“Although there are many different teaching styles, once in a while a teacher comes along who is able to combine the knowledge of a subject, in this case the Enneagram, the ability to connect that knowledge to our personal relationships through film and music, with the addition of lots of humor, and an important added spiritual component. That teacher is
Carl Marsak, and we feel very lucky to have found the Enneagram through him. We are looking forward to spending more time under his guidance.”
Paul & Joanie Kintscher, Ashland, OR
“I first learned about the Enneagram from Carl more than five years ago in an OLLI (adult education class). Since then, I have taken almost all of his OLLI classes on this topic. In addition, I have participated in a number of his all-day workshops. Having more than twenty years’ experience with the Enneagram, Carl is well versed in this topic. His classes and workshops are always a fun experience. He uses a variety of video clips, lectures, class exercises (such as Type Panels) and discussion, to keep the student interested. This makes it easy to learn the details and nuances of this fascinating topic. I highly recommend Carl to anyone new or familiar with the Enneagram.”
Retired Systems Engineer
I have taken several classes with Carl Marsak, including several classes and workshops on the Enneagram. I have found that Carl is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of the Enneagram -- not only book (head) knowledge, but more importantly personal (heart) wisdom via sharing from his own life experiences. Carl is very approachable and has the capacity to really listen to questions and comments, and he has the ability to respond both intelligently and heartfully. Carl has a wonderful sense humor that keeps the classes lively and enjoyable. I heartily recommend Carl as a natural teacher. I expect that you will have an enriching experience leading to more self-understanding and more self-awareness, that will enhance many aspects of both your inner and outer life.
Frederick Fehrer, Ph.D.
“Thanks so much for giving the workshop yesterday. I loved the humor, sensitivity and knowledge you brought to us. You are a gifted presenter...interesting and fun. I love the information and will continue to read on the enneagram and hope to see you at another workshop. Once again, thanks so much. I will be giving a client that is out of money a couple of sessions as my pay it forward.”
“I write to say thanks and to commend you. As a social worker and a person focused on self-improvement, I've attending many, many trainings. You stand out as a workshop leader. You masterfully set a safe container through vocalizing expectations, guidelines, timelines, and agenda and then proceeded to be your fun, witty self which brought much lightness into a serious and information-rich training. You graciously received and responded to all questions, even the ones which required a momentary shift into advanced-training mode, and then gently yet directly brought us back to the training at hand. Despite my quandary about my own place on the enneagram, I came away from yesterday's workshop with a much greater appreciation for the depth and breadth of the enneagram, a system which offers a unique addition to traditional social work or psychological knowledge about personality and relationships.”
“Thank you again Carl for a wonderful day yesterday. You teach with a beautiful combination of wisdom, humor, and compassion. I appreciate the spiritual form in which you hold the work. Hoping to participate in more with you.”
A. M. Ketani
“Just wanted to say thanx for the workshop, your enthusiasm and knowledge. The time really did pass quickly and was interesting throughout. I also appreciate the “pay it forward” approach, and I will come up with something out of my everyday doings to hold up my part of the bargain. It would be fun and interesting to know what some of the other participants choose to do, and might inspire others in ways they hadn’t thought of. Anyway, thanx so much and best to you.”
“I enjoyed the workshop last Saturday very much. It was useful, relevant and fun. I got a lot out of the type panels that you did as the last part of the day, and have come away with much useful insight about myself. My book club was so inspired by the concepts that we decided to each read an enneagram book of our choice to discuss at our meeting next June”
“Carl, thank you for a really wonderful workshop today. You are a terrific facilitator. I was so impressed with your poise, professionalism and polish. You brought the Enneagram to life! Your presentation gave me a deeper insight into this system and answered some questions that I have long had regarding the Enneagram. Thank you for a really meaningful and enriching day!”
Sherry Ackerman, Professor of Philosophy at The College of the Siskiyous, CA
“Carl, I enjoyed your class and will continue to learn more about the enneagram. Please keep me on your list and let me know if you do teach a class at SOU next Fall. I loved your teaching style and enjoyed the energy of the presentation. I wanted to let you know that my pay it forward is helping a young couple that just returned from Iraq (her) and Afghanistan (him) learn how to better parent their four year old son. I was approached by their therapist and accepted immediately when I remembered that I needed to do a pay it forward. Thank you for your loving kindness and inspiration.”
“Carl is brilliant! His command of the Enneagram, as well his historical, poetic and transpersonal references are often quite impressive and inspiring. Best of all, his heart is as deep and wide as his genius.”
D. Light, Mt. Shasta, CA
“Carl is a master of making the Enneagram not only understandable for the non-adept layman, but fun as well. In these times, when so many people on the spiritual path want to bypass their “emotional issues," he shows how to integrate spirituality into daily life, which is where mastery takes place.”
Peter Mt. Shasta, author of Adventures of a Western Mystic
“I have had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Carl's Enneagram Workshops three times, and when my busy Type 7 schedule permits I will go again and again and again! Carl's intuition, excellent gift of teaching, and loving presence are all ingredients that have helped me understand my family, friends, and clients with a whole new perspective. The level of acceptance has expanded my compassion and my ability to engage deeper, along with allowing a total freedom of expression without judgement. I am deeply grateful for Carl's profound listening and organizational skills, and his ability to make it all "make sense."
“I read my first book on the Enneagram about ten years ago and I was quite taken with the nine personality types, and how the information could bring more joy into my life (spoken like a true Type Seven!). Carl’s Enneagram presentation made the teachings come alive in a way that no book could ever match. Thank you Carl for your intelligence and compassion!”
"I have known Carl since he and I were both members of the Findhorn Foundation in the 1980's. He is a person of the utmost integrity, both in his own life and in the way in which he embodies and communicates spiritual understanding to others. I would go as far as to say he is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. As far as the Enneagram is concerned, not only does he know this wonderful system backwards and forwards, but his particular gifts are to be able to share it within the context of the students' own maps of understanding, and to be able to explain the cross-overs and connections with other esoteric systems and religious beliefs. If you want to be given an in-depth understanding of the Enneagram and also to fully grasp its significance in your own life, then I have no hesitation in saying that Carl is your man. You will, of course, get more than you bargained for!"
Ian McPherson, lawyer and politician, Sedbergh, England