May 27, 2019 - May 31, 2019

The Real Enneagram: Inner Work Retreat A

The Columbia Hotel, London, United Kingdom

Co-taught by Beatrice Chestnut and Uranio Paes

At this retreat participants will get an experiential understanding of the Enneagram as a sacred map for growth, their own inner territory as revealed through telling stories of character-shaping events in their lives, and the journey of growth we all take together as we apply the map to create the possibility of inner transformation.

Wisdom tradition tells us that it is in becoming aware of our animal nature and using the capacity for conscious reflection (we as humans uniquely have) that we develop the ability to routinely impose an inner witness and observe our instinctual reactions and our passions in action. This kind of inner work gives us the power to intervene to intercept automatic behavior (stimulated by the interaction of the dominant instinct and the lower emotional center) and transcend to a higher level of consciousness.

This retreat offers an in-depth intensive experience of the three core instincts, the six instinctual sequences (the six possible ways in which the instincts can be “ordered”) and the twenty-seven subtype personalities. Through group and individual work, video clips, and the latest teachings on the instincts and subtypes, we will learn about this important dimension of the Enneagram model.

Within the context of a rich group setting, we will support each other in understanding the ways in which our dominant, secondary, and repressed instincts drive our behavior. We will also gain insight into how our instincts combine with our passions and our type patterns to structure our experience.

The exploration of the ways our personalities act out our instinctual biases and emotional and cognitive patterns will culminate in participants identifying specific growth challenges, working with them in-depth in real-time, and developing a plan for continuing inner work beyond the retreat.

This retreat will support and encourage you in doing powerful Enneagram-based inner work by providing the information, the experiences, the support, and the path to be able to intentionally rising above the habitual automatic reactivity of your personality.

You will learn:

  • to recognize and understand defensive behavior driven by your instincts operating through your personality (sub)type patterns
  • to see how your passion and instinctual makeup operate as a unified system
  • to gain insight into how your passion combines with your instinctual needs to shape unconscious behavior
  • much more about the ways in which the 6 instinctual sequences and the 27 subtypes manifest
  • to become more conscious of unconscious, instinct-driven behavior and how to intercept it
  • to compassionately support yourself in doing the work of seeing your animal nature and identifying key areas for healing through moving through a significant piece of personal growth work


This Retreat is the first retreat in a three-retreat series that forms part of our certification program in Inner Transformation. For more information on our certification programs, visit the “Products and Services” page. Also, our new Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy web site will be launched soon, with full details.

Dates: May 27 at 9:00am through May 31 at 5:00pm

Times: We will meet each day from 9:00am to 6:00pm, except for the last day, which will end at 5:00pm. We will also meet in the evenings after a dinner break on May 28, May 29, and May 30.


Our Venue: The Columbia Hotel, 95-99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS Central London, UK. Spacious, light-filled venue overlooking Hyde Park. Venue website:


Early bird price for those registering on or before March 1, 2019: 875£

Regular price after March 1, 2019: 975£

Includes all tuition, materials, lunch and snacks all 5 days. Does not include accommodation.


The Columbia has superb meeting spaces and onsite accommodation too. People can book their own accommodation at the Columbia Hotel or choose to stay close by rather than on-site. There are lots of accommodation options just minutes from the door, to suit your budget and quality preferences. We suggest you use (or similar search) to make your choice.

Tips when using In response to ‘where do you want to visit’, enter Central London W2 3NS. On the next screen notice the menu that reads ‘Our top picks, lowest price first, Review score & price, Stars, Distance from place of interest. ’Choose the option ‘Distance from place of interest.’ You will see various hotels, apartments, hostels etc. all close-by. Sorry, but we cannot provide specific recommendations, mainly because the choice is vast and individual preferences so varied.

Local Travel in Central London

Nearest London Underground tube station is ‘Lancaster Gate’ on the Central Line. Paddington mainline train station also close. Easy walk (without luggage) or a 5-10 minute taxi ride.

International Travel

Any of the London airports are OK. Heathrow is easiest & quickest with mainline rail link direct to London Paddington, the closest station. If you find cheap flights to other London airports – Gatwick, London City or London Stansted – that’s fine too, but bear in mind the travel time to Central London may be a little longer.

For more information, email Susanna Merlo at

To Register:

Refund policy: Outside of 30 days prior to the event, refunds possible minus a 50£ administration fee. No refunds for any reason within 30 days of the event, however, you may apply some portion of your registration fee toward a future workshop or retreat at our discretion.