Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives and creating a more compassionate world. We present Enneagram trainings in 14 countries worldwide. Our teachers and staff have a long-standing, collective experience unmatched in the field, and each of us strives for spiritual, psychological and emotional freedom, both individually and as part of larger communities.
Click on the photo at left to watch co-founders Helen Palmer and David Daniels, pictured in the second row from the bottom, talk about their 25-year collaboration.
Stemming from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written or drawn symbol), the Enneagram was borne out of ancient tradition. It was introduced to the modern world in 1915 as a human development system by philosopher and teacher George Gurdjieff. In the late 1960s, Oscar Ichazo, founder of the Arica School, placed nine personality types around the Enneagram diagram. Soon after, Claudio Naranjo, MD, and other psychologists in Berkeley, CA, integrated the Enneagram with emerging developments in modern psychology.
In the early 1970s, Helen Palmer, a student of Naranjo, began teaching Enneagram panel workshops in the Narrative Tradition. In 1988, she published The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life, a perennial bestseller available in 26 languages. That same year, she co-founded the Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) with Stanford psychiatrist David Daniels, MD. Our organization has evolved as a nonprofit to sustain and promote this foundational work worldwide through an Enneagram Narrative Curriculum that integrates psychology, spirituality and somatics, and other Enneagram programs grounded in the Narrative Tradition. We are an IEA Accredited School.
Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) has adopted six values of self-awareness, integrity, transparency, personal transformation, commitment to working out differences, and generosity of spirit. These represent the core priorities of ESNT’s organizational culture. Our pledge as teachers and staff is to embody these values in all of our relationships and activities.
ESNT operates from a compassionate business model and is guided by the following values: