Magis Leadership Retreat

The Magis Leadership Retreat is a weekend-long retreat that offers a unique opportunity for sophomore and junior students from all across campus to come together and explore leadership in a new and innovative way.

Instead of traditional skill building workshops associated with leadership development, the Magis Leadership Retreat challenges students to reflect on their personal story and how that story impacts the community around them.

Magis: More

Magis, which means "more" in Latin, captures the overall purpose of this retreat. Participants will gain a greater understanding of empowerment as a foundation of leadership and they will be challenged to utilize their personal story as a tool to shape their understanding of themselves as leaders. The more participants understand their stories, the more self empowered they become, allowing them to work together toward a "greater good." We hope that in giving students the opportunity to take a more in-depth look at their story, they will become more cohesive leaders both on and off of Santa Clara's campus.

Eligibility to Participate

The retreat is open to all sophomore and junior students who are interested in spending time reflecting on their personal experiences to help guide them in becoming stronger leaders on campus. Previous leadership experience is not required.


Our goal is to use different styles of learning throughout the retreat, using large group activities and discussions, small group discussions and reflections, and free time to allow for personal reflection and connecting with other leaders. Also, plan on good food and a beautiful location!

Logistic Details

February 15-17, 2019
@ Salvation Army Redwood Glen Camp in Scotts Valley, CA

Application for Facilitators

The senior facilitator application process is now closed for 2018. Thank you for those who applied! The application process for 2019 will open in October.

Registration for Participants

The participant registration process is now closed for 2018. Thank you for those who participated! The registration process for 2019 will open in November.

2019 Leadership Team

Gabrielle Garrard, Coordinator and Lead Facilitator
The rest of the leadership team to be announced by November

2018 Leadership Team

Gillian Cutshaw, Coordinator and Lead Facilitator
Ryba Bhullar, Student Assistant
Kittric Lovel, Small Group Facilitator (Staff/Faculty)
Juan Peralta, Small Group Facilitator (Staff/Faculty)
Andrea Santillan, Small Group Facilitator (Staff/Faculty)
Matt Smith, Small Group Facilitator (Staff/Faculty)
Michele Canny, Senior Facilitator (Student)
Connor Holttum, Senior Facilitator (Student)
John Hynes, Senior Facilitator (Student)
Ivana Pham, Senior Facilitator (Student)

For More Information

Contact: Gabrielle Garrard