Over thirty years ago, A. L. Staveley, a pupil of Jane Heap and G. I. Gurdjieff, began forming study groups in Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Staveley felt strongly that people interested in self-development would benefit most from circumstances where real work was demanded. She encouraged us, the group members, to look for a place where we could learn to work together. In 1974, we purchased a small farm near Aurora, Oregon. Our studies relate to experiencing the wonders of being human and the ways in which we can discover meaning and purpose through our work together.