"Lead me from the unreal to the Real. Lead me from the darkness to the Light. Lead me from death to Immortality." ~ Brihadaranyaka (Great Forest) Upanishad
"Upanishad" is a Sanskrit term meaning sitting near (a teacher). Richard Rose envisioned the TAT Foundation as a circle of friends "without a head or a tail." He didn't deny that he functioned as a teacher, but he didn't want anybody sitting at his feet or kissing his feet.
The TAT fall gathering is a workshop format, where participants will be "sitting near" three teachers in interactive sessions, the aim of which is to hold up mirrors of and to the Self. The session leaders are guest Linda Clair and several TAT members.
The registration deadline for the Fall Workshop is Friday, August 22nd.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Sketch of the historic Claymont Society Mansion
5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals.
7:30 to 9:00 PM - Evening session for early arrivals.
9:00 PM to ? - Free time; informal conversation.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
? to 10:00 AM - Pot luck breakfast, and open discussion.
10:00 to 10:15 AM - Welcome .
10:15 to 11:00 AM - Deepening Peace and Satisfaction. Opening session with Linda Clair."Deepening Peace and Satisfaction." See biographical information and session details here.
11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break.
11:15 to 11:45 AM - Q&A with Linda Clair.
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion.
1:15 to 1:30 PM - Splitting into three groups that will rotate through each of the three breakout workshops over Saturday and Sunday.
1:30 to 3:00 PM - Breakout Session #1. See workshop session details here.
3:00 to 5:30 PM - Free Time; optional Gurdjieff Movements session led by Amy Silver of the Claymont Society (3:00 to 4:30 PM). See Movements session details here.
5:30 to 7:00 PM - Pot luck dinner and open discussion.
7:00 to 8:30 PM - Breakout Session #2. Groups rotate to new workshops.
8:30 PM to ? - Free time; informal conversation.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional group meditation.
? to 10:00 AM - Pot luck breakfast and open discussion.
10:00 to 11:30 AM - Breakout Session #3. Groups rotate to final workshop.
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion.
1:00 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 refrain from attending 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 22nd. 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 22nd and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after August 22nd 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 5 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.