Training FAQs

We have assembled a list of some Frequently Asked Questions to provide you with further information about our trainings. If your questions are not answered here, please contact Ronald Pineda at (510) 251-2500 x 115, or at

When is the next training? Check out our Schedule of Trainings.

I don’t see a date in the schedule of trainings that works for me. How can I learn about future dates? You can sign up for our newsletter, or contact Ronald Pineda at (510) 251-2500 x 115, or at

Where are the trainings held? Visit our Training Sites page for information about our beautiful training locations. You can see addresses and transportation options there as well.

I’m an individual activist. Is the Art of Leadership only for leaders of organizations? Leadership, to Rockwood, is about aligning and inspiring others towards common goals. So whether you are an Executive Director, Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur, Artist, Writer or Consultant, you are welcome to apply to the Art of Leadership!

How much is the tuition? Rockwood trainings are offered on a sliding scale basis. To determine your sliding scale tuition, review the charts on the tuition page or go directly to the online application form to answer one of the questions in the “Tuition” section of the the form. If you are not affiliated with a specific organization, the cost of the tuition is $3000. Contact us for more information.

Do you offer payment plans? Yes! Please contact to discuss payment plan options.

I really want to go, but I need to convince my boss that the training is worth the time and money. Any tips? Graduates of Rockwood’s trainings consistently tell us that they return to their work feeling affirmed about their purpose, and their strengths, which in turn transforms their organization.

According to a third party evaluation Rockwood conducted in 2009, our trainings increase feelings of satisfaction and job effectiveness, deepen leaders’ partnership skills, and give alums a better understanding of their leadership style.

Also, you can review organizations who have sent their staff to Rockwood on our network map here. You will be joining a network of local, regional, state and national social change organizations across the country.

How have past alum raised, or found funds to attend? Past participants have contacted their organization’s foundations to apply for discretionary or capacity building funding. Please check out our Raising Resources page for a sample fundraising letter and more support.

I’m having technical trouble applying. We’re sorry about that. Please contact our Ronald Pineda at (510) 251-2500 x 115, or at

Do I have to be present for the entire training? We have an agenda full of rich curriculum, and ask that you be present for the entire training from beginning to end. Please view our schedule of trainings to find the best time to invest in your vision, power and purpose.

Do I have to stay on-site during the trainings? Based on the feedback we’ve received, people have the best experience when they stay on-site for the duration of the entire training. It allows them to build community with other participants at meals and in the evening hours. For this reason, we require participants to stay on-site at the retreat center rather than commute to the training.

Can I request a single room? Yes, you may request a single room. There is an extra fee of $50-100 per night for single rooms. Depending on site availability, we will do our best to accommodate requests for single rooms but are limited by the capacity at the sites. We have heard from our participants that having a roommate is an important part in building relationships with other leaders at the training. We try our best to pair roommates with similar interests to help ensure a meaningful experience. If you have specific needs for your room, please let us know.

What should I bring to the training? Everything you need for a several night stay in a nice facility. This might include: • sturdy, flat-soled shoes • comfortable clothes and raingear depending on the weather • journal and/or book • CDs or iPods full of upbeat music you love • earplugs (in case you’re a light sleeper and your roommate happens to snore) • toiletries • cell phone or calling card • an alarm clock

What if I need to cancel at the last minute? Please see our Transfer/Cancellation Policy for more information.

I’m not really a group person. Can I work with someone one-on-one instead of going to the training? In addition to professional coaching provided by our trainers, Rockwood's team includes our affiliate coaches who bring strong expertise in Rockwood's approach to leadership and many years of experience coaching progressive nonprofit leaders. Please contact us for more information on coaching.

I have more questions. Do you have a real human I can talk to? Yes! You can chat with Ronald Pineda at (510) 251-2500 x 115, or email him at

Frequently Used Training Sites
Information about our frequently used training sites, including address and transportation options.