Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics

Dr. Cedar Barstow

October 29–31, 2021

Tuition + 2 nights
Sliding scale tuition


The right use of power comes from knowing how to conduct ourselves ethically in any situation. Too often we fail to recognize or exercise our power skillfully. Both under using and over using power can be harmful to ourselves and others, so it is critical to examine one’s relationship to power.

What You’ll Learn

In this program, you’ll learn a useful framework for understanding power and how to apply it in life. Through talks, discussions and interactive practices, you will:

  • Create your unique power-profile
  • Explore the special dynamics in relationships where there is a power difference
  • Practice an effective five-step process for resolving issues and repairing torn connections
  • Increase your skills for giving and receiving feedback in nourishing and supportive ways
  • Gain more awareness of your impact on others

You will engage in activities that help you stand in your strength while staying in your heart. You’ll learn how to exercise your power skillfully in various situations and relationships, whether you are in a high-power position or not.

Note: You will receive a copy of The Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics—A Guide and Resource for Professional Relationships.

Tuition is $100 with sliding scale options, plus lodging. Click here to learn more about Financial Assistance and Scholarships.

“When the responsiveness of our power is guided by loving concern for the well-being of all, we will have an ethical and sustainable world. Power directed by Heart. Heart infused with power. This is the key to right use of power.” Dr. Cedar Barstow

What People Say About Right Use of Power

“I have an increased awareness of the more subtle ways in which power and influence are exercised.”

“For the first time, I was able to explore personal experiences about ethical issues in a safe, caring environment.”

“Thanks. This was a wonderful, powerful experience. I wish you could do this training the world over.”  — Robert Andrews, Houston

“Right Relations is a concept that ought to be foundational for living the interdependent web of world community. Wise and accountable use of power is central to Right Relations. Cedar beautifully invites and instructs us in this journey that is both personal and internal as well as communal.”  — Rev. Dr. Marni Harmony UU minister

“Knowing about the difference between intention and impact will be so helpful to me…in all my relationships.”

“I now have a greater awareness of my responsibility and had an opportunity to assess my vulnerabilities in terms of ethics.”

“My whole idea of professional ethics was broadened and deepened through seeing ethics in the larger context of right use of power. Personally, I studied my relationship with power, my wounds around power, and how I use power. This was engaging, surprising, and helpful.”


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About the Instructor

Dr. Cedar Barstow

Dr. Cedar Barstow is passionate about saying yes to power and using it wisely and well.  She is the author, founder, and director of Right Use of Power Institute, a consultant and teacher in practical and embodied ethics, a Hakomi psychotherapist, and a 30-year member of the faculty of the Hakomi Institute.  She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.