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


The Enneagram Prison Project aims to teach the incarcerated to understand why we do what we do, using the Enneagram to inspire transformation through self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-regulation.


Freeing the incarcerated—all over the world—from the prisons of our own making.

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


EPP’s training program is designed to prepare independent consultants to be retained by EPP to deliver our programs to incarcerated students at prisons and jails with whom EPP is under contract. EPP Guides are paid.

We are now considering applicants from those in proximity to cities where we are currently offering EPP programming: San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, Minnesota, Helsinki, and Belgium.

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 didactic teaching, experiential 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 addictions.
  3. “Prison 101:” a guide to effective in-custody training including efficacy, trust building, rules, safety, correctional protocols, and etiquette.

Beginning with a series of eight online-sessions:

  • September 7th thru October 2nd, 2018: This training will be held online
  • Sunday Mornings: 12 Noon to 3 PM
  • Tuesday Evenings: 6 PM to 9 PM (all on Pacific Standard Time)
  • 4-Day In-person Practicum in the California Bay Area: The practicum will start Saturday, October 6th at 9 AM thru Tuesday, October 9th at 5 PM.


EPP’s training is not for the faint of heart. Our most essential criterion for EPP Teachers whom we entrust in the 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 journeys.

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 of “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 strong 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 strongly preferred.

ONLINE SESSIONS: Training begins with a one-time online orientation on Friday, September 7th and then runs Sundays/Tuesdays thru October 2nd, 2018. Sessions will be held online on Sunday Mornings, 12 Noon to 3 PM and Tuesday evenings, 6 PM to 9 PM (all on Pacific Standard Time).

IN-PERSON PRACTICUM: This training will culminate in a four-day, in-person practicum in California’s Bay Area starting on Saturday, October 6th thru Tuesday, October 9th. During this portion of our training we will support, develop and assess participants’ readiness to become EPP Apprentices inside designated correctional facilities.

APPRENTICESHIP: Those who have successfully completed the EPP-TTP online course and the In-Person Practicum will be eligible for EPP Apprenticeships. As EPP apprentices, they must participate in a minimum of one complete EPP program in-custody before graduating to become an EPP Guide. At EPP’s discretion, apprentices may be required to complete additional cycles of an EPP Program with supervision by a Master EPP Guide before being considered for hire as an EPP Guide. EPP Apprenticeships are unpaid.

EPP GUIDES: Those who have successfully completed the EPP Apprenticeship are eligible for hire as independent contractors to teach EPP in-custody or reentry programs. EPP Guides in the United States are paid at a rate determined by EPP and may vary between different EPP Chapters. International Affiliates policy for paying teachers varies by affiliate.

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 two missed sessions may be made up via an online recording option before the next online session.

There will be 8-12 hours of outside reading, writing, reflection and audio recording assignments expected of all participants. This course will require all participants to be comfortable working within a Google Drive.

TUITION $2,450: Tuition includes online course and course materials. Tuition does not include transportation, food, or accommodations for four-day in-person training. We occasionally have stipends and/or loans offered by donors and sponsors to help make these costs more affordable for those with more limited financial resources.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Costs for in-person 4-day training include 3 nights accommodations, facility fee, and food for the complete training. Additional nights may be arranged at additional cost and depending on availability. Our best estimate of these:

  • $650 single
  • $550 double
  • $325 commuter


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

SCHEDULE (All Online)

Mandatory Orientation Call – Friday September 7th 6:00 p.m. PST

  1. Sunday*, September 9, 2018
  2. Tuesday**, September 11, 2018
  3. Sunday, September 16, 2018
  4. Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  5. Sunday, September 23, 2018
  6. Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  7. Sunday, September 30, 2018
  8. Tuesday, October 2, 2018

*All Sunday Sessions are 12 PM – 3 PM PST.

**All Tuesday Sessions are 6 PM – 9 PM PST.

In-person 4-Day Training / Practicum

  1. Saturday, October 6th | Day 1 – Classes at retreat center – Starts at 9 AM
  2. Sunday, October 7th | Day 2 – Classes at retreat center
  3. Monday, October 8th | Day 3 – In jail and/or prison training
  4. Tuesday, October 9th | Day 4 – Classes at retreat center – Ends at 5 PM

NOTE: The Final session will conclude Tuesday, October 9th by 5 PM. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.


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

Deadline August 31. Space is limited

Click Here to request an application.


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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