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Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Where will the course be held?
2.  What is the weather like?
3.  What does the course include?
4.  Is it OK to audio or video tape the course?
5.  Do I have to be a Sikh to attend?
6.  What if I'm not in the suggested age group?
7.  Do I need to know how to read Gurmukhi script?
8.  Will we be sitting on the floor?
9.  Is early morning sadhana a requirement?
10.  What is the dress code?
11.  Are there any rules?
12. How and when do I register?

13. What is the weather/climate like?
14. Can I attend Summer Solstice Camp?
15. Will I be asked to do yoga?
16. Isn't yoga condemned in Sikhism?
17. What should I pack?

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1.  Where will the course be held?
Under the vibrant green canopy of a cottonwood grove, and the ever-blue skies of New Mexico! We will enjoy classes at the Gurdwara in the Langar Hall, which hopefully will be air-cooled.  We will eat our meals at the Langar Kitchen, out on the lawn.
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2.  What is the weather like?
Weather in August in New Mexico is hot, with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s.  It is the rainy season, so we usually end each day with a thunder shower.  But by August, the nights are cool and morning meditations can be chilly, so it is delightful as well.
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3.  What does the course include?
The course is three full-days and two half days of classes.  There are three wholesome, vegetarian meals served daily.  Accomodation and transfers are not included, and you need to make your own arrangements.  But we are here to help, so please contact us.
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4.  Is it OK to audio or video tape the course?
No, recordings are not allowed.  But photographs are welcome and memories are free.
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5.  Do I have to be a Sikh to attend?
No, you do not have to be a Sikh (which, by the way, means a “seeker of Truth”) to benefit from Sikh Dharma wisdom.  This course is presented for people who want to delve deeply into the connection with their own soul, and who want to experience the purity and power of the spiritual warrior as taught by Guru Hargobind Ji. 
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6.  What if I'm not in the suggested age group?
This was concepted to be a youth camp because the youth are the future. We will be excersizing and doing yoga, so anyone who is willing to be active is welcome, and if you have physical limitations you can just sit those ones out. There will be simple group accommodations, so for those attendees who would like more privacy or comfort, please feel free to arrange separate accommodations.
The age group starts at 18 because we can't be legally responsible for minors.
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7.  Do I need to know how to read Gurmukhi script?
Although this is the very best way to read the Banis, it is not required.  You can learn to read the Banis in romanized form.  A transliteration is available through Ancient Healing Ways (www.a-healing.com).  Go to Books/Sikh Religion – there is an option for “Nitnem Banis – small – transliteration only". During the morning Sadhana program each person will have the option to attend the Aquarian chants or do the Nitnem Banis.
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8.  Will we be sitting on the floor?
Yes, you bet!  Please bring sheepskins, yoga mat, or other soft things to sit on for your comfort. 
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9.  Is early morning sadhana a requirement?
No, there are no participation requirements.  You should participate as much or as little as you want to.  However, there is no experience as powerful as meditating in the morning, so we encourage you to not miss out.
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10.  What is the dress code?
Please wear graceful and modest clothing, suitable for a spiritual environment.  The bana of Guru Gobind Singh is appreciated and encouraged, but not required.  During the classes and during the recitation of Banis, we ask that you cover your head and bare your feet as a sign of respect.
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11.  Are there any rules?
Yes, and thank you for asking.  This course is celebrated in the Khalsa spirit, and we ask that you observe the graceful guidelines of the rehit.  There is no drinking, smoking, indulging in intoxicants, or eating meat on the Ashram property. We ask you to behave gracefully to other participants, and always act with safety in mind.  We reserve the right to refuse entrance to anyone, for any reason, at any time.
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12. How and when do I register?
You can follow the "Registration" link to register on line. Early registration is encouraged, as it helps us plan for the course. Be sure to register by the end of May 1st to take advantage of the early registration price! You can pay by credit card on line, or by check (but it must be in US dollars).
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13. What is the weather/climate like?
Española is a dry, high altitude climate. Be prepared to drink lots of water and bring sun-screen. All classes will be indoors, however meals, and exercise may be outdoors.
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14. Can I attend Summer Solstice Camp?
This course was scheduled to end the day set-up starts for Summer Solstice. This was done intentionally to encourage all who are able to attend the Summer Solstice as well. Summer Solstice will be from June 18 - 27. LEARN MORE HERE
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15. Will I be asked to do yoga?
There will be yoga during the camp. Please feel free to do whatever you are comfortable with. It might be challenging, but doesn't require any previous experience.
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16. Isn't yoga condemned in Sikhism
This course is inspired by SSS Harbhajan Singh Yogi Ji, who taught Kundalini Yoga. We would like to make it clear that the yoga is for the purpose of opening up your body and mind to experience the Bani more thoroughly as a householder. Yoga is a great tool to detoxify the body, and clear away discomforts and energetic blocks that prevent you from meditating. The yoga is not to gain Ridhis/Sidhis (acult spiritual powers). The yoga is not to be done exclusively, nor is anyone to abandon the grisht ashram (householders lifestyle) and become a renunciate.
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17. What should I pack?
- Sleeping Bag and pillow
- A shawl or blanket
- Sheepskin, yoga mat,
or padding to sit on
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Lighter clothes for warm days
- Warm, layered clothing appropriate for practice, work, and play.
- Toiletries (including sunscreen and soap) and a towel
- Water bottle

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