Instincts and Subtypes Workshop

The Instinct and Subtypes Workshop 21-23 August is online

This stand-alone workshop is also part of our Enneagram Narrative Core Program. The format consists of short presentations, panel interviews in the Narrative Tradition, guided practices and discussion. Some knowledge of the Enneagram is expected.

Next in person Weekend Workshop: Melbourne, November 2020

For details about the Instincts and Subtypes Weekend Workshop in Melbourne in November 2020 facilitated by Beatrice Chestnut click here

Here are some photos from the Instinctual Subtypes: Building Better Relationships Workshop held at Mercy Place, Bardon (Brisbane), Qld 14th-15th July, 2018

Peter O’Hanrahan explaining Instinctual subtypes and Relationships at the 2018 Weekend workshop.

Great venue!

The fantastic Weekend workshop group!

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for creating more successful relationships with the people in our lives. Knowing how nine personality types think, feel and behave in very different ways allows us to increase our empathy and communication, reduce unnecessary conflict, and build bridges with one another. Understanding the instinctual subtypes takes this to a whole new level.

The primary subtype focus shows up in our relationships in three vital areas: 1) security issues reflected in personal warmth, finances, health and family; 2) social belonging and recognition through group participation, social duty, and friendships; 3) a quest for unionin one-to-one connections, sexual intimacy or spiritual practice.

Subtype in a primary relationship is as important as personality type when it comes to daily life, where relationships are largely shaped by instinct and emotion. What do we expect of our partner for personal time and attention, and how does this fit with her or his priorities? Who initiates physical contact and how much? Who cooks and cleans? Who takes care of the finances? How do we include friends and family?

Understanding subtypes is a way of bringing all this to our awareness and having a language to describe it. It helps with friends, family and work relationships too. We can develop new skills to negotiate subtype differences (and similarities) in relationship. We are better able to meet our partner’s and friends’ needs for security and identity. We can manage the rhythms of contact and withdrawal without taking it all so personally. And we learn how to balance all three instincts, each of which plays an important role in both work and family life.

In this workshop we explored:

  • How subtype affects our relationships at home and at work.
  • How the development of instincts in early childhood impacts our adult relationships.
  • How our defenses and emotional habits affect our subtype behavior.
  • The challenges and the blessings of the six subtype combinations in primary relationships.
  • Using the intelligence of all three centers – head, heart, and body – for successful relationships.

The format included lectures, panel interviews, and small group work. All participants received an 85 page handbook (pdf file) on the subject of subtypes and relationships upon registration.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea wereincluded each day. Accommodation was available onsite for an additional fee.

For more information about the presenter, Peter O’Hanrahan, visit The Enneagram at Work.

Please contact Bernadette Galea at or on (+61) 0415 571 537  for any enquiries.

As well as being a registered psychologist, Bernadette Galea is also a fully qualified teacher of The Enneagram. Bernadette is available for private personality typing interviews (to assist you in understanding your type), as well as workshops and retreats.

For more information about the Enneagram or to begin to determine your primary type please visit Enneagram Worldwide or The Enneagram Institute.

A wonderful Instincts and Subtypes Weekend Workshop in Sydney led by Peter O'Hanrahan.

A wonderful  2016 Instincts and Subtypes Weekend Workshop in Sydney led by Peter O’Hanrahan.

Presented by Peter O’Hanrahan from The Narrative Enneagram


Peter O’Hanrahan is a leading teacher of the Enneagram with a focus on Subtypes and Somatics. He has practiced counseling and bodywork for 35 years, with extensive training in Reichian and Bioenergetic methods. Peter has taught the Enneagram Instinctual Subtypes workshop in the US, Europe and China. He began his Enneagram studies in 1978, and he is currently an associate trainer and past director for the Palmer/Daniels Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) and

What people said about the Instinctual Subtypes Workshop:

“I got a huge amount out of the weekend. Thanks for all the work you put in to make it such a success.” Gay – Western Australia

“I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed my time with the Enneagram group. The Instinctual Subtypes were new to me and really interesting to learn about. Peter’s knowledge of them was borne out in the panels. The time flew by!” Marty -Sydney