Gurdjieff’s Teaching

In the Groups of Willem A. Nyland


George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff taught that human beings are only partially developed and that consciousness, conscience and will are not given to us freely, but must be acquired by intentional efforts. His system of self-development calls for the application in daily life of a specific method of “Work on oneself.” Gurdjieff emphasized the need for undertaking this Work with others who share a common aim.

Willem A. Nyland was a student and teacher of Gurdjieff’s Ideas for over 50 years. Acting on direct instructions from Gurdjieff, Mr. Nyland taught and inspired numerous people from all walks of life, opening up for them a wide range of spiritual possibilities.

Today, the groups of W. A. Nyland continue to provide a vital source for the study and practice of Gurdjieff’s ideas. We emphasize the practical application of Gurdjieff’s teachings in the midst of everyday life. We meet regularly to discuss the ideas and how to apply them; we hold workdays where we can practice Work during simple physical activities; and we take part in the sacred dances Gurdjieff called “Movements.” Meetings, workdays, and movements are all led by experienced members.

In addition, Mr. Nyland recorded many meetings in which he answered questions and explained Gurdjieff’s ideas in detail. This material is available to group members. In maintaining the integrity and aliveness of Work, Mr. Nyland passed on an important legacy to those with a sincere wish for their own development.

If you have an interest in the application of Gurdjieff’s ideas, we welcome your inquiries. Please visit our groups page for further information.