Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I need to bring?

Toiletries (i.e. soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), bath towel(s), bedding: preferably a sleeping bag and pillow otherwise sheets and blankets, head covering, musical instruments – for those who have instruments such as dilruba, harmonium, tabla, etc., and would like to use them in the kirtans, personal water bottle. See question 11 below.

 

2. Is this camp right for me? Will I “fit in”?

The camp is open to all interested in Sikhi, regardless of what stage they are at in their spiritual journey. The only limitation is that attendees for each retreat be of the correct age: mature and passionate middle school to high school students for Bhujang, and college-aged or young professionals for Virsa Retreat.

 

3. Is it okay if I don’t know anyone else who is going?

Absolutely! We make a conscious effort to make introductions. Our goal is that you leave with memorable experiences and sangat that you continue to stay in contact with post-retreat.

 

4. Can I attend for one day?

Participants are required to be present for the entire duration of the camp. For specific inquiries, please contact us.

 

5. Will transport be provided?

Yes. Buses/Vans will be picking attendees up from a select list Gurdware, see registration form for locations. Arragements will vary per location. Details will be emailed out in the days prior to the Retreat -- Preemptively, expect Departure to be 2PM the afternoon of the Retreat and camp site Arrival to be approx. 4PM. If driving individually, please be aware of the potential need for tire-chains/4x4 vehicle due to snow/ice, driving on I-50 can be hazardous in during winter time.

 

6. My parents are reluctant to let me go, can an elder camp advisor speak with them?

Certainly! We understand that parents who are unfamiliar with the camp may be hesitant to let their children attend. An elder camp advisor would be happy to have a conversation with your parent/s in order to help them feel comfortable and address any questions/concerns they may have.

 

7. Are parents allowed to come with their child?

Parents are encouraged to attend the Bhujang Summer Retreat with their children. Parents must register themselves seperately.

 

8. Will I get a full refund if I cancel?

Case by case considerations may be made.

 

9. Are there any transportation arrangements to get to/from the camp center?

Yes, bus and car transportation will be provided from several Gurdwaras. Information on transportation arrangements will be provided to those who have registered.

 

10. I am attending Bhujang with my child, can we arrive on site using our own transportation?

If you are a parent attending with your child, you may elect to drive to the campsite yourselves. Please be sure to note the intended mode of transportation for your child in the registration form, ie Will you be taking the bus together or driving seperately.

Important: We understand parents are often restricted by work schedules, please inform us of any such issues by email at virsaretreat@gmail.com. Children are still expected to arrive on time.

 

11. What should I wear?

Since a significant portion of your time will be spent in the divan hall, we recommend you dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing. While we recommend kurta pajama/salwar kameej for the diwans, western clothing is also acceptable so long as it is not revealing. Please also bring athletic clothing and shoes for physical activities. Swimming will also be an optional activity.

For Winter Retreat: Winters in Tahoe are freezing to sub-freezing. Please come prepared with warm clothing and footware appropriate for snow/ice.

 

12. How many people will be attending?

There will be a limit of 100 participants in the Winter. We advise you register as soon as possible to reserve your place.

 

13. Will there be any physical activities or sports?

Yes! Every day will include fun physical activities and sports. If snowfall has accumulated: sledding!

 

14. Where will the retreat be held?

The Retreat will be held near Lake Tahoe again (Dec 21-25th).

 

15. I have health/financial/other concerns.

The camp is about inclusion and empowerment through a positive social and spiritual environment. We welcome all yearning to share this experience. Please contact us and we will reply in confidence to assist you with any concerns.

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