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Instincts and Subtypes, Menlo Park, CA
Feb 15 - 16
Sat 9:00am - 9:00pm (PST), Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm (PST)

Inaugural program, 2-day residential format

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>

CEUs: This program is pre-approved for Continuing Education credits (CEUs) for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Cancellation policy: Due to our site reservation commitments, deposit refunded less $150 administrative fees and any site costs incurred by late cancellation fees [anchor link to FAQ]

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

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