Voluntary Conscious Labor: that which is made against the inertia and mechanism of the organism — not for personal gain, or profit, exercise, health, sport, pleasure, or science — not out of pique, or like or dislike.—
about G. I. Gurdjieff
George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1866-1949) was a Seeker and a Master whose teachings touch the most essential human questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life on Earth?
Born in Alexandropol of a Greek father and an Armenian mother, Gurdjieff was tutored by a Greek Orthodox priest until, as an adolescent, he began a long sojourn throughout the East and Middle East to discover answers to his profound and primordial questions. Traveling with like-minded companions (“The Seekers of Truth”), he spent the first half of his life searching and the last half trying to bring what he had found to the West.
The Gurdjieff Work Today
Since Gurdjieff’s death in 1949, his work has been continued by his pupils and their groups throughout the Western world. An International Association of Gurdjieff Foundations has been established and major centers of the Gurdjieff Work exist in Paris, London, New York and San Francisco.
Books have been written by Gurdjieff, by his pupils, and by those who studied with his direct pupils. The movements or sacred dances that Gurdjieff brought—which are unique to the Gurdjieff Work—have been poignantly and precisely documented in a series of films made by Jeanne deSalzmann, Gurdjieff’s successor. His second book, Meetings with Remarkable Men, has been made into a film. However, since the Gurdjieff Work is an oral tradition, transmission of the essence of his teaching requires personal work with others who have studied with either Gurdjieff himself or his primary pupils.
The Gurdjieff Foundation of Nevada
Affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundations of New York and San Francisco, the Gurdjieff Foundation of Nevada in Reno was established in 2005. The group meets regularly, with activities including group meetings, reading, meditation, music and movements classes. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information.