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Transforming Your Relationship to the Inner Critic
Transforms Your Relationship to Life

with Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D


March 1-3, 2018
Begins Thursday 6:00 pm (dinner)
Concludes Saturday after lunch



Being a human is no easy undertaking. At the core of our life experience is a very basic, and often unexamined dynamic which lives underneath our consciousness – our relationship to ourselves. This relationship includes how we 'hold' ourselves and the ideas and beliefs carried in our mental, emotional, somatic and energetic bodies, which we can easily take as 'truth.'

There's no question that how we experience the full gamut of our humanity is related intimately to the amount of internal life space the Inner Critic/Superego takes. When left uninterrupted, it is one of the most dominant, and life-dampening and damaging aspects of the personality structure. More than ever, we are called to change our relationship to it. Unearthing the unconscious ways we feed it and keep it alive, we discover that the inner critic also can become a vehicle for awakening, leading us to a change in our hearts and consciousness. Deeper truths arise as our hearts heal and we embrace our inner knowing.

In this experiential retreat, practice discerning between the inner critic and inner authority; sinking into your heart; and engaging in deep living practices that support you in allowing and integrating a fuller range of your nature. With insights from the Enneagram and EnneaCross™, the retreat includes brief talks, somatic exercises, meditation, and individual and partner inquiry, all held in spaciousness.

Ultimately, this work supports the primacy of Love and Compassion in your life and in the world.



Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D., is the founder and Senior Faculty of the Deep Coaching Institute, an internationally accredited, presence–based Enneagram coaching school, and of the Deep Living Institute for spiritual and life practice. She is the author of Deep Coaching: Using the Enneagram as a Catalyst for Profound Change (2007) and Deep Living: Transforming Your Relationship to Everything That Matters Through the Enneagram (2013). She teaches the Enneagram and EnneaCross™  internationally.




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Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus


Registration for this retreat is now closed.



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