Aug. 16-18, 2022
Narrative Enneagram Core Program

Instincts & Subtypes
with Peter O’Hanrahan and Christopher T. Copeland

Each Enneagram type has three important variations known as instinctual subtypes. While everyone uses all three instincts (located in the body center) – self-preservation, one-to-one and social – we each rely on one of these as our primary survival strategy. This combination of type and instinct determines our “subtype,” which creates a particular focus in daily life and distinctive style in relationships. In fact, subtypes are as important as personality types when it comes to daily life, where relationships – especially primary relationships – are largely shaped by instinct and emotion. Our instinctual subtype also influences the decisions we make about major projects and life goals.

Working with the Enneagram’s instinctual subtypes is a vital part of inner work and returning to our essential self. The 27 subtypes also illuminate the important variations among people of the same personality type. In key relationships, understanding subtypes brings these primary areas of focus to each person’s awareness and provides a language to describe similarities and differences.

The primary subtype focus shows up in our relationships in three vital areas:

  1. Self-preservation: Security issues reflected in personal warmth, finances, health and family
  2. One-to-one: A quest for union in individual connections, sexual intimacy and spiritual practice
  3. Social: Belonging and recognition through group participation, social structures and friendships

From Helen Palmer’s early workshops in Berkeley to current TNE programs around the world, the Enneagram Narrative panel method brings the 9 types and 27 subtypes to life. This three-day workshop will help you:

  • Connect to a greater sense of security, well-being and purpose
  • Gain a better understanding of why people think, feel and act differently
  • Improve communication, reduce conflict and build new bridges with loved ones
  • Learn to meet each other’s needs for security, identity, contact and withdrawal

This stand-alone workshop is also part of our Enneagram Narrative Core Program. The format consists of short presentations, panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, guided practices and discussion. Some knowledge of the Enneagram is expected.

Fees, Discounts and Registration

  • Tuition: $650
    Early Bird: Save $60 if you register by June 17, 2022

    Are you eligible for one of these additional discounts?
    Note: discounts cannot be combined.
  • Students: Full-time students with ID currently enrolled in a school,
    college or university save $75 off either early-bird or standard
  • Bring-a-friend: Save $25 off either early-bird or standard tuition
    when you and a friend register at the same time.

    Non-Refundable Deposit: $300
    Due at the time you receive the registration invoice
    1/2 of Payment Balance Due: May 17, 2022
    Final Payment Balance Due: July 1, 2022

    Upon the completion of this registration form, you will be sent an invoice to make your payments. The payment plan includes the cost of tuition, room and board, and any additional add ons.

Room & Board

Double Room: $495
Single Room: $540
Commuter: $285
Extra Night Before or After: $135

Schedule & Location

Daily from 9 am-6 pm Pacific

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Vallombrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Transfers & Cancellations

Last day to cancel and receive a partial refund: July 15, 2022
Final day to register: July 22, 2022
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Must have basic knowledge of the Enneagram. Please contact our registrar if you have questions about your eligibility to attend.


To learn more, email the Registrar or call 866-241-6162, ext. 1 (toll-free) or +1 303-305-4362 (from outside the U.S.)