Beyond Mindfulness: Meditation and the Path Within, TAT August Workshop, August 16-18, 2019

TAT's August 2019 Workshop
Beyond Mindfulness: Meditation and the Path Within

Friday through Sunday
August 16-18, 2019
at the Claymont Mansion, WV

The world has grown suddenly meditative.
~ Richard Rose

Struck by the Light from the Rubaiyat of Mirza-Mem'n Rubaiyat of Mirza-Mem'n

In his 1981 booklet, "Meditation," TAT Founder Richard Rose noted that, "The world has grown suddenly meditative." Now, nearly 40 years later, it would be fair to say that the world has grown suddenly mindful. From its roots in the earliest teaching of the Buddha, mindfulness meditation has now moved into the popular culture focusing on Mindfulness at Work or Mindful Parenting. But what are the limits of mindfulness? Where does it fall on the "spectrum of awareness"? And what does mindfulness have to offer those in search of their True Nature? Or Ultimate Reality?

The spiritual seeker today may feel overwhelmed and confused by the seemingly endless stream of meditation approaches and their connection to self realization. Over the course of the weekend, we will offer three perspectives on finding the path within. These perspectives will guide small-group workshops, where we'll gather together to explore our own connections to mindfulness, awareness, and the inner direction to which they point. These workshops present the opportunity for new applications of traditional practices within the context of finding one's True Nature or, in the words of Richard Rose, "Becoming the Truth."

We aim to foster an environment where bonds of friendship will be formed, and renewed. The weekend begins with a standalone session on Friday evening for those who can arrive early. On Saturday, participants split into small groups for two interactive workshops (see August Workshop details), coming back together for other activities. Participants again split into groups for a third workshop on Sunday morning.

Meet our presenters:

  Bob Cergol - Bob Cergol was 19 when he met Richard Rose in 1972 and soon after attended the April 1973 meeting at Rose's house in Benwood, WV where TAT was conceived as an organization. He lived with Rose at his house in Benwood, WV, on Rose's farm, and in the local area on and off over many years. Twenty years later, after living in isolation for a year in a cabin he built on Rose's farm, and feeling his spiritual path had run its course, he moved away to pursue a secular life. He married and started a family, but soon gravitated back to the path, participating in group work with other TAT members. That group work led to a series of events that triggered a spiritual realization that for Bob was an absolute, and final answer to the existential questions he had been asking for all those years.

Over the past decade, Bob has delivered a number of poignant presentations during TAT events and has authored numerous TAT Forum essays that were ultimately published in Beyond Mind, Beyond Death, a TAT Foundation Press book. Listen to his story in a podcast interview on SpiritualTeachers.org.

  Bob Harwood – Bob is the author of two books, A Path to Christ-Consciousness and Pouring Concrete: A Zen Path to the Kingdom of God. His 35-year long search for the truth came to end in 1999, when the sense of his past personal identity totally vanished. For a taste of Bob's writings, read Silence Ends the Search and A Fast Path to Non-Abidance.

Bob lives with his wife in their almost-fully-built new home in Tennessee.

  Norio Kushi - Norio says "The cosmic joke is that who we think we are, our belief in the self, is the only thing that prevents us from experiencing complete fulfillment right now!" Hear Norio's podcast interview on SpiritualTeachers.org.

When not crisscrossing America in his truck, Norio makes an occasional landing to deliver a dose of wisdom.

  Paul Rezendes - "Spiritual practice is about unbecoming" says Paul. The life of Paul Rezendes is a compelling story: leader of two notorious motorcycle gangs becomes yoga teacher, spiritually awakens, then lives that through his work as a renowned wildlife tracker, teacher, and photographer. Paul's direct pointing at our true nature is electrifying. Listen to Paul's podcast interview on SpiritualTeachers.org

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

  Additionally, during the weekend there will be a Silent Rapport Sitting and Group Meditation Sessions.

The registration deadline for the August Workshop is Sunday, August 11th.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 16, 2019

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

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - Welcome and evening interactive session
Our Friday evening session will ease everyone into the weekend through this special opportunity to connect with others and become acquainted in small groups.

  9:00 PM to ? - Free time; informal discussion

Saturday, August 17, 2019

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Body scan meditation with Leesa Williams

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

  9:30 to 9:45 AM - Welcome and introductions
Splitting into three groups. The groups will rotate through each of three breakout workshops over Saturday and Sunday. Workshop themes and leaders:

 Mindfulness. Is it just another spiritual buzzword? with Bob Cergol. Is it the secret ingredient that will deliver the results that have thus far eluded you? Can a dreamer be mindful of dreaming? Would such mindfulness be part of the dream? Can a sleepwalker be mindful of sleepwalking? Would such mindfulness be part of the sleepwalk? Who are you when you are being mindful, versus when you are not?

 The Path of Direct Sensory Perception with Bob Harwood. Join Bob as he explores the role of everyday samadhi in waking up from the illusion of selfhood.

 The Art of Mindfulness is the Passion for Truth with Paul Rezendes. Mindfulness comes when there is a passion for truth. It is not something that we make up or do. It is not about will. It is about Openness. When there is a passion for Truth, one is already open. So what is it that we are looking for? If it's enlightenment, then our focus is narrow, limited, but if we are in wonder about what is True, our minds will be open. Can we explore this together?

  For more info on these sessions, read the August Workshop details.

9:45 to 11:30 AM - Breakout session #1. Groups go to respective workshops.

11:30 AM to Noon - Break

  Noon to 1:30 PM - Potluck lunch and open discussion

  1:30 to 3:15 PM - Breakout session #2. Groups rotate to new workshops.

  3:15 to 5:30 PM - Free time

   ~ or ~

  4:00 to 5:30 PM - Optional guided meditation session
Bob Cergol, Bob Harwood and Norio Kushi will each introduce us to a 10-minute guided meditation that they feel is most productive for self discovery and recognizing one's True Nature. We'll follow with a Q&A session to delve more deeply into their recommended approaches.

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

  7:00 to 8:15 PM - What's one thing you want to know that you think someone here could answer or help with?
Discussion among participants and session leaders.

  8:15 to 8:30 PM - Break

  8:30 to 9:00 PM - Silent rapport sitting
A silent group rapport session with a particular spirit of friendship.

  9:00 PM to ? - Free time; informal discussion

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Meditating in Acadia National Park Meditating in Acadia National Park

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional silent group meditation

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

  9:30 to 9:45 AM - Break / check out of mansion rooms

  9:45 to 11:30 AM - Breakout session #3. Groups rotate to final workshop.

  11:30 to Noon - Wrap-up and feedback for future meetings and workshops

  Noon to 1:30 PM - Potluck lunch and open discussion

  1:30 PM - Clean up and adjourn

Location, Facilities, and Lodging

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 August Workshop 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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Space is limited, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Sunday, 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. 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.


Off-Site Lodging

For those who register using the alternative (off-site) lodging option, the following overnight accommodations are located near Claymont:

For more information...

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

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A group encouraging people to think rather than believe. A group determined to help people find ways and means to answer their deepest philosophical questions. A gathering of friends who are not afraid to be honest with one another. An island of hope and sanity (or at least the hope for sanity!). Last, but not least, TAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization chartered in 1973.


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