Art of Collaborative Leadership for Social Change Leaders in Israel

“In 2009 I had the great good fortune to visit Israel on a study tour.  One evening over dinner, I remember listening to a panel of women speaking about their work in creating a just and equitable society.  When asked what she needed in order to support her work, one woman said: 'We need something like Rockwood here – something that will allow us to restore and renew ourselves!'…” Akaya Windwood, Rockwood President

In 2010, Rockwood was invited by progressive leaders in Israel to bring the Art of Collaborative Leadership to people working on a wide range of issues and sectors. We support those working for full equality for all peoples in Israel and for a fair civil society. Rockwood stands with those working to end the Occupation and the oppression of Palestinians.

In partnership with Shatil, Rockwood Leadership Institute is proud to announce the third cohort of a unique program to support social change leaders in Israel.

Art of Collaborative Leadership

The Art of Collaborative Leadership is an intensive five-day retreat workshop in which participants will hone skills related to articulating vision, managing difficult conversations, and identifying personal leadership strengths and challenges.  A unique leadership training experience, the Art of Collaborative Leadership provides NGO leaders with:

  • An opportunity for reflection and introspection to explore the personal, professional, emotional and ideological aspects of leadership.
  • A learning community to practice vital tools such as active listening, speaking in public, providing and receiving feedback, building partnerships and conducting “courageous” conversations.
  • A safe space for reflection, learning and exploring social tensions, building trust and openness amongst participants and with the trainers.
  • A beautiful retreat setting in the desert, away from everyday tasks and concerns to recharge batteries, network with colleagues and fellow leaders.

“There is not a day that goes by that I'm not using or reflecting upon something that I learned in Rockwood. I have gained a treasure chest of new skills and understandings about the way I approach my life and my work, and most importantly some of the best friends and most trusted mentors and colleagues that I know will support me forever.” –Rockwood Alumna

Key Skills

  • Deal more effectively with leadership challenges
  • Manage relationships to increase personal and organizational effectiveness
  • Sharpen and sustain compelling visions for your work
  • Inspire and align others to work effectively towards common goals
  • Increase sustainability and engage with tools to prevent burnout

Participant Criteria

Rockwood's optimal criteria for enrollment in Art of Collaborative Leadership include a cohort of leaders who:
  • Are engaged in social change work in Israel for at least 5 years – including Executive Directors, Board members, etc.
  • Play a decision-making/leadership role within their organization.
  • Can benefit from the skills offered and have space for reflection at this point in their professional lives.
  • Have experience with cross-strategy collaboration and desire to strengthen such work
  • Are open to contribute respectfully to a multicultural learning community that reflects a diversity of issues, strategies, geography and community foci
  • Will make the full time commitment to the program


    José Acevedo

    José is president of New World Consulting and an expert in the development of leadership skills and the creation of high-performing organizations. José has spent the last 25 years working with a broad range of organizations to help them function innovatively in pursuit of specific mission-critical results.

    Toby Lynn Herzlich

    Toby is a facilitator and trainer with a background in community development, organizational excellence, conflict resolution and participatory strategic planning. Her work focuses on developing leadership within progressive nonprofits, supporting values-based planning in grassroots organizations and cultivating visionary leadership among women.

    Advisory Committee

    • Gahda Abu-Jaber-Nijem, Organizational Development and Evaluation consultant
    • Ariela Be'ery-Ben Ishay, Organizational Development consultant and group facilitator
    • Dafna Golan, Director of the Academy-Community Partnership
    • Michal Lester-Levi, Center for Lay Leadership, JDC
    • Fathi Marshood, Director of the Shatil Haifa office
    • Hagit Schacher, Director of Center for Leadership Development, Shatil


    The actual value of the program is approximately 18,300nis per person. As this program is generously supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Social Justice Fund, Rockwood requests a nominal participant fee of 1500nis per person. Payment may be made online with a credit card, or through a wire transfer to Rockwood. Discounts and stipends available on a case-by-case basis.

    How to Apply

    We are not currently accepting applications for this program. Please sign up for the Rockwood newsletter (sign-up form located at top right of this page) or check back for updates. To download a pdf flier about the Art of Collaborative Leadership for Social Change Leaders in Israel, click here.

    Please note: For Israel alumni, Rockwood will be offering a separate training entitled "Strengthening the Practice: Art of Leadership Refresher." This is a 2-day residential course designed exclusively for Rockwood's alumni of the Art of Leadership and Art of Collaborative Leadership to support leaders to reconnect with the practices of Purpose, Resilience, and Partnership. Click here to learn more about Strengthening the Practice: Art of Leadership Refresher. 

    For more information about Art of Collaborative Leadership and Strengthening the Practice: Art of Leadership Refresher, please contact:

    Hamutal Gouri

    Project Coordinator in Israel
    Tel. 972-525601859
    Cell: 052-5601859
    Fax: 0776425115

    Stacy Kono
    Program Director in USA
    Tel. 510-251-2500 x113
    Fax: 510-251-2526

    Social Justice Fund