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 ‘Essential Nature’. Used in conjunction with mindful awareness it allows us to identify the repeated thought and 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

Enneagram News & Enneagram Workshops!!

New Enneagram Album 2019!

Bernadette has written and recorded a new Enneagram album entitled ‘Nine of Us’ to be released in 2019! She has been in the studio capturing the essence of the Enneagram types in nine acoustic/pop/rock songs. Watch this space for more info on a release date!

Bernadette will be presenting the album in a workshop at the 2019 International Enneagram Association Summit in Lisbon, Portugal from 3-5 May.


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

Workshops can be customised to your needs and can run for a half day or up to three days depending on the level of depth you’d like to explore.


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

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

Recent Enneagram workshops in Brisbane 2018 organised by Essential Nature

The Narrative Enneagram Six-day Enneagram Intensive and the Two-day Instinctual Subtypes: Building Better Relationships workshops were recently held in Brisbane, Australia (scroll down for further details).

The Narrative Enneagram Workshops, July 2018

presented by Peter O’Hanrahan


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The Enneagram Intensive

7th – 12th July, 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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Instinctual Subtypes: Building Better Relationships Workshop

14th – 15th July, 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 defences and emotional habits affect our subtype behaviour.
  • The challenges and the blessings of the six subtype combinations in primary relationships.
  • Using the intelligence of all three centres – 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.

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

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