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Institute Co-Founders and Senior Training Faculty

Don Riso

Don Richard Riso, M.A.

DON RISO, M.A., co-founder, was one of the foremost teachers and developers of the Enneagram in the world today. He passed away on August 30th, 2012. The most published and best-selling author in the field, he was President of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc., co-founder of The Enneagram Institute, and a Founding Director of the International Enneagram Association. At his death, Don had been teaching the Enneagram worldwide for over 25 years. His five best-selling books, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram, Discovering Your Personality Type, and Enneagram Transformations have sold over a million copies worldwide and are the most influential books in the field. They are available in German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese and other foreign editions.

Don was raised in New Orleans, LA and was a Jesuit in the New Orleans Province for 13 years. He holds degrees in English and Philosophy graduating Magna cum Laude, was elected to the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Stanford in Communication (Social Psychology). After Don left the Jesuits, he began full time work on the Enneagram in 1975. A lifelong spiritual seeker, Don was a member of the Gurdjieff Foundation in New York and is currently a member of the Ridhwan School (Diamond Heart®) of A.H. Almaas. He and Russ Hudson are the only Enneagram authors and teachers who have actually been members of both the Gurdjieff Work and the Diamond Approach®.

Don's contributions (along with those of Russ Hudson) to the Enneagram are described in detail in Enneagram Contributions. Convinced that the Enneagram would not be taken seriously without grounding in modern psychology, Don devoted himself to clearly and systematically describing the types and the elements of the system as a whole. Don's innovations (such as the detailed systematic type descriptions, the popular type names, descriptions of the arrows and the wings, the Hornevian Groups, and so forth) are now so widely used that many believe that these discoveries were part of an original body of Enneagram materials from either Ichazo or Naranjo, or some earlier source. However, Don's original work (not only including the above but, most notably, the Levels of Development) is the foundation for virtually all work now being done with the Enneagram. His first book, Personality Types, was published in 1987 after 12 years of work and has become the benchmark in the field. The Levels of Development, the Psychic Structures, the RHETI questionnaire, the IVQ (instinctual variant questionnaire)—and many other practical applications—are possible due to Don's groundbreaking work.

Personal Statement

The Enneagram is an invaluable tool for the growth of consciousness in human beings. When the personality types (and the system as a whole) are rightly understood, they help illuminate what is so often unconscious—and therefore hidden—in us. The Enneagram helps turn the light of awareness onto those features of our personality that operate automatically, not only keeping us "asleep," but so often getting us into more trouble, more conflicts, and increasing our suffering and that of others. But, of course, the Enneagram is not automatic, much less magic. In fact, it is not something that can even be all that useful unless we have some degree of awareness, as well as the willingness to work on ourselves with honesty and humility. Given these, however, the Enneagram is one of the great helps available for alleviating human suffering. Through self-observation, we can come to a deeper level of self-awareness and self-realization. Through this process, things can begin to change. Transformation becomes not just an idea, but a reality. When enough individuals begin to change, the world will begin to change.

Russ Hudson

Russ Hudson

RUSS HUDSON, co-founder, is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He is President of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc. and co-Founder of The Enneagram Institute. He has been co-teaching the Enneagram Professional Training Programs since 1991, and is a Founding Director and former Vice-President of the International Enneagram Association. He is also co-author of The Wisdom Of The Enneagram, Personality Types (Revised Edition), Understanding the Enneagram (Revised Edition), Discovering Your Personality Type (Revised Edition), and The Power Of The Enneagram (audio tape). He also assisted Don Riso in writing Enneagram Transformations. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Gayle Scott

Gayle Scott

Professional Background

  • Director, The Enneagram Institute of Colorado
  • Studied and Trained with Riso and Hudson since 1993
  • Senior Faculty of the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Institute
  • Professional Member / Accredited Teacher, The International Enneagram Association (IEA)
  • Board of Directors, IEA 2005 – 2010
  • Board of Directors, Women’s Alliance, 1990 - 1995
  • Instructor, Enneagram Courses at Naropa University School of Extended Studies, Boulder, CO.
  • Enneagram Coaching Consultant, Individuals and Couples
  • Career Background in Film and Television Production
  • Enneagram Consultant to Actors and Writers

Gayle Scott is Senior Faculty of The Enneagram Institute and has been teaching Authorized Riso-Hudson Enneagram Workshops, Riso-Hudson Trainings, and Teacher Certification courses in the US and internationally since 2005. She maintains an Enneagram teaching and consulting practice in Boulder, Colorado, and facilitates various Enneagram and film-related workshops and seminars across the US.

Gayle is a veteran of the Hollywood and Canadian film and television industries with over 20 years' experience in production. In the mid '90's, her work with actors inspired her to combine her professional expertise with her passion for the Enneagram. She began employing the Enneagram as a tool for psychological character development in scriptwriting and film acting, leading to her pioneering specialty of Enneagram Consultant to Actors and Screenwriters. Her clientele has included many well-known actors, opera singers, writers, and directors.

She has been involved in ongoing spiritual practice since her introduction to Transcendental Meditation in the early ‘70’s, inspired by her favorite Beatle, George Harrison. She also practiced Vipassana Meditation in the Burmese tradition for many years with S.N. Goenka.

Pursuing her ongoing interest in Women’s Spirituality and the Divine Feminine, Gayle served on the Board of Directors of Women’s Alliance, a non-profit organization that produced “Her Voice, Our Voices Solstice Camp,” an annual international women’s summer camp featuring arts, ritual, music, movement, literature, socio-politics, speakers, healers, and indigenous practitioners from around the world, in Northern California 1985 – 1995. It was during the 1988 Solstice Camp that she was introduced to the Enneagram.

In 1999 she began studying the Diamond Approach® in the Ridhwan School of A.H. Almaas. For three years she was a member of Claudio Naranjo’s US-based SAT group. She is also an advanced graduate of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process.

A founding Board Member of the Southern California Chapter of the IEA, and former Director of the Enneagram Institute of Los Angeles, Gayle relocated to Boulder, Colorado, in 2002 to pursue her psychospiritual studies in the Diamond Approach®. She lives in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by the blessings, inspiration, and rhythms of nature.

Personal Statement

Since 1989 I have been studying and working with the sacred psychology of the Enneagram as an essential resource for understanding human behavior and motivation, enhancing relationships, and realizing spiritual potential. I hold it as one of the most profound and powerful tools for self-knowledge and personal development available today. In 1993 when I attended my first Part 1 Training with Don and Russ, I was impressed and awed by the depth and profundity of their work, in particular the Core Dynamics / Levels of Development that masterfully gave the Enneagram its vertical dimension. I am honored to be working with these pioneers in the field and bringing the wisdom of the Enneagram deeper into the world.

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Part I Training Faculty

Part I Training Faculty

Tim McLean

Tim McLean

Tim McLean became Part I Faculty in June 2010. He represents The Enneagram Institute in Japan. Please see this Network listing for more information.

Tim McLean

Michael Naylor

Professional Background

Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Certified International Enneagram Association Coach
  • M.ED (Masters in Health and Education)
  • BS in Psychology and Physical Education
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor & Certified Clinical Supervisor
  • Certified Professional CTI Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certified International Federation Coach

MICHAEL NAYLOR, M.Ed, CCS, LADC, is a Faculty Member of the Enneagram Institute and facilitates the Part 1 Training. He teaches four Authorized Riso-Hudson workshops, and the Inner Critic (Psychic Structures) Workshop in the USA and Canada.

Michael has a 27-year background as a licensed addictions therapist, clinical supervisor, and addiction’s educator, spending 15 years at Serenity House, a residential treatment center for men. He teaches the workshop “Recovery and the Enneagram.” He does Enneagram and life transformation coaching nationally, and has a private addiction’s practice. He facilitates Courageous Men’s Intimacy Groups in Portland, Maine, and has a strong interest in men’s transformation.

He has been involved in ongoing spiritual practice for the past 30 years, including the Gurdjieff work, yoga, dance and movement, Diamond Heart, Essence work at the Inspiration Community in Baltimore, Chinese Goju martial arts, 12 Step Recovery Work, and Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practice. He is a graduate of the Forum/Landmark Foundation. He lives with his wife, Donna, a sweet Type Two, and his two amazing and awake children, Christian—a funny, mysterious Type Five, and Chloe—an adventurous, big-hearted, Type Two. He credits the Enneagram and his work with it, for the lasting and ever-deepening happiness he experiences with his beloved family. And for the profound equanimity it has provided him in navigating times of deep challenge and transformation.

Personal Statement

It is an honor and privilege to be a Faculty Member of the Enneagram Institute and to teach through the Riso-Hudson Insight Approach to the Enneagram. Russ and Don have discovered a profound map and mechanism for ongoing transformation and expansion that relies on mindful self-observation utilizing radical acceptance, non-judgment and compassion for oneself and others. The Insight Approach provides the merciful lens for this observation, and the way out of one’s acquired habits of suffering. It is my passion and aim to make this profound tool available to those individuals and groups across the USA and Canada.

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Lynda Roberts

Lynda Roberts

Professional Background

Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • M.ED (Masters in Education)
  • BS in Mathematics
  • Project Management Professional Certification (PMP)
  • IEA Accredited Enneagram Teacher

Lynda Roberts, M.Ed, PMP, is a Faculty Member of the Enneagram Institute and facilitates Part 1 Trainings. She teaches all four Riso-Hudson Authorized Workshops, the Inner Critic Workshop (Psychic Structures), and is participating in the design and development of a new Riso-Hudson introductory workshop which she will also teach. In addition, Lynda designs and delivers customized Enneagram workshops and Enneagram-based consulting services such as leadership development, conflict management, and team building.

After a twenty-year management career in Information Technology, Lynda established a management consulting business, providing project and program management consulting, curriculum design, and instructional services. She now integrates the Enneagram into her business consulting services. Lynda is involved in ongoing spiritual work. She is a member of Sandra Maitri’s International Retreat Group as well as an Atlanta-based Diamond Approach Group, both of which are part of the Ridhwan School.

Personal Statement

I am truly grateful for and honored by the opportunity to serve on the Faculty of The Enneagram Institute, teaching and representing Don's and Russ’ incredibly rich and precise Enneagram discoveries, insights, and teachings. My own personal work with the Enneagram has been and continues to be a fascinating and powerful journey that has had an impact on me far greater than I ever could have imagined. I find that teaching and sharing the Enneagram with others is a delightful and rewarding experience. As I work with groups and individuals using the Enneagram to gain deeper levels of self-awareness and self-realization, I cherish being witness to the shifts, insights, and transformations that occur. There are many powerful applications of the Enneagram and the Riso-Hudson Approach provides the opportunity to tailor the application to the needs of the individuals or group. The Enneagram truly changes lives and I am honored to be doing this work.

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Part I Faculty Trainees

The Enneagram Institute continues to grow and expand around the world, and now with the completion of the Barn, both Don and Russ would like to cut back on their travel so that they can spend more time writing and giving advanced Trainings in The Barn. In 2013, we will begin developing a new group of Faculty to present the Part I Training. If you are interested in becoming a Riso-Hudson Part I Faculty Member, you must have completed your Certification, be Authorized as an AWTP Teacher, and have taught Authorized Workshops for at least a year. Please read the Faculty Guidelines for more details.

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Part II Training Faculty

Karen Castle

Karen Castle, MATP, MSOM

Professional Background

  • Faculty, Riso-Hudson Part II Training
  • Certified Holotropic Breathwork™ Practictioner
  • Florida Licensed Acupuncture Physician
  • Transpersonal / Spiritual Counselor
  • Toastmaster Competent Communicator

KAREN CASTLE has a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California. Her pursuit of knowledge in Transpersonal Studies resulted from her Certification in Holotropic Breathwork (2005). The integration of these psychospiritual aspects allow for deep self-exploration and inner growth and provide a solid base for which Karen supports participants in this process.

Karen was first introduced to the Enneagram in 2005 from her mentor Jane Hollister. Jane initiated the combination of Holotropic Breathwork™ with the Part II Training (Enneagram Growth Experience) and Karen has assisted her since 2006. She feels honored to continue the work that Jane initiated and agrees that the Breathwork adds a deepening of the participants’ emotional connection to essence.

Karen combines the Enneagram and Holotropic Breathwork in workshops and utilizes these two teachings in her own everyday life experience.

Karen is also a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and has a Masters in Oriental Medicine. Karen’s experience with healing emphasizes the mind, body, spirit approach to wholeness and health. She specializes in depression, anxiety disorders and addiction along with prevention of any illness or disease.

Andrea Isaacs

Andrea Isaacs, M.A.

Professional Background

ANDREA ISAACS, M.A., helped design and has been faculty for Riso-Hudson Part II Training (the Enneagram Growth Experience, or the EGE) since its inception in 1995. She has been an emotional and spiritual guide for 30 years, and has been on the cutting edge in the field of emotional intelligence since 1994 when she created EnneaMotion, a body-based approach to learning the Enneagram, and Somatic Focusing, an incredibly efficient tool for emotional alchemy. She has been teaching with Don Riso and Russ Hudson since 1995, was guest faculty for Ginger Lapid-Bogda for four years, and is engaged in several creative collaborations focused on emotional intelligence, spirituality and leadership.

In addition to EnneaMotion and Somatic Focusing workshops and Train-the-Trainer programs, she has created and offers other workshops and retreats including “Change: Manifesting Life Transitions,” and the four-part “Life Worth Living” series:

  • Learning to Love
  • Trusting Yourself
  • Who Am I Meant to Be?
  • Manifesting Your Life

She also co-facilitates CEO retreats with Jim Warner and other OnCourse International facilitators. In 2012, she launched the first “Embodied Awakening Summit” to build a community of people interested in using EnneaMotion, emotional intelligence and other body-based practices to share cutting edge ideas and exercises, and put them on the “Round Table” for discussion, brainstorming and mutual support. Andrea travels the world teaching and coaching, and has made significant impact on the lives of thousands of people. She is called a “master teacher and powerful coach.”

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Faculty Emeritus

Brian Grodner

Brian Grodner, Ph.D., ABPP, FAClinP

We regret that Brian Grodner is unavailable for teaching or consultations due to a serious health problem from which he is recovering.

Professional Background

BRIAN GRODNER, Ph.D., ABPP, FAClinP, has been studying the Enneagram for over ten years and was certified as a Teacher in the Riso-Hudson Insight Approach in 1994. He has also studied with Claudio Naranjo and has written many articles on the Enneagram. In 1995, Brian helped design, and then was faculty for, the first three Riso-Hudson Enneagram Growth Experience (EGE Part II) Trainings

Brian has introduced and taught the Enneagram to many national conferences and congresses, professional groups, institutions, organizations and businesses across the country and in Mexico, and was a presenter at the initial 1994 Stanford University (and many other) International Enneagram Association Conferences. He is also a national speaker and trainer in psychotherapy, hypnosis, Energy psychology, NLP, habit and addiction control, health and healing, personal effectiveness, and communication skills for health and education professionals, as well as institutions, businesses, and organizations.

Jane Hollister

Jane W. Hollister, M.A.

Professional Background

  • Director, Enneagram Institute of Tampa
  • Riso-Hudson Certified Teacher and Faculty for Riso-Hudson Part II Trainings
  • Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner
  • Certified Neurolingquistic Programmer
  • Certified Level 2 Thought Form Therapy
  • Certified Level 2 EMDR

JANE HOLLISTER received her certification in Holotropic Breathwork in 1988 and was first introduced to the Enneagram as a part of her training in 1989. In 1991, after meeting and studying with Don Riso, she wanted to be able to bring these two powerful trainings together, mainly because she had found both to be life transforming for herself. Breathwork brings to Part II Training (The Enneagram Growth Experience) a deepening of the participants' emotional connection to Essence.

Jane facilitates two ongoing Enneagram Study Groups that manifest a "living laboratory" of the Enneagram. Many of the participants of the Enneagram Study Groups also participate in Jane's Holotropic Breathwork Workshops. Jane also leads Enneagram Workshops for both introductory and advanced level learning and holds periodic Holotropic Breathwork Workshops.

Jane is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Tampa, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She was certified as a Riso-Hudson Enneagram Teacher in 1995 and is the Director of the Enneagram Institute of Tampa Bay. Jane's has used the Enneagram in her work with business groups, conferences, individuals, couples and families.

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