The ultimate non-goal opportunity with the enneagram as a model is to integrate all the parts of our self. In essence we are a whole, made up of many parts – Nine, in this case – all of whom have become in some way, to varying degrees; diminished, repressed, exiled, deflated or inflated and propped up as a protected persona.
Nine Gates to Integration
Enneagram work, through compassionate and rigorous self-inquiry combined with skillful coaching and guidance, is the generative work of human integration.
A depth-cohort workshop series with Dan McKee, presented by Awakening Life, a non-profit learning organization.
For coaches, therapists and others who aspire to guide others in their self-discovery and holistic and practical integration.
And, who are committed to undergo their own practice of discovery and integration while learning to develop enneagram work as a craft in service to others.
“When I discovered the enneagram 25 years ago it was as if I found a sacred map I didn’t know I’d lost. It made astounding felt- sense in my bones as a framework to embrace so many paths of healing and integration work that I’d long been pursuing for myself. With great gratitude for the mapmakers’ brilliance, I quickly came to realize my work with the enneagram was to help the map come to life as a multidimensional craft for exploration …to guide others and to teach new guides.”
An intimate and depth-cohort experience, limited to 12 people committed to their own and the group’s experience, with 5 sessions over 8 weeks.
To coach or guide others with any degree of mastery requires that we not only engage deeply with the person we’re in service to, but also help them to discover and engage their own ability to explore their inner landscape with intellectual curiosity and heart-based self-compassion.
The enneagram, when used with expertise provides a unique full-spectrum map and set of skills for learning that can be used in service to self and others.
The Cohort Experience: We’ll take time in the beginning to co-create a safe and honest container / environment that will allow, evoke and conspire to bring out the best in each of us. Based on the belief (and many years of experience) that the mastery of teaching comes as much or more from the group’s influence on each other, we’ll use the wisdom, commitment and vulnerability of our collective participation to masterfully ground the learning.
Each participant will complete a thoughtful self-assessment and have a one on one session with Dan in advance of the first session. It is helpful if you have completed your own enneagram typology test and have some basic knowledge of the model first, but not required. If this is the case we’ll need to start that process earlier.
The Basic Framework:
In advance of the first session you’ll be directed to or provided resources to have the basic framework of the enneagram model. Early on we’ll make sure everyone first has a cognitive understanding of the model and its use:
Primary types — your own and how to help people clarify theirs – with certainty. (this in itself can be an art; one-third of people are consistently mistyped)
Wing types – how one is dominant, yet both influence in different areas of life and how the dominant wing can change over time and with life circumstances, and how to help others identify their own
The dynamic movement nature of the enneagram — where we go under stress, when seeking security and when we’re health and integrating
Understanding the triad groupings – thinking, feeling and instinctual and the dominant reactive emotion with each type.
The instinctual variants – is our nature inherently oriented toward social, sexual or self-preservation
The Deeper Exploration:
(from here the fun begins!)
If we consider that the enneagram model and its basics are the Map, now we begin to explore and practice navigating the soulful terrain and inner-landscape.
This is an integrated process in itself – it uses our already-engaged intellect, and calls on our emotional intelligence, our body-knowledge, our instinctual knowing of self, others and the shared human experience. And that quality all explorers need – courage.
To practice in dedication to ourselves, and learning to practice as a craft-person with others:
We’ll discover and practice a very unique and deep process for integrating the parts we diminish and judge as not ok – that we call “under stress” and to find the natural strength and humility in the “positive” and integrate the two. This requires us to courageously and vulnerably make peace with our past and the parts of our self we may not want to own and love. We learn to bless all of who we are.
We’ll learn about Parts Work, and how to understand the parts of ourselves – sometimes related to the enneagram types, but not limited to – and how by bringing our parts into integrity, we create wholeness.
Any generative work on integrating our “parts” and past selves requires an understanding of human shadow, and a willingness to explore and navigate our own Shadow-land. We’ll learn a more contemporary and useful model of shadow – built on Jung’s euro-centric and patriarchal model as a beginning point, and significantly enhanced by different Indigenous peoples cultural influence, gender difference and Buddhist psychology.
Meyers-Briggs typology and the Enneagram, in a simple practice, we’ll use the overlay of some of our MBTI indicators (extraversion/introversion, intuitive/sensing, thinking/feeling, judging/perceiving) to help illuminate deeper self-knowing and opportunities.
Exploration of core human capacities and qualities as they relate to different types:
- Personal purpose
- Ways of self-regulation and restoration
- Personal relationship: gifts, areas of growth and intimacy
- Equity, inclusion and value system related to community and society
- Body: dedication to, healthy practices and somatic awareness
- Resilience and gratitude
- Attention and Focus
- Mindfulness practices – orientation toward, and best practices
- Spirit and Soul: our type’s relationship to the cosmos and underworld
Helping Others with the Enneagram:
Much of how we learn to work with others with the enneagram as a tool will come from the process of our own discovery and supporting others in the group. All of the steps and practices will be captured. Toward the end we’ll dedicate time to review what it means for each of us to work as a guide / coach with others, including:
- Understanding the sacred responsibility and accountability that working with others involves.
- How ready are you? What additional learning or practice do you need?
- How working in pairs as enneagram guides /coaches is often a wise and effective next step, and how that works.
- What are the best resources for testing? What different enneagram models and schools of practice have to offer – or don’t.
Ultimately, to guide another in the journey towards their true integration is among the most sensitive and holy things we can do. To do so means we stand with this person, and take a stand for them actualizing their basic goodness and human potential.
Let’s be clear and in integrity with our knowledge, courageous in heart and humble enough to do so with grace.
Structure and Logistics:
Five sessions over an eight-week period. The first and last session will be three hours, the others two hours.
With this small group we’ll attempt to establish dates that work for all. If seriously interested you’ll receive access to a few options you can weigh in on. The goal is to begin in mid to late September.
Sub-cohort work will happen between sessions in groups of three participants, which will be changed at least once to broaden the learning. Allow 60-90 minutes a week for study and sub-cohort work between sessions.
We’ll have a two-week break around the mid-point. In that time Dan will hold check-in coaching sessions with groups of three participants.
In addition to working and coaching with each other you’ll be expected to ennea-type and work with someone outside of our group to use as practice learning.
PDF Download – Series Info-packet
- We’ll make payment schedules flexible to meet your needs.
(you’ll receive a 501c3 donation letter for $1,000. of the tuition)
If interested, contact Dan McKee [email protected] 503-754-7985
Dan McKee is an experienced facilitator and coach of human and leadership development, with nearly forty years of his own personal work dedicated to learning what it is that allows us to grow in depth, usefulness and life-contentment.
For the last twenty-five years he has translated knowledge in the fields of leadership, psychology, and practical spirituality into practice as a coach and guide that supports the cultivation of healthy humans and focused, powerful and generative leadership.
He has designed and facilitated approximately two-hundred workshops and retreats over the last twenty-five years, on four continents.
Dan has trained for many years in numerous models and schools of coaching and humanistic psychology and is an expert at using and teaching the Enneagram and Meyers –Briggs typologies in ways that provide real and practical effectiveness. He’s also trained in the teaching of meditation and practically-applied mindfulness.