TAT 2010 November Gathering

Friday through Sunday, November 12-14
Working Together

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Weekend Schedule

Our weekend theme is Working Together. Todd Whittington will serve as TAT's meeting host and facilitator.

Friday, November 12, 2010

5:00 to 7:30 p.m. ~ Set-up and arrivals

7:30 to 9:00 p.m. ~ Retreat Reflections. Session led by the Ben Rainey. Participants from the November 2010 retreat relate their experiences.

9 to ? ~ Free time; bonfire (weather permitting)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

8:30 to 10:00 a.m. ~ Arrivals and pot luck breakfast

10:00 to 10:15 a.m. ~ Welcome and introduction with Todd Whittington.

10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. ~ The Life, led by Shawn Nevins. Richard Rose proposed a three-fold path: The Way, The Life, and The Truth. Of these, he said, "The part of the path that is hardest to realize is that dealing with the brotherhood or school." Join this discussion of Rose's views and our practical experiences with living The Life.

11:45 a.m. to Noon ~ Meal preparation

Noon to 2:00 p.m. ~ Pot luck lunch and open discussion

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ~ "...But it Feels Like Me!: Discerning the Fabric of Personhood by Alex Danilowicz. In this session we explore the convincing and hypnotic nature of the objects in awareness that we compulsively and habitually identify with. Can we learn to become more objective about the elements of consciousness that lend our sense of self and its accompanying "story" conviction, consistency, and infallibility?

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ~ Free time. Optional sessions may be lead by participants.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. ~ Rapport sitting, with Paul Constant.

5:30 to 5:45 p.m. ~ Meal preparation

5:45 to 7:00 p.m. ~ Pot luck dinner and open discussion

7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ~ 30-minute sessions. In this new format, four presenters will each lead a 30-minute session consisting of a short presentation of interest to seekers, followed by questions and discussion. Session facilitated by Paul Constant.

» Group work can be fun in ways you never imagined by Jeroen van Rookhuizen. Techniques that will shake everybody from the post-dinner slumber.

» Laying the Foundation for Group Work: Who's working with whom, and is the ground properly prepared? by Ben Eternitatis. How do we hold our head in an open manner that might allow a transmitted message to actually reach the destination?

» Helping Others: An Anti-Egocentric Position by Augie Monge.

» Arguments against arguments: Why do we argue? by Isaac Hill. Are patterns crystallized, or are these types of binary oppositions conducive to progress at all?

9:00 to ? ~ Open discussion; bonfire (weather permitting)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

8:30 to 10:00 a.m. ~ Pot luck breakfast and open discussion

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ~ Smoldering fire session, presented by Tune Seidelin. Have you ever been super motivated at a TAT meeting or other spiritual event, only to see your motivation and efforts fade shortly afterward? The next TAT meeting is about five months away. In this session, we'll look at strategies for developing your own "hope and motivation plan" and keeping the embers burning in the months ahead.

11:30 a.m. to Noon ~ Break

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

12:30 p.m. ~ Departing words followed by an optional lunch at a local restaurant.

Audio recordings of some of the November meeting presenters are available for free on our audio page.

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The 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 November 2010 gathering is free for members (members bring food or contribute toward the meals). See our membership overview for more details. Nonmembers should email to confirm attendance and receive a packet containing information on lodging and driving directions.

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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