VNRLI Application

The application period for the 2018-2019 VNRLI is now closed. The 2019-2020 application will be posted in Spring, 2019. We encourage interested participants to consider our regional session option (you can learn more here). 

Tuition for the 2018-2019 VNRLI is $3,250. Limited scholarship assistance is available (please see the application for more information). 


Session 1: September 26-28, 2018 - Shenandoah National Park: Foundational communication and dialogue skills, personal leadership habits, structured dialogue, personality styles, conventional and sustainable agriculture, water quality, mindfulness for leadership, and environmental justice.              

Session 2: November 7-9, 2018 - Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula: 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 9-11, 2019 - Richmond: Key leadership qualities, collaborative process design, group consensus, organizational cultural diversity, mindfulness for leadership, green economics, the ethics of advocacy lobbying, and Virginia’s Capitol.

Session 4: March 6-8, 2019 - Danville: Negotiation process preparation and practice, servant leadership, natural resources and local economies, coal ash, human/animal conflicts. 

Session 5: April 17-19, 2019 - 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 5-7, 2019 - Charlottesville: The “Open Space” group process, personal leadership goals, the values and ethics of leaders, plus current topics of the VNRLI class’s choice.

Scholarship Assistance

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for the tuition fee, not including the non-refundable registraition deposit of $300. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please attach a letter indicating your need for financial assistance and the amount you are requesting (maximum of $2950). All requests for assitance are confidential. Scholarships are not available to cover lodging or travel costs. 


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