Prerequisite: Part I Training
This is the third of the first 3-part series, using the Three Centers to focus our work. During this Retreat, we will explore the real capacities of the Head Center as well as the challenges of developing more Presence in this Center. We will explore the Essential Qualities and ego-related issues of the Five, Six, and Seven in much greater depth than in the Trainings, while keeping our focus on experiential learning through working with the mind. Our aim is to encounter and work through our remaining, deep, psycho-spiritual issues.
This Retreat will provide personal, hands-on experiences in which we will deepen our connection with the real intelligence, energies, and capacities of our minds. This will facilitate work on areas such as dealing with inner chatter, presencing our fear and anxiety, discriminating inner guidance from fear-based ideas and opinions, and working with our insecurities. We will spend considerable time exploring the more expansive and non-dual nature of our Higher Mind, the realm of consciousness from which the Holy Ideas are generated. This work is not only for Fives, Sixes, or Sevens, of course. Regardless of our dominant Enneagram type, these issues, conflicts, and blockages play themselves out in our daily lives.
As mentioned, the Retreat will focus on experiential exercises, physical movement, spiritual teachings, meditations, music, journaling, and small group work lead by Russ. We hope this Retreat will be as life-changing as the Part I, as powerful as the Part II, and as much of a community experience as the Part III. Everything is designed to help us to open to a deeper experience of Mind, increase our ability to be present, develop our sense of inner spaciousness and freedom, deepen our trust in reality, and help us to open to the vast clarity and stillness of real Mind so that we live our lives in touch with more trust, inner knowing, and guidance.
Russ Hudson is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He has been teaching all levels of Enneagram programs in many settings throughout the world since 1991, and has co-authored five major Enneagram books, including the Wisdom of the Enneagram. Russ holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
After over a quarter of a century of teaching the Enneagram work across the planet, Russ has focused powerfully on the developmental aspects of the system more than simply describing personality styles. He uses the Enneagram to develop presence in people and help them go beyond psychological patterns to the deeper resources of their consciousness, allowing much greater inner freedom and creativity. He also trained for years in some of the original teachings behind the Enneagram to learn, experientially, the inner dynamics of the system, and takes students far beyond a static way of typing people. Russ has often been quoted as saying “The real Enneagram does not put you in a box. It shows you the box you did not realize you were already in and shows you the way out.”
Russ is a co-founder of The Enneagram Institute®, and is a Founding Director and former Vice-President of the International Enneagram Association.
Deborah Rose Longo has been an instructor of the Gurdjieff Movements for over 35 years, working with groups in the United States, Germany, Australia, England, Chile, Canada, Italy, Greece, India, Russia, Ukraine and South Korea.
She began her training in the Gurdjieff Work and the Sacred Dances under the direction of Pierre and Vivien Elliott, (students of Gurdjieff), in 1975 at the Claymont Society for Continuous Education in Charles Town, West Virginia (founded by John Bennett), and has continued to be a long time Claymont community member.
Deborah’s approach to teaching the Gurdjieff Movements, emphasizes the importance of balancing the Three Lines of Work (Work on oneself, Work with the group and Work for the Greater Good), not only in the movements class, but also in life.
Deborah Rose is an artist specializing in mandala making, and conducts mandala-making classes as a tool for helping participants connect positively with creative energy flow.
For the past 14 years, she has also enjoyed the challenges of substitute teaching in the public school system as an opportunity to positively influence the lives of many young souls.