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— Are designed to encourage you at the leading edge of your own life
— Out there beyond who you thought you were…
— Out there where A New Thing is happening…
Out there where MORE of YOU is unfolding


The Enneagram has many practical applications for self-development, effective communication, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, team-building, and leadership and management training. It is an effective tool for the work of executives, counselors, coaches, teachers, boards of directors, legal, medical and helping professionals, parents, students, and anyone eager to understand themselves more fully.
           
We provide a safe and inspiring environment to support you in following whatever impulse has attracted you to this work of self-awareness. In the explorations of the enneagram programs, you will learn how others see and respond to the world in ways familiar, yet different, from your own.  The resulting understanding enhances all relationships — in the workplace, in schools, in community groups, and in families and friendships.

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Join our explorations - please view our current Calendar with current
Course Announcements, and view our Catalog.

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We host our own proprietary open-enrollments programs as well, and we will design and implement any of our programs upon request, especially for you.

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AuthorizedWorkshops

Authorized Riso-Hudson Workshops: These Authorized Workshops constitute a standardized core curriculum.  Each Authorized Workshop is produced in affiliation with The Enneagram Institute® World Headquarters and provides the same material that Don Riso or Russ Hudson would present themselves. The intent is that those attending anywhere in the world will get the same content, exercises, and Riso-Hudson psycho-spiritual orientation.

We (Elizabeth Blackford and Judy Cardoza) are certified AWTP teachers and currently facilitate the following four programs. To learn more about these programs, give us a call, we'd enjoy telling you more about each of them.

VISIT our online REGISTRATION page to see if a program is coming soon in your area.

I. The Wisdom of the Enneagram Workshop: Moving Beyond Personality

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The Wisdom of the Enneagram Workshop:  Moving Beyond Personality

Explores how the Enneagram reveals the relationship between our personality and our Essential Self and looks at all the personality types as nine distinct aspects of human nature that can be found in all of us regardless of our type.

Helps us discover the aspect or type that is most familiar to us and to become aware of how these different parts of ourselves manifest in our lives.

Features information, interactive exercises, music and meditation that help us to "wake-up," to see through the veils of our personality structure and to have a more direct experience of our true spiritual nature.

If you are interested in exploring the underlying meaning and Wisdom of the Enneagram, or if you are interested in finding more effective ways of using the Enneagram in both the practical aspects of your life and your inner work, this workshop will be highly relevant to you.

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II. The Enneagram in Relationships Workshop

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Enneagram Relationships Workshop

● Examines the dynamics of our relationships with others in light of the primary relationship we have with ourselves. Helps us to realize more about who we are, to understand who we love and why, and to make sense of the sometimes-confusing behavior of others.

● Looks at particular dynamics among the different types, effective methods for communicating with each type, and the ways in which the three Instinctual Variants (Subtypes) and our experienced childhood orientation affect our main motivations in relationships.

● Uses the Insight Approach®, which employs interactive exercises, guided meditations, panels of exemplars, music, and other techniques which aid in recognizing personal strengths as well as uncovering the blind spots we bring to our relationships.

If you want to improve your relationship with a spouse, child, friend, business associate, or family member, this workshop will be invaluable.

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III. The Three Instincts (SubTypes) Workshop

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Enneagram Relationships Workshop

● Examines the dynamics of our relationships with others in light of the primary relationship we have with ourselves. Helps us to realize more about who we are, to understand who we love and why, and to make sense of the sometimes-confusing behavior of others.

● Looks at particular dynamics among the different types, effective methods for communicating with each type, and the ways in which the three Instinctual Variants (Subtypes) and our experienced childhood orientation affect our main motivations in relationships.

● Uses the Insight Approach®, which employs interactive exercises, guided meditations, panels of exemplars, music, and other techniques which aid in recognizing personal strengths as well as uncovering the blind spots we bring to our relationships.

If you want to improve your relationship with a spouse, child, friend, business associate, or family member, this workshop will be invaluable.

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IV. Journey of Growth: Working with the Dynamism and Levels of the Enneagram

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Journey of Growth: Working with the Dynamism and Levels of the Enneagram

● Explores both the dynamic movement (Arrows) and vertical dimension (Levels) of the personality types. The Levels of Development and the movement along the Arrows, studied together, reveal the inner logic of each type and provide profound insight and guidance for inner growth.

● Presents a system of indicators to measure both the degree of fixation within one's type and the degree to which one is moving toward personal freedom. Working with the Levels and internal dynamism (Arrows) of the Enneagram shows us where we currently are in our journey of growth and also points us toward greater health and transformation.

● Employs interactive exercises, music and meditation as a way of grounding the information in personal experience and deepening our understanding.

If you are an advanced student of the Enneagram, a counselor, therapist or coach, this workshop will be personally helpful and particularly valuable in working with your clients and in exploring further practical applications of the Enneagram's wisdom.

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Participation in these Workshops: Enrollment is open to anyone interested in the Enneagram and its applications. We recommend reading "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso and Russ Hudson.

View our current calendar of upcoming events.


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As certified Enneagram teachers, we keep expanding our understanding of the Enneagram. We are continually developing and presenting new approaches to the practical applications of the Enneagram for daily living. In our home states of California (Elizabeth Blackford) and New Mexico (Judy Cardoza), and in other venues, we host classes, seminars, and discussion groups based on specific applications and aspects of the Enneagram. Topics we have explored include: Wings and Arrows, Three Centers of Intelligence, Living out of Instinct, Creating a New Story, 9 Points on the Golf Course, and so on.

VISIT our online REGISTRATION page to see if a program is coming soon in your area.

I. Overview Introduction: Basic and Advanced Enneagram Classes

II. For Each of the 9 Enneagram Points -- Point-Specific Explorations

III. Enneagram of Spirituality and Essence

View our current calendar of upcoming events, or contact us to schedule your own program.

IV. Using the Enneagram as a Process Model for Projects and Organizations

In addition to the well-published use of the Enneagram as a personality typology, there is an application of the Enneagram model that can be applied to human processes.  For instance, each person’s life moves from birth through various steps of maturation and stages of fulfillment. This life process can be traced through the Enneagram. Also, any personal or professional project initiated can be mapped on the Enneagram and evaluated in terms of its natural progression.

We offer seminars, focus group, and work sessions in this application. This tool is very useful in business and in life transitions. It is helpful to decision-makers, management personnel, and anyone wanting to track the progress of a project.

Contact us to develop a Process Model program for your specific needs.
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V. Enneagram-related Leadership Training and Team-Building

There is a natural match between the goals of team-building and the work of the Enneagram. Both are about effective relationships. The Enneagram information, experiential opportunities, and follow-up materials we provide encourage healthy interactions and clear communication among team members.
    
Contact us to set up half-day, full-day or weekend seminars for your team.

We also offer a nine-month (one residential weekend per month) curriculum for leadership training with an emphasis on personal development. This program requires full participation enrollment. We welcome your inquiries.

VI. Individual Counseling and Coaching

Contact us for Enneagram-based counseling, coaching, and type discovery.  We are happy to work with you in-person in New Mexico, in the San Francisco Bay Area, or via phone or across email.

Download a PDF of additional Counseling and Ceremonial Services provided by Judy Cardoza.

 

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