The Rochester Folk Art Guild and the Penn Yan Public Library Present: Toward an Understanding of the Gurdjieff Teaching

Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main Street

The Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main Street, provides the site for this sequence, in the ongoing program Classics in Religion.  Gurdjieff was an influential spiritual master in touch with an ancient knowledge, who gathered people around him in the first half of the 20th century.   Since his passing in 1949, groups have actively worked with his rich legacy, which includes music, published writings, a study of movement, and an oral tradition.  His fundamental aim was to help human beings awaken to the meaning of our existence and to the efforts we must make to realize that meaning in the midst of the life we have been given.

 On April 17th, the presenters will examine the sacrifices necessary to bring the Gurdjieff Work into life.  Gurdjieff himself faced monumental struggles as he conveyed the body of ideas to those in the West.  Mrs. March modeled an extraordinary patience and perseverance with her followers.  What is the nature of our own sacrifice?  What might we have to give up in order to receive help?

These gatherings will be informal, with time to ask questions and discuss the ideas.  Each successive week, additional material will be presented.  The series is sponsored by Cobblestone Springs, a retreat and renewal center in Dundee.   The talks will take place in the Hicks-Kimball Room at the Penn Yan Public Library,  214 Main Street, and are free of charge, though a donation to the sponsors is accepted gratefully.

A not-for-profit arts community and educational institution, the Guild began its work in crafts more than 50 years ago.  Located on a 350-acre farm in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, the Guild has grown to receive worldwide recognition for its handcrafts, which have found their place in museums, private collections, shops, and galleries through the United States and abroad.  The on-site East Hill Gallery welcomes visitors from May to October. The Guild also offers workshops for adults and conducts educational outreach programs for children.  Its Apprenticeship Program is designed for young people who are searching for a practical, hands-on approach to learning and living.  Working alongside experienced master craftspeople, apprentices learn proficiency in a craft and how to live alongside others in a community setting. The Guild also offers a July Craft Weekend for all ages with fifteen hours of studio time over the course of three days on the farm.

April 17 2017

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM