On June 30, our community lost a beloved visionary, teacher and friend, Carole Whittaker. Carole’s deep love for the Enneagram and belief in its power as an unparalleled tool for inner work, combined with her gifts as a leader, thinker and organizer leave an indelible imprint on The Narrative Enneagram as an organization and in the hearts of her many students and friends.
When her interest in the Enneagram began to emerge in the late 1990s, she attended the Enneagram Professional Training Program with Helen Palmer and David Daniels. She then reached out to Helen and invited her to teach regular workshops at the Franciscan Renewal Center (informally known as “The Casa”) in Scottsdale. Following Helen’s workshops, Carole and her colleague Gloria Cuevas-Barnett offered continuation classes to the Arizona community. Through their work, interest in the Enneagram flourished. In 2008, Carole and a group of “Founding Mothers” formed the nonprofit Arizona Enneagram Association (AEA) to continue expanding their Enneagram work by providing opportunities to grow in self-awareness, compassionate understanding and better relationships. Over the years, the AEA supported many national and local teachers offering courses on a variety of Enneagram-related topics.
Carole held a PhD in physical chemistry and was a serious student of many spiritual traditions. Her deep knowledge of both science and spirituality gave her a unique vantage point from which to bring the Enneagram and spiritual method together, a journey she articulated with clarity and brilliance. Carole’s wide-ranging curiosity also provided a foundation for many of the courses she and others taught. Her most significant contribution is the Spiritual Freedom Curriculum, which she collaborated and co-taught with Gloria and Robin Cameron. This body of work is dedicated to “awakening our development of modes of perception that can interact with the spiritual world.”
In 2021, the AEA joined TNE and donated its body of work. Carole worked tirelessly on the process of uniting the two organizations and transferring all AEA’s intellectual material to TNE. There is some magic and grace in the timing that allowed the transfer to be completed just months before her death.
We are so grateful to have worked with her over many years and will miss her greatly. Thanks to her wisdom and commitment to the Enneagram, Carole’s work will live on in each of us and for those who will come after us.
We also invite you to share a tribute, a memory, a story or a reflection below so that we may all share in Carole’s continuing legacy.
In loving memory,
Erlina Edwards, TNE Board Chair and former AEA Board Chair
Jaye Andres, Former AEA Executive Director and TNE Adjunct Faculty
Terry Saracino, TNE Founding President and Core Faculty