Welcome – March 2020

by | Mar 1, 2020 | The Enneagram Blog

This year, I plan to create more time for writing and other work, so my appearances will be fewer and hopefully more strategic. My next major events are in northern California. The first stop will be at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, March 1 – 6, where I will be co-leading my first ever Inner Work Retreat there with Jason Stern and with the support and participation of the Enneagram Prison Project. It will be focused on working on the body or belly center and will be primarily experiential. I will be facilitating various inquiry exercises and Jason will lead the group in daily sessions of movement. At this point, the event is sold out and there is a waiting list. (It actually sold out in a few days.) But given the response, we will be doing more programs along these lines at Esalen and in other west coast venues in the coming months.
I will go directly from the Esalen retreat to the 2020 Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, being held from Marc 5 – 8. This is an exciting, cutting edge conference that is always very well attended—there are usually over 3000 participants. Wisdom 2.0 brings together various thought leaders, social activists, and creative leaders from the tech industries. There are usually several simultaneous events as well as the larger talks on the Main Stage. This year’s presenters include Marianne Williamson, Byron Katie, Jack Kornfield, Dan Seigel, Chelsea Handler, Richard Schwartz, Rick Dobkin, Lynne Twist, Vivek Murthy (former Surgeon General of the United States), Actress Julianne Hough, Chris Cox (former Chief Product Officer of Facebook), David Sima (CEO of the Obama Foundation) and many more. Most talks are about 25 minutes long, about the length of a TED talk, but there are also breakout groups, Question and Answer sessions, and Intensives available on a wide variety of topics. AND one of the best parts is meeting other people from around the world who are trying to make a difference.
Last year, I had the honor of introducing the Enneagram on the Main Stage of the conference and will be back this year to talk more about the deeper uses of the Enneagram—how it can help us develop our presence and attention and that it is much more than a way to categorize people. I was beautifully interviewed and supported by Liz Bliss last time and will be interviewed this year by Patricia Savitri Burbank. If you want to see my interview from last year, it is here:
This year, I will be appearing on Saturday afternoon, and hope to see some of you there. It is still possible to register for this event, but I would do so soon to arrange accommodations in San Francisco which can become scarce during big conferences. Information and registration can be found at this link: http://www.wisdom2summit.com/ 
Last year, I had a wonderful time meeting many new people, some of whom were entirely new to the Enneagram, and I learned a great deal about some of the inspiring things that are going on at the frontiers of knowledge and practice. I am excited to be part of this community and to again engage in creative conversations with experts in other fields of study. I see this as one important way the Enneagram can grow and mature as a contribution to our world. Will be reporting back here about the retreat and the conference!