In Thought, Word and Deed

TAT Virtual Spiritual Retreat Day
February 6, 2021

What does it mean for a seeker to be honest in what they think, say and do?

TAT Founder Richard Rose talked about becoming the Truth. Gandhi is oft-quoted as saying happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony. In Miguel Ruiz’s 4 Agreements we find “Be impeccable with your word.” Many others have highlighted the importance of integrity and alignment of our internal and external worlds. Why is it that this can seem so hard to do? Why do we often think one thing, but then say and do another? What does this have to do with becoming the Truth?

Join us in a one-day retreat as we explore these questions with presenters and each other. We will start with a panel of teachers to introduce the basic ideas and why they are so important to the seeker and to anyone who wants a well-examined life. We’ll also have two short presentations from seekers who show how these ideas had a powerful effect on their lives. But the heart of the day will be three small group sessions where we move from the concepts to life experiences.

Saturday, February 6, 2021 (US ET time zone; 4 hours behind GMT)

  10:30 to 10:45 AM: - Welcome

  10:45 to 11:30 AM: - Art Ticknor, Bob Fergeson and Norio Kushi explore the significance of thought and how all three aspects of the theme play out in our spiritual lives.

  11:30 to 12:30 PM: - First Group Breakout on Thought
We’ll divide into small groups as discussion leaders take us deeper into our own thinking and closer to self-knowledge.

  12:30 to 1:00 PM: - 30 Minute Break with open chat

  1:00 to 1:20 PM: - Presentation on Word
Longtime seeker Mark Cole will speak about how he interpreted keeping his word by exploring the experience of an isolation retreat.

  1:20 to 2:30 PM: - Second Group Breakout on Word
Small group participants, guided by group leaders, will reflect on the significance of words in their lives.

  2:30 to 2:45PM: - 15 minute Break

  2:45 to 3:05 PM: - Session on Deed 20 minutes
Seekers Chris Lunce and Tara Singer will relate how life action, under one of the AA 12 Steps, relates to the theme connecting thought to word to deed.

  3:05 to 4:00 PM: - Third Group Breakout on Deed
The last presentation touched on one view of how thoughts and words affect life actions, now small group participants will reflect on the significance of this chain of events in their lives.

  4:00 to 4:20 PM: - Panel Q&A The panel takes your questions.

  4:20 to 4:30 PM: - Wrap up / feedback / goodbye

Join us online for a day of insightful talks and small group and panel discussions as we seek true self-knowledge through the theme of “In Thought, Word and Deed." The virtual event, which includes both audio and video, is being offered for a minimal fee of $20 for TAT members and $25 for non-members. If possible, please consider donating a larger amount (the drop-down menu below has more options). Your generosity will help defray the many costs incurred in preparing the new TAT Center. We deeply appreciate your support!

The registration deadline for TAT's Virtual Spiritual Gathering is Friday, February 5.


  Art Ticknor

Art worked with numerous psychological and philosophical systems during years of intensive research. The effort toward self-definition paid off in 2004 during an intense Realization. Art is the author of Beyond Relativity, Solid Ground of Being, and Sense of Self. He currently is involved in the Gainesville Florida-based Philosophical Self-Inquiry Discussion Group and leads online confrontation groups. More information: Self-Discovery Portal.

  Bob Fergeson

Bob is a teacher, writer, photographer, and avid mountaineer and is featured in the film Mountain High: Touching the Void. His work attempts to use the feeling of longing and nostalgia as a way within. Bob is serving as our "teacher in residence" at the new TAT Center. Learn more about Bob at The Listening Attention.

  Norio Kushi

"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!" When not crisscrossing America in his tractor trailer, Norio makes an occasional stop to deliver some words of wisdom. Read his awakening story in “Awake at the Wheel: Norio Kushi’s Highway Adventures and the Unmasking of the Phantom Self”.

Breakout Group Leaders

Some of our favorite teachers, speakers and writers will lead the small group sessions, including Art Ticknor, Anima Pundeer, Shawn Nevins and Mike Gegenheimer.


Registration Fees

Event registration closes on Friday 5 February 2021.

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