Gurdjieff Society of Finland SGS ry

Today we are still restricted in our outer lives because of the dangers of the Corona Virus. But in recent times we have had endless opportunities for outer activities and endless new technologies for finding and sharing information.

But sometimes there has been a feeling that something is missing, and it is not necessarily more of the same kind of things but rather something in the inner life. Are there possibilities for a deeper inner life that is on a different level from most of modern life, a search for real self and the meaning of our life here on the earth? These and other related questions may be explored in an exchange where people can share their questions with each other.

Since 2002, groups in Helsinki and other cities in Finland have put the approach of G. I. Gurdjieff into practice. Groups have been established at times in Helsinki, Turku, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Joensuu and Kouvola, and most are still active. Other cities are also being considered for new groups.

Our groups are the only groups in Finland that are recognized as part of the main lineage from Gurdjieff, with links to the key groups in Europe (London and Paris), North America (New York, San Francisco and Washington) and Latin America. The first group was established in Helsinki in January 2002 by Bob Reinstein, whose teacher Hugh Ripman was sent by Gurdjieff to establish a group in Washington in 1949. Ripman passed the Gurdjieff influence to Reinstein in 1979. Related groups in Finland are all based on the Gurdjieff-Ripman approach.

If you are interested in such a practical approach, you may be able to join existing groups or be involved in forming a new group in a community where you do not already have one.

Next public exchange on June 14, 2023: (online)

What is missing?

…other than more of the small kinds of things that already fill our lives? Who is my real self, behind the mask of all the roles I play in life? What possibilities may exist beyond the ordinary things of life, and why are they only possibilities? What tools might exist for exploring these possibilities? Real questions such as these may find a response that resonates with the question and facilitates a further exploration and leads to a deeper question.

Welcome to the open online meeting on Wednesday June 14 at 18:00. You can get the meeting link and more info by sending an email to the address

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