Symposium

About GIS


The Gurdjieff International Symposium (GIS) is organized by a group of volunteers who serve on the planning committee. The planning committee (PC) takes care of the practical logistics for staging the symposium.

The PC decides the time and place; defines the topics of group activity, solicits and reviews presentations.  The Symposium invites independent, voluntary, participants who are students of Gurdjieff’s legacy or have an interest, to share their questions, knowledge, insight and experience with others. The symposium has no individual teacher, group leader nor group directing its activities.

The aims and purposes of the Gurdjieff symposium are many and include the following:

  • To impartially gather people from all countries and all walks of life and work backgrounds together in a congenial atmosphere in an event uniquely dedicated to the study and exploration of Mr. Gurdjieff’s several forms of legacy and especially Mr. Gurdjieff’s life.
  • To provide an opportunity for those interested to formally present their “researches and investigations,” as they relate to Gurdjieff’s legacy and to critically engage those present for their impressions and feedback.
  • To call greater attention to Gurdjieff’s written works and to encourage and engage participants in a mutual ongoing exploration and digestion of these works. These conditions are intended to enable people to form relationships, share insights and perspectives on the “work” in a constructive way and maintain a foundation for future development and unity.
  • To encourage, develop and maintain a Gurdjieff LIVING WORK center in Gyumri, Armenia, open to all interested in his teachings and life.
  • What happens next?

In general, the symposium devotes half its time to formal presentations about Gurdjieff his life and work, and half to presentations about how his writings and work has affected you.

Participants gather for presentations lasting 45 minutes to 30 minutes. Presentations are followed by question and answer sessions designed to promote interchange between presenters and the audience. The group may sit in a large circle or theater style depending on the needs of the presenter.

Lunch and dinner meals are served in a common dining area by the hotel staff and are included in the group hotel rate, or included in the fee for registered day visitors. Two breaks are included and will feature coffee, tea and light snacks. The schedule includes evening events and are open to all for a small donation. There will be plenty of time scheduled for social interactions, and this is encouraged!

The symposium invites presentations from a diversity of people and encourages anyone who feels they have something to offer to a wider audience, whether a student, seasoned group leader, professional or independent scholar, to submit a paper, or presentation: artistic musical or performance.

Generally, submissions are seen as either academic or personal view papers. Academic papers should conform to the usual standards.

Personal view papers, while expected to be well reasoned, they need not conform to academic standards. For presentation purposes a shorter paper or synopsis of a larger submission, representing no more than 20 minutes of speaking time, will be required. Presenters will be expected to facilitate a question and answer session of approximately 10 minutes immediately after their presentation.

The symposium is facilitated by volunteers from among symposium attendees whose role is to invite input and make space for seeing that everyone’s comments or questions receive attention, to moderate the immoderate and generally move the dynamic along.

The schedule will be formalized and posted in June 2019. The (PC) will not include the names of individuals or groups presenting, but will include the presentation title. This is to ensure that a neutral field is presented.  The evening activities will be advertised, and the name of the individual or group will be presented, for promotional purposes.
(Musical event or performance)

Participation in all activities at the Gurdjieff International Symposium is voluntary. (GIS)

How much does it cost?

Please see the registration form for details.


 

Example of the symposium schedule

example: schedule of the symposium  
you can click the above link to a .pdf or view below

Saturday

October 19, 2019

Schedule
9:00 AM 10:25 AM registration/reception/coffee
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Welcome / Introductions/Overview of Symposium
11:30 AM 11:45 AM 15 minute break
11:45 AM 12:45 PM Presentation/discussion
12:45 PM 1:45 PM break for lunch
1:45 PM 2:45 PM Presentation/discussion
2:45 PM 3:00 PM 15 minute coffee- tea break
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Presentation/discussion
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Artist, Musician, or performance  demonstration/presentation
4:30 PM Social hour / informal discussions
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Evening Musical Concert

Sunday 10/20/2019

9:00 AM 10:25 AM registration/reception/coffee
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Presentation/discussion
11:30 AM 11:45 AM 15 minute break
11:45 AM 12:45 PM Presentation/discussion
12:45 PM 1:45 PM break for lunch
1:45 PM 2:45 PM Presentation/discussion
2:45 PM 3:00 PM 15 minute break
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Presentation/discussion
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Artist, Musician, or performance  demonstration/presentation
4:30 PM 4:45 PM 15 minute coffee- tea break
4:45 PM 5:15 PM Artist, Musician, or performance  demonstration/presentation
5:15 PM Free time /Social hour/ informal discussions
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Evening Musical Concert

Gurdjieff Residential Seminar                21/10/2019 – 25/10/2019

Saturday 10/26/2019

9:00 AM 10:25 AM registration/reception/coffee
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Presentation/discussion
11:30 AM 11:45 AM 15 minute break
11:45 AM 12:45 PM Presentation/discussion
12:45 PM break for lunch
2:45 PM Free Time / Social Hour/informal discussion
2:45 PM 3:15 PM Artist, Musician, or performance  demonstration/presentation
3:15 PM 4:15 PM Presentation/discussion
4:15 PM 4:45 PM Artist, Musician, or performance  demonstration/presentation
4:45 PM 5:00 PM 15 minute coffee- tea break
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Performance demonstration of the          Gurdjieff Movements
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Closing remarks / discussion
8:00 PM Special Dinner
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