Introducing Path to Freedom…
Path to Freedom (PtF) is the second program in EPP’s International Enneagram Association (IEA) Accredited Training Program, and a component of how we train potential “guides” to teach EPP’s compassionate curriculum in prisons and jails around the world. While PtF is open to all who are interested in deepening their understanding of self and others through a progressive unfolding of EPP’s compassionate curriculum, please note that it is a prerequisite for those who wish to apply to EPP’s Guide Training Program, regardless of previous Enneagram training, certifications, or background.
After successful completion of 9PrisonsONEKey (successful completion includes 100% attendance in live sessions and 100% completion of the Learning Management System), EPP’s foundational Enneagram course, participants are invited to apply to Path to Freedom.
Overview of Path to Freedom Courses
In this four-part course, we will deepen our understanding of the Enneagram system and all nine types.
In the first course, Navigating Our Territory, we will take a big picture look at personality, exploring the Universal Laws of 1, 3 & 7, the Three Centers of Intelligence, Object Relations Theory, and the Triadic Groups into which the types are organized.
In the second course, How We Develop, the class will investigate personality development and how attachment, neglect, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can impact an individual’s capacity to thrive.
The third course, Addicted to Personality, will expand on Enneagram Prison Project’s compassionate approach to addiction, and the circuitry that is needed for healthy growth and development. Using the Childhood Timeline exercise, everyone will be invited to connect the dots between childhood experiences, the survival strategies we developed, and what we carry with us into adulthood.
Finally, in course four, Defenses and Reactivity, we will learn how the type-related defense systems are the glue that holds our personalities in place, and explore our respective key(s) to freedom.
During PtF, we will employ a combination of self-reflection, didactic teaching, and break-out sessions to clarify common areas of confusion for new students of the Enneagram, as well as support each other in identifying the accurate territory for our own Enneagram types. Guided by EPP’s Principles of Safety, participants practice how to articulate insights in real-time, discern our inner critics from our inner witnesses, and how we “do the work together” in live cohort sessions and small group pods.
PtF is a 66-hour International Enneagram Association (IEA) accredited training program.
PtF consists of the following four courses, which are taught in sequence over four consecutive months:
- Course 1: Navigating our Territory
- Course 2: How We Develop
- Course 3: Addicted to Personality
- Course 4: Defenses and Reactivity
Applicants are asked to commit to completing all four courses, as well as a mandatory orientation session, beginning in late January 2022 and concluding in early May 2022. PtF requires a time commitment of approximately 6 to 7 hours per week, which includes the following: virtual live sessions, self-guided online learning, reading, and community processing. Please see below for additional information.
- Mandatory Orientation session
- Four courses (Navigating our Territory; How We Develop; Addicted to Personality; and Defenses & Reactivity)
- Weekly 3-hour live zoom sessions facilitated by EPP Guides (over 14 weeks)
- Self-guided learning through EPP’s Learning Management System (approximately 2 – 2.5 hours per week)
- Reading in the Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso and Hudson
- Weekly 60 minute self-guided small group meetings (small groups assigned during first session of Navigating Our Territory and maintained through conclusion of Defenses and Reactivity)
“We are all just walking each other home.”
– Ram Dass
Dates & Time
PtF is being offered on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 pm PT and Wednesdays from 9 to 12 noon PT. Applicants are invited to select their availability for either one or both cohort day/times. Please note, due to the format and schedule of PtF, participants are not able to switch days/times after session assignments have been made. It is also not possible to “make up” missed sessions. Applicants are invited to assess their level of commitment and availability to fully participate in this program prior to applying.
EPP anticipates accepting 130 to 160 people for this offering of PtF. Participants experience a combination of large group teachings and small group processing facilitated by EPP Guides.
There is a rest and integration week scheduled into the 16 week program between the conclusion of the second course (How We Develop) and the beginning of the third course (Addicted to Personality). There are no sessions scheduled for the rest and integration week (March 22 and 23).
|Day of the week||Time of day (pacific time)|
|Tuesday||1 – 4 pm PT|
|Wednesday||9 – 12 noon PT|
Applicants are invited to provide their availability based on the following regular meeting days and start times. The first session for all cohorts will begin the week of January 31, 2022. The final session will conclude the week of May 9, 2022. All times are listed in Pacific Time. We recommend the following time zone converter: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/
|2022 Path to Freedom – Calendar at a Glance|
|Course #||Course||Tuesday Cohort Dates
|Wednesday Cohort Dates
|Live Session #||# of hours|
|ORIENTATION||January 25||January 26||1.5 hours|
|1||Navigating our Territory||February 1||February 2||1||3 hours|
|Navigating our Territory||February 8||February 9||2||3 hours|
|Navigating our Territory||February 15||February 16||3||3 hours|
|Navigating our Territory||February 22||February 23||4||3 hours|
|2||How We Develop||March 1||March 2||5||3 hours|
|How We Develop||March 8||March 9||6||3 hours|
|How We Develop||March 15||March 16||7||3 hours|
|BREAK||March 22||March 23||BREAK|
|3||Addicted to Personality||March 29||March 30||9||3 hours|
|Addicted to Personality||April 5||April 6||10||3 hours|
|Addicted to Personality||April 12||April 13||10||3 hours|
|4||Defenses & Reactivity||April 19||April 20||11||3 hours|
|Defenses & Reactivity||April 26||April 27||12||3 hours|
|Defenses & Reactivity||May 3||May 4||13||3 hours|
|Defenses & Reactivity & CELEBRATION||May 10||May 11||14||3 hours|
For additional information and FAQ’s, see Path to Freedom FAQs
All PtF applicants are required to first complete 9PrisonsONEKey (9P1K), EPP’s foundational Enneagram course. 100% attendance in all live cohort sessions (one excused absence allowed) and 100% completion of the LMS coursework is required.
Learn more about 9P1K here.
Commitment and Expectations
Participants in all of EPP’s programs are required to acknowledge and accept the Principles of Safety, which can be reviewed on this webpage.
As with all of our courses, we ask that participants not be “passengers” in their learning and growth. PtF participants are expected to be present for and engage in all live zoom gatherings facilitated by EPP Guides, as well as the weekly self-guided small group gatherings. In addition, you are asked to make steady progress through the course curriculum provided within EPP’s Learning Management System, which includes video, journal prompts, mindfulness and other exercises, as well as further reading to complement the learning that takes place during the facilitated zoom gatherings.
As you consider your readiness to apply to participate in PtF, please reflect on your current capacity, level of commitment, and availability to commit to weekly in-person gatherings, in addition to ongoing self-guided learning through the above mentioned platforms. Deepening our understanding of self and others using the Enneagram and EPP’s compassionate curriculum is incredibly tender work that requires emotional responsibility, as well as a personal commitment to self-care and practicing self-compassion. We encourage you to reflect on the level of emotional and psychological support you feel you have and need in your life as you take this next step in your personal development journey.
Weekly live sessions cannot be made up. If you miss more than one live session, we will invite you to pause and reapply to take PtF in 2023.
For those that plan to apply for EPP’s Guide Training Program, 100% attendance and 100% completion of LMS coursework is required.
A total of 66 IEA accredited hours will be earned with 100% completion of PtF.