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Welcome to the website for the Gurdjieff International Symposium
Announcing the Gurdjieff International Symposium October 2019
Symposium and Seminar
19, 20, and 26 October, 2019 ~ Symposium: “Meetings with Remarkable Men“
21 – 25 October, 2019 ~ Seminar: Living the Gurdjieff “WORK“
Tours of Armenia following the symposium beginning on 27 October, 2019
Gyumri, Armenia (formerly named, Alexandrapol) is a city located in the Shirak Province, the place of Gurdjieff’s birth. The project is to discuss present and projected activities of the many people around the world who see the importance of Gurdjieff’s work, and try to follow his guidance. The proposal is based upon the assertion that acceleration of world affairs requires a much greater concentration of work and Being-Partkdolg-duty if the transition is to be made to the new world of which Gurdjieff spoke.
For this we can help to ourselves and others who find value in the teachings of Gurdjieff. The legacy of Gurdjieff includes outward form such as the sacred dances and the music; also, his written presentation in All & Everything all three series; and also, his practical techniques for inner work and the development of the will and perceptions, and BEING. Specialists exist throughout the world who represent one or more of these lines of work. By meeting together and presenting their special skills, groups can support and nourish one another, and share knowledge.
The selection of Gyumri is no accident – and not solely for the reason of its being the location of Gurdjieff’s birth. Armenia has much to offer for the construction of a worldwide center, not least of which is a national government sympathetic to the overall aims of the work. Armenia is unique among nations in many ways, with its deep-rooted and enduring culture, its history of openness to other cultures, while being free from subversion to other ideologies. Armenia has throughout its long history survived all manner of natural and man-made depredations. Armenians honor their pre-eminent ancestors and dedicate many shrines to their saints, museums to their secular heroes – musicians, poets, writers, film-makers, even Gurdjieff’s cousin, the sculptor Mercurov. Acceptance of Gurdjieff as a great and globally significant Armenian is widespread, but all who are aware of his work understand that to create a museum dedicated to him is inappropriate. For this reason, plans exist to create a living work center. Gyumri having been badly damaged in the 1988 earthquake, vacant land is available even close to Gurdjieff’s birthplace, and the gravesite of his father.
There are currently two proposals for a centre in Gyumri – firstly based on the erection of a large building where people from all parts of the world community can come, visit, enquire, learn. The second is for a place constructed and grown using the skills and labour of seekers who will work to combine the inner and outer working the creation of an organically growing center.