San Francisco Continuing Education Institution CIIS Presents Enneagram Workshop

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances presents the workshop “Enneagram Panel Interviews with Couples, Partners, and Friends” with Helen Palmer, Sharon Berbower and speakers for the nine types.

Helen Palmer (l) and Sharon Berbower (r)

We hosted a workshop on the Enneagram in fall 2010 and had such successful results we decided to host it again in fall 2011 with a slightly different format.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Public Programs & Performances, a San Francisco continuing education program, will host a 9-week panel workshop on the Enneagram, presented by Helen Palmer and Sharon Berbower. The Enneagram is a guide to self-help and spiritual growth that defines 9 personality types and explains their interactions and obstacles to understanding. The panels will be held on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 PM, starting on September 22nd, at the main CIIS building, located at 1453 Mission Street in San Francisco.

Arguably today's best guide for helping people understand each other, the Enneagram's most popular and compelling application brings spiritual method to conditioned patterns of relating. Using panel formats, participants will hear about the emotional resistances that different types of people encounter, and how dispassionate inner observation opens choice between relaxing those habits or acting automatically.

“We hosted a workshop on the Enneagram in fall 2010 and had such successful results we decided to host it again in fall 2011 with a slightly different format,” says Karim Baer, Director, Public Programs & Performances at CIIS.

The panel method made its Bay Area debut in the 1970s as a rapid-delivery demonstration of key issues in personal/spiritual development. Now, thirty-five years later, these meaningful conversations continue to illuminate the inner reality of type for the benefit of those who relate from a different perspective. Interviews focus on vulnerability concerns, type-related interpersonal conflicts, and the unique way that each type demonstrates their caring for others. Participants can expect a short period of spiritual practice plus question and answer with the speakers.

Helen Palmer is a teacher of intuition and psychology, and an international best-selling author with books in thirty languages. Her work is the subject of a PBS television documentary, Breaking out of the Box-Discovering the Enneagram. In 1988 she and David Daniels, MD co-founded Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, a school that unites personal and spiritual evolution.

Sharon Berbower, MFT, is a long-time psychotherapist with an extensive background in meditation and spirituality. An Enneagram teacher at JFK University for more than twenty years, she has also taught the system extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

The first 3 sessions of the 9-week workshop will focus on the body-based triad (Mediator, Protector, Perfectionist). The next 3 sessions will focus on the head triad (Loyal Skeptic, Observer, Epicure). The final 3 sessions will focus on the heart triad (Performer, Romantic, Giver).

Participants can register by phone at 415-529-4777; online at; or in person at CIIS Public Programs & Performances, 695 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The price for the full series is $235, or $30 per evening.

About CIIS Public Programs & Performances
CIIS Public Programs & Performances is an extension of the California Institute of Integral Studies, a nonprofit university dedicated to personal and social transformation. The mission of CIIS Public Programs & Performances is to uplift and engage San Francisco Bay Area communities by offering a global showcase of performing arts and educational events. Our performances celebrate cultural diversity by presenting traditional and contemporary artists from around the world. Our lectures by leading scholars and authors provide a platform for exploring new perspectives about oneself and society. Our workshops and certificate programs, taught by leaders in their respective fields, encourage personal discovery, spiritual inquiry and professional development.

For more information about the Enneagram workshop or any of CIIS Public Programs & Performances’ San Francisco spirituality programs and workshops, call them at 415-529-4777, visit them on the web at, or visit their campus, located at 695 Minna Street in San Francisco’s SOMA district.


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