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2017 Gurmat Retreat: Where do you stand?

Be a part of this challenging team exercise at SYANA Gurmat Retreat to figure out how to answer our own questions about the moral, social, political, religious, environmental and economics problems that plague the world today. Learn how to research gurbani, sikh practices, and history to respond to the ethical and real world crises of the current day. #syana2017 #onemoreweek #seeyousoon!

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2017 Gurmat Retreat: Revolutions

“Often times what makes the headlines or hits the history books are those prolific leaders and the milestone events, but that’s rarely where revolutions begin.” – Rubin Paul Singh

As current events have shown us, to take a stand and bring about a paradigm shift requires an enormous change in social thinking. Gurbani and Sikh history tell us that every small action and effort adds up, brings down regimes, alters cultural mindsets and inspires generations forever. Be a part of this intense creative group discussion at SYANA Gurmat Retreat and develop the skills to bring about micro revolutions of your own. #syana2017 #onemoreweek #seeyouthere

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2017 Gurmat Retreat: Those who walked the path

In one of the workshops at SYANA Gurmat Retreat we will learn from our glorious past of Sikh History, of Singhs and Kaurs that sacrificed their all to walk on this difficult path. How they dealt with adversity, and challenged the status quo. Santbir Singh will regale you with the stories of sikhs from the Guru’s period, the times of the Misl, Khalsa Raj, and even contemporary times. These examples of historical figures will illustrate how time and time again, gursikhs have been inspired by Gurbani to walk on the edges of swords.

#syana2017 #seeyouthere!! #goregister! –

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2017 Gurmat Retreat: Gurbani Veechar

Wondering what SYANA Gurmat Retreat is all about? Here’s one of the workshops planned: ⠀

The theme shabad for the retreat is the 14th pauri of Anand Sahib: ⠀

ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਚਾਲ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ॥⠀
Bhagathaa Kee Chaal Niraalee ||⠀
ਚਾਲਾ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ਭਗਤਾਹ ਕੇਰੀ ਬਿਖਮ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਚਲਣਾ ॥⠀
Chaalaa Niraalee Bhagathaah Kaeree Bikham Maarag Chalanaa ||⠀
ਲਬੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਤਜਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਬੋਲਣਾ ॥⠀
Lab Lobh Ahankaar Thaj Thrisanaa Bahuth Naahee Bolanaa ||⠀
ਖੰਨਿਅਹੁ ਤਿਖੀ ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਏਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਜਾਣਾ ॥⠀
Khanniahu Thikhee Vaalahu Nikee Eaeth Maarag Jaanaa ||⠀
ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨੀ ਆਪੁ ਤਜਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਵਾਸਨਾ ਸਮਾਣੀ ॥⠀
Gur Parasaadhee Jinee Aap Thajiaa Har Vaasanaa Samaanee ||⠀
ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਚਾਲ ਭਗਤਾ ਜੁਗਹੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ॥੧੪॥⠀
Kehai Naanak Chaal Bhagathaa Jugahu Jug Niraalee ||14||⠀

This interactive workshop will allow participants to understand and explore the meanings and myriads of translations through discussions. Shabads from gurbani that expand on this general theme: the path of the saintly ones, the qualities that make a bhagat and how it is possible to attain them will be introduced by the moderators to provide a comprehensive understanding of the topic.⠀

Make sure you register for #syana2017!

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2017 SYANA Camp Registration Opens Tonight

Registration Opens Tonight!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Just a reminder registration will be opening tonight at 8:30 pm!!

Remember, spots are limited and fill up quickly, so please be sure to register in time.

Please have the following information on hand for registration:

– Valid credit card (in the United States, you can opt for ACH)
– Health insurance info
– Any allergies
– Prescription medication

Please email us at with any questions.

We look forward for another amazing year at camp!!


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2017 SYANA GURMAT CAMP Registration Opening Soon!

Registration Opening Soon!

Camp Registration Opens May 10th @ 8:30pm

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sikh Youth Alliance of North America (SYANA) is excited to announce this year’s Gurmat camp will be held from July 2nd to July 8th at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI – approx. 60 minutes outside of Detroit.

Online registration will open next week on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at We will be sending out more information on the registration process in the upcoming days.

The annual Gurmat camp has always been SYANA’s flagship endeavor, aimed at giving Sikh youth across North America exposure and access to the Guru’s message, in the hopes of inspiring a life-long commitment to the Sikh way of life.

For over 40 years, SYANA has provided Sikh children across North America with a 1 week summer experience that immerses the youngest members of our Panth in Keertan, Paath, Gurmat, History classes, and most importantly, the benefits of Guru-oriented Sangat.

SYANA Gurmat Camp returns for its third year to Camp Copneconic. Situated on 750 wooded acres around Lake Copneconic, the campsite offers a variety of programming including high ropes courses, archery, ziplines and water activities. A serene and natural atmosphere with dorm-like accommodations will help make sure our campers are comfortable throughout their stay.  We have had great success at this campsite in the past few years and will continue to improve the already amazing camp experience by offering more personalized attention to each one of our campers.

This yearly event aims to bring together Sikh youth from across North America to an environment where the Sikh way of life can be experienced. Immersed in the inspiring traditions of the Sikh faith, these youth capture a glimpse of the Guru’s message in the hopes of encouraging a love for the Sikh path. The camp is structured to encourage relationships that strengthen a spiritual experience through Sangat. In spending a week together, youth create friendships that last a lifetime.

We hope to welcome both veteran and new campers into a week-long adventure of Sikhi-inspired fun and learning.

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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2017 Gurmat Retreat Registration Now Open


Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

The Sikh Youth Alliance of America (SYANA) is excited to announce this year’s annual Gurmat retreat will be held from Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29, 2017. This annual retreat aims to bring together young Sikh adults, ages 18-30, from all over North America. It is with Shabad Veechar, Gurmat based discussions, and peer-induced self reflection that we hope to create an environment leading to individual growth and Panthic progress.

Details of this year’s retreat are as follows:

When: May 26-May 29, 2017
Where: YMCA Camp Storer, Jackson, MI
Who: Young Sikh adults, ages 18-30
Why: Because you make good decisions 🙂

This year’s retreat will focus on the unique and distinct lifestyle of the Sikh collective:

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SYANA 2016 Gurmat Camp: Updates from Day Two and Three

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru JI Ki Fateh!

SYANA Gurmat campers had such a blast these past two days! We did a lot of fun and exciting activities and workshops with the campers. On Tuesday, the A and B group campers had the option of participating in the high ropes course and the zip line. The C, D, and E groups had the option of doing reptiles and hikes. Today, the campers participated in water activities! The A groupers went canoeing, the B groupers went tubing, and the C and D groupers participated in inflatable water activities!

Furthermore, our annual Tuesday Keertan Durbar was a HUGE success! We had over 55 campers ready to do their Shabad by the second day of camp!! This was such a huge accomplishment for both the campers and Keertan teachers!

 Lastly, during divans the campers listened to divan talks done by our youth teachers. The first divan talk was on divan protocol where the campers learned about how to behave in a Guru’s Darbar and the purpose of divans. The second divan talk was about Karah Parshaad (Degh). In this divan talk, the campers learned the significance of Degh and the process of making it. The third divan talk was on Ardaas. During this talk, the campers learned what the word “Ardaas” meant and went through the history of Ardaas and all the Shaheeds!

 These past few days have been filled with learning, inspiration, and SO much energy!

 Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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