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"Conscience "
January 26, 2015

There have been several versions of this transcript over the past 40 years, and a shortened version has been published in the most recent issue of "Parabola" magazine. Here is the full transcript of all three sessions.


J.G. Bennett, Sherborne House


In the Fall of 1971, John Bennett inaugurated the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne House, Gloucestershire, England. From that time until his death three and half years later, he worked with groups of up to 90 students who enrolled for ten month courses, in a residential school environment. The organization and the curriculum of the school was based on his experience with Gurdjieff at the Prieuré, his own earlier community at Coombe Springs and his frequent visits to a Benedictine monastery in France. A fundamental technique was the use of a weekly theme. On Monday morning the entire community would meet and Bennett would set a theme for the week, which was described as something to ponder and think about when one’s attention was not needed elsewhere; a focus for self-observation. On the following Friday evening, the community would meet back again and students would report on their observations from the week. Often the Monday morning theme presentation was brief, and was preceded by an extended general discussion of the previous week’s theme, so giving three distinct perspectives.

The following article is a transcription of three sessions, which occurred during the last months of the Third Basic Course.

Ben Bennett, 2014

 Click this link for the  transcription : Theme of Conscience

Parabola Magazine