TAT 2017 June Gathering
Becoming the Truth
A Weekend with Mr. Rose

Friday through Sunday
June 23-25, 2017
at the Claymont Society Great Barn, WV

"There is a path to Truth. From ignorance to relative knowledge. From relative knowledge to an awareness of the limitation of such knowledge. And finally, we pass from intelligence to a reality of Being."

~ Richard Rose

Photo of Richard Rose Richard Rose

Richard Rose (1917-2005) lived, spoke, and wrote without the pretense or arrogance so often found in spiritual and philosophic work. He never charged any money for his teaching, and he never closed his door to any sincere seeker, or to anyone who was troubled and wanted to discover an avenue to peace and mental clarity. Since his first public lecture in Pittsburgh in 1972, Mr. Rose maintained a lifestyle unaffected by opportunities for wealth, fortune, and fame. He was a relentless man who had the determination, inspiration, and dedication it takes to discover the total answer to the riddle of life. Read more about Mr. Rose here: Who is Richard Rose?

Join us during our very special June gathering, dedicated to teacher, author, poet, and TAT founder Richard Rose. Experience a weekend of open and honest communication, hear stories of seeking and finding, participate in inspirational discussion, and make connections with others on the path of self discovery. We'll delve deeply into Richard Rose's principle that you cannot learn about the Truth—you have to become the Truth. For newcomers and long-time TAT friends, our time together provides a rare opportunity for spiritual experience, growth, participation, and insight as taught by Mr. Rose.

Meet our presenters:

  Art Ticknor: Transcending the Mind: Dreaming the Impossible Dream—Looking (listening, feeling, tasting, smelling) for Truth

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 Solid Ground of Being and Beyond Relativity, invaluable guides on the quest for self knowledge. He currently lives the life of a modern day mystic and is involved in the Philosophical Self-Inquiry Discussion Group in Gainsville, Florida.

  Bob Cergol: Rapport Sitting

Bob Cergol was 19 when he met Richard Rose in 1972 and soon after attended the initial gathering wherein the TAT Foundation was officially formed. After 27 years of seeking, Bob found the ultimate answer—an answer precipitated while reading Alfred Pulyan's personal correspondence with Rose, dated August 1960. Listen to his story in an August 2016 podcast interview on SpiritualTeachers.org.

Over the past decade, Bob has delivered a number of poignant presentations during TAT events and has authored numerous Forum essays that were ultimately published in Beyond Mind, Beyond Death, a TAT Foundation Press book. Bob and his wife have two girls, now both in college, and he works in the Information Technology field.

  Mike Gegenheimer: Richard Rose's Approach to Meditation

Richard Rose's efforts to contact individuals blossomed in the early 1970's in Pittsburgh and on college campuses in Ohio as interest in philosophy, Zen, and self-inquiry developed from the social traumas of the 1960's and 1970's. During that era, Mike was a student of Richard Rose, and he remains deeply involved in the TAT Foundation. He is a featured presenter in the film What Is Spiritual Action? and is active in the Central Ohio Nonduality Group.

  Michael Whitely: Meet Richard Rose

Miichael was an early student of Richard Rose. He is longtime spiritual seeker who remains deeply involved in the TAT Foundation. Michael is active in the Pittsburgh Self-Inquiry Group.

  Paul Constant: The Albigen System

Paul Constant became a student of Richard Rose in 1985. Currently, his fascinations and explorations are directed toward uncovering the mysteries of life and ourselves. Of late, his spiritual interests include balancing the natural intelligence of our body, the wisdom and resourcefulness of our mind, and the feeling-sense of our Heart. Listen to a September 2016 podcast interview of Paul Constant on SpiritualTeachers.org or visit searchwithin.org.

For the past 30 years, Paul has expressed his love for Truth by facilitating retreats, leading rapport sittings, serving as a TAT Foundation member, and studying with Richard Rose during 1985-1995. Paul and his wife live in Pennsylvania. They were adopted by two kittens in 2013.

  Additionally, during the weekend there will be Group Inquiry, presentations from Richard Rose's students, and poetry and stories by and about Richard Rose.

The registration deadline for the June Gathering is Sunday, June 18th.

Weekend Schedule

Photo of Richard Rose and students Photo provided by Bob Fergeson

Friday, June 23, 2017

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

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - Let's Get Acquainted with Richard Rose
Our goal is to connect with each other and provide a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers through a round-robin conversation about Richard Rose. Our facilitator will ask you to reflect on your first contact with—or deepest interest in—Mr. Rose or his teachings, books, or poetry. For newcomers and others who are interested in delving deeper during the weekend, this is a great opportunity to ask questions that we can explore further over the next two days. Read some of Mr. Rose's writing by visiting the TAT Forum Archive (scroll down to "Rose, Richard").

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

  7:30 to 8:15 AM - Optional meditation session led by Mike Gegenheimer
In his booklet titled Meditation, Richard Rose lays out a sensible approach to meditation—a system that advises looking for traumatic instances of the past to bring about an understanding of your True Nature. In this session, we will review the highlights of Mr. Rose's meditation approach followed by a period of silence.

  8:30 to 9:30 AM - Arrivals and pot luck continental breakfast

  9:30 to 9:45 AM - Break / clean up

  9:45 to 10:00 AM - Welcome and introduction

  10:00 to 11:00 AM - Meet Richard Rose by Michael Whitely
Richard Rose spent his life searching for the Truth, finding it, and teaching others to find their Way. Although not well known to the public, he touched the lives of thousands of spiritual seekers through his books and lectures and through personal contacts with local study groups that continue to work with his teachings today. In this session, we will explore the arc of his life story using pictures, audio, and video to experience Richard Rose the seeker, the finder, the family man, and the teacher.

  11:00 to 11:15 AM - Break

  11:15 AM to Noon - Transcending the Mind: Dreaming the Impossible Dream—Looking (listening, feeling, tasting, smelling) for Truth by Art Ticknor
The highest a man can feel and think is his highest ideal, and the higher we rise in the scale of existence and the more our knowledge expands, the higher will be our ideal. As long as we cling to our highest ideal we will be happy in spite of the sufferings and vicissitudes of life. The highest ideal confers the highest and most enduring happiness...
~ Paracelsus

  Noon to 12:15 PM - Break / lunch preparation

  12:15 to 1:15 PM - Lunch (potluck) and open discussion

  1:15 to 1:30 PM - Break / clean up

  1:30 to 2:30 PM - Richard Rose—Touching the Lives of Students
Following his enlightenment experience in 1947, Mr. Rose struggled to understand the implications, and to translate it into a system that might help others achieve the same realization. Until his debilitation from Alzheimer’s Disease in 1995, he helped thousands of spiritual seekers through his books, lectures, and personal interactions. In this session, some of Rose's students will talk about what they consider the key element to his teachings. Read accounts of some of his students and readers in the memorial issue of the TAT Forum.

  2:30 to 3:00 PM - Richard Rose—Touching the Lives of Students (cont'd). Panel Q&A.

  3:00 to 3:30 PM - Break

  3:30 to 5:00 PM - Group Inquiry
Through honest, open dialogue in small groups, we help one another clarify our understanding by turning away from untruths. Thus we turn from the illusion of life to Reality. Such questioning is at the core of Richard Rose's Albigen System.

  5:00 to 5:15 PM - Break / dinner preparation

  5:15 to 6:45 PM - Dinner (potluck) and open discussion

  6:45 to 7:00 PM - Break / clean up

  7:00 to 8:00 PM - Poetry and Stories by and about Richard Rose led by Willa Holmes
Above all, Richard Rose was a master storyteller. In a single evening with a group, he inspired listeners with tales of seeking, brought tears to your eyes, raised the roof with uproarious laughter, and shook you to the core with stories about ghosts and entities. In this special evening session, everyone is welcome to read their favorite poem from Richard Rose or tell some of our favorite stories by and about Rose. Weather permitting, we'll gather around a "bondfire," so please dress appropriately for the outdoors.

  8:00 to 8:15 PM - Break

  8:15 to 9:00 PM - Rapport Sitting by Bob Cergol
Spiritual rapport can occur when sincere, introspective people gather together. Richard Rose mastered the art of sensing the energy or "electricity" that could manifest in a room full of people, and the rapport sitting would often affect those who are particularly sensitive. Following a reading from The Three Books of the Absolute, Bob will facilitate a silent sitting among the group.

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

  7:30 to 8:15 AM - Optional meditation session led by Leesa Williams

  8:30 to 9:30 AM - Pot luck continental breakfast and open discussion

  9:30 to 9:45 AM - Break / clean up

  9:45 to 11:30 AM - The Albigen System facilitated by Paul Constant
Becoming aware of our True Nature is a single goal with many paths leading to it, but most of them are long and slow. There is another approach—one that aims directly at that elusive state of total experience and "knowing" often described as Enlightenment. Richard Rose's Albigen System is aimed at helping sincere seekers discover the ways and means to shorten the time needed to recognize their true state of being. In this session, Paul will facilitate an exploration of the core Albigen System principles. The session will involve small group interaction so that we can delve more deeply into the principles that stir our greatest curiosities and truest desires. Read more here: What is the Albigen System?

  11:30 AM to Noon - Weekend wrap-up and feedback for future TAT gatherings

  Noon to 12:15 PM - Break / lunch preparation

  12:15 to 1:00 PM - Lunch (potluck) and open discussion

  1:00 PM - Check out of rooms, clean up, adjourn

Location and Facilities

Claymont's Great Barn meeting room Claymont's Great Barn meeting room

The event is being held at the Claymont Society's Great Barn near Charles Town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The Great Barn's presence mixes perfectly with 350 private acres of forests and farmland. Sleeping accommodations include a mixture of single and double beds with dormitory style 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 guests should expect to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with other participants.

The Claymont Society Great Barn is located at 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV 25414. Claymont is 50 miles/60 minutes from the Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. Travel directions to Great Barn.



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.

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Registration Fees*

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


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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 Sunday, June 18th. 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 June 18th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after June 18th 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. 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.



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

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