Leadership Retreat

Creating the Future 2019

“Paving Pathways for Success” will be the theme of the SAA’s 13th Biennial Leadership Retreat. SAA retreats provide participants an opportunity to get to get to know colleagues in a unique setting with inspiring sessions, time for sharing, learning, and maybe a little bit of outdoor activity in a restful location.

A relatively small event, the retreat is a friendly, engaging and inspiring gathering of committed Suzuki people. This year’s event will be composed of committee and group work, discussions, some general presentations, and many breakout working sessions. With “Paving Pathways for Success” our theme for this May, we will look at clarifying and strengthening guidelines in some areas of Suzuki education and creating “Best Practices” guidelines in other aspects of our Suzuki community. Teacher Trainers, Institute Directors, Conference Team (both 2020 and 2022), Chapter Boards, other organizational leaders, and any SAA member interested in ensuring that we have clear steps in place to ensure a successful future for Suzuki in the Americas. The Retreat offers unique opportunities for enhancing your leadership skills and getting better acquainted with other SAA leaders and colleagues.

Through your participation, you will help shape the future of Suzuki education in the Americas!


Deer Creek Lodge, a 3,100 acre resort park, is located in central Ohio, about 45 minutes south of Columbus.

The facility is part of the Ohio State Parks and includes a modern, spacious lodge, nice scenery, and great meeting and recreational facilities. The lodge offers a variety of guest room styles that will accommodate our needs. Rates are quite reasonable. Individual cabins are also available. This setting will be especially welcoming for accompanying families and spouses!


Retreat Overview

Everyone is encouraged to arrive on Thursday afternoon, May 23, by 4:00 PM. Meetings and activities run Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM through dinner, followed by special after-dinner activities each evening. All sessions and activities (with the exception of some new Trainer activities) will conclude at 11:00 AM, Sunday, May 26.

Transportation to/from the Columbus Airport (CMH) for a reasonable fee will be arranged.

Check this site for further information regarding schedules, transportation from the airport, and other details.