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Love, Friendship, and the Return Home

A TAT in-person Spiritual Retreat Weekend
August 13-15 2021

Love, Friendship, and the Return Home



"Intentional self-inquiry is a conscious attempt to get congruent with what life’s trying to do for us. This could be described as going Home...So how do you go Home when you don’t know where it is...?"
~Art Ticknor, Beyond Relativity, p. 107




Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we find our inner Home—the place we live from—if we don't know who or what we are? Spiritual teacher Richard Rose advised helping others in a spirit of friendship, and allowing ourselves to likewise receive help, as a way of finding lasting, satisfying answers to these fundamental existential questions. He called this kind of active friendship "The Law of The Ladder" and, relatedly, "The Law of Love." Join us for a weekend of breakout groups, presentations, and panel discussions as we join together in a spirit of friendship and look for the source of our deepest inner calling.

Friday, August 13, 2021
(All times US Eastern)


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

  7:30 to 7:45 PM - Welcome to the weekend

  7:45 - 9:00 PM - What brought you here? - Breakout group

  9:00 - ??? - Informal discussion

Day One - Saturday

  7:30 - 8:00 AM - Meditation session - Paul Constant

 8:30 - 9:30 AM - Breakfast and conversation

 9:45 - 10:00 AM - Welcome

 10:00 - 11:00 AM - The Return Home - an interactive Question and Answer session with Art Ticknor. Participants will be invited to ask their questions, and also be asked questions by Art. "Home is..; It worked for me; 13 Rules; Depression and enlightenment; and You will get nowhere until..", are some of the topics we may get into in this session.

 11:15 - 12:00 PM - Love - a talk and Q&A with Jenny Clarke - As I sat down to outline a few introductory sentences on what I’ll be talking about, I became quite overwhelmed and humbled. Overwhelmed, because there is so much one could say about ‘Love’, it feels like too much. Humbled, because no matter how much one talks about ‘Love’, it feels like too little. Words cannot take the place of the actual truth of it. If ‘Universal Love’ is not a thought, or construct of the mind, or a practice, how then can it be known? Perhaps, if we take a look at what Love-Is through the lens of the self-inquiry process, a touch of love and grace might be revealed.

 12:15 - 1:15 PM - Lunch and open discussion

 1:30 - 2:15 PM - Personal Reflections on Love and the Return Home - Breakout group

 2:30 - 3:15 PM - Friendship - a panel with Art Ticknor, Jenny Clarke, and Norio Kushi - Friendship is a key aspect of progress on the path. Part of The Way, working with others, requires developing openness and trust. Thus, Friendship. It fosters both momentum and insight, and invites realization. Richard Rose coined a term, the Law of the Ladder, to describe how friendship may manifest and give rise to a brotherhood of seekers, who become true friends. Active efforts to help understand the self and others’ minds over a 45 year period, has revealed the necessity of both giving and receiving help of the most unselfish kind which represents Friendship, and may ultimately be seen as Love of an unselfish and non-personal nature.

 3:30 - 4:00 PM - Movement session - Leesa W.

 4:15 - 5:00 PM - Friendship - Mike Gegenheimer - Friendship is a key aspect of progress on the path. Part of The Way, working with others, requires developing openness and trust. Thus, Friendship. It fosters both momentum and insight, and invites realization. Richard Rose coined a term, the Law of the Ladder, to describe how friendship may manifest and give rise to a brotherhood of seekers, who become true friends. Active efforts to help understand the self and others’ minds over a 45 year period, has revealed the necessity of both giving and receiving help of the most unselfish kind which represents Friendship, and may ultimately be seen as Love of an unselfish and non-personal nature.

 5:15 - 6:45 PM - Dinner

 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Personal Reflections on Friendship - Breakout group

 9:00 - ??? - Informal Discussion


Day Two - Sunday


 7:30 - 8:00 AM - Meditation session - Leesa W.

 8:15 - 9:00 AM - Breakfast and conversation

 9:15 - 10:00 AM - Love, Friendship, and the Return Home - a panel of Spiritual Seekers

 10:00 - 10:30 AM - Break

 10:30 - 11:00 AM - Rapport with Mike Gegenheimer

 11:00 - 11:30 AM - Love, Friendship, and the Return Home - Poetry readings by Spiritual Seekers

 11:30 - 12:00 - Weekend Wrap-up and Feedback Session

 12:00 - 1:00 PM - Check-out and clean-up

 1:00 - 1:30 PM - Lunch and open discussion

 1:30 PM - 2 PM - Check-out, clean-up, depart


Join us for a weekend of insightful talks, small group dialogue, and panel discussions as we seek true self-knowledge through the theme of "Friendship, Love, and the Return Home." This event is in person.

Meet our featured presenters:

  Jenny Clarke

In May of 2012, after decades of spiritual study and self-inquiry, Jenny's identification as a separate, individual self fell away. A spaciousness, love, and peace were left in its place. Now, her singular vision is to appreciate and share the simplicity, beauty, love, and perfection of life no matter what direction it may unfold in any given moment.

Currently, Jenny is retired and resides in Raleigh, NC, where her 3 young granddaughters constantly reflect the innocence, play, aliveness, and truth of who we really are. She assists in facilitating Satsangs in the Raleigh area and a monthly "Awakening Experience" group at the Unity Church of the Triangle.

  Art Ticknor

worked first hand with numerous psychological and philosophical systems during years of intensive research. Twenty-six years of effort toward self-definition paid off in 2004, when the final nail was driven into the ego's coffin during an intense Realization. Art is the author of the books Beyond Relativity, Solid Ground of Being, and Sense of Self: The Source of All Existential Suffering?, invaluable guides on the quest for self knowledge.

Art currently lives the life of la dolce far niente and is involved in the Gainsville Florida-based Philosophical Self-Inquiry Discussion Group. For more information, visit Self-Discovery Portal.

  Norio Kushi

Norio was born in New York City to Japanese parents. At age five, while his mother was breastfeeding his younger brother, she said to Norio, "Always trust your feelings, your feelings will guide you through your life." Many years later, he discovered that the world in which we find our self is a world that is continually being created from the way we've been programmed. Norio refers to this current programming as a "linear time-based reality." In 2003, he inadvertently, without effort, shifted from this programmed way of seeing. With this perceptual shift—the attention no longer fixated in this programmed reality—the true nature of being human began revealing itself, finally unveiling the cosmic joke, that we're never lacking, always whole and complete, always at home in our bodies and in the world.

Norio currently drives a truck throughout North America.

  Mike Gegenheimer

Mike was an early student of Richard Rose. Mike was active in the Pyramid Zen Society in Pittsburgh during college, and resided at Rose’s farm for a year and a half thereafter. Following several deep insights, a period of about 20 years passed without significant group work until Mike became active again in the TAT Foundation in 2001. The friendship and dedication of the teachers and fellow members of the TAT Foundation have been an inspiration for him. Mike’s search ended in April 2019 during a TAT rapport session of friends, for whom he feels deep gratitude.


front of retreat center

Location and Facilities

The event is being held at the new TAT Center in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina, about 50 miles northwest of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The building sits on 15 wooded acres with a creek and walking trail.

Costs

The August Spiritual Retreat fees per person are as follows:

$65 member, off-site lodging
$65 member, tent camping at the TAT Center
$95 non - member, off-site lodging
$95 non - member, tent camping at the TAT Center

Registration (form below)

The deadline for registration is Wednesday August 11th. Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive information on the location, facilities, and meals. You may cancel your registration on or before August 11th and receive a refund, minus the PayPal transaction fee. Cancellations after August 11th will not be refunded.

Meals

Meals are potluck style for Saturday and Sunday continental breakfasts, Saturday and Sunday lunches, and Saturday dinner. All meals are included for non-members. We ask that each TAT member bring 2 items, totaling about $15. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough food to serve 7 people with each item. Sorry, we cannot reduce fees for those who prefer to bring their own food. TAT will provide coffee and tea.

Lodging

Most lodging will be off-site. If you are interested in on-site lodging at the TAT Center for the August event, please email to be placed on a wait list, and TAT will respond to confirm availability and your reservation if space is available. Due to limited on-site housing options, TAT has not included a button to register for on-site lodging but, again, does have a limited number of rooms available. Note that all options will involve a shared room. The cost is $120 for members, and $170 for non-members.

Informal camping is available -- no hook-ups or restrooms.

The following overnight accommodations are located near the TAT Center:

Quality Inn Roxboro South
906 Durham Rd, Roxboro, NC 27573
855-516-1090

Hampton Inn Roxboro
920 Durham Rd, Roxboro, NC 27573
800-293-0718

America's Best Value Inn Roxboro
1006 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573
336-599-9276

Timberland Motel
720 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573
336-599-2144

Budget Inn 1033 N Madison Blvd, Roxboro, NC 27573
336-599-3151

Microtel Inn and Suites
120 Old Dogwood St, Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 245-3102


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TAT Membership

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  • Annual (calendar year): $40.
  • Sustaining: $10 per month.
  • Lifetime: $500.

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TAT Foundation
PO Box 3402
Roxboro, NC 27573
(336) 933-0295

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