2013 PRESS RELEASE
The Gurdjieff Foundation of Louisiana…a diverse group of New Orleanians who have been drawn together during the past 35 years by a shared wish to understand more about a movement toward an inner, spiritual life in the midst of our everyday life…announces a special series of community events designed to introduce guided meditation, movement exercises and readings reflecting elements of the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff to be held in the New Orleans mid-city area during the summer of 2013. Following a rotating schedule posted below, these 90 minute gathering will offer the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation, an exchange related to questions and topics of interest to those who attend, and a taste of movement exercises particular to the Gurdjieff tradition.
ON MONDAY NIGHTS: JULY 22nd thru AUGUST 26th 6:30-8:00 pm
This series of 6 gatherings will take place at the First Universalist Unitarian Church (5212 S. Claiborne) located at the corner of Claiborne and Jefferson (enter Sanctuary door on Claiborne on far right near Jefferson). All events are free and open to the public. Specifically, the schedule includes:
July 22 Meditation & Movement
July 29 Reading from All & Everything
August 5 Meditation & Movement
August 12 Reading Mtgs With Remarkable Men
August 19 Meditation & Movement
August 26 Reading Mtgs With Remarkable Men
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd 7:30 pm
PHILOCAFE Discussion Group (co-sponsored by the New Orleans Lyceum)
Is Something Missing In Our Daily Experience?
This special Lyceum Philocafe, facilitated by the Gurdjieff Foundation of Louisiana, will be devoted to sharing our questions and our understanding of what it means to be present…to be “in the moment”…as we go through our day to day lives. Is it possible to maintain a connection with an inner life in the midst of everyday life? Can attention to what we’re doing support both a movement inward and our manifestations in daily life? What is my understanding of “attention?”
(Location: 4511 Chestnut St Uptown New Orleans
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 7:00 pm
LECTURE & RECEPTION PRE-CHAUTAUQUA EVENT (co-sponsored by the New Orleans Lyceum) FREE to the public
Letting Go of What We Think We Know: An Exploration of the Teachings of Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff
In apparent contrast to the currently popular wish of so many of us to find answers to the suffering, stress and uncertainty of today's world stands a practical, all-encompassing teaching based on the premise that real answers can only be found by first letting go of our firmly entrenched trust in our beliefs and knowledge. To be present in a given moment…is it something I "do" or is it something I allow to take place?
Location: Lecture Hall 114, Miller Building, Loyola University
(The Gurdjieff Foundation of Louisiana has been in existence in the New Orleans area since the late 1970s. Originally under the direction of the late John "Lord" Pentland, it began participating in regular work periods in the mid-1980s led by the late Andre Enard. The Gurdjieff Foundation of Louisiana continues to study the ideas of Gurdjieff through the varied expressions including the written ideas, the music, and the sacred dances also known as "the movements.")