Seminars

 

DUVERSITY SEMINAR SERIES

with Anthony Blake

 

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The DuVersity seminar series came out of Anthony Blake's encounters with some remarkable people.  His academic background was in physics and the history and philosophy of science, endowed with a thirst for meaning. At an early age he encountered John Bennett, one of the leading exponents of Gurdjieff's fourth way, David Bohm one of the twentieth century's important quantum physicists and Edward Matchett, teacher of design and 'genius'. He spent 15 years in close association with John Bennett, right up until Bennett's death in 1974 when he was then one of the staff assisting in 'The Sherborne Experiment'. He carried on investigation and experiment, inspired by Bennett's example, embracing such practices as social dreaming and dialogue - just as Bennett had taken on board the spiritual elements of Subud and Sufism and many other influences - in the search for what he had called 'integration without rejection'. Over the 80s and 90s, Anthony's seminars started with the idea of 'inner movements', then went on to explore some of the projects Bennett had opened up enquiring into such things as  time and higher intelligence, continuing with the approach called 'the working group' which brought together fourth way practice with modern psychology and techniques. He cofounded the DuVersity in the 90s and lanuched a series of conferences bringing together proponents of several spiritual movements. By 2000, the seminars began to take up the thread of systematics as ways of integration and fulfillment. An outline of this series can be found here.

Since 2000 the seminars have evolved to include ever more diversity, especially of the arts of music, dance and theatre. And also to bring together mulltiple talents with creative inputs in a performance of meaning rather than teaching and explaining.

 

forthcoming


THE ARK

September, 19-22, 2019, Nashville, Tennessee

 

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MOVEMENTS OF THE SOUL

May 9-12, 2019

Claymont Court, West Virginia

 

Brave New World

October 23-8, 2018, Nashville, Tennessee

The Language of Gesture

Claymont Court, West Virginia, May 10-13 2018

 

THE DRAMATIC UNIVERSE AND BEYOND

Nashville, Tennessee, October 13-15th, 2017

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MUSIC AND MEANING

Sarasota, Florida, March 17-19th, 2017

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BEING-MOVEMENT 2

London, May 22nd 2016

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foto Paolo Aizza

 

The Real Present Moment

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Systematics Gathering XVII

Nashville, June 24-6th, 2016

 

Ressurection of the Fourth Way in the 21st Century

30 October - 1 November 2015

Nashville, Tennessee

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with Anthony Blake

Media Package available

 

Being - Movement

November 22nd 2015 - October Gallery London

how the Gurdjieff Movements can illuminate our organic life, help us work together and understand how to understand

with

Anthony Blake and Margit Martinu

 

2015

Systematics Gathering XVI

A NEW START - All and Everything, The Dramatic Universe and the Present Moment

The Media Package Making a New Start came out of this seminar

2014

Systematics Gathering XV

FOUNDATIONS - the profundity and utility of the elementary systems

May 2nd-4th Claymont Court, West Virginia

The book Elementary Forms of Understanding came out of this seminar

2013

Systematics Gathering XIV

A Gathering of Time - death and rebirth of systematics

2012

Systematics Gathering XIII - March 16-18, Shepherdstown

 
Report From Sweetbriar - Participants Speak about The 'Working Group'
 
 

 

                                                                                                                                           Ages ago... A Seminar on Time (1977)