The Enneagram Center for Transformation and Change
|Enneagram Center for Transformation and Change
South Portland, Maine 04106
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The Enneagram Center for Transformation and Change. All rights reserved.
Introduction to the Enneagram: Understanding the Nine Types
This course identifies the psychological and emotional structure of each Type, describes their path of
integration and disintegration, and identifies the specific differences between Types. The Enneagram
precisely shows how each Type has a unique journey to their transformation and alleviation of addiction
behaviors and habits of suffering. Each struggles with a core misunderstanding that keeps them stuck
in their attempts to change, in spite of vast knowledge and a willingness to change.Ultimately change
requires a strong sense of “presence”, the capacity to see one's mental and emotional habits with an
objective and compassionate eye, and the ability to sense that what one seeks does not come through
fixing or changing the personality. The Enneagram is the map to this deep presence.
The Enneagram of Transformation and Relapse Prevention:
An Introductory Course for Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Counselors.
This course proves an introduction to the Enneagram, the issues and gifts of the Nine Types, and the
foundation for assisting the Nine Types in their quest for freedom from addictive suffering and emotional
and addiction relapse. The Enneagram identifies the key emotional psychological fixation that keeps
individuals stuck in repetitious suffering patterns, be it through their addictions to certain unwavering
behaviors, or to addictive substances or habits. Understanding the Enneagram provides an individual
with the needed compassion and insight necessary for transformation and liberation from these
The Enneagram and Recovery
"The Enneagram and Recovery" focuses on the type-specific challenges and path of recovery for each
of the Nine Enneagram Personality Types. Each type has unique strengths and unique weakness, and
specific challenges that must be understood and skillfully navigated to support ongoing recovery,
spiritual growth and development. As many know from direct experience, many individuals relapse after
early recovery (sober and clean 1-5 years), middle recovery (6-15 years) and ongoing recovery (16
years clean/sober and beyond). Many arrive at difficult stuck-points and experience unexpected
loneliness, emptiness, meaninglessness and despair, in spite of experiencing numerous satisfying years
on the recovery road. Unbeknownst to them, they are at a doorway of a pivotal and transformative
opportunity. With the right Enneagram type-specific knowledge they could successfully navigate through
these cyclic challenges to embrace deeper freedom, well-being, intimacy, and happiness.
This workshop is designed for therapists, social workers, mental health professionals, family members,
and those traveling the road of addiction recovery to identify and successfully navigate the very
predictable and often difficult, type-specific junctures, challenges and stuck-point dynamics each
type will face in early, middle, and ongoing recovery (be it recovery from alcohol, drugs, food, sex,
Utilizing the Levels of Development and The Nine Stratum of the Excavation of the True Self, we will
examine the often mysterious cycles and rhythms of true transformation, and the necessary growth
cycles one must encounter (in which things get more difficult rather than easier for a period of time). As
noted in The Wisdom of the Enneagram, "The process of growth entails an ongoing cycling among
letting go of old blockages, opening up to new possibilities in ourselves, and then encountering deeper
levels of blockage." Participants will receive clarity, guidance, support, and understanding of the type-
specific psychological and emotional challenges each Enneagram Type will navigate throughout the full
scope of their recovery while embracing deeper experiences of joy, self-confidence and clarity.
The Enneagram and the Inner Critic Workshop (Psychic Structures)
This Workshop is also about the role of the superego, or the Inner Critic, of which each Enneagram
Personality Type has. The Psychic Structures reveal how our ego activity is driven by the superego, the
"inner critic," that restricts us and keeps us reacting according to past patterns. We will explore how the
superego/inner critic creates each type's inner conflicts and self-defeating habits, and explore ways to
counteract its deadening, limiting effects. Experiential exercises for each type will focus on reclaiming
our presence and vitality by revealing the superego's false and restrictive patterns and self-concepts.
We will work with all nine types in depth since each of us has all nine types within us.
The Psychic Structures are concrete "blueprints" for the inner mechanisms of each type. They are
symbolic representations of psychological processes and are especially powerful for visually oriented
people and for those who wish to have a "gestalt" of each type as a whole. With these vivid and
dynamic models, you will be able to see with startling clarity what is happening in each type and why.By
the end of this Workshop, you will understand each type as a coherent whole and have deeper insight
into the mechanisms that drive them. It is only with this kind of clear understanding that true compassion
can arise-as well as the depth of awareness that would make possible a resolution of each type's
illusions and inner conflicts. Many who have learned the Psychic Structures have said that they are the
most illuminating thing they have ever been taught about the Enneagram.
The Part I Training: The Anatomy of Personality
Part I is an in-depth presentation of the Enneagram as a psycho-spiritual system. Our highly qualified
Enneagram Institute Faculty Members (Don Riso, Russ Hudson, Gayle Scott, Michael Naylor, Lynda
Roberts, and Tim McLean) enrich each Training with their expertise and personal experience. At least
two Faculty members are personally present and teach during each session and are available for
personal contact and questions throughout the Training.
The Part I features complete descriptions of the types as well as specifics for identifying them. The
Training combines grounded, intellectual understanding with a variety of experiential approaches that
give participants a clear feel for the inner world of each type. Further, we employ the comprehensive
framework of the Levels of Development to add depth and richness to our discussions. The Levels are
essential because they account for differences between individuals of the same type, discriminate
between similar types, and help clarify the many irregularities and subtleties of each type—thus making
wide-ranging practical applications and personal growth possible.
"In 20 years in practice as a psychotherapist, I have not before come across any tool as useful or
profound as the Riso- Hudson teaching of the Enneagram both for personal growth and for working with
clients. Don and Russ, I can't thank you both enough for what you have opened up for me.
"The experience was profound. During the Training, it was a revelation to learn to be present and
experience the effects in my ability to concentrate and absorb without feeling tired. Also, I haven't
laughed so much for a long time. A deepening understanding of the Enneagram at an intuitive level
came about through the content, tone, and variety of the Training. Learning with you two was a delight.
The balance of style and your presence was an inspiration. My understanding of the Enneagram has
deepened and my desire is to go even deeper, to complete the Training Program and to use the
Enneagram in all of my work."
Part I Training is powerful, comprehensive, and often life changing.
For each personality type, topics covered include:
- Experiential Exercises & Guided Meditations
- Interactive Type Panels & Music
- Early Developmental Issues
- Paths of Integration & Disintegration, Stress & Security
- The Higher Essential Qualities of Each Type
- The Passions & Virtues
- Hornevian & Harmonic Groups
Those attending receive a 400-page Manual of new, unpublished materials that will enable them to
present their own Enneagram Workshops and make other applications.
Authorized Enneagram Workshops
Michael Naylor is an Authorized Enneagram Institute trainer.
He teaches four Enneagram Institute Authorized Workshops:
The Wisdom of the Enneagram Workshop
Moving Beyond Personality
and Optional Introductory Talk on the Enneagram
Most of us encounter the Enneagram as a useful system of personality types. We find it fascinating to
see ourselves and others through the insights that the Enneagram offers. But at a certain point, we
begin to see that the characteristics described in Enneagram books reflect only part of the picture.
At a deeper level, however, the Enneagram tells us about the relationship between our personality and
our Essence, or spirit. This Workshop will focus on exercises to help us see through the veils of our
personality structures to have a more direct experience of our Essence, our true spiritual nature. We will
look at the personality types as nine distinct aspects of human nature that can be found in all of us
regardless of our type. We will see how these different parts of ourselves manifest personally in our
lives, and how, rightly understood they can lead us to deeper inner resources and lasting joy.
This Workshop will feature exercises for each type, as well as music, meditations, and practices that will
help bring our Centers of intelligence (Thinking, feeling, and Instinct) into greater alignment, thus
opening us to the transformative action of Spirit. We will focus primarily on the spiritual gifts of each
type. If you are interested in finding more effective ways of using the Enneagram in your spiritual
practice, or if you are interested in exploring the underlying meaning and Wisdom of the Enneagram,
this Workshop will be highly relevant to you.
Enneagram Relationships Workshop
Intimate and Professional
Relationships are one of the most rewarding—as well as the most frustrating aspects of our existence.
Whether in intimate or work settings, the quality of our relationships has an enormous impact on the
quality of our lives, on our self-esteem, and on our careers. Yet, we often find the behavior of others
baffling—even if we have known them intimately for many years. Often, the very things that we do not
understand in others are the greatest sources of problems and conflicts in our relationships. Clearly,
the better we know ourselves and the people in our lives, the more harmonious and satisfying our
relationships will be.
The Enneagram can help us tremendously in understanding our relationships. It is a remarkable system
of nine basic personality types that sheds light on the most important psychological dynamics in our
personality, as well as on the deeper spiritual yearnings of our soul. Each type has its own set of
strengths, vulnerabilities, and perceptions of the world. The Enneagram can help us to realize who we
are and what our greatest potentials might be, as well as to make sense of the sometimes confusing
behavior of others.
Participants will be guided to use the Enneagram as a profound and immensely practical way to
understand their relationships with others, both intimate and professional. Particular dynamics between
the different types, effective methods for communicating with each type, and the ways in which the three
Instinctual Variants (Subtypes) affect our main motivations in relationships will be covered.
The Three Instincts (Subtypes) Workshop
Using the Enneagram to Create Balance
in your Life and Harmony in your Relationships
Our instinctual nature, while extremely powerful in our decision-making processes, lifestyle choices, and
orientation to day-to-day reality, is often given little emphasis in many spiritual paths, and the Instincts
are often treated as an inherent problem—a distortion to be eliminated. This is understandable since
this part of our nature is usually little interested in our spiritual or psychological development. Yet,
without a clear and viable relationship with this aspect of our souls, it is extremely difficult to maintain an
integrated approach to our path.
The Enneagram deals very directly with this aspect of the Self through teachings about the Three
Instincts—Self-Preservation, Sexual (Attraction), and Social (Adaptation). Seminal ideas about the three
Instincts go back at least as far as Gurdjieff's teachings about the Centers and have equivalents in
other spiritual traditions. In recent years, many Enneagram students have discovered the explanatory
power of seeing how their instinctual bias operates in combination with their dominant Enneagram type.
Learning how their type plays itself out through one of these Instincts can be as exciting as when we
first learn about the Enneagram.
In this Workshop, we will first clarify and deepen our understanding of the Instincts, seeing them at work
in our personal experience. We will also examine how our particular instinctual "stack"—the way we
prioritize our basic human needs and values—is the pattern that most keeps us locked in the repetitive
habits of our personality. (One of the quickest ways to unlock the Passion and Fixation of our type is to
understand and work on the imbalance in our Instincts.) Recognizing the way we give energy to certain
needs while neglecting others brings balance and helps us integrate the deeper experiences of
Essence and Being that we may have had. Without such Inner Work, even profound experiences of
Spirit and Oneness cannot affect our lives the way they could.
The Workshop will employ personal teaching by Russ Hudson, experiential dyads and triads,
meditation, movement work, and music to help participants recognize the ways that these patterns
express themselves in their lives. We will also explore concrete ways in which to bring greater balance in
our approach to our instinctual life. Our approach is relaxed and conversational, with an emphasis on
the development of our capacity to remain in Presence.
The Levels of Development Workshop
The Levels Workshop explores how the Levels of Development provide a vertical dimension to the
personality types, making clear the "inner logic" of each type and revealing how the various traits and
motivations that comprise each type form an interrelated whole. At their most profound, the Levels are
the measure of each person's degree of fixation within his or her own type, that is, the degree with
which they are able to be Present vs. being swept away by past conditioning, reactivity, and defenses.
Working with the Levels not only provides recognition for where we are in our journey of growth, but
also guides us toward greater health and transformation.
The Levels were discovered by Don Riso in 1977 and subsequently further developed with Russ
Hudson. The Levels provide a way of tracking each type's movement along a continuum toward more
freedom, consciousness, expansiveness, and Being in the higher Levels—or toward more reactivity,
mechanicality, and self-destructiveness in the lower ones. By introducing this "vertical axis" to the types,
the Levels explain some of the most important things that we find in human nature—fluidity and change,
resistance and conflict, freedom and compulsion—among many human qualities.
In this Workshop, we will teach the meaning of all nine Levels, and how people "move" from one Level to
another, along with other complex movements predicted by the Enneagram. We will also see some of
the main characteristics of each type along the nine Levels. Exercises, music, and meditation will be
used as a way of grounding the information in our personal experience and to deepen our
understanding. This Workshop is particularly valuable for more advanced students, including therapists
and those who wish to make practical applications of the Enneagram.
The Levels of Development innovation is the only Enneagram work to be specifically endorsed by Ken
Wilber, who has stated that only with this vertical dimension taken into account, does the Enneagram
system move toward being a complete psychology. Don Riso and Russ Hudson are the only Enneagram
authors to write and teach about the Levels, thus giving their work an extraordinary explanatory power
and making a wide range of practical applications possible.
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