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Journey to the Heart of Sikh Dharma

By Mata Mandir Kaur Khalsa

Posted in Sikhs and Seekers

I’ve been facilitating this wonderful small-group tele-course called Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma for 12 years and I love it. I’d love for you to join me and others in this enriching experience. What I particularly moves me about it is, I guess everything! We get to hear from amazing presenters on so many aspects of Sikh Dharma, and we get to bond with people who are also exploring their own relationship with the Dharma in an open, fun, and very non-judgemental way.

I love the fellowship of the group and how all of these people, very diverse—new comers, old-timers, teacher training graduates—support and hold each other for this beautiful 7 month period. I have found it so enriching, I guess that’s why I do it year after year. The course starts again in September 2013 and registration just opened. Space is limited and there are finally sections convenient for Europe as well as here in the west.

I was initially attracted to this course as an exercise in information gathering, deepening my intellectual understanding of the “A to Z” of Sikhism. Yes, we covered an incredible amount of material and I certainly have gained great wisdom from the excellent teachers. What I didn’t anticipate was the soulful sharing of the group and how enriching that was—to have other like-minded souls, from all walks of life and levels of commitment to Sikhism, share their authentic life experiences.

I would love to have you aboard with us. Please check us out at

From course participants:

“I cannot adequately express how elegantly the program unfolds, with each session building on the other so a solid foundation is created for us to develop our own unique and personal relationship with this path. The group calls are engaging, the teachers excellent and humble, the course facilitator serviceful, funny and absolutely committed to carrying us all across. I have used many of the techniques and tools from this course in day-to-day life, making it an incredible value over and above the course content.I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone interested in building community, deepening understanding of this path, and experiencing a safe container for deep self-reflection and integration. In additions, I simply am in awe of how this course is strengthening my abilities and confidence as a teacher trainer, on top of everything else.” - Sat Kaur, BC 

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“I LOVE THIS COURSE! The presenters are amazing. Every time, I want more time with them. I just want to sit and talk with them for hours on these topics. There is never enough. They are all so passionate about the topics they are presenting and it touches my heart, my passion, and wakes up the Sikh in me! This is my greatest appreciation for this course – I feel like I have been a dormant Sikh for years and I am now an awakened Sikh. I want to have “JHSD 2” where we can have more time and talk in more depth. I have such gratitude for this course. ‘It doesn’t get any better than this!’” - Dukh Niwaran Kaur

Mata Mandir Kaur Khalsa has been a minister of Sikh Dharma since 1984 and is a Certified Teacher of Kundalini Yoga. She is a professionally trained pastoral counselor and knows how to create safety and connection in a group. Her compassion, wisdom and playful style remind us of the deep and loving connections that are possible on our own unique path of spiritual evolution. Her “heartfull” presence fosters an environment that welcomes all questions, viewpoints and experiences. Her knowledge and deep love of Sikh Dharma serve to inform and inspire her students. Mata Mandir is passionately committed to facilitating connection and spiritual growth, both in the class and in her life. She lives in Herndon, VA, and enjoys the blessings of her 25 year marriage to GuruGanesha Singh, her children, Saraswati Kaur and Akal Sahai Singh, and her 3 adorable granddaughters. Her great joys are playing and listening to kirtan, walking in nature and swimming in the ocean. Working with Mata Mandir is a journey of self-discovery and transformation.