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Rising Above the Instincts and Subtypes: An Enneagram Inner Work Retreat

Many people are becoming aware of the incredible clarifying power of Claudio Naranjo’s latest descriptions of the Enneagram’s subtypes. But while various people teach about the instincts and subtypes, often there is no clear path to deeply understanding what they are, how they structure our everyday experience based on animal survival reactions, and how to grow beyond their defensive (and thus restrictive) power.


Wisdom tradition tells us that it is in becoming aware of our animal nature and using the capacity for conscious reflection (we as humans uniquely have) that we develop the ability to routinely impose an inner witness and observe our instinctual reactions and our passions in action. This kind of inner work gives us the power to intervene to intercept automatic behavior (stimulated by the interaction of the dominant instinct and the lower emotional center) and transcend to a higher level of consciousness.


This retreat will support and encourage you in doing this inner work by providing the information, the experiences, the support, and the path to deliberately rising above the habitual automatic reactivity of your personality.


This retreat offers an in-depth intensive experience of the six instinctual sequences (the six possible ways in which the instincts can be “ordered”) and the twenty-seven subtype personalities. Through both group and individual work, video clips, music, and the latest teachings on the instincts and subtypes, we will learn about this important dimension of the Enneagram model. Within the context of a rich group setting, we will support each other in understanding the ways in which our dominant, secondary, and repressed instincts drive our behavior. We will also gain insight into how our instincts combine with our passions and our type patterns to structure our experience.


The exploration of the ways our personalities act out our instinctual biases will culminate in participants identifying their specific growth challenges, working with them in real-time, and developing a sound plan for continuing inner work beyond the retreat.


You will learn:


to recognize and understand defensive behavior driven by your instincts operating through your personality (sub)type patterns

to see how your passion and instinctual makeup operate as a unified system

to gain insight into how your passion combines with your instinctual needs to shape unconscious behavior

much more about the ways in which the 6 instinctual sequences and the 27 subtypes manifest

to become more conscious of unconscious, instinct-driven behavior and how to intercept it

to compassionately support yourself in doing the work of seeing your animal nature and becoming more human through creating and receiving support around a plan for your self-work

Dates: April 25 through April 29, 2018


Times: The workshop will be five full days, beginning at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 25 and continuing through to Sunday, April 29 at 5:00pm.


The first four days, April 25-28 will go from 9:00am to 6:00pm, and the last day, April 29, we will meet from 9:00am to 5:00pm. We will also have two evening sessions, on the third and fourth evenings, April 27 (from 7:30 to 9:30pm) and April 28 (from 8:00pm to 10:00pm).


If you are staying at the venue, you should plan to arrive on the afternoon or evening of Tuesday, April 24 (as we start at 9am on April 25). The residential price includes dinner and accommodation beginning with dinner on April 24 and ending with dinner on April 29.


Location: Earthrise Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, California (35 minutes north of San Francisco), 94952, USA


Cost: Single room residential (lodging and all meals included) = $2125, Double/shared room residential (shared room lodging and all meals included) = $1775, Commuter (meals included, but lodging not included) = $1375


Residential prices include all meals and lodging for 5 nights (April 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28). Staying over the last night (April 29) will be an extra charge and must be arranged in advance.


Please note: The accommodations at the Earthrise Retreat Center are basic (not fancy) with shared bathrooms. We can provide a list of local hotels if you prefer more upscale accommodations and you do not live in the area.


No refunds after March 24, 2018 (within 30 days of the event). Because of our agreement with the venue, we are not able to offer refunds within 30 days of the start of the event for any reason. But you may apply a portion of your payment to a future workshop (at our discretion).






Starts at 09:00 AM
Ends at 05:00 PM
Place: Earthrise Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Address: 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, California
Starts on April 25, 2018
Ends on April 29, 2018

Founder and CEO of Mundo Eneagrama. International teacher of Enneagram and inner work renowned for innovative and deep approaches. Successful organizational consultant and coach for 25 years. Past global president of the International Enneagram Association (IEA).

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD MA is a licensed psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco.