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If you are seeking a foundation in the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition, the Core Program is the place to begin. Whether you are new to the Enneagram or a long-time student, this program provides a unique, life-changing experience that will deepen your understanding of yourself and others.

The Enneagram Narrative Core Program starts with Enneagram Intensive 2.0, which is open to all and provides the basis for the other two core courses: Instincts and Subtypes and Deepening Spiritual Awareness. Each of the three courses includes panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, somatic exercises, and the practice of self-observation and inner awareness. You may begin this program without a commitment to take all three courses.

After completing the Core Program, you may choose to continue with the Expanded Enneagram Professional Training Program, which now offers two certification tracks – one for aspiring Enneagram teachers, and one for professionals who work one-on-one with clients. Those interested in being part of an ongoing group dedicated to personal development and lifelong learning can join our Enneagram Narrative Learning Community.


Instincts and Subtypes

Every person has three instincts (self-preservation, one-to-one and social), but one of these tends to be more central in our daily lives and relationships. This primary instinct determines our Enneagram subtype.

The three instinctual drives include:

  • Self preservation, which guides our relationships with home, food, security, family and warmth in personal relationship
  • One-to-one, which fuels our personal vitality, sexuality, intimate relationships, and our experience of spiritual union
  • Social, which forms our friendships, our participation in groups and community, and our social identity

These energies combine with the nine personality types to create 27 variations. At the intersection of archetype and biology, the study of subtypes holds the key to understanding our path in life and our role in the human community. How do we spend our time and energy in daily life? Who are the people who are most important to us? How are we invested in home, neighborhood, politics or religious activities? How do we express ourselves physically and emotionally? Many people have found that subtype differences can be more crucial than personality type issues in our relationships.

Through panels, presentations and small groups, we will explore the 27 instinctual subtypes, including:

  • Making informed choices about our personal priorities and major projects
  • How subtypes affect our relationships at home and at work
  • How to balance work, home and intimacy
  • Managing the emotional habit of our type
  • How to live with authenticity while adapting to a rapidly changing culture

If you don’t know your subtype, you will likely discover it during this core program. The format includes presentation and discussion, small groups, subtype panels in the Narrative Tradition, and somatic exercises.

Prerequisite: Enneagram Intensive 2.0

Note: Ideally, Enneagram Intensive 2.0 is the best place to begin our Core Program. However, we understand that many students have prior knowledge of the Enneagram, so this course also is open by permission to intermediate and advanced Enneagram students who have studied with other teachers. Contact registrar>