Posted by on Feb 1, 2023 in Featured | Comments Off on SOMATIC ENNEAGRAM TRAININGS with Marion Gilbert


Join Marion Gilbert Online via ZOOM for Modules 1, 2, and 3

Join Marion Gilbert In-person for Modules 4  and 5

Cost:  $400.00 | Save $50 with Early-bird Registration


Learn about the foundational elements and methods of Marion Gilbert’s Somatic Enneagram through personal and panel inquiry. In these Module practices, we learn to use our body’s intelligence to relax type structure and cultivate inner resources, allowing ourselves to return to a grounded and receptive way to experience a more open way to meet ourselves, others, and the world at large.

• Three-Centers Awareness

• Foundational Elements of Somatic Awareness

• Somatic Awareness Method

• Working with Type Structure

• Panels and Somatic Practices




Email our team for more information or questions or call us at: 1 (530) 955-0800.



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MODULE 1 – APR 22–23 2023

MODULE 2 -APR 24–252023

MODULE 3 -APR 26–27 2023

MODULE 4 -APR 28–29 2023

MODULE 5 -APR 30–MAY 2 2023

MODULE 6 -MAY 4–7 2023

| Practical and Competency for Certification


LOCATION:  Outside of Paris

COURSE: The program will be offered by Marion Gilbert in English with French translation.

CONTACT: For more information or questions about registration >> Contact by email Damien Rolland  | website | by phone

IN-PERSON MODULES 1, 2, 3 in the U.K. | MAY 2023

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IN-PERSON MODULES 1, 2, 3 in the U.K. | MAY 2023

MODULES 1, 2, 3 in the U.K.





The Somatic Enneagram training has been developed to provide distinctively deepening awareness of how we hold Enneagram type patterns in the body and how to build the capacity to release them. This work is the missing piece to help us get unstuck when our reactivity and defense system fight back.

Marion says:

“Working with the architecture of capacity and compassion,” as I call it, is the understanding of the inborn, the inherent wiring and the conditioned wiring — architectures — that reside within us. They are all resources.  We are wired to experience our own capacity. Whether hugely resourceful and abundant, or limited and shut down. Our capacity “is the experience of self.”  Day in and day out. My work takes us through three centers of awareness and resourcing — the mind, heart, and body, a triadic approach to mapping the who and the what of how we were initially designed and then conditioned. Somatic Awakening is the conscious feeling, sensing, and engaging with what’s coming up from our bodies, from the deepest parts of self, and “awakening” to it. Only when we are “awake” can we accept, understand, and transform.”

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Enneagram Alive is very excited to host Marion and Modules 1-3 of the Somatic Enneagram Training Program in the UK in 2023.

Modules 1-3 deepen our understanding and appreciation of our own somatic processes. If we then go on to take Modules 4 and 5 and the certification process, we will practice the skills that enable us to use the process with others. Modules 1-3 can be taken without committing to certification, or can lead on to Modules 4-5.


Where: Hillscourt,  Birmingham, UK

Date: MAY 9 – 14, 2023 

Price: £280 per 2-day module or £780 for all 3 modules.  These are early bird rates (pay by 15 January 2023).  * Prices shown include a non-refundable £30.00 booking fee

Contact by phone:  +44 1962 717697



What is Our Capacity?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2022 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on What is Our Capacity?

What is Our Capacity?

The “Capacity” for staying present to what is determines how integration can occur. Capacity is developed through witnessing the enactment of the third force of creation: The reconciling force.

The receptive force of creation (the first force), and reactive force of creation (the second force), are balanced and intrinsically connected by a third force of creation called the reconciling force.

Overall, we are receiving a multitude of impressions per millisecond, yet, we can only perceive a limited number of them in our conscious awareness. There is a hierarchy in the lenses of perception in the brain structure, determining which impressions are given priority. Fortunately, whoever or whatever created us knew what they were doing.

The first impression prioritized by the brain is the need for survival, the somatic or” felt sense” lens of perception is how the impression regarding our safety and state of well-being arrives in the subcortical aspect of our brain and the automatic reaction via the survival reflexes is generated. What this means is that these processes do not actually require our awareness, they are running in the background subconsciously or unconsciously, so to speak.

For instance, it doesn’t require conscious awareness to breathe, for our heart to beat, or for our bodies to regulate our moment-to-moment survival needs. The nervous system can only conduct a limited “charge” before our defense structure, including our adaptive strategies, comes into action, with the aim being to protect the integrity of our physical reality. Our defense structure walls off the charge and keeps it contained to a limited area within our bodies. This occurs in lieu of it being able to continue to run its course fully when it is perceived as overwhelming and as such, something that may short circuit the nervous system.


In Times of Crisis | What Is Possible?

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In Times of Crisis | What Is Possible?

Setting an Intention for the Somatic Enneagram Training Program

In times of crisis lies the opportunity for transformation and an opening to the unknown.

Inner Work in times of transition is invaluable as it allows us to reflect on and renew the perceptions we have relied upon in the past.

To be able to transition into a new way of understanding, we are required to look within at what is resistant to change.

By looking at ourselves through the Felt-sense Lens of Perception, Somatic Enneagram Awareness gives us a map and a method that brings a deeper understanding of what is driving our reactions and adaptive strategies.

To fully metabolize overwhelming experiences from our past, we need to learn how to prepare, approach, and “stay with” the overwhelming charge experienced in our bodies.

All impressions are received, processed, and perceived in the body. The physical body is where all experiences are taking place. So how is it then that we do not include somatic intelligence as we learn to respond to life instead of reacting automatically?

Great blessings lie ahead for those of us who know the secret to finding the opportunity in the midst of crisis.

Blessings in this New Year for All!

May we receive the invitation for transformation in times of crisis by mastering our reflexive drives.

Join me in setting our intentions for this New Year, while celebrating that we are living in rapidly changing times, waking us up to the invitation calling us to recognize the opportunity to be realized in times of crisis.

Let’s open our minds, hearts, and bodies to a larger view of this life we live and be present to the here-and-now on this beautiful planet to which we are connected.


The Body is the Resource…

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The Body is the Resource…

Everything created and manifested contains a blueprint of the primal source of all things. Deeply imbedded in all material substances is the origin and the energetic presence of the unmanifested, unconditioned reality.

How can it (the unconditioned reality) ever be separate and divided, when it is the very raw essence of all things?

Many spiritual disciplines have body-based practices to bring us back home from being attached to a conditioned reality of two opposites profoundly experienced as separate parts and opposing in nature to something much more subtle and profound, easily overlooked and that which takes us into our undivided nature. We say how can you be both? This makes logical sense to anyone who uses their ordinary mind, their mental processes. You are either good or bad, away or present, here or there, sick or healthy, old or young… From a space-time continuum, this is partially true, and beyond time and space reality this all collapses and becomes one into something different from the unifying as the two opposites. Our body has access to these direct experiences through our subtle centers, which are already fully coded with the experience of an unconditioned self. (more…)

RESILIENCE – Through Relaxing the Emotions in the Body

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RESILIENCE – Through Relaxing the Emotions in the Body

Listen to the LIVECAST WEBINAR RECORDING of Marion Gilbert and Transcend Egypt’s Islam Abokandil:


12:00 P.M. PDT


Join Marion Gilbert for a Somatic Enneagram Approach teaching. In this webinar, Marion will share:

  • What is resilience?
  • What is the relationship between emotions and our bodies?
  • Learn the Somatic Approach to relaxing the emotions in the body.

Marion has been practicing physical therapy since 1978 and is the owner of a well established physical therapy practice and movement studio in Grass Valley, CA. Marion certified with the Palmer-Daniels Narrative Enneagram Teacher Training in 2005, is a core faculty member with The Narrative Enneagram (TNE), and is a teacher and international presenter, focused on the Enneagram and Somatic Awareness.

Why Do We Resist the Hurt?

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Why Do We Resist the Hurt?

The obstacles to healing are the same as the obstacles to prayer or contemplation. The body gives us access to the truth of the present state of ​our physical reality. The body lets us know what is going on, and it does this through a process called, “awareness,” a process that connects us with the felt-sense in the body, which is like tuning in to a particular sensory language.

Often, this kind of awareness process is not congruent with what we tell ourselves and hide fro ourselves as our true state of well-being. Across our years growing up and over time, we learn how to adapt around ourselves and literally bypass all sorts of uncomfortable feelings that attempt to flow through the body, for the sake of survival and functioning. (more…)

When a Life Experience is Not Metabolized…

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When a Life Experience is Not Metabolized…

Any life experience too overwhelming for the capacity in our nervous system will be responded to by containing the charge and walling this charge off from affecting the nervous system as a whole, as a way of preventing it from short circuiting. This is a highly intelligent response, prioritizing survival needs in relationship to secondary needs. We need to survive first before we can reflect and inquire into our lives.

By the time we are adults, many undercover energy pockets have been created in our physical bodies. Even though these can go for a long time unnoticed. These will eventually come to the surface when the cost to maintain them becomes greater, as the pattern requires more and more energy to sustain themselves. Especially over time, when the pattern continues to get reinforced by subsequent experiences. An accumulative effect that adds to the contained charge resulting in each life experience being only partially processed. (more…)

Understanding the Connections

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Understanding the Connections

Understanding the Connections

It is apparent to most of us, upon close observation, that everything is interconnected and dependent on one another. Recent neuroscience and epigenetics shows that there is a way that information is translated somehow when there is a need or attention is placed towards a desired function in the physical structure. We are calling this “gene expression.”

This is a secondary element, in addition to the genetic make-up, for a gene to come to full expression. The body is always looking for correcting and balancing, nurturing and eliminating, activating and passifying for an optimally functioning organism. These processes are subcortical in nature and are part of the brainstem, reptilian brain, and partly limbic organization in the hind and midbrain.The human being is born the most vulnerable and dependent of all creatures for the longest time and in need of proper care and nurturing by its primary caregiver, which is usually the mother. The initial connection between caregiver and child is called attachment bonding and is important for the experience of safety and well-being and brain development, all accomplished through what’s called “secure attachment.” (more…)