About the Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy

The Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy was founded by Beatrice Chestnut and Uranio Paes to provide high-quality and structured paths of development for people interested in using the Enneagram model to further their personal and professional lives.

We make the Enneagram system comprehensible and enable its personal and professional use, while drawing on its power and complexity.

We provide Enneagram trainings and retreats in which people apply the Enneagram to deepen their inner growth efforts and enhance their expertise in delivering effective interventions using the system with clients and students.

We are creating a supportive community in which you can grow in relationship with others who are also seeking to learn new skills and develop a greater capacity to reach their goals and manifest their maximum potential. ()

Our programs are:

  • Cutting-edge, yet anchored in tradition
    • Materials based on the most current, high-quality understanding of the Enneagram.
    • While also honoring the root teachings of the most authoritative developers of the system.
  • Comprehensive, yet individualized
    • Solid information about the overall Enneagram map and a wide range of psycho-spiritual insights about what it takes to grow.
    • While also focusing on individuals’ specific needs.
    • Address all key aspects of the Enneagram typology.
    • While also making sure participants identify and work on their core issues of the moment.
  • Supportive, yet challenging
    • We believe that sincere students of the Enneagram need to confront their egos so they can make real progress in their growth.
    • While at the same time we understand people need an empathic and loving holding environment in which to take risks.
    • We create a strong container of support for the often challenging work of personal growth.
  • International, while focused on creating local communities of learners
    • Regular schedule of live programs offered in San Francisco (USA), London (UK), and Sao Paulo (Brazil), and Cairo (Egypt).
    • Offerings in many different countries including Italy, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand.
    • Translation options in other languages whenever possible.
    • While also building a sense of community globally among participants and alumni through ongoing programs and online platform, CPOnline.com
  • Designed for both personal and professional development
    • We help practitioners, leaders, and healing professionals gain access to the latest and best in Enneagram theory and practice.
    • While integrating personal development with professional skill-building
    • We offer a professional certification that signals the achievement of a high level of Enneagram proficiency and expertise.
    • While also establishing a community of individuals dedicated to high-quality applications of the Enneagram as a uniquely effective map for development.


Our goal is to offer effective Enneagram trainings so you can…

  • transform yourself and the world around you.
  • take part in a dedicated community of like-minded students of this remarkable system who share a common vision of growth and development–and support each other in manifesting their highest potentials.

We combine the best of psychological and spiritual approaches to human development.

  • Two different tracks–personal and professional–for people with two different sets of needs, and our students have fun, while also working hard to complete our certification programs and achieve a high degree of personal transformation and professional competence.
  • Authoritative and engaging teaching methodologies delivered by two internationally respected teachers, Beatrice Chestnut and Uranio Paes. Beatrice Chestnut is a psychotherapist and the author of two of the most recent books on the Enneagram, and Uranio Paes is a charismatic and provocative speaker with a large international following of students, who has studied the Enneagram and its spiritual roots and professional applications for over 25 years.

Beatrice Chestnut

Beatrice Chestnut, MA, PhD, MFT, brings a deep knowledge of the Enneagram system to her work as a psychotherapist, coach, group facilitator, trainer, and consultant. A licensed psychotherapist, she has a PhD in communication and an MA in clinical psychology and has been working with the Enneagram for more than 28 years. She has taught communication and psychology at the college level, served as president of the International Enneagram Association from 2006 through 2007, and completed the Palmer/Daniels Enneagram Professional Training Program teacher certification in 1997.

Currently, Beatrice has a psychotherapy, coaching, and business development practice based in San Francisco. She has taught at Northwestern University and was trained in group facilitation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She is the author of two popular books about the Enneagram system, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st-Century Workplace and was founding co-editor of the IEA’s Enneagram Journal.  She teaches Enneagram workshops internationally, and works with teams and businesses as a trainer, coach, and change consultant. More than anything else, Bea is passionate about helping others find their way toward consciously creating more fulfilling relationships, work, and life experiences.

Uranio Paes

Uranio Paes MBA holds graduate and MBA degrees in management and is internationally recognized as a leading Enneagram facilitator, coach, and organization development specialist. He has worked in corporate settings for three decades, where he has used the Enneagram system for over 16,000 professionals. Now, Uranio specializes in doing transformational work with groups and individuals based in the Enneagram.

A former President of the International Enneagram Association (in 2008 and 2009) and a long-term student of several different spiritual paths, for many years Uranio taught the Enneagram 
Worldwide Narrative Tradition Professional Training
 (EPTP) Program in Brazil, Spain, Italy and Portugal. He is founder and CEO of Mundo Eneagrama (soon to be Chestnut Paes Online) a global Enneagram learning community that offers a large variety of high-quality Enneagram content online as well as live workshops offered internationally.

Other Staff

Amanda Braga

Amanda Braga (Global Business Manager) manages the operations of the academy, including global programming, social media, and client engagement. She has a background in international development with a focus on global education and gender equality. While working in international development, she cultivated an interest in leadership development by seeing firsthand the power of effective leaders in social movements. Most recently she was a researcher and project manager at The Brookings Institution. She has a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Susanna Merlo

Susanna Merlo (Event and Program Coordinator) was born and raised in Torino, Italy. From a young age she expressed an eagerness to learn about other cultures and languages. In 2006 she moved to San Francisco to pursue her bachelor’s degree in international relations at San Francisco State University. She later discovered a passion for holistic health and earned her Master’s degree in Integrative Health at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco in May 2017. Susanna studied the Enneagram of personality while at CIIS, and she has combined it with her psycho-spiritual work supporting individuals’ self-awareness, behavior change, healthy nutrition, and pursuit of authentic purpose. Ultimately, all these tools contribute to Susanna’s sensitive and compassionate holistic health work, in support of bringing balance to the whole individual: mind, body, and spirit.

Today, Susanna’s innovative Health Coaching practice guides people in creating a healthy lifestyle. She has worked at Open Source Wellness at the Tom Waddell urban clinic with chronic pain patients and served as an intern at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (Community Wellness Program). Susanna is fluent in three languages—Italian, English, and Spanish—and she has a bilingual health advocate (English/Spanish). She serves as event and program coordinator at Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy where she supports teachers and students within the Academy in planning and implementing their individual paths of development.

Amy Ream

Amy Ream (Staff Therapist and Mentor) has Masters degrees in organizational management and clinical psychology. For many years, as a business consultant and manager, she helped companies of different sizes—from start ups to large corporations—evaluate their systems, processes, and personnel issues and develop effective solutions to improve their functioning.

Throughout her tenure in management, Amy specialized in understanding the “people issues” that were often at the root of organizational challenges and gradually shifted her focus to include supporting people more directly in addressing challenges in their personal lives. She worked as a professional organizer for several years, working especially with hoarders, and in 2012 she appeared in an episode of the television show, The Hoarders.  Also in 2012, she earned an Master’s degree in psychology and became a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

Currently, Amy continues to apply her skills in supporting people in addressing a wide range of personal and professional challenges in both business and therapeutic settings. She works as an MFT based in Las Vegas, providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples. As part of the Crisis Intervention Team of trauma therapists in Las Vegas, she worked with many victims of the mass shooting there in October 2017. Based on her work helping people deal with this tragedy, Amy was interviewed by The Guardian newspaper and asked to write the forward to a book about dealing with catastrophes, Healing a Community: Lessons for Recovery after a Large-Scale Trauma, by Melissa Glaser. She is also a certified Reiki healer.

Amy first discovered the Enneagram over 15 years ago while working as a business consultant. She studied the system in the Palmer/Daniels Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition school, and she was a teacher and member of the board of directors of the Enneagram Las Vegas group for two years. She continued her Enneagram education with Beatrice Chestnut and Uranio Paes, and now serves as a staff therapist, spiritual advisor, and mentor for the Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy. Her passion is helping people heal and discover their own inner wisdom and capacity for personal and professional transformation.