“I hope you have questions, I hope that as you continue to come to these meetings so that you can profit by what other people are saying, that they will give rise in you to a thought, or a feeling, or a continuation of considering yourself as you are and as you gradually become acquainted with yourself. That it might help you, that, in time, you will be able to make certain decisions which before you did not dare to make, that you have more and more a strength of character; a reason more and more of seeing why you happen to be alive, and that you can recognize other forms of life in other beings.” – Mr. Nyland, from M2263
Mr. Gurdjieff taught that we need others to help us in our struggle. At the same time, inner development can only come from our own efforts. Sharing our experiences provides the basis for group work. Being part of a group shows us all types of people and helps us develop compassion. It provides stimulation and useful friction and helps create an environment in which we can take our place at the table. Responsibility for our spiritual growth remains with each of us but is fed by our involvement with others.
In the late 1960s, Mr. Nyland established a center in Warwick, NY, where he purchased property now known as Chardavogne Barn. He also purchased property near San Francisco, California now known as The Land. At these and other locations he conducted meetings, Gurdjieff movements, and workdays for physical activities. The following groups continue with such activities directed by long-term students of Mr. Nyland:
|Eastern US||Boston, Massachusetts|
|New York City (Chardavogne Barn)|
|Washington DC / Northern Virginia|
|Western US||Northern California (The Land)|
| Central US