TAT November 2018 Spiritual Retreat
Forgetting & Remembering

Friday through Sunday
November 16-18, 2018
at the Claymont Society Mansion, WV

Kabir says, parrot-on-a-pole: who has caught you? Photo: Wikimedia Commons

"One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve."
~ Paul Nitze

"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting....
Not in entire forgetfulness....
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home"
~ William Wordsworth, Ode on Intimations of Immortality

"The self forgets itself | as a frantic dog in a glass temple | barks himself to death; | as a lion, seeing a form in the well, | leaps on the image; | as a rutting elephant sticks his tusk | in a crystal boulder. | The monkey has his fistful of sweets | and won't let go. So | from house to house | he gibbers. | Kabir says, parrot-on-a-pole: | who has caught you?."
~ Kabir (15th century)

Meet our workshop session leaders:

  Anima Pundeer: Are you sleepwalking through life?

In June of 2004, Anima Pundeer had an experience where she realized her All-ness and One-ness.... She finally knew Freedom. She feels immense gratitude for all the help and guidance she got from her fellow seekers. She feels she couldn't have made this journey without her Guru and her friends—and the only way she feels she can help anyone is by sharing her own struggles and obstacles.

Anima is highlighted in the documentary film Meetings with Remarkable Women. She is a super busy mother of two who lives with her family in Houston, Texas. When she has spare moments, she weeds her vegetable patch.

  Bob Cergol: How do you define yourself?

Bob Cergol was 19 when he met Richard Rose in 1972 and soon after attended the April 1973 meeting at Rose's house in Benwood, WV where TAT was conceived as an organization. He lived with Rose at his house in Benwood, WV, on Rose's farm, and in the local area on and off over many years. Twenty years later, after living in isolation for a year in a cabin he built on Rose's farm, and feeling his spiritual path had run its course, he moved away to pursue a secular life. He married and started a family, but soon gravitated back to the path, participating in group work with other TAT members. That group work led to a series of events that triggered a spiritual realization that for Bob was an absolute, and final answer to the existential questions he had been asking for all those years. 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 TAT Forum essays that were ultimately published in Beyond Mind, Beyond Death, a TAT Foundation Press book. Bob currently lives with his wife and works in the Information Technology field. One daughter is graduated from college and the other is attending college.

  Art Ticknor: What's your strategy?

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 Beyond Relativity and Solid Ground of Being, invaluable guides on the quest for self knowledge.

Art currently lives the life of a modern day mystic and is involved in the Gainsville Florida-based Philosophical Self-Inquiry Discussion Group. For more information, visit Self-Discovery Portal.

  Additionally, during the weekend there will be a Silent Rapport Sitting, Group Meditation Sessions, a Panel Discussion and Small-Group Interactive Sessions.

The registration deadline for TAT's November Spiritual Retreat Weekend is Sunday, November 11th.

Weekend Schedule

TAT November 2018 Spiritual Retreat Weekend Banner - Forgetting & Remembering

Friday, November 16, 2018

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

  7:30 to 9:00 PM - Welcome and evening interactive session
Our Friday evening session will include a get-acquainted session and interactive discussions on getting the most benefit from the weekend.

  9:00 PM to ? - Informal conversation

Saturday, November 17, 2018

  8:00 to 8:30 AM - Optional group meditation

  8:30 to 10:00 AM - Potluck breakfast and open discussion

  10:00 to 10:30 AM - Welcome and introduction
Splitting into three groups. The groups will rotate through each of three breakout workshops during Saturday. Workshop themes and leaders:

 Are you sleepwalking through life? by Anima Pundeer
As Ouspensky said, "It's only when one realizes one is asleep that he starts to wake up." Does living with awareness mean "when washing dishes, wash dishes"? Does Self-Remembrance mean constantly being aware of the moment?

Let's check how the mind works. From what I have noticed, mind is either regurgitating some past event or is busy planning the next moment. Then I find it constantly jumping with or without "my" consent....

 How do you define yourself? by Bob Cergol
Much have you forgotten of the long and winding road, since infancy, through childhood and adolescence, into young adulthood and beyond, that leads to the person you've become and the world you've carved out for yourself.

I've heard people mention an awareness that that they and others tell stories to themselves about their lives, indicating a recognition that they and most others do not see themselves or the world around them with clarity and objectivity.

The capacity to remember and the tendency to forget is heavily weighted by matters of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-comparison.

These "tales of our lives" are works-in-progress, written from selective memory, and having an actively unfolding plot-line that serves the authors' selfish purposes.

This workshop will be an exploration of the real-world things we do to define ourselves, in the world and to ourselves.

 What's your strategy? by Art Ticknor
"For what?" you ask. For attaining what you really, really want out of life. "But I don't know what I really, really want...what will satisfy me."

Let's explore want, fast and slow thinking, conceptual beliefs and feeling-beliefs, forward and retrospective commitment, guidelines you live by, yardsticks you use to measure performance, satisfaction and dissatisfaction, forgetting and remembering, temporal vs. eternal concerns, and all sorts of conflicts and complaints.

10:30 AM to Noon - Breakout workshop session #1. Groups go to respective workshops.

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

  1:30 to 3:00 PM - Breakout workshop session #2. Groups rotate to new workshops.

  3:00 to 4:00 PM - Free time, with optional movement sessions

  4:00 to 5:30 PM - Breakout workshop session #3. Groups rotate to final workshops.

  5:30 to 7:00 PM - Potluck dinner and open discussion

  7:00 to 8:00 PM - Psychology of the Observer and Energy Transmission, Transmutation and Between-ness.
Our Saturday evening session will begin with selected excerpts from two of Richard Rose's books, Psychology of the Observer and Energy Transmission, Transmutation and Between-ness. Based on which excerpt sounds most interesting to each person, we'll break into smaller groups to discuss the excerpts and then present our impressions to the entire group.

  8:00 to 8:15 PM - Break

  8:15 to 9:00 PM - Silent rapport sitting
A group rapport session with a particular spirit of friendship.

  9:00 PM to ? - Informal conversation

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Forgotten Tree

  8:00 to 8:30 AM - Optional group meditation

  8:30 to 10:00 AM - Potluck breakfast and open discussion

  10:00 to 11:00 AM - Panel Discussion
Our Sunday morning Q&A session will focus on the path, becoming one's own authority, and whatever questions or complaints about the spiritual search is on your mind.

  11:00 to 11:30 AM - Break / check out of mansion rooms

  11:30 AM to Noon - Meeting 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 November Spiritual Retreat 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, November 11th. Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive information on the location, facilities, and meals. You may cancel your registration on or before November 11th and receive a refund, minus the PayPal transaction fee. Cancellations after November 11th will not be refunded. Because ADA-compliant facilities are limited, 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 Society Mansion:

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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