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Memorial Day Weekend Program
Memorial Weekend Stanford Sierra

May 22-25, 2020

Unplug and unwind in the fresh mountain air at Fallen Leaf Lake. Spend your days hiking in beautiful terrain, paddling through clear waters or relaxing on the deck with a good book. At the end of the weekend, join fellow alumni for a fascinating faculty talk and a multicourse dinner paired with delicious wines from an alumni-affiliated winery.

Reservations open in February 2020
2019 Presenters

Bernard Roth

Bernard Roth is the Rodney H. Adams Professor in the School of Engineering and a co-founder and the academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( Having been at Stanford since 1962, Professor Roth is a longtime veteran of the Stanford design scene and a pioneering researcher in robotics. Together with Doug Wilde and the late Rolf Faste, Professor Roth developed a creativity workshop that has been offered to university educators around the world. His most recent book, The Achievement Habit, was published by HarperCollins in 2015.

Angela Amarillas, ’97, ’01

Angela has led classes and workshops for the past two decades and was Stanford's first dance minor. A graceful dancer who carries a passion for historical and vernacular social dance, Angela has taught and performed across the United States and Canada, as well as in Paris, Rome, Prague, Venice, St. Petersburg and more. She will host dance workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

2019 Activities and entertainment
Daytime activities

During the day, you have a variety of both indoor and activities to choose from. Enjoy guided hikes into Desolation Wilderness, arts and crafts workshops, boating, tennis, yoga, in-room massages, stargazing cruises and more.


Problem Solving and Design with co-founder, Bernie Roth
Bernie Roth, Rodney H. Adams Professor in the School of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering, and co-founder and academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, talks about the importance of the problem solving mindset and its contribution to a healthy, happy life. Using tools from the d. school, he will share the space of creative engagement to tackle tough situations with innovation and imagination.

Dance Workshops

Saturday workshop: Waltzing
Think you have two left feet? Not to worry—you’ll learn a simple but lovely way to glide around the dance floor with a partner in your arms.

Sunday workshop: Easy line dances
In a workshop that is back by popular demand, Angela will lead participants through a series of fun and easy line dances. Previous dance experience not required.

Student performance: Kaorihiva

Kaorihiva is Stanford's premier Polynesian-inspired dance group, and its name is a combination of the word “dance” in various Polynesian languages. Since establishing itself in the Stanford community in 2007, Kaorihiva has become a space for people to come together and celebrate Polynesian culture through dance.

Winemaker’s dinner

Memorial Day Weekend culminates in the multicourse winemaker's dinner. Once again, Chef Dave Dennis will present a memorable menu, paired to perfection with selections from this year’s featured winemaker, Madroña Vineyards.

This small family farm was the idea and inspiration of Dick and Leslie Bush back in the early 1970s. At the time, Dick, ’52, PhD ’56, wasn’t looking to start a winery—but the couple fell in love with a piece of property in the high foothills of the Sierras above Placerville, and it was there they chose to plant the family’s vineyard (at the time the highest elevation vineyard in California).

The region now touts 76 wineries, and the El Dorado appellation has become the darling of wine writers searching for the next ultra-premium wine experience. Paul and Maggie Bush, the next generation of Bushes, have propelled the vineyards and winery to the next level with a sharp focus on sustainability, the vineyards and the terroir of the region. Using 100% estate-grown grapes and organic farming, their thoughts are on the future and the unique characteristics of mountain-grown fruit.

2019 Accommodations and rates

Camp cabins and lodge rooms provide comfortable accommodations with private baths. Internet access is available throughout Camp; phones, fax and message service are available in the main lodge.

2019 rates*

One guest


Two guests


Three guests


Four guests


Additional guest (same cabin)


*Prices include lodging, all meals and all programming; tax and gratuity are not included. All members of your party must be at least 18 years of age to attend this program. Finally, while this weekend is open to all, there is a $100 surcharge for non-SAA members. To join the Stanford Alumni Association, visit the SAA membership page.

Getting here

Attendees can access Stanford Sierra Conference Center by car or by shuttle. Planning on driving? Get directions. Taking the shuttle instead? Get shuttle information.


Reservations require a $100 nonrefundable deposit with your reservation form. Only check payment is accepted, and checks should be made payable to "SAA Sierra Programs, LLC." Balance is due by April 19.


Payments will be refunded, less $100, only if written notice of cancellation is received by Friday, May 3; no refunds for cancellations will be made after May 3.


For reservation questions, contact us at (530) 542-5600 or For program questions, contact Morgan Marshall at