Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, SC
The Meher Spiritual Center is a 500-acre (200 ha) spiritual retreat along the Atlantic Ocean between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and adjacent to Briarcliffe Acres. The Center was established by Elizabeth Chapin Patterson and Princess Norina Matchabelli in the early 1940s to provide a place for spiritual renewal to visitors and to provide information about Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. Its stated purpose is to exist as a “retreat for rest, meditation, and renewal of the spiritual life.”
The Meher Spiritual Center is also designated as a South Carolina wildlife sanctuary, with more than 200 species of plants, 100 species of birds and 44 species of animals. The Center has two lakes, many nature trails, and a mile of Atlantic shoreline. The Center has a house built for Meher Baba which is named “Meher Abode” but usually referred to as “Baba’s House.” Meher Baba stayed there during his three visits to America in the 1950s. Meher Baba inaugurated the Meher Center in 1952 and also visited in 1956 and 1958.