Enneagram Workshops

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for helping people under-stand themselves and their relationships to others in their family or in the workplace. Nilsen, a certified Enneagram instructor, brings these teaching events to your congregation or place of work, presenting the Enneagram through lecture and/or power point presentations and through informal discussion. Directed exercises lead people toward discovering their type and understanding the ramifications of this discovery. Depending on the interests of the participants, the workshop can focus on:

 

* The Enneagram in the Workplace

Nilsen gives help in how to understand your work style and work with co-workers or bosses of differing style. Through questions and discussion, she highlights many other ways to use the Enneagram in the workplace.

   

* The Enneagram for Spiritual Growth

Special emphasis is placed on prayer styles, biblical texts that liberate each type, and how each type can grow spiritually. The assumption of the workshop is that participants have a background in or are currently identifying as Christian.

  

* The Enneagram for Parenting

Every parent of more than one child knows that children come into the world hard-wired in different ways. This
workshop helps parents understand core differences in children and how best to parent each type.

 

* The Enneagram in Relationships

What strengths do the various personality types bring to relationships? What are the innate problems? How can I grow in self-understanding so I can be a better spouse or friend? 

 

* Enneagram Staff Enrichment

Church staffs and staffs of other organizations have found the Enneagram an extremely helpful tool in enhancing the strengths of staff members and minimizing misunder-standings that lead to friction and dissension.

     Mary (sometimes working with her husband, Roy, a retired clergy and certified Enneagram instructor or Ruth Foster also a certified Enneagram instructor) comes to local congregations or organizations and gives personal interviews to all the staff members, helping them discover their personality type. Then she conducts a one-day retreat at which time participants explore their behavior in the workplace as it relates to their type and seek to understand each other by sharing responses to such questions as: When I am under stress, my behavior changes in this way... What I
most need from people around me at that time is...


Prices for these Enneagram workshops vary depending on the amount of time involved. If you are interested, contact Mary Nilsen:


Email: Marynilsen@zionpublishing.org

Phone: 515-282-5940

Mail:

Zion Publishing

1500 Crown Colony Court, Suite 540

Des Moines, IA 50315



Words that Sing I,

Words that sing II

FIVE OR SIX DAY

Writing COURSES

Words that Sing I and Words that Sing II


It matters little how profound your thoughts, how wise your insights, how researched your subject matter. Unless your sentences sing, unless your words give rise to image, your wisdom will never reach your readers or listeners, enter their minds and hearts, create in them a new song.


Powerful writing - writing that touches and changes the hearts and minds of readers and listeners - is 90% craft. And craft is teachable and learnable. These intensive workshops focus on craft - learning how to write and use prose rhythms, learning how to find and shape metaphor. Sessions include skill learning and practicing and then workshopping written assignments.


These classes are designed specifically for pastors, teachers of creative writing, or anyone with a passion for language and faith. After taking the first class, one can enroll in Words that Sing II.


Cost: $5,000 plus travel and other direct expenses. This price includes a course packet for each participant containing instruction, exercises and many examples of the various literary techniques. Contact Mary Nilsen if you would like to organize a course: marynilsen@zionpublishing.org


This course is currently being taught at the Collegeville Institute Summer Program.


Memoir Writing: Writing Around My Life, and Finding a Way In


While biography and autobiography attempt to capture for the reader the span of a life, memoirs allow readers to peer into a window of a life -the writer's life. But a life, like a house, has many windows, some large and some small, some looking into the orderly living room and some that reveal a very messy basement or attic.


Thousands of pages of memoir have been written, only to land in the dumpster, when memoirists discover, far into the project, that they had chosen the wrong window. Perhaps they picked a span of time that was too flat or a relationship that was too stereotypical. Maybe they wrote in present tense when past would have been better, or vice versa. Maybe they stood too close to the subject or too far away.


This week is for anyone who wants to capture something of themselves in language, language that will interest, amuse or edify generations to come. Participants will study various kinds of memoirs and then begin doing exercises, experimenting with various windows into their lives. Their responses to the exercises will be workshopped by the group. 


Cost: $5,000 plus travel and other direct expenses. This price includes a course packet for each participant containing instruction, exercises and many examples of the various literary techniques.


Spiritual Web Writing: Claiming Your Gifts, Honing Your Craft, Sharing you Truths


More and more congregations are discovering how to use their websites in ways that will edify their congregations. Spiritual Web Writing teaches a small group of learners how to write meditations for the congregation's website by helping them clarify their theologies and then learning how to shape their prose and hone their ideas into short powerful web meditations. 


This course can be a one week intensive or extend over six weeks - an evening each week. Participants, using a biblical text for each writing, will be introduced to sentence rhythms and metaphor, along with idea clarification. During each session, the writing they have done ahead of time will be workshopped. In the process, their writing craft is honed, their theological understandings sharpened and their insights shared.


Cost: $5,000 plus travel and other direct expenses. This price includes a course packet for each participant containing instruction, exercises and many examples of the various literary techniques.


Email: Marynilsen@zionpublishing.org

Phone: 515-282-5940

Mail:

Zion Publishing

1500 Crown Colony Court, Suite 540

Des Moines, IA 50315