These classes are presented in the Narrative Tradition, which brings the Enneagram to life through interview and inquiry of the nine Enneagram types. The panel method quickly builds community and supports learning through the mind, heart and body.
The Enneagram is a rich tool for self-awareness. There are nine distinctive personality types, which give you a practical way to understand what motivates you. The enneagram gives you a road map to freedom. When you know your patterns and type you have choice over your habitual responses. Your automatic strategy may be blocking you from the deep rich relationships you desire.
Mary Ellen Arthur and Margot Burns present monthly panels with group discussions. We will be exploring and using the wisdom of the Enneagram to improve your relationship with yourself and others.
All levels of experience with the Enneagram are welcome.
Dates: fourth Wednesday of every month (January-November)
Cost: $20 per session (scholarship available – please ask one of us about your need)
You can register online and/or RSVP by email or text: Mary Ellen Arthur – 303-913-2521 and Margot Burns – 303-489-9590 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*If you would like to be added to our group mailing list, please contact Margot*
You may have heard of the Holy Ideas (or Higher Ideas) and even considered them. I invite you into a deeper dive to make this important aspect of the Enneagram more useful in psychological and spiritual transformation.
If you’ve studied the Enneagram, you are aware that you perceive a partial view of reality compelled by your type. I lead with Type Two and see a world filled with other’s needs. If you lead with Type Six, you may see a world filled with potential danger. It’s beyond life-changing to see these patterns and know they are limited. But where do these patterns originate? How can I perceive and experience reality as it really is? Can I get a bigger lens?
The Enneagram of Holy Ideas provides such a lens. According to A.H. Almaas:
“The Holy Ideas constitute a map of the view of reality as unity. Each Holy Idea is a view of reality which reflects an understanding of the wholeness and unity of the world or universe, of human beings, and of the functioning of reality.”
Rather than perceiving ourselves as separate from the world or others in which we strategize to get our needs met, we begin to open to the truth of oneness or unity. This is a game changer.
In this class we will explore the development of our types as a particular loss of a Holy Idea, or quality of Being, and how we create a strategy to navigate life with this loss. We will explore the Holy Ideas conceptually and practice methods to open to their reality, as surely these Holy Ideas are ultimately experienced through receptivity. This class will include didactic, group discussion and awareness practice. It is appropriate for those who understand their type patterns.
We will meet on Tuesdays: February 6, March 13, April 3 and May 1
Early bird pricing ($20 off) before January 23, 2018
During times of great change, we need the understanding the Enneagram offers more than ever. The Narrative Tradition is built on the foundation of sharing ourselves and listening to others. Sure, we learn about the Enneagram but we also find ourselves opening our hearts and minds in extraordinary ways.
Whether you are new to the Enneagram or familiar with this dynamic system, this 4-hour class will deepen compassion for yourself and others. The Enneagram is a nine-pointed symbol that describes nine personality types, each with distinct habits of feeling, thinking and behaving.
This class offers an interactive exploration of the nine personality types through inquiry with panelists who share their personal stories and insights. Each type has a coherent pattern in how the world is perceived and experienced, yet is biased by perceptual filters that cloak or amplify certain aspects of reality.
With a greater understanding of ourselves and others, we can begin to experience more freedom from our unconscious patterns, improve our relationships, and develop greater compassion by seeing from another's point of view.
In this class we will:
Explore the nine types as described by the Enneagram
Reveal the primary motivation for each type and center
Practice body-centered awareness techniques
The format is highly interactive, fun, informative and transformative. Through panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, guided meditations, lectures and body-centered practices, you will come to understand your own worldview and learn more about the worldviews of others.
We are excited to offer a powerful integration of spirituality and psychology as we combine the practices of the Enneagram and Mindfulness.
Studying the Enneagram, a unique map of personality types birthed from ancient spiritual traditions, leads to a deep understanding of the default settings of the psyche that bind one to a limited view of oneself and of the world. When we learn our personality tendencies well, we see that we do not have to work so hard - that, in fact, life itself is already providing what we need to be happy and fulfilled.
Mindfulness focuses less on the content of our personality and more on the process of our experience. With mindfulness we gain insight into the universal features underlying all physical and mental events, revealing that who we are is not a solid, separate self, but rather an ever-changing, complex set of interdependent arisings. Such insight leaves a feeling of wholeness and unity with all of life.
Powerful synergies arise from combining these two seemingly disparate approaches. For example, knowing our personality patterns well through the Enneagram helps us let go more readily into mindfulness, while mindfulness helps us experience the patterns in a more intimate and embodied way. Combining these powerful traditions of inquiry leads to the paradox that the more we know the self, the more we lose the self. Becoming bigger than the limited self is the key to transforming suffering into abiding well-being and belonging.
The day will include didactic, panel interviewing, group sharing, and mindfulness practice. This class is for people familiar with their type and the Enneagram. If you are mindfulness practitioner and are not familiar with the Enneagram, please consider attending the introductory Enneagram offered on February 10th from 9am-1pm and listed on this page.
Early bird of $95 through 4/20/18
Peter Williams, MA, MS, has practiced meditation for 22 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, including many months of silent retreat, and has taught meditation since 2003. Peter is trained as a Community Dharma Leader by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He teaches retreats in the Rocky Mountain West. He also practices as a transpersonal psychotherapist in Boulder.