What is an EPP Guide?

EPP Guides are constantly growing, conscious individuals who have journeyed their own inner terrain with enough depth and skill to offer their wisdom, experience, and steady presence to others who are navigating their own journeys.

EPP remains unwavering in our vision to free people – all over the world – from the prisons of our own making. EPP was inspired by serving imprisoned people. We have since expanded our guide role to include virtual offerings for the public, in education, and organizations.

We are compassionate and especially sensitive to those who have been charged and convicted of crimes against society. Many of our students – inside and outside of actual prisons – have endured childhood trauma, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, violence and addiction, often repetitively and over many generations. Because of this, we seek mature, confident, compassionate individuals with a sincere desire to bring forth their self-mastery in the classroom. Guides balance life and work, and are supported by regular inner practice and self-care.

At EPP we use the Enneagram system as a map of personality structures that helps us find our core self when we lose our way. We consider our teachers to be trustworthy guides. Knowing how to orient to this roadmap of personality allows us to navigate the complex inner terrain of ego, and remember where and who we actually are. Even a very good map is only as useful as our ability to stop and look at it, the knowledge to read it, and the presence of mind to recognize where we are to begin.

“EPP Guides are like having a trail leader on the journey with you who has been walking the path for years and is not only holding the map, but can provide to the group through the curriculum tools and their experience, a compass, and a satellite phone with GPS to assist the journey.”  

–Dr. Heather Greenwald
Chief of Mental Health, RJ Donovan State Prison

What is the Guide Training Program (GTP)?

One of EPP’s core values is that “We do the work together.” The Guide Training Program is about developing and bringing out your particular skills and gifts, as well as finding and working the edges where you are still developing. We want to both support you, and be assured of your capacity to effectively and compassionately guide our students with a co-guide, while simultaneously staying present to yourself.

The necessary pause of programming in prisons and jails during the global pandemic gave us the opportunity to reimagine our Guide Training Program (GTP). In order to grow future EPP Guides in a way that is sustainable, affordable, and accessible, we have envisioned a training that will develop a diverse and highly skilled team of people who are steeped in the ongoing work of self development, and committed to the vision of Enneagram Prison Project – freeing people all over the world from the prisons of our own making.

We believe that some of the best guides of the Enneagram system may very well be those who have yet-to-have-access to this tool. We have intentionally removed as many barriers to participating in our training program as possible, and continue to take steps to create a safe and inclusive space where everyone is invited to step in knowing that they belong.

EPP lives from our core values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging. Our new Guide Training Program invites people from all over the world to bring their unique life experience, skills and talents to support EPP’s mission and vision. We are normalizing diversity and intentionally creating spaces where people are invited to grow in their own self-understanding and to operate outside the binary. One way we do this is by removing all known and perceived barriers to promote stepping into the EPP Community with a deep sense of knowing that you have always belonged here.

Guide Support

We cannot overstate the importance of growing and being in community when it comes to this work. EPP Guides are part of an ever-growing community of like-hearted people who strive to live into our core values both in and out of the EPP classroom. We meet weekly to “do the work together,” processing and bearing witness to what is alive in the students we are guiding by practicing staying present to ourselves.

The Path to Becoming an EPP Guide

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    9PrisonsONEKey (9P1K)

    More information about 9PrisonsONEKey (9P1K) 

    Pre-requirements: None

    NOTE: Full participation in and completion of all coursework is required to be eligible for the Guide Training Program. This includes all self-guided work (LMS and recommended reading), as well as attendance and participation in all LIVE sessions.

  • Path to Freedom (PtF)

    Pre-requirements: 9PrisonsONEKey

    NOTE: Full participation in and completion of all 9P1K coursework is required to be eligible for the Guide Training Program. This includes all self-guided work (LMS and reading), and attendance and participation in all LIVE sessions. 

    PtF includes the following four courses: 

    1. Navigating Our Territory
    2. How We Develop
    3. Addiction to Personality
    4. Defenses & Reactivity
  • Guide Training Program (GTP) Application


      • Completed 5A’s Self-Assessment and 3 Invitation to Self Witnessing forms as one’s own readiness for the GTP;
      • Two (2) observation rubrics from EPP Guides with whom the applicant has studied in 9P1K and/or Path to Freedom (PtF).
      • Completed Application

    Begin Guide Training Program (GTP)

  • GTP Practicum


      • Completed 9P1K
      • Completed Path to Freedom (PtF)
      • GTP Application Acceptance

    The GTP Practicum is a series of five virtual training courses and also includes The Garden, a virtual space for discovery, learning, and practicing in community. You are assigned to a cohort of 15-20 students where you are acquainted more deeply with all of EPP’s programs. You also receive instruction on the philosophy and theory behind why and how we teach what we teach. Our GTP Practicum curriculum invites an ongoing commitment to inner work; promotes the development of excellent facilitation skills (online and in person); develops type recognition skills; instructs on the art of paneling; informs how to work within the correctional system; introduces addiction and trauma-informed practices, and highlights EPP’s compassionate approach to the Enneagram. Our five courses include:

    1. Get to Know EPP
    2. The Garden Prep
    3. Wellbeing
    4. Facilitation Skills
    5. The Art of Typing and Paneling

    Course by course, you are invited to exercise your guiding skills and practice your understanding of the GTP content in “The Garden,” a virtual space for discovery, learning, and practicing in community. In The Garden, you will “till the soil” and try out the curriculum in a safe and supported space alongside fellow EPP Guides, Faculty, and Ambassadors. The Garden is a place where you are supported and encouraged to weed out the things that are not “working”, and establish comfort with the material and the role of guiding. As a GTP Student, you will be given real-time, loving, and constructive feedback whilst growing into our core value of “We do the work together.”

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    Virtual Apprentice Gateway

    To pass through this gateway, EPP requires an assessment of your capacity to fluently deliver the essential elements of EPP’s curriculum while skillfully facilitating in a virtual classroom. 

    After meeting a minimum of 15 practice session hours in the Garden, you will complete a self-observation rubric, request observation rubrics from two EPP guides, and provide a series of recorded videos of you practicing in the Garden to the GTP Virtual Gateway Committee.

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    GTP Virtual Apprenticeship


      • Completion of all GTP Courses
      • Pass through the Virtual Gateway Committee

    You will transition into a Virtual Apprenticeship where you will gain experience delivering EPP’s curriculum in the virtual classrooms by co-guiding in 9P1K and Path to Freedom courses with the mentorship and support of other certified EPP Guides.

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    In-Custody Apprenticeship Gateway


      • Virtual Apprenticeship in 9P1K and all PtF courses</li
      • Completed 9P1K and PtF Self-Observation Rubric</li
      • Completed Mentor Observation Rubric</li
      • Completed Co-Guide Observation Rubric

    You will receive feedback from your EPP Mentor and Co-Guides throughout the Virtual Apprenticeship. Upon completion of 9P1K and PtF Virtual Apprenticing, you may submit an application to be considered for Virtual Guide Certification.

    Note: Certified EPP Apprentices are eligible to be hired and paid as consultants to deliver EPP’s virtual programs. Virtual Guide Certification is not a guarantee of hire. Virtual and In-Custody Guides are retained based on demand for programs.

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    In-Custody Guide Apprenticeship


      • EPP Virtual Guide Certification
      • Self-Observation Rubric
      • Completed Mentor Observation Rubric
      • Completed Co-Guide Observation Rubric

    In-custody Apprentices deliver the EPP 8-module course curriculum offered in a jail/prison. EPP programs vary in length depending on the facility. You will receive feedback from their EPP Mentor and Co-Guides throughout the programs they co-guide.

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    EPP Guide Certification

    In addition to being able to deliver virtual programs, Certified EPP Guides are eligible to be hired and paid as consultants to deliver the in-custody programs EPP offers worldwide. As a certified EPP Guide, you may also be eligible to contribute to our Guide Training Program as a Co-Guide, Mentor, and/or Virtual Guide in our online offerings. Additional training programs for educational and organizational settings are currently being developed.

2021 EPP Guide Training Program Dates (GTP7):

  • June 3rd: Orientation & Welcome
  • June 9th: Tech Time (12:30-1:30pm PT)
  • June 7th through July 29th GTP7 Sessions
    • Cohort 1: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-12pm PT
    • Cohort 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm-4pm PT
    • Cohort 3: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm-8pm PT

Note: All Sessions are 3 hours long unless otherwise indicated. 3 cohort dates available. All sessions are online.


Our vision is to free people – all over the world – from the prisons of our own making. EPP is a nonprofit organization committed to our mission and providing the financial resources required to fulfill it. Inspired by this, our shared values, and a deep commitment to creating access to diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces, our resolve is to make this course available to all. Equal to this is our goal of inviting each recipient of the course to determine their individual contribution with our ultimate goal of reaching 100 percent participation.

In 2020, we chose to offer 9P1K using a voluntary donation-based tuition model that is paid at the end of the course. The application invites participants to share self-identifying information to support EPP in building psychologically safe and affirming spaces for people from all backgrounds to unfold together on their own self-discovery journeys. The donation-based tuition model is designed to remove financial barriers to participation, and allow each person to invest in the course by giving an amount that reflects the value they received, and is aligned with the integrity of their financial means.

At the completion of each course of the GTP training, participants are invited to financially invest in the course, selecting an amount that reflects the value they received from it, with integrity and respect to their financial means. We are piloting this series for the first time and cost is dependent on participation. We estimate that a donation of $5,000 will support the cost of one participant for each one of our GTP courses and both virtual and in-custody apprenticeships

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