There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to Truth;
not going all the way, and not starting. —Buddha
Anyone who seeks truth will pass through many highs and lows on their path. During the lows we are uninspired, our thinking is clouded, and we may give up searching for long periods of time. How do we persist through these times and reconnect with our purpose?
TAT's 2011 June Gathering provides an opportunity for those interested in becoming a vector toward truth and in building momentum to carry us through the low spots.
The registration deadline for the June Gathering is Friday, June 17th.
Friday, June 24, 2011
5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals
7:30 to 9:00 PM - Ladderwork Session. We'll share ideas about helping others on the spiritual path.
9:00 to ? - Free time; open discussion
Saturday, June 25, 2011
8:30 to 10:00 AM - Arrivals and pot luck continental breakfast
10:00 to 10:15 AM - Welcome and introduction with Jeroen van Rookhuizen
10:15 to 11:15 AM - Sincerity and Integrity: The Grounding Attributes of Persistence by Deborah Westmoreland. One must have the integrity of discernment and the sincerity of attention to come to the realization of one's true nature. We'll examine active ways to identify the difference between self-inquiry and self-grasping; how observing with non-apprehension steadies and rights the path.
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion
1:30 to 2:45 PM - Disciplined Commitment on the Path led by Bob Cergol. The spiritual path is not one of acquisition through disciplined effort—but subtraction through disciplined commitment. Precisely how one lives that commitment is a challenge unique to every individual. » Read Dear Soul-Seeker for an example of Bob's writings.
2:45 to 3:00 PM - Break
3:00 to 4:00 PM - Readiness for Rapport: Identifying and Releasing Blocks to the Experience by Jem Hopkins.
4:00 to 5:00 PM - Free time or group walk (weather permitting)
5:00 to 6:30 PM - Pot luck dinner and open discussion
6:30 to 7:00 PM - Group work can be fun in ways you never imagined by Jeroen van Rookhuizen. Techniques that will shake everybody from the post-dinner slumber.
7:00 to 9:00 PM - Small-group confrontation sessions. Friendly questioning of beliefs, facilitated by Mike Gegenheimer and Art Ticknor.
9:00 to ? - Free time; open discussion
Sunday, June 26, 2011
8:00 to 9:00 AM - Pot luck continental breakfast and open discussion.
9:00 to 10:30 AM - Choosing Among the Voices with Ben Rainey. A look at the different motivations that play a part in our decision-making, and finding a trustworthy voice among the many. » Read Gatha for a sample of Ben's writings.
10:30 to 11:00 AM - Break
11:00 AM to Noon - Rapport sitting with Paul Constant.
Noon to 12:30 PM - Weekend wrap-up. Feedback from participants and questions for session leaders. Moderated by Augie Monge.
12:45 to 3:00 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion.
3:00 PM - Adjournment.
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 at 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV 25414, and is 50 miles/60 minutes from the Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. Travel directions to Claymont Mansion.
The June 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.
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.
* 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, June 17th. Upon receipt of your registration, a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions will be sent to you. You may cancel your registration before Friday, June 17th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after Friday, June 17th 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 event participant bring enough food to feed 8 people (about $10). 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:
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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.