About Gurdjieff work at Two rivers farm
G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) was one of the great teachers and consciousness pioneers of the twentieth century. He brought many ideas and practices similar to those of other World Traditions, but in a way that made them accessible to the Western world.
He left behind practical techniques that help students see themselves clearly as they are and as they could be through intentional efforts. These include a group dialogue format, morning preparations, Movements, and practical work in many forms. Through these practices, which are maintained at Two Rivers Farm, we discover and experience the wonders of being human. Examining ourselves and becoming more attentive to the moment enriches our lives as we come into contact with a more essential part of ourselves.
Mrs. A. L. Staveley (our founder) was born and raised in eastern Washington State. Attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon, she met a visiting professor from England who became her husband. They began married life in England where she met and began to work with her teacher, Jane Heap, a student of G.I. Gurdjieff and then, after the 2nd WW, Mr. Gurdjieff himself in Paris. She returned to the States to care for her parents where she maintained a relationship with Madam de Salzmann, who was Mr. Gurdjieff’s closest pupil. In her wish to continue practicing the teaching, she began to meet with former pupils of Jane Heap to read Mr. Gurdjieff’s writings together at her home. Through word of mouth, people from all walks of life began to gather around her. When her home could no longer accommodate the growing number of pupils, a hall in Portland was rented and, later, a farm in Aurora, Oregon was purchased, which became known as Two Rivers Farm where she lived until her death in 1996. There, many groups were established as well as the endeavor to create more normal conditions for ordinary life, one of which was the establishment of a children’s school, Two Rivers Farm School. A measure of her Being may be found in the undiminished gratitude of the many hundreds of people she helped incorporate Gurdjieff's Teaching. Resourceful, fearless, hospitable, kind, impeccable can only touch upon a few of her remarkable attributes. Although Mrs. Staveley passed away in 1996, her wisdom and insight continues to guide the group today.
Group members come from all ages and all walks of life and have varied interests and skills. The common link is that we all have a shared interest in the teachings of Gurdjieff as a practical way to realize our potential as human beings—something we know we cannot do by ourselves or simply by thinking or talking about it. Our interactions with each other, in this context, offer many opportunities to see ourselves and each other in new and often unexpected ways.