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Narrative Enneagram Learning Community, Menlo Park, CA
Feb 22 - 25
Friday 2 pm to Monday 3 pm
Ongoing program for experienced students

“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  

Registration for this program is closed. If you wish to be added to a waiting list, please contact our Registrar.

The Narrative Enneagram 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 Receptivity to the State of Unknowing.  During our last gathering, we explored receptivity in the horizontal plane of daily living, focusing on ourselves and our relationships. Receptivity is also the doorway to unconditioned consciousness leading to deeper levels of intuition. As receptivity is practiced, we encounter not only reactivity from the type structure as it defends the status quo, but also discomfort that arises from unknowing. It is at this place of conversion between the contraction of type and the freed-up life force that we often stumble or retreat. Yet, that is the portal for receiving objective impressions from three subtle centers of awareness. In this session, we will explore both the entry point and the barriers to deeper intuitive capacities.

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
“Participating in the Learning Community has become an important part of the rhythm of my year. Every six months, I have the opportunity to come together with the exceptional faculty, and others who know the Enneagram well, for several days of learning and personal exploration. What is special to me about the Learning Community is that many of the participants are present at every gathering or at least once a year.  That gives us all an opportunity to know and learn from each other over the ebb and flow of our lives. I love celebrating community members’ moments of strength and clarity, and also being present to feel deeply and learn from the inevitable challenges that show up in our lives. Over time, we’ve come together as a community of friends who value each other’s presence in these twice-yearly gatherings.”
TOD TAPPERT, VP, Chief of Staff, and System Chief Learning Officer, Greenville Health System


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

Friday, February 22: 2 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, February 23: 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday, February 24: 9 am – 6 pm
Monday, February 25: 9 am – 3 pm

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.

“It would be an understatement to just say that I look forward to the Narrative Enneagram Learning Community reunion twice annually! The truth is, I cannot imagine my life without this loving, challenging, thought provoking, spiritually uplifting and nurturing community. The teachings, meditations, somatic practices and meaningful conversations provide a safe environment for me to continue working through my deepest type-related personal, relational and spiritual issues. And, of course we have fun and laughter living together for a few days in the relaxed and beautiful atmosphere of Vallombrosa, land of a hundred trees!”
JANELL RUSSELL WEBER, Psychotherapist and Certified Enneagram Teacher

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 Registrar at 866-241-6162, ext. 1 (toll-free) or +1 303-305-4362 (from outside the U.S.)

Questions? Please contact Registrar at 866-241-6162, ext. 1 (toll-free) 

“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.”

“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.”