“You don’t have to apologize for your mechanicality.” –Mr. Nyland
For those with interest in the ideas of Gurdjieff, as we learn to apply them in Mr. Nyland’s groups, meetings are offered on Zoom and in person. Having a sincere wish and personal reading of Gurdjieff’s writings are the only prerequisites.
I joined the Chardavogne Barn group in 1979. Mr. Nyland’s transmission of Gurdjieff’s ideas is rigorously exacting and yet warmly encouraging; and has been my portal into Work ever since. Also from 1982 – 87, I apprenticed with Mrs. Louise March and craftspeople at the Rochester Folk Art Guild, and met visiting leaders from Gurdjieff Foundations around the world. Becoming conversant with the diverse approaches and ‘languages’ of Gurdjieff’s teachings, I’ve recognized their differences as well as resonance. I agree with Gurdjieff’s maxim:
“All roads lead to Philadelphia.”
The pandemic has intimately networked the Nyland groups across the U.S. and abroad. We conduct many meetings across time zones on Zoom these days. On the local side, if you live in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area and would like to find out more, email me to share your interest; we can meet in person, or on Zoom if you prefer. And if you’d like to attend a group meeting, chances are we can find one that suits your schedule and level of experience.
Those of us who moderate meetings are inspired by the Fifth Obligolnian Striving (and the four preceding Strivings) cited in Beelzebub’s Tales. I hope we can convey the warmth, inclusiveness, and clarity of Mr. Nyland’s transmission of Gurdjieff’s ideas, and make them useful to all who wish to apply them in daily life.