“By Centuries Rooted In Me”

Why Gurdjieff Now highlights a conversation with Michael NearCynthia Kosut, and Robert Kosut, conducted in May 2019 during a group Intensive Work period in Northern California. All three were students of Mr. Nyland during the incredibly active latter period of his life dedicated to helping the group take root in upstate New York and California. Their look back at the extraordinary activities and demands of that time serves up insights into how the teachings of Gurdjieff resonate today.

Note: if you detect the buzz of a chainsaw at times during this recording, your ears are good! Such ambience is natural during a Work day in the Northern California forest. Negotiations with the chainsaw’s master produced more sparks than the chainsaw itself, which is also natural in such situations. 😉

Above: Cynthia Kosut with Mr. Nyland in Warwick, NY
Top Photo: Michael Near with Mr. Nyland at the Barn
Below: Robert Kosut and Michael Near, early 1970s

Bottom: Robert and Cynthia Kosut in recent times

Philip Perkis: Inner and Outer Photography

Why Gurdjieff Now welcomes Philip Perkis, a long time member of our New York group and one of America’s most respected photographers and educators. A Professor Emeritus at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, his prints have been showcased at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and venues around the world. Here he shares his passion for Gurdjieff’s work and writings, and how they map to the marvelous art form that he has taught and practiced for a lifetime.

Vin and Jack: Mechanicality

The concept of mechanicality, that all people are machines reacting to external forces, is a central idea in the Gurdjieff teaching. It is vividly described in the early chapters of In Search of the Miraculous, P.D. Ouspensky’s lucid account of his talks and experiences with Gurdjieff from 1915 to 1923. Two members of our New York group, Vin and Jack, picked up the thread in a lively conversation recorded at a Chardavogne Barn Work day late last year.

Image: “The Waiting Room,” a painting by the Philadelphia-based artist Robert Zurer.

Why Gurdjieff Now: A Conversation With Donna Spector

An accomplished playwright, poet, and educator, Donna Spector is also a long-time member of Mr. Nyland’s groups and teacher of the Gurdjieff Movements. In May 2019, she sat down with host Doug Sprei for a conversation recorded during a Work intensive period held in Northern California. Here she warmly recounts her early impressions of coming into the group and meeting Mr. Nyland, and shares how Gurdjieff’s Work finds expression in her life and work today.