What We Do

What is the Enneagram?

A psychological system brought to Stanford University in the 1990s, the Enneagram is an incisive self-awareness tool which identifies the unconscious cognitive, emotional, and behavioral strategies which underlie virtually everything we do. Taught worldwide to individuals, business leaders, spiritual directors and — at last — to the incarcerated, EPP brings the Enneagram to those whom we feel may need it the most.

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Our Method

Our approach is to help incarcerated humans to navigate those unconscious cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns which – we know – underlie virtually everything we do. We use the Enneagram system much like a map of ego structures and consider our teachers helpful guides who support our students in navigating their inner terrain. We do this by reflecting the light we see in people back to themselves illuminating a path they can reliably follow. We empower people to find their way back to their own innate intelligence and wisdom, to re-member their best selves.

Our Philosophy

We help people to remember what is right about them. All human behavior is an attempt to feel loved. We believe that it is our right to have autonomy, to know our worth, and to feel safe and secure. When our basic human needs and rights have been unmet or worse, violated, there is an intelligence underlying our impulses and reactions. We bring understanding to the motivations which preceded behaviors — compassion for the why before the what, because we cannot change what we do not first understand.

Our Format

EPP offers group-facilitated programs for incarcerated men and women. Our programs range from introductory 8 to 20-week programs to advanced studies. Drawing on the narrative tradition, our students learn to find their own voice, to articulate newfound self-awareness, and demonstrate life-changing insights. We hold the space for those incarcerated to become conscious of the ways they can begin to hold themselves and live their lives.