Christopher T. Copeland

Christopher T. Copeland

Core Faculty

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Christopher T. Copeland, M.Div., J.D. D.Min. is a teacher, spiritual director, minister, InterPlay leader and founder of Illuminating Paths, a practice of accompanying people on their paths toward greater awareness, compassion and freedom. Chris studied at Wake Forest University, Emory University and San Francisco Theological Seminary, earning degrees in mathematics, theology, law and spiritual direction. Chris has been engaging the Enneagram for more than 25 years, becoming a Certified Narrative Enneagram Teacher in 2014 and completing his doctoral dissertation on the Enneagram and spiritual practices in 2017. Chris became adjunct faculty for The Narrative Enneagram in 2018 and joined the Core Faculty in 2020. With his colleague and Certified Narrative Enneagram Teacher Sandra Smith, Chris founded Heart of the Enneagram, a podcast and companion book for those who want to dive deep into the Enneagram. A native of North Carolina, Chris lives in Winston-Salem with his husband, Bernie Newton. www.illuminatingpaths.com www.heartoftheenneagram.com

Upcoming Classes & Events

Enneagram Intensive Part 2

Enneagram Intensive Part 2

Enneagram Intensive Part 2 addresses this question, “Now what? How do I use this powerful knowledge?” that students often ask at the end of Part 1. In this three-day training, you will learn the defense systems for each Enneagram type.

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Enneagram Intensive Part 1

Enneagram Intensive Part 1

Our signature Enneagram Intensive Part 1 offers a deep, transformative experience to practice integrating the head, heart and body centers of intelligence.

Instincts & Subtypes

Instincts & Subtypes

Each Enneagram type has three important variations known as instinctual subtypes. While everyone uses all three instincts – self-preservation, one-to-one and social – we each rely on one of these as our primary survival strategy.