YOUTH SAHAVAS 2022
Dear Friends,
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We are very happy to announce that Meher Center is planning to host an on-site Youth Sahavas this summer from Tuesday, June 21—Sunday, June 26. Given that major areas around the US are now beginning to gradually open up, we are hopeful that conditions will be suitable for the Youth Sahavas to take place at that time. However, should conditions change, we would have to cancel the event and would be in contact with you. We are looking forward to welcoming young people to Baba’s home this summer.
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From June 21 to June 26, the Center will be entirely reserved for teens and the Sahavas staff working with them. During the Sahavas, participants will stay in Center cabins with experienced counselors, enjoy vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals and snacks, fill their days with art and music, fun and games, beach time and nap time, meaningful discussions, performances, dances and plays—and by His grace, without fail, all will be infused with His love.
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When?
Youth Sahavas 2022 will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, and end with departure at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
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Who Can Attend?
Youth Sahavas 2022 is designated for young people who have finished 8th grade to those who have just completed their senior year (approximately 14 to 18 years of age).
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COVID-19 Precautions
The Youth Sahavas will adhere to the CDC guidelines for overnight camps. Please be assured that safety is our top priority at the Youth Sahavas. We encourage anyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to do so at least two weeks prior to Sahavas. This will help us create a safe space for all who attend. We will be sharing more specific details in early June, including requirements about COVID testing if necessary, prior to and during the event.
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Sahavas Understandings
We must emphasize that participants in Youth Sahavas 2022 are expected to abide by all Center guidelines and directives, including all COVID-19 precautions, and to cooperate fully with the staff during the entire Sahavas program. By Meher Baba’s directive, no alcohol or illegal drugs may be brought to the Center. We want you to be aware of Meher Baba’s clear statement that all mind-altering drugs are physically and spiritually harmful to those who take them.
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It is also important for participants and parents to be clear about the focus of Youth Sahavas—it is a focus on Meher Baba, on companionship in His love, and on the experience of His presence at Meher Center. Please be sure you understand the purpose of the Sahavas before signing the participation agreement on the registration form.
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Parents can expect further contact regarding special COVID-19 precautions, as well as in the case of other health needs. We take every care to ensure a safe event, and will utilize local health care should the need arise. Parents are always contacted immediately when extra care or need arises that requires professional medical attention.
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Many details of Youth Sahavas 2022 are still being determined, and we encourage you to get in touch with suggestions or questions. Send your thoughts as soon as possible, either before or with your registration form (space is provided at bottom of the form).
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We look forward to seeing you all in June!
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Much Love in Beloved Meher Baba,
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The Youth Sahavas Committee
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Buz and Wendy Connor, Michael Echeveste, Linda Hansen, Molly Irani, Annie Fahy Lawn, Allison Lawton, Rustom Meyer, Michelle McKeever, Christina Parsons, Daniel Peach, Barbara Plews, Kipper Schauer, Elly Drygas Szymanski, & Roz Taubman
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