Perspective on Enneagram Nine Energy

An Enneagram of Presence Workshop Series   


This workshop series deals with pervasive and pivotal patterns that we may find ourselves entangled in and the influence of the enneagram 9 energy through those patterns.

In these workshops we loosen up our hold from the contemporary Enneagram of Personality, and focus rather on some fundamental, systemic and energetic aspects that the enneagram speaks to. In particular, we will explore the influence of 9-energy in the enneagram system.

“9-energy” as referred to here, speaks to a blueprint energy from which the qualities of all enneagram points become more specifically expressed. Regardless of enneagram (personality) type, everyone is subject to the influence of that, which can power and support unhealthy “sleepwalking” states that have individuals living their lives on auto-pilot.  However, encoded in that blueprint is also the means and the energy to activate and support the healthier, more awake and engaged states, where one is inhabiting their life, their being and purpose more fully, and their presence is of a wholesome influence.

In the personality framework, for someone identified as a type 9, a generalised “sleepwalking” state is easy to get lost in. For those identified as any other type (1-8), they still need to deal with this in themselves, in whichever more specific way they are experiencing that. A relevant question to pose to oneself is “what am I awake to... what am I not awake to?”.

In this series of workshops, we will look at selected patterns and how we leave our lives on auto-pilot allowing those patterns to run themselves while we snooze in the pilot seat. Being willing to shake ourselves awake, to even begin investigating the what, why, with whom, when, where and how …  therein lies the invitation and challenge, and the reason for the space and time created in these workshops. At the same time, we must appreciate that these very patterns can be co-opted and used appropriately and wisely by a healthy, engaged pilot. The invitation is also, then, to allow the step by step shift into progressively more practiced and masterful piloting, where joy and lightness of being is normal while navigating and participating in our lives.


More about what this workshop series offers

Part of the 9-energy (especially when in healthier, more awake range) is the capacity for perspective that allows things to be put into clearer context. Which then allows for more focused, relevant, appropriate and right action. This is a fundamental element in the design of these workshops.


The main workshop, on a Saturday, is open for anyone exploring the pattern in themselves. It is an interactive workshop, with space and time created for participants to engage, plenty of “food for thought” and real-time exercises to allow more depth of exploration and room to shift.

The supplementary workshop, on the Sunday, is specifically for those identifying as Enneagram Type 9s on the personality enneagram. For any Type 9s that attended the Saturday and wish to engage in a deeper exploration, the Sunday session is open for that.


General Design of the Perspective Series of Workshops

The design of these workshops:

The main workshop:

  • Half-day (5 hour) Saturday workshop
  • Open to anyone who identifies with the pattern being discussed and the influence of the 9-energy coming through that pattern in ways specific to them.


The supplementary workshop:

  • Half-day (5 hours) Sunday workshop
  • Specifically, for enneagram type 9s that want to explore more deeply after the Saturday workshop.
  • Please note, places are limited for this workshop.

This INSIDE-STORY-9 series of workshops are designed and facilitated by Type 9s for Type 9s

These interactive Saturday workshops will focus on specific topics taken from existing Enneagram teachings describing the habitual patterns of Type 9. Typically, these are explained and interpreted from an outside-in perspective, which does not provide the full picture and context that 9s often need. In these workshops, participants will be presented with and invited to explore the often untold inside-story on these, benefitting from pragmatic “insider insights” and clarity from experienced, dedicated type 9 teachers who have been actively exploring this terrain.

The aim is to support anyone awakening more fully to themselves, their own presence as a 9, and the gifts and challenges that come with.

In the distinctive company, support and mirroring of other 9s, participants will have the chance to better understand and explore their own patterns. The group energy expedites a level of self-awareness which is often difficult to reach when working alone. With the added clarity and awareness, the doors open for more freedom from restraining patterns and blind-spots.


an enneagram of presence workshop series

Part 1 - Open to all

How these workshops are structured:

Part 1 is a general exploration of the topic, and open to anyone (regardless of enneagram type or familiarity with the enneagram) who recognises that this pattern is a relevant one to them.

Part 2 is a specific exploration, for type 9s. This will follow through from part 1, is is for any type 9 who wants to dive deeper into their relationship with the pattern.


Live Workshop, Group Work

Part 1 -

What is 9-energy...

expressions of 9 energy in the patterns of

  • accommodation
  • procrastination
  • autonomy


How does 9 energy play through your life


Saturday, 11h00 - 15h00 (GMT) (12h00 London,  13h00 South Africa)

  • bridging from the external perspective to..
  • bridging from the head
  • the flyers in the street
  • meet you were you are, your current perspective, belief, construct - be reassured
  • safety that this is not about dismantling anything
  • current foundation / belief - has value
  • dissecting a little, what people have swallowed whole
    • what is the root
    • what is under the distortion
    • turning towards the un-distorted truth


  • The danger of the outside in descriptions..
    • trying to use the enneagram descriptions to describe everything
    • fitting ourselves into the descriptions instead of _______
    • eg. accommodation -

accommodation - over-accommodating - based on distorted belief that...

  • I need to create harmony
  • distortion - has a cost to ourselves and others
  • healthy expression - necessary


Energetic cost of being trapped in these patters (asleep, distorted)

  • we know we are not happy
  • lethargic
  • depressive affect
  • disengaging, disengaged
  • being squished!
  • disassociating

Fake harmony (keep things smooth) vs true harmony (eg nature)



  • Intro and overview of the pattern
    • Perspectives from the enneagram lens
    • Other factors and context beyond the personality
    • Asleep vs awake
    • Unhealthy vs healthy


  • Hands on
    • Personal exploration of one's own relationship with the pattern.
    • breaking out of the sleep-walking expressions of the pattern
    • practical application to a real-life situation you are dealing with
    • impact


  • Presence
    • Dropping deeper, glimpses of what the underlying undistorted energy is behind the surface defence patterns.


Part 2 - Enneagram Type 9

Sunday 11h00 - 15h00 (GMT) (12h00 London,  13h00 South Africa)

  • A deeper look at the pattern specifically in relation to Type 9
    • How these patterns


DIY Self-Study Course

Available as an adjunct course as a standalone or in addition to the live workshop.  3hours + additional material in the course.

  • Includes extended interview and teaching material that is referenced in the live workshop
  • Review of what was covered in the workshop, with replay of certain segments from Part 1
  • Exercises and guidelines to improve awareness and capacity to remain awake to these patterns, remaining more frequently from the driver's seat rather than from the passenger seat.


Perspective on Accommodation

Sat, 10th September 2022

11h00 GMT, Online

  • 12h00 London (GMT +1)
  • 13h00 South Africa (GMT +2)


  • making oneself smaller
  • an active process


  • passive
  • active



Perspective on Accommodation

Sat, 8th October 2022

11h00 GMT, Online

  • 12h00 London (GMT +1)
  • 13h00 South Africa (GMT +2)

Perspective on Commitment

Sat, 12th November 2022

11h00 GMT, Online

  • 12h00 London (GMT +1)
  • 13h00 South Africa (GMT +2)
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