Registration 2020-03-15T01:47:23-07:00
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We request that participants plan to be in attendance for the entire intensive to support the quality of connection, learning and trust we hope to create. Please make travel arrangements to support the following arrival and departure times. If you are flying to the intensive, please note that depending on your mode of transportation and traffic conditions, travel time between Saint Mary’s College and San Francisco Airport can range from 1-2 hrs. Travel time between Saint Mary’s and Oakland Airport can range from 30 min. to 1 1/2 hrs.

The Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive starts Sunday, July 26th, 2020.

  • On-site Registration – 3-5:30 pm
  • Dinner – 6 pm
  • Opening circle – 7 pm

The intensive ends at noon on Sunday, August 2, 2020. Lunch will be served after the intensive’s end.

Financial Contribution

Financial Assistance

The requested financial contributions for the intensive consists of two parts.

Tuition (stipends for trainers)

  • Sliding scale, $500 – $1400

Basic Expenses (room, meals, facility costs, and materials)

  • $1080 – Apartment Style Single occupancy (shared bath)
  • $1010 – Apartment Style Double occupancy (shared bath)
  • $940 – Suite Style Single occupancy (shared bath)
  • $870 – Suite Style Double occupancy (shared bath)
  • $550 – Commuter, with meal plan
  • $350 – Commuter, without meal plan

Please note: Those planning on sharing a room with a spouse, partner, or other companion must register for one double occupancy spot per person and request to room together on the registration form.

Payment schedule: We request that you pay the full amount of your Basic Expenses and Tuition at the time of registration. Payments after the initial registration can be made online through PayPal or payments via check can be mailed (see section on how to register below). If a different timing for the payments is needed, please contact us at

Refund Policy: If you cancel on or before June 18, 2020, your fees will be refunded minus a $100 administrative fee. If you cancel after June 18, 2020, your fees will be refunded (minus the $100 administrative fee) only if we can fill your spot with another participant. If we are unable to do so, your fees, minus the cost of Basic Expenses and a $100 administrative fee, will be refunded.

It is our greatest desire that all persons who want to come to The Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive be able to do so.  As part of our commitment to ensuring class diversity, we do not want access to funds to be the only barrier for attendance.  If you would like to attend this retreat and do not have funds to pay the requested contributions, please fill out a financial aid application or contact us. While it is unlikely we would be able to offer room and board assistance, we may have funds available depending on the level of contributions we receive from others.  We would like to be in dialogue with each person interested in attending to see if we can identify a combination of financial assistance, fundraising, and payment plans that would enable you to attend.

To expand the reach of the intensive, we will prioritize applicants who have not previously received financial aid to attend an NLSJ intensive.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria: financial need, potential for utilizing an NVC diversity consciousness toward social change or offering NVC to diverse communities including commitment to working with currently underserved populations.

We will be using contributions greater than the minimum to make this event as inclusive as possible.

Applications will be processed as they come in and we will let you know as soon as possible whether we’re able to meet your request. We encourage people needing financial assistance to apply early as this gives us time to assess the level of need and implement sufficient fundraising efforts. Depending on the level of need and the success of fundraising, applicants might know within a week of submitting an application or by June 30, 2020 at the latest.

Apply here: NLSJ Intensive Scholarship Application

About work-study: We don’t have a budget for work-study as such. We award financial aid based on need, and request assistance from those who are willing to assist our work in ways that they would enjoy. Such contributions of time and effort, joyfully volunteered both by people who receive financial aid and those who don’t, play a major role in keeping our costs down and increasing the amount of money available for financial aid.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our financial aid committee at

How to Register

We use Constant Contacts, a secure, online registration service to process our registrations.

  • Initial payments can be made online by credit card or via PayPal at the time of registration. Subsequent payments can be made via credit card or via PayPal HERE.
  • For payment by check, and for any questions regarding registration and payment, please contact us at

Registration Practice to Support Racial Diversity: The NLSJ training team has set a goal of maximizing the percentage of People of Color (POC) in attendance at this year’s intensive. The strategy we have come up with for this year’s intensive is to experiment with aiming for a ratio of 60% POC/40% white-identified. READ MORE about our reasons for implementing this practice.

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We are committed to making The Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive accessible to those who do not currently have financial resources to contribute the requested amount for tuition or room and board. Some of our participants have been able to raise funds to support their attendance from their community. Others come from communities that simply do not have access to any disposable income to support the participant’s attendance, no matter how much they value and need the skills the participant will learn.

We dearly want the consciousness, healing and skills we are offering to be available to everyone, especially to those who could benefit from the increase in internal resources this training can produce. Your gift is essential in making this work possible. It helps to cover the costs of room and board for participants, and helps to make it possible for the trainers to continue doing this work (in previous years, some trainers have received little or no income in order to support inclusivity).

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support our work and inclusivity at the intensive, you can do so right now at Network for Good by clicking here:

Important:  Please email us to let us know if you donate through our website or by check so we can track your gift and express our thanks.  If you do not email us to let us know, the funds may not be tracked correctly and may go to BayNVC’s general fund rather than be specifically allocated to support the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive.

You can also make your tax-deductible donation by check. Write you check payable to BayNVC, and write Donation – NLSJ on the memo line of your check. Please mail that check to BayNVC at PO Box 22872  Oakland, CA 94609.