Enneagram Workshop 1: Instinctual Subtypes


One of Trinity’s beloved visiting teachers, Sandra Smith, MDiv., will be with us for a weekend of deepening spiritual practice and personal growth using the Enneagram and to celebrate the publishing of her first book, The Enneagram Map to your Deeper Self: Living Beyond Your Type!

Details of Workshop 1 below.  Learn more about Workshop 2 on Sunday, October 6.

Workshop 1

Saturday, October 5, 8:45am - 4:00pm
Understanding the 27 Enneagram Types
through the lens of the Instinctual Subtypes

Instincts are energy for the support of life. All mammals have three central instincts: survival, sexual, belonging. Our work as humans is to harmonize these animal energies and balance them so they flow and integrate. When this occurs, then a fourth instinct arises: the instinct for enlightenment.

Without our knowing, these energies become distorted and tamped down. Yet, when the instincts are liberated and integrated, they support our spiritual development.

In this workshop, the learning will engage these three instincts: Survival, Sexual, and Belonging. Our ego structure, or Enneagram type, distorts these instincts and they appear as self-preservation (wanting more, but never having enough), sexual or one-to-one (want more of the desire to feel alive and creative), and social (want more of group participation and approval). Our dominant subtype is where our neurotic grasping lies.

Through dyad inquiry, small group discussions, and experiential exercises, we’ll consider how these three operate in our lives and how they become release valves for the vice of our Enneagram type.

Bring an openness to learning as we devote ourselves to our personal and spiritual growth.

Please Note: The Enneagram is a tool for deepening personal awareness and spiritual growth. In order to participate in these workshops you must know your type. A typing interview will orient you to become aware of your habitual behaviors and the motivations behind them. You may set up a typing interview with Maria Elliott at melliott@trinitynola.com.

Event Coordinator

Maria Elliott



Saturday, October 5, 2024


8:45am - 4:00pm


1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA US 70130

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