Right Use of Power: A Weekend Training w/Dr. Peg Syverson

Mako Voelkel

June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am – June 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

“Right use of power is one of the most crucial needs of our time and one of the greatest challenges we face in leadership and personal development. We have the capacity for wisdom, skillfulness, and service in the use of our power. Yet we have all been wounded by misuses and abuses of power by those in positions of trust, and we have also inevitably misused or underused our own power.”  – Cedar Barstow

Right Use of Power is a dynamic way to explore issues of ethics and power, both personal and professional. This study can be profoundly restorative and empowering. This approach brings heart and soul to ethics, and builds sensitivity and awareness to the use of power and influence.

Peace, harmony, and a life-sustaining world depend on the appropriate understanding and use of power, not only by our leaders, but by every one of us. Power is the ability to have an effect or an influence. Every single person has power, but the wise use of our power is not simply a matter of good intentions. We must learn and practice how to use our power skillfully. The right use of power is relational, compassionate, and proactive. We will learn about the four dimensions of the right use of power:  

  • being informed,
  • being compassionate,
  • being connected,
  • being skillful.

Empowering, relevant and dynamic, this 2-day workshop will be an introduction to this engaging and experiential teaching presented through lecture, discussion, and experiential practice of the Right Use of Power model.

Two days: Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10

10am – 6pm each day

12 CE contact hours  

Peg Syverson is the founding teacher of the Appamada Zen Center in Austin. She began her study and practice of Zen in 1966, and is an Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Texas at Austin, in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Her Zen training includes study under Joko Beck from 1990-2011, with Flint Sparks from 2001 to 2006, and being in residence at Austin Zen Center and at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon. She ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2004, and received dharma transmission in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki with Kosho McCall in 2014. At the University of Texas, Peg taught courses in Zen Rhetoric, Non-violent Rhetoric, Information Architecture, and Knowledge Ecologies, for undergraduates and graduate students. She was also the UT Director of the Computer Writing and Research Lab and the Undergraduate Writing Center, which provides one-on-one consultations for 11,000 student writers each year. She is one of three certified Teacher Trainers in Right Use of Power, and has been trained and certified in Appreciative Inquiry, Spiral Dynamics, Internal Family Systems, and Hakomi, a psychotherapeutic model described as assisted self-study in mindfulness. 

Tuition:$350/non-members; by donation-only for current AZC members

Includes all training materials

Register HERE by June 6th. 

Please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. No-shows will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee, regardless of membership status.

WATCH: Webinar of Cedar Barstow’s Introduction to RUoP