Movement & Georgian Chant with Deborah Rose Longo, Andrew Breitenberg, Nana Mzhavanadze

Apr 24-26, 2020

This event has been rescheduled and the Movements part of this retreat will take place July 31 ~ August 2 with Deborah Rose and Andrew Breitenberg. Stay tuned for more information to come on the chant component of this retreat. We hope to be able to offer Georgian chant soon!

Join us as we come together to learn two ancient forms of contemplative practice, both of which require community and reify communion – movement and chant. We will learn and practice movement in the form of the Gurdjieff Movements with Deborah Rose Longo and Andrew Breitenberg. We will learn chant in the form of ancient Georgian music with Nana Mzhavanadze, an internationally known teacher of Georgian Polyphonic singing.

The retreat is structured into two complimentary strands – Movements will unfold over 4 sessions, each 90 mins – 2 hours long. Georgian Singing will also be divided into 4 sessions, each 90 mins- 2 hours long. Participants may do EITHER of these strands (Movements but not Chanting, or vice versa), but all are encouraged to do both as they will complement one another energetically.

No prior experience with Movements or Georgian Chant/Singing is required! Participants do not need to be “dancers” – these movements are open and valuable to all who can stand/move! And Nana welcomes all as well – she specifically welcomes those who enjoy singing but don’t think of themselves as “singers.”

We are not providing lodging or meals for the retreat. There are many hotels nearby with reasonable rates, and we are going to try to house as many as possible with friends/church members. There are also restaurants within walking distance of the Chapel for easy lunch/dinners.

To register and for any questions please contact Karla Oakley at

There are TWO STRANDS of the retreat – Movement and Georgian Singing. People are encouraged to do both strands, but are welcome to participate in only one.


  • Registration Friday, April 24th from 11:30 – 1:00
  • First movement session 2:00 – 4:00PM Friday
  • Second movement session 8:00 – 10:00 Saturday
  • Third movement session 4:30 – 6:30 Saturday
  • Fourth movement session 8:00 – 9:15 Sunday


  • Registration Friday 4:00 – 6:00PM or Saturday 7:00 – 8:00AM
  • First singing session 10:00 – 12:00PM Saturday
  • Second singing session 2:00 – 4:00 Saturday
  • Third singing session 9:30 – 10:30 Sunday
  • Fourth singing session 12:30 – 2:00 Sunday

Retreat ends for all: Sunday April 26, 2020 by 2:30PM.

The retreat is free to all with a suggested donation of $150 for ONE STRAND or $200 for BOTH STRANDS. Cost DOES NOT include meals or lodging. Limited accommodations are available with friends and supporters in the area – contact Karla for possible contacts.

Deborah Rose Longo has been an instructor of the Gurdjieff Movements for over 40 years, working with groups in the United States, Germany, Australia, England, Chile, Canada, Italy, Greece, India, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Egypt and Taiwan. 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’s approach to teaching the Gurdjieff Movements, emphasizes the importance of balancing the Three Lines of Work (Work on oneself, Work with the group and Work for the Greater Good), not only in the movements class, but also in life. Deborah Rose is an artist specializing in mandala making, and conducts mandala-making classes as a tool for helping participants connect positively with creative energy flow. For the past 17 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.

Andrew Breitenberg is a lifelong musician and has been actively studying the music of Gurdjieff and de Hartmann for the last four years. His instructor is Melanie Monsour, one of the world’s leading Movements music pianists. He has been practising the Gurdjieff Movements themselves for the last three years under Deborah Rose Longo and brings experiential understanding of their inner exercises to his accompaniment. By day Andrew is a partner at a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning for non-profits. And with the free time left after putting the kids to bed, he is also a translator, in the midst of producing a postchristian translation of the New Testament from the original Koiné Greek called “Pilgrim Bible”.

Nana Mzhavanadze is a renowned teacher (mainly by ear) of Georgian Polyphonic singing. Coming from a line of Master Singers carrying an ancient oral tradition, Nana has worked in Paris, Geneva, Holland and New York and returns to the US this Spring having gained her doctorate in Georgian Ethnomusicology. She works regularly with Gurdjieff groups in the UK and New York. She is a graduate of the Conservatory in Tbilisi (her home). A brief example of Nana working with a retreat group can be found here. More examples of traditional Georgian singing can be found here.