Everyone wants to be wise (vs. foolish, cockeyed, idiotic, laughable, goofy, unwise). Wisdom can be practical (how to tie your shoes, avoid getting hit by vehicles when crossing the street) or impractical (how many dollar bills laid end to end it would take to circle the equator). Practicality implies helping one succeed in real circumstances. Wisdom implies deep understanding and realization.
The search for a permanent solution to our suffering and longing; the search for truth, beauty, and the creative force, is predominately set aside by the scramble for the next dollar, the next high, the next bit of excitement or security. Join us for a weekend dedicated to the work of highest value: the search for Practical Wisdom.
Bob Fergeson – author of The Listening Attention and NostalgiaWest photographer
Veteran meditation teacher Michael Conners
Poet and Filmmaker Shawn Nevins
Heather Saunders – hospice nurse and longtime spiritual practitioner
Open Space Technology – a session harnessing the wisdom and interests of conference participants
Nature Walks and Meditation Sittings
The registration deadline for the April intensive is Monday, April 8th.
Location and Facilities
T he event is being held at Penn Scenic View in southwestern Pennsylvania. The facility includes conference rooms in Lakeside Lodge and Stable Lodge, which has an upstairs bunkhouse room and several dormitory rooms for overnight lodging. Additionally, the Red Oak and Green Hemlock cabins are available for lodging and break-out meeting locations. Penn Scenic provides bed linens, pillows, and bath towels for overnight guests. During the registration process, we will do our best to accommodate room preferences, but all guests should expect to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with other participants. On-site camping is available in the lawn area near Stable Lodge.
Penn Scenic View is located at 118 Scenic View Lane, Rockwood, PA 15557 [GPS coordinates: N39.97635 W079.24017]. Penn Scenic is one and a half hours from the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The April Intensive fees per person for TAT members are as follows:
The non-member fees per person are:
Full-time students should contact for information on discounted registration fees.
Use PayPal to pay with these credit cards (PayPal account not necessary). PayPal is "fast, free and secure" and allows payment by credit card or electronic withdrawal from a bank account. Checks (in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank) or money orders (domestic only) made payable to the TAT Foundation are also accepted if received by the registration deadline.
Note: If cost is a serious issue that will make or break your attendance, please let us know. We do not want someone to refrain from attending for reasons of cost.
Become a TAT member for $40 on or before March 14th and register at the discounted member prices.
Visit our membership page for information about TAT memberships.
* The TAT Foundation hosts four public events each year. Registration fees vary depending on the event location. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, please allow up to 5 business days before receiving confirmation of your payment. See our membership overview or email if you have questions about registration fees.
Space is limited, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Monday, April 8th. Upon receipt of your registration, a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions will be sent to you. You may cancel your registration on or before April 8th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 8th will not be refunded. Because ADA-compliant facilities are limited in the Stable Lodge, persons with a disability should contact before registering.
Lunches on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday are catered from a local establishment. Continental breakfasts are potluck style for Saturday and Sunday and include cereal, pastries, fruit, juice, bagels, etc. As a good rule-of-thumb, we ask that each TAT member bring enough breakfast food to feed 8 people. All meals are included for non-members. TAT will provide coffee and tea.
Sorry, we cannot reduce fees for those who prefer to bring their own food.
For those who register using the alternative (off-site) lodging option, the following overnight accommodations are located near Penn Scenic View:
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For checks (in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank) or money orders (domestic only), payable to the TAT Foundation, mail to:
What is the TAT Foundation?
A group encouraging people to think rather than believe. A group determined to help people find ways and means to answer their deepest philosophical questions. A gathering of folks who are not afraid to be honest with one another. An island of hope and sanity (or at least the hope for sanity!). Last, but not least, TAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization chartered in 1973.