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Enneagram Narrative Learning Community, Menlo Park, CA
Feb 16 - 19
Friday 2 pm to Monday 3 pm
Ongoing program for experienced students
Enneagram Narrative Learning Community Feb 2016

“How do you relax your type structure at the point of suffering instead of going on automatic? We have brought spiritual method to this human dilemma.” – Helen Palmer  

The Narrative Tradition Learning Community is for experienced students who want to continue their journey of self-development in an ongoing community of Enneagram practitioners. The Learning Community curriculum joins crucial elements of spiritual practice with psychological and somatic structure. This allows us to internally recognize and relax reactive type patterns as they arise instead of automatically acting them out.  This program brings the Enneagram to life by offering facilitation and support for integrating psychology, spirituality and “felt-sense” somatic awareness.

The Learning Community is neither a workshop nor a training, but rather an ongoing community of twice-yearly gatherings for learning and support. The community itself creates the transformational field that is critical to the personal and spiritual development that occurs within our gatherings. While there is no requirement for continued attendance, it is highly encouraged that you attend at least once a year, allowing the community to deepen in practice and relationship over time.

The topic for our Learning Community will be The Energetics of Shadow Work: Exploring the Defense System.  This session is focused on shadow work as seen through an Enneagram lens.  As a starting point, we will use a three-part defense system – IdealizationAvoidance, and Defense Mechanism. This triad of defenses developed to protect us from pain we could not fully process in early life. These early defense patterns act as a sub-cortical automatic response system that keeps us from deeper contact with our inner selves and other people. In this Learning Community, our emphasis will be on freeing the life force contained in this triadic system, thus making ourselves more available to the possibilities of the present moment and our relationships.

Through panel inquiry and inner practice, the Learning Community will build or develop the competencies of:

  • Capacity for the conversion process
    • Ability to relax toward the passion or contraction of type structure, allowing reconciliation in body, heart and mind to occur naturally, and the virtue or received experience of the Ground of Being to arise
  • Knowledge of the two streams of spiritual practice: negation and affirmation
    • The way of negation or emptying is typical of mindfulness practices where one lets go of thoughts or perceptions as they arise by following the breath
    • The way of affirmation or focusing in which one concentrates on a particular image or quality
  • Capacity for extended presence and witnessing consciousness

“I’m profoundly grateful to the Bergamo Learning Community, where all parts of oneself are welcome, where challenge and passion are greeted and held, guided by the skillful, gentle power of master teachers, held by the loving kindness of a knowing community. From this space creativity, intelligence and presence emerge and deepen. The Learning Community is a gift to myself that I recommend for anyone interested in expanding their spiritual path.”
Jo Ann Weber

Location
Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025 

Opportunities for continuing support 
We offer optional monthly phone conferences in which a group of up to 10 people will participate in a series of two-hour calls over a nine-month period. The calls will provide continuity for your ongoing practice, exploration and development between meetings. These phone discussions may be led by teachers or be self-organizing groups facilitated by the participants themselves. For groups led by teachers, the structure of the call (which can be adjusted by teacher and group consensus), includes meditation, check-in, the opportunity for a few people to receive personal guidance for their current process, a teaching piece, and setting an intention for the coming month.

“Ever since our last Bergamo Learning Community, I have been catching my type behaviors throughout the day – noticing and pausing when I find myself going on automatic.  This developing capacity is a direct result of the solid somatic base in the teachings and the teachers supporting me every inch of the way by asking the right questions and dealing with tears, fears, laughter, and sadness.  I am growing and very grateful.”  
Kim Stege

Preparation 
Our guidelines for membership are completion of the Enneagram Intensive or Enneagram Intensive 2.0, Deepening Spiritual Awareness, and Instincts and Subtypes (or other study of the Enneagram and inner awareness practice, other Enneagram schools or Narrative teachers), which gives one familiarity in the following core competencies:            

  1. Capacity for self-reflection
  2. Understanding of type structure
  3. Familiarity with instincts, subtypes and the cognitive/emotional habit

Note: Your Enneagram background and inner awareness experience may allow you to waive certain course requirements. To learn more, contact Barb Allgaier at 866-241-6162, ext. 1 (toll-free) or 303-697-9456 (from outside the U.S.)

“I have been a member of the Bergamo Learning Community since 2002. I have found it to be an invaluable part of my personal evolution, grounding me in Enneagram studies and my own process of psychospiritual growth. It’s provided me clarity in the workplace, a deeper connection in my family life and has brought an overall aliveness to my process.”
Mark Tomski, MD

“I would not be the teacher I am if it were not for the Bergamo Learning Community. It has completely transformed my teaching because I’m doing my personal work while I teach, trusting the unfolding that comes between me and my students and clients. I have so much more faith because I’ve learned methods to be present in the moment. The other piece that has been transformative is the extraordinarily safe container that has been created by the integrity of the teachers and the community. When I go home, the community is still with me.”
Leslie Hershberger

Registration and fees
See fees and register using form below. If you prefer to register by mail, download a form.

To reserve a room for an extra night(s), please use this form.

Contact
To learn more, contact Barb Allgaier at 866-241-6162, ext. 1 (toll-free) or 303-697-9456 (from outside the U.S.)

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