What is the Enneagram?


The Enneagram is an amazing personality tool with roots in ancient wisdom which joins together psychology and spirituality to help us understand our true self – our essence. It allows us to identify the repeated behaviour patterns in our personality type that prevent us from reaching our full potential as a human being. The Enneagram is also very useful in helping us to understand the many dimensions of both our personal and professional relationships.

To learn more, go to The Narrative Enneagram

Upcoming Enneagram workshops in Brisbane 2018

There are some wonderful opportunities to deepen your knowledge and experience of the Enneagram this year in Brisbane. Whether you are brand new to the Enneagram or you are ready to really explore this incredible system in a more profound way, there is a workshop for you. The Narrative Enneagram will be presenting the Six-day Enneagram Intensive and the Two-day Instinctual Subtypes: Building Better Relationships workshops (scroll down for further details).

If you are considering certifying as an Enneagram teacher or practioner, click here for information about the Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP).


The Narrative Enneagram Workshops, July 2018

presented by Peter O’Hanrahan

Meet Peter and learn about the workshops – watch the video below:


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The Enneagram Intensive

7th – 12th July, 2018

Location: Mercy Place, Bardon (Brisbane), Qld

Date & Time: 7th-12th July, 2018 – 8:30am-6pm daily (registration 8am on first day)

Price: $1950 (EARLY BIRD $1850 before 7th May, 2018)

THE SIX-DAY ENNEAGRAM INTENSIVE focuses on the integration of psychology, spirituality and somatics. Open to all, this program is for anyone who wants to participate in a powerful growth process in a safe and receptive community dedicated to diversity. The course also is designed for those who would like to pursue teacher certification or use the Enneagram in their professional practice or workplace.

Panel interviews bring the Enneagram to life through meaningful conversations and insights. The program includes 2 rounds of type panels, 11 powerful guided meditations prerecorded by Helen Palmer, short didactics, self-observation and movement practices, small-group exercises and discussions.

The Enneagram Intensive can serve as a stand-alone workshop or forms Section 1 of the Enneagram Professional Training Program which was founded in 1988 by Helen Palmer and David Daniels, M.D. (Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University), to train and qualify Enneagram teachers in the Narrative Tradition all around the world

• Anyone on a path of personal transformation
• Therapists, counsellors, physicians, nurses
• Business managers, coaches, trainers
• Spiritual directors and clergy
• Teachers and parents

This course has been pre-approved for 26.45 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours for Core Competencies and 14.55 hours for Resource Development (RD) by the International Coach Federation.

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For those who have attended The Enneagram Intensive previously and are repeating the course, the fees are $975 (accommodation not included). Choose ‘Intensive Repeater’ upon registering.


Instinctual Subtypes: Building Better Relationships Workshop

14th – 15th July, 2018

Location: Mercy Place, Bardon (Brisbane), Qld

Date & Time: 14th-15th July, 2018 – 9am-5pm daily (registration 8:30am on first day)

Price: $395 (EARLY BIRD $375 before 14th May, 2018)

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for creating more successful relationships with the people in our lives. Knowing how nine personality types think, feel and behave in very different ways allows us to increase our empathy and communication, reduce unnecessary conflict, and build bridges with one another. Understanding the instinctual subtypes takes this to a whole new level.

The primary subtype focus shows up in our relationships in three vital areas: 1) security issues reflected in personal warmth, finances, health and family; 2) social belonging and recognition through group participation, social duty, and friendships; 3) a quest for union in one-to-one connections, sexual intimacy or spiritual practice.

Subtype in a primary relationship is as important as personality type when it comes to daily life, where relationships are largely shaped by instinct and emotion. What do we expect of our partner for personal time and attention, and how does this fit with her or his priorities? Who initiates physical contact and how much? Who cooks and cleans? Who takes care of the finances? How do we include friends and family?

Understanding subtypes is a way of bringing all this to our awareness and having a language to describe it. It helps with friends, family and work relationships too. We can develop new skills to negotiate subtype differences (and similarities) in relationship. We are better able to meet our partner’s and friends’ needs for security and identity. We can manage the rhythms of contact and withdrawal without taking it all so personally. And we learn how to balance all three instincts, each of which plays an important role in both work and family life.

In this workshop we will explore:

  • How subtype affects our relationships at home and at work.
  • How the development of instincts in early childhood impacts our adult relationships.
  • How our defenses and emotional habits affect our subtype behavior.
  • The challenges and the blessings of the six subtype combinations in primary relationships.
  • Using the intelligence of all three centers – head, heart, and body – for successful relationships.

The format will include lectures, panel interviews, and small group work. All participants will receive an 85 page handbook (pdf file) on the subject of subtypes and relationships upon registration.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are all included each dayAccommodation is available onsite for an additional fee. Please visit  the Mercy Place website for details and to book. Breakfast is included when you book accommodation onsite but evening meals are not included.

For more information about the presenter, Peter O’Hanrahan, visit The Enneagram at Work.

Please contact Bernadette Galea at bernadette@essentialnature.com.au or on (+61) 0415 571 537  for any enquiries.

As well as being a registered psychologist, Bernadette Galea is also a fully qualified teacher of The Enneagram. Bernadette is available for private personality typing interviews (to assist you in understanding your type), as well as workshops and retreats.

For more information about the Enneagram or to begin to determine your primary type please visit Enneagram Worldwide or The Enneagram Institute.