Enneagram Workshop at St. Joseph

St. Joseph Retreat Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, is holding an enneagram workshop beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 16.

The enneagram is a personality inventory combining the insights of modern psychology with the proven wisdom of ancient philosophies. It offers a map in which nine types of personalities are related to each other. It offers a framework for understanding oneself and others. “It can help us to recognize and understand an overall pattern in human behavior,” said Sister Mary Clark, CSJ, retreat center director.

The enneagram can be extremely useful to everyone as a source of self-knowledge, because it acts as a “mirror” to reveal features of personality that are normally invisible, she said. This can be helpful in stressful situations or when people do not understand why they react the way they do in work-related situations.

Participants will be led to discover their particular type and gain insights into the process of spiritual growth.

“We have nine types in us, but one is primary,” Clark said. “This is the one we see showing up again and again and becomes the broad spectrum of our life. It is important to remember that no one can tell us what personality type we are; it is for us to discover that and begin to understand more fully our particular ways of responding to situations.”

Sister Rose Ann Hefner, CSJ, will be the workshop facilitator. Hefner is a licensed social worker and professional counselor. She is a consultant in behavioral health and an experienced spiritual director. She has completed the enneagram spectrum training and certification program.

Overnight housing is available and commuters are welcome. For more information and registration, call 304-232-8160, ext. 112 and 145. People of all faiths may participate.