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Instincts and Subtypes, Menlo Park, CA
Aug 10 - 11
with Peter O'Hanrahan
instincts and subtypes video

2 days residential or commuter

Each Enneagram type has three important variations known as instinctual subtypes. While everyone uses all three instincts (located in the body center) – self-preservation, one-to-one and social – we each rely on one of these as our primary survival strategy. This combination of type and instinct determines our “subtype,” which creates a particular focus in daily life and distinctive style in relationships. In fact, subtypes are as important as personality types when it comes to daily life, where relationships – especially primary relationships – are largely shaped by instinct and emotion. Our instinctual subtype also influences the decisions we make about major projects and life goals.

Working with the Enneagram’s instinctual subtypes is a vital part of inner work and returning to our essential self. The 27 subtypes also illuminate the important variations among people of the same personality type. In key relationships, understanding subtypes brings these primary areas of focus to each person’s awareness and provides a language to describe similarities and differences.

The primary subtype focus shows up in our relationships in three vital areas:

  1. Self-preservation: Security issues reflected in personal warmth, finances, health and family
  2. One-to-one: A quest for union in individual connections, sexual intimacy and spiritual practice
  3. Social: Belonging and recognition through group participation, social structures and friendships

From Helen Palmer’s early workshops in Berkeley to current ESNT programs around the world, the Enneagram Narrative panel method brings the 9 types and 27 subtypes to life. This two-day workshop will help you:

  • Connect to a greater sense of security, well-being and purpose
  • Gain a better understanding of why people think, feel and act differently
  • Improve communication, reduce conflict and build new bridges with loved ones
  • Learn to meet each other’s needs for security, identity, contact and withdrawal

This stand-alone workshop is also part of our Enneagram Narrative Core Program. The format consists of short presentations, panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, guided practices and discussion. Some knowledge of the Enneagram is expected.

Location

Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, 650-325-5614

Schedule

Mon: check-in 8:30 am, session 9 am -9 pm
Tues: 9 am-5 pm

Fees, Discounts and Registration

See fees and register below. If you prefer to register by mail or email, or reserve extra nights at Vallombrosa ($115/night), please contact Registrar.

Early-bird: Save $40 if you register by July 6, 2020. 

Are you eligible for one of these additional discounts? Note: discounts cannot be combined.

  • Students: Full-time students with ID currently enrolled in a school, college or university save $50 off either early-bird or standard tuition.
  • Bring-a-friend: Save $20 off either early-bird or standard tuition for full program when you and a friend register at the same time.
  • Repeaters: Save $100. If you are repeating Instincts and Subtypes, you are eligible for a discounted tuition of $300 + site fee (cannot be combined with early-bird or other discounts).

Contact

To learn more, email the Registrar or call 866-241-6162, ext. 1 (toll-free) or +1 303-305-4362 (from outside the U.S.)

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