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2023& 2024



Thank you for your interest in booking a cohort reunion. Bookings for 2023 are now closed. Booking will reopen in the summer for 2024 and 2025 to allow new cohorts to book reunions and to support cohorts who want to make changes. If you have any questions, please reach out to

At Pahara, we want to realize our potential impact as a network and generate what we’re calling “Network Effect”. On that note, we are thrilled to offer cohorts the opportunity to reune at Lone Rock Retreat once they have completed their Pahara Fellowship.


Reunions bookings and rescheduling will occur each year following the annual survey. Priority booking windows will be given to cohorts according to the Network Survey participation and completion rates. More information will be provided in the coming months. Please see below for further details, and feel free to send any questions to


We are thrilled to offer all cohorts complimentary room and board for reunions at the Lone Rock Retreat. Pahara will also cover Friday arrival shuttles from Denver Airport to Lone Rock and Sunday departure shuttles from Lone Rock to Denver Airport. Cohort members are responsible for flights. To qualify for these subsidy funds, the cohort must meet the following guidelines:

  • New for 2024 Reunions: Cohorts are required to have 75% of the cohort complete the annual survey to receive Pahara funding

For 2023 & 2024 Reunions:

  • Cohorts must host their reunion at the Lone Rock Retreat;

  • Cohorts must have 50% or more of their Cohort present to be awarded funding;

  • Cohorts must adhere to Lone Rock's vaccination policy and Pahara's COVID-19 practice and protocols and submit all requirements for Pahara. Pahara will continue to monitor CDC and local guidance and will finalize policies several weeks prior to your reunion.

  • All participants submit survey feedback to Pahara about their reunion experience. 

  • Cohorts must have no outstanding cancellation fees from previous years.

For planning your 2023 Reunion, please follow the steps listed in the Lone Rock 2023 Reunion Planning Guide.



The coordination and execution of reunions is Fellow-led and should be a communal effort with tasks shared across the cohort. A good practice is to rotate ownership each year to two or three members of the cohort to serve as the lead reunion coordinators. We will share more information in Summer 2023 about the 2024 booking process.

To support successful reunions, please follow the planning steps listed in the Lone Rock 2023 Reunion Planning Guide.


If cohorts don’t have 50% of their cohort registered within 90 days prior to their weekend, Pahara will release the date back to Lone Rock.


If a cohort cancels their reunion after 90 days, the cohort will be responsible for paying $450 per room on their reservation. The cohort will be responsible for providing payment for the cancellation fees. In order to be eligible to book reunions in future years, all cancellation fees must be paid.

    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and, while they are not required for entry into the Fellowship, they are critical to our ability to identify exceptional leaders from across the education ecosystem. Ideally, a nominator knows enough about the leader’s work to share their thoughts on why they would be an excellent choice for the Fellowship. Each nominee is notified and invited to submit an application for consideration. We believe that a broad, diverse coalition is needed to reimagine the role and manner of education in society. While the Fellowship is open to all education leaders who meet our selection criteria, we are particularly seeking to identify innovative leaders of nonprofit schools and from organizations serving nonprofit schools, and leaders bringing perspectives from across the political spectrum. We are sensitive to the ways sponsorship practices can disadvantage women and Black, Indigenous and leaders of color who are less likely to have sponsors. When thinking of incredible changemakers to bring to our attention, we encourage nominators to consider leaders from within and outside of their close circles.
    Leaders who meet our program criteria are welcome to apply to the Fellowship, with or without a nomination. The application is an essential and required part of the process, and allows candidates to share information about their work and leadership, alignment with our selection criteria, and how they most hope to benefit from participation in this powerful development experience. For applicants advancing beyond this stage, this information serves as rich background information on which to base deep, reflective dialogue during interviews taking place during candidate consideration. While the Fellowship is open to all education leaders who meet our selection criteria, we are particularly seeking to identify innovative leaders of nonprofit schools and from organizations serving nonprofit schools, and leaders bringing perspectives from across the political spectrum.
    During this stage, we seek to understand candidates’ motivations and challenges, learn more about their background and leadership journey, and determine candidates’ willingness and ability to negotiate the multiple domains of difference that contribute to the tapestry of Pahara cohorts. Candidates participate in a 90-minute virtual interview with a Pahara Fellow or a member of Pahara staff via Zoom. This conversation also provides candidates an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Fellowship. The interview is followed by referencing carried out by our team. This includes reviewing feedback provided by the three references named by the candidate, and checking for potential conflicts of interest amongst candidates being selected into the same cohort. We may also reach out to Fellows in our community who are familiar with a candidate’s work to understand the full scope of their leadership. Given the degree of openness and vulnerability expected in this phase of our process, information shared with us by candidates or in the reference process is held with the highest degree of confidentiality.
    Once we have identified a pool of values-driven leaders who have demonstrated readiness throughout the selection process, we begin the careful, complex process of curating cohorts. We aim for cohorts that are inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference, including socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and political ideology. Cohorts are also distinctive in their inclusion of leaders from various organization models, multiple sectors in education, different geographic regions, and various leadership roles. This careful cohort curation is critical, as the cohort is the container within which the personal and professional transformation Pahara is most known for occurs. Cohort dialogue is confidential and both professional and personal in nature. We seek to foster an environment that celebrates the lived experiences of all of our Fellows.
    We strongly believe curating a myriad of perspectives in each group is a vital component of the program’s value and impact on participants. We receive many more nominations and applications than we have available seats in each cohort, and because of this level of demand, we are sometimes unable to select leaders who meet our selection criteria. When a candidate meets the selection criteria but is not placed, we encourage them to opt-in to be considered for a future cohort, which can take time. It is not uncommon for a Pahara Fellowship candidate to be considered for a few years before being selected or released.


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