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Prayer through the lens of the Enneagram

Led by: Maria Manuela Silva

Prayer is about relationship, with God, ourselves, and others. As we pray, we surrender to God and to God’s work in us and through us.  How might the Enneagram help us with that ancient request, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’? 

The Enneagram is first and foremost an invitation to exploration, movement, and connection. As you enter its circle, travel along its lines, and stop awhile with each of its numbers, we invite you to discover its potential to illuminate your praying.

We will dig deep into the three centres of intelligence and the nine expressions of personality, connecting them to the great spiritual movements of consolation and desolation. We will also touch on a range of spiritual practices and postures for you to explore.

We will assume you have a basic familiarity with the Enneagram.  For a refresher on the basics of the Enneagram, please visit

If you don’t know your Enneatype (the number), you can purchase a test here:

Starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

Cost: £30

Overnight stay (B&B – Fri – Sat) + day retreat: £85

Maria was born in Lisbon and has lived all her adult life in London.  She hopes to have gained knowledge and wisdom from having studied Theology and Human Geography. She trained as a Spiritual Director as well as raising a family, working in a secondary school in Brixton and being involved in church ministry in some of the most diverse London boroughs. She is Director of Encounter, the formation course in Spiritual Direction offered by the London Centre for Spiritual Direction.  She regularly contributes to the Centre’s Developing Direction programme and co-leads its Supervision training course.  Maria is passionate about human flourishing, spiritual formation and her three grandchildren!