By John and Cathy Shoulders, and Art and Carie Wimberly
On February 3 and 4, St. John’s is excited to offer a day-and-a-half workshop on the spiritual tool of the Enneagram. The certified facilitators, Cathy and John Shoulders (from Roanoke) and Art Wimberly (from Birmingham) will lead you on an exploration of the Enneagram through the lens of the book, The Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram – A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation.
What is the Enneagram? The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-discovery and spiritual transformation. It identifies nine primary personality types: reformer, helper, achiever, romantic, loyalist, enthusiast, challenger, and peacemaker. Knowing one’s type is not meant to bind or restrict people to a certain way of being and living. Rather, knowing one’s type frees people from their self-created boxes and identifies a path for growth and transformation.
Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation describes the Enneagram as follows:
“The Enneagram is a dynamic system. It was developed primarily in an oral tradition, in the context of relationships between students and teachers. A ‘dynamic system’ is one that recognizes that humans are far too complex and nuanced to fit easily into simple categories; it supports the evolving, maturing human journey.”
While self-discovery is important, it is not the Enneagram’s sole objective. The Enneagram’s purpose is to help us uncover the traps that keep us from living fully and freely as our True Self so that we will use our unique, authentic gifts for the good of others and the world.
The Enneagram is meant to help you over a life-long journey and is most helpful when used in conjunction with other practices like study, meditation, spiritual direction, and life in community with others.
Join us as we come together to learn, to challenge each other and to have stimulating conversations the first weekend in February. We look forward to this time together as we explore this spiritual tool of self-discovery.
For more details and to register click here.