Exploring Subtypes

October 21, 2023
Land of Sky United Church of Christ 15 Overbrook Place, Asheville, NC 28805
9:00 am – 4 pm Eastern Time

This workshop offers material that deepens our knowledge of the Enneagram as we explore the three specific instinctual drives that influence our type:

  • the instinctual energy of surviving or self-preservation 
  • the instinctual energy of connecting or sexual 
  • the instinctual energy of belonging or social 

We have all three of these drives and one tends to be dominant. This most used instinctual energy is an arena of our strengths as well as our neurotic grasping. During our time together we’ll discuss the three dimensions of each of these three subtypes and strategies for calming our grasping and balancing the three drives. Many teachers believe that the subtypes play a central role in intimate relationships, perhaps more than Enneagram type. When released through the compulsions of our personality type, these instinctual drives become subtypes that give the personality a particular look. Thus, two people who share the same Enneagram type may behave quite differently. Our Enneagram type reveals how we perceive our environment, receive and process information. Subtypes are about output—how and where we expend our life’s energy. Understanding our subtype energies is central to our personal growth and self awareness and frees up energy that is overused in one subtype area. 

Cost is $150 and includes a light lunch and handouts. To register, simply fill out the form below!


Sandra Smith, MDiv

Sandra teaches the Enneagram inter- nationally as a tool for personal, professional and spiritual growth, using the Enneagram as a map in staff communication and managerial styles for businesses, non-profit organizations, and faith communities. Sandra leads beginning and advanced Enneagram classes, pairing the Enneagram with the spiritual journey. She facilitates type groups and offers individual sessions as an Enneagram consultant and spiritual companion. Learn more about her work at AlchemyWorksEvents.com.


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