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TAT 2016 Fall Gathering
Who Am I?


Friday through Sunday
September 2-4, 2016
at the Claymont Society Mansion, WV


By the inquiry 'Who am I?,' the thought 'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization.
~ Who Am I? The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Contemplating Who Am I?

Who am I? The question is so compelling that millions of spiritual seekers have invested their lives exploring the mystery behind it. Some fall deeply in love with it, others are reluctantly thrown into it through the vagaries of life. Yet an answer may evade the most ardent devotee...

Our weekend together creates an atmosphere in which our heart and mind might open wide to a simple answer behind our most profound question. We hope this TAT meeting will be an intimate gathering where seekers as well as finders will join together to help each other, while sharing their stories, their successes, their struggles. We aim to foster an environment where bonds of friendship will be formed, and renewed.

Meet our presenters:

  Jan Frazier – In 2003, Jan experienced a radical transformation of consciousness. Her wish is to communicate the truth that within every person is a pool of calm well-being that waits patiently to be stirred to life. Jan is the author of When Fear Falls Away: The Story of a Sudden Awakening and The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is. For a taste of Jan's teachings and writings, read Watch What Really Happens and What Happens at Awakening?, or visit her website Jan Frazier Teachings.

  Amy Silver - Amy is the Executive Director of the Claymont Society. She has been a student in the Gurdjieff Work for over thirty years and has enjoyed the good fortune to study Movements under the guidance of Vivien and Pierre Elliot, Avrom Altman, Deborah Rose Longo, and many other students of J.G. Bennett.

  Eric Clark – An experienced facilitator of spiritual process groups, Eric enjoys sharing his insights into the pursuit of self knowledge.

  Ricky Cobb – Ricky has been a spiritual seeker (consciously) since 2003 and a member of TAT since 2007. He is currently attending a weekly Quaker meeting for worship (silent sitting) followed by participation with a local ACIM group.

  Leesa Williams – Yoga and meditation instructor and long-time spiritual seeker who has been influenced by TAT, Linda Clair, and Adyashanti. She currently teaches conscious relaxation and facilitates a self inquiry group in Lynchburg, VA.

  Paul Constant – Veteran rapport facilitator, student of Richard Rose, and ever-evolving guide on the spiritual path. For a sampling of Paul's writings, visit the Articles and Essays page on searchwithin.org.

  Additionally, there will be Group Self-Inquiry and Rapport and Yoga Nidra

The registration deadline for the Fall Gathering is Monday, August 29th.

Weekend Schedule

Photo provided by Bob Fergeson. Photo provided by Bob Fergeson

Friday, September 2, 2016

  5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - Welcome and evening interactive session. Our Friday evening session will ease everyone into the weekend through this special opportunity to connect with others and become acquainted in small groups.

  9:00 PM to ? - Free time; informal discussion

Saturday, September 3, 2016

  7:30 to 8:15 AM - Optional Yoga Nidra led by Leesa Williams

  8:15 to 8:30 AM - Break / breakfast preparation

  8:30 to 9:30 AM - Arrivals and pot luck continental breakfast

  9:30 to 9:45 AM - Break / clean up

  9:45 to 10:00 AM - Welcome and introduction

  10:00 to 11:00 AM - You Are Not What You Think by Jan Frazier
We will explore how what appears to be "you" has no existence independent of the mind thinking it into being. Yet some awareness that is not of the mind senses "your" aliveness in this very moment. What is that? And how does it differ from the mind-made you? What does awareness have access to that the mind can never touch?

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

  11:15 to Noon - Q&A with Jan

  Noon to 12:15 PM - Break / lunch preparation

  12:15 to 1:15 PM - Lunch (potluck) and open discussion

  1:15 to 1:30 PM - Break / clean up

  1:30 to 3:30 PM - Group Inquiry: Through honest, open dialogue in small groups, we help one another clarify our understanding by turning away from untruths. Thus we turn from the illusion of life to Reality. Such questioning is at the core of Richard Rose's Albigen System.

  3:30 to 4:00 PM - Break

  4:00 to 5:00 PM - Gurdjieff Movements with Amy Silver
G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) began teaching Movements in the 1920s as one part of his comprehensive approach to exploring consciousness. During his extensive world travels, Gurdjieff encountered numerous sacred dances. From what he saw, he incorporated elements of the sacred dances into Movements. To a casual observer, Movements appear as a dance form. However, the less apparent "inner work" is actually the primary purpose. Self awakening is at the forefront, not self expression. A new appreciation of personality, ego, awareness, perception, balance, relaxation, intention, effort, remembrance and prayer may arise naturally as part of this kind of study.

  5:00 to 5:30 PM - Break / dinner preparation

  5:30 to 6:45 PM - Dinner (potluck) and open discussion

  6:45 to 7:00 PM - Break / clean up

  7:00 to 8:00 PM - What Am I? Facilitated by Eric Clark and Ricky Cobb
Are you ready for an intriguing adventure into unexplored territory? Our facilitators will lead us through a series of "reality meditation exercises" from Galen Sharp's book, What Am I? We'll examine our mental mechanisms and find out how they really work, examine who and what we really are, and discover why we're here.

  8:00 to 8:15 PM - Break

  8:15 to 9:00 PM - Rapport Sitting by Paul Constant
Rapport means "harmonious relation," which is allowing yourself to open up through rapport with others and with your Self. It is the meaning behind the saying: "Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am present." Paul will facilitate this silent group session.

  9:00 PM to ? - Free time; informal discussion

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sketch of the historic Claymont Society Mansion, site of the TAT Fall Gathering Sketch of the historic Claymont Society Mansion

  7:30 to 8:15 AM - Optional Yoga Nidra led by Leesa Williams

  8:15 to 8:30 AM - Break / breakfast preparation

  8:30 to 9:00 AM - Pot luck continental breakfast

  9:00 to 9:15 AM - Break / clean up

  9:15 to 10:15 AM - J.G. Bennett Meditations by Amy Silver
John Bennett believed when one meditated in the morning, the effort was to actively engage the attention to direct energies within. This more dynamic approach for a morning sitting contributes to waking up and organizing the energies in the body, feeling, and mind to allow for greater presence throughout one's day.

  10:15 to 10:45 AM - Break

  10:45 AM to Noon - Open Space Session: We'll create spontaneous small-group sessions around topics of interest that arose during the weekend or otherwise call to our hearts and minds.

  Noon to 12:15 PM - Break / lunch preparation

  12:15 to 1:30 PM - Lunch (potluck) and open discussion

  1:30 PM - Check out of rooms, clean up, adjourn


Location and Facilities

Claymont Mansion

The event is being held at the Claymont Society Mansion near Charles Town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The mansion's historical ambience mixes perfectly with 350 private acres of forests and farmland. Sleeping accommodations include a mixture of single and double beds in 12 rooms and 6 shared bathrooms. Claymont provides towels and bed linens for overnight guests (guests make and strip their own beds). During the registration process, we will do our best to accommodate room preferences, but all mansion guests should expect to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with other participants. On-site camping is available in the lawn area near the mansion.

The Claymont Society is located near 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV 25414 [GPS coordinates: N39.26740, W77.90390]. Claymont is 50 miles/60 minutes from the Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. Travel directions to Claymont Mansion.

 

Costs

The Fall Gathering 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.

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Registration Fees*

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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.

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Space is limited, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Monday, August 29th. 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 August 29th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after August 29th will not be refunded. Because ADA-compliant facilities are limited in the mansion, persons with a disability should contact before registering.

 

Meals

Meals are potluck style for Saturday and Sunday continental breakfasts, Saturday and Sunday lunches, and Saturday dinner. As a good rule-of-thumb, we ask that each event participant bring enough food to feed 6 people (about $10). All meals are included for non-members. Sorry, we cannot reduce fees for those who prefer to bring their own food. TAT will provide coffee and tea.

 

Lodging

For those who register using the alternative (off-site) lodging option, the following overnight accommodations are located near the Claymont Society Mansion:

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phone: (609) 414-3676

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