TAT 2016 April Gathering
Everyday Sutras

Saturday & Sunday
April 15-17, 2016
at the Claymont Society Great Barn, WV

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The answer to our spiritual longing is close and not on a faraway mountaintop or in the hands of a guru. The everyday sutras of life point, whisper and echo the Truth of identity. Join us for a weekend that will inspire new thoughts, yield new inspiration and give new immediacy to your search for what is real and true.

Every TAT meeting is an outstanding gathering of companions on the spiritual path - a collaborative and creative matrix like none other.

Meet our presenters:

  Paul Constant – Veteran rapport facilitator, student of Richard Rose and ever-evolving guide on the spiritual path. For a sampling of Paul's writings, visit the Articles and Essays page on searchwithin.org.

  Bob Cergol – With a deep capacity for revealing the poignant depths in ordinary life, Bob is a speaker not to be missed. For a taste of his viewpoint, read Nothing of You Remains.

  Bart Marshall and Deborah Westmoreland – A Truth-guiding tag team, Bart and Deborah understand well the arduous path of spiritual seeking, both having traversed long and winding roads to Truth. Bart's influences include: Richard Rose, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Douglas Harding, and the ancient masters of Zen and Advaita Vedanta. Deborah’s path was equally eclectic, but with a distinct Buddhist and Zen Buddhist emphasis. Both also find deep profundity and Truth in the inner teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Bart is the author of The Perennial Way and Christ Sutras. See more at selfinquiry.org.

  Shawn Nevins - Author, poet and filmmaker who thinks the combination of creativity and direct looking at the mind is a potent tool for revealing Truth. See more at poetryinmotionfilms.com.

  Additionally, there will be Group Self-Inquiry and Rapport and Meditation Sittings

The registration deadline for the April Gathering is Sunday, April 12th.

TAT Weekend: Everyday Sutras. April 15-17, 2016.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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

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

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

  7:30 to 8:00 AM – Optional group meditation led by Paul Constant

  8:00 to 8:30 AM – Break

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

  9:45 to 10:00 AM – Welcome

  10:00 to 11:00 AM – "Shifting Our Attention: From the Unreal to the Real and Everything In Between" session with Paul Constant: Paul will facilitate full-group exercises on shifting the fundamental attention that is inherent in all of us. He will guide us through a direct feeling approach of what most seekers long to merge with. Paul's session will involve discussion, awareness exercises, and silent sitting.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM – Break

  11:15 to 12:15 PM – "Unfolding Stories" session with Bob Cergol. "When awareness becomes restricted to the body-mind object, and in turn further restricted to all the experiences that unfold in front of that body-mind, a story unfolds, that leads to regret, because deep down there is this faint echo from the source, speaking to us in words such as Francis Thompson wrote: 'Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.'”

  12:15 to 1:15 PM – Potluck Lunch

  1:15 to 2:45 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.

  2:45 to 3:30 PM – Free Time/Discussion

  3:30 to 4:30 PM – Session with Bart Marshall

  4:30 to 4:45 PM – Break

  4:45 to 5:45 PM – Session with Deborah Westmoreland

  5:45 to 7:00 PM – Potluck Dinner

  7:00 to 8:15 PM – Session with Bart and Deborah

  8:15 to 8:30 PM – Break

  8:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Rapport Sitting led 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."

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

  7:30 to 8:00 AM – Optional group meditation led by Paul Constant

  8:00 to 8:30 AM – Break

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

  9:45 to 10:45 AM – "Closer Than Close" A session with Shawn Nevins

  10:30 to 10:45 AM – Break

  10:45 AM to Noon – Open Space Session - a chance to create spontaneous sessions around topics of interest

  Noon to 1:00 PM – Potluck Lunch

  1:30 to 2:00 PM – Meeting wrap-up & feedback for future meetings

Location and Facilities

Claymont Great Barn

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 is located near 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 Gathering 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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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:



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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.


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.

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Become a TAT member for $40 and register at the discounted member prices.



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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 Sunday, April 12th. You may cancel your registration on or before April 12th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 12th 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. As a good rule-of-thumb, we ask that each event participant bring enough food to feed 6 people (about $10). All meals are included for non-members. 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:

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phone: (609) 414-3676

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