Dates: 29 - 30 October
Location: Sikh Nari Manch
- Mata Tripta House
- 176 Streetley Road
- B23 7AL
- United Kingdom (Google Map here)
Parminder is planning on running the retreat as a 1 1/2 day workshop, where we can all get together and meet and have some Sikhi related topics presented to us. The event will be very informal as it's also about us getting to know each other.
Parminder will work on putting together the programme over the weekend.
His outline programme is as follows:
The retreat will begin on Saturday 29th October at midday.
11.30am- 12.15pm - Welcome and registration
12.15pm - Lunch
1pm - Welcome Ardas, ice-breaker and introductions
1.30pm - First session - Our Journeys (how we found the Guru's gate)
2.15pm - Tea Break
2.30pm - Second session - Anything we don't know about Sikhi but would like to find out!
4.00pm - Split into Group Workshops with guests and rotate:
1. Turban Workshop
2. Making Parshaad demo
3. Nutrition and healthy eating awareness session for those wishing to go veggie
4. Learning Panjabi and Gurmukhi
5.30pm - Tea break
5.45pm - Group Rehras, ardas, hukamnama and keertan (learn and sing one shabad together!)
6.45pm - Dinner and opportunity to socialise
7.30pm - Reflections of the day, open forum for discussions / thoughts
8.00pm - Group Keertan Sohila and Close
Sunday 30th October
5.00am - Nitnem
6.00am - (Optional) Sadhana Yoga session
7.00am - Naam Japna and Meditation (using the sadhana chants)
8.00am - Ardas and Hukamnama
8.30am - Breakfast
9.30am - Session one - Introduction and information about some Sikh Rites and ceremonies
such as the Amrit Sanchar Ceremony, Sikh Naming Ceremony, Sikh 'Vows', Akand Paath, Gurpurbs, Engagement and Anand Karaj and Last Rites (cremation).
11.00am - Tea Break
11.15am - Final Session - Reflections and feedback of the retreat, ideas / suggestions for next time and closing comments.
12.00pm - Closing Ardas and Hukamnama.
12.30pm - LUNCH
1.00pm - Departure
The programme is subject to change based on the number of attendees we have and availability of facilitators.
There will be opportunities for anyone to 'receive' an individual ardas and Hukamnama if they wish.
And if anyone wishes to take a spiritual name - they may do so in the sangat.
People will need to make their own arrangements for accomodation, depending on what they can afford. You may either book a room at a local hotel (I will send a hyperlink for the local Travel Lodge), or you may 'camp' in one of the class rooms at Mata Tripta House. If you decide to 'camp' you will need to bring a sleeping-bag. Shower facilities are available for 'campers' and we can designate a male and a female 'dorm'.
In addition, some of the local sangat and NTS members who are from Birmingham, may wish to host people from out-of-town. If there is a lot of demand for this, we can facilitate / broker this.
There is no charge for the retreat as we are all participating as a 'seva' and I do not wish anyone to feel that they could not attend because of cost. However, any donations that people can make towards the costs such as food and sundries would be very gratefully received. I am suggesting a donation of around £25 per person for the retreat but people can give whatever they can afford large or small. If there is any money left over once costs have been covered, we will be happy to give this towards the running costs of NTS.
We can comfortably accomodate up to 20 people in the Retreat, which will be a good intimate number. Mata Tripta House is a very modest and humble venue but a very welcoming place!
All NTS members and their friends are welcome to attend the weekend, which I hope will be revinvigourating, inspiring and above all FUN! It will be great for our cyber-sangat to meet up once a year and build positive relationships and a support network which strengthen our spirit and build our courage!
If anyone would like any further info - please feel free to contact me. If everyone can confirm whether or not they can attend - I will be most grateful as it will help to plan the catering and materials and accomodation.