Enneagram retreat 2

The Enneagram is a unique model of human behavior based on ancient sacred wisdom and contemporary psychology. It uses a matrix of 9 personality types to reveal profound insights into the patterns of our thinking, feeling and behaving and the core motivations behind them – in other words, our personality structure.

These patterns are what we rely on to have a sense of who we are and thus to navigate our way in the world. Without self-awareness though, these patterns can keep us stuck in cycles of frustration and even pain. However, the Enneagram gives us language and tools for observing our personality in action – how we show up in the world – so we can stretch beyond the limitations of these patterns and move towards choices which nurture our personal and spiritual transformation. When we awaken to who we truly are, we live with more presence, joy and compassion for self and others. The Enneagram is a path which helps us make this journey.


“I learned more in Marilyn’s 8 week introductory Enneagram course than I had in 5 previous years of workshops and reading on the subject! Her unique approach to the intricacies of the Enneagram, rather than just personality types, kept the class engaged and attentive. Everyone came away with personal and spiritual insights, without being required to buy a book or even take a test. Marilyn combines her depth of knowledge with openness, caring and humor to be a gifted teacher and group facilitator.”

~Nan Perkins
Retired University Administrator


I am committed to using and teaching the Enneagram because it is the most powerful model of humanENNEAGRAM behavior I have ever encountered for helping us understand and accept ourselves as we are and awaken to our deeper essence. It not only sheds light on our most basic psychological dynamics but also our deepest spiritual longings. It is a true path of love and compassion for self which can only lead to love and compassion for others. In this way, the Enneagram truly is a path for changing the world.

As an Enneagram teacher, I have trained in both the Narrative Tradition of Helen Palmer and David Daniels as well as in the Enneagram Institute model of Russ Hudson and Don Richard Riso. I also draw upon the work of Sandra Maitri, Richard Rohr, Beatrice Chestnut and others for my inspiration.

I consider myself to be a lifelong student of the Enneagram and continue to attend training events to expand and deepen my own knowledge as well as sharpen my skills as a teacher. I not only “talk the talk,” I truly “walk the walk.” I use the Enneagram as a map to develop greater self-awareness so I can engage my life with more effectiveness, compassion and joy. I hope you will let me guide you in doing the same.


Enneagram Offerings for Individuals and Groups


Individualized sessions to help you discover or deepen their knowledge of your Type

Use of the Enneagram in sessions to explore self, life issues, relationships, etc.

Guidance for couples wishing to use the Enneagram to deepen their relationship

Small intensive study groups (6-12 people) – weekly, bi-monthly, monthly and quarterly

Workshops – introductory and advanced, both full-day and half-day events

Classes (multiple sessions) which combine didactic teaching with group sharing

Weekend retreats for in-depth exploration and experience

Staff development workshops




If you are interested in my providing an event for your group or organization, please contact me at 336-601-0823 or Marilyn@spaceforconsciousliving.com. I’d love to discuss this possibility with you and create a unique event which would be tailor-made for you.


Enneagram event clients include:


Servant Leadership School, Greensboro NC

Greensboro College, Greensboro NC

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Greensboro NC              

All Souls Cathedral, Asheville NC

Durham Academy, Durham NC

Bridges to Unity Institute, Greensboro NC                       The Creative Center, Greensboro NC

First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro NC                      First Lutheran Church, Greensboro NC

First Presbyterian Church, Burlington NC                       Christ United Methodist Church, Greensboro NC


“Through her Enneagram retreat weekends, Marilyn engages the group community in awakening to understanding and accepting one’s true self.  Her deep knowledge, experiential leadership style,and genuine heart-felt caring validate the unique spiritual journey each of us travels.I cannot thank her enough for the two inspirational retreats I’ve attended as well as the small group year-long intensive I’ve participated in.”      ~Dwaine Phifer, PhD, Retired School Counselor