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SDI Webinar: The Contemplative Enneagram - Pathway to Presence, Wholeness and Peace

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~ A Healing Paradox ~


The Enneagram is a way to discover who you truly are

by understanding the thinking and habits

that hinder you from being authentic.




This 4-part webinar series is designed to encourage deep connection - with the infinite, with yourself, with all beings. Spiritual companions - and anyone who is curious about an active spiritual life - will learn how the Enneagram and contemplative practice can be used together.

Participants will be:

  • Encouraged to develop/evolve their own practice
  • Invited to learn how spiritual direction, yoga, energy medicine and meditation combine with the Enneagram
  • Challenged to see their limits as gateways to limitlessness

Our goal is to give you practical guidance using personal stories that teach – including frank discussions of what has worked and what hasn’t.

Do you enjoy experiential learning? Does the mystical call to you? Are you intrigued by the Enneagram? If so, please join us.


The Enneagram is both a departure and a coming-home.


Key Areas of Exploration


  • How the Enneagram may be used to help us grow more aware of ego concerns and release them
  • How the Enneagram may enhance deep connection, compassion and awareness of the infinite
  • How the Enneagram may be paired with contemplative practice in companionship to help people toward wholeness, healing and love


Our contradictions don't have to limit us, they can make us whole.


What to Expect on the Webinar

Practical wisdom. There's a reason you often see the words "contemplative practice" used together. This is because consciousness grows from commitment and regular engagement. But how best to do this? We must find our own answers, of course. That's why the Enneagram is so useful. It offers a practice-based and flexible structure that can encourage contemplative wholeness. Many people find the Enneagram not only accessible but liberating. And they use it on their individual spiritual journeys as well as in their calling as they offer spiritual care.

Our focus

This series will concentrate on how the Enneagram and contemplative practice can be used together. We will look at a number of modalities from spiritual direction and yoga to energy medicine and meditation. Our goal is to give you practical guidance using personal stories that teach  - including frank discussions of what has worked and what hasn't. SDI webinars focus on experiential learning. We want our participants to open, expand and engage their hearts. We want you to finish this webinar series with a felt-sense of a deeper relationship with the transcendent, God, Spirit, or however you term the ground of all being. We believe that the better you connect with the transcendent, the better you connect with yourself and all beings.


Our every-day life isn't mundane by nature or definition.

Presence can transform any moment.


Who Might Benefit

We imagine most people who join us on this learning journey will have some knowledge of the Enneagram, but this is not necessary. Anyone may find deep learning if they engage with good heart here. The webinar series is designed for all those who offer spiritual care and for anyone who seeks fulfillment in life. We welcome people from all spiritual traditions and inclinations (and those who profess none). We welcome people of all abilities. One thing worth remembering -- we imagine that those who will benefit most from this journey will be those who are curious about - or already embrace - stillness. (See below)


Loss is not just a thief.

It also reminds us that nothing can make us incomplete.

We are whole beings.

No matter what.

Our journey is an awakening to this truth.




Each session is recorded so you can watch at your convenience.


Who We Are

SDI is an educational nonprofit, serving 6,500 members in 42 countries around the world. We are committed to supporting and growing access to spiritual companionship and the  deep listening, open questions and compassion our healing modality offers. Presence is central to spiritual companionship. And wholeness and peace are benefits that come with contemplative living.


This webinar series isn't just a way to earn CEUs.

It's a way to recognize ego boundaries - and transcend them.

The Enneagram isn't a way to put labels on people,

It's a way to give your curiosity wings.




Course Description

Session 1 - The Enneagram & Spiritual Companionship - Inviting Presence -  How do you bring the Enneagram into a spiritual companionship session? We'll look at what works to welcome Presence and what might not. Experienced spiritual director and certified Enneagram coach Deb Horton will lead this session. We'll explore the perspective of the directees - those people who are actually being companioned. A volunteer will talk about their experience being companioned. How does the Enneagram encourage contemplation? How can it be used in spiritual direction to support self-discovery?

Session 2 - Embodied Practice - Yoga and the Enneagram Enneagram professional and yoga teacher Abi Robins will lead this session. What steps can we take to bring the Enneagram into our day-to-day life? This session will look at how we can explore our issues through the framework the Enneagram provides while using the tools of Yoga to build a down-to-earth practice that can bring ourselves back into balance. As Abi says, "If the Enneagram is a map, Yoga is the off-road vehicle you need to take you on this journey."

Session 3 - Unfolding Your True Self: Moving from Ego Fixation to Spiritual Freedom. -  Living our most authentic, radiant life begins with recognizing the ways we’ve each overidentified with a false, limited self-construct. Your Enneagram Type is NOT the truth of who you are! Rather, the Enneagram helps to bring awareness to the compulsive patterns of the False Self and thus supports each of us in living more and more from our True Nature. In this session, we’ll learn how Enneagram knowledge, when coupled with contemplative practices such as centering prayer and welcoming prayer (particularly when engaged in Enneagram-literate conscious community), can support us in living our Divine potential. We’ll learn how we can apply this transformational knowledge not only to our own spiritual unfoldment but in service to the individuals or groups we companion. Led by Enneagram accredited professional, ordained interspiritual minister, and Owner/Founder of Evolving Enneagram, Rev. Nhien Vuong, J.D., M.Div.

 Session 4 - Enneagram, Energy & Touch - A Mystical Connection - Led by Dr. Avon Manney, D.O, M.S., an Enneagram specialist and an expert in hands-on physical and spiritual care. This session will help get participants familiar with the Enneagram as a support for living an authentic life through awareness. Dr. Avon says: "I have been sensitive to the energetic states of others from an early age. It is no wonder that I was called to study Osteopathic Medicine." Since then, she's trained in a number of other healing arts, including working with the Enneagram, Reiki, Shamanic Healing and Buddhist Meditation. She uses body scans to detect sensations that can act as triggers. "The facilitation of healing through intuition and touch takes many forms," she says.



What is stillness?

It is any space where we accept what is.

It is letting go of disapproval and approval,

so that we may experience the limitlessness that is part of our nature.

The Enneagram can help us invite and embrace stillness.



Deb Horton is a certified Enneagram teacher, coach and spiritual director. Board President of the Minnesota Chapter of the International Enneagram Association, she has built her spiritual direction practice in part through her affinity with and her training in the Enneagram. She also runs retreats and facilitates groups and is a certified teacher of the Embodied Present Process (TEPP). Her website refreshingly and openly refers to the personal qualities or "gifts" she feels characterize her approach to companionship: warmth, humor, creativity and open-heartedness. Quote: "The heart of my work ... is about uncovering what keeps us from God's Love and Wholeness."

Abi Robins (they/them) is a trained Enneagram Teacher who studied with Helen Palmer, Marion Gilbert, Peter O’Hanrahan and others through The Narrative Enneagram in Menlo Park, CA. Robins is also a CIAYT Yoga Therapist (intern) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and studied at Yoga Yoga in Austin, TX. Abi’s teaching combines the deep and transformative insight of the Enneagram with the holistic and down to earth practices of Yoga Therapy. Robins seeks to share these two powerful systems to help people better understand themselves and those around them and live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Her educational website is called the Conscious Enneagram.

Reverend Nhien Vuong, J.D., M.Div., is a former Stanford Law attorney who left her San Francisco law career to pursue a calling to support the evolution of consciousness, helping others to experience a greater sense of inner wholeness, oneness with Spirit, and unity with all of life. As an interspiritual minister, Nhien offers a compassionate path of transformation without dogma—a path that honors and is rooted in each person’s unique background, temperament, and personal beliefs. A licensed & ordained interspiritual Unity Minister, Nhien served on the ministerial team at the historic Unity Temple on the Plaza—the founders’ church of the Unity movement—which is located in Kansas City, Missouri, from January 2015 until September 2019. While still actively teaching and leading classes, groups, and retreats at Unity Temple, Nhien recently stepped down from her full-time associate position in order to share her Enneagram-based spiritual companionship with the larger world—through the healing work of the Evolving Enneagram. She is an IEA accredited professional.

Dr. Avon Manney received her medical degree in Osteopathic medicine, D.O., from the New York Institute of Technology and Medicine in 2006.  Using sensitized touch, she is able to diagnose and treat restricted areas of the body which are commonly caused by stress, repetitive use, muscle imbalances, and/or injury. She is aligned  with the nonprofit Gravity as an Enneagram specialist, where she uses "the Enneagram as a spiritual map for transformational work and alignment with Divine will. She works with others by guiding them into accessing their embodied intelligence. This work calls upon the cultivation of presence using meditation, body scanning, and the breath." She also offers Reiki and  Shamanic Healing. Dr. Manney firmly believes in the inter-connectedness of the body, mind, and spirit.  Her website is here.





Additional Information

Each session will run 75 minutes. We understand that the timing of the seminar will not be convenient in every time zone on the planet. For those who have trouble making this time, a recorded copy of each session will be made available to all those who sign up. CEU credits are available for all those who participate. (See below)

Who may join the webinar?

Everyone is invited to participate in SDI Webinars. 

Are CEUs available?

SDI will provide a certificate of completion for self-reporting to agencies. More information can be found here:  continuing education units (CEUs).

Tuition (4-part webinar package):

SDI Member Rate USD$59.00

Non-Member Rate USD$79.00

Tuition for webinar participation is non-refundable. All registered participants will receive access to the online recording of the SDI Webinar following the event.


A limited number of scholarships are available for those facing financial hardship. Please apply here.



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