|ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE:
||REGISTRATION & PAYMENT. Each
guest must sign in at the Gateway upon arrival. You
may occupy your cabin by 2 p.m. You may pay for your
retreat at the Gateway between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any
day during your stay.
||HOURS. Retreat guests must be inside the Center gate by 11 p.m. each night and inside their cabins by 11:30 p.m. at the latest.
DEPARTURE. Vacate your cabin by
11 a.m. You may remain on Center until 5 p.m. If you
are staying on Center after checkout time of 11 a.m.,
notify the Gateway and find out where to store your
belongings. In respect for Meher Baba's home, leave
your cabin clean and tidy. Place bed sheets in pillow
case. Turn off heat, fans, and lights.
|DURING YOUR STAY:
ROADS & PARKING. Drive very slowly throughout
the Center at all times. It preserves the retreat
atmosphere, the wildlife and the roads. All vehicles
must be parked in the Orchard, Cove or Sheriar parking
lots. Guests may drive to their cabins or kitchens
and park briefly when loading or unloading. Handicapped
persons, with handicap plates or a pass from the Gateway,
may use any of the spaces which are marked for handicapped
parking. No parking is allowed on the Briarcliffe
||PRIVACY. Please respect the privacy of individual quarters. No visiting or taking meals in others cabins (including porches), except by administrative permission.
||MEALS & FOOD. To help maintain
cleanliness, be extremely careful with regard to food
storage, preparation and cleanup. Store foods in the
appropriate kitchen areas, using proper containers;
dispose of garbage only in kitchen cans with lids; wash
food preparation areas, dishes and utensils carefully,
both for sanitation and control of bugs and pests. Do
not take food or beverages into the Meeting Place, Library,
Lagoon Cabin, Barn, or Meher Abode, and food should
not be kept or eaten in cabins without kitchens.
CHILDREN & 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. Children
are welcome to attend programs as long as they can
remain quiet and not distract others. If children
do not attend programs, parents must be responsible
for their whereabouts and behavior. Should you decide
to schedule a babysitter during your retreat, inform
the Gateway about your arrangements.
Young people 15 and over are expected to know and
obey the Center directives.
SPECIAL BUILDINGS. By Meher Babas wish, the
Barn, the Lagoon Cabin, and Meher Abode are kept as
they were during his last stay at the Center. They
are for prayer, meditation and general quietude. Please
do not converse, smoke or sleep in these places.
ATTIRE. Please dress in keeping with the retreat atmosphere: for example, no bathing suits should be worn in public buildings.
QUIET. Please respect the needs of other retreat
guests for a quiet and restful atmosphere, especially
in and near the Lagoon Cabin, Barn and Meher Abode.
CONSERVATION. Help us keep the costs of maintaining
the Center down by minimizing your use of water, electricity
PHOTOGRAPHY, RECORDINGS, ARTWORK. Photography and
video and sound recording are not permitted during
Center programs or inside Meher Abode. In other areas
of the Center, these activities, as well as any form
of artwork, are allowed for personal use only (not
for reproduction, distribution or sale).
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. No business,
including sales or marketing of any sort, is to be
conducted on the Center. No professional or healing
services are to be rendered on the Center, except
by administrative permission. Guests should not be
working off Center during their retreat.
WIRELESS PHONES. Cell phone use must be as limited
as possible. Ringers should be turned off, and calls
should not be received or made in any area where other
guests are within hearing distance.
|FOR YOUR SAFETY AND COMFORT:
||REPORTING PROBLEMS. It is very important
to report immediately any emergency, illness or special
need to the Gateway (272-5777 or 272-1118). Also, report
anything not in working order.
||FIRST AID. Supplies are in the Refectory and
Lakeview Kitchens, the Caretakers' Cabin, and at the
SMOKING & FIRE. Fire is a
serious danger to the Center. Do not use candles,
incense or fireworks, or start any outdoor fires.
Report immediately any sign of fire or smoke to the
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.
THE BEACH. All guests should be aware of the possibility
of dangerous undertows and strong currents at the
beach. Do not use floats or rafts. Be aware that the
beach is public property and is not supervised by
lifeguards. Swimming alone is prohibited, and walking
on the beach alone is not recommended.
BOATING. Call the Gateway (272-5777) for permission
to use the rowboat or to request a gondola ride. No
more than 3 persons are allowed in the rowboat, all
of whom must know how to swim. Children under 15 must
be accompanied by an adult (18 and over). A life jacket
for each person must be in the boat. No boating after
sunset. Guests may go out in the gondola only with
a trained volunteer. (currently unavailable)
TRAILS & PATHS. 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, available at the Gateway); 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
BIKES. Ride slowly and cautiously, especially in
the cabin areas. If on the trails, all trail guidelines
(#6 above) should be followed. No children under 15
should be riding on the trails without an adult.
WILDLIFE & 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.