While experiences vary, the most common way people come in contact with The Gurdjieff Work is through reading a book – most commonly P D Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous. In time, some people will seek out a group perhaps out of legitimate curiosity or perhaps because they conclude that to do anything at all, work with others is necessary.
There are many groups that descend from Gurdjieff himself, in the sense that the leader(s) of the group was a pupil of someone who was a pupil of Gurdjieff. There are now very few people left alive who can claim to have been a direct pupil of Gurdjieff’s.
You may also encounter groups that are not direct, but derivative – where there is no real connection back to Gurdjieff, but many of the ideas of The Work are employed. There are groups that mix ideas from the work with other ideas.
It is essentially up to the seeker to discriminate and, hopefully, to find a group that is useful. A good lineage doesn’t guarantee effective work.
We give below a series of links to various group web sites and link pages. They may prove useful; you are the judge.
Gurdjieff Foundations Groups
In North America: As far as we are aware the NewYork and California Gurdjieff Foundations together oversee all groups associated directly with the Gurdjieff Foundation. There are groups in many cities in the US.
- Gurdjieff Foundation of New York – With list of affiliated centers
- Gurdjieff Foundation of California – With list of affiliated centers
- Gurdjieff Foundation of Canada
In the UK:
Affiliated to the UK:
Willem Nyland Groups (US):
- Boston, Massachusetts
- New York City
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Northern California
- Southern California
- New Mexico
- Washington State
Willem Nyland Groups (International):
- Gurdjieff Society of Maine
- Gurdjieff Dominican Group – Santo Domingo.
- The Gurdjieff Society of Ireland