Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead


We are now actively recruiting deeply grounded, dynamic teachers of the Enneagram who are passionate about our mission. We have established a workforce of EPP Teachers, who act as “guides” for our incarcerated students and support us as we scale EPP programs nationally and globally.


We are offering an intensive training program integrating three essential elements:

  1. Advanced theory and training, best practices, and practical application of the Enneagram through online and in-person residential didactic teaching, experiential in-prison work, personal development and ongoing support.
  2. A comprehensive breakdown of the EPP Curriculum as it has been developed for this unique demographic including our approach to addiction.
  3. “Prison 101” a guide to effective in-custody training including efficacy, trust building, rules, safety, correctional protocols, and etiquette.


This training is not for the faint of heart. Our most essential criteria for EPP Guides to whom we entrust an EPP classroom is that they are, first and foremost, psycho- spiritually conscious individuals who have journeyed their own inner terrain long enough and skillfully enough to offer their wisdom, experience, and steady presence to others navigating their own journey.

The demographic that EPP serves consists of incarcerated men and women who have been judged to have perpetrated crimes against society. Many have endured childhood trauma, emotional, sexual and physical abuse, violence and addiction – oftentimes over many generations. We are seeking mature, confident, compassionate individuals with a sincere desire to bring forth their self-mastery and their working knowledge of the Enneagram in service of this special application of this transformational tool. In EPP we have a core value which is, “We do the work together.” This training is about developing and bringing out your particular skills and gifts, as well as finding and working the edges where you are still developing. We want to both support you and be assured of your capacity and readiness to effectively and compassionately guide and hold the EPP classroom.

This training will demand each participant’s foundational understanding of the Enneagram System and especially the dynamics of one’s own Enneagram type structure. Applicants with Enneagram Teacher Certification through an International Enneagram Association (IEA) Accredited School are highly preferred.

Susan is like a gang leader, she is respected, tough. She says things firmly, but with a lot of heart. She is direct yet angelic. The class is a big emotional commitment for the students, they wonder, “Am I going to be safe? How am I going to share with these other people?” Susan is brilliant at creating an honest, open, un-intimidating and safe space and as a result, the students learn to realize that the more you trust yourself, the more trustworthy you are.
Clay Tumey, EPP Ambassador


All participants must be willing to commit to being present for each online session. We understand that there will inevitably be scheduling conflicts. To ensure cohesion within our group and continuity of the curriculum, with notice, a maximum of three missed sessions may be made up via an online recording option before the next online session.


  • Online Sundays and Tuesdays: January 7th thru February 28th, 2018
  • A series of 15 live online sessions: Two, three-hour online sessions each week
  • In-Person Practicum: Friday, March 2nd thru Monday, March 5th, 2018
  • 3-day in-person practicum held between Vallombrosa retreat center in Menlo Park, CA – and – “on the inside” in jail and prison programs.


  • $1,850 tuition
  • $650 single
  • $550 double
  • $325 commuter


Limited Scholarships are available. For scholarship information please send email to: [email protected]


Participants must have access to phone and email, and the ability to participate on a computer-call with video and audio support.


We at Enneagram Prison Project could not be more committed to scaling this project. We are grateful to you for your willingness to be moved to action by embarking on this journey and appreciate your readiness to come alongside us in what we feel to be a life-changing transmission of a sacred system.


Interested applicants will be asked to complete an application, followed by an interview either on skype or in person. To apply, please contact:[email protected].


Susan Olesek

Founder Enneagram Prison Project

Susan Olesek was born outside of Boston, schooled in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and England, and obtained a B.A. in sociology from Occidental College. She is certified by two Enneagram training schools: Palmer-Daniels and Riso-Hudson.

In 2009, shortly after her first certification, Susan was invited to a little Texas prison to teach the Enneagram to about one hundred incarcerated men who were in an entrepreneurship program. She witnessed profound changes in these men and their inspiring ability to articulate insights. This immensely practical use of the  Enneagram system inspired Susan and changed the trajectory of her personal and professional life forever. In 2012 she founded Enneagram Prison Project (EPP) in order to bring this self-awareness training tool to more of the population that seemed to need it the most. Today, Enneagram Prison Project is a burgeoning, paradigm- shifting model of self-awareness education for the incarcerated spreading across the globe. Susan no longer feels that she is growing the project, but rather that EPP is growing her.

Susan is an unapologetic idealist, a “Human Potentialist” and social entrepreneur in pursuit of what’s possible for all people when they get to know themselves. She lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with her three children and her husband, Rick, EPP’s Executive Director and her “steady Seven.”

Guest Presenter


Renée Rosario

Master Enneagram Teacher, Trainer and Therapist

Renée Rosario, MA, LPC, lives in Boulder, Colorado, and became a certified teacher through Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) in 2001, joining the core faculty in 2012. She teaches in the ESNT’s core program and also facilitates the training curriculums for teachers and professionals (counselors, coaches, spiritual directors) who want to use the Enneagram in their work with others. Renée oversees ESNT’s comprehensive internship and certification program. She also works privately teaching workshops and leading in-service programs for organizations.

A graduate of Naropa University, Renée has been a transpersonal, body-centered psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, CO. She specializes in spiritual and psychological development, and trauma. She brings nearly 25 years of experience working with individuals through awareness and body-centered modalities such as EMDR, somatic experiencing and mindfulness practice. Reneé has also been a Mindfulness Instructor at Naropa University and a Peacemaker trained in contemplative social action through the Peacemaker Institute.

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