TAT Weekend Intensive. Backing into wisdom: principles and practices from the teachings of Richard Rose and the Albigen System. April 18-19, 2009.

Richard Rose was so disheartened with the phony teachers he encountered in his years of searching that he pledged to help seekers if he ever found an ultimate perspective. That pledge led him to develop the Albigen System. Common-sensible and practical, these principles and practices have helped thousands.

The April 2009 weekend intensive offers an in-depth look at the wisdom, principles, and practices of Richard Rose's system. You will have the opportunity to meet, hear, and speak with students of Richard Rose and others who found answers in whole or in part through his methods. As well, there will be the opportunity to experience some of the core practices of the Albigen System, such as confrontation. Through a mix of talks, discussions, and exercises, you can experience a spirit of friendship that will bring inspiration and renewed determination to find answers to your deepest questions. And much like Richard Rose's approach, the teachings impose no oaths, dogmas, rituals, or onerous fees on the participants, asking only for your sincerity and fellowship. This year's conference takes place on April 18 & 19, beginning at 10 AM Saturday and going through Sunday evening.

Event Schedule
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009

  10:00 AM - Welcome, by Heather Saunders

Bart Marshall photo   10:15 to 11:00 AM - The Quotable Rose: Ten One-Liners That Speak Volumes, presented by Bart Marshall
Richard Rose had the ability to expose seemingly complex or elusive spiritual principles with a few simple words. In this session, we'll take a look at ten succinct Rose aphorisms that taken together, and taken seriously, have the power to take you all the way.
  See Ultimate Between-ness for an example of Bart's teaching.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

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

  12:30 to 1:30 PM - Lunch (provided)

  2:00 to 2:45 PM - Immanence, by Art Ticknor Art Ticknor photo
Richard Rose described the approach he recommended for those seeking to discover their real self as "subjective, subtractive, immanent, and designed for immediately changing and becoming." We'll look into each of those characteristics a bit, consider the various "ways" in which people have implemented them, and focus particularly on the characteristic of immanence.
  Read Thinking About Thinking for a sample of Art's thinking.

  2:45 to 3:00 PM - Break

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

Bob Cergol photo   4:00 to 5:30 PM - Free time

  5:30 to 6:30 PM - Dinner (provided)

  7:00 to 8:00 PM - Rapport sitting, led by Bob Cergol
  Peruse Liberated from Yourself for an example of Bob's communication.

Anima Pundeer photo   8:00 to ? PM - Discussion on studying the mind with the mind, led by Anima Pundeer
The mind is an ocean to cross in the journey to self-realization. The mind is also the boat that takes us across. Introspection, or studying the mind with the mind, is the source of propulsion. What do we look for? When, where and how do we do it?
  Read Spiritual Contentment for an example of Anima's writing.

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

  10:00 to 11:00 AM - No Religion Is Greater Than Friendship, by Paul Constant
"The history of the most eminent sages is one of men who never stopped working, if for no other reason than to amplify their vector by helping others."
"There is no religion greater than human friendship."
     - Richard Rose, The Albigen Papers

What does it mean to help others? How does "helping" accelerate a seeker's progress on the spiritual path? All too often, we enthusiastically follow a spiritual path of self inquiry and embrace the rigors of self discipline. Yet, we often sidestep the need to work with fellow seekers, perhaps avoiding others who hold differing viewpoints. Paul's presentation will examine the ultimate friendship, its place in Richard Rose's three-fold path, and the perils faced by the solitary seeker.
  See The Mind's Resistance for a sample of Paul's thinking.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

  11:15 AM to 12:15 PM - Further exploration of Paul's topic

  12:30 to 1:30 PM - Lunch (provided)

Mike Gegenheimer photo   2:00 to 4:00 PM - The Technique of Confrontation, led by Mike Gegenheimer
  Read Mike's essay on The Early Teachings of Richard Rose.

  4:00 to 5:30 PM - Free time

  5:30 to 6:30 PM - Dinner (provided)

  7:00 to 7:30 PM - Rapport sitting

  7:30 to ? PM - Open discussion, led by Shawn Nevins
  Shawn's essays and poetry appear in the TAT Forum. Also, visit The Poetry Chaikhana for a selection of Shawn's poetry.

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.



$50 per non-TAT member ($30 for students) covers the event cost, including lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. 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 10th. 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 10th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 10th will not be refunded.

American Express Discover MasterCard VisaUse 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 US dollars, drawn on a US bank) or money orders (domestic only) made payable to the TAT Foundation are also accepted if received by the registration deadline.

Become a TAT member for $40 before March 18th and attend the April intensive for free.
(Members bring food or contribute toward the meals.)
Visit our
membership page for information about TAT memberships.

Non-member event registration - $50
(by Friday, April 10):

Vegetarian meals?

Non-member registration and discounted '09 TAT membership - $70*
(by Friday, April 10):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration - $30
(by Friday, April 10):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration and discounted '09 TAT membership - $50*
(by Friday, April 10):

Vegetarian meals?

TAT members: (by Friday, April 10) if you are planning to attend. You may also renew your membership here if you haven't already done so.

Beyond Mind, Beyond Death DVD cover View video clips of the 2005 Conference Beyond Mind, Beyond Death
What Is Spiritual Action? DVD cover and the 2006 Conference What Is Spiritual Action?

* The TAT Foundation hosts four public events each year. The April Intensive and the Fall Workshop are designated as special events and involve a nonmember registration fee of $50, which includes meals. Please read our membership overview for more details or e-mail if you have questions about fees.

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