TAT Weekend Intensive: The Center Cannot Hold. April 17-18, 2010.

How much longer can you hold it together? "It" being your carefully crafted self: fending off death and searching for love in a dozen hopeless ways every day, creating a story that has no hope of survival. All the while, sages and books of wisdom tell us that everything is perfect as it is; "that each man is the whole." And this paradox swirls around a tiny pinpoint, an insubstantial center called "you."

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold," is a metaphor for change, and change we must to meet the challenge of revealing our true nature. Join us for the April 2010 weekend intensive, April 17 & 18, beginning at 10 AM Saturday and going through Sunday evening. In the spirit of friendship, we'll share stories, tips and techniques for change.

Event Schedule
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Saturday, April 17th, 2010

  10:00 AM - Welcome and introduction

Michael Hall Michael Hall

  10:15 to 11:00 AM - Everyday Life is the Way, presented by Michael Hall
"How do we awaken to what is real in the midst of the ebb and flow of our ordinary lives? Is it possible to do so? Where do we begin? In this talk I will discuss with you the realizations that emerged spontaneously from nomind awareness over the last 7 years."

  See the accompanying essay for a preview of Michael's perspective.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

  11:15 AM to 12:15 PM - Further exploration of Michael's talk

  12:30 to 2:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

  2:00 to 2:45 PM - The Radical Challenge of the Obvious, led by Shawn Nevins
An experiential session employing the exercises of Douglas Harding and others to reveal what we see, but refuse to acknowledge.

  Shawn's essays and poetry appear in the TAT Forum. Also, visit The Poetry Chaikhana for a selection of Shawn's poetry.

  2:45 to 3:00 PM - Break

  3:00 to 4:00 PM - Further exploration of Shawn's session

  4:00 to 5:30 PM - Free time

  5:30 to 6:30 PM - Dinner (provided)

  7:00 to 8:00 PM - Rapport sitting, led by Paul Constant

Bob Cergol Bob Cergol

  8:00 to 8:45 PM - Why Meditation Alone is Insufficient, presented by Bob Cergol
"Because you are, among other things, a bundle of conflicting desires, it is important that you take dynamic, external, witnessable action regarding the desire to know yourself. Meditation is not action, and is inclined towards visualization, or dreaming. Juxtaposing the action born of the desire to know your essential Self against all the automated actions that flow from the body and personality based desires creates tension, if not outright conflict. This tension creates doubt because it reveals your automaton nature to you and challenges your self-definition. This doubt dispels the dreamy visualizations of meditation and drives it toward a focus on the source of the "sense of self." The witnessing of yourself engaged in action that generates a measure of inner conflict leads the mind to triangulate to a point of reference that transcends the being you take yourself to be in the world. This is part of the formula Richard Rose called a shortcut and the three-fold path."

  Peruse Liberated from Yourself for an example of Bob's communication.

  8:45 to 9:00 PM - Break

  9:00 PM to ? - Further exploration of Bob's topic

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Bart Marshall Bart Marshall

  10:15 to 11:00 AM - No Center, No Edges: Untethered in the Boundless Realm, presented by Bart Marshall

  See Ultimate Between-ness for an example of Bart's teaching.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

  11:15 AM to 12:15 PM - Further exploration of Bart's topic

  12:30 to 2:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

Art Ticknor Art Ticknor

  2:00 to 2:45 PM - Untenable? - an investigation led by Art Ticknor
What can we do when what we've been doing isn't working, and we find our position untenable? We'll discuss and work with some alternative strategies.

  Read Thinking About Thinking for a sample of Art's thinking.

TAT Foundation's Retreat Center near Wheeling, WV

  2:45 to 3:00 PM - Break

  3:00 to 4:00 PM - Continuation of Art's session

  4:00 to 5:30 PM - Free time

  5:30 to 6:30 PM - Dinner (provided)

  7:00 to 7:30 PM - Rapport sitting

  7:30 to ? PM - Open discussion


The event is being held in TAT's beautiful, rural facility near Wheeling, WV. Wheeling is in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia approximately 1 hour from Pittsburgh International Airport and 2.5 hours from Columbus International Airport.



$50 per non-TAT member ($30 for students) covers the event cost, including lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Lodging and all other meals are not included. Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants can bring other drinks, snacks, and special foods. Space is limited, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, April 9th. Upon receipt of your registration, we will send you a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions. You may cancel your registration before April 9th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 9th will not be refunded.

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(Members bring food or contribute toward the meals.)
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Non-member event registration - $50
(by Friday, April 9):

Vegetarian meals?

Non-member registration and discounted 2010 TAT membership - $70*
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Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration - $30
(by Friday, April 9):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration and discounted 2010 TAT membership - $50*
(by Friday, April 9):

Vegetarian meals?

New TAT membership - $40
Become a TAT member before Thursday, March 18th and attend the April Intensive for free.

Early member registration?

Current TAT members:
Please by April 9th if you are planning to attend. In addition, you can renew your membership here if you haven't already done so:


* The TAT Foundation hosts four public events each year. The April Intensive and the Fall Workshop are designated as special events and involve a nonmember registration fee of $50, which includes meals. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, please allow up to 5 business days before receiving confirmation of your payment. See our membership overview for more details or email if you have questions about fees.

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phone: (304) 845-8244

For checks (in US$ drawn on a US bank) or money orders (domestic only), payable to the TAT Foundation, mail to:

April Conference
103 Arlington Ave.
Moundsville, WV  26041


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