Workshops & Keynotes
Enneafest 2021 will have professional teachers, contributors and cutting edge presenters from the global Enneagram community. The contributors will be bringing you a range of workshops to choose from, experiential and more traditional, spread across two days.
Find out more about the contributors below:
Keynote 1: The Enneagram in Leadership and in Life
What will we do with new-found freedoms as we emerge shell-shocked from the global pandemic?
We find ourselves in a changed world: in our communities, organisations, our social and personal lives. Choice matters. It’s where the power is. It brings both opportunity and accountability. Conscious choice is at the heart of leadership and being ‘awake’ as active co-creators in our own lives.
Never has the ground on which we stand, individually and collectively, felt so uncertain. In a world rocked by COVID 19, the leadership challenges are immense. We’ve all faced unprecedented change, practically and emotionally. There’s been huge loss and grief, on many levels. For some, new challenges and new opportunities too. So what can we do when sometimes we feel overwhelmed, helpless in the face of so much? How can we respond?
Conscious choice increases options, thus our freedom. A conductor works with all the resources available: the score, its composer, the musicians, their presence, their instruments, the instrument-makers, the immediate surroundings, the space, the weather, the season, the audience. All their stories are being told at the same time. Good conductors make conscious choice moment by moment. They synchronise the collaboration – where it doesn’t happen of its own accord – and create the overall meaning. In this way orchestral conductors help create the best possible music, live in the moment and unique to the occasion.
As leaders in life, in families, communities and organisations, we must rise to this same challenge. Martin will delight and challenge with his unique take on how the Enneagram can help us do just that. The ancient Enneagram symbol is a map of multi-layered interconnection, synchronisation and integration. It is also a vital resource for leadership and life in the 21st century.
Keynote 2: The Enneagram Prison Project (EPP) - How Do We Value Freedom?*
The world is changing rapidly and for the first time in our lives, many of us are encountering what it means to be in “lockdown,” a well-known experience endured for years by thousands of our EPP students in prison.
Compounding this, we are also now facing a heightened understanding of the systemic racism that has been oppressing black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) for generations. Never before has there been a more conducive climate in which to ask ourselves: How do we value freedom?
In this presentation, EPP Ambassadors, who found personal freedom long before they were released from prison, will dialogue with the Founder of Enneagram Prison Project (EPP) about how we at EPP are moving forward with great intention to democratize the Enneagram, a tool we know frees us from the prisons of our own making and how we can no longer afford NOT to come to a collective answer to this arresting question.
* Due to global travel restrictions, this session may stream live or be in recorded format.
Workshop 1: The Enneagram in Action in Organisations
Leadership Development and the need for changing leadership paradigms is the conceptual focus of our Keynote, which also touches on current organisational practice. In this workshop we take it further, hearing more of the Enneagram ‘in action’ in leadership development and coaching programmes within global corporates and SMEs. Theory and practical know-how combined.
Helen English will host the session with colleagues and guest client speakers who share their experience and the impact of this work; personally, with colleagues, teams, organisationally and beyond. Client organisations and guest speakers will be taking part from several different sectors, including leaders from one or more multi-national and by contrast, a small, high-turnover family business. There will be ample opportunity for group work, questions and hands-on inquiry.
Workshop 2: Relationship as a Spiritual Journey
At the beginning of a relationship, when we fall in love, we are in the Garden of Eden: it’s so wonderful, everything looks different – colours are brighter and the whole world seems to be smiling.
Around eighteen months to three years later, we find ourselves looking at our partner and wondering who on earth they really are and how come we are with them? This workshop will explore the very good reasons why we chose that person and how they (and our reactions to them) show us the path to spiritual growth.
Falling in love is universal - as is falling out of love. This workshop will provide insight into what is going on at an unconscious level and investigate the common belief that ‘there’s a perfect person out there who’s meant for me’, plus the extent to which this is true, but maybe not in the way you think. This insight re-frames intimate relationships giving a greater understanding of what it really means to fall in love.
Workshop 3: Transformational Coaching
Designing a transformational coaching journey using the Enneagram.
This workshop will explore how the Enneagram can be used as a map to guide a client on a transformational journey, moving from fear, to growth, to integration.
When embarking on any journey, we need to know where we are. The Enneagram empowers our clients to locate their home base, and with the coach as a guide, plan a journey of discovery working through their basic fear, motivations and excuses to a destination of growth and integration.
Workshop 4: Teaching the Enneagram - Tradition, Technology and Building the UK Community
We present here for the first time findings from 18-months unique research into teaching and learning within the Enneagram community. And as different methods of Enneagram teaching emerge from research, we ask "What’s working well?" for learners and teachers alike.
In this workshop, Liz will be discussing her approach to teaching the Enneagram which has resulted in her creating two amazing Enneagram Communities in Oxford and Sheffield. Focusing on what has been learnt through experience about how to teach and guide others from introduction through awareness to living from essence, Liz will be sharing effective methods for successful teaching.
Teresa will be reporting on how teachers can effectively blend traditional methods with online learning. Her research within the Enneagram Community offers us data collected from teachers and learners, to evaluate and compare what has and hasn’t worked. She will conclude with what needs to be taken into consideration when delivering Enneagram learning opportunities online.
We will introduce the new Enneagram Alive website, an online platform for teachers, coaches and students in the UK and Ireland, to help build Enneagram communities and maintain high quality, ethical transmission of the Enneagram. Practical, informative and with some surprises!
Workshop 5: Come ALIVE with the Enneagram!
This lively, playful workshop that will help you experience and embody Enneagram energies like never before!
Zitta will demonstrate how, using the Enneagram, professional actors and dancers have benefited from this work.
Using movement, dance and acting techniques, this workshop is designed to show you how you can experience the sensation of the nine types within your own body. As an eminent choreographer and theatre director, Zitta helps actors to build their body language by getting to the heart of what makes a character tick. It helps actors adopt their character’s feelings and thoughts, whilst ensuring their own feelings and thoughts don’t get in the way! Here, the Enneagram is wonderful in helping dissociate the actor from the role.
By giving you the opportunity to work with the nine types as an actor during this workshop, you come away with a clearer understanding and stronger embodied knowing of them all. It’s a unique experience.
Workshop 6: Enneagram Prison Project in the UK
Christine Adames and the UK EPP Team (UK)
We know that working with the Enneagram can foster self-awareness, insight and growth. EPP shows that the Enneagram has something that people in prisons are ready for and value.
The EPP UK team will talk about how it has developed in the UK and the impact it is having behind bars. How can we find out whether other “hard to reach” groups in society would find the Enneagram helpful too – and if they’re interested, get it out to a wider audience, in language that they can relate to?
We hope to have contributions from people in the UK who are using the Enneagram with other marginalised groups. But the most important part of this workshop will be our discussions about practical action to take the Enneagram out into a wider world, not in a spirit of proselytising “have we got the model for you!” but in the humility of offering a tool of compassion that can help people rediscover their own innate intelligence and wisdom, to re-member their best selves.
This workshop will bring together those who are already working to include more people, to make the Enneagram more accessible, with those who want to do so. It will help create a network for sharing what works and encouraging action.
Workshop 7: The Enneagram in Organisational and Team Development
While the Enneagram has primarily been used for personal and spiritual development, its benefits to organisations have become increasingly clear.
In this workshop we will discuss the fundamental ways that the Enneagram can be applied in a work environment and hear from individuals who use it to enhance work relationships, as a way of leveraging diversity to ensure people are working at tasks where they can be most effective, and to understand dynamics within teams. are essential to developing a competitive edge.
Participants and clients on interview panels will demonstrate this truth by sharing their own experience with us.
Workshop 8: The Enneagram, Music and Leadership
Leaders need to develop an awareness of their body language and be as natural as possible. This can be done by learning to align their leadership role with their personal values.
LEADERSHIP BY MUSIC demonstrates how leaders can practice and achieve natural, authentic behaviour – an essential element of leadership since body language is always honest and can’t be faked. This workshop focuses on using non-verbal communication to recognise Enneagram styles and their different strategies in specific leadership tasks. A mix of video and music examples of leadership exercises with the orchestra will be used to demonstrate possibilities of how music can be an integral part of leadership development and coaching.
Participants can experiment with some of conducting exercises with Martin playing the cello, giving them the opportunity to connect with their own body language and personality with immediate feedback in sound – not words!
Workshop 9: Sitting in the Gap – Transformational Journeying
with the Enneagram
The Enneagram can be used in many ways as a map for our development journey.
In this workshop we will talk about some typical stages of Enneagram development journeys. We will then experience a key somatic practice (Focusing), which enables you to listen to your body in a gentle, accepting way and hear the messages that your inner self is sending you. Honouring the wisdom you have inside you results in physical release, insight and positive life change.
Using Focusing, you understand yourself better, feel better and free yourself up to move forward on your development journey. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Eugene Gendlin developed this practice, based on his discovery that clients in psychotherapy had better outcomes when they took time and space to reflect on and Focus with their own inner sense of an issue. The Focusing Process is an empathic and compassionate way of being with oneself, one’s feelings and needs. When we Focus, we listen to something inside of us that wants to communicate with us. Tapping into this body knowing allows us to be open to the depth and richness of our whole self.
In this workshop you will learn about and discuss some key stages in Enneagram journeys, and identify which stage resonates most for you at this time and to use guided Focusing exercises to tune in to the “felt sense” of what’s going on for you right now.
Our conference venue provides a generous open plan area, perfect for combining a drinks reception with discussion groups on emerging themes. We’ve named these ‘Interest Corners’, which will operate ‘Open Space’ style, so people can vote with their feet and move around freely.
Hopefully, in this post-lockdown era, with a bar and people also milling and chatting. The formula was a great success at our last EnneaFest and we’re hoping to repeat it.
On-the-day Interest Corners
These will be decided when the time comes, in response to requests; “I want to hear more about how you built this Enneagram community… etc”
Pre-planned Interest Corners
These include Fergus Sullivan’s Interest Corner A: see below.
If you would like to host an Interest Corner yourself, please contact us.
Interest Corner A: Enneagram Profiling in Business
In Fergus’ own words, understanding a client’s Enneagram Type profile is what enables us, as coaches and consultants,
to make an informed intervention without the privilege of time getting to know someone.
An Enneagram Type Profile is the blueprint for what allows me to suggest I can make a difference when I am asked to “turn someone around” in under three hours of coaching time, or simply to turn up feeling confident I can make a difference leading to sustainable change.
In this workshop I will explore patterns of type and how they can inform our approach. It will be a chance to see how type shows up at work and what can be done about this. Also, to hear about the ‘Enneagram Profile’, our online questionnaire. The first such resource written by business consultants for business professionals and individuals seeking credible, high quality results. Unlike the majority of Enneagram online tools it uses balanced and value neutral questions in line with best practice in psychometric testing. Ideally, as with other such resources, used in combination with personalised verbal feedback. Hear more about different ways in which the Profile is being used to good effect by a growing number of organisations and individuals.