G I Gurdjieff
In 1912 an extraordinary man appeared in Moscow, bringing with him an unknown teaching about Man’s place and his possibilities.
His name was George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff.
Leaving Russia with a number of his pupils during the revolution, he eventually settled in France, situating his Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at the Prieuré, Fontainebleau-Avon.
Sometimes in the rarefied atmosphere of a class in Sacred Dance, sometimes in the hurly-burly of life - he created the conditions through which self-initiation to another level of consciousness became possible.
Gurdjieff's evolutionary teaching continues today in a few but growing number of countries, passed on from teacher to pupil in direct lines of transmission.