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2019 Gurmat Retreat: Update #2

Over the next few days, we will share the exciting talks, workshops and speakers we have lined up for retreat, that will motivate and reignite your connection with gurbani, gurmat and rehat.

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!We are just a month away from the annual SYANA Gurmat Retreat 2019! This year we will be celebrating Guru Nanak Sahib Ji! 2019 marks the 550th year since Guru Nanak’s arrival into this world.  Guru Nanak instigated a personal and communal revolution that the world has never seen before and yet to fathom.

First up is:

ਬਾਣੀ ਅਤੇ ਬੈਹਣੀGurbani is a multi-dimensional source of inspiration, guidance, and insights. Exploring the language, metaphors, and socio-political historical contexts of a Shabad of Guru Nanak, we will examine how Guru Nanak framed the path of Sikhi through practical lessons regarding behavior, politics, and emotions. This workshop creates space for individuals to delve deeply into Gurbani and equip them with tools to interpret Gurbani at an individual level.

Moderators: Balpreet Kaur (OH) & Ujjal Didar Singh (OH)

Chardhi Kala!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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2019 Gurmat Retreat: Update #1


Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa  Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

2019 SYANA Gurmat Retreat is just around the corner and we are excited to see familiar faces and especially excited to meet new people!

Thank you for registering, 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. 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 24th

Chardi Kala

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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SYANA 2019 Gurmat Camp: Save The Date

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

As our excitement arises becasue Spring is finally here, what is even more exciting is that SYANA Gurmat Camp is only 3 months away!

We know this is the time summer and vacation plans are being made so we wanted to take a moment to share the dates for our upcoming SYANA Gurmat Camp.

This year, camp will be held June 30th – July 6th at YMCA Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI.

We are looking forward to seeing our old sangat and meeting new friends as well so we hope you take advantage of this opportunity to come together to learn, have fun, and immerse yourself in sangat.

This year is especially special – 2019 marks the 550th year since Guru Nanak’s arrival into this world.  

We will spend the week learning and understanding about the revolutionary path that was established by our Guru.

Come join us for an exciting week of Keertan, classes, workshops, and connecting to the Guru and Sangat.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding registration. Looking forward to seeing you all soon! 
Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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SYANA 2019 Gurmat Retreat: Registration Open!

Vaahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaahiguru Ji Ki Fateh! Dear Sangat far & wide,

Registration for this year’s annual Gurmat Retreat is now openSYANA Gurmat Retreat is an annual tradition that brings together Sikhs of all backgrounds to connect & reflect on the wisdom and daily practice of Sikhi – all while spending a weekend surrounded by nature in Jackson, MI.

This year is especially special. 2019 marks the 550th year since Guru Nanak’s arrival into this world.  Guru Nanak instigated a personal and communal revolution that the world has never seen before and yet to fathom. In the words of Bhai Gurdas, “Bliss envelopes the world! Guru Nanak brings freedom in the age-of-ignorance.” (Var 1, Pauri 37).  As heirs to this incredible legacy, we center the theme of retreat around Guru Nanak: 1469 to Eternity in hopes to understanding the enigma & revolutionary that was our first Paatshah

Retreat planning is underway. Here’s what you may look forward to: 
    • Connecting to the Guru as a Sangat every day through divan & kirtan 
    • Insightful workshops that challenge frameworks and ask tough questions 
    • Meaningful discussions & conversations about various Panthic & world issues. 
    • An amazing campsite with good food & incredible views of the sky! 
    • Opportunities to learn and practice new skills; new experiences! 
    • Networking with Sikhs ages 18 – 35 of all backgrounds
For more information about this year’s retreat, visit our FAQsPlease join us for an inspiring weekend.

Guru Ang Sang!

Retreat Sevadaars

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SYANA 2019 Gurmat Retreat: Save The Date!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

SYANA Gurmat Retreat is nearly here. We are looking forward to the events at this year’s retreat and hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to come together as Sikhs to explore and reflect upon your personal path towards the Guru.

Through daily Nitnem, Keertan Divaans, various workshops, Gurbanee discussions, and healthy debate, we will explore our connection with the Guru, Sangat and beyond.

Come take part in this unique weekend of self-exploration and building Panthic unity. Registration will open soon.We look forward to seeing you May 24 to 27th at YMCA Camp Storer!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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SYANA Gurmat Camp: Update #7

2018 SYANA Gurmat Camp

ਕਿਨ ਬਿਧਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਗੁਸਾਈ ਮੇਰੇ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਇ ॥ ਕੋਈ ਐਸਾ ਸੰਤੁ ਸਹਜ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਮੋਹਿ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਦੇਇ ਬਤਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Camp is almost upon us and we can’t contain our excitement!!!

As you make your way to camp this year – don’t forget to tag us with#syana2018 with pictures from your travel.

Post on our Facebook wall “What you’re most excited about for #syana2018” (bonus points for videos)!

If you have any issues while travelling and need to connect with us, please contact us at: Arminder Kaur 419.450.4325 or Inderpal Singh 847.226.0690. Remember registration begins at 2:30 pm and ends promptly at 4:30 pm.

As you wrap up (or start!) your packing, double check the list of items to bring to camp on our FAQ on our website.

Remember your vaajas, dastaar/chunnis/bandanas, and water bottles AND LEAVE ELECTRONICS AT HOME!

As a final reminder – don’t forget basic toiletries/bedding/towels. The campsite can become fairly muddy on rainy days, so please come prepared.

Safe travels and we’ll see you soon!!

Chardhi Kala!

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Because of campsite rules, parents and visitors will not be allowed on the campsite at any time, other than pickup and drop off times. There are no exceptions, so please be mindful of these restrictions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

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SYANA Gurmat Camp: Update #6

SYANA 2008 Gurmat Camp


ਕਿਨ ਬਿਧਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਗੁਸਾਈ ਮੇਰੇ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਇ ॥ ਕੋਈ ਐਸਾ ਸੰਤੁ ਸਹਜ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਮੋਹਿ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਦੇਇ ਬਤਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

Parents – please make sure to share with your children

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

To all #syana2018 campers!

Camp is only a few days away we are looking forward to seeing everyone so soon! We are looking forward to all the upcoming activities, being with our camp family and the energy you all bring with you!!

Just a few reminders:

  1. Camp registration starts at 2:30 pm on Sunday, July 1st. We will not be able to accommodate registration prior to this time, so please plan on arriving after this time. The campsite address is YMCA Camp Copneconicat 10407 North Fenton Road, Fenton Twp, MI 48430, MI. Please try to arrive on time as Sunday’s program will start promptly at 5 pm.
  2. In efforts to make sure everyone feels at home at camp, Counselors have reached out to their campers as a way to introduce themselves and get to know their campers before the week starts. If campers haven’t responded to their counselor’s email, please try and do so.
  3. We have some important information for parents regarding registration at the campsite and the final day program please check it out here.
  4. We received input from all of you regarding allergies on your registration forms. If you have any further allergies/dietary restrictions you forgot to mention to us, please send us an email at info@sikhyouthalliance.org
  5. Because our hope is that campers will immerse themselves in sangat  and make lasting friendships at camp, we will be limiting the use of cellphones so they can spend quality time with their camp sangat. Phones will not be permitted during class time, divaan, or evening activities. Campers will be only be permitted to call home during meal and break times.

 **Wondering when meal times and break times are? Check out our Daily Schedule this year!**

Our theme shabad for this year is: ਕਿਨ ਬਿਧਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਗੁਸਾਈ ਮੇਰੇ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਇ ॥ ਕੋਈ ਐਸਾ ਸੰਤੁ ਸਹਜ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਮੋਹਿ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਦੇਇ ਬਤਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ Please click link for the TUNE. We welcome you to listen to the shabad to become familiar with the words but guarantee, by the end of the week, you will be well-versed in the shabad!

We are planning on singing “The Song of the Khalsa” at this year’s campfire. If you want to learn the words and tune – listen to the following YouTube video.

Just a reminder – we will have the opportunity to participate in several water sports during the week. If you are interested in going in the water, please be sure to pack modest swimwear. Hairdryers may also come in handy! 🙂

Again, we are excited to see you all soon! Please let us know if you have any questions, and you can always visit the blog for further details.

Chardhi Kala!

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

 

Because of campsite rules, parents and visitors will not be allowed on the campsite at any time, other than pickup and drop off times. There are no exceptions, so please be mindful of these restrictions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

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Gurmat Camp: Update #5

2007 SYANA Gurmat Camp

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

We are so very excited to see you all in just a week! We are looking forward to an awesome upcoming week. In order to have a smooth week together, here are a few reminders:

  1. Please arrive at the campsite no sooner than 2:30 pm but before 4:30 pm on Sunday, July 1st. Please meet us at the Conference Center (Kesgarh Sahib) in order to check-in and find out about your lodging for the week. Parents – please turn in all medication, including Tylenol/Ibuprofen, at registration to a camp physician. Also, be sure to include instructions on dosage and we will ensure your child receives their medication as needed.

  2. Just in case you’ve missed it in the past several emails, DON’T FORGET YOUR VAAJAS! 🙂 In order to gain the most from your time in keertan class, it is helpful to have your own vaaja or keyboard.

  3. A list of items to bring to camp is on our FAQ on our website.  Please take a look at this to make sure you are prepared for the week.

    • A couple things to point out, please bring a reusable water bottle so you can stay hydrated during the week!

    • We will have the opportunity to participate in several water sports during the week. If you are interested in going in the water, please be sure to pack modest swimwear. Hairdryers may also come in handy!

    • Make sure to have enough Dastaars, Chunnies/bandanas for the week. It is a camp requirement that your head be covered throughout the day.

    • Don’t forget your bedding! You will need bedsheets/blanket/sleeping bag and a pillow.

  4. Our theme shabad for this year is: ਕਿਨ ਬਿਧਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਗੁਸਾਈ ਮੇਰੇ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਇ ॥ ਕੋਈ ਐਸਾ ਸੰਤੁ ਸਹਜ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਮੋਹਿ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਦੇਇ ਬਤਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

  5. Please click link for the TUNE. We welcome you to listen to the shabad to become familiar with the words but guarantee, by the end of the week, you will be well-versed in the shabad!

  6. If you are graduating this year, please send us a quick email letting us know so we can celebrate you with our camp family!

Stay tuned for more emails from us this upcoming week! We are very excited to see you all very soon!

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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Gurmat Camp: Update #4

2011 SYANA Gurmat Camp

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

The two week countdown has begun!! Our excitement is growing and hopefully yours is too! Here are a few reminders we wanted to share:

VAAJAS, VAAJAS, VAAJAS!
Did we mention Vaajas?! 😁

Please make sure to bring your own vaaja/keyboard and don’t forget to label the vaajaa, cover and bag. This will help ensure a productive learning experience during Keertan Class.


A list of items to bring to camp is on our FAQ on our website.
Please take a look at this to make sure you are prepared for the week.

IT’S GOING TO BE HOT!

Please bring a reusable water/sport bottle and make sure to label it with your name – it can become hot around the campsite and important that all campers drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Parents – please turn in all medication, including Tylenol/Ibuprofen, at registration to a camp physician. Also, be sure to include instructions on dosage and we will ensure your child receives their medication as needed.


Make sure to have enough Dastaars, Chunnies/bandanas for the week.
It is a camp requirement that your head be covered throughout the day.


Please have campers arrive Sunday, July 1st no earlier than 2:30  and latest by 4:30 pm.

If your child is flying in and you have not completed the travel form as of yet, please do so by Friday, June 22nd so we can arrange for a timely pick up.

Again, we are excited to see you all soon! Please let us know if you have any questions, and you can always visit the website for further details.

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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SYANA Gurmat Camp: Update #3

1993 SYANA Gurmat Camp

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

We are looking forward to seeing you all in just a few weeks! As camp is quickly approaching, we wanted to send out a few quick reminders!


Please make sure to bring your own vaaja: In order to gain the most from your Keertan classes, it’s important you have your own vaaja or portable keyboard.

We cannot stress this enough. Please be sure to label your vaaja, the cover lid, and your bag as well.

 

Please bring a reusable water/sport bottle and make sure to label it with your name – it can become hot around the campsite and important that all campers drink plenty of water throughout the day.

A list of items to bring to camp is on our FAQ on our website.
Please take a look at this to make sure you are prepared for the week.

Because of fire hazards, please do not bring an irons, steamer, hair straighteners
or curling irons.

 

We will also be limiting the use of cellphones at camp. Phones will not be permitted during class time, divaan, or evening activities. Campers will be only be permitted to call home during meal and break times.

 

 


Counselors will be reaching out to you soon as we prepare for camp – please be on the lookout for their emails.

Please read through the “Information for Parent” sheet which can be found here, as it contains new information regarding your child’s stay at camp as well as directions for pickup and drop off.

Because of new campsite rules, parents and visitors will not be allowed on the campsite at any time, other than pickup and drop off times. There are no exceptions, so please be mindful of these restrictions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Again, we are excited to see you all soon! Please let us know if you have any questions, and you can always visit the website for further details.

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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