Besides offering overnight retreats, the Center is
also available for people to visit for a few hours at
a time in the day or evening. There is no charge for
Meher Spiritual Center was established by Meher Baba as a retreat for rest, meditation and renewal of the spiritual life - for those who love and follow Meher Baba, and for those who know of him and want to know more. Those who have a sincere interest in learning more about Meher Baba and the Center are always welcome during visiting hours. As a visitor here, you are asked to abide by all of the Center's Directives and to behave in a manner that respects the Center's sacred atmosphere.
First Time Visitors
Visitors coming for the first time
must have a full guided tour and become familiar with
the Center's Directives. Following a full tour, day visitors
are free to enjoy the Center during the scheduled visiting
hours. Tours are arranged by calling the Gateway
(843-272-5777) during office hours (9 am to 5 pm, seven
days a week). Please call at least one day ahead of time. The tour is usually about an hour and
a half long. There is no charge for the tour. If friends or family ask to come see the Center with you in the future, they will also need to schedule their own tour first with one of our trained tour guides. We ask that you please not just bring them on your own.
Hours and Sign-in Procedures
Day visiting hours:
Monday through Thursday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Evening visiting hours: 7:30 - 11:00 pm
All must be off the Center no later than 11pm. If you need help finding your way to an evening program, ask the Gateway volunteer for help. For information on evening programs,
see the Program
& Events section.
Sign in: All visitors must enter through the main
gate on Highway 17 (across from Myrtle Beach Mall),
and sign in at the Gateway building where gate keys and maps
are provided. Write the names of each person in
your party in the visitor register. Put your gate key
number next to your name. If you want to borrow a map,
ask one of the Gateway staff or volunteers. Return keys
and maps at the end of your visit as you come back out
through the gate.
Note: Wear covered shoes at all times on the Center. Always carry a flashlight in the evening. Shoes, socks, and flashlights are available at the Gateway for you to borrow.
Parking: Parking for visitors is available in the Orchard lot, the lots near the Cove and Sheriar Gate, and at the beach. Drive very slowly throughout the Center. Please do not drive or park in the cabin area unless you are handicapped and have a handicap plate or have borrowed (at the Gateway) a Center handicap sign for your car.
By Meher Baba's Directive
There is to be no drug activity or involvement with drugs (including marijuana) at the Meher Center. Meher Baba has said: "Drugs are harmful physically, mentally, and spiritually."
No alcohol (including beer) is to be brought into or taken at the Center.
Fishing or swimming in the lake is prohibited.
Remember that Meher Baba does not wish us to indulge in conversations regarding backbiting, politics or drugs.
During Your Visit
Cell phones: Ringers should be turned off. Cell phone use must be as limited as possible. Calls should not be made or received in any area where others are within hearing distance.
Privacy for retreat guests: Please respect the privacy of individual quarters. There are to be no visits in guest cabins or porches (including the Guest House and its compound). You will find many trails, outdoor sitting areas and public buildings open for daytime visits. These are shown on the Center maps. Also, day visitors are not to use the Center to access the beach for swimming.
Children and Teens: For safety reasons, children under 9 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. For children 9 through 14, there should be a responsible adult on Center who is actively engaged in the supervision of their activities and whereabouts at all times. Young people 15 and over are expected to know and obey the Center directives.
Nature trails: On all paths and trails use caution and be alert when walking anywhere on the Center: always wear covered shoes (including to the beach), stay on the paths, watch for snakes, do not smoke. It is strongly recommended that guests do not go alone on the more isolated trails (marked in red on the Center maps); these trails are not patrolled. If you do go alone, call the Gateway before leaving. Children under 15 MUST be accompanied by an adult, and no one should use these trails after dark.
Bikes: Ride slowly and cautiously, especially in the cabin areas. If on the trails, all trail guidelines should be followed. No children under 15 should be riding on the trails without an adult.
Wildlife and Pets: No pets are to be on the Center. Do not feed or approach any wildlife. The Center is habitat for alligators, snakes and coyotes. Be alert and keep close watch on children! Report to staff or Gateway any problem wildlife in cabin areas. Due to raccoons, do not leave food on porches overnight.
Boating: To take out the rowboat, call the Gateway
for permission. (currently unavailable).
Comfortable sitting areas: Original Kitchen sitting room (where the phone is located) and the patio porch, Refectory Kitchen porch, Library porch and Reading Room, the Boathouse, the children's shelter near the Meeting Place, the Breezeway near Lantern cabin, several gazebos along the trails and one at the children's playground, and picnic tables and benches on trails. Please note that meal preparation and eating in the Lakeview and Refectory kitchens are reserved for overnight retreat guests only.
Smoking areas: Fire is a serious danger to the Center. Report immediately any sign of fire or smoke to the Gateway. Smoking out-of-doors is strictly prohibited, except in areas where clay pots are provided. Indoor smoking is allowed only on porches; however, the screened porches at the two communal kitchens, the Guest House, and Meher Abode are all non-smoking areas. Never walk anywhere with a lit cigarette.
Video viewing: Many beautiful videos of Meher Baba and his closest companions are available for viewing at the Library from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, and in the Gateway parlor from 9am-11pm.
Meeting Place Displays: There are monthly rotating displays in the Meeting Place of archival photos, paintings and photography. Remember to leave the room as it was when you entered.
Public restrooms: Public restrooms are located near the Meeting Place, on the path between the Lake Cabin and Refectory, near the Barn and in the Library Reading Room.
Safety or other concerns: Please direct any questions or concerns to the Gateway, either in person or from the Original Kitchen phone. First aid kits are in the Caretakers Cabin, the Gateway, and the Refectory and Lakeview kitchens.
||Monday through Saturday, 11:00
am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
||9:00 am - 11:00 pm
|Sunday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Tours of Meher Abode begin promptly at the opening
hour and last half an hour
||9:00 am - 4:00 pm
||daytime & evenings
|Meher Baba, Meher Center, 1956