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Barry Morley, Salvaging Sense of the Meeting, Pendle Hill Pamphlet

Camp Caravan Summer Seminar 2012

"Our True Nature"

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June 23–July 1, 2012
Royalston, Massachusetts, USA
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In seeking real transformation, we can discover our own true nature, through working with other people who are also seeking. How do we come to the "sense of the meeting"? How can my exploration of who I really am fit into a deeper understanding of my place with others and within a larger purpose?

Our true nature

This year, we invite all to come and work with the ideas and methods of G.I. Gurdjieff and J.G. Bennett, as together we explore our true nature.

The seminar begins with dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 23, and continues with morning exercise at 7:30 a.m. on June 24. We work with Gurdjieff movements, morning exercise, practical physical work, themes, arts, shared meals, and meditation, finishing on the morning of July 1.

For a longer visit, consider attending the Movements Seminar, immediately preceding this event.

The summer seminar fee includes programs, accommodations, and meals. We suggest $450 for the general public, and $300 for students ages 19-26, with work/study opportunities available. In choosing your fee amount, consider paying a little more than you comfortably can afford. There is no charge for children 18 and under.

Please send your deposit of $250 by June 1 to:
Summer Seminar
Camp Caravan
255 S. Royalston Road
Royalston, MA 01368

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Reciprocal Maintenance

The doctrine of Reciprocal Maintenance is that everything that exists in this world depends on other things for its maintenance and must in its turn maintain the existence of something else.

Camp Caravan Summer Seminar 2011

The 2011 Camp Caravan Summer Seminar described below was conducted using a new approach. All participants took a turn at creating and directing our work together. The result was a tremendously varied and creative schedule that still had a coherence and structure focused on a clear aim.

It was an experiment in finding new ways of working together.

June 26 - July 3, 2011
Camp Caravan, 255 South Royalston Road, Royalston, MA 01368 978-249-9725

'My dear now deceased grandmother placed her dying left hand on my head and in a whisper, yet very distinctly said: 'Eldest of my grandsons! Listen and always remember my strict injunction to you: In life never do as others do… either do nothing—just go to school—or do something nobody else does.'
G.I. Gurdjieff, Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

'You must realize that each man has a definite repertoire of roles which he plays in ordinary circumstances…and at different times the man is fully identified with one of them and is unable to separate himself from it. To see the roles, to know one's repertoire, particularly to know its limitedness, is to know a great deal. But the point is that, outside his repertoire, a man feels very uncomfortable should something push him if only temporarily out of his rut, and he tries his hardest to return to any one of his usual roles. Directly he falls back into the rut everything at once goes smoothly again and the feeling of awkwardness and tension disappears. This is how it is in life; but in the work, in order to observe oneself, one must become reconciled to this awkwardness and tension and to the feeling of discomfort and helplessness. Only by experiencing this discomfort can a man really observe himself.'
P.D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous

This year, we invite you to come and Work differently. What does that mean for each of us and for all of us?

We find ourselves sharing our stories. Whether they are traditional fairy tales, folk tales, personal stories read or told aloud, bring some with you to share during this event.

Join us for dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 25, and begin the seminar with Morning Exercise at 7:30 a.m. on June 26. We work with the ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff and J.G. Bennett, Gurdjieff Movements, Morning Exercise, Practical Work, Themes, Meditation, Community Meals, and more…but what will be different?

Lodging, meals, and activities are all included for the $450.00 seminar fee. This year, the summer seminar immediately follows the Gurdjieff Movements Seminar at Camp Caravan led by Margit Martinu. A reduced rate is offered for those participating in both events.

General Information

Summer seminars present extraordinary opportunities to join interested people from all over the world who come together to work intensively in a practical way with Fourth Way Work ideas and techniques. We offer a ten-day live-in program including explorations in the Gurdjieff Movements, inner exercises, the thematic technique, the enneagram, gardening, cooking, arts, construction, music, psychology, cosmology, practical work tasks, zikhr, and meditation.

For more information or to confirm your registration contact the Registrar at