Five Wisdoms Training
Series I Personal Development
Series II Professional Development
Intimate Group and One-on-One Sessions
Participate on site or virtually from your home.
Modules can be taken toward certification or independently.
Have you been longing to make a radical change in your life? Give a powerful boost to your current work or change careers? Five Wisdoms Training can do just that. We engage in a variety of ways to bring out the best of who you are.
Irini has done a fantastic job translating these profound Buddhist teachings into practical applications for everyday life…[she] points us to our innate authenticity where we can learn to wake up to life’s colorful display, dance with our ever-changing circumstances and open to the richness of being human.
— Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work
In an act of sustained devotion, Irini Rockwell has preserved and elucidated Chögyam Trungpa’s teaching of the Five Wisdom Energies, making them accessible and pertinent to anyone doing spiritual practice today.
— Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei, Boulder Mountain Zendo and founder, Integral Spiritual Experience
Irini Rockwell has made a great compassionate gesture to digest and present one of the greatest wisdom fruits of Tibetan Buddhism—the teachings on the Five Wisdom Energies—in a way that is accessible, meaningful, and workable. She rightly refers to it as ‘a human path.’ She has made a great contribution to bring these higher teachings down to earth and into the hearts of people.
— Sydney Leijenhorst, KenKon, Integral Life and Training Centre, The Netherlands, Five Wisdoms Training graduate
Thank you so much for the Five Wisdoms work. It is completely transformational. I seem to get the challenge I need right when I am ready for it and then this work gives me the tools to really dismantle conditioned response. I love it!! I learn so much from your non-defensiveness and transparency. The way you handled the energy today was masterful. I learned SOOOOO much about just working with what’s right here/there. I’m so very appreciative of this work, and of YOU!
— Maureen Dummingan White, Co-founder and Executive Program Director at Red Mountain Sedona, a premier young adult transition program, Five Wisdoms Training graduate
At any given time in my never-a-dull-moment life, I can–and frequently do–dip into my Five Wisdoms treasure trove for insight, inspiration and support. My intensive two years studying with Irini and the others in my group was salted with ‘aha!’ and ‘ah, so…’ psychophysical experiences... I utilize my vocabulary of the colors to identify and capitalize on talents I see in myself and those around me and also recognize and respect confusion.
— Diane Schaap, Five Wisdoms Training graduate
Irini Rockwell offers a beautiful and powerful vehicle to navigate the complex subtle energies of our lives. Her insights serve as luminous guideposts that invite us into a more engaged relationship with each moment, within and without.
— Barrett C. Brown, PhD, Executive Director, Integral Sustainability Center
I have participated in many programs of many descriptions, and the Five Wisdoms rests comfortably at the top of the pyramid as one of richest and most useful both clinically and evocatively.
— Charles W. Styron, Psy. D., Clinical Psychologist
This work enables me to see new aspects of other people as well as working with loving kindness, compassion and nowness. I sense more and more that what I do is an expression of who I am. I cannot rely anymore on tricks and techniques.
— Ferry Haage, National Institute for School Improvement, The Netherlands
Five Wisdoms Training is the internationally respected signature training of the Institute. It is offered on site and online in order for it to be accessed internationally. The training has an emphasis on in-depth experiential learning so groups are kept small. By application.
The Five Wisdoms Training consist of 6 modules which can be taken toward certification in the Five Wisdoms. Each module is approximately 2 months long, giving time for personal integration of the material.
Modules that can be taken independently
- Module 1: Discover Your Wisdom Energies
- Module 2: Understanding Your Emotional Life
- Module 3: The Dynamics of Relationships
- Sessions with Irini on Zoom, 5 per module
- Reflection Circles, 4 per module
- Peer Dyads as needed
- Coaching with Irini, 1 per module
- Practice, study and activity, at least 3 to 4 hours per week
You will need access to Zoom, Dropbox, and Zelle, Venmo, or PayPal.
We will send you:
- A Workbook for each module (30 to 50 pages) includes: writings by Irini pertinent to the module's topic, reading assignments from Irini's books, guidelines for experiential learning exercises, photos and instructions for the Five Wisdoms postures, infographics, links to Dropbox talks.
- Keynote slides for each module
- Sessions are recorded and sent to you.
Materials to Purchase
- Wise Eyes (colored glasses)
- Irini's Books: The Five Wisdom Energies and Natural Brilliance
Series I - Personal Development
Claim Your Inherent Wisdom
Discover Your Wisdom Energies
Curious about your personality? From a spiritual perspective? Where you shine and where you get stuck?
In this module, you will be introduced to the Five Wisdom Energies posture practice using colored glasses.
You will gain insights about yourself:
- Thinking style
- Emotional landscape
- Way of engaging with others
- Action tendencies
You will learn how to align with your best, full of confidence, compassion, and potential.
Understanding Your Emotional Life
Do you often feel your life is hijacked by your emotions? Do you find that you want to fight, flee, or crawl into a corner? Do you believe that the emotional intensity of some situations will never be resolved?
The Five Wisdom Energies offer a radical method to work with your emotions. They are key to emotional transformation.
In this module, you will practice different ways of working with your emotions:
- Work with the places that scare you, your fears
- Understand the techniques to both calm and embrace your emotions
- Embrace your energy with unconditional positive regard
- Use profound Tantric methods to transform ways that you are stuck
- Understand how you can liberate yourself from your habitual patterns
You will discover the hidden wisdom within your turmoil.
The Dynamics of Relationships
Have you noticed that mystery underlies all your relationships? Why are they both predictable and surprising? Why are you awkward or comfortable, tense or friendly, with different people? Why do some people seem aggressive and others engaging? Why do you become triggered by some people and awakened by others?
The Five Wisdoms have great insight into human dynamics.
In this module, you will do the Five Modes interactive practice to:
- Break down the barrier between self and other
- Fully enter into someone's world to truly know them
- See and feel another in both their confusion and intelligence
- Cultivate unbiased perception
- Dissolve assumptions, interpretations, and judgements of others
- Come into heart-felt resonance with everyone
You will discover that relationships are both a challenge and an opportunity.
Series II - Professional Development
Five Wisdoms in Action
All aspects of your life and work are inter-relational.
Some situations bring out your best; in others you can’t get out of our own way. In your interactions with others, you can begin to see a pattern—how you color it and how they do. Once you have discovered your innate natural brilliance, you lead from within and intuitively know what to do. Others will be magnetized by that.
Your Life Purpose
Have you been longing to make a change in your life? Do you want to boost your current work or change careers?
The Five Wisdom Energies system is designed to cultivate the best within you. The template of who you are can give you a direction as to how to self-actualize and fully manifest your abilities.
In this module, you will use the Five Wisdom Energies to clarify your life purpose:
- Uncover your strengths and recognize your unique gifts
- Gain personal integration
- Learn to lead from within, from your innate, natural brilliance
- Discover your calling
- Manifest a life full of creativity and passion
You will discover the Five Wisdom Energies as a path to self-fulfillment.
Do you long for more harmonious ways to communicate? Whether in personal or professional relationships?
In this module, you will:
- Learn skillful communication
- Practice loving kindness and compassion
- Cultivate the skillful means of the Five Wisdoms Tantra
- Hone your interactive skills
- Facilitate conflict
You will discover the Five Wisdom Energies as an indispensable tool to work with others.
The Call to Action
The fruition of the training is to demonstrate a deep, embodied understanding of the Five Wisdoms and be able to manifest your unique style of brilliance, intelligence, and effectiveness.
In this module, you will:
- Articulate the basic principles and specific qualities of the Five Wisdoms
- See that they intuitively inform everything you think, feel, say, and do
- Understand mandala, the energetic matrix of connectivity
- Develop the skillful means to take action in the world
- Create change in ways you interact with the world
A Fieldwork Project brings to fruition your application of the Five Wisdoms in your life and working with others.
Post-graduate Development Opportunities and Professional Applications
Five Wisdoms in your chosen profession
Therapy, coaching, social work, health professions, education, martial arts teaching, business, families, and so forth
You use Five Wisdoms in your chosen profession. As the core teachings of the Five Wisdom Energies are on personalities, emotions, and relationships, they are helpful in all settings where you are working with people. They enable you to fully enter another's world to align with their sanity and use their stuck places as work points. Doing Five Modes Presentations in a supervision group with an experienced facilitator is highly recommended.
Presenting and Facilitating
As a Five Wisdoms Professional you can design ways to present the Five Wisdoms and facilitate exercises. The Five Wisdoms Training is sufficient for you to be able to do this. However, coaching may help you to do it more skillfully. You may use the Five Wisdom Energies and Natural Brilliance books and request permission to use materials from the Five Wisdoms Training workbooks. Coaching is encouraged but not required.
Home, garden, and product design, all performance arts such as theater, dance, and music, videos, power points, and so forth
The Five Wisdom Energies open up vast possibilities for creative expression. Supervision is not necessary but could make it more fun!
Teaching with the Postures
Please go to the Teacher Training and Coaching page