With Renowned Enneagram Teacher
Russ Hudson
A 10-module On-demand Video Training

Identify and transform imbalances that are keeping you stuck... through your Enneagram subtype and your instincts.

Nurture your weakest (least dominant) instinct... a key to your wholeness and your capacity to flourish.

Experience the energy of your instincts through your body — cultivating a relationship with all three instincts.


Do you ever have a day where you feel like it’s just hard being you?

Or maybe, even after immersing yourself in a number of self-help books and workshops, you find the same patterns cropping up again?

Or perhaps you’re wanting more intimacy in your relationship... or more vulnerability from your partner...

Understanding and working with your type or subtype is just the beginning of what’s possible in working with these aspects of yourself... and the Enneagram.

Deeper levels of transformation are available through discovering — and bringing more presence and awareness to — all of your instinctual drives.

Your instinctual energies — including the behaviors they create, the pain they may cause, and the limiting beliefs they can perpetuate — are the path to real change, according to world-renowned Enneagram teacher Russ Hudson.

Beyond descriptions of personality, the Enneagram can help you recognize the interplay between your core patterns and instinctual drives — and move beyond unconscious, destructive tendencies to live a more conscious, creative, and satisfying life…

Your Instincts: Life Force Energies to Transform Yourself & Our World


While everyone has each of the three primary instincts (Self-preservation, Sexual/attraction, and Social), the personality tends to prioritize them in habitual ways.

Recognizing our dominant instinct, which many Enneagram teachings consider our primary subtype, is helpful. But it's easy to become overly identified with your subtype, overriding the other instincts...

And paradoxically, your weakest instinct is your growing edge... it reveals the areas of your life that need attention and will allow you to flourish.

Virtually all longstanding spiritual traditions deal with the instincts. Some traditions advocate asceticism and celibacy, while others deal explicitly with the felt sense of these drives... seeing them as energies necessary for human transformation.

The latter perspective is the foundation of this groundbreaking new Enneagram training on the instincts.

The central question we must answer about our primary drives, according to Russ Hudson, is: How we can convert these different energies into something useful for the development of our consciousness?

This question is the foundation of this new 10-part training... a spiritually rich and intensely practical journey through the instincts...

This is your opportunity to explore your relationship with your instincts, from the most dominant to the most neglected. The overall pattern of your instincts and how they influence your personality type (and vice versa) will emerge... and guide you.

During this 10-module video training, you’ll discover:

  • Each instinct is a beautiful expression of nature’s intelligence, as well as fuel for your spiritual development
  • How our Sexual and Social instincts are variations of the Self-preservation instinct
  • Experiential and meditation practices that help you sense the energies of each instinct
  • How to nourish your most neglected instinct and tame your most dominant instinct
  • How we successfully or unsuccessfully manage our personal energy and resources, and how this influences development
  • The crucial distinction between comfort and development — and practices for enrolling the parts of ourselves that fear change
  • Each instinct gives clues about your primary needs in relationships
  • The ways your Enneagram type mixes with and sometimes distorts your instinctual drives
  • How you unconsciously prioritize the instincts, creating imbalances in your life
  • Practices for sensing and integrating your weakest instinct
  • How balancing the instincts “quickens” spiritual breakthroughs
  • The “zones” of each instinct, and when there are 3 instincts operating in you
  • Authentic connection in the moment — outside of programming and historic psychological patterns
  • A diverse perspective on cutting-edge teachings on the subtypes and instincts

You’ll find clues to which instincts will open up new possibilities and liberate you from many core elements of your habitual self. The revelations, Russ says, will be “close to the bone”... and life-changing.

You’ll pull the covers off of your ego and personality, and by embracing your drives fully, expand your consciousness as a human and a spiritual being.


Self-preservation Instinct

In balance:

  • Take care of your overall health and wellbeing
  • Focus on what keeps your life grounded and running: finances, home and car repairs, etc.
  • Cultivate a supportive and comfortable domestic life
  • Appreciate the basics: enjoying simplicity in life

Out of balance:

  • Challenges with self-care: poor sleep or nutrition, ignore physical needs
  • Rigidity or procrastination around needs related to your body, home, or finances
  • Lack of financial abundance, or scarcity consciousness
  • Overly attached to routines, or lacking structure in life

Sexual (or Attraction) Instinct

In balance:

  • Aware of attraction: both of what we are attracted to and of our own power to attract
  • Feel vital and alive: open to new experiences, willing to take risks, learn new things, and explore your edge
  • Ability to immerse oneself deeply — to “merge” energetically with lovers, to spontaneously flow with eros and inspiration

Out of balance:

  • Lose yourself in intimate relationships: difficulty with healthy attachment
  • Can become addicted to romance and excitement
  • Narcissistic display and/or shame
  • Obsessive tendencies or energetic deadness

Social Instinct

In balance:

  • Skilled at reading people and situations
  • Consistently create and maintain connections with intimates, friends, and colleagues
  • Participate in and contribute to your friendships, family, community, etc.

Out of balance:

  • Overly concerned with the opinions of others — fear of social mistakes and loss of support
  • Excessive focus on others or lack of awareness of their needs
  • Over-committing or avoiding commitments
  • Social insecurity can lead us to avoid communicating or dominate the conversation to cover up feelings of inadequacy

A Master Guide for Balancing Your Instincts Through Enneagram

Russ Hudson represents one of the largest and most respected schools for Enneagram studies and application in the world. He's taught this work for decades at the highest echelons with his close mentor, the legendary Don Riso, and trained thousands of people worldwide.

Russ offers a uniquely in-depth spiritual approach to the Enneagram that views the work in a holistic, multidimensional context.

He’ll share his latest insights on the relationship between type, subtype, and instincts — along with experiential practices that help you integrate your full humanity.

What You’ll Discover in These 10 Modules

In this 10-part transformational intensive, Russ Hudson will teach about each instinctual drive separately and in relation to the other two drives — and how all three weave into the overall pattern, contribute to your blind spots... and, when acknowledged and integrated, to your wholeness.

This Enneagram training will be practical and experiential. Russ will also draw on knowledge from psychology and biological science as well as from spiritual wisdom traditions.

In two modules, Russ will be joined by his esteemed colleagues and fellow Enneagram teachers to give you a well-rounded perspective on the instincts. A strong experiential component, as well as weekly debriefings, will help you better absorb the material Russ shares.

Each training session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones so you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to recognize, work with, and integrate all three instincts for true wholeness.

Module 1: Beyond Identification
Working With the Instinctual Drives to Ground & Empower Authentic Spiritual Work (November 27)


In this module, you’ll start to recognize in yourself and others the three instinctual drives — and how they manifest in beliefs and behaviors.

In a sense, almost all coaching is about balancing our instinctual drives more skillfully. The instincts are also more important than type in determining the success or failure of our personal relationships. They help us zero in on the “non-negotiables” that we may not initially recognize as our deepest needs in relationships, including our biological needs.

You’ll discover:

  • How each instinct is a beautiful expression of nature’s intelligence, as well as fuel for your spiritual development
  • The different aspects of the Belly Center, which are keys to living fully
  • How each instinct gives clues about our primary needs in relationships
  • The ways Enneagram type mixes with and sometimes distorts our instinctual drives
  • How each of us unconsciously prioritizes the instincts, creating imbalances in our lives
  • Practices for neglected instincts
  • How balancing the instincts “quickens” spiritual breakthroughs
  • The “zones” of each instinct, and when there are 3 instincts operating in us
  • More energy and willingness to break free of personality patterns
  • How to recognize the true power of balancing your instincts — for not only personal but collective transformation

Module 2: Working With the Self-preservation Instinct
How to Recognize the Energies & Behavior That Create Structure and Foundation for an Awake Life (December 4)


The Self-preservation instinct is an enormous driver in your day-to-day behaviors. You wil discover different ways this instinct shows up in modern life, and develop tools to recognize the ways it manifests to your benefit or detriment in your work, habits, and relationships.

You’ll discover:

  • Self-preservation is the fundamental driver behind all of the instincts
  • How our Sexual and Social instincts are variations of the Self-preservation instinct
  • How we successfully or unsuccessfully manage our personal energy and resources, and how this influences development
  • The crucial distinction between comfort and development — and practices for enrolling the parts of ourselves that fear change
  • The Zone of Health and Wellbeing (authentic self-care)
  • The Zone of Practical Wisdom (finances, maintenance, etc.)
  • The Zone of Domesticity (cultivating a home)
  • How to honor your Self-preservation instinct in your relationships

Module 3: Deeper Experiential Work With Self-preservation
How to Bring More Awareness & Balance to This Drive (December 11) (Pre-recorded)


In this experiential module, Russ will guide you to look at your relationship with the Self-preservation instinct. You’ll bring more balance to this part of your life through meditation and practices. A deeper awareness of the energy of this instinct will help you identify the unique aspects of your inner work with the Self-preservation instinct.

Module 4: Working With the Sexual (Attraction) Instinct
Tuning In to Our Creative Drive & Recognizing Connected Behaviors Beyond Basic Sexuality (December 18)


In this module, you'll learn about the Sexual (or attraction) instinct. You’ll start to recognize your capacities and challenges around following your passions and creative impulses.

You’ll distinguish this vital energy from heart-based qualities such as intimacy and affection — and begin to note the different ways this instinct shows up in your work, habits, and relationships, including where this instinct is working well for you and where it’s subject to distortions.

You’ll discover:

  • How this energy is found in many human activities and goes far beyond just the sexual act — and how it's part of the energy that gets us out of our ruts and routines
  • How it’s distinct from intimacy or love, but is highly relevant in intimate relationships
  • How it’s truly a vital and necessary instinct and not a heart matter
  • How it’s central to excitement and creative impulses, and how it brings passion and energy to our activities
  • Why it’s such an important topic due to its “shadowy” status in many societies... how do we talk about it honestly?
  • The Zone of Arousal — being energized, “turned on,” passion
  • The Zone of Attracting — being attracted, charisma, and magnetism
  • The Zone of Fusion — and merging/focusing energy and attention
  • How the Sexual instinct plays out in our relationships
  • What happens when we neglect this instinct?

Module 5: Deeper Experiential Work With the Sexual Instinct
How to Bring More Awareness & Balance to This Drive (January 8)


In the long run, assigning your dominant instinct will not be as helpful as discovering how you navigate each of these three drives.

In this experiential module, you’ll explore your relationship with the Sexual instinct, and bring compassion and awareness to the ways you may have been shamed or wounded around this vital life force. You’ll develop a felt sense of the Sexual instinct — and begin to cultivate and balance this creative drive. This energy is particularly important for advanced stages of meditation and spiritual development.

Module 6: Working With the Social (Adaptive) Instinct
Tuning In to Our Drive for Connection, Communication & Belonging (January 15)


In this module, you'll learn about the Social instinct — the basis for human relationship and connection. You'll discover how this instinct shows up in modern life in ways that are integral to your capacity for connection, communication, and cooperation — and you'll develop tools for seeing the particular ways it manifests in your own work, habits, and relationships. You’ll come to recognize where this instinct is working well for you, and where it's subject to distortions. You'll learn tools and practices for cultivating your social intelligence.

You’ll discover:

  • How the Social instinct is not just about “socializing,” but the basis of all human society
  • How this instinct evolved originally as a need to protect others, particularly in the role of parenting
  • How this instinct is fundamentally about our awareness of the other: your survival is my survival; we need each other
  • How this instinct is the basis of altruism, but can also be the basis of exclusion and hostility to other groups
  • The Zone of Reading Others — interpreting feelings and body language
  • The Zone of Building and Maintaining Our Connections
  • The Zone of Participation and Contribution; and how a life can wither when we feel that our contributions don't matter
  • How the Social instinct plays out in our relationships — and why we must honor it

Module 7: Deeper Experiential Work With the Social Instinct
How to Bring More Awareness & Balance to This Drive (January 22)


In this class, you’ll explore the experiential, energetic aspects of the instincts. In some ways, the Social instinct is quite easy to notice once you know what you’re looking for. But it's also more subtle as an inner experience and requires a sensitive focus. Russ will guide you to explore the sense of being well-grounded in yourself as you relate to others — seeing beyond your programming and historic psychological patterns to find your most real and authentic connection in the moment. You'll expand your sense of the Social instinct and explore your meaningful participation in the world.

Module 8: Diverse Perspectives on the Instincts, Part 1
A Conversation With Colleagues & Fellow Teachers (January 29)


The instincts (or subtypes) are one of the most talked-about elements of the Enneagram work these days, but also one of the areas of heated controversy. In fact, while there are differences in presentations from major teachers in the field, there are also many areas of overlap and agreement.

In Modules 8 and 9, Russ and his esteemed colleagues will take you to the frontlines of instinct studies. You’ll join Russ in conversation with noted Enneagram Teachers Beatrice Chestnut, Mario Sikora, Katherine Chernick Fauvre, and John Luckovich. In separate one-on-one chats, each teacher will share their unique perspective on the instincts and how they help people work with them.

You’ll discover:

  • The latest teachings on the subtypes and instincts — how they differ and overlap
  • A way to integrate these different perspectives on the instincts into your spiritual path
  • Deeper insights into the ways your subtype plays out through your instincts and personality pattern
  • An evolutionary context for viewing and working with the instincts to heal and rebalance destructive energies in the collective

Module 9: Diverse Perspectives on the Instincts, Part 2
Further Explorations With Colleagues & Fellow Teachers (February 12)


This module continues the 2-part series of scintillating dialogues around the latest teachings on the instincts and subtypes. Immerse yourself in these diverse perspectives, which will enrich your inner work with the instincts.

Module 10: Integrating the Behaviors Needed for Life Into Another Level of Conscious Participation in the World
(February 19)


You’ve recognized the instincts both as a beautiful expression of human nature — and the primary way you can squander your vital energy and become fearfully preoccupied with matters that are counterproductive at best and destructive at worst.

In this final class with Russ, you’ll see how difficult it is to make meaningful changes when you’re operating in ways that feel necessary for your survival — even when they are endangering it. And as you consider the bigger picture, you may see how these instinctual imbalances are collectively endangering our very civilization.

Your inner work with the instincts is globally significant.

Without it, deeply ingrained instinctual biases will keep pulling each of us back to our old habits.

As we work through the challenges associated with the instinctual drives, we free up energy and a greater willingness to break free from egoic patterns. We become present to do what life asks of us — and take our place in a larger journey of collective transformation.

You’ll discover:

  • An appreciation of your growing awareness of your primal drives — and how they influence your health, emotions, spiritual life, and relationships
  • The global significance of your work with the instincts
  • More energy and willingness to break free of personality patterns
  • Recognize the true power of balancing your instincts — for not only personal but collective transformation

The Instincts Bonus Collection

In addition to Russ’ transformative 10-part virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course and promise to take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

The Enneagram, Egypt & Christianity: Early Roots of the Tradition
Audio Teaching From Russ Hudson


In this special bonus, Russ will explain some of the connections between the older Egyptian framework, the way it was integrated into early Christian practice, and how this, in turn, got woven into general teachings that can be found in Christian theology as well as in the mystical teachings of Judaism and Islam. You’ll also discover how Egyptian ideas influenced Plato and Pythagoras and became part of the Greek philosophical contribution to Western spirituality. With an understanding of this rich heritage, you’ll discover how much of the great Western traditions have been forgotten or obscured, and how we live in a time where these teachings may have a very special relevance for our world and our future.

The Enneagram & Conscious Self-care
Conversation With Cheryl Richardson and Russ Hudson


A big part of our instinctual drive is for survival, but in its most refined expression it's really about self-care — even care for the soul.

Beyond pampering ourselves, what does it mean to truly take care of ourselves so that we can bring our best selves to our work and to our relationships? Russ will be joined by Cheryl Richardson — bestselling author of The Art of Extreme Self-Care and many other books on the topic.

Cheryl Richardson is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, The Art of Extreme Self-Care, You Can Create an Exceptional Life with Louise Hay, and her new book, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation. Her work has been covered widely in the media, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, New York Times, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, and O Magazine. She was the team leader for the Lifestyle Makeover Series on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and accompanied Ms. Winfrey on the “Live Your Best Life” nationwide tour.

The Enneagram in the Light of Christian Contemplative Tradition
Conversation With Russ Hudson and Christopher Heuertz


The Enneagram has been spreading rapidly through Christian communities around the world, and while some of its roots date back to early Christian mysticism, many are curious how this system can help them in their faith lives. Author Christopher Heuertz (The Sacred Enneagram) is in the forefront of a new wave of teachers revealing the ways in which Enneagram studies can support the awakening of Western religious traditions.

Christopher Heuertz has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope in a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India, where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home — creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic. A forerunner in the New Friar movement, Chris and his wife Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. His vocation has taken him to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. In 2012, Phileena and Chris launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.

The Instincts & the Chakras: An Exploration of Life Energies
Conversation With Russ Hudson and Wendy De Rosa


The three Enneagram subtypes are actually the first three centers in Gurdjieff’s model of the human psyche, and as such they correspond to the first three chakras from the Yogic traditions of India. In this bonus session, Russ Hudson and Wendy De Rosa will explore the correlations and distinctions between these two ancient systems, and suggest ways for working with the energies they describe.

Wendy De Rosa is an internationally respected intuitive energy healer, speaker, teacher, and author. For the past two decades, she’s offered private sessions, education, and training programs for spiritual and personal growth for those wanting to develop their intuition, clear their blocks, and experience personal transformation. She’s the founder of the School of Intuitive Studies and the Intuitive Healer Training Program. Wendy has filmed two programs for’s spiritual growth channel, Soulvana. She’s a author whose book, Energy Healing Through the Chakras: A Guide to Self-Healing, is an Amazon bestseller.

What Graduates of Russ’ Courses at The Shift Network Are Saying...

“Awakened me to a whole new level of understanding...”

Russ Hudson’s unique perspectives, wisdom, compassion, and clear articulation of the Enneagram material, and especially his very practical and experiential guidance through the three instinctual types, has awakened me to a whole new level of understanding and unexpected insights into my own patterns and of those close to me.
— Lisa, Berkeley, California

“Refreshing, engaging, inclusive, and holistic...”

Russ’ approach to Enneagram and life is incredibly refreshing, engaging, inclusive, and holistic. His delivery is given with humility and integrity, encouraging me to attend courses he may be involved in and seek out his teaching.
— Anonymous

“Enhanced my own opportunities for growth and understanding...”

I find Russ’ teaching exceptional in this field and enjoy his informed, humble, and compassionate style of teaching. It not only enhanced my own opportunities for growth and understanding but also in what I am able to share with others to help them.
— Janice, Durban, South Africa

“Seeing myself and others with more compassion...”

I have a deeper understanding of the unconscious drives and what gets in the way of my authentic expression. I am enjoying seeing myself and others with more compassion and resilience.
— Karin, Swampscott, Massachusetts

“Already proved very valuable in the quest for greater insight...”

An opportunity for awakening should not be missed. That said, I have for various family reasons only been able to draw on some of this course’s richness so far. Nevertheless, what I have heard and experienced has already proved very valuable in the quest for greater insight into the mysteries of my being and the human experience generally. Thank you!
— Philip Starnier, United Kingdom

“One’s being is affected, illuminated, and opened by his clarity”

Russ, as always, is an inspirational teacher whose transmission is direct and piercing. He penetrates the material in a such a way that one’s being is affected, illuminated, and opened by his clarity.
— Sonia, Zimbabwe

“Create more self awareness...”

The Enneagram course with Mr. Russ Hudson will delight and amaze you, it will create more self awareness as to how you operate in the world you live in. More engagement and awareness will only deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and Russ Hudson is the best guide to guide you in your deepening practice.
— Patricia Dougherty

“I feel truly blessed...”

Russ Hudson is a gifted teacher who truly transmits his embodied spiritual essence of understanding to his students... I feel truly blessed to experience Russ’ deepening awareness of the Enneagram, his evocative expression of what it means, and how to use it in our daily lives.
— Beth Kuper, Lafayette, Colorado

“Opened doors of understanding...”

Russ is a wonderfully inspired teacher and I would strongly recommend any courses he offers. His content has opened doors of understanding and practices for me that have led to greater and greater depth in my spiritual journey.
— Judy Hellmann, Louisville, Kentucky

“Deep sense of connection with others...”

The ease and deep sense of connection with others on the Enneagram road by joining Russ and fellow participants in real time was the biggest blessing after the privilege of learning directly from a person with such heart.
— Heather, New Zealand

Here’s What You’ll Receive


Ten 90-minute Recorded Class Sessions With Russ Hudson

Experience a rare opportunity to learn from pioneering contemporary spiritual teacher Russ Hudson — from the comfort of your own home. Each pre-recorded teaching from Russ guides you to discover specific skills and abilities to awaken your spiritual potential.


Ten PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions

In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.


Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson

Between class sessions, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each lesson.

The Instincts Bonus Collection

  • The Enneagram, Egypt & Christianity: Early Roots of the Tradition
    Audio Teaching From Russ Hudson
  • The Enneagram & Conscious Self-care
    Conversation With Cheryl Richardson and Russ Hudson
  • The Enneagram in the Light of Christian Contemplative Tradition
    Conversation With Russ Hudson and Christopher Heuertz
  • The Instincts & the Chakras: An Exploration of Life Energies
    Conversation With Russ Hudson and Wendy De Rosa

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Integrating Your Instincts Through the Enneagram Virtual Training

We feel honored Russ Hudson has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive online training. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a renowned Enneagram teacher known as a “depth” teacher of the Enneagram, going beyond simple personality categorizations to seeing it as a portal into your soul.

Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations, and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll be able to benefit from Russ’ incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — and at your own pace!

If you’re serious about understanding yourself, your personality and even your soul, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.

If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

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“Puzzles I had been pondering for years... were resolved...”

I was able to grasp what happens to pull me away from my experience of presence, as well as the operation of all of the nine Enneagram energies in me. Puzzles I had been pondering for years about my relationship to receiving were resolved, as I experienced the energy of my “missing piece.” The term “life-changing” is used a lot, I know. But I can’t think of another one that more accurately describes my experience...
— Ann Kirby, RH Certified Teacher, EnnCourage, Inc.

“A very exciting new level...”

I am a longtime student and certified teacher of the Enneagram, as well as seasoned meditator. This workshop... leveraged my understanding of the Enneagram as a spiritual path to a very exciting new level, both for myself and in working more strategically with my coaching clients.
— Anne Wotring, Certified Palmer-Daniels Teacher

“This course has significantly changed my life for the better”

Russ just nailed the key to the Enneagram by focusing on the instincts. There is so much material out there on the Enneagram but I have never heard it or seen it explained in such a compelling way. This course has significantly changed my life for the better.
— AnnMarie, Waitsfield, Vermont

“Russ’ compassionate approach brings a vital healing balm...”

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone interested in living a sustainable, loving, and conscious life. Each module contains valuable insights which not only illuminate lifelong patterns, but Russ’ compassionate approach brings a vital healing balm to gently dissolve them without re-traumatizing or introducing more judgment or shame. A rare quality that I’ve only known a few teachers to truly master.
— Laura, London, United Kingdom

“Letting go into deeper acceptance...”

The course gives a deeper sense of the complexities of humans and how understanding the different aspects of personalities and instincts can provide a letting go into deeper acceptance of the undeniable truth of how we are all connected.
— Anonymous

“Has given me practices to help me live and lead others...”

The time with Russ has been a gentle shift that enhanced my knowledge with an understanding of the organic nature and curiosity of the Enneagram with skills, and has given me practices to help me live and lead others in that same way.
— Anonymous

“Gentleness, patience, and deep empathy”

Having Russ draw deeply on his experience and knowledge was invaluable. He has an incredible ability to explain everything in such an easy-to-understand way. And with gentleness, patience, and deep empathy.
— Sam, Peo, South Africa

“Patience, humor, and wisdom...”

Russ is an extremely gifted teacher. With patience, humor, and wisdom, he is able to guide us to places that are normally too defended to see or admit. This course definitely had that effect on me... I’m grateful to you, Russ, and to The Shift Network who have made it their mission to create opportunities such as these for as many as possible.
— Scott, Madison, Wisconsin

“The best Enneagram teacher...”

Russ is the best Enneagram teacher for his presence and dedication to the Enneagram world. I highly recommend to learn with him if you’re looking for transformational experience and what Enneagram really is meant to be.
— Pongsathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

“Russ Hudson is a master teacher”

Russ Hudson is a master teacher. His insights are powerful and always helpful. The Shift Network made it easy to attend this program (virtually) and receive the related materials. I would definitely take another program with them. Great helpful team.
— Carol Schindler, Morristown, New Jersey

About Russ Hudson


Russ Hudson, co-founder of The Enneagram Institute, is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He’s also President of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc. He’s been co-teaching the Enneagram Professional Training Programs since 1991, and is a founding director and former vice president of the International Enneagram Association. Russ co-authored The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram, Discovering Your Personality Type, and The Power of the Enneagram. Russ also assisted Don Riso in writing Enneagram Transformations. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York.

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