Suzette Fischer has studied and practiced the Enneagram since January 2000. She is a certified teacher of the Enneagram Professional Training Program (Helen Palmer and David Daniels: and has taught the Enneagram in Malawi and South Africa since 2003. A graduate in Industrial Psychology (University of Stellenbosch, B.Econ.), Suzette is a spiritual director, facilitator and consultant and has presented workshops to small groups, churches, business executives and government CEOs. She is also a professional member of the International Enneagram Association (IEA).

Suzette Fischer is the representative of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition in South Africa. The next Enneagram Professional Training Program (Part 1 and Part 2) will take place in March 2014 (see EPTP).

Suzette has been married to Robert Fischer for 21 years. They have four children and live in Pretoria.


I attended my first Enneagram workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi, in January 2000. From day one, the Enneagram was an aha-moment for me. I never saw "power" or "perfection" as gifts. For the first time I could identify with these gifts and I realized how different they are from my own. I became aware of my own "shadow-side" and how difficult it is for me to change. Realizing these differences has helped me to cultivate patience and compassion, not only with myself, but also with my fellow human beings.

The Narrative Tradition makes use of panels when teaching the Enneagram Types. Each Type speaks for itself. I fell in love with this narrative tradition. I could identify with the people that sat on my panel and shared my/our point of view. What I like about the Narrative Tradition is that although we have facilitators, each participant is a teacher in his/her own right.

I believe the Enneagram to be the most effective tool to achieve self-awareness, to improve relationships and teamwork, to reduce conflict and to appreciate human diversity and spiritual growth. I have also found it extremely helpful in raising and parenting our children.

Teaching the Enneagram is like eating chocolate every day and not gaining weight. I love what I do and see it as a blessing to work with people that have teachable spirits. It is a privilege to see people's faces light up when they realize the biggest gift is this journey within. They suddenly understand that they cannot know and understand others if they don't know and understand themselves. They cannot I love others if they do not love themselves.

The Enneagram helps us to become free from these worn-out patterns that keep limits us from being who we really are. The Enneagram is a journey to freedom!


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION is the practice of seeking and listening for God's guidance and presence in our lives. By sharing stories of life experiences, painful and enlightening, the directee seeks to find God's plan in their lives.

Spiritual direction develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It differs from psychotherapy and counselling where the role of the spiritual direction is not to give direct guidance, but to listen and ask questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth.

There are primarily two forms of spiritual direction: regular direction and retreat direction. They differ largely in the frequency of meeting and in the intensity of reflection.

Weekend retreats are offered at the Good Shepherd Retreat Centre. This Centre is just one hour from Johannesburg and about 30 minutes from Pretoria. For more information, contact Good Shepherd Retreat Centre:

Tel: (012) 259 1392
Fax: (012) 259 0235
Cell: 086 531 5016

These retreats can last a weekend, a week or even 40 days. During these retreats you can meet with a director on a daily basis for one hour. Meditation can be practised during these retreats, daily meetings, exercises or spiritual disciplines such as lectio divina and contemplative prayer.

Regular direction involves a 60 – 90 minutes one-on-one session. It is advisable to meet every second week during the first two months and then depending on each individual's needs, once a month. These meetings are slightly less intense than retreat direction, although spiritual exercises and disciplines are often given in-between meetings. Visit the "Sentrum vir Spiritualiteit, Christelike Meditasie en Gebed" ( ) to find the name and contact details of a spiritual director in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area.

"There is nothing more important than self-awareness and self-understanding to bringing peace and compassion to our relationships, and to our world." David Daniels, M.D., co-founder of the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT).


I've always been fascinated by people and the different ways of how they view the world. Who am I? Who are you? What brings us together on this earth? What makes you feel, think and do things differently from the way I do?


Helen PalmerThe psychological and spiritual worlds have always interested me and when I was introduced to the Enneagram in January 2000, it offered me a framework for bringing these two disciplines together.


Our brains can be seen as pattern-making machines and just as we all have different brain patterns, we also have different personality patterns. From our particular "pattern" will flow our motivations, our thoughts, our feelings, and our choices of action. When we are stuck too rigidly in these patterns, we become prisoners of our perceptions. Life becomes a struggle and our relationships suffer. With awareness, we start to see these personality patterns for what they are. We gradually realize that they simply describe a reality. 90% of our day, we live on auto-pilot. We are often not listening, not looking, or simply not aware of life. We are actually asleep.


Learning about the Enneagram will wake us up to the realities of who we are, how we view life, and how we live our lives. This will help us to relax these patterns so that our lives and relationships can truly flourish.


The Enneagram has changed my life and that is why it's my passion to teach it to others.

Suzette Fischer


"If there is anything that we wish to change in the world, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves." Carl Jung