December 16 – 23, 2016
Located at Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales, Florida, USA
Winter Solstice is an annual spiritual celebration, where people from around the world gather to practice yoga and meditation, take classes, chant and do sadhana together. It is a time of renewal and gathering with friends, known and unknown, to work on ourselves and raise our consciousness together. Please join us in this wonderful opportunity to expand your radiance!
The SDI Academy tent at the Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration offers many classes about various aspects of Sikh Dharma and involve numerous well-known teachers. In addition, every evening we host Gurbani Kirtan and end each day with the recitation of Kirtan Sohila. Below is a sample list of this year’s classes.
“In your caliber of life, once a year come the Summer Solstice; once a year come the Winter Solstice. These are very special times. There is a special connection between soul and the spirit, the Sun, the Moon, the Earth and the people of this planet Earth. The more this world became earthy, mind became heavy in variance; our concentration become weaker; we lost the sight, the powerful sight who we are; our inner radiance become weaker and outside world became dizzy to us. We are not happy.
And when some people have to give some time, five days, ten days to the spiritual world of theirs, they feel pressured, ‘Oh, what should I do, my business is this, my business is that, my work is this, my work is that.’
We understood this from the very first day and thus we organized ourselves in a way that we can live as people, unique and very strong in our caliber and in our pursuit. We must know our inner peace and we must experience our inner peace, so that when we walk in this world of ours, we must walk with that satisfaction and with that equilibrium and pride.
Life to us is nothing but a temperamental, emotional volcanic eruptions and that is not we are going to live for. We have to change and those changes have to come through that inner peace.”
The Gurus’ Lineage – Legacy of Equity
Instructor: Awtar Kaur
Everyone gets fed, and all sit together. Guru Amar Das confronted class and caste issues. He made equality a cornerstone of Sikh Dharma in the 16th Century. Meet the 3rd Guru, mentor of Guru Ram Das. Absorb his vibration through his poetry. Meditate on his mantras to gain his state of consciousness. Collaborate to advance his legacy today.
A Short Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma
Instructors: Mata Mandir Kaur, Dr. Shamrang Singh, Jivan Joti Kaur, Guruterath Singh, Awtar Kaur, and Sadhu Singh
A group experience to deepen your Dharmic understanding and spiritual growth. You don’t have to be a Sikh to embrace Sikh values and consciousness. Guided by wonderful teachers from our renowned telecourse, we’ll discover and enhance our understanding of the Sikh Path, listening and sharing our journeys. For newcomers, old-timers, and anyone interested. We’ll discuss Sikh Dharma as a Technology, Sacred Relationships, Prosperity, and Prayer, Guidance and Intuition. Bring questions and an open heart.
How to Establish the Guru as your personal guide & friend in your home
Instructor: SatKirin Kaur
Take your own daily hukams from the Shabad for your personal guidance.
Have you ever wanted to set the Guru up in your home? You can accomplish this
in our class. Also, learn how to take a daily hukam for your own personal guidance.
Allowing the Miracle
Instructor: Siri Sevak Kaur
The shabad “Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur” is well-loved and frequently sung in 3HO circles. It describes the miracle of Guru Ram Das who God adorned with such beautiful qualities of compassion, service and love of the Infinite. As we bring this shabad into our lives these qualities can transform our lives as well. In this class we will work on the pronunciation and meaning of the shabd and then sing it together.
The Light of Japji
Sat Nam Fest
Instructor: Snatam Kaur
Within the recitation of Japji, which starts off our daily Aquarian Sadhana practice, there are so many incredible gems of wisdom. Given to us by Guru Nanak, we will focus in on one section or Pauree and utilize the power of chanting, and the gift of understanding to find the light available to each one of us within these sacred words.
Sikh Dharma Minister Winter Solstice Gathering
Sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Religion
Creativity Through the Radiant Body – As we move into 2017 we are entering the frequency of Guru Gobind Singh. This Sikh Dharma Minister Gathering is an experiential journey into the lesser-known facets the Tenth Guru, particularly that of poetry. Join us for a delightful experience. Open to all ordained Sikh Dharma Ministers.
Gender and Sikh Dharma
Instructor: DukhNiwaran Kaur
As Sikhs we know that gender isn’t important – that it is just one of our finite ego identities. Yet, we also know that we chose to be incarnated in this time and space with this particular gender to forward our soul’s journey to oneness with the One. In this time together, we’ll explore gender in the path of the Sikh at this particular time and place in our human history. This class is a time for open discussion about this topic. Bring your interest, creativity, thoughts and questions.
Riaaz: Classical Indian Vocal Practice
Instructor: Pritpal Singh
Using traditional meditative vocal exercises we will flex our voices together in a group practice session. These exercises improve vocal strength and pitch accuracy. Yogi Bhajan said, “Sing Sa Re Ga Ma. If sung in the central nerve (Shushmana), the entire universe will become an instrument and the entire world will play like music around you.”
Evening Kirtan, Kirtan Sohila
Each evening, join the Sangat in the SDI Academy Tent for an elevating experience of vibrating the Naam together.