Retreat 2010 - Ice the Vice

SSR '10 Theme Shabad

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Speaker: Rajdeep Singh

Rajdeep joined The Sikh Coalition in December 2009. As Director of Law and Policy, he focuses on developing and promoting policy solutions for civil rights issues through an interdisciplinary combination of government affairs, media relations, and interfaith coalition building.

Prior to joining The Sikh Coalition, Rajdeep served as Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), where he initiated national civil rights campaigns and articulated Sikh perspectives in various settings, including television; radio; newspapers; community forums; and panel discussions.

Rajdeep has a background in bank regulation and is the author of The Application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to Appearance Regulations that Presumptively Prohibit Observant Sikh Lawyers from Joining the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, which was published by the Chapman Law Review in 2007. He received his law degree in 2006 from William & Mary Law School and his undergraduate degree in philosophy in 2003 from the University of Miami (FL), where he also auditioned to be a game show host.

Speaker: Sutinder Singh

Sutinder Singh has been an active member of the New Jersey Sikh community since the early 1980s. He has served on the committees of the Bridgewater and Central Jersey Gurudwaras, and most recently he is serving as a trustee of the Sikh Sabha of NJ, a gurudwara located in central Jersey and is a member of the World Sikh Council Regional committee.

A lifelong conference and camp organizer, Sutinder Singh has organized Sikh Conferences at Oxford University, Hatfield Polytechnic, and Kingston Polytechnic, all in the United Kingdom. In New Jersey he organized Sikh Youth Camps for the Central Jersey Sikh Community from 1991-1995. He regularly presents talks for the youth at the gurudwaras in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland on various issues related to the Sikh community. Topics include the gurdwara management, issues related to Sikh youth, the message of Gurbani, the life lessons of the Gurus, and the role of science in Sikhism.

Sutinders passion is to expose the youth to the teachings of the Gurus in a practical and understandably way.Sutinder is a member of the Governors Ethnic Advisory Council of New Jersey, President of the local Lions Club. He is currently a manager at Lockheed Martin, has BS and MS degrees in engineering and management. His interests include music and astronomy.

Speaker: Harinder Singh

Harinder Singh is a co-founder and the Chief Programming Officer of the Sikh Research Institute. He addresses the Sikh, the Panjab and the South Asian issues throughout the world via articles, workshops and presentations. His activism spans contextualizing contemporary realties thru art, linguistics, development, theology, and politics. After an aviation career, his work since 1997 is focused on education as a fulcrum for social change. He provides inspirational consultancy for films, curriculums, conferences, exhibitions, etc. His passion is to learn and share the Sikh culture. He also serves on the boards of Panjab Digital Library and United communities of San Antonio.

Speaker: Kirpa Kaur

Kirpa Kaur is a Youth Case Worker for the largest youth and young adult Crisis Shelter Program in Vancouver, British Columbia. Coming from a background of psychology, social equity and community organizing, Kirpa hopes to serve her community through education and inspiration on social issues both Sikh and non-Sikh related. Currently serving as SikhRI's coordinator in the BC area, Kirpa plays an instrumental role in the development and organization of workshops, seminars and other resources to meet the specific needs of her community.

Speaker: Preetinder Kaur

Preetinder Kaur is a behavior consultant for children with developmental disabilities between the ages of 6 and 19. An M.A. student in Special Education at the University of British Columbia, Preetinder�s research focuses on the development of culturally-sensitive behavior support plans for South Asian grandparents of grandchildren with autism. She enjoys attending Sikh conferences and retreats and has played an active role in various service projects in the Greater Vancouver area. For the past 3 years she has helped organize and promote local workshops and seminars hosted by the Sikh Research Institute. In her free time Preetinder likes to read and learn Indian classical dance.


Below are the tentative timings for the events scheduled at the retreat. We've created a pdf of the schedule in case you would like to print out a copy. [ Download SSR '10 Schedule PDF ]

3.30 - 5.00: Participant Arrival
5.00 - 6.15: Dinner
6.15 - 6.30: Find Cabin / Wash Up
6.30 - 6.40: Introduction to Diwan
6.40 - 7.45: Evening Diwan
7.45 - 10.15: Ice Breakers/Snacks

5.30: Official Wake up
5.30 - 6:30: (Optional) Yoga / Khalsa Run / Simran
6.30 - 8.00: Morning Diwan
8:00 - 8:40: Breakfast
9.00 - 10.15: 'Guru Nanak's Universe' - Sutinder Singh [Pavilion]
10.15 - 10.45: Sikh skit break down [Hall]
10.45 - 12.00: The Five Vices - SikhRI (1 of 3)
12.00 - 1.00: Lunch

1.00 - 1.30: Sikh Skit Practice / Free time
1.30 - 3.00: Challenge Course
3.00 - 6.00: Open Recreation & Free Time
6.00 - 7.00: Dinner
7.00 - 9.00: Evening Diwan
9.00 - 10.30: Group Activity

5.30: Official Wake up
5.30 - 6.30: (Optional) Yoga / Simran / Khalsa Run
6.30 - 8:00: Morning Diwan
8.00 - 8.40: Breakfast
9.00 - 10.15: The Five Vices - SikhRI (2 of 3)
10.15 - 10.45: Break Time
10.45 - 12.00: The Five Vices - SikhRI (3 of 3)
12.00 - 1.00: Lunch

1.00 - 1.30: Sikh Skit Skills
1.30 - 3.00: Rajdeep Singh of Sikh Coalition [Pavilion]
3.00 - 6.00: Open Recreation
6.00 - 7:00: Dinner
7.00 - 9.00: Evening Diwan
9.00 - 10.30: Sikh Skit Performance

5:30: Official Wake up
5:30 - 6:30: (Optional) Yoga / Simran / Khalsa Run
6.30 - 8.00: Morning Diwan
8:00 - 9:00: Breakfast
9.00 - 11.00: Open Q & A Session [Hall]
11.00 - 11.30: Closing/Feedback
12.00: Lunch and Depart

Kudarat '11
Inspiration from within

JULY 21 - 24, 2011

Young Professionals & Students
Age 18-39

Olympic Park Institute
Port Angeles, Washington

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"I think divan both morning and evening went great. Reinsabaye was awesome. Awesome!!! Boating, wall climbing, giant swing was fun!!!"

"The volunteers made the weekend flow very well. I enjoyed the sangat, kirtan, boating and oranges."

"The humility of all the sevadars made it a very smooth experience. Divan was blissful."

"For the second year in a row, SSR has been a wonderful experience. I’ve made some life long friendships and met an amazing sangat."

"I have experienced some of the BEST moments of my life with the SSR sangat – Infinite Thanks to Waheguru Almighty!!!"

"Thank you for making me feel proud to be Guru’s Prince/Princess. Thank you for making my memorial day weekend so memorable!"