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.
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.