Body, Breath, Emotion & Personality Type
with Peter O'Hanrahan

The Enneagram is a holistic system which describes how personality and character structure are formed in three centers of intelligence - mind, heart, and body. The Embodied Enneagram Workshop is an opportunity to work with all three centers, combining mindfulness with a body-based (somatic) approach to healing and relationship. By understanding the specific issues and defenses of each personality type we can apply the best methods of psychology and body therapy in a way that is attuned to the individual person.
How can we live fully in each of our three centers and become an integrated human being? In modern culture the mind is emphasized; the body and the emotions are often overlooked or avoided. Many of our physical and emotional patterns were formed early in childhood, before the intellect was fully developed. A body-based approach enables us to contact and work with these patterns which are at the root of our type structure. In this workshop we will use the breath to develop sensory awareness, to relax and open the body, and to contact our emotions. We'll explore patterns of body armor and resistance to feeling, and find new internal resources that can help us on the path of personal growth.

Topics include: 
The somatic structures of the nine personality types and their defenses, the affect of body type, embodiment practice in relationships, the value of different body therapies and the pioneering work of Wilhelm Reich. 

The Format:
This workshop combines presentation and discussion with experiential work. The goal is to create a safe space for the process of embodiment and healing - each participant will be encouraged to go at their own pace. Our practices will include simple breathing and stretching exercises, shoulder and neck massage, and guided breathing sessions. 

What to bring:
A yoga mat, foam mat, or thick blanket for floor work plus a small towel. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Here is an article with more information about body practices for the nine types >
Peter O’Hanrahan is a leading teacher of the Enneagram with a focus on Subtypes and Somatics. He has practiced counseling and bodywork for 35 years, with extensive training in Reichian and Bioenergetic methods. Peter has taught the Embodied Enneagram workshop in the US, Europe and China. He began his Enneagram studies in 1978, and he is currently an associate trainer and past director for the Palmer/Daniels Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) and

Contact Peter to schedule this workshop designed for your community or group practice. or 510-234-1600


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In this workshop you will learn:

  • Self-help techniques for working with your body, breath and emotions
  • How to manage and reduce stress and tension in daily life
  • Methods for deep work with your type structure and defenses 
  • How to develop the resources of your body for energy, groundedness and connection
  • How to bring embodied presence to your relationships at home and at work

Who will benefit:

  • Students and teachers of the Enneagram will expand their knowledge of the nine types, deepen their personal work and learn body-based practices for healing and growth.
  • Therapists and health professionals will learn new methods of working with their clients using a three-centers approach.