Montessori Administrators Association Retreat


Summer Retreat

"Building Your Dream Montessori Community"

Napa, California | July 19-21 2018

Napa Valley Sign

Stronger Together

Join Montessori administrators from across the country at the annual MAA summer retreat in beautiful Napa, California!  

Our signature event offers you a chance to learn best practices, network with other Montessori leaders and refine your craft.  

You will leave refreshed, inspired and ready to take on the new school year with actionable plans to lead your school into the future.

Learn From

How To Build Your Montessori Team

Christine Harrison - President, Montessori Australia Foundation

Whether your school is big or small, everyone working there is part of a team made up of people with different skill sets, different personalities and different ways of approaching things. We need to be able to recognize this individuality in people and enable their participation while still holding a collective goal in sight.  

This workshop will address these challenges and, in a hands-on practical way, help you to build the skills to create productive teams in which everyone feels valued and able to give their best. 

How To Engage and Educate Your School Community

Maren Schmidt - AMI Montessori teacher, administrator and author

Is parent education a challenge at your school? Are all members of your community engaged with your mission and vision as a Montessori school? What would your school be like if everyone "got it?"  

Learn new tactics and strategies - what is "working now" in 2018 - to educate parents, increase retention and energize your community.

Addressing Challenging Behaviors

Maren Schmidt

We know that Montessori is right for almost all children. What do you do, however, when challenging behaviors emerge in your classrooms? How does this affect the quality of your program and the experience for the classroom community?  

This workshop provides resources and systems to train your staff and address behavioral issues with parents to work together for the benefit of all children in your school.

Mingle and network with other Montessori admins at our Welcome Reception

Stay at the beautiful River Terrace Inn in downtown Napa

Explore artisan crafts, galleries, and delectable food in downtown Napa

Celebrate with fellow Montessorians at our Saturday Farm to Fork Dinner

Stay on Sunday to go wine tasting and tour the Napa Valley

You Are Not Alone

So many of us work in isolation as Montessori administrators and it's hard to find others in our immediate community who understand the day to day struggles of school leadership.  

The Montessori Administrators Association was founded in 2007 to support one another towards our common goal of building world class schools.  

Our annual retreat is the culmination of our work. These few days we spend together each summer provides clarity, vision and energy to take on the challenges of the new school year with renewed vigor.

Financial Details

Retreat Fees

The rate below is for MAA members. Non members may join MAA for $99 or choose to pay the non member retreat fee rate.

Lodging Information

The room block at The River Terrace Inn is SOLD OUT! Our overflow hotel is the Elm Tree Inn (.5 miles away). Reserve your room by calling 707-255-1831 and reference the MAA rate.


Where: The River Terrace Inn – Napa, CA

When: July 19-21

Start Time: July 19th at 7 PM (Welcome Reception)

End Time: July 21st at 10 PM (Farm to Fork Dinner) 

Travel: Fly into San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento Airports

Parking: Free parking available onsite