultant, Heart at Work Associates, Portland ME)

Linda Bowe (Graduate Instructor, UMaine, elementary principal, & school coach)

Gordon Donaldson (Professor, UMaine)

Barney Hallowell (Executive Director, Hurricane Island Foundation)

Jenn Page (Director of Education, Hurricane Island Foundation)

Note: If you are interested in learning more about the retreat, please contact coordinator Jenn Page at jenn@hurricaneisland.net. Preparation for the retreat will involve a facilitator meeting with team members to prioritize goals & objectives to accomplish while at the retreat. (Follow-up facilitation services will be available after the retreat for an additional cost).

Apply to bring your team of 2 or more today!  There is no charge to apply. Application deadline is March 15th and total capacity is capped at 30 participants.

Cost: $525/person (Teams greater than 4 receive a $25/person discount)

Includes lodging, meals, and boat transportation to Hurricane Island. CEUs awarded.


Participants from the 2015 Learning Retreat for School Leaders

Participants from the 2013 Learning Retreat for School Leaders