Thursday February 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM CST
Saturday February 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM CST

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Camp McDowell 
105 Delong Road
Nauvoo, AL 35578

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Whitney Moore 
Camp McDowell 
205-387-1806, ext 101 

McDowell Enneagram Conference 2017 


AT THE FORK IN THE ROAD: Your Map to Conscious Living

2017 Enneagram & Consciousness Conference

We’ve all been at a fork in the road, a time when overwhelming decisions stand before us. Without spiritual guidance it can be hard to determine which path to take. Fortunately, there is a map to lead us closer to our Divine purpose on this earth, to becoming the people God created us to be. It’s called the Enneagram.

The Enneagram is an ancient spiritual tool that provides a map of the flow of divine energy. It offers a spiritual pathway to the soul or the authentic self, and is a tremendously illuminating method to self-realization and consciousness.

Join us February 9-11, 2017 for a weekend of spiritual exploration and rediscovery of God’s love. Learn how the life-illuminating spiritual tool of the Enneagram a pathway to understand your true calling and become reacquainted with your Soul.

Led by Joseph B. Howell, Ph.D., co-founder of The Institute for Conscious Being and author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway, and ICB’s faculty, including The Rev. John Adams, Beverly Casey, Margaret Fleming, Brigid Galloway, Lark Howell, Dan Miller, Melanie Rodgers and Barbara Sloan,


If you’ve frequented Camp McDowell over the years, you’re familiar with its literal fork in the road. At first glance, it appears like a real-life cartoon, or a funny metaphor, but that larger-than-life fork represents those defining moments in our lives when we must make a choice.

Learn how the Enneagram can become a map to lead us to the answers we seek and find peace in our lives. Re-discover the path to your essential self. Through lectures, dynamic presentations, video, music, group work and more, this weekend conference invites participants to delve into the deeper aspects of themselves as revealed by spiritual truths.

Live demonstrations of the Living Enneagram will illustrate how divinely-inspired answers are also available to the collective for questions such as, "What must we consider in healing interpersonal relationships?" and "How can we foster peace?"

On Saturday, Feb. 11 12:30 - 2 p.m, you are invited to an exclusive post-Conference lunch with Dr. Joe Howell, "Christ Conscious and the Need for a Non-Dualististic World: The 2016 Election and Beyond". An additional fee of  $95 benefits ICB's Scholarship Fund.

Previous knowledge of the Enneagram is not necessary.

Who should attend? 

 All persons who are interested in developing a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them, including:

  • Leaders in the church, such as vestries, administrative councils, boards of deacons, healing teams, church administrative and ministry staffs and in-house counseling services

  • Leaders of business, government, the courts and education

  • Spiritual directors 

  • Professionals involved in the healing arts, such as chaplains, therapists, hospice workers, social workers and other healthcare professionals

  • People of all faiths searching for deeper meaning, clarity and direction

  • People entering new phases of life, which calls for higher levels of understandings and consciousness

  • People who are ready for a deep spiritual search and may not know where to begin

  • Persons wishing to gain certification in the Spirituality of the Enneagram*

* This conference provides the foundation of understanding required for those seeking certification in the Spirituality of the Enneagram. This in-depth course is offered annually by ICB. More information on certification will be provided at the conference, and is available at instituteforconsciousbeing.org/certification.

How to prepare:

  • Bring photograph of yourself between the ages of one and five. This picture is to be used by you in the educational process, and is not intended to be shown to anyone else.

  • It would be helpful for you to have a copy of Dr. Howell's book, Becoming Conscious:  The Enneagram's Forgotten Passageway. It will be on sale at the conference or you may purchase a copy from Amazon, Balboa Press or an E-book from iTunes.

  • Participants should have an idea of their Ennegram Ego Type through completion of the “Howell Enneagram Profile Questionnaire” found in Becoming Conscious prior to attending the conference.



Principle presenter Dr. Joe Howell is a clinical psychologist in Anniston, Ala., and expert on the Enneagram, which he has studied and taught for more than 28 years. He is the founder of the Institute for Conscious Being and the author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram's Forgotten Passageway. A graduate of Samford University (B.A. 1971), Yale Divinity School (MAR 1974), The University of Virginia (Ph.D. 1978), and Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (1978-79), Howell has practiced clinical psychology since 1980. Howell began his work on the Enneagram at the Jesuit Retreat House in Cleveland, Ohio with Patrick O'Leary and Maria Beesing in the mid-eighties. A couple of years later, he collaborated with Don Riso on his visits in Anniston where, as Howell's guest, Riso presented the Enneagram to medical residents. Howell began teaching topics in spiritual development in the late eighties, and has traveled extensively presenting conferences and seminars in such disciplines as dream work, the Enneagram, levels of spiritual development, techniques in spiritual direction and the theology of Henri Nouwen, a mentor of Howell at Yale Divinity School.


The Reverend John Adams has worked as a Professional Counselor, Family Life Educator, Employee Assistance Professional, and John is a Board Certified Coach. For more than 30 years, John has led workshops for religious and business sectors on topics of personality types, learning styles, conflict management, staffing patterns, strategic planning and personal growth and development.

Beverly Casey earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Alabama and is completing a master’s in humanistic psychology from the University of West Georgia. She is active in her community and church, and loves performing in local theater. She is a graduate of the ICB class of 2013. Beverly shares how she applies the wisdom of the Enneagram to family life in popular ICB workshops and lectures.

Margaret Fleming has been a civil litigator for over thirty years, specializing in the defense of constitutional claims. In 2003, Margaret served as a Supreme Court Fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C.  A life-long Episcopalian, she is a graduate of Sewanee’s Education for Ministry program and certified as an EfM Mentor.

Brigid Elsken Galloway is a freelance writer who uses her knowledge of the Enneagram to inform her life as a writer and teacher. She finds harmony in her spiritual practice by combining Buddhist philosophy and 12-Step principles with her Catholic upbringing. She is the author of a collection of essays about her spiritual journey entitled, The Nature of Things: Twenty-four stories about embracing reality.

Lark Howell is a native of Anniston, Alabama where she attends Grace Episcopal Church. She has served on two vestries and is currently a member of the Altar Guild, the Preservation Committee, the Healing Ministry and is a Eucharistic Minister.  Since 2007, Lark has served as Chairman of the annual Liturgical Arts Conference (FACE) at Kanuga Conferences. Her leisure time is filled with creative activities such as needlework, photography, flower arranging and traveling. Lark is married to Joe, her favorite husband for 39 years, and they live with their three pampered cocker spaniels.

Daniel L. Miller (Dan) is the former Director of the Pond House Retreat Center—a place of spiritual rest and healing near Talladega. Since completing the first advanced training class of the Enneagram, Dan joined the faculty and serves on the ICB executive committee. Dan has used his music training as an avocation in various religious settings directing worship, choirs and handbells as well as, organist for a variety of denominations.

Melanie Rodgers is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. Currently, Melanie is on the faculty of Birmingham Southern College's Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts as a violin, fiddle and viola instructor. She considers providing music for ICB’s conferences a very special privilege; one which feeds her soul and fills her with joy.

Barbara Sloan is the Development Director for Camp Winnataska. She is a visual artist, playwright, and non-fiction writer whose book, Barefoot Among the Thorns tells the story of dance in Birmingham. A fourth-year student in Education for Ministry, Barbara was a professor of theatre for 25 years at Samford University. Certified by The Institute for Conscious Being as a Teacher of the Spirituality of the Enneagram in 2013, she now serves on the faculty.