I found that the study of dreams led me to a better understanding of moods.... I have found that there are three major moods in dreamland.... One of the moods is fear. Another is seduction or acquisition. And the third is nostalgia.... The above three moods represent three great motivations that for some reason have been ingrained or programmed into all people. I think that the understanding of the effects of moods, and combinations of moods, will bring us closer to an understanding of the non-somatic mind and how it affects—seriously—the life of the body. I think it might be a good idea to look for our understanding of the mind in the mind itself. I maintain that the nostalgic mood becomes the language of the soul. It is the inner man trying to get through the earth-man's paradigm, to communicate with him. —Richard Rose, from the Lecture on Moods, The Direct-Mind Experience
Self-realization is possible only because the body-mind, which we identify with as our individual self, emanates continuously from the source or soul of all, the Self of all selves. That downward current from our source speaks to us in the language of nostalgia: "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go" carries us back to feelings of perfect moments in our memory or pre-memory of earlier times, when we had not a care in the world. Like the biblical story of the prodigal son, we've come from a home where there are no problems, and the nostalgia mood calls us to follow its ray back to that source.
The 2012 TAT Fall Workshop will be held over the Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd. Sessions will investigate issues such as longing, self-transcendence, eternality, ignorance, harmony, and returning to the source.
The weekend begins with a standalone session on Friday evening for those who can arrive early. On Saturday, participants split into small groups for two interactive workshops (see details), coming back together for other activities. Participants again split into groups for a third workshop on Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon wraps up the workshops with friendly feedback by and for all participants. Free time for informal talking, walking meditation, and other activities is scheduled for both afternoons, as is a before-dinner rapport sitting on Saturday.
The registration deadline for the Fall Workshop is Friday, August 24th.
Friday, August 31, 2012
5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals
7:30 to 9:00 PM - Listening for Nostalgia. Finding and responding to the sense of longing within. Led by Ben Rainey.
9:00 PM to ? - Free time; open discussion
Saturday, September 1, 2012
8:30 to 10:00 AM - Arrivals and pot luck continental breakfast
10:00 to 10:15 AM - Welcome and introductions with Mike Whitely.
with Paul Constant. Knowing your friends and fellow seekers in a way that a thousand words can never convey.
10:30 AM to Noon - Breakout Session #1. Groups go to respective workshops.
12:30 to 2:00 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion
2:00 to 3:30 PM - Breakout Session #2. Groups rotate to new workshops.
3:30 to 4:30 PM - Free time. Optional walking meditation or silent time to reflect on the day's workshops.
4:30 to 5:30 PM - Rapport. Silent group sitting.
6:00 to 7:30 PM - Pot luck dinner and open discussion
7:30 to 9:00 PM - Cultivating ignorance. Ignorance is a tricky thing since it is the absence of knowledge. How can we know we are ignorant? Facilitated by Dean Nelson.
9:00 PM to ? - Free time; open discussion
Sunday, September 2, 2012
9:00 to 10:00 AM - Pot luck continental breakfast and open discussion
10:00 to 11:30 AM - Breakout Session #3. Groups rotate to final workshop.
Noon to 1:30 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion
1:30 to 3:00 PM - Feedback to participants. Observations and feedback from session leaders and other participants. Monitored by Mike Gegenheimer.
3:00 PM - Closing remarks and adjourn
Location and Facilities
T he 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.
The Fall Workshop 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 not attend for reasons of cost.
* 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 Friday, August 24th. 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 Friday, August 24th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after August 24th will not be refunded. Because ADA-compliant facilities are limited in the mansion, persons with a disability should contact before registering.
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 TAT member bring enough food to feed 8 people (about $10). 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.
For those who register using the alternative (off-site) lodging option, the following overnight accommodations are located near the Claymont Society Mansion:
For more information...
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.