Program of Activities
Brief Summary of Activities during the Gathering
These activities are interwoven throughout the weekend – its up to you to take yourself where you need to be.
Closer to the start of the Gathering we will post an actual schedule of events here on the Program page.
Every year our special guests share their personal experience of Baba’s love and the ways His presence has shaped their hearts and minds. Whether its a smaller ‘fireside chat’ or a large evening talk they can’t help but renew and ignite our love for Him.
Music, Music, and more Music
Our musical guests come to share their talent, lift our spirits and move our hearts. There is also a ‘Musical Round Robin’ and spontaneous jamming going on throughout the weekend with all the talented musician in our community. Bring your instruments and your voices!
New Sunday Morning Gospel Hour
Prepare to clap your hands and stomp your feet – our musical guest Jason Homan is a Gospel Choir Director and he is going to rouse our spirits and sing out from the depths of our hearts – Praising the God-Man.
Shed your fear and share your ‘shower song’, read a poem, juggle, play music, tell a joke or a story, do a magic trick – anything goes. You have a most loving audience to be brave and vulnerable with. Get on stage and shine.
Morning and evening Arti are held each day – something that occurs at Baba’s Tomb in India. For many saying Baba’s prayers as a group is a rare opportunity – and the music is sublime.
The Dhuni fire symbolizes the purifying inner fire of Divine Love. Initiated by Baba in 1925 He invited His followers to throw attachments, symbolized by sandalwood sticks, into the fire. By Meher Baba’s order, the Dhuni continues to be lit on the 12th of each month at sunset at Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. Our Dhuni is lit Saturday night after the evening program.
Focus Groups & Open Space
Focus Groups are “Pre-Planned” activities and cover five basic areas: (1) Art (ex. clay sculpture, creative writing); (2) body work/movement (ex. BrainGym, yoga; (3) a shared experience (ex. a vision quest in nature); (4) sharing Baba (ex. history of Baba’s Mandali, Shivaji’s significance); (5) an interactive sharing (discussion, cooperative “new games”, etc.
This is a great way to contribute to the Gathering, and we know that many of you have wonderful things to share. Anyone wanting to offer focus groups email Sheila Gambill focus firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Space is a forum to come up with spontaneous topics – to tune into where we are with Baba in our lives at this moment and then create a way to share that with others who are having similar interests. These groups are not pre-planned and are created in the present moment.
The auction is an event that is always filled with excitment and laughter! In the past, people have brought precious items; Baba memorabilia, rare original photos or personal items belonging to the mandali. There are also Baba crafts, art, and treasures of all kinds. Email Gabe Wood our auctioneer if you have something to donate – we want to know in advance the items history and significance. email@example.com If you intend to attend the auction (of course you do!), please remember to bring your checkbook with you to the auction.
The Bazaar is where Baba artists and craftspeople have their creations for sale. The Bazaar is kept open on the honor system and vendors are responsible for collecting their own proceeds and contributing 20% for Baba organizations in financial need. If you are interested in offering your arts / crafts for sale at the Gathering contact Clea McNeely firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toddy Shop is a coffee and tea shop for Baba lovers, where scrumptious goodies magically appear. Who brings these goodies? You do! Please bring a generous supply of snacks, cookies, brownies, breads and other delicious items—homemade items are especially appreciated. The camp provides endless coffee and tea supplies.
Teen Toddy Shop
The teens have their own program schedule, and it includes their very popular, Toddy Shop and lots and lots and lots of healthy snacks are needed for these ravenous souls. Parents of teens and anyone else wanting to contribute should bring these snacks to the Teen Center when you arrive.
We are always in need of folks who will help share in caring for your kids & teens with art projects, hikes in the woods and games. If this is your thing please contact Janet Files – email@example.com