In May, the Minnesota Chapter of the IEA (MN-IEA) celebrated its 20th anniversary. Over 65 members attended our celebratory gathering! The afternoon began with a choice of experiential breakout workshops — Board member Kathleen Grittner facilitated a session on “Connecting with your Higher Self Through Imagery” and current Board member Dave Hall collaborated with former Board member and spouse Katy Taylor to teach “How Our type Moves Us.”
Throughout the afternoon attendees browsed and shopped at a beautiful silent auction with over 60 items donated, included many handmade by MN-IEA members. We enjoyed visiting with each other over a fiesta dinner buffet and birthday cake. The evening concluded with a presentation on the Chapter’s history by “Founding Mother” Anne Mureé. Anne posted a timeline on the wall with all of the major workshops and speaker events that the Chapter had hosted over the years and asked members to post sticky notes on it indicating their name, the year they became involved, and a change they have made in their life as a result for working with the Enneagram.
The anniversary celebration was a delightful conclusion to an inspirational and varied program year. We welcomed guest presentations by Belinda Gore on Object Relations and by Susan Olesek and her colleagues from Enneagram Prison Project. (After Susan’s visit to Minnesota, three MN-IEA Board members (Susanne Gawreluk, Phil GebbenGreen and Britt Ortmann) were inspired to complete the EPP training program and have now launched EPP’s Minnesota Chapter and begun working in a local women’s prison.) Mario Sikora joined us to present a two-day workshop on Working with the Instinctual Biases and Subtypes. And current and former members of our Board gave workshops or presentations on The Journey from Dualism to Wholeness: Learning to Live the Law of Three (by Dave Hall and Katy Taylor), a very well attended Introduction to the Enneagram (by Kate Ostrem) and Reconnecting with Intuition (by Chapter President Debbi Horton). Everyone on the Board pitched in to organize and host a wonderful year of programming and a fitting celebration of our first 20 years!