TAT Foundation Weekend Intensive

Saturday & Sunday, April 13-14, 2013
Practical Wisdom

backlit tree Everyone wants to be wise (vs. foolish, cockeyed, idiotic, laughable, goofy, unwise). Wisdom can be practical (how to tie your shoes, avoid getting hit by vehicles when crossing the street) or impractical (how many dollar bills laid end to end it would take to circle the equator). Practicality implies helping one succeed in real circumstances. Wisdom implies deep understanding and realization.

The search for a permanent solution to our suffering and longing; the search for truth, beauty, and the creative force, is predominately set aside by the scramble for the next dollar, the next high, the next bit of excitement or security. Join us for a weekend dedicated to the work of highest value: the search for Practical Wisdom.


  Bob Fergeson – author of The Listening Attention and NostalgiaWest photographer

  Veteran meditation teacher Michael Conners

  Poet and Filmmaker Shawn Nevins

  Heather Saunders – hospice nurse and longtime spiritual practitioner

  Open Space Technology – a session harnessing the wisdom and interests of conference participants

  Nature Walks and Meditation Sittings

The registration deadline for the April intensive is Monday, April 8th.


Weekend Schedule
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TAT Weekend Intensive: Practical Wisdom. April 13-14, 2013.

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional group meditation in Lakeside Lodge

  8:00 to 9:00 AM - Potluck continental breakfast

  9:00 AM - Welcome and introductory activity

Bob Fergeson Bob Fergeson

  9:30 to 10:15 AM - Every Moment Zen, presented by Bob Fergeson
How can ideas such as 'nostalgia' and 'going within' be used in a practical manner to encourage our own innate wisdom to come forth? A discussion on steps to undertake in the moments of routine life: 'every moment zen.'

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

  10:15 to 10:30 AM - Break

  10:30 to 11:15 AM - Further exploration of Bob's talk

  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

Mike Conners Mike Conners

  1:00 to 1:45 PM - Heaven, by Mike Conners

  Mikes's essays appear in the TAT Forum. Visit the Forum Archive for a complete list of his writings.

  1:45 to 2:00 PM - Break

  2:00 to 2:30 PM - Further exploration with Mike

  2:45 to 4:15 PM - Optional walk or free time

  4:30 to 5:30 PM - Optional rapport sitting, led by Paul Constant

  5:30 to 7:00 PM - Dinner (provided)

  7:00 to 9:30 PM - TAT Unplugged: an Open Space Technology session
A session harnessing the wisdom and interests of conference participants. images of essence

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional group meditation in Lakeside Lodge

  8:00 to 9:00 AM - Potluck continental breakfast

  9:00 to 10:15 AM - Living Truths and Dying Lies, presented by Shawn Nevins
Shawn offers a multi-pronged approach to finding truth in this moment.

  Shawn's essays and poetry appear in the TAT Forum. Visit the Forum Archive for a complete list of his writings.

  10:15 to 10:30 AM - Break

  10:30 to 11:15 AM - Further exploration of Shawn's topic

  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

Heather Saunders Heather Saunders

  1:00 to 1:45 PM - Getting Out of the Way, with Heather Saunders

"I looked back and saw how self had its finger in every experience, thereby polluting it, and that as long as any self remained, there could be no pure experience of God." ~ Bernadette Roberts

An exploration of ways and means to bring about a permanent cessation of self.

  See My Palliative Guru for an example of Heather's writing.

  1:45 to 2:00 PM - Break

  2:00 to 2:45 PM - Further exploration of Heather's topic

  2:45 to 3:30 PM - Wrap-up, closing remarks and adjourn

Location and Facilities

Penn Scenic View T he event is being held at Penn Scenic View in southwestern Pennsylvania. The facility includes conference rooms in Lakeside Lodge and Stable Lodge, which has an upstairs bunkhouse room and several dormitory rooms for overnight lodging. Additionally, the Red Oak and Green Hemlock cabins are available for lodging and break-out meeting locations. Penn Scenic provides bed linens, pillows, and bath towels for overnight guests. 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. On-site camping is available in the lawn area near Stable Lodge.

Penn Scenic View is located at 118 Scenic View Lane, Rockwood, PA 15557 [GPS coordinates: N39.97635 W079.24017]. Penn Scenic is one and a half hours from the Pittsburgh International Airport.



The April Intensive fees per person for TAT members are as follows:

The non-member fees per person are:

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

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 U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank) or money orders (domestic only) made payable to the TAT Foundation are also accepted if received by the registration deadline.

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.

Become a TAT member for $40 on or before March 14th and register at the discounted member prices.
Visit our
membership page for information about TAT memberships.

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 price that applies to you. Select "no lodging" if you will either camp on site or arrange off-site lodging on your own.


2013 TAT Membership - $40*

Become a new TAT member on or before March 14th and register at the discounted member prices. Or, renew your annual membership:



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* 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 Monday, April 8th. Upon receipt of your registration, a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions will be sent to you. You may cancel your registration on or before April 8th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 8th will not be refunded. Because ADA-compliant facilities are limited in the Stable Lodge, persons with a disability should contact before registering.



Lunches on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday are catered from a local establishment. Continental breakfasts are potluck style for Saturday and Sunday and include cereal, pastries, fruit, juice, bagels, etc. As a good rule-of-thumb, we ask that each TAT member bring enough breakfast food to feed 8 people. All meals are included for non-members. TAT will provide coffee and tea.

Sorry, we cannot reduce fees for those who prefer to bring their own food.


Off-Site Lodging

For those who register using the alternative (off-site) lodging option, the following overnight accommodations are located near Penn Scenic View:

For more information...

phone: (609) 414-3676

For checks (in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank) or money orders (domestic only), payable to the TAT Foundation, mail to:

TAT Events
3895 Nottingham Way
Trenton, NJ  08690

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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