This experiential workshop explores the meaning of participatory spirituality. To participate in a spiritual experience is to be in relationship with Presence. However, recognizing, integrating, and sustaining this relationship becomes problematic as the spiritual experience is reinterpreted by the personality type structure. We will experientially explore how this reinterpretation occurs and then interpret the findings through the lens of attachment theory.

We will begin with a set of practices that illustrate the difference between entering into deeper relationship with Presence versus forming attachment to Presence. As type actively shapes and filters information in the service of establishing and maintaining attachment relationships, we shall explore the experiences through panel work. We will inquire into the similarities and differences between participating in relationship from an open, receptive stance that accepts whatever comes, and participating in relationship from the stance of the type.

Finally, we will explore the value of peer to peer collaboration in the context of participatory spirituality.We will conclude with a collaborative exercise using an embodied spiritual inquiry model developed by Marina Romero, Ramon Albedha, and Jorge Ferrer, PhD.

Georgia Bailey was born and educated in the United Kingdom. She holds a BA in accounting and financial management from University of Buckingham and an MA in East West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Though she has lived in the UK, France, Italy, USA, and Japan and still spends the academic calendar year as a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, she now considers Australia home. Georgia has been involved in the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition for the last 15 years, becoming a certified teacher in 2003. Her primary research interests are the Enneagram, depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, participatory spirituality, holistic sexuality, and embodied spiritual inquiry.

Kristin Arthur holds a PhD in Human Development with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kristin’s work focuses on the integration of the Enneagram with Attachment Theory, with an emphasis on implications of this integration for enhancing spiritual development.

Georgia Bailey
Kristin Arthur


2011 IEA Global Conference

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA