Strengthening the Practice

An Art of Leadership Refresher Program

"The training was wonderful. It was great to intentionally review the practices that we worked on in the Art of Leadership. It helped me gain new perspectives and really nail down the practices with a new group of people."

- Ruthie Dineen, Deputy Director of Programs, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Designed exclusively for alum of Rockwood's Art of Leadership, Fellowships and Leading from the Inside Out programs, this residential refresher course and virtual training program reconnects nonprofit and social change leaders with the practices of Purpose, Resilience, Partnership, and Personal Ecology.

Upcoming Refresher Programs:

Please check back in early 2016 for program offerings.

After Strengthening the Practice, you can expect to:

  • Be reconnected with your purpose and learn practices to help you stay connected to it over time.

  • Gain tools to increase your resilience in moments of stress and conflict.

  • Be more confident in your courageous conversations.

  • Have a peer support partner for continued learning.

  • Receive three months of weekly emails with exercises to help you strengthen your leadership.

"The Refresher re-energized and re-focused me on what I am doing well and what I could improve in terms of leadership practice. I felt like I could apply many of the tools to my current challenges."

Strengthening the Practice is:

  • An overnight, 24-hour retreat held in a beautiful retreat setting. The session begins at 1 PM on the first day, and ends at 1 PM on the second day.

  • An intimate learning community of Rockwood alum limited to 24-30 nonprofit and social change leaders

Training Curriculum

  • Weekly practice emails help you integrate the tools and ideas from the Art of Leadership into your workweek.


Typically, it costs Rockwood around $1,000 per participant to produce a Strengthening the Practice Program. Room and board fee at Westerbeke Ranch is $225 for one night. We offer the following sliding scale for tuition fees to make the program as accessible as possible to nonprofit leaders.

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 If your organization's annual budget is
Refresher Tuition
 $1,000,000-$1,999,999  $575
 $500,000-$999,999  $375
 $0<$500,000  $275

The tuition fee for foundation staff is $775. Tuition for individuals who are not associated with a nonprofit at this time is $575.

If you have any questions, please review our FAQs, or contact our Senior Enrollment Coordinator, Ronald Pineda at (510) 251-2500 x 115, or

Pond photo courtesy of Westerbeke Ranch.