George Gurdjieff went to Central Asia at the end of the 19th Century in search of ancient, magical knowledge and was initiated into the various traditions. As Gurdjieff returned to the West, he founded his own school and at Fontainebleau, the “Institute for the harmonic development of the people” who were taught in the various exercises and dances of the dervishes tradition. His goal was to wake people from their unnatural “state of sleep.” In almost all the larger German towns and cities today there are Gurdjieff exercise groups, which interested can join.