Standards & Focus Areas

Sunnylands Retreats most often take place at the historic estate but can be convened elsewhere as well--usually at a location that is unique and beautiful. They tackle issues that are global, in a desire to better serve the nation and the world.  
Retreats are small, with intimacy and individual attention key parts of the experience; they must meet Sunnylands Retreat Standards.


Areas of focus

  • The Greater Pacific with a special focus on China and Mexico
  • Education with an emphasis on technology
  • Health
  • Democratic Institutions
  • Arts and Culture

Sunnylands Retreat Standards

A Topic of National or International Importance

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands tackles issues that are global in a desire to better serve the nation and the world. 

High-Level Leaders and Innovators

The leaders and experts invited to meet at Sunnylands are recognized as the very best in their field; each must possess an outstanding record of achievement and a proven ability to impact society’s most difficult challenges.  

A Significant and Meaningful Outcome

Retreats must contribute in a tangible way to advancing solutions and making measurable progress. 

Diverse Perspectives

The most pressing issues facing the world today are multifaceted. Finding solutions requires collaboration among those with a broad range of viewpoints, experiences, and talents.  

A Distinct California Lens

Sunnylands benefits from a geographic location that bridges the East and West and provides access to California's rich cultural and intellectual resources. From this perch, Sunnylands embraces creativity, encourages openness and innovation, and honors diversity and the immigrant spirit.