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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 https://forms.gle/cKu7UxguQFcydH1k8

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,
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2019 Gurmat Retreat: Update #7

Sixth Workshop:
Sikh Activist Toolkit
How is activism different than Sikh activism? And what does every Sikh Activist need in their toolkit?
Through gurbani, history, and rehat, this workshop will explore how each of us can be a guru-centered activist!
Moderator: Rubinpaul Singh


Dietary Prefernces

We are in the final steps of preparing the menu for this upcoming weekend and want to know if you have any dietary preferences* we should take into account.

Please email us at info@sikhyouthalliance.org and let us know! 

*gluten free, dairy free, etc.

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

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We are only one week away from the beginning of retreat!

Below are a few housekeeping things to check off your list so your excitement doesn’t turn into panic!
  • Bedding (sheets/blanket/pillow)*
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Tennis shoes & Athletic wear
  • Notebook and pen
The YMCA Camp Storer offers a variety of activities and amenities at the campsite. Morning and evening are often cool and afternoons can warm up significantly.

*If you are flying in for retreat, we will bring bedding for you.

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.

Along with this we are excited to reveal another workshop!

Fifth Workshop:
Self Defense Seminar

We are so excited to announce that we will be having a Self Defense Seminar this year! You will learn awareness and how to fight back and defend your life against an attacker.

A few points to keep in mind:

• Wear athletic clothes and clean athletic shoes!!!
• Three hours of self defense instruction with live stress drills.
• Practice what you learn on a live attacker wearing a tactical padded suit. Learn to use your fight or flight reaction to your advantage.
• Learn how to trust your instincts and how to deter an attack before it happens.
• Learn and perform striking, kicking, choke defenses, bear hug defenses and how to target the weakest areas on an attacker.
• This seminar is highly interactive and everybody will have multiple chances to use what they learn in stress attack drills.

Instructor: Glenn Wygocki and RHMMA instructors

Chardhi Kala!

Vaaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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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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2019 Gurmat Retreat: Update #3

What does Gurbani say about mental wellness? How do we balance this with and evidence based, western mental health framework? Bring your questions to this interactive session as we explore ways to support our mental state with bani and wellness!

Moderator: Jaspreet Kaur (ON)

Register for SYANA Gurmat Retreat 2019! www.sikhyouthalliance.org/retreat

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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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