August 9th to August 15th, 2016
Name of Venue: Jirisan-Duremaeul
Location: Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
EILEEN (HYUN JUNG KIM) at email@example.com
Avrom Altman has taught the Gurdjieff Movements for more than 40 years. He studied with Gurdjieff’s students John Bennett, Pierre Elliot, Vivien Elliot, and Anna Durco at Sherborne 1972-1973; led Gurdjieff groups from 1973-1979; and lived at Claymont from 1979-1989 where he was Head Gardener, Director of Studies of the four- and ten-month Residential Courses, taught the Gurdjieff Movements, and served as President.
Avrom attended Dr. William and Louise Welch’s and Jim Wycoff’s groups at the Gurdjieff Foundation in New York for five years while attending Gurdjieff Movements classes with Jim Wycoff and Andre Enard. Avrom worked with Jungian analyst Dr. Edith Wallace who was a student of C.G. Jung, Emma Jung, and John Bennett. Avrom became a Mevlevi semazen with Sheikh Suleyman Loras, sat zazen with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi at the Tassajara Zen Center, and studied the Way of Council at the Ojai Foundation with Virginia Coyle, Jack Zimmerman, and Jacquelyn McCandless.
Avrom is a core professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he teaches counseling psychology and somatic psychotherapy, is Director of Research, and was President of the Academic Senate. He received Pacifca Graduate Institute’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Extraordinary Accomplishments Award as Soul Tender in the World in 2015. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, and certified Hakomi Therapist. Avrom has organized and taught over 100 seminars in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.
Deborah Rose Longo has been an instructor of the Gurdjieff Movements for over 35 years, working with groups in the United States, Germany, Australia, England, Chile, Canada, Italy, India, Russia, Ukraine and South Korea.
She began her training in the Gurdjieff Work and the Sacred Dances under the direction of Pierre and Vivien Elliott, (students of Gurdjieff), in 1975 at the Claymont Society for Continuous Education in Charles Town, West Virginia (founded by John Bennett), and has continued to be a long time Claymont community member.
Deborah Rose is an artist specializing in mandala making, has had her work featured in numerous publications, and conducts mandala-making classes as a tool for helping participants connect positively with creative energy flow.
For the past 12 years, she has also enjoyed the challenges of substitute teaching in the public school system as an opportunity to positively influence the lives of many young souls.
Pianist/composer Melanie Monsour has been playing the music of Gurdjieff/deHartmann since 1992. In addition to a long career as a Movements pianist, she has performed the concert repertoire in venues around the world.
She was the pianist for the first Movements Intensives held in New Mexico, where she began working with Avrom Altman, Deborah Rose Longo and James Tomarelli. For 17 years she has been the pianist for the International Movements Retreat.
Melanie brings an intuitive and commanding quality to her accompaniment and contributes her distinct musical expression throughout the event.
She has recorded a CD of the music of Gurdjieff/deHartmann and four others of her original piano music all of which are publicly available.
For more details and to listen to her music, please go towww.melaniemonsour.com.