The Gurdjieff teaching, know to some as the Work, is an oral teaching. It requires a sustained effort -- a work on oneself -- over some period of time in order to lay the foundation for a life of inquiry and self-knowledge. We are organized as a school where students and teachers -- all of whom remain students -- come and go in the course of a week. Participation in the school supports each person's engagement in his and her own life as a thinking individual, as a member of a family, profession or trade, and as a concerned citizen of this country and the world.
Living teachings exist on an edge between their inherited traditions and the need for freshness in thought and practice. The Society draws on a century of continuous tradition with a rich heritage of ideas, methods, attitudes, and innumerable insights. These insights are often still unpublished from Gurdjieff's recorded conversations and those of his most eminent students.
Yet no teaching can flourish solely on the basis of its traditions. It needs to learn from life, to recognize today's questions and to respond. We encourage a search that asks the questions “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, and "What is missing in my life?" We value deep relationships that begin with personal transformation, clarify one’s own mission in life, and find external expression for creative solutions in the world. We hold ourselves responsible for finding ways to serve others and the community. We ask the question, "How can I serve?"
We are dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the Gurdjieff teaching as a living influence, a resource for inquiring people in this new century.
We are an affiliate of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York. The Society is nonsectarian and nondenominational, and its membership is composed of individuals from a wide variety of personal, ethnic, and professional backgrounds.