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The Gurdjieff Foundation

The Gurdjieff Foundation, the largest organization directly linked to Mr Gurdjieff, was organized in Paris in the early 1950s by his principal pupil, Jeanne de Salzmann, in cooperation with other direct pupils. Led by her until her death in 1990, the original Gurdjieff Foundation and other groups that sprang up in major cities around the world remain in relationship with one another. The work of the Foundations continues today with the guidance of the next generation, whose members were prepared by the direct pupils of Gurdjieff. The International Association of Gurdjieff Foundations (IAGF) functions as a “hub” for this expanding network of groups, including:

The Sierra Gurdjieff Study Group

We are a nonsectarian and nondenominational organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the ideas and methods of the spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff. Our group began in 2010 with one-on-one meetings hosted by Paul Jordan-Smith, a student of the Gurdjieff Work who has participated in Gurdjieff Foundation groups in America and abroad for nearly fifty years. In 2013, Ellen Reynard, a colleague of Paul’s who has participated in the Work for over sixty years, joined us.

Our membership includes individuals from a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds. As a community of seekers, our aim is to understand the great promise and the great peril of the human condition, both in general and in ourselves, and to explore what our practice calls for in today’s world. We meet regularly in Grass Valley and Nevada City to engage in practical work, the exchange of experiences, and the study of the teaching as embodied in Gurdjieff’s legacy of writings, music, and sacred dance. We welcome new members who share these interests.

The Sierra Gurdjieff Study Group is a nonprofit corporation in the State of California, and is in communication with Gurdjieff Foundations worldwide.

For further information, please email Paul and Ellen by copying and pasting the following address: info@Sierra-Gurdjieff.org.

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