TAT April 2019 Spiritual Retreat
Once in a Lifetime is Now

Friday through Sunday
April 5 - 7, 2019
at the Claymont Society Great Barn, WV


This truly once in a lifetime gathering of spiritual teachers and friends is not to be missed.

Meet our session leaders:

  Paul Hedderman

"Probably none of you are here for nothing, but if you could come away with that, that would be something." Paul is a well-known and impactful speaker whose website name provides a clue to his approach: ZenBitchSlap. This is his first time speaking at TAT, and one of his few East Coast appearances this year.

  Paul Rezendes

"Spiritual practice is about unbecoming." The life of Paul Rezendes is a compelling story: leader of two notorious motorcycle gangs becomes yoga teacher, spiritually awakens, then lives that through his work as a renowned wildlife tracker, teacher, and photographer. Paul's direct pointing at our true nature is electrifying. Listen to Paul's interview on SpiritualTeachers.org

  Norio Kushi

"The cosmic joke is that who we think we are, our belief in the self, is the only thing that prevents us from experiencing complete fulfillment right now!" When not crisscrossing America in his truck, Norio makes an occasional landing to deliver a dose of wisdom. Hear Norio's interview on SpiritualTeachers.org

  Bart Marshall

"If a seeker’s intent is to become the Truth at all costs, then it will happen." Profound and eloquent, an encounter with Bart brings one face to face with both the haunting fear and joyful possibility of Awakening. See Bart' interview on ConsciousTV.

  Paul Constant

"I don't go in with the attitude that I have something that you don't." A true friend on the path to Truth, for the past 30 years Paul has expressed his love for Truth by facilitating retreats, leading rapport sittings, serving in leadership positions with the TAT Foundation, and studying with Richard Rose during 1985-1995. Listen to Paul's interview on SpiritualTeachers.org

  Additionally, during the weekend there will be a Silent Rapport Sitting, Group Meditation Sessions, and Group Inquiry.

The registration deadline for TAT's April Spiritual Retreat Weekend is Sunday, March 31.

Weekend Schedule

TAT April 2019 Spiritual Retreat Weekend Banner

Friday, April 5, 2019

  5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - TAT Foundation members-only business meeting

  9:00 PM to ? - Informal conversation

Saturday, April 6, 2019

  8:00 to 8:30 AM - Optional group meditation

  8:30 to 9:45 AM - Potluck breakfast and open discussion

  9:45 to 10:00 AM - Welcome and introduction

 10:00 to 11:00 AM - Recognizing the Human Dilemma by Norio Kushi
We don't know what we are and we don't know that we don't know. We as humans are designed to play. However, how many of us consider our world as a playground and our life as playful? Once we're born, through no choice of our own, we adopt the world in which one finds themselves in today. This programmed reality is not just the world in which we find our self, but our very identity. I refer to this world as a linear time based reality and the "me" that is navigating this world, as the "phantom self." I will share with you the symptoms of this reality and how one can begin to see for one self how this programming occurs and thereby, not take life so seriously.

  11:00 to 11:15 PM - Break

 11:15 to 11:45 AM - Q&A with Norio

  11:45 to 12:00 PM - Break

  Noon to 1:15 PM - Potluck lunch and open discussion

 1:15 to 3:00 PM - Group Inquiry
Through honest, open dialogue, we help one another clarify our understanding by turning away from untruths. Thus we turn from the illusion of life to Reality. Such questioning is at the core of Richard Rose's Albigen System.

 3:00 to 3:30 PM - Break

 3:30 to 4:30 PM - Strategies for Self-Realization by Bart Marshall
As Richard Rose said, "There is no recipe for a lightning bolt," yet there is no shortage of books and teachers offering advice on how one might discover True Nature, not to mention all the religious, self-help, inspirational, and New Age offerings vying for one's attention and claiming relevance. The task of the earnest seeker is to winnow through all these recommendations—to "turn over every rock"—in search of those actions most likely to facilitate Self-Realization in the shortest period of time. In this session, Bart attempts to classify and prioritize the myriad pursuits and practices on offer. He will discuss "The Four Cornerstones," "The Five Strategies," "The Six Habits," "The Seven Resolves," and "The Eight Side-Effects."

  4:30 to 4:45 PM - Break

 4:45 to 5:15 PM - Q&A with Bart

  5:15 to 5:30 PM - Break

  5:30 to 7:00 PM - Potluck dinner and open discussion

 7:00 to 8:15 PM - A session by Paul Hedderman

  8:15 to 8:30 PM - Break

  8:30 to 9:00 PM - Silent Rapport Sitting by Paul Constant
The purpose of a group rapport sitting is to transcend personal, ego-centric consciousness. It is Satsang with the silent, inner guru that is present in everyone—yet hidden behind the ceaseless chatter of the ego and the glare of sensory experience. It is the meaning of the saying: "Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am present."

  9:00 PM to ? - Informal conversation

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Richard Rose and friends Richard Rose and friends. Photo: Paul Schmidt

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional group meditation

  8:00 to 8:30 AM - Break

  8:30 to 9:45 AM - Potluck breakfast and open discussion

 9:45 to 10:45 AM - A Session in the Now by Paul Rezendes
A note from Paul: "I find it kind of ironic that I'm writing to you about what I'm going to talk about in the future, since I can only write about it now. I can think about the past, about something that happened in what we call the past, but I can only think about it now. When you read these words, you can only read them now. When I give my talk at the TAT weekend, I would like my words to come from the Now. I'm not sure what will come up, what I will say. The conditioned—all the experiences I have ever had—and the Unconditioned move as a whole, now. All that has ever happened is moving now, as This. Once in a lifetime IS NOW."

  10:45 to 11:00 AM - Break

 11:00 to 11:30 AM - Q&A with Paul

  11:30 AM to Noon - Meeting wrap-up and feedback for future TAT events

  Noon to 1:30 PM - Potluck lunch and open discussion

  1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Clean up and adjourn

Location and Facilities

Claymont's Great Barn meeting room Claymont's Great Barn meeting room

The event is being held at the Claymont Society's Great Barn near Charles Town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The Great Barn's presence mixes perfectly with 350 private acres of forests and farmland. Sleeping accommodations include a mixture of single and double beds with dormitory style 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 guests should expect to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with other participants.

The Claymont Society Great Barn is located at 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV 25414. Claymont is 50 miles/60 minutes from the Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. Travel directions to Great Barn.



The April Spiritual Retreat fees per person for TAT members are as follows (note that we raised our fees by $10 for 2019 due to increased venue costs):

The non-member fees per person are:

Full-time students should contact for information on discounted registration fees.

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Registration Fees*

Please enter your name and email address in the boxes below and select your meal preference from the drop-down list:



Vegetarian meals?

From the drop-down list below, select the registration fee that applies to you. Select "no lodging" if you will either camp on site or arrange off-site lodging on your own.


Note: If cost is a serious issue that will make or break your attendance, please let us know. We do not want someone to refrain from attending for reasons of cost.

2019 TAT Membership - $40*

Become a TAT member for $40 and register at the discounted member prices. Or, renew your annual membership. See details on our membership page.



* 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 Sunday, March 31st. Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive information on the location, facilities, and meals. You may cancel your registration on or before March 31st and receive a refund, minus the PayPal transaction fee. Cancellations after March 31st will not be refunded. Because ADA-compliant facilities are limited, 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. All meals are included for non-members. We ask that each TAT member bring 2 items, totaling about $15. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough food to serve 7 people with each item. 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:

For more information...

TAT Foundation
P.O. Box 873
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-8873
(336) 933-0295

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 friends 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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