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Understanding “Us & Them” Power Dynamics in Groups

August 8, 2020 - August 9, 2020


9am to 5pm each day

Registration is Open!

Leadership consciousness has impact on how groups operate, how decisions are made, and whether people feel they belong. Progressive leaders espousing the value of diversity and inclusion are expected to be self-aware, sensitive, and skillful in recognizing and navigating power dynamics in cultures that feed racism and other forms of oppression, suppression, and separation. The consciousness of the leader determines the vitality of a learning community.

In this 2-day advanced training, through guided meditation, simulation, contemplation, and engagement, we create an experience that deepens understanding of the subtleties of “us and them” power dynamics and its impact on leadership, diversity, and inclusion within organizations, teams, and group life.

While group life is messy at best, in this training you will:

  • Recognize power dynamics that help and hinder group health and development;
  • Discover how you function as a leader across diverse group interests;
  • Become more sensitive to the field of inclusion and your influence, and;
  • Exchange insights that support group cohesion and synergy.

This training supports leaders, practitioners, and teachers further integrate the Mindful of Race framework into an understanding of group life. All applicants are welcomed, however, priority will be given to individuals currently working with the Mindful of Race Training and Racial Affinity Group frameworks.

Facilitators: Ruth King and Barbara E. Riley

Barbara E. Riley, Managing Partner of Chambers Group LLC, brings extensive expertise from large systems culture change initiatives, executive coaching, and leadership development. Dr. Riley is an advisor to the Mindful of Race Training Program, and believes that supporting individuals, groups and systems to challenge and eliminate the devastating impact of the “isms” (racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.) contributes to a world of peace that strives on differences. Dr. Riley, a natural contemplative, completed her doctorate at Boston University, M.S. at Smith College, and received her BA in psychology from Hofstra University.

Space is limited. Application & Pre-Requisites Apply.

Registration Details: 

Tuition: Sliding scale $650 to $350.

We appreciate you paying at the highest rate to make this training available to diverse need audiences.

Acceptance notifications will be sent by May 1st.

Full tuition is due upon acceptance into the training. You will receive payment and  cancellation details once confirmed.

Lodging is not included. Google suitable lodging options in the area.

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August 8, 2020
August 9, 2020
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Ruth King


Durango Dharma Center
1800 East 3rd Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301
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