G.I. Gurdjieff was born in Alexandropol, close to the frontiers of Russia and Turkey, circa 1866. Finding that neither science nor religion answered his questions about the meaning of man’s life, he became convinced that an ancient knowledge must exist and could still be found on Earth. After twenty years of search in remote parts of Central Asia and the Near East, he returned to Russia in 1912. Settling near Paris in 1922, he established the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Fontainebleau. In 1924, he made the first of a series of visits to America. In 1929, he moved from Fontainebleau to Paris where he continued writing and working with a small number of students until his death in 1949.
The Gurdjieff Foundation of New York was created after Gurdjieff's death for the practice of his teaching under the guidance of his devoted pupil Madame Jeanne de Salzmann.
In the 1970's the Austin/San Antonio Gurdjieff group came together and began working with a liaison from the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York. A relationship which continues today.