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Core Training - August 2023

27aug10:00 am2:00 pmCore Training - August 2023Virtual (4 days, 4 hours/day)

Power With Heart, Core Training,

Event Details

Note: This round of online Core Training meets from 10 am-2 pm MST over four days: August 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th, 2023.

Core Training in August 2023

Right Use of Power™ is a dynamic, inspiring, and relational approach to the ethical use of power to promote well-being, the common good and right relationship. We share a language and framework for understanding and navigating power with strength AND heart.

The Right Use of Power™ approach is a conscious ethics deep-dive and recognizes that the issues of power in relationships are complex. Our Right Use of Power™ programs focus on increasing skillfulness, engagement, and awareness in uses of power. It is ethics from the inside out.

Our Core Training is a live, online global learning experience for people who want to deepen their understanding of their personal and role power, and have more skill in navigating their personal and professional relationships. Empowering, relevant, and dynamic, our program is presented through engaging presentations, facilitated discussions, and experiential practices.

In our Core Training, you will:

  • Learn side-by-side with people around the world in a connecting and conscious environment.
  • Gain a better understanding of the nuances of power which creates more room for complexity in our relationships.
  • Gain awareness about your power style and power parameters.
  • Explore role power differentials and learn how to handle challenging interactions when there is a power difference.
  • Understand the importance of feedback and the difference between intention and impact.
  • Start to understand the shadow aspects of power and how we can work with them.

After our trainings, participants have said they can now:

  • Be more ethically proactive around power dynamics.
  • Engage their personal power with more awareness and presence.
  • Be more aware of the shadow aspects of power.
  • Lean into conflict with more skill and awareness of power.


Core Training Series:

4 Days (4 hours per day, including 30 min break)

Time: 10 am-2:00 pm MDT (Denver/United States) each day
(Due to the complexity of the time zones, we are only sharing the Mountain Time Zone. Click here to see the hours in your own time zone)


  • Saturday, October 20th
  • Sunday, October 21st
  • Saturday, October 23rd
  • Sunday, October 24th

Cost: $400
$200 for those retaking the Core Training

NOTE: You have to login to the site before you can purchase your ticket below. You can choose the free membership (you will never be charged) or you can choose the paid plan and get 10% off this training! That is a savings of $35!

Resources for this program:

  • You will need to purchase the textbook by Dr. Barstow for this training: Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics – $24 (If you live in a country outside of the United States, we recommend purchasing the digital version of the book or purchasing from Amazon).
  • Handouts will be sent with a link to access, download or print ahead of time.
  • You will get access to an information course that includes a discussion group with your cohort mates. We recommend going through the course information prior to the training.
  • This training takes place over the Zoom platform. Zoom is accessible through video and audio wifi and through phone call-in. We recommend downloading the Zoom application and making sure that you have the most updated version.

We are dedicated to making our training programs and events accessible to all those who wish to participate. Please let us know if you would benefit from any additional learning accommodations.Additional Details:


Continuing Education Credits (CEUs):

  • The Right Use of Power Institute™ is an NBCC – Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPtm) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program (NBCC Provider #6736).

There is an additional $20 purchase fee for CE documentation. (Please add this to your total using the “custom amount” option.)

  • The Right Use of Power Institute™ is an ICF – Approved Continuing Education Provider. Our Core Program has received a total of 12 CEU credits: 
  • 9 credits in: Core Competencies
  • 3 credits in: Resource Development

There is an additional $20 purchase fee for CE documentation. (Please add this to your total using the “custom amount” option.)

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

  • Full refund minus a $50 handling fee available up to 2 weeks before the first day of training OR
  • A voucher for the full amount paid for a future training available up to 1 week before the first day of training


We’re happy to answer them!

Email us at:

[email protected] for any questions regarding our training programs.

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Meeting Time

(Sunday) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm(GMT-06:00) View in my time

Virtual Event Details

Our Right Use of Power Core Training for the Summer of 2022 cohort has ended. Please look for our next cohort, coming in the Fall of 2022.

Speakers for this event

  • Dr. Amanda Aguilera

    Dr. Amanda Aguilera

    RUPI Co-Executive Director

    Driven by core values of curiosity, courage, and connection, Amanda’s personal mission is to be courageous in the service of reducing and repairing harm in relationships and promoting the cultural shift toward Power-and-Equity Consciousness, conflict positivity and conflict competency. Amanda is the Founder of Restorative Integration and Senior Director of Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community at Naropa University where she currently supports students, faculty, and staff in critical consciousness raising, understanding power dynamics and expanding capacity for difficult conversations. After graduating from the Contemplative Psychotherapy Buddhist Psychology Masters program at Naropa in 2008, Amanda has served her communities in multiple ways as a therapist and restorative practices advocate and trainer. Amanda has facilitated hundreds of restorative processes and has been training groups in restorative practices, conflict resolution and difficult conversations for more than ten years. She is also an Advanced Teacher Trainer, consultant and advisor for the Right Use of Power Institute. Her Doctorate of Psychology focused on the dynamics of shame and power in the justice system and she continues to focus her research on the intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences of power dynamics, including the integration of neurobiology and restorative practices as they relate to power differentials.

    RUPI Co-Executive Director

  • Dr. Cedar Barstow

    Dr. Cedar Barstow

    RUPI Founder & Co-Executive Director

    Cedar has been passionate about working with issues of power and ethics for 25 years. She believes that embodied learning—learning from the inside out—is both the most engaging and the most effective way of learning. She has been surprised at how many experiential processes can be adapted to virtual formatting. She loves teaching, developing programs, and helping to guide the growth and reach of RUPI. One of RUPI’s foci for the next few years is increasing diversity and contributing to social justice—which, of course, is a right use of power. She is also a Trainer with the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy organization. She lives with her husband, Ren, in a co-op home in Boulder, CO.


    RUPI Founder & Co-Executive Director

  • Susaj Skjei

    Susaj Skjei

    SUSAN SKJEI, PH.D., ​is a Faculty Member for RUPI and teaches in the Core and Teacher Training programs. Over the last 25 years Susan has worked with thousands of leaders in the US, Canada and Europe to cultivate mindfulness and authenticity, strengthen relational, coaching and strategic skills, and effectively lead the changes they want to see in their organizations and in the world.  She has a unique ability to create energetic and high trust learning environments that accelerate the achievement of practical organizational results while building strong, collaborative relationships.  Formerly a Vice-President and Chief Learning Officer in the technology sector and an international consultant, she was also the founder and Director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University.  Susan has a Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organization Systems, a Master of Science degree from American University/NTL in Human Resource Development and a certificate in Change Management from Cornell University.  She enjoys hiking, biking and watercolor painting.  

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