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2019 Gurmat Retreat: Update #8

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

We are only a few days away from the beginning of retreat and are eagerly awaiting your arrival!



Have you ever thought, where in Gurbani can we find answers about the purpose of life, or how to get rid of anger?

Submit your questions here

We are preparing a small workshop through which we hope we will all become more in touch with Gurbani.

Additionally, we’d like to give you the final workshops update!

Seventh Workshop:

ਆਵਾਜ਼ – Awakening the Voice of the Panth:

An immersive workshop explaining the importance of Sikh poetry with an opportunity for all to express their creativity through poems and prose.

Moderator: Japjyot Singh (MD)

Eighth Workshop:

Workshops, Presentations and MORE!

Ever feel nervous about giving a talk or teaching others about a topic? These mini sessions will give you tips and tricks to make your own workshops and presentations. Be prepared to learn and share information in a way that will help you connect with others.

Moderators: Harleen Kaur (MI) & Sangeeta Kaur (MI)

Ninth Workshop:

I Pledge Allegiance

Guru Nanak turned the spiritual and political worlds upside by transfusing both ideals into the life of his Sikhs. This tradition was forged by Charan and then, by the Khanda. This workshop will offer insights on how Miri-Piri relate to one of the most fundamental commitments a Sikh can make: receiving Khandey Ki Pahul. To whom do we owe our allegiance? How can we become engaged citizens of the Khalsa Panth? What responsibilities do we have as constituents of the Akal Takht?

Moderator: Sardar Kuldeep Singh (FL)

Looking forward to a great weekend!

Charhdi Kala,
SYANA Sevadaars

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2019 Gurmat Retreat: Update #4

Third Workshop: 

Beyond Duality: Exploring Asa Ki Vaar

Every morning for the last five hundred years, Sikhs have gathered together to sing Asa ki Var. Guru Nanak Sahib (with some Slokhs from Guru Angad Sahib) revealed this Bani to destroy the idea of duality and so that the unity of Ik Oan Kar could reign supreme.

Explore with us as we examine how Guru Sahib tackles the duality of our thoughts; how we separate the Creator from Creation. We will learn how he challenges the duality in our actions, how our inauthenticity and hypocrisy comes in the way of a genuine love for Vahiguru.

Finally we will see how Guru Sahib seeks to expose the duality of our societies. The categories we create between pure and impure, good and bad. Let us try and feel a glimpse of the awe that Guru Ji felt upon seeing a fully connected and unified Divinely infused universe.

Moderator: Santbir Singh (ON)

Chardhi Kala!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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Gurmat Retreat: Update #5

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa  Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

We are one week away and hope you are as excited as we are!
We’ve got info to share, so look below.


This year’s schedule is now up on the retreat website. While there might be some minor changes, this will give you an idea of what to expect for the weekend.

(You can click on the individual workshops to see a brief description)



    • Bring bedding (sheets/blanket/pillow)
    • Appropriate clothing
    • Towel
    • Toiletries
    • Tennis shoes and athletic wear

The YMCA Camp Storer offers a variety of activities and amenities at the campsite. Mornings and evenings are often cooler and afternoons can warm up significantly.

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2018 SYANA Gurmat Retreat: Missed the deadline? Fear not!


We’ve extended the registration deadline to Sunday, May 13th @9:00 pm!

SYANA Gurmat Retreat is four days of being surrounded by Sangat, immersing yourself in daily divaans and taking part in engaging discussions and various workshops. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity and make sure you register!

We look forward to seeing you May 25th to May 28th at  YMCA Camp Storer!

Click here to register.


… help us spread the word! Let your friends know that you’re going to retreat by using the hashtag #syana2018 and tagging us – @syalliance!

We’ll be keeping a lookout for your posts!

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