Journey to Central Asia 2020

Traveling in the Footsteps of Mr. Gurdjieff
A Fourth Way Pilgrimage in
Bukhara, Samarkand, Istanbul, and Kashgar
(Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China)
Exploring deep inner work in the heart of Central Asia
with Jerry Toporovsky
September 13–28, 2020

In this journey, we will walk in Mr. Gurdjieff’s footsteps and delve into the paths of Central Asia—the origins of the Fourth Way, the Masters of Wisdom, and the Vajrayana.
Our journey will include doing inner work in some of the most powerful sites in the world: Istanbul, Bukhara, Samarkand, and Kashgar. We will visit Sufi Tekkes, tombs such as Kwaja Khalik Gijduvani, Bahauddin Nakshband, and Ubaidullah Ahrar.
This journey is a pilgrimage, not only to visit remarkable places but to work deeply on ourselves. We will be concentrating on the Rules of the Masters, the higher emotions “Latifas,” and the path toward emptiness of self — working to open the inner heart in the heart of Central Asia.
Jerry Toporovsky leading our journey
Jerry has been leading inner work groups in Baltimore and New York for many years and has travelled with groups to Turkey, India, Morocco, Uzbekistan and the U.S. Southwest.

September 13  •  Day 1  •  Istanbul (Turkey)
Gathering in Istanbul at our hotel by 5.00/6:00 pm. Dinner together. Overnight in Istanbul.
September 14  •  Day 2  •  Istanbul
Long morning meeting. Walk to the mosques in Sultanhamet: the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, significant places for JGB and our heritage. Also, the Basillica Cistern. Later in the day, walk to Capali Carci, the covered market through town. This evening we will have one of our key visits of our pilgrimage, the Tekke of the Herrahi Halvetzi Sufi’s order. Dinner on your own.
September 15  •  Day 3  •  Istanbul
Morning retreat. Afternoon—Visit Suleymaniye, the great mosque of Istanbul then Ayup Sultan the holy site of Istanbul. Private transportation to Ayup Sultan (please, dress very conservatively). Tea and snack on the mountain at Pierre Loti after that visit (not included). Back to the hotel. Dinner on your own.
September 16  •  Day 4  •  Istanbul
Morning meeting. Afterwards, half day guided visit to Topkapi, the Harem, then to Egyptian Bazaar and the Bosphorus. Free time once at the Bosphorus. Go by boat to one of the restaurants on the water on the Bosphorus for fresh fish. Afternoon is free for Hammam experience (optional). Dinner on your own..
September 17  •  Day 5  •  Istanbul to Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
After long morning meeting, free time to explore and shop. Dinner not included. Transfer to the airport in afternoon for flight to Samarkand. Overnight on flight (flight not included, please see pricing notes).
September 18  •  Day 6  •  Samarkand
Arrive in Samarkand early morning, transfer to hotel. Check-in and rest. Time for breakfast. Afternoon visit the magnificent Registan Square (XV–XVII cc), one of the noblest squares in the world and the local bazaar. We end our sightseeing by visiting Gur Emir Mausoleum, the graveyard of Tamerlane and the Timurids. Dinner together. Overnight at hotel.
September 19  •  Day 7  •  Samarakand
In the morning we stop to meditate at the burial site of the great Shaykh Sufi Master Ubaidullah Ahrar, so influential in JG Bennett’s life. Visit to the observatory of Ulugbek. Afternoon–half day retreat. Dinner on your own.
September 20  •  Day 8  •  Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Morning—travel by bus to Bukhara (290 km) center of Central Asian Sufism, home to the Masters of Wisdom and the Naqus¬bandi path. Afternoon—half day retreat.  Dinner included.
September 21  •  Day 9  •  Bukhara
Morning meeting. Afternoon—pilgrimage to the tomb of Abduholiq Gijduvaniy (1103–1179) located in the town of Gijduvan, 40 km from Bukhara, who is the Grandfather of the Naqushi order. Back to Bukhara.  Dinner included.
September 22  •  Day 10  •  Bukhara
Morning meeting/retreat followed by a meeting with an important local sheikh (TBD). Afternoon–visit tombs: Kwaja  Mukhammad Orif Rigvari; Kwaja Makhmud Anjir Fagnavi; Kwaja  Azizan Ali ar Romitani; Kwaja  Mukhammad Baba as-Sammasi. Dinner together, included.
September 23  •  Day 11  •  Bukhara to Tashkent-Kashgar (China)
Morning— silent walking pilgrimage to the holiest ensemble of Bukhara, the burial place of Hazrati Bahouddin Naqshband, the founder of Naqshbandiya Order, located in the village of Qasri Orifon. Afternoon—guided tour of the enchanting city of Bukhara itself, the cauldron of Cen¬tral Asia and the Silk Road with its many sites, architecture, history, and markets. Guided visit to Lyabi Hauz Com¬plex, Kalon Mosque and Poi Kalon Minaret. Free time. Closing evening retreat meeting in Bukhara. Transfer to the airport and flight to Tashkent. Flight to Kashgar during the night (1 or 2 stops, not included).
September 24  •  Day 12  •  Kashgar
Evening arrival in Kashgar, China’s westernmost city, set in a region with more than 30 ethnic minorities and unique landscapes. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner included.
September 25  •  Day 13  •  Kashgar
Morning—retreat. Afternoon—half day sightseeing in Kashgar. The old city has many buildings hundreds of years old. Among the major sites we will visit the Idgar Mosque, one of the largest mosques in China. It is extremely popular among the Muslims in Xinjiang. We will also visit the tomb of Abakh Khoja which served as the family tomb of Abakh Khoja, the powerful ruler of Kashgar in the 17th century who was revered as a prophet and second only to Muhammad. Dinner on your own.
September 26  •  Day 14  •  Kashgar
Morning–half day retreat. Afternoon— free time in Kashgar on your own. Dinner on your own.
September 27  •  Day 15  •  Kashgar
Full day at the Sunday Market. Everything from dry fruits to delicacies, horses and camels, to food and handcrafted products may be bought in the market areas from morning until night. Back to the hotel for final meeting followed by special dinner together.
September 28  •  Day 16  •  Departure
Flight home from Kashgar