Build Better Leaders, Stronger Teams & Smarter Strategies
Sugar Lake Lodge serves as a fully customizable destination retreat venue in Minnesota for teams, organizations, and groups to gather in an environment that’s conducive to creative thinking, distraction-free learning, and transformational leadership development. With a serene backdrop of Sugar Lake’s crystal-blue waters, on-site programs/resources, spacious indoor/outdoor meeting spaces, and exceptional amenities including cozy lodging and delicious catering, Sugar Lake Lodge has everything your team needs to recharge and refocus. What makes us unique, you ask? Our secret sauce is our custom retreat architecture process; our leadership experts will help you plan an event from the ground up that aligns your goals with the outcomes.
“Sugar Lake Lodge provides the distinct characteristic of ‘clarity’ Groups have been coming here for years to get their future leaders, teams, and new employees out of the office and into a creative mindset. Our ability to partner with leading facilitators makes us a true destination for one of our most precious values: collaboration.”
– Abby Oxborough, Director of Leadership Programming at Sugar Lake Lodge
Imagine a corporate retreat venue that actually cares about you. Take strategic planning outside of the boardroom to focus on your organization’s priorities.
Accelerate innovative and creative thinking in an authentic northern Minnesota environment. Bring your group together for a fully customizable, multi-day event that leaves attendees feeling refreshed.
Gone are the days of shuffling in and out of cookie-cutter conference centers. Connect in an inspirational conference venue that’s surrounded by nature.
Skills for Success: Our Specialty Programs
Sugar Lake Lodge is proud to offer cutting-edge development programs at an all-inclusive facility. We partner with leading facilitators and leadership experts who bring world-class knowledge and resources to your event.
Host a meaningful leadership retreat. Experience immediate impact with enhanced management skills and solutions applicable to the workplace and home life. Elevate your leaders with influential development programs such as Prouty L3 and Camp Collaboration.
We wholeheartedly subscribe to the experiential learning model where doing is learning, and the lessons are actually useful. With activities like a high ropes course session or The Breakout Box, choose from various results-driven teambuilding programs.
“…at the heart of the BCLP process is a community conversation. That is allowed to flourish because you and your staff make sure everything else is working at peak. We could do the program anywhere, I suppose, but I would argue not as well as when we are at Sugar Lake.“
— Victor Klimoski – BCLP Trainer
when done properly, serve as a springboard for empowering and connecting your most valuable assets: team members. With a variety of proven training programs available, a retreat at Sugar Lake Lodge will unify your team, improve communication, increase productivity, and so much more.
We’ve developed a professional retreat experience
designed to transform groups by focusing on our four key elements:
Strengthen Team Bonds
“I love inside jokes. I’d love to be part of one someday.”
-Michael Scott, The Office.
Is your team on a first-name basis? A recent Gallup poll showed that engaged teams are 21% more likely to be profitable. Teams who are more closely connected are less likely to experience turnover and show up with more passion, purpose, and energy. Learn about our team bonding activities and start your overnight retreat off on the right foot.
Productivity Disguised in Fun
Build a retreat that gives you the freedom to hold a brainstorming session around the lakeside bonfire pit or roll out your strategic plan in the Leader’s Lounge. As a nontraditional Minnesota retreat center, you’ll find every inch of Sugar Lake Lodge to be an idea-generating hotspot.
What People Are Saying About Our Leadership Services
"Fred and Abby went out of their way to make sure our team was taken care of. The site is an excellent venue for corporate retreats. The rooms are updated, the lodge is pristine, the grounds are beautiful, and the golf course and lake are stunning."
“I was at Sugar Lake Lodge for an HR conference last week. The staff here is beyond attentive to every need. I highly recommend spending a few days here. An especially beautiful place for a fall getaway!”
“We are so elated about the success of our CHIPS Conference held in your resort. The conference is a very important event for our organization, and it wouldn’t have been as successful without the excellent food and courteousness of your staff. The large conference room was nice, and it was great that it had windows. Thank you for making the event a complete success. We will refer other organizations as well. We look forward to working with you in the future.”