Charles Haynes and his family first met Meher Baba in 1958 during the Sahavas at Meher Spiritual Center. Charles attended the East-West Gathering in 1962 and the Great Darshan in 1969. He served on the Meher Center board for many years and currently serves on the board of Meher Fund. In his professional life, Charles is vice president of the Newseum Institute and founding director of the Religious Freedom Center. He is the author or co-author of eight books including Meher Baba, The Awakener.

   Christopher Wilson grew up in Columbia, SC and first learned about Meher Baba through a teacher at his high school. He first visited Meher Spiritual Center on May 21, 1987 – the same date on which Charles had met Meher Baba at the Center in 1958. Christopher earned his doctorate in Art History and has published widely on depictions of St. Teresa of Avila and other Carmelites in European and Latin American art. He teaches at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD and serves on the board of Sheriar Foundation.

   Christopher and Charles were married on December 6, 2014, after twenty-five years together. They published Norina’s Gift: Messages of Meher Baba Received Through Princess Norina Matchabelli and continue to work with Norina’s and Nadine Tolstoy’s archival materials. They live in Alexandria, VA with their two dogs, Jefferson and Jimmy, and their parrot named José.

  Two very special visual presentations will be scheduled on Saturday (see program for times):

May 21 — A Date That Was "Meant to Be"
Elizabeth Patterson would often say, “Dates are important with Baba.” This talk explores one date in the life of Charles and Christopher, a window into how Beloved Baba works in the lives of His lovers.

"Still, still with Thee": Norina Matchabelli and the Cost of Discipleship Using materials from Norina’s archives, Charles and Christopher examine how Norina’s work for Meher Baba and her participation in His suffering exemplify “being is dying by loving.”

  On Sunday, Charles will present Meher Baba and Humility: Lessons in Freedom Learned from Life with Meher Baba

 Charles opening car door for the Beloved.
  (Photos courtesy of Charles Haynes)

Rosewoods Meher Rest, home of Ron Lansing and Miriam Rose, is an urban natural setting located in East Portland. Directions here.

  Ron and Miriam say, “Rosewoods Meher Rest is the name we have given to the property Meher Baba brought into our lives in April 2012, exactly a year after we returned from our three-year stay at the Oklahoma Heartland Center. We are holding this land and our home open for spiritually rooted personal and community activities that Baba might bring here. We formally dedicated the property to Avatar Meher Baba with the support of the Oregon Baba Lover community in April 2013.”

   Rosewoods Meher Rest is a wondrous acre on the edge of southeast Portland and at the foot of Powell Butte Nature Park. The land slopes gently up the hill to the north, a rough gem adjoining the wild cedars and firs, and seasonal stream of the park next door to the east.

   Rosewoods Meher Rest has old fruit trees, walnut trees and big fir and cedar of its own. A wild undergrowth of high grass and blackberries covers the upper half acre. There is room for outdoor group meetings, quiet personal spaces, a fire (dhuni) ring and a camping meadow.

Climate: Usually sunny and warm, could be low 70s to mid 80s. Evenings cool. It can rain at any time in Oregon.

Activities: Music, workshop, morning arti, dhuni, games, and the toddy shop.


Children’s Craft & Play Area: For the young and young-at-heart, toys and craft supplies will be available in the children's play area, but there will be no designated childcare-walla. Parents will be responsible for their children at all times.

Meals: Saturday lunch and dinner will be provided as well as Sunday lunch. If you have special dietary needs, you must bring your special items with you, breakfast on your own. Plates and utensils will be provided. Please bring personal cups/mugs and cloth napkins. (Please sign up for clean-up crew with David Defauw).

On-Site Facilities: We plan to have eight tent sites available for campers overnight Friday and Saturday. Toilets will be on-site and water will be available. The sites are all together on the middle property meadow. Tents will need to be closer together than in past years because of the limited space. There may be trees for hammocks also. Please contact Ron to save a site.

Car Pooling: Please make efforts to car pool where possible. Parking is limited.

Items to Bring         

Warm evening clothes
Cups/mugs for drinks
 Cloth napkins
Pillow/cushion for metal chairs  
Tent/camping gear     
Mosquito Repellent   
Musical instruments    
Special needs items

Don’t Bring         

Pets  •  Illegal Drugs  •  Alcohol  •  Cannabis

“To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance, and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the benefit and guidance of others, by expressing in the world of forms, truth, love, purity and beauty — this is the sole game that has any intrinsic and absolute worth.”
                                                 - Meher Baba


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Directions to Rosewoods Meher Rest
14405 SE Ellis St, Portland, OR 97236
Please make efforts to car pool where possible.
Parking is limited.

Camping spaces are limited;
contact Ron Lansing for availability.
Email: Ron Lansing

Adults (over 30)......................... $80.00
Young Adults (under 30).............. $40.00
Family with Young Adults & Children........ $120.00
Single Day Saturday.....................$30.00
Youth (under 12 Free)                            

Financial aid up to 50% of the
registration fee can be requested.

Funds are limited and will be offered
first come first serve while available.

Financial aid donations are provided by the
generous support of Sahavas guests.
Please contact Marc Lane


Make Checks Payable to:

5427 Steven CT N
Keizer, OR 97303

Problems registering online?
We'll take your order over the phone.

Marc Lane - 503-383-2218
Email: Marc Lane

Betty Lowman - 503-873-0415
Email: Betty Lowman

Sahavas Program

Onsite Registration - 5 p.m.
Potluck Gathering - 6 p.m.
Dhuni - 8 pm.


Breakfast on your own.

Arti - 9 a.m.

Charles and Christopher Talk:
May 21 — A Date That Was "Meant to Be"
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lunch - 12:30 p.m.
A complete burrito bar with vegetarian options.

Charles and Christopher Presentation:
"Still, still with Thee": Norina Matchabelli and
the Cost of Discipleship
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions/Toddy Shop
Music & Poetry/Free Time
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Dinner - 6 p.m.
Lebanese cuisine catered by Ya Hala

Entertainment Program - 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Breakfast on your own.

Arti - 9 a.m.

Charles Talk: Meher Baba and Humility:
Lessons in Freedom Learned from
Life with Meher Baba
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Lunch - 12 p.m.
Roasted vegetables, fruits, wild greens, chicken salads catered by Sheridan Fruit Market.

Sahavas clean-up - 1 p.m.