The Virtual Art of Leadership

Transform yourself and your leadership wherever you are

Unlock Joyous and Effective Leadership, at Your Own pace

For 20 years, Rockwood has provided transformative leadership development training to over 7,000 social change leaders and activists all over the world. Now, we’ve adapted and updated that curriculum to allow you to experience “Rockwood magic” online.

Based on the Art of Leadership, these virtual trainings combine self-paced reading and reflection, live facilitated discussions, and small group interaction to help you explore and expand your capacity to inspire and align others.

Rockwood’s virtual trainings will provide you with…

Concrete Learnings

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.

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.

Training Details

To foster deep learning within an online setting, the Virtual Art of Leadership blends various modalities to allow you to engage with your own inner wisdom, the material, and with other leaders.  In addition, we offer two formats so you can find a training that works best for your schedule. Both formats include live facilitation via Zoom, self-paced work like personal journaling/reflection and solo reading, discussion forum participation, and pair/small group work to connect and build community with those in your cohort.

The 5-day VAOL takes place over the course of a single week. Each day will include a 2-hour live Zoom session in the morning, a 1-hour break, and a 2-hour live Zoom session in the afternoon (Pacific time unless otherwise noted ). Please note that this schedule is subject to change as we continue to respond to the needs brought on by COVID-19 and prioritize the health and wellness of participants. If you are interested in participating in a 5-day VAOL, we ask that you block off the entire week until we’re able to share a finalized schedule with you.

The 6-week VAOL will involve 4-6 hours of time commitment weekly, 2 hours of which will be on Zoom for live facilitation and discussion plus 2 hours of asynchronous work. Some weeks will include self-scheduled pair/trio/small group work outside of the live discussion.

Week 1: Community Building, Power, and Purpose​

  • Mon: Meet & Greet + Tech Orientation
  • Wed: Zoom Call 1 – Community Building and Power​
  • Fri: Zoom Call 2 – Purpose​

Week 2: Personal Ecology​
Week 3: Partnership Part 1 and Performance​
Week 4: Resilience​
Week 5: Personal Ecology​
Week 6: Partnership Part 2, Leading Forward, and Closing

*To learn in more detail about the overview and times of the live sessions, you can download the participant agenda here.

What People Say About The Art Of Leadership

The Virtual Art of Leadership provided me with concepts, information, and tools to clarify my purpose and vision... so I can operate from power that I have. I was also enriched by connecting with so many strong and wise people working on important challenges.

Christine FletcherThe Inner Activist

Rockwood re-grounded me in why I do this work and HOW I want to be doing it, even in times of unprecedented external urgency.

Regina ClementeMovement Voter Project

Rockwood created a safe space to dream about what it would look like if I was fully committed to my own well being and for that I am beyond grateful.

Alison CorwinLife Coach

The Art of Leadership is the most valuable professional training in which I've participated. It strikes the right balance of focus on the personal and professional in service to creating a more just planet.

Carmen Lopez-WilsonThornburg Foundation

I’m convinced that these are the leadership skills that are needed to lead us to more powerful and interconnected movements for social justice.

Ellen LiuMs. Foundation for Women

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Virtual Art of Leadership be taking the place of Art of Leadership (on-site)?

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Virtual Art of Leadership is the only version of the Art of Leadership training Rockwood is offering at this time. We continue to make programmatic decisions that meet the needs of our community and are in accordance with up-to-date safety and health guidelines so that we can offer on-site trainings as soon as it’s safe to do so.

What are the tech requirements to participate?

  • Stable internet connection
  • Computer (preferred), and/or supported tablet or mobile device
  • Microphone and headset
  • Webcam

Will live sessions be recorded?

Our hope is that all participants will attend live; however, we understand that life happens. While live sessions will not be recorded for the confidentiality of our participants, participants who are unable to attend any live portion may schedule office hours with one of our trainers to review what was missed.


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.





All for-profit companies, foundations with assets over $10 million, AND nonprofits with budgets over $10 million

Foundations with assets less than $10 million, AND nonprofits with budgets between $4 million and $9,999,999

Nonprofits with budgets between $1 million and $3,999,999, government, and unaffiliated individuals

Nonprofits with budgets under $999,999

If you are able, we invite you to donate back to Rockwood the price difference between the on-site and virtual training to redistribute resources and make Rockwood accessible to all leaders. Please email if you are able to invest in and cultivate our collective interdependence.

Ready to start your
leadership journey?

If you need support in deciding if this is the best fit for you, or have any questions, please contact us at (510) 251-2500 ext. 129, or