TAT Foundation Spiritual Conference

April is a beautiful month to visit the TAT Foundation in West Virginia. Organized in 1973 by Richard Rose, the TAT Foundation has held meetings and events ever since to help spiritual seekers find methods and inspiration to aid their search. Thousands have been influenced by the works of Richard Rose and TAT Foundation members. Typically attended by fifty to sixty participants, our April Open House meeting is a great opportunity for visitors to participate in the discussions, lectures, workshops, and friendships that make the TAT Foundation a vibrant organization.

The 2008 Open House takes place on April 12 and 13, beginning at 9:30 AM Saturday and going through noon on Sunday.

Note: Audio recordings of the April presentations are available on TAT's audio page.

Schedule of Speakers & Workshops
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Saturday, April 12th, 2008

  9:30 AM - What is TAT? An introductory talk

Mike Conners photo   10:15 to 11:00 AM - Realizing a Delusion, by Mike Conners
Self Realization is knowing, beyond all doubt, that we are the one self, the omnipresent, eternal, space of consciousness. How can we not realize our true nature? Why do we not already realize, "I am That"?

  See the March 2008 TAT Forum to read Mike's notes from his April 2007 session.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

  11:15 to 12:15 AM - Further exploration of Mike's talk

  12:30 to 2:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

Art Ticknor photo   2:00 to 2:45 PM - Your Strategy, by Art Ticknor
An investigation into the pros and cons of the strategies people pursue, consciously or not, to satisfy their deepest desire.

  See Rabbit-Proof Fence for a sample of Art's writing.

  2:45 to 3:00 PM - Break

  3:00 to 4:00 PM - Further exploration of Art's presentation

  4:00 to 5:30 PM - Free time

  5:30 to 7:00 PM - Dinner (provided)

  7:00 to 8:00 PM - The Business of Seeking, by Shawn Nevins
Applying the work of Jim Collins as we move from "good to great" in our spiritual search.

  Shawn's essays and poetry appear regularly in the TAT Forum. Also, visit The Poetry Chaikhana for a selection of Shawn's poetry.

  8:00 to ? - Open Space

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

  9:30 to 10:15 - Jacob's Ladder: A Direct Going Within, by Paul Constant.
"Our whole life is in a relative dimension... We wallow eternally between the positives and the negatives, between masculinity and femininity, between concepts of goodness or bad, propitiousness or unpropitiousness, light and darkness." - Richard Rose.
In his book, Psychology of the Observer, Rose illustrates a retreat from the mind's frailties through Jacob's Ladder. We'll look at his methods for discovering a unitive sanity and finding our way back to our Source.

  See the December 2007 TAT Forum for a sample of Paul's writing.

  10:15 to 11:00 - Break

  11:00 to 12:00 PM - Further exploration of Paul's presentation

  12:00 Noon - Departing words, followed by optional lunch at a local restaurant.

TAT Foundation's Retreat Center near Wheeling, WV Location

The event is being held in TAT's beautiful, rural facility near Wheeling, WV. Wheeling is in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia approximately 1 hour from Pittsburgh International Airport and 2.5 hours from Columbus International Airport.


$40 per non-TAT member ($20 for students) covers the event cost, including lunch and dinner on Saturday. Lodging and all other meals are not included. Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants can bring other drinks, snacks, and special foods. Space is limited, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, April 4th. Upon receipt of your registration, we will send you a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions. You may cancel your registration before April 4th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 4th will not be refunded.

Payment may be made by PayPal using a credit card or electronic withdrawal from a bank account. A PayPal account is not necessary. We also accept good ol' checks or money orders made payable to the TAT Foundation.

Non-member event registration - $40
(by Friday, April 4):

Vegetarian meals?

Non-member registration and discounted '08 TAT membership - $60*
(by Friday, April 4):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration - $20
(by Friday, April 4):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration and discounted '08 TAT membership - $50*
(by Friday, April 4):

Vegetarian meals?

TAT members: (by Friday, April 4) if you are planning to attend. You may also renew your membership here if you haven't already done so.

Video from TAT's April 2005 conference

If you don't see the above video, go directly to YouTube or download the trailer (WMV file, 4.1 MB)

* The TAT Foundation hosts four public events each year. The April Open House and Fall Workshop are designated as special events and involve a nonmember registration fee of $40. Please read our membership overview for more details or e-mail if you have questions about fees.

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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.

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