Mehera with Avatar Meher Baba

PHOTO: Avatar Meher Baba (second from right) at Meher House, Sydney, Australia, August 1956, with Adi K Irani and Eruch Jessawala
on the left and Meherjee Karkaria and Dr. Nilu behind Baba.


Spring Sahavas 2017 at Avatar's Abode

Saturday 30th September – Monday 2nd October

We are all in for a treat with the acceptance by Jeff Wolverton and Nan Wicker to be our guests at this year’s Spring Sahavas. Many of us have met Jeff and Nan at Meherabad in India, the site of Meher Baba’s Tomb-Shrine, or at the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where individually or as a duo they regularly entertain pilgrims with their beautiful songs and music.

JEFF WOLVERTON & NAN WICKER

Jeff Wolverton

Growing up in a non-religious, although fun-loving family, Jeff was unexpectedly smitten with Baba during a Baba meeting in New York City in January, 1968. This happened during a three minute silence at the end of the meeting when Baba appeared to him and quickly rearranged the itinerary of his life. This was during his college days, and needless to say, only then did his higher education begin.

In the following years Jeff was fortunate to live near Dr. Harry Kenmore and later Darwin and Jeanne Shaw, three close followers of Meher Baba, absorbing as much of their experiences as possible. Of particular influence on Jeff was Darwin and Jeanne’s intimate companionship with Baba and their invaluable approaches to cultivating the inner life.

Further enriching Jeff’s deep connection to Baba was his more than forty years of annual pilgrimages to Meherabad where he heard many first-hand accounts from Baba’s disciples of what it was like to live with the Godman.

In 1972, Kitty Davy arranged for Jeff to move to Myrtle Beach, and in the mid-70s he became a caretaker at the Meher Center where he has worked for the last 40 years.

The Sahavas will provide a valuable opportunity for interactive discussions with Jeff on a range of topics including: cultivating the inner life with Baba, forgiveness, self-acceptance ... Baba’s work with His Western women disciples etc.

Nan Wicker

Nan Wicker grew up on the east coast of the United States in a politically active, kind, non-religious, musical Unitarian family. From a young age, she was drawn to Buddhism and intentional communities, and the Far East.

Nan was a seeker, reading and visiting intentional communities, taking part in encounter groups, helping to start alternative schools, and attending a Buddhist University. She lived and worked in a wonderful Vipassana meditation community in England for several years and spent time in monasteries in Asia in 1972 and 1979-80.

Amongst other things, Nan has worked as a housepainter, baker, health food store clerk, and a psychologist with disturbed teenagers and mentally ill patients.

She heard a wee bit of Meher Baba in 1970 and 1975, and then in 1991 she finally made it to the Meher Spiritual Center where she had a deep inner experience of Meher Baba. Nan had come “home”!

From 1993 to 2005, she lived in Myrtle Beach for half the year and then in Meherabad the other half, volunteering in both places. In India Nan helped with editing, library work, and the reorganizing and typing of song books.

Nan began singing with guitar as a teen but it wasn’t till finding the kind of spiritual songs she had always looked for that she got really serious about music. She found them at a Course in Miracle Church, a Sufi center, and more than anywhere, at the Meher Baba Center. She continues to explore and find songs about the psychological and spiritual life that have special meaning.

Nan and Jeff began to perform bi-monthly at the Meher Spiritual Center in 1995 and have since performed together and separately at Baba gatherings in Colorado, Minnesota, DC, New York, California, Georgia, Oregon, Chicago, Illinois and India.

After 20 years of requests for a CD, Nan decided not to wait any longer for Jeff to be willing and has made 2 solo CDs in the last 2 years. Jeff accompanied her on the choruses of some of the songs on the 2nd CD. Nan is now working on a third solo CD and a duet CD. In the process she discovered a new art of bringing together a variety of instruments and musicians and rhythms to bring to life the words that mean so much to her.

This year’s Sahavas will be refreshing in its informality and inclusiveness, and amidst the bonhomie and laughter (*Jeff’s fantastic sense of humour) and the music, there will be plenty of meaty discussions on tap!

A formal invitation and program will be uploaded to this website closer to the Sahavas.

Following the Spring Sahavas Jeff and Nan will be visiting Meher House in Sydney.

 


Avatar’s Abode 60th Anniversary 2018

Tuesday 5th June to Monday 11th June 2018

Our confirmed guests are Peter and Debbie Nordeen.

We will have more information on other guests and attendees at a later date.

Call for Expressions of Interest from
Overseas Visitors

On June 5 to 11 (Tuesday to Monday) of 2018 we will gather to celebrate and commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the four day visit in 1958 of Beloved Avatar Meher Baba to the property which He named Avatar’s Abode.

For 2018 we have extended the usual 4 day celebration to 7 days.

To assist us with our early planning, the Anniversary Planning Committee is calling for expressions of interest from Baba Lovers around the world who may be wishing to attend.

Your possible interest in attending can be conveyed by clicking this link http://avatarsabode.com.au/surveys/aaa2018eoi and answering some questions. This form also provides some additional information.

Your expression of interest will of course be in no way binding, but will help us to foresee the infrastructure requirements, as we anticipate significantly larger numbers from overseas. To those who respond we look forward to being in continuing closer contact.

Updates for the 2018 anniversary will appear here progressively.

Please share this with your local Baba Family.

 

Bernard Bruford and Denis Carmody.
8 August 2017.
On behalf of the 2018 Anniversary Planning Committee of the Avatar’s Abode Trust

Meher Baba at Avatar's Abode 1958

PHOTO: Avatar Meher Baba at Avatar's Abode, June 1958.

Anniversary Planning Meetings

For this anniversary we will be holding some planning meetings during the day on weekends as well as some on weekday evenings. All meetings finish at the scheduled time. Minutes of meetings will be available on the desk in the Reception Centre.

All are very welcome to attend planning meetings and as always many workers are needed. A lot of the required planning work does not require attendance at meetings. New attendees are especially welcome, as this brings new ideas.

If you cannot attend our planning meetings, please advise if you would like to receive copies of minutes, or dates of future meetings. Also, please advise if you are willing to work behind the scenes.

Contacts for Anniversary Planning Meetings

Bernard Bruford and Denis Carmody
Co-chairs of the 2018 Anniversary Planning Committee
Email: aa2018anniversary@westnet.com.au


Regular Activities on Avatar's Abode

Monday Gathering

10.00 am every Monday

Readings, discussions and Baba stories and games at the Meeting Hall.

Lorraine Brown 5446 8005

Tuesday Discussion

6.30 pm every Tuesday

Informal reading and discussion of Meher Baba's message at the Bookstore.

 

Saturday Film Nights

1st Saturday night of each month, 7.00 pm

Films of Meher Baba and other classics in Baba’s House.

Jim Frisino 0417 112 668
David Hobson 5442 1220

Baba’s House Flowers

Tuesday and Saturday Mornings
Twice weekly

You are invited to decorate Baba’s Room with roses – contact Maria for payment and roster details.

Maria Oakhill 5442 2548


Caring for Avatar's Abode

Working on Avatar’s Abode

Volunteers able to assist please contact:
For Grounds: Felix Schmid 5442 2570 / 0402 735 625 or Bernard Bruford 5442 1487
For Buildings maintenance: Greg Rimmelzwaan 0402 676 888

Anniversary Committee

Meetings held regularly in Library through to June. All welcome to join in the planning and organising. Minutes kept in Reception Centre for all to read. Plenty to do and fun doing it!
Joint Chair 2015: Bernard Bruford 5442 1487 and Denis Carmody 0415 313 471

Avatar’s Abode Trust

Meeting of Directors 10am on the 3rd Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, November.

Management Committee

Meetings 9am on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The Trust Management Committee meets monthly to maintain the property.

Baba’s House Committee

Meetings TBA by email. This group looks after Baba’s Room, Baba’s House and His belongings. The Baba community is encouraged to assist the committee.
Contact: David Hobson 5442 1220