Oregon Baha’i Summer School is open to everyone

Oregon Badasht Bahá’í Summer School
Who: People of all ages
When: August 10-15, 2010
Where: Camp Myrtlewood, near Roseburg, OR
Register: Online Registration
More Info: Rob Siegel (uninet2@pioneer.net)

Registration is now open for the Oregon Badasht Bahá’í Summer School, August 10-15, 2010. All are welcome to attend. The theme for the conference is “Choose For Yourself a Noble Goal.”

This year’s Badasht Bahá’í Summer School promises to be a truly distinctive experience. Keynote presenters include distinguished guests Sonlla Heern, Evelyn Delgado, Hal Sexton and Fred Delgado.

There will be workshops for all age groups and the schedule is designed to foster the “building of spiritual community” based on the themes in Mr. Paul Lample’s book “Revelation and Social Reality.” The integrated schedule will promote a high degree of interaction, as we all learn how to become positive “change agents.”

Oregon Badasht Bahá’í Summer School is held at Camp Myrtlewood, off Hwy 42 between Roseburg and Coos Bay – a beautiful, peaceful and remote setting and a truly restful hideaway.

Don’t wait to register since we are expecting to fill the capacity of the school.

Note that a separate registration form must be filled out and submitted (online) for each individual. Families with the same address will save time by using the browser <BACK> button to keep selected fields the same after submitting each person.

For further questions, email the Registrar: Rob Siegel (uninet2@pioneer.net).

What is Badasht?

Badasht was a hamlet in northern Persia in the mid 1800s (northern Iran). It was in this spot in the summer of 1848, that 81 early followers of The Báb (Forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith) gathered to listen to what would be required of the followers of Islam in preparation for the coming of the Promised One of all Ages.

“That memorable day and those which immediately followed it witnessed the most revolutionary changes in the life and habits of the assembled followers of the Báb. Their manner of worship underwent a sudden and fundamental transformation. The prayers and ceremonials by which those devout worshippers had been disciplined were irrevocably discarded…The obsolete conventions which had fettered the consciences of men were boldly challenged and fearlessly swept away. The way was clear for the proclamation of the laws and precepts that were destined to usher in the new Dispensation.”
—from The Dawn-Breakers: Nabíl’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Bahá’í Revelation, Chapter XVI

This Bahá’í Summer School in Oregon took the name of Badasht to commemorate that striking and decisive occasion when the truly faithful were separated from those whose faith had been lost, in the hopes that the experience of the school will be life-changing and always remembered. The story of the Conference that ensued at Badasht is told in a wonderful children’s book, The Central Figures: Bahá’u’lláh, Volume One: The Badasht Conference.