61st Avatar's Abode Anniversary

Avatar's Abode Anniversary 2019

Anniversary Invitation

Download your 2019 Anniversary Invitation here » for details on attending, participating, dining, climate, transport, accommodation, etc.

The 2019 Anniversary will be commemorated at Avatar's Abode from Friday June 7, 11:30AM to Monday June 10, 2:30PM.

Monday June 10 is a public holiday in all states except QLD & WA.

Anniversary Program

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Special Guests

Adrienne Shamszad

Adrienne Shamszad Special Guest Avatar's Abode Anniversary 2019

Adrienne Shamszad, from the USA, is a singer-songwriter whose inspired music for her Beloved is both personal and delightful. She will be accompanied by her husband, Alan Manoukian, himself an accomplished poet.

Adrienne’s music is a special blend of Western and Persian influences. Her lyrics are poetic and intimate, inspired by the mystic poets of Iran as well as the folk poet-songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Adrienne became Baba’s at the age of 18 standing in the doorway of Guruprasad while gazing at His photo. Her deepest longing is to convey through her music even an ounce of Meher Baba’s Love, sharing that gift with the same Ancient One who dwells within the heart of each listener.

Ward Parks

Ward Parks Special Guest Avatar's Abode Anniversary 2019

Ward Parks, one of the foremost scholars on the works of Avatar Meher Baba, will share his insights into Baba's words, a subject he has made his life's work. You can also be sure that Ward will be bringing along a few songs that will need some good singing.

Ward is a Harvard graduate and former associate professor of Medieval Studies at Louisiana State University. A Baba lover since 1970, he has been a resident at Meherabad since 1993. Ward worked closely with Meherwan Jessawala in the painstaking process of editing some of Baba’s recently discovered manuscripts, and in producing publications such as “Infinite Intelligence”, “In God’s Hand”, and “Tiffin Lectures”. Ward has also written about 400 songs in praise of his Beloved.

Dr Ajit Soni

Dr Ajit Soni Special Guest Avatar's Abode Anniversary 2019

Dr. Ajit Soni, presently a practicing M.D. from the Indian city of Navsari, was fortunate to have had Baba’s Darshan at the age of 8 at Guruprasad in 1964. His father, Bachubhai Soni, one of Baba’s favourite singers, first met and sang for Baba as a child in 1937. In the 50s and 60s Bachubhai attended many Sahavas and Darshan programs where Baba would often ask him to sing. Dr. Ajit Soni is himself an accomplished singer and has recorded his father’s songs as wells as ghazals by Bhau Kalchuri, composed in different classical ragas. He recently published “Reminiscences of Meher Baba Lovers of Navsari”.

Dr. Ajit Soni has performed his ghazals and given talks at numerous Baba programs in India and at the Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach.

How to Attend


Please use this Registration link to let us know of your intention to come, meal requirements, volunteer and program offerings, as well as any special needs. Please register as soon as you can, this will assist us in preparing for your visit.

Check In

On arrival at Avatar’s Abode please check in at the Reception Centre.


There is no fee for attending the Anniversary, however we do encourage that donations be made towards supporting the Anniversary. This can be done either at the Reception Centre where you check in or online at the Avatar's Abode website here »

Our suggested donation is $20 per day per adult or $70 per adult for the full four days (meals are not included as part of any donations; see Avatar’s Abode Dining in the Invitation).

2019 Anniversary Contact Details

Avatar’s Abode Anniversary email: AAACommittee2019@gmail.com
Emergency contacts during the Anniversary: In Australia (07) 5442 1961 or 0415 313 471, from overseas: +617 5442 1961 or +61 415 313 471.

Regular Activities on Avatar's Abode

Sunday morning Arti held at 9 am in Baba's House, followed by coffee and tea served in the kitchen from 9.30 am.

Monday Gathering

10.00 am every Monday

Readings, discussions and Baba stories and games at the Meeting Hall.

Lorraine Brown 5446 8005

Wednesday Book Reading

4:30 - 5:30 pm every Wednesday

Wednesday afternoon book reading meeting – an informal reading and discussion of Meher Baba's message at the Bookstore.

Saturday Film Nights

1st Saturday night of each month, 7.00 pm

Films of Meher Baba and other classics in Baba’s House.

Jim Frisino 0417 112 668
David Hobson 5442 1220

Baba’s House Flowers

Tuesday and Saturday Mornings – Twice weekly

You are invited to decorate Baba’s Room with roses – contact Maria for payment and roster details.

Maria Oakhill 5442 2548

Caring for Avatar's Abode

Working on Avatar’s Abode

Volunteers able to assist please contact:
For Grounds: Felix Schmid 5442 2570 / 0402 735 625 or Bernard Bruford 5442 1487
For Buildings maintenance: Greg Rimmelzwaan 0402 676 888

Anniversary Committee

Meetings held regularly in Library through to June. All welcome to join in the planning and organising. Minutes kept in Reception Centre for all to read. Plenty to do and fun doing it!
Joint Chair 2015: Bernard Bruford 5442 1487 and Denis Carmody 0415 313 471

Avatar’s Abode Trust

Meeting of Directors at 10:30am on the 3rd Saturday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Management Committee

Meetings at 9am on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The Trust Management Committee meets monthly to maintain the property.

Baba’s House Care Group

Meeting dates are advised by email. This group looks after Baba’s Room, Baba’s House and His belongings. The Baba community is encouraged to assist the Baba's House Care Group.
Contact: David Hobson 5442 1220