Midlife, generally speaking the ages between 40 and 60, represents a pivotal crossroads in life. A sea change is taking place in how a growing number of the over 43 million women in this stage of adult development are approaching their lives. Central to their experience is the emergence of a spiritual hunger, a yearning for wholeness, and a desire for deeper meaning in life. A premise of this session is that the transformation that is possible at this crossroads is a major work of one’s lifetime. The choices individuals make at this time shape the quality of the remainder of their lives.

The Enneagram and Jungian work are both bodies of wisdom that provide a framework for deep-level transformation. The integration of the Enneagram and Jungian perspectives supports women in becoming de-hypnotized from the personal trance of the personality and the cultural trance of the collective unconscious. Beyond its fundamental role in accelerating self-knowledge, the dynamic nature of the Enneagram provides valuable guidance in the evolving nature of the life journey, and into the portal of Presence. Jungian concepts provide great depth to our understanding of the stages of midlife. Both give rise to the Unconscious becoming Conscious and support the process of embracing our inner authority as we mature into the second half of life, remembering that which is eternal and sacred.

Presentation, conversation, and experiential activities will be used. This session will: a) present information on the nature of midlife transition and the women who are experiencing it; b) introduce participants to an integrative framework and process for moving from midlife transition to midlife transformation; c) engage participants in focused conversations around issues that arise in midlife, using both the Enneagram and Jungian theory to inform our inquiry; and d) explore how Presence informs the midlife journey.

Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D. is a certified corporate coach and a certified Riso-Hudson teacher. Roxanne is the Director of the Enneagram Institute of the San Francisco Bay Area, an affiliate of the Enneagram Institute. An executive and life coach, Roxanne uses the Enneagram extensively in her coaching practice with executives and with people in midlife. She also teaches Enneagram classes and facilitates a nine-month intensive Enneagram program for women.

Roxanne was a university educator for over 20 years and is a lifelong student of the evolving nature of consciousness. She has dedicated much of her life to helping others to recognize and embody their inner authority. Roxanne has written for numerous professional publications, and co-authored an internationally adopted textbook on an integrative approach to rehabilitation. Her Enneagram coaching workbook, Through the Lens of the Enneagram: Coaching for Powerful Life Transformation, is due out soon.

Roxanne’s orientation to the Enneagram is as a framework for accelerating selfknowledge, for releasing human suffering, for living life with more awareness and integrated intelligence, and for experiencing the expansiveness and liberation of spirit.



Barbara Mark, Ph.D. is an executive coach, mentor, and consultant who has worked in the arena of personal growth and human potential for over 25 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Humanistic Psychology and a doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology. Barbara is the founder and principal of Full Circle Institute in San Francisco. She is a past co-president of San Francisco Coaches, a member of the International Coach Federation, and is the current president of the International Association of Coaches.

Barbara specializes in working with senior executives and supports them in navigating the personal and professional changes and challenges that accompany midlife. Barbara’s brings a Jungian perspective to her work and focuses on the unique experience of liminality in adult development. “I believe that it is our opportunity and responsibility to bring our selves fully into our world and to make our unique contribution.”

Barbara and Roxanne are co-founders and principals of Women’s PresenceTM Retreats, for women in the midst of midlife change. They integrate the Enneagram and Jungian perspectives into their shared work with women.

www.Barbaramark.com www.womenspresence.com

Roxanne Howe-Murphy
Barbara Mark


2005 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco, California, USA

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