Maura Amelia Bonanno

Ethno-anthropologist, Professional Certified Coach ICF, Senior Pratictioner EMCC, Counselor Assocounseling, Trainer. Professional and author in Enneagram IEA, Somatic Movement Educator and Infant Development Movement Educator BMCA, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist ISMETA.

I’m dedicated to the processes of change and transformation, to support the liberation from limiting inner patterns and nourish individual and collective resources to improve the quality of daily life and the working environment.

I have a Master degree in Literature with specialisation in Ethnology of religion, the International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach credential and the European Coaching and Mentoring Council Senior Pratictioner credential. I’m member of Assocounseling register as professional Counselor, accredited as Enneagram Professional by the International Enneagram Association, as Somatic Movement Educator and Infant Development Movement Educator by the Body-Mind Centering Association and as Registered Somatic Movement Therapist by the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.


I met the Enneagram map in 2002 translating the Brazilian teacher Maisa Branco Castelo – Ma Amrit Racily – and since then I have deepened my knowledge in the United States with the Enneagram Institute as a direct student of Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, with the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition as a direct student of Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Peter O’Hanrahan and Terry Sarracino. I’m trained in Enneagram in Business and Coaching with the Enneagram with Ginger Lapid Bogda and in Enneamotion with Andrea Isaacs. I have also followed trainings with Claudio Naranjo, Sandra Maitri, Olivier Clousot, Tom Condon, Katerine Chernich-Fauvre, Deborah Ooten, Uranio Paes and Beatrice Chestnut.
At different times in my life, I have participated in the meetings of the Fourth Way.
I am licensed by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson to use their Insight Approach® method and teach the Enneagram Institute training program.
I have been accredited as a professional Enneagram teacher by the International Enneagram Association since 2009.


In the somatic and movement field I graduated with the Body-Mind Centering® Institute as Somatic Movement Educatore and as Infant Development Movement Educator, I also have training in Embryology with Jaap van der Wal, Expression Primitive with Herns Duplan, Bioenergetics and Body Reading (Lowen), Osho Dance Therapy and Life Moves. I’ve experience in Classical and Contemporary Dance, improvisation, dance theater and martial arts.


I also have backgrounds in Non Violent Communication, Spiral Dynamics, Sociocracy, Aura-Soma®, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Creative Problem Solving.


I approached meditation as a adolescent, initially encountering Tibetan buddhism,  followed by Vipassana and Zazen practices.
In 2000 I lived in Pune (India) and experienced the life of the commune, particularly deepening the themes of childhood and meditative therapies and became a sannyasin of Osho Rajneesh.
Later I met in Cyprus Maulana Sheikh Nazim al-Haqqani al-Qubrusi, I have been her disciple since 2005 and I transmit the Enneagram with his blessing.


For more than 20 years I have had the good fortune to work using tools that I had explored for personal interest in previous decades. I have been engaged in personal development, spiritual growth practices and movement disciplines for forty years.

I work in different fields: private, professional, social, educational, artistic. With individuals and families, in organisations, corporations, communities, training companies, counseling and coaching schools, drama and dance schools.

My approach is based on the principles of cultural anthropology, the encounter with other beings who have habits and conceptions of the world different from their own, combining theoretical knowledge with observation, listening, reflection, investigation, research, study and practice.


I have taught in several European countries and have been a speaker at the International Enneagram Conferences  in Brussels in 2009, in Denmark and San Francisco in 2010, in Portugal in 2014, in Sweden in 2015, in Finland in 2017, at the online Global Conference in 2021 and in Egypt in 2020 and 2022.
I presented the Enneagram as a support for Ken Wilber’s Integral Approach at the European Integral Approach Conference in Budapest in 2014.

In 2018 I published the book “Crescere con l’Enneagramma” with Armenia edizioni, the second edition of which was released in 2024.


My continuous research is oriented towards self-knowledge, self-awareness and inner transformation and is based on the vision of the Integral Approach.
I use the Enneagram map, the somatics, the experience in the field of movement disciplines and different integrative approaches such as Non-Violent Communication and meditative practices, all in a coherent integration that awakens and involves emotional intelligence, intuition and instinct in a harmonious way.