2020 Global Gurdjieff Movement Gathering
with Avrom Altman & Melanie Monsour
Dates/ 2020/05/01 ~05/06
Venue/ Dansui, Taipei
Early Bird Price US$860 (if a deposit is paid by 3/31)
* Not included food & accommodation
* On-site accommodation is NT$800/night, there are also many hotels and B&B around Dansui Metro station
* Food package : NT$400/day including three meals
“The one great art is that of making a complete human being of oneself.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
G. I. Gurdjieff called himself a ‘teacher of dancing.’
Gurdjieff also said “Remember Yourself Always and Everywhere.’
During this Gathering. we will study the link between the Gurdjieff Movements and Self-Remembering with an emphasis on Presence in Daily Life.
This is our aim: To Self-Remember and Be Present in life.
Typical Daily Schedule
07:30 - 08:00 Morning Practice
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 12:30 Movements
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 17:30 Movements
17:30 - 18:00 Break
18:00 - 19:30 Dinner
19:30 - 21:30 Evening Activities- Concert/ Zikr/ Practice
About Avrom & Melanie
Movement & Inner Work Facilitator
Avrom Altman has been teaching the Gurdjieff Movements for more than 40 years.
He studied with J.G. Bennett, a student of Gurdjieff’s, at a ten-month residential course at Sherborne House, England, in 1972-1973. Additional teachers of the course who were Gurdjieff’s students were Pierre Elliot, Vivien Elliot, Anna Durco, George Cornelius, and Mary Cornelius. In 1973, Bennett asked Avrom to lead Gurdjieff groups and teach the Gurdjieff Movements.
In 1979, Pierre Elliot invited Avrom to move to Claymont Court to teach the Gurdjieff Movements. In 1982, he asked Avrom to become Director of Studies of the ten-month residential courses. In 1984, Elliot and Paul Renard (lead Movements teacher of the Gurdjieff Foundation in America) arranged for Avrom to attend New York Foundation group meetings and Gurdjieff Movements classes with Dr. William Welch, Louise Welch, André Enard, and Jim Wycoff.
In 1986, Elliot stated his wish to step down as Director of Studies of the Claymont Community and proposed Avrom as his successor. Avrom declined and was elected President of the Claymont Society. In 1987, Renard authorized Avrom to teach the Gurdjieff Movements.
Avrom is a licensed psychotherapist, certified Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic therapist and Professor of Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he served as Director of Research, Academic Senate President, and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Extraordinary Accomplishments Award as Soul Tender in the World in 2015.
Avrom currently teaches the Work and the Gurdjieff Movements internationally. He is the only person who was of Director of Studies of the ten-month residential courses, asked to assume the role of Director of Studies of the Claymont Community, and approved to teach the Gurdjieff Movements by J.G. Bennett, Pierre Elliot, and Paul Renard.
Avrom teaches and transmits the Work and the Gurdjieff Movements based on his integrated understanding of human nature and the potential for human transformation in service to others, the planet, and the great mystery known as the Work.
Pianist/composer Melanie Monsour has been playing the music of Gurdjieff/deHartmann since 1992. In addition to a long career as a Movements pianist, she has performed the concert repertoire in venues around the world.
She was the pianist for the first Movements Intensives held in New Mexico, where she began working with Avrom Altman, Deborah Rose Longo and James Tomarelli. For 20 years she has been the pianist for the International Movements Retreat.
Melanie brings an intuitive and commanding quality to her accompaniment and contributes her distinct musical expression throughout the event.