The Gurdjieff Foundation of Illinois


Gurdjieff at the Prieure, 1920s  

Country Property, Portico   



The Gurdjieff Foundation of Illinois is located in Chicago, with meeting spaces both in the city and the northwest countryside. It has had a long association with The Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.

The Foundation exists to provide conditions, for those who wish, to obtain real knowledge of oneself. A path to this knowledge was directly transmitted by G. I. Gurdjieff to his students, and from his students to their students..

The forms and conditions of work include group meetings, sittings, movements, readings and discussions, music, and practical activities such as crafts, gardening, construction, and cooking. All work is a means for obtaining knowledge of oneself and the world in which we live.

Please click the links below each image for more impressions of the Work in practice, past and present.


Chicago Building, Entry Area

 On January 13th, 2013 a celebration of Mr. Gurdjieff's name day was held at the Chicago foundation. The text scroll below is derived from material submitted by members relative to the occasion. During  preparations, some members prepared posters based on brief quotes from Mr. Gurdjieff's writings. These can be seen at Posters.