Self Inquiry Discussion Group (SIG) of Raleigh, NC is hosting a weekend intensive
October 9th - 11th, 2009. The purpose of this retreat is to provide a forum
for like-minded individuals to convene with the intent of furthering the search,
and advancing the endeavor of finding an answer to one's deepest longing.
Seekers and finders alike will come together in an atmosphere of friendship,
camaraderie, and focused intention. You are encouraged to come and participate,
to share what you may have to offer fellow seekers, and to welcome help from
will include a variety of speakers and activities, all geared toward helping
one to hear and heed the Call. We will open the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
October 9th and continue through the evening of Sunday the 11th, checking
out of the lodge by 9:45 Monday morning. (You are encouraged to arrive prior
to 7:30 p.m. Friday in order to settle in at the lodge and to hang out. The
space is available to us starting at 1:00 p.m. Friday, so you are welcome
any time after that.)
will include presentations led by Avery Solomon, Bart Marshall, Bob Cergol,
Bruce Rubin, David Scoma, Michael Casari, Michael Hall, Mike Conners,
and Nathan Spoon, along with sessions centered on a variety of thought-provoking
topics and insight-inducing experiments. For more on these speakers,
see More on Session Leaders below. Also, a tentative
agenda is now available.
to the Logistics sections below for the current plans
concerning the practical aspects of the retreat. To learn more about SIG and
the spirit of this retreat, see More on the Self Inquiry Discussion Group
of Raleigh below or visit our Web site at www.selfinquiry.org.
SIG is an affiliate group of the TAT Foundation. For more information on TAT,
please visit www.tatfoundation.org.
Please send any
inquiries regarding the retreat to Luke Roberts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also send inquiries regarding SIG in general and/or the retreat to:
feel free to pass on the URL of this page to anyone you feel may be interested.
All are welcome to the retreat and we are advertising primarily through word-of-mouth.
We look forward
to seeing you in October!
The Self Inquiry Discussion Group of Raleigh
have a finalized agenda for the weekend available at least one month prior
to the retreat (by the beginning of September). We will also include a "What
to Bring" list at that time and any updated logistics. There is some logistical
information available at this time.
The Training Lodge at Durant Nature Park
8305 Camp Durant Road Raleigh, NC 27614
Meeting space will accommodate 50 people, however, the lodge itself
sleeps only 38 individuals. There are 22 bunk beds and 16 army cots.
Excepting any medical necessity, the bunk beds are allotted on a first-come-first-served
basis. Lodging accommodations are BYOB (bring your own bedding).
Please register early to confirm your space at the retreat and reserve
a bunk at the lodge, if that's your preference. Camp sites are also available
near the lodge for no additional charge. Also, there are a number of hotels
in the area. We encourage those who feel pulled to do so to stay at Durant
Nature Park, as this will further facilitate the spirit, intimacy, and
intensity of the retreat.
All food will be provided and included in the cost of the retreat.
SIG will prepare the meals, and volunteers will be requested to help with
each meal. We do encourage you to bring your favorite snacks (including coffee,
tea, etc.) to contribute to the stockpile. Furthermore, please indicate any
food allergies or dietary restrictions that you may have, as we will do our
best to accommodate everyone. Sunday dinner will be dining out at local restaurants
(we will provide a list of nearby locations): this meal will not be covered
by the cost of the retreat. Additionally, there is an optional Monday breakfast/brunch
out at a restaurant to close the weekend before heading back home.
The cost of the retreat is $52.00. This covers lodging, food (with
the exception of the Sunday dinner and Monday brunch at local restaurants),
recording equipment, miscellaneous supplies, and firewood. NOTE: If the
cost of the retreat is an issue--one that could make or break your attendance--please
contact Luke Roberts. We do not
want anyone to not come for reasons of cost and will do our best to make arrangements.
We encourage you to register as soon as possible to reserve your spot
and to help us plan the retreat. To reiterate, space is limited and we do
anticipate a full retreat, so please register early while spots are still
available! Please register and send your payment through PayPal: www.paypal.com.
Click on the "Send Money" option; you will send the money to email@example.com;
indicate that you are sending money for a "Purchase" and for "Goods". Finally,
read the section below, Info Needed from You. Though we strongly prefer payment
through PayPal, you may also send a personal check to the following address,
made out to Luke Roberts:
104 Milton Drive Apt. B
Carrboro, NC 27510
The following are items that we need you to include upon registration.
Further information may be requested from you at a later time. Anyone registering
may include the information by emailing it to Luke Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, if using PayPal, you may enter it in an optional "Note" or
"Comments" field; if mailing a check, you may include it in a handwritten
1. Full Name
2. Mailing Address
3. Contact Email Address
4. Contact Phone Number(s)
5. Dietary Restrictions / Allergies
6. Health Concerns / Issues
7. Please specify your Sleeping Preference or Arrangements: Cot, Bunk, Camping,
or Other (hotel, personal arrangements, etc.)
on SESSION LEADERS
The following is the current lineup of session leaders, each with a brief
description and links. Other presenters and session leaders may be added later
as the final agenda takes shape.
Avery Solomon has been a teacher and researcher at Wisdom's Goldenrod
Center for Philosophic Studies in Hector, NY for 30 years, giving seminars
and classes there and in several countries around the world on ancient
wisdom, modern spirituality, meditation, and healing. For more about Avery,
please visit his Web site at: www.averysolomon.com.
After a long journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to Richard
Rose's backwoods farm in West Virginia, Bart came to the end of seeking in
2004. For samples of Bart's writing, please visit to www.selfinquiry.org,
or to these sites: www.searchwithin.org/download.htm
He also appears in the spiritual documentary, Closer
One of Richard Rose's earliest students, Bob Cergol completed his search in
1999, after almost 30 years of seeking. Read a review of him here: www.spiritualteachers.org/bob_cergol.htm.
For samples of Bob's writing, please refer to these sites: www.searchwithin.org/download.htm
Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Bruce Joel Rubin (Jacob's Ladder,
Ghost, Deep Impact, My Life, Time Traveler's Wife) has been a spiritual
practitioner and teacher since the late '60s, and has taught popular Kundalini
yoga and meditation classes in New York and Los Angeles for many years.
To listen to MP3s of some of his talks, please go to www.brucerubin-class.org/2009.aspx.
After years of spiritual seeking, David Scoma finally became that which
he sought. He now maintains a spiritual blog and Web site, as well as
contributes articles to other sites, such as the TAT
Forum. Check out his many articles and MP3s at www.JustPerception.net.
Michael was with Richard Rose when he began teaching, and at his side when
he died. Over the course of almost 40 years he has absorbed Rose's teachings,
as well as most every other spiritual system and tradition. He's also one
of the largest repositories of Rose anecdotes on the planet. To listen to
a talk he gave in 2008, entitled "What is TAT?", go to www.tatfoundation.org/tat_audio.htm.
A clinical psychologist in private practice in Binghamton, NY, Michael Hall
practiced Zen Buddhism for 25 years before his sudden Awakening in 2002. In
addition to traditional psychotherapy, he now teaches the direct path to spiritual
awakening to a growing number of students, as well as to his clients. His
first book, Awake and Alive: Spiritual Awakening in Daily Life is due
out soon. For samples of Michael's writing, plus MP3s and videos, please go
to: WayBeyondPsychotherapy.com and www.awakentotruth.blogspot.com.
meditation and self inquiry for over thirty years before his search ended
with Self-realization. Since then, he has taught Effortless Meditation to
hundreds of students, and holds weekly meditation meetings in Cincinnati.
He also appears in the spiritual documentary, Closer
than Close. For samples of Mike's writing, see www.tatfoundation.org/forum_index.htm.
Nathan's search for Truth has led him through many traditions, and encounters
with a wide variety of teachers. He studied Kundalini and Shaktipat for some
years with a teacher in Nashville, and continues to be fueled by his teacher's
encouragement and example. Now, however, he focuses most of his time and energy
on the study and teaching of traditional Advaita Vedanta. Check out his blog:
MORE on the
SELF INQUIRY DISCUSSION GROUP of RALEIGH, NC
The Self Inquiry Discussion Group provides an opportunity to meet with others
involved in the search for Truth and Self-definition via Self-inquiry. Our
meetings consist of an informal and open discussion of paths, teachers, techniques,
philosophical and spiritual systems, and possible ways and means for expediting
the search. The discussions are not academic or theoretical, but rather focus
on our own personal experiences as seekers. There is usually also a period
of silent meditation at some point during the evening.
Most people who
continue to come to our meetings are not concerned with "Why should I seek
Self-realization?" but rather, "What is the best way to go about it?" There
is a paradox in that we use words to talk about that which is beyond words,
and although there is often talk of paths and things to do, there is also
general agreement that the best approach is subtractive: that is, rather than
try to accumulate more spiritual and worldly knowledge, doubt the truth of
all you think you already know.
If you find
yourself drawn to teachers like Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Richard Rose, Ramana
Maharshi, Douglas Harding, Tony Parsons, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Eckhart Tolle,
Adyashanti, and the ancient masters of Zen, Advaita Vedanta, and Christian
Mysticism, you may find the retreat and our meetings very worthwhile.
For more information
on the Raleigh SIG group, please check out our Web site: www.selfinquiry.org.
Star" by Valerie Bruchon (www.valeriebruchon.com).