VNRLI Application

The application for the 2018-2019 VNRLI will be posted in early-April. Applications will be due in June. Please see the 2017-2018 schedule below for an example of what topics are covered each session. 


Session 1: September 20-22, 2017 - Shenandoah Valley: Foundational communication and dialogue skills, personal leadership habits, structured dialogue, personality styles, conventional and sustainable agriculture, water quality, and environmental justice.              

Session 2: November 15-17, 2017 - Virginia Beach: Fundamental group facilitation skills, the “Higher Ground” approach to setting group norms, conflict management styles, Chesapeake Bay water quality, fisheries, and sea level rise in coastal Virginia.                     

Session 3: January 10-12, 2018 - Richmond: Key leadership qualities, collaborative process design, group consensus, organizational cultural diversity, green economics, the ethics of advocacy lobbying, and Virginia’s Capitol.

Session 4: March 14-16, 2018 - Danville: Negotiation process preparation and practice, servant leadership, natural resources and local economies, coal ash, human/animal conflicts. 

Session 5: April 25-27, 2018 - Southwest VA: Public involvement, leadership without easy answers, rural economic development, the economics of extractive and renewable resources, coal mining reclamation, and the Clinch River regional collaboration.

Session 6: June 13-15, 2018 - Charlottesville: The “Open Space” group process, personal leadership goals, the values and ethics of leaders, plus current topics of the VNRLI class’s choice.


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Program Manager Kelly Altizer at or 434-924-6569