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Hello and welcome! Love the Enneagram? Or Just curious? We're running groups, workshops and ‘Open Forum’ events as a focal point for Enneagram networking and information here in the North West of England. Whatever your Enneagram pathway, background or experience, do join us! Our mission is to help build a strong community of interest and dialogue, exploration and learning, centred on the Enneagram as a powerful resource for life and for positive change. Please visit our 'Pages' for more information about our Meetup Group and The Enneagram. We’d love you to join us and stay posted on Enneagram events in the region. Or if you’d like to talk first, do contact one of the team – we’d be happy to hear from you.

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Enneagram Subtleties: Instincts and Subtypes – Going Deeper

The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre

Enneagram Subtleties: Instincts and Subtypes – Going Deeper

This workshop is about The Enneagram as a living, moving map and the power of human instinct. A powerful and primary urge for survival drives each and every one of us moment by moment, day by day, year on year. For the most part, it is unconscious, yet it constantly determines where our energy and attention goes.

I invite you to join a shared inquiry to help each of us feel more confident in the nature of subtypes in our personal experience and (if applicable) for our clients/teaching work too. We’ll be a small group of Enneagram devotees taking time to revisit, question, explore and deepen our own understanding of Instincts and Subtypes. It’s a field fraught with different theories, some quite contradictory. Where do you and I sit in all of this? How clear are we on our own instinct patterning? Has it changed since we last reached a conclusion? I’m curious about what may open up in the spaciousness of shared inquiry, in a relaxed and well-held space.

Booking: via The Ammerdown website

In this workshop you may:

  • Meet the Enneagram in an immediate way as a living, breathing symbol
  • Explore your own urge for survival, bringing it into awareness
  • Look at how instinct shapes your experience and choices; past, present and future.
  • Ask how the 3 instincts ‘stack’ for you. Which is your lead instinct, which your most neglected (possibly repressed)?
  • Get to know the 27 subtypes and surprising diversity within each point/type.
  • Leave with new insight and energy for change, allowing this information to re-energise and lift you as we move into high summer
  • Nurture yourself with good company in an intimate group, relaxing into the gentle healing space Ammerdown provides.

This is a Part 2 workshop so you will already have done a Part 1 or Introductory workshop, either at Ammerdown elsewhere. Contact me, Helen, if you’re not sure about suitability. You may also be a qualified in Enneagram work: this is a good opportunity for peer-learning and profound CPD.

The Enneagram and Instincts: a little background

Have you ever wondered why despite good intentions you never quite focus on what really matters? Why your vital energy for life and the things you most value, seems constantly to drain away? Enneagram wisdom suggests instinct-driven patterns of thinking, feeling, sensing and being are all-powerful. But when out of awareness they seriously limit our potential. Becoming more conscious can change everything!

Enneagram theory defines 3 primary survival instincts. These blend with the core life energy (passion) of the 9 types to create 3 versions of each one. Known as ‘subtypes’ they offer a more nuanced – subtle – account of the type. 3 x 9 = 27 subtypes in total. 9 becomes 27.


We’ll learn together in conversation, small group work and mini-lectures combined with the dynamic and embodied experience of using an Enneagram mat. Relaxing into shared stories, laughter and music will also play its part. All beautifully held by the intimate space that is Ammerdown's stone-walled 'Trevett Room’.

We’ll be learning about The Enneagram, of course, and there is much to cover. At the same time, we’ll be learning about ourselves, the nature of being human, the patterns and habits we repeat, the gifts and positive qualities we bring, the ways we show up in life and in relationship.

CPD for Enneagram coaches & professionals

We see all too often that Subtypes and Instincts are a key reason for mis-typing, misunderstanding and potentially mis-using the Enneagram. As a former faculty member and supervisor with Enneagram Training and a regular workshop leader in other settings, this is apparent time and again. Hence the decision to run this workshop now. It’s so important to appreciate how Instincts operate and how the subtype descriptions are vital to a full and rounded understanding of The Enneagram. If you’re EPTP trained you’ll have covered the material at least once, but it’s so rich – and in many ways so elusive – it’s important to revisit as we ourselves also move and change.

Venue: The Ammerdown Centre, using the beautiful stone-walled Trevett room, with access to beautiful gardens and woodland walks
Booking: via The Ammerdown website: https://bit.ly/EnneagramSubtleties
Cost: £508 Residential. £392 Non-Residential. Fee includes meals, refreshments and course materials.
Timing: Begins 10am on Monday 19 June. Ends at 4pm on Wednesday 21 June.

Wondering if it's right for you? Contact me, Helen, by email: [masked]

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