TAT Fall Workshop 2011
Friday - Sunday, Sept. 2 - 4
The Dedicated Life


the dedicated life "The dedicated life is the life worth living.
You must give with your whole heart."
            ~ Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

A pragmatic, exploratory weekend for those dissatisfied with pursuing dwarfed life-goals, wanting to lift the fog of mundane living, or looking for keys to successful accomplishment of a grand objective….

The 2011 TAT Fall Workshop will be held over the Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th. Sessions will investigate issues such as dedication vs. keeping our options open, acting vs. waiting, whole-heartedness vs. caution, thinking vs. feeling, doing vs. avoiding, effort vs. flow, will vs. passivity, and other oppositions that are relevant to the participants.

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 details), coming back together for other activities. Participants again split into groups for a third workshop on Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon wraps up the workshops with friendly feedback by and for all participants. Free time for informal talking, walking meditation, and other activities is scheduled for both afternoons, as is a before-dinner rapport sitting. For those able to stay, Sunday evening allows for a silent period to process the weekend and unstructured time in which spontaneous sessions may develop.

The registration deadline is Friday, August 26th.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 2, 2011

TAT Foundation door   5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals.

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - Getting Acquainted or Reacquainted. Talking-stick format facilitated by Wyatt Wright.

  9:00 PM to ? - Informal discussion; bonfire (weather permitting).

Saturday, September 3, 2011

  9:00 to 10:00 AM - Arrival and informal discussion.

  10:00 to 10:15 AM - Welcome and introductions with Aimee Butler.
Splitting into three groups. The groups will rotate through each of three breakout workshops over Saturday and Sunday. Workshop themes and leaders:

 The Best of Richard Rose: Direct-Mind Master with Paul Constant. Sine qua nons of Richard Rose.
 One Step Closer with Shawn Nevins. What is the question that, if you had the answer, would set you free?
 Let's Talk About Love with Art Ticknor. What is dedication? Whole-heartedness? Love?

  Read more details on the various sessions. Check the TAT Forum index for writings by the session leaders.

TAT workshop group   10:30 AM to Noon - Breakout Session #1. Groups go to respective workshops.

  12:30 to 2:00 PM - Lunch (provided).

  2:00 to 3:30 PM - Breakout Session #2. Groups rotate to new workshops.

  3:30 to 4:30 PM - Free time. Optional walking meditation.

  4:30 to 5:30 PM - Rapport. Silent group sitting.

  6:00 to 7:30 PM - Dinner (provided).

  7:30 to 8:00 PM - Time capsule. Retrieving and discussing the contents of the capsule that participants buried at a TAT meeting 10 years ago.

  8:00 to 9:00 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. Facilitated by Eric Clark, Ram Subbiah & Wyatt Wright.

  9:00 PM to ? - Informal conversation; bonfire (weather permitting).

Sunday, September 4, 2010

TAT workshop group   9:00 to 10:00 AM - Arrival and informal discussion.

  10:00 to 11:30 AM - Breakout Session #3. Groups rotate to final workshop.

  Noon to 1:30 PM - Lunch (provided).

  1:30 to 3:30 PM - Feedback to participants. Observations and feedback from session leaders and other participants. Monitored by Mike Gegenheimer.

  3:30 to 4:30 PM - Free time. Optional spontaneously-determined activity.

  4:30 to 5:30 PM - Rapport. Silent group sitting.

  6:00 to 7:30 PM - Dinner (provided).

  7:30 to 8:00 PM - Silent time. Half an hour of silence to process the weekend.

  8:00 to 9:00 PM - Farewell. An opportunity to discuss what you've distilled from the weekend. Facilitated by Ben Rainey, Luke Roberts & Ram Subbiah.

  9:00 PM to ? - Free time. Spontaneous sessions may develop.


TTAT Retreat Center he event is being held in TAT's beautiful rural facility near Wheeling, WV. Wheeling is in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, approximately 1 hour from Pittsburgh International Airport and 2 hours from Columbus International Airport. There are many lodging and dining facilities within a 15-25 mile radius.



The Fall Workshop is $50 for nonmembers ($30 for students), which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. See further notes below the following registration table. Lodging and other meals are not included. Coffee and tea will be provided. Other drinks, snacks, and special foods can be brought by participants. Space is limited, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, August 26th. Upon receipt of your registration, a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions will be sent to you. You may cancel your registration before August 26th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after August 26th will not be refunded.

American Express Discover MasterCard VisaUse PayPal to pay with these credit cards (PayPal account not necessary). PayPal is "fast, free and secure" and allows payment by credit card or electronic withdrawal from a bank account. Checks (in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank) or money orders (domestic only) made payable to the TAT Foundation are also accepted if received by the registration deadline.

Become a TAT member for $40 before August 5th and attend the Fall Workshop for free.
(Members bring food or contribute toward the meals.)
After sending your membership fee, please .
Visit our
membership page for information about TAT memberships.

Non-member event registration - $50*
(by Friday, August 26th):

Vegetarian meals?

Student non-member registration - $30*
(by Friday, August 26th):

Vegetarian meals?

New TAT membership - $40
Become a TAT member before Friday, August 5th and attend the Labor Day weekend workshop for free.

Early member registration?

Current TAT members:
Please by August 26th if you are planning to attend. In addition, you can renew your membership here if you haven't already done so:


* 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.

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