TAT 2013 June Gathering

Friday through Sunday, June 14 - 16
A Story of Love

To see myself in everybody and everybody
in myself most certainly is love.

—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

What are we devoted to? Where does longing pull us? What is love and what is Love? What prevents opening? What prevents sinking deeper within?

A Story of Love: TAT's 2013 June Gathering provides an opportunity for those interested in remembering our primary problem and finding love on the spiritual path.

The registration deadline for the June Gathering is Friday, June 7th.


Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 14, 2013

Claymont mansion - historic sketch   5:00 to 7:30 PM - Set-up and arrivals

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - Relative and Absolute Love with Ben Rainey
We will take a look at the way we think of love in terms of each other, and love in terms of the Ultimate.

» Read The Scent of Longing for a sample of Ben's poetry.

  9:00 to ? - Free time; open discussion

Saturday, June 15, 2013

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional Meditation

  8:30 to 10:00 AM - Arrivals and pot luck continental breakfast

  10:00 to 10:15 AM - Welcome and introduction with Eric Clark

  10:15 to 11:15 AM - What is Love? A Mystery Story by Michael Whitely.

  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion

  1:30 to 2:30 PM - What's Love Got to Do With It? Seduction, Reflection, and Obliteration by Thomas Whitmire.
This interactive talk examines our attractions and longing, and explores the impulse underneath it all. Participants will be given time to reflect and observe the nuances of devotion, and look at where it all leads.

» Read A Song of Parting for a sample of Thomas' poetry.

  2:30 to 3:15 PM - Open

  3:15 to 4:15 PM - Opening the Heart: sacred movements and their symbolism/application on the spiritual path
Corina will cover sacred exercises from several spiritual traditions that a seeker can perform on the spiritual path. Her talk will focus on bhakti sacred dance movements and their symbolism and also will address some Gurdjeff movements.

» Read What Longing Feels Like for a sample of Corina's poetry.

  4:15 to 5:00 PM - Free time

  5:00 to 7:00 PM - Pot luck dinner and open discussion

  7:00 to 9:00 PM - Group Inquiry. Friendly questioning of beliefs, facilitated by Luke Roberts and Ben Rainey.

  9:00 to ? - Free time; open discussion

Sunday, June 16, 2013

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  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional Meditation

  8:00 to 9:00 AM - Pot luck continental breakfast and open discussion

  9:00 to 10:30 AM - Rapport Session with Mike Gegenheimer.

  10:30 to 11:00 AM - Break

  11:00 AM to Noon - Love Itself with Luke Roberts
What is love? Is there a consistent meaning through all forms of love? Are there higher and lower loves? Is Love the ultimate truth? What is the relation between Truth and Love? Is there anything that is not Love, any place where Love is not? Let's explore these questions together.

  Noon to 12:30 PM - Weekend wrap-up. Feedback from participants and questions for session leaders. Moderated by Mike Gegenheimer.

  12:45 to 3:00 PM - Pot luck lunch and open discussion

  3:00 PM - Adjournment

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 is located near 667 Huyett 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 June Gathering 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.

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 on or before May 14th and register at the discounted member prices.
Visit our
membership page for information about TAT memberships.

Registration Fees*

Please enter your name and email address in the boxes below and select your meal preference from the drop-down list:



Vegetarian meals?

From the drop-down list below, select the registration price that applies to you. Select "no lodging" if you will either camp on site or arrange off-site lodging on your own.


Note: If cost is a serious issue that will make or break your attendance, please let us know. We do not want someone to refrain from attending for reasons of cost.

2013 TAT Membership - $40*

Become a new TAT member before May 14th and register at the discounted member prices. Or, renew your annual membership:



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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 Friday, June 7th. Upon receipt of your registration, a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions will be sent to you. You may cancel your registration on or before Friday, June 7th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after June 7th will not be refunded. Because ADA-compliant facilities are limited in the mansion, 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. As a good rule-of-thumb, we ask that each event participant bring enough food to feed 8 people (about $10). 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 Mansion:

For more information...

phone: (609) 414-3676

For checks (in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank) or money orders (domestic only), payable to the TAT Foundation, mail to:

TAT Events
3895 Nottingham Way
Trenton, NJ  08690

What is the TAT Foundation?

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 folks 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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