Gurmat Retreat May 25 to 28, 2018

2018 Gurmat Retreat

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. Details on speakers, workshops, and schedule are below. We look forward to seeing you May 25 – May 28th at YMCA Camp Storer!

Register below 🙂

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

The retreat is targeted toward Sikh youth between 18 and 35. Over the past many years, we have had the fortune to build a Sangat that has gone on to do great things for the Panth.



Schedule

4:00pm
5:30pm
Registration
5:30pm
6:30pm
Evening Divaan
6:30pm
7:15pm
Dinner
7:15pm
7:30pm
Opening Remarks
7:30pm
9:00pm
Moderator: Jugad Kaur (OH) and Puneet Singh (MI)

Description: As we settle in for a wonderful weekend of Guru, Sangat and Vichaar, we’ll take some time to get to know each other with this years “Firestarters”. There will be some Retreat classics, as well as some new one conversation starters. Please be sure to arrive to the campsite on time to participate!
6:45am
7:55am
Morning Divaan
8:00am
8:45am
Breakfast
8:45am
9:15am
Moderators: Ujjal Didar Singh (OH) and Japman Kaur (ON)

Description: In this staggered workshop, we will learn about the characteristics of a person in Anand, how we’re different and what, as outlined by gurbani, we can do to bridge the gap.
9:15am
10:30am
Leaders: Ujjal Didar Singh (OH) & Japman Kaur (ON)

Description: We’re taking a break from our rat races,
To mix with a crowd of cheerful faces;
Some you’ll know, others you won’t recognize,
Let’s make new friends and break some ice.

Run around Camp Storer and find every clue,
Can you piece them together with the help of your crew?
Is it a riddle? A puzzle? A joke? A rhyme?
Find a solution before you run out of time.

Let’s begin this year’s retreat with some fun,
We’ll laugh and learn and tire while we run;
So prepare yourself for this scavenger hunt,
If you win this game, you’ll be in Anand!

10:30am
10:45am
Break
10:45am
12:15pm
Leads: Santbir Singh (ON)

Description: An exploration of the ten villages, towns & cities founded and developed by the Gurus. There will be a focus on the three major capitals of the Gurus: Amritsar, Kiratpur and Anandpur Sahib. The symbolic meaning behind the five forts of Anandpur Sahib will be explored in detail.
12:15pm
1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm
3:30pm
Break
3:30pm
5:00pm
Moderator: Harleen Kaur (MI)

Description: Vision Board for the Personal Lifestyle
5:00pm
6:30pm
Evening Divaan
6:30pm
7:15pm
Dinner
7:15pm
8:45pm
Moderator: Ash Singh (ON) & Inderpal Singh (MI)

Description: Coming Soon
8:45pm
10:000pm
Bonfire
6:45am
8:00am
Morning Divaan
8:00am
8:45am
Breakfast
8:45am
9:15am
Lead: Jugad Kaur (OH)
9:15am
10:00am
Moderators: Ujjal Didar Singh (OH) and Japman Kaur (ON)

Description: In this staggered workshop, we will learn about the characteristics of a person in Anand, how we’re different and what, as outlined by gurbani, we can do to bridge the gap.
10:00am
10:15am
Break
10:15am
12:15pm
Moderator: Jaspreet Kaur (ON)

Description: How do you react to political events? What do you see? What do you hear? How do you use your body as a tool for change? This workshop will use Anand Sahib to decode how we use our senses in a Guru-inspired way to mobilize our Sikhi.
12:15pm
1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm
3:00pm
Break
3:00pm
5:00pm
Moderator: Rapinder Kaur (ON)


Description: Art as Therapy is a strengths-based empowerment-focused organization offering art psychotherapy and arts based workshops. Art therapy encourages self expression through the often less familiar modality of making something, which allows participants to tap into their creativity, to see things in a new way, to learn about themselves, and to gain personal insight.

Using art expression, participants will explore how the Guru’s word and our relationship with the Guru can support our mental wellness. Participants may experience enjoyment through the process, and the act of making something may positively shift their mood and energy level.
Participants will leave with:

  • An understanding of how Gurbani can support their mental health needs
  • A lived experience of how art-making can be used as a form of self expression that can lead to personal insight
  • A tangible art product that will remind them of new insights gained and will serve as a souvenir of the workshop
5:00pm
6:30pm
Evening Divaan
6:30pm
7:15pm
Dinner
7:15pm
8:45pm
Moderator: Puneet Singh (MI)

Description: Vision Board for the Panth
8:45pm
9:00pm
Break
9:00pm
10:00pm
Moderator: Sangeeta Kaur (MI)

Description: We are having a poetry/open mic night on Sunday evening. Please consider sharing a favorite poem, essay, song, or instrument. We would love to hear your voice!
7:30am
10:00am
Divaan
10:00am
10:30am
Breakfast
10:30am
11:00am
Moderator: Ujjal Didar Singh (OH) and Japman Kaur (ON)

Description: In this staggered workshop, we will learn about the characteristics of a person in Anand, how we’re different and what, as outlined by gurbani, we can do to bridge the gap.
11:05pm
11:50am
Moderator: Japjyot Singh (MD)

Description: Dealing with people, emotions, or actions that are harmful to your path as a Gursikh is a staple of daily life. However, learning to actually apply Guru-oriented methods in difficult situations is much different. This workshop will hopefully provide Historical examples of Guru Sahibs facing “enemies” and Gurbani that provides wisdom on where your actions and thoughts should be coming from.
12:00pm
1:00pm
Moderators: Japman Kaur (ON) and Manvir Kaur (MI)
1:00pm
Lunch

Retreat Registration



Frequently Asked Questions

This retreat is geared toward Sikhs, ages 18 – 35, who are dedicated to strengthening their Sikhi and increasing their knowledge of Sikhism. The hope is to create an environment where open discourse and respectful dialogue can help engage a spirit of lifelong learning.
This year’s retreat will be held at the YMCA Camp Storer in Jackson, MI, located approximately 1.5 hours from Detroit. The campsite is on 1,200 acres of land nestled in farm country on the shores of a 240 acre lake. Exciting outdoor adventures are available and can augment the experience of retreat participants.
Through Keertan Divaans, various workshops, Gurbanee discussions, and debates, we will delve into several topics pertinent to our understanding of the Sikh way of life. We will also have dedicated access to low ropes courses, canoeing, rock climbing, and other activities.
This year, the cost of retreat is $165 per person. This cost covers registration, accommodations, extracurricular activities, facilities, and meals.
The Retreat schedule begins Friday, May 25th at 5 pm and will end by 1 pm on Monday, May 28th. Please plan on scheduling your flights to arrive before and after these start and end times. We are unable to arrange transportation outside of these times. If flight times and prices make it easier to arrive one day prior or leave one day after, we will arrange for your accommodations. The nearest airport is Detroit Metro Airport. There is also Amtrak and Greyhound/Megabus accessibility. The first workshop on Friday will set the tone and foundation for the remaining workshops, make every effort to arrive by Friday evening.
Please make sure to bring bedding (sheets/blanket/pillow), appropriate clothing, towels, and toiletries and if interested, sport and swimming gear. 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. You will also need chunnis/dastaars/rumaals, etc, as it is be mandatory to keep your head covered throughout the retreat.
A few weeks before Retreat we will send out a travel information form.
Regular registration will end May 9th. Late registration is open until May 14th with an additional $25 late fee per adult.


DIRECTIONS TO YMCA CAMP STORER


Address:
6941 Stony Lake Road
Jackson, MI 49201

Contact Info:
Inderpal Singh (847) 226.0690
Mandeep Singh (314) 537.5669