TAT Weekend Intensive: The Heart of the Matter. April 16-17, 2011.

Inside you: a longing to be other than you are, dissatisfaction, a feeling of separation from an unknown whole. Life makes no sense, yet we want to live. Words pile up in confusion like leaves at the door. These feelings rise again and again, stirring us from the comfort of our habits and routines. You relax your guard and a moment of self-honesty unfolds, saying "This can not be denied." Here we are, in this moment, looking deep inside at The Heart of the Matter.

Turn your longing for answers into action, and join us for the TAT April 2011 weekend intensive. Experience a weekend of open and honest communication, hear stories of seeking and finding, participate in discussion, and make connections with others on the path of self discovery.

Event Schedule
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Saturday, April 16th, 2011

  10:00 AM - Welcome and introduction

Bob Fergeson Bob Fergeson

  10:15 to 11:00 AM - Becoming: The dance of Death, presented by Bob Fergeson
Join Bob in a discussion of the ways we can bypass the redundant patterns of the circumstantial mind and reconnect to innocence, our heart within:

"The inherited routines of our mind, those redundant stumbles of circumstance, dance steps leading only to sore feet and foolish partners, eventually box us into a corner, bouncing from wall to wall. Is there a dance, a path with true meaning, leading to a place we care about, free of regret, fear and ambition? From your yearning, say yes,... dance, to the dying of the patterned mind, to the birth of the heart within. Let soulful steps lift your spirit off the stage of past and future, through thought and feeling, .... out the theater door, into eternity."

  Read an excerpt from Bob's book The Listening Attention for a preview of his perspective.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

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

  12:30 to 2:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

Mike Conners Mike Conners

  2:00 to 2:45 PM - The Heart of the Matter, led by Mike Conners
A discussion of effortless meditation, which, combined with self confrontation in a group, is an automatic path to self realization. The second part of the session will offer a practical introduction to this technique of meditation.

  Check out Effortless Meditation: Starting with the Goal for a sample of Mike's approach.

  2:45 to 3:00 PM - Break

  3:00 to 4:00 PM - Further exploration of Mike's session

  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 Paul Constant

Bob Cergol Bob Cergol

  8:00 to 8:45 PM - A chat with Bob Cergol

  Peruse Liberated from Yourself for an example of Bob's communication.

  8:45 to 9:00 PM - Break

  9:00 to ? PM - Further exploration of Bob's presentation

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Bart Marshall Bart Marshall

  10:15 to 11:00 AM - A Path with Heart, presented by Bart Marshall
An informal discussion centered around the ways we use the word "heart" in regards to spiritual matters. In particular, we'll look at the theme of "a path with heart" as expressed in the following quote from Don Juan:

"Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions.

"To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition.

"I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart?

"All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor’s question has meaning now. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it does not, it is of no use.

"Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart the other does not. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

"The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.

"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have a heart, or on any path that may have heart. There I travel… and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly."

  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 topic

  12:30 to 2:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

  2:00 to 2:45 PM - Unraveling – poems and other musings 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

  2:45 to 3:15 PM - Break

  3:15 to 4:00 PM - Crossing Over from Mind to Heart by Paul Constant
You've read spiritual books and websites. You've watched and listened to spiritual teachers. You've possibly experienced the indescribable feeling-sense of pure awareness. But where do you go from here?

Most seekers are captivated by the urge to change thoughts and feelings--the realm of mind-stuff. On the spiritual path, the feeling-sense is our best compass for guiding us on the return trip to our Heart. In this session, we'll draw upon our feeling-sense to more clearly reveal what you truly are. You are encouraged to prepare for this session by contemplating the questions, "What is your personal experience or description of the Heart? What does Heart mean to you?"

  See Untruth for an example of Paul's writings.

  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


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 9th. 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 9th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 9th will not be refunded.

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Become a TAT member for $40 before March 16th and attend the April intensive for free.
(Members bring food or contribute toward the meals.)
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Please register by e-mail for the April intensive below after sending your membership fee.

Non-member event registration - $50
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Vegetarian meals?

Non-member registration and discounted 2011 TAT membership - $70*
(by Friday, April 9):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration - $30
(by Friday, April 9):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration and discounted 2011 TAT membership - $50*
(by Friday, April 9):

Vegetarian meals?

New TAT membership: Become a TAT member before March 18th and attend the April intensive for free.

Early member registration?

Current TAT members: by Friday, April 9 if you are planning to attend. In addition, you can renew your membership if you haven't already done so:


* 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. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, please allow up to 5 business days before receiving confirmation of your payment. See our membership overview for more details or email if you have questions about fees.

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