- Enneagram Relationships Workshop
- Wisdom of the Enneagram Workshop
- Instincts (Subtypes) Workshop
- The Enneagram and Recovery Workshop
Advanced Workshops and Other Programs
- The Enneagram and the Inner Critic (Psychic Structures) Workshop
- Enneagram of Holy Ideas Workshop
- Accessing and Integrating Essence, Part I
- Inner Work Retreat: Being in the Body
International Enneagram Association Presentations
- The Virtues: Qualities of the Awakened Heart, 2006
- Mapping the Traditional Elements on the Levels, 2006
Part I Training Endorsements
Comments from the February Part I Training in Atlanta, Georgia, taught by the New Faculty Team—Sr. Faculty Gayle Scott with Lynda Roberts and Michael Naylor
"I came inspired and I am leaving inspired. The depth and breadth of the Training were both superior to anything I could have imagined for use both personally and professionally."
"The teachers created such a safe space for us all to BE however we showed up and we all blossomed in their loving presence."
"I share my gratitude to you and to your commitment, your passion, and your heartfull presence. You are a good and strong team with many gifts. Thank you for doing this work."
"This was one of the best experiences of my life! I am so grateful and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing."
"Thank you so very much for a wonderful training experience. Your mastery of the material, your passion, and your personal depth were inspiring. I appreciate how you held the space and brought the material to life. I also appreciated how accessible each one of you was during the sessions and the breaks. I learned a lot and experienced important subtle shifts. Blessings to you and to all that you do for this planet."
"Thank you Gayle, Lynda, and Michael for an incredible week of growth. I feel a sense of hope that I haven’t felt in a long time. I hope to see you all again soon."
"I wish you could look inside my heart to see the ocean of gratitude which lives there for you and the Enneagram teachings. Knowing that you can’t, I make the attempt. My feet are on a new Path. And it is because of the teachers and the class and the new dimension which rose up around us during the Training (and which I have not left!). Your energy, clarity, generosity of spirit, and beauty are inspiring, and a gift which opened me to the place in myself which is all those things as well. I see with new eyes and I am having so much fun learning even more now about myself. Thank you!"
"The Training was life changing. I’m so glad I came! It was so much more and better than expected. So rich in content, so full, so deep—I feel so fed—so hungry to keep going yet peaceful with it, not anxious. What a wonderful experience! Terrific instructors, class, and fascinating material."
"Exceeded my expectations. The combination of classroom learning, group exercises, and sharing of experiences was perfect."
"There was such a wide variety of approaches, perspectives, exercises, music, dance, joy, tenderness, levity, laughter, and solemnity. And the content was Holy."
"The variety of approaches – visual, kinesthetic, auditory, experiential, facilitated my ability to connect aspects of the Enneagram I had not considered."
"Love the structure of music, poems, and the use of three presenters."
"Gayle is so present, poised, and knowledgeable. She presented with clarity and attention and an unflappable stability. She brought a dry, unpredictable wit and even silliness, but each presentation was profound and deep. She brought honor to each of us."
"Gayle is extremely knowledgeable. She has an even, lovely tone and a beautifully articulate way of teaching. A great balance….Gayle brings to the entire experience, keeping it level, calm, and moving forward."
"Gayle’s knowledge of the Enneagram and her knowledge of the styles of actors and characters from film increased my ability to actually "see" the personality styles."
"Lynda has a very warm and receiving spirit. She is an excellent teacher with a great heart and a sense of welcoming in her spirit. She is authentic, down to earth, and warm."
"Lynda brought invaluable gifts. When she spoke, she cut right to the chase and was very well- prepared, present, and knowledgeable, and her humor is delightful."
"Lynda is very knowledgeable and presented with a lightness and sense of joy. She is very good at demonstrating examples of the types of energy each of the numbers show to the world."
"Michael brought such depth of soul to his presentations. He deeply cared for us and frequently made himself vulnerable. He was also very well prepared, intelligent, and FUN! Michael’s immense compassion for the Enneagram types certainly peers forth. Since I have difficulty relating to my heart energy, I was a little uncomfortable with it at first. In the end, though, I think it allowed me to break open the shell around my heart to have true compassion for all. Michael was wonderful with spirited, heartfelt, and great examples. A strong, but gentle male energy with a huge heart and a desire to share his knowledge."
"The time was very well spent with adequate breaks but great efficiency. Our time was well-organized and well-directed. I am a teacher and I know a good lesson! Excellent! There was a good pace set. It was a concern I had when registering for the Training, but it was needless. The days allowed for the right amount of time for training and rest. I also enjoyed the time to get to know other participants and to share in their journey."
Taught by Don Riso and Russ Hudson
"Part I is such a profound Training! Don and Russ always have something new to offer, so I wanted to experience the Training again to absorb what I had not been able to hear deeply the first time. The outcome was that I was impacted by powerful insights and distinctions that I had not heard before. These helped me understand the Enneagram in a more complete way. Many teachings took on new meanings and I started seeing connections, rhythms, and a dynamism in the system that were new to me. The Training also helped me see how I, as an executive coach, could guide my clients more compassionately and skillfully. However, what really surprised me the most is how deeply it touched me again and how beautifully it imprinted my Soul."
Integral Coach for Evolutiva, Co-Director of Enneagram Institute Ciudad de México
"Having last week completed the Part I Training week in Wales, I'd like to pass on my heartfelt thanks for everything about the week—it was truly magical. Don and Russ' teaching has brought the Enneagram to life for me in a way I'd never expected, and I say this having previously thought I knew the system well. It's made an enormous difference personally."
Coach and Consultant, Gardner Hayworth Limited, UK
"Thank you for your wisdom and true loving warmth, that I experienced last week at the Part I Training at Buckland Hall. The Enneagram has given me a home and a framework to work towards a true life. I will forever be grateful to you both for the opportunity that life now presents."
"Many people in my Part I Training used the term transformational—and indeed this experience continues to be transformational for me. Both Russ Hudson and Brian Grodner were great models of how to be Present and to act out of that Presence. The night following the Training, I had a disturbing dream.
"I was living in an old house. Many of my family members were there—both past and present. The house was a combination of many houses, but mainly an old farm house. It kept having problems with its structure and my family was discussing how to fix it. Russ and Brian then appeared in this home offering to help fix the problems. Russ seemed to just dance around not touching anything as Brian commented on the problems and how easy they would be to fix. But the problems only became larger. The leak in the roof would suddenly turn into the roof being removed from the home. The leaking pipes would turn into fountains. The furnace fell into the ground revealing the inner core of the earth. My family members and I were all getting upset trying to stop them from doing any further 'repairs' before nothing was left.
"I woke up angry and with a bizarre sense of questioning: 'What were Russ and Brian doing?' 'Why was I angry with them after such a wonderful experience?' Then I thought back to my dream and the view of what was beyond this house—a beautiful sky, flowing water, the inner heat of the world. It was almost as if my personality was fighting once more to contain myself within that house, and Russ and Brian were opening me up to the connection to all that is within this world. I want to thank Russ and Brian for helping me see a different way of making household repairs. I have only begun in my journey to work with the wisdom of the Enneagram."
Saskatchewan Conference of The United Church of Canada
"It was a great pleasure to have been a part of the class and to have learned from both Don and Russ. The few days in Lantau were magical—my deepest gratitude to you both for making it truly a 'Beautiful World' [Don's name for this Part I Training] for me. As with anyone coming to know the Enneagram, I continue to discover revelations about myself—some larger ones, others more mundane. In the last few days of the Training, I came face-to-face with a rather large one—one that has long eluded me. For a very long time now, I have confused amusement for joy. By hiding behind the untouchable Five façade, I have blocked out many simple things and seen them not as they were. My experience at the Part I reconnected me to a part of my heart long forsaken. I attribute this long overdue reconnection to the warmth you both expressed—without this sense of trust which I felt from you and the class, I could not have completely let down my defenses, and I would still be in the dark, 'amusing' myself through life."
With deepest gratitude,
iclub group, Hong Kong
"The atmosphere during the training was highly professional and yet amazingly accepting and harmonious. All types were treated with utmost respect and deep understanding. It spoke volumes about the quality of Don Riso and Russ Hudson as master teachers of the Enneagram. I experienced and witnessed numerous personal breakthroughs even amongst people very familiar with the material and years of Enneagram work. Professionally my understanding of the subject deepened into a hologram with spiritual wings. Thank you so much!"
International Soul-Coach Trainer, author, Finland
(see her review of Part II)
"The Riso-Hudson Enneagram Training Program was, without question, one of the most empowering and centering experiences in my career, in my ministry, in my life. The integrated scholarship of Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson is unmatched. The thorough presentations helped spiritually contextualize my professional vision, sharply clarify my personal challenges, and deeply strengthen my expertise in utilizing the Enneagram. The Training was nothing short of astounding! Profundity assimilated through presence! The honest, relevant spirituality, continually palpable in the Riso-Hudson presentation, cause the lessons to go deep and to stay vibrant."
Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, Ph.D.
Workshop Leader and Consultant, Cupertino, CA
(see her review of Part II)
"...Don and Russ, Thank you also for your integrity. I greatly appreciated your psychological maturity, on the one hand, and respect for the intellect, on the other. So many approaches to spirituality neglect the importance of either or both. I also appreciated your ecumenism: the fact that you treated the great religious traditions and spiritual paths with respect. And, I appreciated the consideration with which you spoke of your other colleagues within the Enneagram field, yet another sign of integrity."
"I was greatly impacted by the Part I Training. As I said at graduation, Don and Russ have an uncanny ability to present the material in written form (that anyone can understand) coupled with the ability to teach the material in a group setting. Those two factors alone make for an incredible gift that they bring. However, on top of all that, they were also able to create such a warm, safe, compassionate community among the participants, and when that was brought together with their teaching style, the exercises, and the meditations, it created a phenomenal crucible for transformation.
"During the Training, I became more deeply connected to mySelf than I have ever been—and I have been on a conscious quest for this for many years. And, as if that weren't enough (certainly worth the price of the Training), there was the deep communion and connection with others that I look forward to at the other Trainings. I continued to 'reel' for several days following my return home—I finally said to a friend, 'I feel as though I'm being internally reformatted!' In other words, the impact of the Training has not stopped with the Training."
Betty Owen, M.S.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Los Osos, CA
"Over the past six years I have read Don and Russ's books, attended their short workshops, and attended two workshops by another respected teacher. I had learned a lot, but sensed that my learning lacked depth. The Part I Training session with Don and Russ provided that depth. I not only came away with new information and compelling insights about each of the nine types, I also began to develop a deeper sense of recognition and a compassion for each type. There seems to be something holy about what I learned and the experience that all of us shared. I am so grateful."
Teacher, Atlanta, GA
"I can say that Part I has allowed me to discover a quiet mind (mine is usually going at 350 km speed all the time), and during the Training I have 'acquired' a family that is able to accept me for who I am and allow me to be me (good and bad points). As for the real world, I have noticed that I am a lot less angry than I used to be, and a lot more present in conversation and in what I do. I can now often spot my mind when it starts to wonder and I can choose to let it or to come back. It was a great experience."
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
"Don and Russ offer a truly unique approach... warm, engaging, inspiring, and specific. They motivate, no, they challenge you to remember who you really are and to make a unique contribution with the rest of your life."
Cees de Voogd, M.B.A.
Consultant/Coach, Bergen aan ze, The Netherlands
(see his review of Part II)
"Riso and Hudson's unique interpretation of the Enneagram has been invaluable to me in understanding myself and other people. The wonderful combination of Don and Russ's intellectual insights and their heartfelt presence during all of the training makes for a truly transformational experience.
"When I signed up for the Enneagram training, I was prepared for an in-depth study of the Enneagram material. What I was unprepared for was the amazingly diverse group of people who attended and how enriching that was for all of us. Also, Russ and Don's intense focus on staying present as we worked made all the material come to life as the week unfolded. We worked harder than I ever imagined and we became a close group of friends over a relatively short amount of time. I can honestly say that every single person in our training group left the week a different person."
Virginia Knox, M.A.Ed.
"Don Riso and Russ Hudson are master craftsmen who have taken the Enneagram
and interpreted it with incredible compassion and extraordinary insight. I was
unable to fathom the awesome and profound nature of the Enneagram until I
attended their Training. Not only did they present cutting edge information,
but more importantly, they embraced their humanity and in doing so, embraced
the sacred and infused their Training with that spirit. This was, by far, the
most profound Training that I have ever experienced!"
Pychotherqpist and Registered Nurse
"Don Riso and Russ Hudson have proven themselves as leading teachers in the Enneagram field. Their teaching style is inspiring, deeply spiritual, and dynamic. Their Training is the most enthralling experience I have ever had in studying the Enneagram."
"This was by far the finest Training I have ever attended in terms of depth,
presentation, as well as Don's and Russ' knowledge and embodiment of the
material. Enormously powerful!"
President, Breckenridge Consulting Group
"What a week! This was unquestionably the most valuable program I have
attended in the past decade. The volume and quality of pure information,
combined with interactive, experiential learning and focused inner work added
up to a powerful experience. Don and Russ are gifted facilitators. Their
understanding, dedication, and passion invigorated the group while creating a
safe and clear space for deep and focused individual work. As a management
consultant, I now have the information and tools to integrate the Enneagram
into my work."
Barry Keesan, M.B.A.
WorkSmart Learning Systems
"As a psychiatrist in training, I came for information on what seems to me the
most dynamic theory of personality I have ever encountered. I came away,
however, with much more than information. We actually got inside each type,
and got a feel for their subjective, personal experience of the world. This
has already helped me immensely in my personal and professional life. I
believe your work is a revolution in the making."
Rick Chase, D.O.
Akron General Medical Center
"I came to the Training wanting to learn more about how I can use the
Enneagram in the business world. I certainly took away ideas about that, but
that is the least of it. The deep surprise was how I can use the Enneagram for
my spiritual development and for the spiritual development of my clients."
Suzanne Stier, Ph.D.
"Don and Russ share with you. They invite you to review, to consider, to
experience for yourself No hard sell, no preaching, no force feeding of
truths. They unveil information, answer questions and encourage discussion.
They have no need to push or to promote—for what they have to say, and they
way they live their message, delivers in the most profound way. They are what
Lynn Hara Moon
San Francisco, CA
"I was impressed with the knowledge, professionalism, and down-to-earth qualities of Don and Russ. While they skillfully taught a multitude of Enneagram concepts, most significantly, they personally conveyed what it means to live with you teach. It was a profound and growthful experience."
Diana Brown, A.M., A.O.T.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
"Don Riso and Russ Hudson each provide components that meld with the other's
creating a powerful combination for understanding and conveying the wisdom of
the Enneagram. The result for me was one of the most inspiring, meaningful,
liberating, entertaining, and energizing Trainings I have ever
Molly Dawson, Ph.D.
"Thank you, Don and Russ, for the depth, clarity, and comprehensiveness of your Training. I am so impressed by the profound and grounded spiritual teachings and practices that were interwoven through the week. What you transmitted resulted in a powerful sense of presence, compassion, and truth for the group as a whole."
"There is no substitution for the kind of personal instruction Don and Russ provide; they are warm and approachable and encourage a group atmosphere that combines serious contemplation of types with good humor."
Director of Publishing and Advertising, Center For Professional Education, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
"I'd been to many trainings that promised the moon—but I can say from the insight I gained that you exceeded my hopes."
William F. Flaman
"It's not often that a student has the opportunity to study with two people who not only know so much about their subject, but who can convey it with such clarity, humor, and compassion for each student."
Anita M. Hamm
"I will be forever grateful to the person who encouraged me to 'treat' myself to the Riso-Hudson Training Program because it was one of the most profound transformative and integrative experiences of my life."
Cathy Egan, R.S.M.
"No Enneagram teachers I've come across offer such a rich and dynamic picture of how each personality type expresses itself in the world, and the process by which we can move through progressive stages of psychological and spiritual growth."
Author of What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America
"I'm so grateful to have taken the Part I Training. I teach workshops for teachers, business people, counselors, and many different people, but I was not so sure if the Enneagram was something that I could devote myself to. However, my attitude has changed after taking the Part I Training. I experienced how deep and beautiful an Enneagram training can be. The way Don and Russ explained each type was so profound. I realize that I can't help loving every person including myself if I really understand them. I think to be real means loving and accepting myself and others. I think if I could love every human being, I might have done all I have to do in this life. Don and Russ showed me deep love from the heart. That which comes from the deep heart reaches the deep heart of another. They showed me how an Enneagram training should be."
"Thank you so much for one of the best, if not the best, of the workshops/trainings I have ever been to. Don and Russ, you are both masterful in integrating knowledge and experience, and I left with a real sense of wholeness as a result. More than that though, is the unbelievable purity of heart that I felt from you both. It allowed me to further open my heart and that made all the difference in the quality of my work with you. I highly recommend you both as thoughtful and inspirational teachers of the Enneagram."
Lisa M. West, M.S.W.
"Our Part I Training together was intense and informative. Thank you for packing in so much, and so much nuance! One month later, I am still digesting our five days together in Pennsylvania. One impression that is with me clearly—you led the Part I Training with so much integrity. Your total commitment to the material was apparent almost instantly, and the breadth and precision of your knowledge was a real pleasure to be with. In particular, I have a much better understanding of what the Levels mean and how I can use them; this has greatly enriched my understanding of the Enneagram and has expanded my ability to use it. Also the introduction of the harmonics was so powerful—pyrotechnics! Mostly, I want to say thank you, Don and Russ, for convening a terrific group of people and for sharing of yourselves so generously. It was really a pleasure to be welcomed into your community of Enneagram students and scholars."
People often ask what the Holotropic Breathwork is like. Of course, everyone’s experience is unique and unpredictable; however, the Breathwork experience is always personally meaningful and often life-changing. For a very full and deeply moving account of one participant’s Holotropic Breathwork journey, read here.
"Thank you for the truly wonderful week at the Part 2 Training. The course content and themes really helped me to see the world through the eyes of all of the types, not just my own. I ventured into unknown territory with the gentle assistance of four wonderful and supportive guides in Jane, Andrea, Russ, and Don. My own personal development, empathy with all personality types and love of the Enneagram were all profoundly enhanced by attending Part 2."
"Part II gave me a great understanding of the meaning of the Enneagram at a deeper level. The powerful presence and genuine caring that was felt among a group of people who were not acquainted with each other was amazing. I feel this was brought about because of the powerful presence of Don, Russ, Jane, and Andrea, the Part II Faculty. Each of the Faculty gave their time with complete focus, attention, and caring—never drifting. I highly recommend Part II to anyone who has started on the path of the Enneagram. It brings one a step further and at the same time gives one the realization of the many steps to follow."
Therapist, Galway, Ireland
"After Part One, I rode a wave of joy for weeks. Part Two's gift has been deep healing peace. Before Part Two, I knew quiet, I knew still. I knew solitude. I did not know peace. I have experienced another major transition in my life through the inspiration of Russ, the love of Don, and the dynamic movement expressed in the work of Jane and Andrea. Joy, Peace, and Love are now deeply felt experiences in my life. My Christian roots have found community. What are you seeking? Part Two brings so many gifts."
"I cannot thank you enough for the EGE training. The atmosphere that you create is so profoundly nurturing and protective that I took risks that brought me to places I didn't ever realize were crippling my spirit. It was an amazing blend of feminine and masculine energies. The feminine was a strong container that conveyed the message 'I can be held.' The masculine was a spirit of 'You can do it!' I know masculine and feminine is a duality but perhaps the Enneagram fosters a synthesis of those powerful energies which gives birth to the creative spirit.
"I have an idea, that the relationship paradigm for the past millenniums has been the hierarchical parent-child relationship. For the next millennium I think the paradigm is brothers and sisters. The relationships of Don, Russ, Jane, and Andrea seem to epitomize and model that. You are each masterful in your abilities but very un-guru-like in your manner which is why the Enneagram Training is thriving. Last, the graduation ceremony was one of the most moving religious experiences I have ever had. Bless you for this amazing work which truly changes lives."
"Sign up! Go! If you're scared, join the club! Go anyway! Jump into the indescribable gift God has waiting for you in the EI Part II Training! The Enneagram Growth Experience accelerates the authentic path to spiritual maturity in its participants. Don and Russ are teachers who follow hard after truth in every moment of the training. Their anointed curriculum navigates you through a loving awakening to the reality and tricky relentlessness of the ways your type contracts away from Presence. You feel the tremendous support of a trustworthy, talented faculty as you engage in astonishingly transformative work. You change. And you have one rockin', fun week with some of the most extraordinary people on the planet while you do it!";
Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, Ph.D.
Workshop Leader and Consultant, Cupertino, CA
(see her review of Part I)
"The Part II Training was a truly remarkable
experience. I had high expectations after my wonderful time on Part I. But it
was so much morethan I could dream of. The facilitation was outstanding, safe,
nurturing and highly professional. It allowed us as participants to make
quantum-leaps in our awareness. And we made friends for life! It was a
beautifully life-changing experience for me and my daughter. I wish everyone
on the Enneagram-path could have the chance to take Part II."
International Soul-Coach Trainer, author, Finland
(see her review of Part I)
"The Enneagram Growth Experience (Part II Training) was one of the most touching events of my life. I deeply experienced the humanity in others and, for the first time, I really felt my own humanity. Being a Type One, that is a life changing occurrence."
"I found Part II to be a totally unique, powerful and exhilarating Training and developmental experience—very different from the intellectual rigour and content of Part I. In Part II I was given the opportunity to really experience, and to integrate the depths and glory of all the Enneagram types, not just my own, through movement, breathwork, experiential exercises, and ongoing discussions and sharing.
"This week has been one of the most powerful, moving, liberating, and transformative of my life. I feel freer and more grounded in every aspect of my being and have understood and integrated the power and centrality of being present in my whole body, heart, and mind in a way I have never experienced before. Showing up and being present and embodied in my everyday life and my relationships has taken on a new meaning and manifestation since my return to England. I don't need to understand it anymore—just to live and be present in a more grounded and centred way.
"Don and Russ, through their presence, were able to hold a safe environment which enabled every participant, at whatever stage and level of trust they are at, to experience profound insights, changes and expansion of their understanding of themselves, of others, and of the power of the Enneagram as a transformational tool.
"We created together a beloved community, in which the beauty, delicacy, and love of our lives and types was shared and honoured—where the pain, grief and distress was released and let go with the courage and strength we all tapped into. We touched and shared sacred healing space time and time again.
"The addition of two specialist facilitators, Jane and Andrea, was another delight as they complemented the skills and Presence of Don and Russ. They provided a totally safe space for everyone to go as deep as they could through movement and the breath, two new perspectives of viewing and experiencing the Enneagram for many of us.
"On a different note, Kirkridge Retreat Centre is in beautiful surroundings, with good food and very caring and thoughtful staff.
"I thoroughly recommend Part II as a stimulating, challenging, and transformative experience, but also as a safe, caring, holding space to go as far as you choose or are able to. I feel that Part II is essential for any serious Enneagram practitioner and can only add to your skills and ability to be present in the world and to help others.
"Don't miss it—you have a real treat in store."
Principal and Chief Executive, Guildford College of Further and Higher Education, Surrey, UK
"I have just returned from the most profound week of my life. Don and Russ bring deep presence to their work, a palpable connection to their own Essence; the week began on the sacred ground that they provide. The rhythm of the week, guided by the profound wisdom of the Enneagram in the hands of Russ and Don allowed me to open to depths within myself that I have never touched, and that would have taken years to uncover in therapy. My heart overflows with gratitude for the work that they do, and for the conduit that they were for me in this experience to the larger Divinity that is."
Jan Birchfield, Ph.D.
"The experience of Part II approached the ineffable. Imagine traveling both together and alone—listening to Don and Russ lead spiritual discussions— working in twos, threes, and small groups—expressing in movements that arose from within aspects of the nine types—doing a two-hour breathing exercise that took each of us into ourselves in ways that none of us could have anticipated—and finally, feeling compassion for all of those who led and participated in this journey. Part II was deep passion, powerful impetus, and liberating recognition. It was power, love, and joy."
Teacher, Atlanta, GA
"After the Part II Training, I am feeling aspects of each fixation in my body. My mind is freed from holding all the information in my head. I can now move the Enneagram—I can feel the shifts in the levels of health. My heart has expanded to hold so much more than I thought possible. For those who think of the Riso-Hudson Trainings as intellectual only, think again. In these five days, we are guided and welcomed into the spaciousness of our bodies, our hearts, and our minds. The joy and laughter, along with the tears and pain, are all woven into the fabric of Presence. The experience of these five days will last a lifetime."
Mother, Student of Compassion, San Anselmo, CA
"Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson were always present with their knowledge, wisdom, caring and presence to help each person find their wings and take flight. Don and Russ were very generous with their knowledge and experience. They set an example by being genuine, present, authentic, caring, knowledgeable, and humble. It is very hard not to be affected by their presence and by their dedication to their work, passing on the light of self-awareness and living through being present to life, all its mysteries and possibilities."I thank all the teachers and all those who took part in this program for creating a loving and safe atmosphere and for being dedicated to the task. This was an experience I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who is interested in awareness of self and broadening the understanding of their own true nature and their place within the great scheme of life. This training is for anyone seeking answers and in pursuit of the truth."
Vancouver, BC, Canada
"I give the EGE my highest endorsement in the category of spiritual transformation workshops. With consummate patience and solid compassion Don and Russ guide students to the healing of wounds associated with the abandonment of the true Self during the formation of the personality in childhood. These wounds are tenderly bathed in the light of presence, awareness and understanding that pervade the five-day retreat.
"Much of the workshop was devoted to the brilliant work of Andrea Isaacs, who's simply tailored physical movement exercises gave everyone the kinesthetic sense of what it feels like to walk in the shoes of each of the types at the various levels of health. For me it also proved to be a great tool for dis-identification from the average and lower level identifications and ego reactions and a tool for recognizing the higher aspects, behaviors and motivations when I experience them. Plus, it's tremendous fun and great for building a sense of community.
"The transformational experiences accelerated to warp speed in the 'space craft' of the Holotropic Breathwork of Jane Hollister. Enveloped in massive surround-sound of deeply moving primal, archetypal and spiritual music I experienced the breath, the spirit of life, as the purest theogenic substance. The whole thing left me with the sense of awe at the power of my higher intelligence to give me—and all my fellow students—exactly the experiences needed at that point in our spiritual process.
"Together we laughed, cried, learned, loved and changed. By the time of our graduation ceremony, we were all bonded in oneness with a great sense of presence and immediacy and filled with gratitude for the great privilege of participating in the finest tradition of sacred mystery schools. Two thumbs sky high for the tireless efforts of Don and Russ in the name of truth. Some called it spiritual bootcamp. For me it was more like initiation into the kingdom of True Self. For the first time, I have come to acceptance and peaceful appreciation of the tendencies of my own type, and also great joy at realizing the glorious higher aspects that have been there behind the veils all along. I enthusiastically, heartily, adamantly recommend the Part II Training for anyone who wants to know—feel, sense, taste, experience, be—who they truly are."
Marilyn J. Sherbring J.D.
"I am fresh off the mountain top of my final course for the Riso-Hudson Certification process. This Training is plain life-changing. Each Training is thoughtfully constructed to support rigorous cognitive content with essential experiential exercises as well as plentiful group sharing.
"Nowhere is this more true than in their Enneagram Growth Experience (EGE). Here, you are asked to show up in the deepest of ways to experience the transformational spiritual power of the Enneagram. In this space, Presence is given the most profound of welcomes and supports facing the darkness as well as the light. It will change you. For anyone wanting to truly know yourself and to take your place among those who work everyday to liberate Essence from the locked machinations of the ego, I encourage you to sign up as quickly as you can."
Spiritual Director, Reston, VA
"The Part II Training has been an experience to me that I will not lightly forget—wow, it was fantastic! The Training lasted about six days, but I had the feeling I took in the stuff for a whole year! I'm still metabolizing.... Don & Russ gave us deep insights into what moves the personality types and what holds them back. Jane Hollister offered Holotropic Breathwork helping us to reconnect with our essence. A breathtaking experience! And last but not least we had Andrea Isaacs who offered a program on Physical Intelligence & Will, teaching us how we can enhance the core qualities in ourselves and how we can use 'triggers' (mudras and mantras) to help cope with others. I wouldn't have missed it, not for anything! If you want to grow, you have to go!"
Cees de Voogd
Consultant/Coach, Bergen aan ze, The Netherlands
(see his review of Part I)
"Words alone fall short of being able to express the richness of the EGE Training. To use verbs like transforming or enriching, even fascinating, would be to belittle its truth. If I say: they were long days, intense learning, emotionally stretching and personally challenging, I think I am being more honest of my experience. And yet, I would do it all again. To experience that sense of awe and love of humanity when in God's presence is a privilege. To witness people blossom into their true and rightful beauty over the course of a few days is everything I need to know, of why I am called to be student of Don and Russ's work."
metame ltd 2003, UK
"A fascinating and insightful experience that has had a profound effect on me and my life vision. I found a strength in me that I never knew existed, and Part II of this powerful Training has opened me up to fully enjoy the way I live and work. The experential nature and interactivity of the sessions has given me brilliant tools that I can immediately utilise to ensure I achieve my fullest potential and help me value self and others to the greater degree than ever before."
UK Corporate Mid Market & BTB Channel Marketing, BT Global Services, Berkshire, UK
"The EGE was a powerfully transformative experience for me. A lifelong emotional blockage that I've worked on many times without resolution, was released and healed. I left the retreat with an intense feeling of aliveness, a more profound experience of Presence, and deeper trust of life. I sense that I will be working with the teachings and the experiential learnings provided by these gifted teachers for a long time to come."
Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D.
Executive and Life Coach, El Granada, CA
"Part II of The Enneagram Training, as conducted by the Enneagram Institute, is a must for anyone who purports to take the Enneagram seriously. By definition the Enneagram is a multi-faceted concept, one which does not speak to the Intellect alone, but also to the Heart and to the Body. Part II demonstrates impeccably just how this happens. Whatever and whoever we are, we are embodied creatures, and we have emotional responses to our experiences. At Part II, armed with the ideas and concepts learned at Part I, participants are taken deeper into the Enneagram of Experience, actively engaging in bodily movements and activities which show unmistakably how the concepts contained in the Enneagram are vitally lived experiences. The knowledge gained from this learning is immensely valuable, as it includes practices which can be 'taken home' and used on an ongoing basis. I would thoroughly recommend attendance at the Part II Enneagram Training, as the sincere efforts on the part of teachers and presenters Don Riso, Russ Hudson, Andrea Isaacs, and Jane Hollister ensure that it is an experience with life-long lasting value."
Pauline M Enright, Ph.D., Philosophy
Honarary Research Associate, School of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
"Don Riso and Russ Hudson continue to surprise and inspire throughout the Part III Training. Join together with fellow students and knowledgeable, heartfelt, and soulful teachers to continue your journey of self-remembering...You will laugh and cry, feel pain and sorrow, find yourself on unexpected paths, and experience yourself in new ways... As the gossamer veils slip away and the clenched grip of ego relaxes, you will find yourself profoundly grateful for your own sense of humor and the restorative power of practicing presence in community. The best part about all of this? This work helps you wake up each day, walk out the door, and live the life you are meant to be living."
Chief Executive Officer
Jankowski Associates, Inc.
"Having read all of Don and Russ's books on the Enneagram, I wasn't sure why I needed to go to their Trainings. However, I committed to go and I would urge anyone else who is drawn to the Enneagram to do the same. I have learned things about myself and others that never could have been taught to me in a book. A space was created in the Trainings to experience true Presence. Don and Russ were continuous examples of loving, compassionate, holding presence. Through this presence each of us as students were able to become present to ourselves as well as to each other. On an experiential level, we then began to really know what the Enneagram is teaching us. Time after time, I watched as Don and Russ would help unclothe the personality and expose the true nature of our soul its unique and true gifts. What a gift to be able to take so much time to work on myself to ultimately find out that it is not about me at all... never has been and never will be. To be able to hold that paradox with compassion was a bonus I never expected to be given at the Training. I don't believe anyone could go to these Trainings and not come away with much more than they dreamed of attaining. Russ and Don's work is presented by them in a warm, informal environment. They interact constantly with their students and know them each by name. Their passion for what they teach is a palpable energy that rings of truth and hope for a better humanity. I know I am a changed and better person for the experience. I believe I never really knew what the true mystical body was all about until I experienced it firsthand in this Training. My life will never be the same, and I am eternally grateful for that."
Laguna Niguel, CA
"I found the Part III Training deeply moving. I went expecting to just get more knowledge and skills, but feel I gained much, much more than that. It was an extraordinary week, and I am deeply moved. Thank you, Don & Russ. And yes... we also did gain more technical knowledge."
HR Consultant, BizComm—, Australia
"The Professional Enneagram Training, as presented by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, is THE most comprehensive Enneagram Training I have found available. Having completed all three Parts and Psychic Structures, I thoroughly enjoyed them all and would love to take all of the Parts again. Part III was enlightening in many ways. I particularly liked working in groups of our own types and observing the presentations made by each and learned a lot about myself and others from this process. My learning deepened through observation of both type presentations and watching video clips of types. I thoroughly recommend this program to anyone serious about learning about themselves and others through the study of the Enneagram. Don and Russ' commitment to depth, compassion, and spiritual integrity make all of their Trainings an invaluable journey."
Dr. Lorraine Cassista
Chiropractor and Personal Life Coach, Dracut, MA
"I am overwhelmed and in awe of the love, Presence, and truth you each bring to the Trainings and to each of us. Every moment, I can see that whatever is going on, you are willing to accept and allow. Over this time, I have learned a lot about the Enneagram and a lot about myself. Probably, most importantly, I have gotten a glimpse of what Presence might mean in myself, along with seeing an ongoing model of what it can be and how it can manifest. I've learned how to look at my reactivity and occasionally find a way to interrupt its compulsive hold on me. Lastly, more than anything else, thank you for imparting the information about the Enneagram that has to do with the Fourth Way. I am touched, and slightly frightened, by what you have charged us to take into the world. For those who want a map of how to get to Truth and Presence, a way to understand the self and the world with compassion, and practical ways to take this into the world, the Training with you is the way to go!"
"I experienced a profound shift in my approach after participating in the Master Class for Workshop Teaching. The content of my own teaching is one aspect that I have totally rearranged, and the excellent ResourceBook is an invaluable tool in that regard. Of even more importance for me is the change in the subjective qualities of teaching a workshop or enhancing someone's understanding of the Enneagram. Not only is my confidence more grounded from the exercises and activities that we did during the Master Class, but I am now so much more aware of the value of being present to myself and to my audience. It is not enough to convey information. As teachers, we need to embody our message and this training provides a solid foundation for bringing a workshop experience to life."
Connie Frecker, L.S.W.
EI of Central Ohio, Life Coach
"I highly recommend the Master Class for Workshop Teaching to everyone who is interested in teaching the Enneagram. Don and Russ provided an enormous amount of materials and practical information that greatly increased my confidence in an ability to teach a workshop. More importantly for me, however, were the spiritual aspects they brought to the class. The spiritual teachings they shared (their own as well as those of Gurdjieff and A. H. Almaas) deepened my understanding of what it means to teach from an orientation of presence and transformation. This understanding led to a knowing, both intuitively and deep in my bones, that I would soon be teaching the Enneagram—and how to do it myself.
"In addition to their expertise and their ability to clearly communicate the complexity and ultimate simplicity of the Enneagram, Don and Russ brought to the MC deep honesty and vulnerability around their own teaching experiences, which was both moving and inspiring. Several months after the MC, I had the wonderful experience of co-leading my first Enneagram workshop. The experience was deep, energizing, and more fun than I had ever imagined it would be."
Life Coach, Atlanta, GA
"Thank you for the Master Class! For those who are interested in teaching the Enneagram, it's a must! Like your other Trainings, the Master Class was an experience you could not get elsewhere and an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth. The wisdom and experience that Don and Russ draw on made the discussions of the practical, personal, and spiritual aspects of teaching the Enneagram rich and inspiring. I am extremely grateful to Don and Russ for the trust they are placing in us, their students, as we create our own workshops and teach the Enneagram. I've also found the ResourceBook extremely helpful as I've put together and taught my own workshops. To top it off, the Master Class was an incredible opportunity for connecting with people who are of like mind in their commitment to sharing the Enneagram with others. Thank you!"
Management Consultant, Decatur, GA
"The quality was of the highest order and the value is being experienced daily as I do my work. I actually am beginning to feel competent in teaching this work. Somehow the key...'presence'...clicked in the lock and it has somehow liberated my mind to think more critically and systemically.
"Don and Russ modeled the very best of co-teaching. They were present to one another and both shared their individual and unique experiences and knowledge with us."
Jane W. Hollister
Psychotherapist and Enneagram Teacher
"Presence, ever-deepening respect for learners, remarkable resources, fun, connection, affirmation, challenge, patience, new-friendships, renewal, appreciation, compassion, genuine trust, introspection, encouragement, devotion, diversity, beauty...these are some of the qualities I experienced and cherish as a participant in the Master Class Don and Russ offered to those of us fortunate enough to learn, train, and grow with them in this excellent event. I highly recommend this Training. Much was clarified for me, both personally and professionally. Once again I've been reminded that in the midst of global cultural diversity there is the commonality of the healthy human soul which binds us together in Divine love. I am ever grateful to Don and Russ not only for the knowledge and wisdom they so willingly share, but also especially for the humility and respect they so unselfishly reveal and model for those of us participating in this Training. I am becoming a much better teacher having participated in this initial Master Class. Thanks to them and thanks to all who participated in making this another significant training experience I've had through the Enneagram Institute and our ever-expanding Enneagram family."
The Reverend Canon Robert A. (Gus) Boone
Canon for Christian Formation and Ministry
Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina
"This Teacher Training has proved valuable on so many levels. The curriculum was presented with great clarity and detail. Don and Russ not only gave us all the information on how to teach, but also invited us to give presentations. There is nothing more powerful than the 'learn-by-doing technique.' With feedback from Don, Russ, and participants, we were able to fine-tune our teaching approaches—while honoring our different styles. Most importantly, Don and Russ model the fine art of remaining present, which will continue to positively inform and impact the lives of their students and others involved in this vital work."
IEA Southern California Board Member
"I wanted to thank both of you profusely for all that you shared with us during the Master Class Teaching Workshop. Your presence, brilliance, sensitivity, guidance, and good humor made for such an enjoyable and productive five days. I grew a great deal personally and professionally from the many wonderful meditations and exercises, the sessions on being present, accessing Essence, doing Inner Work, and learning how to create that necessary holding environment for those we teach. Because of the Teaching Workshop, I am confident I can teach the Enneagram to a wide group of audiences — individuals, families, church and civic groups, as well as business associates. The Teachers' ResourceBook is phenomenal and your guidance on how to use it invaluable. As leaders, we must go there first. You have, and continually demonstrate that you are first-rate tour guides. I remain in awe of your ability to illuminate this incredible path we are on, individually and collectively."
Business Consultant, Los Altos, CA
"Thank you both so much for the profound experience you created in your workshop training. My passion for teaching has been ignited and inspired once again by the powerful message you bring through your words.
"The group meditations were deeply meaningful for me. Sharing our soulful Presence with each other was truly incredible. The presentation work gently nudged me into my greatest fears, yet allowed me to trust, leap, land, and be held by the strength of the group which guided me to my own knowing and presence.
"My favorite exercise was the intuitive pair work. It was an incredible honor to watch from the inside perspective the awe inspiring work you do within your teaching. More importantly, to witness this incredible gift in action, as you worked with our classmates, and you held the room with your patience and strength.
"Once again I thank you. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of transmitting your work with the Enneagram to the world."
Anne Marie Dunbar
"The Master Class for Workshop Teaching exceeded my expectations. It was truly helpful in offering practical tips for teaching and in providing additional information and insight regarding Workshop course material. Most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to practice key parts of the teaching process in a supportive environment. I now feel, for the first time, that I can lead a meditation 'in the moment.' I loved hearing how other students approached the material and I gained confidence from working with them in developing and practicing key teaching components.
"Beyond the 'nuts and bolts' of teaching an Enneagram Workshop, however, was the deep spiritual component that is always a part of Don's and Russ's teaching. This was not just a teaching practicum, it was a rich opportunity to more deeply understand ourselves and the sacred commitment we undertake when we teach the Enneagram."
Taught by New Faculty Lynda Roberts and Michael Naylor
"I found the Inner Critic Workshop to be a very valuable experience. The material presented provided interesting and helpful information, but it was the atmosphere of connecting and intimacy that the workshop brought that was so extraordinary. I have never experienced a workshop that brought people together as a group as this one. I would highly recommend these presenters and what they bring. I have not taken another workshop with them but would expect the same emphasis on learning and connection."
B.J. Morris, Psy.D.
"I just want to say again how much I enjoyed the Workshop. And as a huge One who always has ideas on how to make something better, that is a big compliment! The retreat house had lovely character and a perfect meeting space, the setting was beautiful, and you two were a great team. I really enjoyed both of your styles—Lynda’s play-by-play, and Michael bringing the color. The R2D2 illustrations were very helpful for understanding the differences in the health of the styles in a logical, clear way. Also, you were very indulgent with all my questions and comments—it is hard to contain myself when I am enjoying myself so much!"
Consultant and Enneagram Coach
"Thank you so much for a most enlightening weekend. I was truly blessed to be able to be with such a wonderful group of people and to sit under Michael and Lynda's teaching. I am filled to overflowing with so much gratitude for all that I learned and can now pay attention to as I practice compassion with myself. I am looking forward to this continued journey, and I thank you both so much for bringing alive all that I learned this weekend."
Bev Gorman, RN
Comments from others
"This workshop was not only well presented, informative, and detailed, but also provided an opportunity for deep connection and self-exploration."
"This was the best workshop on the Enneagram that I have attended. I liked having two presenters—hearing two perspectives / ways of presenting the material."
"This past weekend was a lovely connecting weekend that I have rarely seen happen in a 2-day workshop. The material brought us to look deeply and people responded in kind. Thank you for your presentation and material."
"Quite enlightening. I have learned so much!"
"Thank you for a wonderful experience!"
"This was very valuable information that added a level of depth to my experience of the Enneagram."
"I left knowing more of myself and more compassion for other types. A great springboard."
Taught by Russ Hudson and Don Riso
"....I feel the need to say how great your workshop about the Psychic Structures and the Superego was! What touches me most is that it never has been so unbelievably clear to me why to be present, why to be awake, why to be in the now is the only thing there is. I think that an important reason for this awareness comes from the effect of visualizing the working of the superego in the Psychic Structure drawings of the field of consciousness, and what happens from healthy towards the unhealthy Levels. It suddenly became so unbelievably clear what makes us so tense and imprisoned. This understanding never really reached my heart before last weekend. The Workshop also has had a transforming quality for me, a new break through. It is already days later, and I still have the 'YES' feeling I had then—I am here—hoping that it will never go away."
Maria van den Akker
Enneagramteacher, Psychotherapist, Utrecht,
"Russ was amazing! And gave tirelessly and unflaggingly, passionately and generously to all in his own, inimitable way. The depth and breadth of his knowledge and wisdom was staggering. People not only appreciated the insights and information, but also his humorous, compassionate, and loving transmission. I feel so moved that all the years of hard work, discipline, investigation, love, and faith have brought such wisdom and blessing to others."
Co-Founder, Transpersonal Therapy Centre, Toronto, Canada
"After witnessing the other major Enneagram leaders, I have concluded that Russ and Don are the most coherent and effective Enneagram teachers by an order of magnitude. On the one hand, their use of language is precise, clear and beautifully eloquent. At the same time, they are adept at going beneath the clichÃƒÂ©d lists of behaviors and characteristics to the essence of the psychodynamics informing each fixation. Their work is an unmatched combination of intellectual rigor, linguistic excellence, psychological sophistication, and spiritually based compassion.
"I recently completed the Psychic Structures Workshop. Russ listened and responded to the participants masterfully, modelling his own description of the Enneagram as a resource for developing compassion and empathy. He was equal parts brilliant, unpretentious, tender, funny and open—highly recommended for any serious student of the Enneagram."
G Michael Moore PLS
Consultant and Seminar Leader
"Russ Hudson's gift for raising the awareness of the divine presence in his students transcends the expected limits of this world. Never before this Psychic Structures Workshop have I seen with such clarity how each of the nine Enneagram types traps us in its own distinct and imprisoning double bind, from which only Presence can free us. I left inspired as both a student and a teacher! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, Ph.D.
Senior VP, Training & Development, The Center for Relationship/Silicon Valley
Executive Director, Enneagrowth, Cupertino, CA
"The Psychic Structures and the Superego Workshop with Russ Hudson is easily the best Workshop I have experienced to date. Russ models being fully present and brings the group to that place through brief meditations. He goes on to teach the principles of the Enneagram through exercises, story-telling, metaphors, and descriptions. In so doing, he provides not only an intellectual understanding of the Enneagram, but meaningful lessons for the heart and spirit. I not only learned how to use the Enneagram to benefit my clients, I developed a deeper understanding of others in my life and came to a greater acceptance of myself. Russ's warm, energetic style, availability for questions, and caring for attendees brings the Enneagram into sharper focus in a way that simply reading about it cannot."
Aricia E. LaFrance
"The Enneagram Workshop, Psychic Structures and the Superego, taught by Russ Hudson gave me a deeper understanding of the superego structures and the struggles we experience as challenges face us in life. The knowledge I gained in attending this workshop has enabled me to deal more effectively with my aging parents, with younger siblings at different stages of development, and with the challenges of midlife. Russ was an engaged lecturer with tremendous knowledge to impart, and capable of delivering complicated material to a bi-cultural audience with ease, depth and joy. The workshop was illuminating, challenging and delightful."
Writer/Designer, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
"The Psychic Structures Workshop in Boulder was fabulous! Russ' style was dynamic, thoughtful, and compassionate with wonderful personal examples and a great mixture of experiences to clarify his points. I came home grounded and inspired!"
Jean A. Meyer
"The Workshop was of immense value in deepening my understanding of how my specific egoic structures distract me from turning to the light and separate me from the present moment. Understanding and actually visualizing the superego is a diving board to the deeper waters of spiritual life. I am most grateful for the tools Russ gave us...he is a gifted spiritual emissary. The Enneagram has helped me to look carefully at myself. I can see that turning to the light is a process, but something I can do...it is possible. Many thanks."
"The Enneagram Institute's Psychic Structures Workshop is invaluable in understanding the affects of ego fixation for each personality type and the inner dynamics of the workings of the ego, superego, subconscious, and unconscious. This knowledge can pave the way to improved communications and better human relationships in all areas of life."
Ruth Ullman Wolf
Writer and Teacher, New York, NY
"The Workshop on the Psychic Structures has increased my understanding of the Enneagram of Personality Types and of our human—being—ness, many, many fold. It has been the 'glue' that holds all of the other Trainings 'in place' for me. It is a Workshop that I highly recommend to anyone who is beginning the process of Training—and to anyone who just wants to see and know and experience the personalities 'in action.' What I didn't know at the time of the Workshop was that I gained a lot more understanding in the Workshop than I realized—information and understanding that was of an extremely practical and concrete nature. Information and understanding that lead me to experience much more compassion for my own personality 'dances'—and much more clarity and compassion for the 'dances' of other personalities. This is such a blessing."
Dr. Penny Whillans
Ed.D., R. Psych. #1024, Victoria, BC, Canada
"I would like to thank you for the excellent Workshop on the Psychic Structures. Although I have spent more than 50 years as a contemplative religious in the pursuit of wholeness, I found your Workshop refreshingly meaningful. It was a help not only for deepening my understanding of myself, but also in my relationships. The material was presented in a way that was simple yet unique and easily understandable to a 'non—student.' The meditations and exercises that accompanied each session were also very helpful. It was good to be able to share deeply with others who are on the same journey."
Sr. Mary Anne Reed
Redemptoristine Nuns, Esopus, NY
"On behalf of the MN Chapter of the IEA, including the Board and our entire Enneagram community, I want to again thank you for the wonderful workshop on Relationships that you shared with us in late January. I can't tell you how many comments I've received to the effect that your workshop was 'life changing', 'the best event we've ever had','transformative' and 'amazing.' Several people also commented on how the Workshop was special not only because of the content but because of who you are and how the content 'flowed through' you. Thanks for sharing your special gifts with all of us."
On behalf of the MN IEA Board
"Russ Hudson is a wonderfully inspiring teacher. The Enneagram Workshop on Relationships was intellectually stimulating, intelligently organized, and bristling with useful insights, particularly in the area of conflict resolution."
Ph. D, Glasgow, UK
"Russ' Workshop on Relationships offered us the best understanding to date of what has been called 'Instinctual Variants.'"
"My deep appreciation to Russ for his Presence, Wisdom, and Focus during the two days he was with us. A mind altering journey."
"An incredibly high value workshop! Having had the privilege of studying this material with a number of teachers, I was completely impressed with Russ' quality of training and input on this topic. His willingness to be present, open, and incredibly allowing and compassionate whilst staying totally on track with the content was fantastic."
Marie Pierre Cleret
"Now I have a base that truly feels like me and the deepening journey into greater self awareness can continue. Thank you SO MUCH—from the Workshop to the amazing week that followed!"
"Russ not only shared his Enneagram insights with the group, but together we have experienced parts of the journey. The Workshop has given me more confidence and has motivated me in my work as well as in my personal development. It's a downright 'must!'"
Jan Stroo M.A.
"I am one of those 'harder to please' types (3). I found that Russ had an excellent combination of gut, head, and heart in his presentation style, and the right balance of information-giving and exercises."
"Thanks for a really great weekend. I learned a great deal and found Russ to be inspirational. I hope I have the opportunity to learn from him again."
"I just wanted to state that you as a teacher exemplify excellence. As we all love Russ and Don and have an attachment to them....I have wondered about the 2nd generation of Riso-Hudson teachers, but I would definitely travel to see you again. You know your stuff, you are a gifted story teller, you are humorous, and your heart and soul just glow surrounding you with a sense of light and peace. And you provide the same Enneagram information from a different perspective....your perspective and the Four perspective and it helped me see, understand, and learn."
Ph.D, Atlanta, Georgia
"Again, let me tell you that I am just in awe of your presence and presentation, and only regret that it was not experienced by more people! Thank you so much for your time and dedication to providing high quality presentation to people in our region. I know you have begun to build a huge fan base here and people can't wait for you to return!"
MSW, LCSW, Mental Health Coordinator, Greensboro AHEC
"I really enjoyed your seminar. It was probably one of the most enlightening trainings I have attended in some time. Thank you so much for insights."
Greensboro, North Carolina
"As I told you following the workshop, your authentic presence and obvious passion for the material as well as for your calling shines through in your presentation. You have a deep understanding of all the types and you spoke about them with such compassion and respect. As I talked with folks who were just discovering their type for the first time, I kept hearing them comment on the "higher" side of their type rather than the neurotic aspects which is so often the focus."
"Also, so often at Enneagram workshops, there is no time or space for personal reflection and sharing, and I think that really added to the experience—to hear how type is manifesting in people's lives. By allowing for that, I believe you are finding a nice balance."
"The Enneagram and Addiction workshop was extraordinary and very timely for me. I really appreciate how you facilitated the discussions and presentation. It really brought the material to life."
Asheville, North Carolina
"I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation geared toward the Enneagram for substance abuse. You integrated the personality types to the specific population in a clear, engrossing, and integrated manner. I am looking forward to another workshop."
Substance Abuse Counselor, Greensboro, North Carolina
"The Workshop was profound. The structured format in which it was presented with concrete descriptions and exercises that helped integrate the material made it one of the best I have attended. These awarenesses were literally some of the most practical and useful in all of the Enneagram work—you could start applying them immediately in your personal and professional life. I was blown away with the profound truth that was presented in such a logical, useful, and understandable way. YEAH!"
Management Consultant, Greensboro, NC
"I found the Instincts Workshop shocking, but profoundly enlightening at the same time. I discovered what my Instinctual Stack really is, and I fell into a new level of "making sense of my life." It's tough stuff to look at, but it feels very hopeful—like it's the piece I've been looking for to pull so many things together. As always, Russ was wonderful, delivering the material with compassion, deep knowledge, and humor, and I loved his excitement and conviction about the Work. The Instincts Workshop truly takes working with Enneagram to a deeper and more meaningful level."
Registered Psychiatric Nurse
London, Ontario, Canada
"Don't miss this one! The Instincts Workshop is an absolute must for any serious student of the Enneagram...for any serious student of life, for that matter. As usual, Russ has peeled back the layers of misunderstanding and marginalization regarding this lynchpin material of the Instincts so that those of us working with the Enneagram can come from more integrity, love, and full consciousness."
Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, Ph.D., CLC
The Enneagal, Executive Director, Enneagrowth
Sr. VP, Training & Development, the Center for Relationship/Silicon Valley, CA
"This Workshop invites us to consider the journey into the body as an opportunity, not a challenge, to see and embrace our Instincts as always present and central to what makes us human. Like all Riso-Hudson events, we learn to experience our humanness as the open door to a deeper reality. This Workshop invites us to see and relax into our instinctual nature. It provides a rich and powerful teaching on finding compassion for ourselves and others as we also see the suffering that keeps us attached to our ego projects. One of the most surprising and satisfying awarenesses that emerges is how our Instinctual Stack reveals itself through all nine of our energies, either helping to sustain our typeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s core ego attachments or calling out to us from our Essence. Needless to say, I recommend this Workshop. Wherever you are on your journey, Russ teaches how to connect mindfully with your Instincts, which has a powerful ripple affect across all aspects of your life."
Philanthropy Adviser, Washington, DC
Comments from the Greensboro AHEC Workshop, North Carolina
"I was one of those who jumped into the deep end of the pool! This is my first Enneagram class and I loved it! Very complex, and as a beginner I'm sure that I have so much more to learn, but it all resonates with me. Russ has a wonderful way of presenting this information and 'truth' in a way that makes sense."
"I love Russ Hudson as a speaker/teacher—yes—but even more so as a person and fellow traveler. He has been the most important mentor in my life. This was an important piece of information. Thank you Russ and AHEC."
"This was wonderful. Great holistic approach with music, meditations, and information. Russ Hudson is a shining model of presence."
"Mind blowing. Life changing. Russ is amazing. Would love to hear more from him."
"Exuberance, enthusiasm, wisdom, and compassion of Russ. Russ's role modeling of 'teaching form presence' falling down into 'deep hole of presence '...Mudras were helpful and included the body in a way that was enlightening. Exercises (all of them) seemed right on target (perfect for the moment!)."
"It's the first time I've truly experienced my inner essence. Previously I've only felt essence via connecting with other people. A truly awesome experience."
"Very pertinent to me personally, sustaining encouragement to keep shedding the ego in preference for reality. Confirmation and affirmation to continue to open to presence and guidance. THANK YOU ALL."
"Your teaching is inspiring to me to push through the final sections of my Doctoral Dissertation in a spirit of humility and gratitude. Thanks, heartfelt thanks to you for being an authentic seeker—an actualizing embodiment of Divine Love and Wisdom."
Unity of Tustin Workshop, CA
"This Workshop is the best 'training' of all because it guides you from the Enneagram into the spiritual world. It helps you to practice it right there and experience it right there, to understand it deeper and see what's beyond the Enneagram and see what is really the point of the Enneagram. Very fullfilling and very interesting."
"The Enneagram of Holy Ideas Workshop led by Russ Hudson has been one of the most, profound and moving workshop experiences of my life. Now, more than ever, I understand the meaning of the statement, 'When the student is ready, the Teacher will appear.' I had had no prior experience with the Enneagram but quickly became one with what Russ was presenting. I know that I was led to be there and I am very grateful to all who have contributed to this life inspiring work!"
Lyn M. Strickland
MAEd, LPC, Greensboro, NC
"I am a long-time student and certified teacher of the Enneagram as well as seasoned meditator. This workshop 'Integrating Essence' leveraged my understanding of the Enneagram as a spiritual path to a very exciting, new level, both for myself and in working more strategically with my coaching clients. I feel that it helped me reach a new level of spiritual development, of embodying and living Essence more fully...Thank you for a truly wonderful workshop! I am inspired by your role model of Being Essence. I want to be that too!"
Certified Palmer-Daniels Teacher, Maryland
"It was a phenomenal and very special workshop. It has really stayed with me, and I keep thinking about all the things I learned. Watching Russ and you teach was part of the learning about Essence—it was so seamless, and I would like to continue to work with you and Russ. Please let me know when you are going to do more workshops, and try to plan them as much ahead of time as possible so we can get them on our calendar. I think a lot of people would be interested."
RH Certified Teacher, West Virginia
"Just wanted to take a moment back here in my own world to thank you again for all that you both gave and provided this past weekend. It was truly a transformative time for me. My heart and soul feel lighter than when I started this long journey. It will be a challenge to remain this open, but I plan to PRACTICE on a daily basis...My love and thanks to you and Russ and the work that you do. My heart is so open."
"Sunday was great and I wished we had one more day to integrate the information. You are both excellent teachers and Russ was funny and genuine and honest and obviously knows the subject. I hope it was noted how the integration of material exponentially increases due to your breathing techniques and exercises...I am feeling very open and at peace and certainly understand the Enneagram more now. My main goal for this weekend was to spend dedicated time with Essence within a framework of learning and community and this met those expectations. And being in your field brings openings each and every time! You are a doorway to Essence, Jessica."
"The "Integrating Essence" workshop was a watershed experience for me. With Jessica and Russ' expert holding of the space, I was able to grasp what happens to pull me away from my experience of essence as well as the operation of all of the Nine Enneagram energies in me. Puzzles that I had been pondering for years about my relationship to receiving were resolved, as I experienced the energy of my 'missing piece.' The term 'life-changing' is used a lot; I know. But I can't think of another one that more accurately describes my experience of this workshop."
RH Certified Teacher, EnnCourage, Inc., Maryland
"This workshop turned out to be the most important thing I ever did for myself. It left me with an incredible sense of wholeness and peace of mind. The Enneagram work of Russ Hudson and the psycho-spiritual healing and growth work of Jessica Dibb blended together into an awesome, fully integrated whole. The two presenters cued off one another seamlessly. For me, the excitement of the Enneagram is the possibility of tailoring our personal growth in directions that suit our personality type. At last I understand why one size does not fit all. Russ and Jessica enabled the people at the workshop to understand and feel the energy of each of the personality types. We came to know what each type yearns for, to feel the part inside ourselves that has this same yearning, and to experiment with ways of moving the ego aside so that we can function in the present, maximize our potential, and integrate the nine facets into a unified whole. In the end, the beauty of the Enneagram is its simplicity."
"During the Essence workshop I really embodied Essence, rather than just feel it or understand it. I know this because something has changed—while in my life now things are not returning to the old way. Watching you and Russ together was like watching two Masters together, and it created a space of holding and balance that allowed things to happen for people that were extraordinary. There was a lot of excitement about the different groups coming together for this workshop, and it really worked to bring a greater wholeness to each group's experience. It felt to me several times like this first workshop was just the beginning of something wonderful."
"The Essence workshop was a very deep and profound experience for me personally. Jessica and Russ have such synergy in their teaching style and I loved the way they work together. I hope they will continue working along this stream and offering more opportunities for learning about and experiencing the transmission of Essence. During the breaks at the workshop there was a lot of conversation about the concept of 'grace,' and it felt like this workshop was grace—a gift. I have found myself wanting to know how we can work together more deeply in the long term."
“Upon my return from the Being in the Body Retreat, I'm remembering the power of seeing, feeling, knowing, how presence begins with being in my body. I remember being held in the circle of powerful and loving individuals as we thanked each other, and understanding deeply that connection comes with presence. And I am remembering myself more. Much more. Waves of gratitude for this experience roll over me.
One other thing that has stayed with me is feeling the largesse of Russ's long practice in being present. I was dimly aware at the time, and somehow more so now, of how carefully, and with what attunement to our individual and group needs he chose what to say, and what music and film to share with us. I thank him for that, and for the ending challenge about what it will take to enlarge my own capacity.”
Melora Braver, Ph.D.
Psychologist in Independent Practice, State College, PA
“I want to express my gratitude and thank everyone again for such a profound and sacred week, and for so much joy. If any one of you had decided not to attend or decided not to share as you did, it would have been a very different experience. As a self-pres One, I tapped into a felt sense of self-compassion for the first time. This Inner Work retreat more than exceeded my expectations. Next year's Heart Center retreat cannot come soon enough.”
Laurie T. Rosenfeld, JD, MA
Change Strategist & Executive Coach, Seattle, WA
“Last week's retreat was more than I could ever have hoped for. Each day I wake up in my 'new body.' It's offering the integrity which I've been looking for. Who would dream that the feet can hold so much power? Thank you all for the inspiration of your courage, power, vulnerability, warmth and love. I'm already looking forward to being with everyone next summer as we learn to open the Heart.”
Melissa M. Sweet
Saugerties, New York
“As a self-pres 5 with a social blind spot, I actually always pretty much felt like all the 'jazz' and all the 'juice' WAS on the inward path! But what I became convinced of during my week with all of you (and during the e-mail exchange since the retreat) is that my inward journey is only complete when carried out in community, as I allow myself to be affected by those around me. What an amazing revelation. Thanks to all of you for 'showing up' last week. Your presence moved me closer to wholeness.”
“I catch myself from time to time reverting back to old patterns, but am now more able than ever to remember the truth of the matter: this life is a gift of pure joy and opportunity. There is so much to celebrate and share, so much laughter to be had, so much depth to explore, so much feeling, so much love. The Inner Work Retreat allowed me to see this clearly in myself and in others. Moving through patterns of darkness and fear, I experience the love available in every moment.
In my Presence, I hear my heart's song, the perfect harmony expressed when the ego is at rest. Though many ingrained fears also raise their voice, I am now strong enough to dance to the song spoken through surrendered awareness to Essence. I am in pure awe of the courage I gained during the retreat and am now confident that every day I become more aware of the fullness of who I am.”
Kansas City, Missouri
Comments from the Reviews of a Riso-Hudson IEA 2006 Presentation
"A deep experience. A waking up, again. Inspiring!"
"Clarity, focus and real personality! I loved it!"
"Very well organized, excellently explained, touching and personal. Explained everything clearly enough for the beginner and in enough detail for the more read. Awesome, the music was especially meaningful. The heartfelt, sincere ways in which things were explained touched my heart."
"Very clearly presented. Gifted!"
"All magnificent! Thanks!"
"Your quality of presence is transmitted to us all—amazing!"
"Riso and Husdon always have some wonderful insights."
"Another level revealed. Most beautiful…Thank you! Don and Russ are great gifts."
"Good balance of presenters."
"Don and Russ really know the intent and present it in a manner that is easy to comprehend."
Comments from the Reviews of a Riso-Hudson IEA 2006 Presentation
"Something very new to add to our community perspective."
"Outstanding—profound. Thank you."
"Great material. Great presence. Very needed and precise and accurate."
"More detail and thorough explanation description of Level 1 and how to get their was priceless. Great amounts of information, well explained, well organized. So, interesting, deep, and understandable. It's amazing being able to listen to Don and Russ—their divine insights were a blessing to my life."
"The energy and stillness created was a pleasure to experience and helped to absorb the information. Fabulous! Lots to take in, very satisfying. Well done. This may have been the first time presenting this, but it was seamless, clear, and profound. Thank you so very much!"
"An overall great experience. Reminded me to be kind and compassionate with myself as I do this work. Led me to a greater understanding of the levels. "
"Modeling presence and funny!"
"The real stuff!!"
"Very, very rich presentation."
"Love that they are willing to try it a new way."
"Fascinating additions to the dimensions already discussed and known. Don and Russ’s movement within and beyond their own work and the Enneagram is very impressive and heartening to see and experience. Also, experiencing intersections among various aspects of insight and wisdom is very stimulating. Great job!!!"
"Extraordinary. Beyond expectation. Inspiring. Challenging and informing to the depth of the Enneagram."
"Enlightening! Funny and knowledgeable."
"Great synthesis of information and presence."
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