Gurdjieff Movements


Through contact with sources he discovered in his travels through central Asia and the Middle East, Gurdjieff developed the Movements. They are a unique method of training attention and working with all three centers —physical, emotional, and mental. Undertaken as a cooperative activity, the Movements raise awareness of the group while expressing a symbolic language. They communicate ideas and inner states through the language of gesture. We teach and practice the Movements at Camp Caravan as part of an integrated exploration of Fourth Way ideas.


     Gurdjieff Movements
 

Sacred Dance Performance

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You are invited to a performance of sacred dances put on by the Movements Project at the thirtieth Anniversary of a Dzogchen Community in Western Massachusetts

Performance to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Mohawk Regional High School, Route 112
Shelburne Falls, MA (near Buckland)
Free and open to the public

An auspicious occasion:

Part of a three-day celebration
Tsegyalgar 30,
Dzogchen Community in America
Conway and Buckland, MA

The purpose of the overall event is the inauguration of the Mandala Hall, a unique structure recently constructed on Tsegyalgar's retreat land in Buckland, MA, which houses a large colorful Mandala for the practice of sacred Vajra Dance. In addition, the event celebrates the thirty-year presence of Tsegyalgar, the North American center established by the Tibetan Dzogchen Master, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.

Background

Leading up to the establishment of Tsegyalgar in 1983, and commencing in the early 1970s, there was an original group which formed as a Gurdjieff "Work" group, under the direction of Paul Anderson, an important direct pupil of G I Gurdjieff. Gurdjieff, a master of Greek/Armenian origins, brought his teachings to the West in the 1920s. He died in 1949.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Anderson reformed his group with a focus on studying and working with accomplished Buddhist masters, primarily in the Tibetan Vajrayana traditions. In 1982, Mr. Anderson invited the Master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to teach Dzogchen in Conway. Upon the teachers' meeting and mutual recognition, the Conway group embraced a new identity under the direction of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu , and also attracted pupils of his from all sources. Paul Anderson, who died in February 1983, left his students under the guidance of a living master of Dzogchen.

The Dzogchen teachings, essentially nonreligious, were kept largely secret for centuries in Tibet, and predate Buddhism; they are considered to be the most essential, esoteric path preserved within Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and have been passed down directly by Masters in a lineage to this present day.

John Bennett and Paul Anderson

The MREC Community, has for 40 years kept alive the teachings and trainings received and transmitted by the remarkable teacher, philosopher, and writer John G. Bennett, one of the most renowned direct pupils of G.I. Gurdjieff. Mr.. Anderson and Mr.. Bennett had a loose affiliation and shared students in the early 1970s. Some members of the Anderson group were sent to participate in the nine-month seminars organized by Mr.. Bennett at Sherborne, England. Young American seekers who contacted Mr.. Bennett, inspired by his writings, were referred to Mr.. Anderson, and became the basis of the formation of the Anderson group.

In recent years, MREC has invited the Movements teacher, Margit Martinu, to lead periodic intensive seminars with them. Margit, who originally studied at Sherborne, and subsequently with Mr.. Anderson, also became an avid pupil of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu; at the same time, with his encouragement, she has taught the Movements for the last 27 years, primarily in Italy and Europe. She is also a teacher of Vajra Dance.

The Movements Project

Based on the many connections of the people and shared history, Tsegyalgar invited MREC, in collaboration with Margit, and other interested parties, to prepare and present the Movements for the event in July. This also serves to develop the "Movements Project", an initiative evolving out of the collaboration between Margit, MREC, and other groups

The Project seeks to study and bring the knowledge that the Movements embody to life. Performing the Movements in public is challenging, primarily due to the stability of the inner state of presence required, in addition to the overall extensive preparation. The Movements, and Sacred Dance in general, can provide a direct experience beyond what is ordinarily accessible. They demand a balanced connection between the body, the emotions, and the mind, resulting in a harmonious state of being.

Performing them near the presence of a living Master, at this unique occasion, has the potential for a significant energy exchange between the performers and the audience, leading to a higher level of experience for all involved. It also creates the possibility of developing connections between people and communities.

Photo of Paul Anderson:

Photos taken at Khandroling–the sacred Dzogchen Community land in Buckland, MA:

Margit Martinu biography

View her website

Born in Prague, Martinu was educated from early age in dance, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and artistic gymnastics. From 1975-76 she entered a one-year residential course at the International Academy for Continuous education (IACE) in Sherborne, England, founded and directed by J.G. Bennett. From 1977 to 1982 she deepened her studies of Gurdjieff's teachings at the American Institute of Paul Anderson, both as a student and as secretary of Gurdjieff in America.

Under his guidance she was trained and nominated as a teacher of the Movements and began her didactic activity at his Institute. In 1985 she returned to Europe where she studied and taught at the Gurdjieff Foundation. Since 1987 Margit taught various workshops at Universities in Italy, directed a number of public Movements Demonstrations and has been conducting seminars both in Europe and in the United States. She has also promoted a number of concerts of Gurdjieff/de Hartmann music, mainly for Elan Sicroff.

About the Gurdjieff Movements Project

As we become aware of the importance of discovering, developing, and preserving the teaching, we propose an in-depth study of the Gurdjieff Movements. Gurdjieff entrusted these legomonisms to us, and we value their transmission, based on the perception and understanding of their purpose, and of the inner work enclosed

This is fundamental not only for our personal and group work but also as a responsibility towards future generations.

Margit Martinu leads the project and teaches the Movements. She continues to make the Movements her lifelong work, and shares the results of her dedication through this project. Read an English version of Margit's biography and background at www.gurdjieffmovements.it. The spring and summer 2012 seminar cycles focused on the Thirty-nine Series, with other Movements included.

An Invitation to Movements This project involves people from all over the world. Because the intention is to develop the Movements, a core group of people already familiar with the Work are needed at its outset. We welcome people working at every level, and we envision reaching out to "new" people as the project continues. This outreach might take the form of special seminars for beginners, open days, intensive training for aspirant Movements teachers, and the study and development of Women's and Men's Movements as well. Possible public demonstrations and other public activities could develop as the Project unfolds.

Choosing Camp Caravan We chose Camp Caravan as the main location of this project for the special energies built up throughout the years by different sources of Help, and through the efforts of the MREC community and visiting participants.

Movements every Saturday for 12 Weeks starting on January 12 (2014)
The Movements classes will be at 11:30am. Everyone is welcome to attend the full morning too, which begins with a 7:30 led morning exercise, a meeting that includes discussion of morning exercise and personal work, and 9:30-11:30 practical work, with an emphasis on an inner exercise. Everyone is invited to attend all of the work morning, or just movements, your choice. There is a recommended donation of $10 for each movements class, to cover heat and pianist, or $100 for the cycle.

Movements for the Future Help make this project a reality. There are many ways to participate, and if you wish to volunteer there is a place for you. We need help with fundraising, marketing, communications, technology and organization. Contact Patrizia Brown to learn about these opportunities.


Hope you can join us

Stefan & Patrizia