The Three Instincts (Subtypes) Workshop

Presented By:
  • Connie Frecker
  • Lisa M Bueche, MA
Sat Sep 10, 2022  -  Sun Sep 11, 2022


The Three Instincts Workshop: September 10th – 11th, 2022 VIRTUAL

INSTRUCTORS: Connie Frecker and Lisa Bueche

Unlocking the full wisdom of the Enneagram for the greatest opportunity for transformation. This virtual workshop has a limited number of participants to allow for an engaging online event.

Our instinctual nature, while extremely powerful in our decision-making processes, lifestyle choices, and orientation to day-to-day reality, is often given little emphasis in many spiritual paths, and the Instincts are often treated as an inherent problem – a distortion to be eliminated. This is understandable since this part of our nature is usually a little interested in our spiritual or psychological development. Yet, without a clear and viable relationship with this aspect of our souls, it is extremely difficult to maintain an integrated approach to our path.

The Enneagram deals very directly with this aspect of the Self through teachings about the Three Instincts – Self-Preservation, Sexual (Attraction), and Social (Adaptation).  Seminal ideas about the three Instincts go back at least as far as Gurdjieff’s teachings about the Centers and have equivalents in other spiritual traditions. In recent years, many Enneagram students have discovered the explanatory power of seeing how their instinctual bias operates in combination with their dominant Enneagram type. Learning how their type plays itself out through one of these instincts can be as exciting as when we first learn about the Enneagram.

In this workshop, we will first clarify and deepen our understanding of the Instincts, seeing them at work in our personal experience. We will also examine how our particular instinctual “stack” – the way we prioritize our basic human needs and values – is the pattern that most keeps us locked in the repetitive habits of our personality.  (One of the quickest ways to unlock the Passion and Fixation of our type is to understand and work on the imbalance in our Instincts.) Recognizing the way we give energy to certain needs while neglecting others brings balance and helps us integrate the deeper experiences of Essence and Being that we may have had. Without such Inner Work, even profound experiences of Spirit and Oneness cannot affect our lives the way they could.

This Workshop will employ experiential dyads and triads, meditation, movement work, and music to help participants recognize the ways that these patterns express themselves in their lives.  We will also explore concrete ways in which to bring greater balance in our approach to our instinctual life.  Our approach is relaxed and conversational, with an emphasis on the development of our capacity to remain in Presence.

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  • Location: Zoom link will be sent prior to the class.
  • Price: $295.00 Standard, $250.00 (Early Bird by August 20, 2022). Refundable minus PayPal fees 2 week prior to class. After that, the fee may be applied towards future classes.
  • Times: Saturday 9-5 pm, Sunday 9:30-5:00 pm [EDT]
  • A Follow-Up Email will be sent to all participants closer to the workshop handouts to read prior to the workshop.
  • Thank you for registering and we cannot wait to see you at our workshop! 

Registration open. Pay the fee via our PayPal button, designate which workshop, and we will send an email confirmation within 24 hours.

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