Retreat 2011 - Inspiration from Within

Art of Gurbani - Simranjeet Singh

Literary scholars have hailed the aesthetic beauty and literary genius of Gurbani, yet we often lack the perspectives and tools to fully appreciate and connect with the scripture in a more meaningful way. In this workshop, we will consider unique aspects of language and literary devices that contribute to the intricacies in the Guru Granth Sahib. After a brief background and introduction, participants will have an opportunity to apply their new knowledge through guided translations.

Visual Arts - Deep Singh & Ameen Kaur

Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” As we age, we get better and better at creating classifications of the world we observe. For example, if you close your eyes, and think about the word "car", a symbol of a car will appear in your mind. You can repeat this exercise with most any object. While this innate human talent is important from an
evolutionary vantage, it provides a significant spiritual challenge. As seekers of the truth, we want our senses to see the world as it really is, and not only the symbolic forms shaped by our social upbringing. So what does drawing have to do with this? Artists are taught, in essence, to really focus on seeing the object in front of them. Through a number of exercises, we will begin a life-long journey on learning how to draw objects as they are, and not merely the objects our mind fills in. We'll also explore the low friction act of journaling, where we can jot down our thoughts, collage, and sketch the world as we see it.

Art, Shardhaa and Charhdi Kalaa - Jasbir Singh

The implications that art is a communal and collective experience was not overlooked by the Gurus, ancestral and modern devotees. Through a variety of examples and activities, we will consider how artistic (creating and receiving) expression is directly related to expressions of faith, love, devotion, and community. "The activity of art is based on the fact that a man, receiving through his sense of hearing or sight another man's expression of feeling, is capable of experiencing the emotion which moved the man who expressed it." - Leo Tolstoy

Agitation Arts - Prabhjot Singh

Opposing injustice in all forms if a central duty of all Sikhs. We can see many instances that Sikhs have performed this duty. Historically Sikhs have full-filled this duty in a number of ways, including peaceful protests, agitations, and judicial system. In this workshop we will explore non-violent methods used by Sikhs in the past and current peaceful methods used by Sikhs to fight oppression.

Art of Storytelling - Simranjeet Singh

Narrative is a powerful tool with multiple purposes, functions, and values. It has been integral in imparting religious doctrine, a sense of history, and morals and values. In this workshop, we will explore the impact and power of narratives through Janamsakh is, some of the earliest and most popular examples of Sikh literature. Among other things, we will consider the historical importance, complexity of production, techniques of storytelling, and various effects narrative has had on the Sikh psyche.

Art of Sikh War - Charanpreet Singh

The Sikh martial tradition is a crucial attribute of the Sikh people. We will go on a journey to uncover these treasures that are at the core of the Sikh faith. ‘All means have failed’ several times in Sikh history we will explore how the Sikh’s ‘raised the sword’ to fight injustice in the past. In addition to the academic portion of The Sikh Art of War, there will be optional hands-on sessions for those participants interested in learning practical modern day defense tactics.

Schedule below:

330- 7pm: Meet at Ferry Terminal & Travel to Port Angeles
7-8:30pm: Dinner at India Oven; Welcome & Icebreakers
9pm: Arrive at Olympic Park Institute
1030pm: Lights Out

6am: Wake-up
630-815am: Morning Diwan
830-915am: Breakfast
930-1050am: Workshop One
1100-1220pm: Workshop Two
1230-130pm: Lunch
130-300pm: Workshop Three (130-145: Partition presentation)
300-600pm: Recreation/Snacks/Free Time
330-430: Optional Workshops
600-700pm: Dinner
700-830pm: Evening Diwan
830-1000pm: Recreation
1030pm: Lights Out

6am: Wake-up
630-815am: Morning Diwan
830-915am: Breakfast
930-1050am: Workshop Four
1100-1220pm: Workshop Five
1230-130pm: Lunch
130-300pm: Workshop Six
*Open House Saturday Afternoon & Evening
300-600pm: Open House- Recreation/Snacks/Free Time
330-430: Open House- Optional Workshops
600-700pm: Open House- Evening Diwan
700-800pm: Open House- Dinner
800-900pm: Open House- Open Mic
900-1000pm: Open House- Anonymous Q&A
1030pm: Lights Out

630am: Wake-up
700-815am: Morning Diwan
830-915am: Breakfast
930-1100am: Workshop Seven
11-12pm: Clean Up/ Pack Up
12pm-: Lunch with Gratitude- Travel back to Edmonds

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!"