TAT Foundation Weekend Gathering
Steps on the Path

April 6-8, 2018
at the Claymont Society Mansion, WV

Steps on the path, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA Photo: Paul Constant

Richard Rose once said "If I tell you to walk three miles down the path, don't walk a mile and then turn back." This weekend event will explore steps to take on the spiritual path, along with the pitfalls, missteps, and setbacks inherent in any great adventure. It's a great opportunity to learn from fellow travelers and experience the spirit of friendship that marks every TAT meeting.

Meet our presenters:

  Bob Fergeson:

Bob is a Colorado based teacher, writer, and photographer. His work attempts to use the feeling of longing and nostalgia as a way within. He spends his time washing windows and hiking, as well as exploring our inner country with fellows from the Denver area. Learn more about Bob at The Listening Attention.

  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.

When not traveling by van or sailboat, Paul lives with his wife in a remote forest on the Millers River in Athol, Massachusetts.

  Paul Constant:

Paul Constant became a student of Richard Rose in 1985. Currently, his fascinations and explorations are directed toward uncovering the mysteries of life and ourselves. Of late, his spiritual interests include balancing the natural intelligence of our body, the wisdom and resourcefulness of our mind, and the feeling-sense of our Heart. Listen to a September 2016 podcast interview of Paul Constant on SpiritualTeachers.org or visit searchwithin.org.

For the past 30 years, Paul has expressed his love for Truth by facilitating retreats, leading rapport sittings, serving as a TAT Foundation member, and studying with Richard Rose during 1985-1995. Paul and his wife live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

  Shawn Nevins:

Shawn Nevins "fell onto the spiritual path in 1990," had an enlightenment experience in 1999, and since then has enjoyed making films, writing, and working with the TAT Foundation. His creative endeavors include the book The Celibate Seeker and the film Closer Than Close—an acclaimed documentary on Self-realization. Shawn is also the co-author of Images of Essence. See his work at poetryinmotionfilms.com.

Shawn and his wife live in the San Francisco Bay area.

  Mark Seabright:

Mark was a dedicated Zen practitioner for many years, a participant in TAT events for over five years, and brings a well-honed perspective on the interior landscapes of the mind.

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

The registration deadline for the April Gathering is Sunday, April 1st.

TAT Weekend Gathering: Steps on the Path, April 6-8, 2018

Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 6th, 2018

  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 7th, 2018

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

  8:00 to 9:30 AM – Potluck continental breakfast and open discussion

  9:30 to 9:45 AM – Welcome and introduction

  9:45 to 10:45 AM – "Rose's Jacob's Ladder: Steps on the Path" a session with Bob Fergeson: Richard Rose used to tell us "nobody's moving." That little koan stuck in my head for years. What does it mean to 'move' on the Path? How do we take the next step? Join Bob as we explore Rose's Jacob's Ladder: Steps on the Path.

  10:45 to 11:15 AM – Break

  11:15 to 11:45 AM – Q & A with Bob Fergeson

  11:45 AM 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 – "The Threefold Path" a session with Paul Constant: In his teachings, Richard Rose laid out The Threefold Path to remind us that we cannot solely work on one level at a time. He offered tips and pointers toward three levels: the physical, the mental, and the essential. As a former student of Rose and a lifelong explorer of Heart and Mind, Paul will express his personal discoveries through The Threefold Path, with the intent of inspiring seekers to take their own steps toward an eternal spiral—from the mundane to the Absolute.

  4:30 to 5:30 PM – Free time, with optional meditative walks or movement sessions

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

  7:00 to 8:15 PM – "What Keeps Us from Being Awake?" a session with Paul Rezendes: Let's assume there is such a thing as enlightenment. At least that's what others have told us is possible. But we feel we are not there, that we haven't arrived. Maybe we are looking in the wrong places? If we are focused on enlightenment, we might be missing what is in the way. If we start to pay attention to what is on the path, what is looking for enlightenment, we might be looking at what is in the way. Can we get really serious about getting to the root of what is in the way, to what enlightenment is not? If we understand or come to see what enlightenment is not, then at that point, are we awake? It is said, "Know thyself."

  8:15 to 8:30 PM – Break

  8:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Rapport Sitting: 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 8th, 2018

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

  8:00 to 9:30 AM – Potluck continental breakfast and open discussion

  9:30 to 10:30 AM – "Allowing Exploration" a session with Shawn Nevins: Our potential is bound by beliefs. If we have no legs, we may not dream of walking to the top of Everest, but Mark Inglis did. Climber Kyle Maynard, who was born without arms or legs, illustrates the mental stance that allows exploration: “All of my discoveries happened from saying ‘I don’t know.’” How do we find a similar stance, rather than busying ourselves constructing answers?

  10:30 to 10:45 AM – Break / check out of mansion rooms

  10:45 AM to 11:45 AM – "What’s Trying to Get Your Attention?" a session with Mark Seabright: There are a lot of descriptions of the steps on the spiritual path, but they don't provide much help in seeing exactly what it is that you need to focus on now, at this point in your search. This session explores what's trying to get your attention, or what Jim Burns calls "balls over the fence," as a guide on the path. We will look at how this inner guidance is noticed and what it's asking of you.

  11:45 AM to 12:15 PM – Meeting wrap-up & feedback for future meetings

  12:15 to 1:30 PM – Potluck lunch and open discussion

  1:30 PM - Clean up and adjourn

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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* 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 1st. You may cancel your registration on or before April 1st and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after April 1st 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:

For more information...

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

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