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2017 Gurmat Retreat Update #2

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji K i Fateh!

We are looking forward to seeing you this Friday! Just a few reminders:

1. We are having a poetry/open mic night on Sunday evening. Please think about sharing a favorite poem, essay, song, or instrument.  We would love to hear your voice!

2. If travelling by air/train/bus, please email us complete info at: info@sikhyouthalliance.org.

3. If you have dietary allergies/food sensitivities – please let us know so we can make accommodations accordingly

4. Don’t forget your bedding and towels, and please come prepared for outdoor activities!

4. Gurmat Retreat begins with registration at 4:00pm on Friday, May 26th and concludes with lunch on Monday, May 29th at 1:00 pm.

5. The address for the campsite is: YMCA Camp Storer 6941 Stony Lake Road, Jackson, MI 49021.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We will see you soon!

Charhdi Kala!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji K i Fateh!

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2017 Gurmat Retreat: Panel Discussion

Learn from your contemporaries at the retreat, each one of who has started their own micro revolution, whether it be in terms of politics, law, environment, service and activism. Ask questions and get insight into how you can ensure your project sees the light of day, or how you can be a part of existing ones and help them grow. #syan2017 #syanagurmatretreat #seeyounextweek!!!

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2017 Gurmat Retreat Update

2017 SYANA Gurmat Retreat is just around the corner and we are excited to see familiar faces and especially excited to meet new people!

If you have already registered, a few things we wanted to let you know before your arrival:

1. If you are traveling in by plane, train or bus please email us at info@sikhyouthalliance.org with your information so appropriate transfers can be arranged.
2. Please don’t forget to bring bath slippers for the bathroom, bedding for a twin size bed, and towels.  Note: If you are flying into Detroit, we will do our best to provide bedding for you. We will be in contact once we receive your flight information.
3. You will need tennis shoes for some of the weekend activities.
4. Please try and bring a water bottle.
5. Visit the FAQ section on the website for common questions, but please feel free to email us with any questions you may have.
7. If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions – please let us know.
8. You can find info on our workshops and speakers via our blog.
9. If you have any concerns or special requests, please email us, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Again, we are excited about the opportunity to spend time with all of you. We’ll see you on Friday May 26th!

Charhdi Kala

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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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! – www.sikhyouthalliance.org/retreat

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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! http://buff.ly/2pHU5k5

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