The Narrative Enneagram Core Program, is at the heart of our Narrative Enneagram’s Curriculum. It is freestanding and it can be completed in itself for your own personal development, or the starting point if you want to become a Narrative Enneagram Teacher or apply the Narrative Enneagram in your professional work. This is a living, growing and changing body of work that will continue to evolve as we gain new insights and enhance our teaching methods.

We are an IEA Accredited School.  Pastors receive CPD points through Excelsus and we hope to soon offer the same through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Where do I start



Part 1: Enneagram Intensive
Part 2: Instincts and Subtypes
Part 3: Deepening Spiritual Awareness

What's next


Part 4: The Typing Process
Part 5: Internship
Part 6: Enneagram Intensive and Certification 

Narrative Enneagram Learning Community
Special Programs and Workshops

Teaching method


If you are seeking a foundation in the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition, the Core Program is the place to begin. Whether you are new to the Enneagram or a long-time student, this program provides a unique, life-changing experience that will deepen your understanding of yourself and others.

The Narrative Enneagram Core Program starts with Enneagram Intensive, which is open to all and provides the basis for the other two core courses: Instincts and Subtypes and Deepening Spiritual Awareness. Each of the three courses includes panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, somatic exercises, and the practice of self-observation and inner awareness. You may begin this program without a commitment to take all three courses.

After completing the Core Program, you may choose to continue with the  Enneagram Professional Training Program . Those interested in being part of an ongoing group dedicated to personal development and lifelong learning can join our Narrative Enneagram Learning Community.


How to apply

TNE offers a limited number of reduced-fee scholarships to qualifying applicants who want to attend the Enneagram Professional Training Program. There are a limited number of scholarships for each part of the training program. Application closes 2 months prior to the training.

Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Financial need. We want to support individuals who cannot afford to pay for the full cost of  the Enneagram Professional Training Program.
  • Intention to teach. We are looking for prospective participants who have the ability and persistence to complete the training and become competent Enneagram teachers.
  • Diversity. We give priority to people who will bring diversity to our teaching community based on age, race, nationality, religion and income, and who will be teaching to a diverse population.
  • Nonprofit or community service. We want to support teachers who are currently serving or who will serve nonprofit organizations or community-based groups.
  • Volunteer teaching.We want to support individuals who are currently donating or who will make a specific proposal to donate volunteer time and energy to a community group.

How can I support? – soon to follow. Watch this space!

See Enneagram Jewelry. 100% of the Enneagramsa pendant money will go to the EPTP Scholarship Fund. This fund supports students with financial need that wants to become Narrative Enneagram Teachers.


Our premier offering, Enneagram Intensive, offers a deep, transformative experience of the Enneagram, focusing on the integration of psychology, spirituality and somatics. This updated course offers a full examination of the nine distinct type structures, with expanded attention to the spiritual and somatic aspects of each type. Another key element of the training is how the types show up in relationships.

The first three days have been redesigned to include refinements to the basic proposition (psychology), the basics of self-reflection (spirituality), and body awareness (somatics).

The final three days are devoted to your path of self-development. You will learn the defense mechanisms for each Enneagram type and how to work with your own patterns of reactivity.

You also will be encouraged to find the aspects of your own type that offer opportunities for growth and transformation. We will explore the following questions:

  • How do I experience the cognitive-emotional pattern of my type? Why is ‘seeing that
    pattern’ important in my life?
  • Why is ‘being receptive’ important? Why does that help me access my spirituality?
  • Why is ‘feeling my body’ important? How does that help me live with more consciousness?

Enneagram Intensive includes two rounds of type panels in the Narrative Tradition, an introduction to the Universal Growth Process, guided interactions related to current relationship issues, pre-recorded meditations by Helen Palmer, short didactics, self-observation and movement practices, and small-group exercises.


Each Enneagram type has three important variations known as instincts. While everyone uses all three instincts – self-preservation, social and one-to-one – 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. Social: Belonging and recognition through group participation, social structures and friendships
3. One-to-one: A quest for union in individual connections, sexuality, intimacy and spiritual

The format consists of short presentations, panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, guided
practices and discussion. This three-day workshop will invite 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

Some knowledge of the Enneagram is expected.


Deepening Spiritual Awareness is focused on the transformative potential of your own type structure for higher levels of being. Our format blends the profound somatic practice of grounded presence with contemplative methods for emptying and focusing the mind.

These “skillful means” build an inner capacity to recognize and relax emotional passions as they arise – thus “converting vice to virtue” – the pure life force that sustains us.

These spiritual activities will be debriefed from different type perspectives through panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, short didactics, inner practices, somatic exercises and small groups.

Note: Ideally, Enneagram Intensive is the best place to begin our Core Program. However, we understand that many students have prior knowledge of the Enneagram, so this course also is open by permission to intermediate and advanced Enneagram students who have studied with other teachers.

Part 4: THE TYPING PROCESS – 3 days

In this expertly constructed training, you will learn how to facilitate self-discovery in your clients. From neuroscience we know that learning through experience rather than being given an insight is hugely impactful in creating new neural pathways that transform rather than merely inform.

You will learn step-by-step how to conduct typing interviews to assist Enneagram newcomers in determining their type. You will develop articulate questions, learn the process of inquiry and how to listen deeply, and provide interviewees with guidance that allows them to discover their Enneagram type.

Modules include differentiating one type from another, non-verbal aspects of type, and knowledge of your own biases in conducting interviews. The training culminates in a rare hand- on opportunity to practice your skills by interviewing volunteers from the community, with feedback from instructors.

The overall purpose of this process is to help clients discover what motivates patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Type cannot be determined from external behaviors, but only from a deeper understanding of focus of attention, underlying motivations and lived experience.


The Internship provides a supportive structure for gaining practice as a Narrative Enneagram Teacher. You will be working with a TNE mentor.

Internship Requirements

  • Part 1: Enneagram Intensive
  • Part 2: Instincts and Subtypes
  • Part 3: Deepening Spiritual Awareness
  • Part 4: The Typing Process 


  • 20 Typing Interviews, 7 supervised by your mentor. The goal is to develop your skill and content knowledge to conduct a typing interview according to The Narrative Tradition. Candidates may begin typing interviews after completion of The Typing Process.
  • 5 Panel interviews with a 10-minute introduction to the panel; 3 reviewed by your mentor. The goal is to gain the skills and capacities needed to effectively facilitate a panel in The Narrative Tradition.
  • 2 Presentations, 20-minutes each, on an Enneagram topic reviewed by your mentor. The goal is to develop the skills and capacities to effectively present topics on The Enneagram.
  • Written assignment to be reviewed by your mentor.


After completing the supervised mentorship process, you will return to the Part 1 Enneagram Intensive as a certifying candidate. During the training week, you will:            

  • Conduct two panel interviews on designated topics for the type, with coaching and feedback
  • Complete a full 60-minute typing interview and feedback before an evaluator

Upon successful completion 

Certified Narrative Enneagram Teacher


The Narrative Enneagram Learning Community is for experienced students who want to continue their journey of self-development in an ongoing community of Enneagram practitioners. The Learning Community curriculum joins crucial elements of spiritual practice with psychological and somatic structure. This allows us to internally recognize and relax reactive type patterns as they arise instead of automatically acting them out. This program brings the Enneagram to life by offering facilitation and support for integrating psychology, spirituality and “felt-sense” somatic awareness.

The Learning Community is not a workshop or training, but rather an ongoing community of twice-yearly gatherings, in-person or online,  for learning and support.  The community itself creates the transformational field that is critical to the personal and spiritual development that occurs within our gatherings.  While there is no requirement for continued attendance, it is highly encouraged that you attend at least once a year, allowing the community to deepen in practice and relationship over time.

Through panel inquiry and inner practice, the Learning Community will build or develop the competencies of:

  • Capacity for the conversion process
    • Ability to relax toward the passion or contraction of type structure, allowing reconciliation in body, heart and mind to occur naturally, and the virtue or received experience of the Ground of Being to arise
  • Knowledge of the two streams of spiritual practice: negation and affirmation
    • The way of negation or emptying is typical of mindfulness practices where one lets go of thoughts or perceptions as they arise by following the breath
    • The way of affirmation or focusing in which one concentrates on a particular image or quality
  • Capacity for extended presence and witnessing consciousness


Our guidelines for membership are completion of the Enneagram Intensive, Deepening Spiritual Awareness, and Instincts and Subtype workshops, which gives one familiarity in the following core competencies:

  • Capacity for self-reflection
  • Understanding of type structure
  • Familiarity with instincts, subtypes and the cognitive/emotional habit

“How do you relax your type structure at the point of suffering instead of going on automatic? We have brought spiritual method to this human dilemma.”

~ Helen Palmer


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