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Unlock Joyous & Effective Leadership

Change yourself, your community, and the world.

Applications for Art of Leadership are rolling in and waitlists are opening soon! We are so grateful to be considered a resource. To nurture care in Rockwood’s in-person trainings, we’ve updated Public Programs Policies – check them out!

Concrete Skills

Learn and practice key skills, like having difficult conversations, dealing with stress and challenging emotions, partnering with others across issue areas, and planning for large and small projects.

Space to Slow Down

Allow yourself to be completely present and focused on connecting with yourself and your work, while in a caring, supportive community, and a beautiful, relaxing natural setting.

Supportive Community

You are not alone. Connect deeply with people in your movement, in other issue areas, even outside of the nonprofit sector, and leave with a new definition of community.

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Training Details

Each section of the training focuses on one of Rockwood’s 6 core practices. Through guided meditation, small group exercises, games, and deep reflection, you’ll be introduced to each, and learn ways to bring them into to your daily life:


To live and lead from that which gives our life meaning


To shift from reactivity to a state of resourcefulness in moments of stress and crisis


To create and articulate a clear and compelling picture of our desired future


To enhance our capacity to produce results that further our vision


To build and maintain strong interdependent relationships that advance our vision


To maintain balance, pacing, and efficiency to sustain our energy over a lifetime

“Who can attend the Art of Leadership?”

The word leader is traditionally associated with executives and manager, but at Rockwood, we believe everyone can lead. The ability to inspire and align others is essential in every role, and at every level.

That’s why our trainings are open to anyone who’s interested in deepening and strengthening their leadership skills. The only pre-requisites are a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, to give and receive feedback on their strengths and learning edges, and to learn with and from others.

Affinity-Based Trainings

Experience the Art of Leadership with leaders in Affinity-Based spaces:

Women and Femmes of Color

For women* leaders of color engaged in racial justice issue areas like reproductive justice, education, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and indigenous communities.


Leaders of Color

For leaders of color committed to racial justice and/or have a racial justice framework in their work, advocacy, philanthropy, or organizing.


Philanthropic Leaders

For foundation executives & board members, program officers, donors, corporate sponsors, and other leaders leveraging financial resources for social good.


* trans, cis, and gender-nonconforming women, and nonbinary individuals.


The Art of Leadership is more like a retreat than a training. It unfolds over 5 days in a beautiful, natural setting, with all meals and snacks taken care of so you can focus completely on yourself and your leadership.

3:00 PM Introductions & Overview of Program
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Overview of Purpose as the foundation of leadership
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Overview of Vision: Communicating our vision as leaders, presentation, listening and feedback skills
12:30 PM  Lunch
2:00 PM
Vision continued, and Overview of Performance: 360-degree feedback assessment review and analysis; action planning on survey results
6:00 PM Dinner & Evening Off
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM
Overview of Resilience and emotional intelligence: Creating results as a leader through managing leadership posture and monitoring impact; Taking responsibility for managing state of being
12:30 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Overview of Partnership: Exploring the intersections between personal and collaborative power, active listening, social identity storytelling, and authentic dialogue as they relate to effective leadership
6:00 PM Dinner & Evening Off
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Overview of Personal Ecology
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Partnership continued: Courageous Conversations and Collaborative Conversations
6:00 PM Dinner
7:15 PM Group Activity
8:00 PM Party!
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Revisiting Vision and Leading Forward, Closing Circle
12:30 PM Lunch


Rockwood helped me put a voice on the kind of leader I am and want to be.

Xiomara CorpeñoCapacity-Building Organizer, Groundswell Fund

Rockwood does more than train leaders, it transforms the lives of those committed to transform the world.

Mahsea EvansYouth and Young Adults Ministries Director, St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Just getting your body into a seat at Rockwood feels like an incredible step forward.

Wendy LevyExecutive Director, NAMAC

I feel more confident in my abilities as a leader, and am making course adjustments in communicating with colleagues.

Carlos SandovalPresident, Camino Bluff Productions


Rockwood uses a sliding scale structure to ensure that leaders facing disproportionate and compounded devastation in this pandemic—specifically Black, Indigenous, Latinx, API/A, low-income, undocumented, disabled, LGBQTI+, and rural-based communities—can tap into their full power and resilience.





Redistribution Rate

For organizations with annual budgets over $10 million

For foundations with assets over $10 million

Sustainability Rate

For organizations with annual budgets between $4 – 9.9 million

For foundations with assets  under $9.9 million

Base Rate

For organizations with annual budgets between $1- 3.9 million

For individuals sponsoring themselves or unaffiliated with an organization

Solidarity Rate

For organizations with annual budgets  under $999,000

Ready to become a more joyous & effective leader?

Questions? Contact us at (510) 251-2500 ext. 129, or


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