TAT Foundation Weekend Intensive

Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13, 2014
Doing Nothing vs Being Nothing

backlit tree At first glance, Doing Nothing and Being Nothing may seem easily dismissed as New Age or Neo-Advaita clichés. In fact, there have been many words spoken at TAT over the years that indirectly, or directly postulate the answer for the seeker, i.e. “you are awareness” and such things that seem to lead many into thinking they know the destination and so now all they have to do to get there is just sink into the proper meditative trance, etc. Yet, if you were to take either statement and examine what it really bears witness to, in your own experience, you might come to a state where you ask "What do I know for sure?" That state of uncertainty and urgency is the doorway to finding out. Join us for a weekend of examining the case of the forgotten self, and come a step or two closer towards discovering who you really Are.


  Art Ticknor – author of Solid Ground of Being and the forthcoming Beyond Relativity

  Longtime spiritual practitioner Paul Schmidt

  Poet and Filmmaker Shawn Nevins

  Bob CergolTAT Forum contributor and all-around spiritual good guy

  Nature Walks, Group Inquiry and Rapport and Meditation Sittings

The registration deadline for the April intensive is Monday, April 7th.


TAT Weekend Intensive: Doing Nothing vs Being Nothing. April 12-13, 2014.

Weekend Schedule

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

  7:30 to 8:00 AM – Optional meditation in Lakeside Lodge – Led by Vince Lepidi

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

  9:00 to 10:00 AM – Welcome by Mike Whitely and introductory activity by Shawn Nevins

  10:00 to 10:45 AM – The Case of the Forgotten Self by Art Ticknor: Ranging widely, but ultimately tackling a single theme, Art's session looks at self-remembering, self-discovery and self-realizaton in examining the question "Who or what has forgotten itself."

  10:45 to 11:00 AM – Break

  11:00 to 11:45 AM – Further exploration of Art's talk

  11:45 to 1:15 PM – Lunch (provided)

  1:15 to 2:45 PM – Group Inquiry – session one: 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 the Reality. Such questioning is at the core of Richard Rose's Albigen System.

  2:45 to 4:15 PM – Nature Walk with Augie Monge: Explore some of Penn Scenic View's 180 acres alone or with a group.

  4:15 to 5:30 PM – Rapport sitting with Bob Cergol: "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.'"

  5:30 to 7:00 PM – Dinner (provided)

  7:00 to 7:45 PM – My Path: Reflections of Paul Schmidt

  7:45 to 8:00 PM – Break

  8:00 PM to ? – Group Inquiry – session two: Continuation of the afternoon session.

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

  7:30 to 8:00 AM – Optional meditation in Lakeside Lodge – Led by Shawn Pethel

  8:00 to 9:00 AM – Continental breakfast

  9:00 to 10:30 AM – Rapport Sitting with Bob Cergol

  10:30 to 10:45 AM – Break

  10:45 AM to Noon – Session with Shawn Nevins

  Noon to 1:30 PM – Lunch (provided)

  1:30 to 2:30 PM – The Jury's Verdict in the case of Doing Nothing vs. Being Nothing – Led by Nathan L.: Questions raised and lessons learned from our weekend together.

  2:30 to 3:00 PM – Wrap-up

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.

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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.
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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:



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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.


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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:

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Trenton, NJ  08690

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