Introduction to the Enneagram
Central to our survival is the development of our instincts. The enneagram work has articulated three instincts that we operate through in order to survive and thrive in our lives. These are the instinct to self preserve, to express sexual energy and connect socially. One of these is dominant in us and directs our thoughts, feelings and behaviours daily. We have a secondary one that also plays a daily role in directing our way of being in the world and also a blind spot. In this workshop we will explore these instincts, what they can offer us and what happens when we bring the three into balance.
These instincts are born out of experiences in our early lives that cause us to not trust one of the three, and we interfere with its natural unfoldment – we try to override it and feel a lot of anxiety around this instinct as it relates to life.
Since the formation of our mistrust occurs in our pre-verbal lives, working with the instincts requires experiential work. This Instincts of the Enneagram workshop will help to deepen our understanding of the instincts, identify where our work is and give practical skills to move from fear to trust.
Bringing your instincts to consciousness will challenge your conditioning and help identify where your work is and give you the practical skills to move from fear to trust.
For those of you who have worked with the Enneagram types – the way that the instincts affect your type will blow your mind 😉. Held in Camrose Saturday February 22 – 10am -5pm and Sunday February 23 10am -2pm. $260 (includes GST) please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
I also offer retreats and workshops on a variety of other topics. These offerings include yoga retreats of various lengths, workshops on topics related to yoga, spirituality, mental health and emotional intelligence in yoga practice as well as intro and advanced Enneagram workshops.
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Along with teaching yoga I am also a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I have worked with a diverse population of people in my therapy practice – from people needing simple advice, to those with chronic or acute mental illness. I also work with people who are interested in increased self-awareness and the development of spirituality. Safety is of utmost importance to me and I employ a wide variety of approaches to psychotherapy depending on the needs of the individual. These approaches include mindfulness techniques, body-centered psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and internal family systems. I am happy to work with individuals, couples and families in their pursuit of psychological balance and healthy functioning. Please contact at 780-608-0573 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
For the last 15 years I have taught classes in and around Camrose, Alberta. I teach Fall, Winter and Spring sessions and focus on retreats and workshops during the summer months. Each session I teach has a different focus in which I develop classes that increase emotional intelligence and work to identify and shift mental-emotional patterning in the body. Because of the progressive intent of each session my classes require students to commit to pre-registered class times, however, there is opportunity to make up missed classes in other class times during the week. This commitment allows us to create an atmosphere of safety as a group, and the ability to move deeper into practice than drop in class formats allow. My classes are not fitness oriented. They are slow, mindful and challenging for mind, heart and body. Each class includes guided meditation, breath work, movement practices, formal yoga postures and most importantly the cultivation of relationship to oneself. What guides both my practice and my teaching is coming to a deep experiential understanding of the yoga sutras, and seeking to not just understand them but embody them.
Current class times are: Tuesdays 5:15-6:45pm, Wednesdays 9:15-10:45am and Thursdays 9:15-10:45am
For more information on the way I teach yoga please see the Mental Health Yoga page.
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