For over 35 years, the TAT Foundation met on Richard Rose’s farm, where he and the members created “a spot on earth upon which to meet. A homing ground....” TAT meetings, group retreats, and solitary retreats were a regular part of life at the ashram. Rose's desire to help others and to bring people together in a meditative surrounding, influenced two generations of spiritual seekers. Rose’s farm was a sanctuary for many years, and a crucible. He once said it was like the desert—where you go to meet God.
In 2011, Rose's heir decided to use the property for another purpose, and TAT's lease was not renewed. We have since rented facilities for our four quarterly meetings. Yet, the desire to provide a greater service has been a frequent topic. Our dream is to create once again a space that encourages honesty, provides a crucible for spiritual development, and produces the next generation of spiritual seekers and finders.
To that end, TAT is raising $250,000 to find a new home on the East Coast, and, as of May 2016, we are 80% of the way to the goal. We envison a semi-rural facility, close to a university town, with a meeting hall seating up to 70 participants, kitchen and bath facilities, and a room for a live-in caretaker. Additionally, the facility would have one cabin for solitary retreats. Ideally, the property would border public lands to provide a buffer of quiet and solitude, and have enough acreage to allow for additional cabins, sleeping quarters, and facilities over time. A resident teacher, week-long retreats and intensives, public events and other activities are planned.
If you support open and honest spiritual inquiry, then please invest in the TAT "Homing Ground" project. To date, 70 TAT members and friends, have joined this endeavor. TAT itself has funds reserved for yearly maintenance, taxes, insurance and other expenses, further ensuring the the project's success. To help, please use the PayPal button below, or avoid PayPal fees and simply mail a check. TAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization and qualifies to receive tax-deductible contributions.
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I happened upon an article which captures the spirit of TAT's dream for a "homing ground." Below is the story of a MacArthur fellow who used her grant to buy a house where poets could stay for free for 6 and 12 month residencies.
How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations
The recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" will each receive $625,000 over five years, no strings attached. That made some of us wonder what past MacArthur fellows have done with their money, a question that led us to 1992 winner Amy Clampitt.
Clampitt, a poet, was on vacation when she heard from her friend, writer Karen Chase, that she had been named a MacArthur genius.
"She was furious with me because she thought I was teasing her," Chase recalls. "And by the end of the conversation she said, 'I'm gonna buy a house in Lenox!' "
That's Lenox, Mass., home of Edith Wharton, one of Clampitt's favorite writers. Chase helped Clampitt find a small, clapboard house that became the 72-year-old poet's first major purchase. The next year, Clampitt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Chase reads from notes of conversations between Clampitt and her husband, Harold Korn:
"What's going to happen to the house? I don't want it broken up," Clampitt said. "It's ours," Hal replied. "It's ours together, it always will be. I'll keep it that way the rest of my life."
After his wife's death, and before his own in 2001, Korn dreamed up a fund to benefit poetry and the literary arts. Since 2003, the house Clampitt bought with her MacArthur money has been used to help rising poets by offering six- to 12-month tuition-free residencies.
'A Quiet Place To Write'
Clampitt herself didn't publish her first volume of poetry until she was 63. In a 1987 interview with NPR, she recalled her big break.
"The first real publication that counts for anything was in 1978, I think it was August, when The New Yorker published a poem of mine," she said. "I'd been sending things there for years and years and they finally took one."
Salter helped shepherd Clampitt's work to editors at the publishing house Alfred A. Knopf, and Clampitt soon became a star. She thinks Clampitt would be delighted that her house is helping give poets the kind of opportunity that she didn't have when she was coming up.
"This was the kind of thing that would've meant something to Amy, if she herself had been given six months or a year not to worry about earning a living and just having a quiet place to write," she says.
So we, together, could create an environment where individuals could retreat from the world for a period of time to re-focus, remember and strive toward their deepest calling.
o Provide a place for TAT's four yearly meetings.
o Provide a space for members to spend time in isolation retreats.
o Provide a place for TAT members to hold group retreats.
o Eventually, to create an ashram – a center where people could live for an extended period, and have a teacher and fellow seekers onsite or nearby.
o Either a wing on a house large enough for meeting space or a separate building.
o A cabin for isolation retreats.
o Space for a live-in caretaker.
o Location within 1.5 hours of a major airport.
o A reasonable distance from Columbus, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, and the DC Metro areas.