TAT 2018 June Gathering
In Search of Happiness

Friday through Sunday
June 15-17, 2018
at the Claymont Society Mansion, WV

Happiness of a little child Photo: D. Sharon Pruitt, WikiCommons

Someone once asked Richard Rose: "Now that you're Enlightened, are you happy?" And he replied: "I'm free of happiness."

Happiness is the topic of thousands of books, websites, and films. Research indicates that social relationships are central to our happiness and life satisfaction, at least according to the longest and most comprehensive study on adult development. But what is stopping us from making heartfelt connections? Is it a lack of knowledge? Is it our belief that we are separate selves? Is it our psychological defenses? Our self-concern? A heart closed to life?

On a psychological level, all of those reasons might be at play. Yet, while fulfilling relationships may open our heart, they may not be enough in life if we still experience existential longing and haven't fully transcended our beliefs about happiness. The TAT Foundation's June gathering forges together two principles that can lead to the truest of relationships as well as freedom from ideas about happiness:

Our weekend together creates an atmosphere in which our heart and mind might open wide to a simple answer behind our most profound question. We hope this TAT event will be an intimate gathering where seekers as well as finders join together to help each other, while sharing their stories, their successes, their struggles. We aim to foster an environment where the bonds of true friendship and spiritual community will be formed and renewed.

Meet our presenters:

  Avery Solomon: Four Views of Happiness: three steps beyond the search

Avery Solomon is a teacher and researcher at Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies in Hector, NY. He has a Ph.D. in Math education, a divinity degree from IM school of healing arts, a Qi-Gong instructorship, and is a practicing astrologer. He has been a faculty member in math science institutes for Tibetan monks.

Avery has facilitated over 200 weekend seminars around the world, where people gather for shared discussion, meditation, and inspiration. He has given numerous talks on ancient wisdom and modern science.

  Gary Weber: How You Can Be "Free of Happiness"

Gary in the author of several books, including Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening and the newly released Evolving Beyond Thought: Updating Your Brain's Software. He was featured in Robert Wright's recent non-fiction best-seller, Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. He has a Ph.D. in physical sciences and worked in the military, national labs, industry, and academia in R&D and management. Simultaneously, after over 20,000 hours of self-inquiry, Zen, and yoga, he experienced the falling away of the "I" and the loss of self-referential thoughts, desires, and fears. He has produced over 110 videos, a blog, interviews, podcasts, and presentations on nonduality, meditation, yoga, and neuroscience at conferences, gatherings, and universities around the world.

Gary and his wife live in Pennsylvania. For a taste of his writings and presentations, visit Awakening Beyond Thought.

  Larry Inderbitzin: A Personal Perspective on Friendship: Ode to "Mrs. C."

With a background in neurophysiology and psychopharmacology, Larry became an academic psychiatrist and a training and supervising psychoanalyst. He has been a lifetime seeker and a Soto Zen practitioner for the past 35 years. Currently, he teaches meditation in a community in Durham, NC, where he lives with his wife and canine best buddy Enso. Larry has recently embarked on a collaborative study of consciousness with a neurobiologist friend.

  Paul Constant: Rapport and Group Meditation Sittings

Paul Constant's 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 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, rapport, and meditation sittings.

The registration deadline for the June Gathering is Sunday, June 10th.

Weekend Schedule

Helping others and being helped on the spiritual path Photo: Phil Franta

Friday, June 15, 2018

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

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - Four Views of Happiness: three steps beyond the search with Avery Solomon
Through shared readings, discussion, and inquiry, we explore the paradoxical journey to uncover our natural wisdom, goodness, and joy... Entertainment included!

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional group meditation with Paul Constant

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

  9:30 to 9:45 AM - Welcome and introduction

  9:45 to 10:45 AM - How You Can Be "Free of Happiness" by Gary Weber
For many in today's complex, massively-interconnected world, living has become so frightening and uncertain that anxiety, disease, stress, and unhappiness are pervasive. The many distractions available cannot fill up that great emptiness that we feel. What can we do, simply, to fill that "void" and move beyond even the desire for happiness into a state untouched by this worrisome situation? Gary will cover some simple practices, simple understandings, and "dos" and "don'ts" that can change this balance from great unease and uncertainty into abidance in a state of blissful presence and stillness in the midst of our daily turmoil.

  10:45 to 11:00 AM - Break

  11:00 AM to Noon - Q&A with Gary

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

  1:30 to 3:30 PM - Breakout groups for self-inquiry led by Art Ticknor, Larry Inderbitzin, Mike Gegenheimer, and Paul Constant.

  3:30 to 4:30 PM - Free time, with optional movement session

  4:30 to 5:30 PM - Break

  5:30 to 6:30 PM - Potluck dinner and open discussion

  6:30 to 7:30 PM - A Personal Perspective on Friendship: Ode to "Mrs. C." by Larry Inderbitzin
Larry will portray a unique story about a "chance" encounter early in life that dramatically affected his path. He will explore friendship from the broadest and most general occurrences on life's path to the most personal and intimate expressions.

  7:30 to 7:45 PM - Break

  7:45 to 8:30 PM - Rapport Sitting with Paul Constant
Rapport means "harmonious relation," which is allowing yourself to open up through rapport with others, your self, and with what is. It is the meaning behind the saying: "Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am present." Paul will facilitate this silent group session.

  8:30 PM to ? - Free time; informal discussion

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  7:30 to 8:00 AM - Optional group meditation with Paul Constant

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

  9:00 to 10:00 AM - Seeker Sessions and Q&A
We'll hear from several seekers who have come forward, willing to share their stories, trials, and triumphs with us all in hopes of helping and being helped. They will share their personal stories, tips, and discoveries on the spiritual path.

  10:00 to 10:30 PM - Break / check out of mansion rooms

  10:30 to 11:30 AM - Panel Discussion on Local Groups
We'll hear from TAT members who are facilitating regular group meetings in other cities. Local groups are one of Richard Rose's key ideas for working with fellow spiritual seekers as a way to expedite our journey together in a common goal.

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

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

  1:30 PM - Clean up and adjourn

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 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 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*

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 fee 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.

2018 TAT Membership - $40*

Become a TAT member for $40 and register at the discounted member prices. Or, renew your annual membership. See details on our membership page.



* 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 10th. 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 10th and receive a refund, minus a $5 handling fee. Cancellations after June 10th 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:

For more information...

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

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 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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