TAT Foundation Weekend
Tracking the Mind

March 31-April 2, 2017
at the Claymont Society Mansion, WV

by IDS.photos from Tiverton, UK - Footsprints in the sand, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25738176

The mind is a creature of patterns. It leaves tracks of anger and pride, compassion and bliss. Are you the one leaving these tracks, the observer of them, or something else entirely? Join the TAT Foundation for the incredible opportunity to meet and learn from experts in "Tracking the Mind."

Meet our presenters:

  Shawn Pethel – A physics PhD with a passion for truth, Shawn was particularly fortunate to have worked with Daniel Ingram, whose advice gave him a final push into enlightenment.

  Paul Rezendes – Paul is an acclaimed photographer and the author of several books, including The Wild Within, and Tracking and the Art of Seeing. You can hear more about his philosophy in the Mindful Tracker Videos.

  Tess Hughes – Tess credits the teachings of Richard Rose and The TAT Foundation with bringing her decades long seeking to a final resolution, the awakening to her True Nature. She maintains a busy schedule of meetings and retreats in Ireland, and is the author of This Above All. Read more about Tess at TessHughes.com

  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 Inquiry and Rapport and Meditation Sittings

The registration deadline for the April Gathering is Sunday, March 26th.

TAT Weekend: Tracking the Mind, March 31 - April 2, 2017

Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 31st, 2017

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

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

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

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

  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 – "Tracking the Mind - finding the compass reading for Home - Nostalgia" a session with Tess Hughes: Tess will share some ideas for how to recognise the inner compass that draws us in the direction of Home. Richard Rose used the term "nostalgia" which means the longing for home, as the drive implanted in us to return to our True Nature. Like the salmon that is instinctively drawn to leave its complacent feeding grounds in the ocean and make the arduous journey upriver to return to its birth place, we too have this innate longing in us to return to our home ground. In mythological literature this is referred to as "the call". Responding to "the call" is the work that the TAT Foundation facilitates.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM – Break

  11:15 to 11:45 AM – Q & A with Tess Hughes

  11:45 to 12:00 PM – Break

  12:00 to 1:15 PM – Potluck Lunch

  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 – Free Time/Discussion

  3:30 to 4:30 PM – "Openness and the Passion for Truth" a session with Paul Rezendes: What guides the animals of the forest? What guides a forest eco-system? Sometimes I call it the "Wild Within," something which is really no-thing and is non-cultivated, unconditioned and has no location, no plan, no authority or belief. I have to be with that during my "talk." I have nothing prepared. I have no idea what the "talk" will be about. Can we all meet in openness and in the passion for truth and see what comes up?

  4:30 to 4:45 PM – Break

  4:45 to 5:30 PM – Q & A with Paul Rezendes

  5:30 to 5:45 PM – Break

  5:45 to 7:00 PM – Potluck Dinner

  7:00 to 8:15 PM – "Push-pull: Using opposing techniques for spiritual progress" a session with Shawn Pethel: The present-day seeker has a spectrum of spiritual "technologies" to sort through. Should we settle on one and stick to it, or is it better to jump around as the need arises? Of course, the answer depends on the seeker, but I have seen evidence on my path, and that of some others, that utilizing two contradictory techniques accelerates progress. In this session I want to share this "push-pull" strategy and open the floor for audience feedback.

  8:15 to 8:30 PM – Break

  8:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Rapport Sitting with 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 2nd, 2017

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

  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 – Session with Shawn Nevins.

  10:30 to 10:45 AM – Break

  10:45 AM to Noon – Open Space session.

  Noon to 1:00 PM – Potluck Lunch

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

Location and Facilities

Claymont Mansion

The event is being held at the Claymont Society Mansion near Charles Town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The mansion's historical ambience mixes perfectly with 350 private acres of forests and farmland. Sleeping accommodations include a mixture of single and double beds in 12 rooms and 6 shared 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 mansion guests should expect to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with other participants. On-site camping is available in the lawn area near the mansion.

The Claymont Society Mansion is located at 577 Claymont Mansion Road, Charles Town, WV 25414 [GPS coordinates: N39.26740, W77.90390]. Claymont is 50 miles/60 minutes from the Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. Travel directions to Claymont Mansion.



The April Weekend 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 1st and register at the discounted member prices.
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Registration Fees*

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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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* 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 26th. You may cancel your registration on or before March 27th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after March 27th 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. We ask that each event participant bring 2 items, totaling about $15. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough food to serve 7 people with each item. 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: (419) 472-5358

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