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
First Time Visitors
Visitors coming for the first time
must have a full guided tour and become familiar with
the Center 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.
Hours and Sign-in Procedures
Sign in: All visitors must enter through the main
gate on Highway 17 (across from Myrtle Beach Mall),
and sign in at the Gateway 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.
Day visiting hours:
Monday through Thursday, 2 to 5 pm
Friday, 2 to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Evening visiting hours: 7:30 to 11 pm
If you need help finding your way to the program, ask
the Gateway volunteer for help. Be off the Center no
later than 11 pm. For information on evening programs,
see the Program
& Events section, or call 843-361-2252. This
information is usually updated every Wednesday afternoon.
Note: Wear covered shoes at all times on the
Center. If you come in the evening, always carry a flashlight.
Shoes, socks, and flashlights are available at the Gateway
for you to borrow.
Parking: Parking for visitors is in the Orchard
lot, the lot near the Cove, or the lot near Sheriar
Gate. 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.
During Your Visit
There are many trails, outdoor sitting areas, and public
buildings, which are open for daytime visits. These
are shown on the Center maps. Please note that all guest
cabins (including the Guest House compound) and use
of kitchens, are reserved for overnight retreat guests
only. Day visitors are also asked not to use the Center
to access the beach for swimming.
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.
Smoking areas: Designated smoking areas are located
on the Saroja Library screened porch, the Boathouse
and the gazebo at the playground and in several areas
outdoors which have clay pots set out for this purpose.
Please do not smoke anywhere else on the Center due
to the great danger of forest fire. Never walk anywhere
with a lit cigarette.
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, several gazebos along the trails and one at the
children's playground, picnic tables and benches on
trails. Kitchens are reserved for overnight guests only.
Video viewing: Many beautiful videotapes of Meher
Baba and his closest companions are available for viewing
at the Library from 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm, and
in the Gateway "parlor" from 9 am to 11 pm.
Meeting Place Displays: There are rotating displays in the Meeting Place of archival photos, and original paintings and photography.
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
Safety or other concerns: Please direct any questions
or concerns to the Gateway, either in person or by using
the Original Kitchen phone. First aid kits are in the
Caretakers Cabin, the Gateway, and the Refectory and
||Monday through Saturday, 11
am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm
Sunday, 2 to 4 pm
||9 am to 11 pm
|Sunday, 11 am to 1 pm
Tuesday, 11 am to 1 pm
Friday, 4 to 6 pm
Saturday, 9 to 11 am
Tours of Meher Abode begin promptly at the opening
hour and last half an hour
||9 am to 4 pm
||daytime & evenings
|Meher Baba, Meher Center, 1956