SiriNam Singh, Advising Director
SiriNam Singh directed KYC for more than 25 years and now, as the Advising Director for KYC, he continues to serve with a spirit of joy. He is an Instructional Leader in the public schools and has been recognized by his school district and the state of Massachusetts as a distinguished teacher. He has authored several well received educational books on inclusive education and group exercises for social skills and self-esteem. SiriNam is also an accomplished musician and co-recorded SAT NAM! Songs of Khalsa Youth Camp with Snatam Kaur. He serves on the board of trustees for our international boarding school in Amritsar India, Miri Piri Academy, and provides professional development training for the academic staff there. His desire to continue to support Yogi Bhajan's vision of creating Aquarian leaders through the success of our special camp and school is his humble mission.
Snatam Kaur Khalsa, Camp Instructor
Snatam Kaur has been on the KYC staff for several years and works with the children on kirtan and dharmic studies. She is one of the most popular New Age artists of our time. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. She recorded SAT NAM! Songs from Khalsa Youth Camp with SiriNam Singh and camp kids a few years ago.
Gurujodha Singh, Empowerment and Martial Arts
Gurujodha Singh is a sixth degree black belt and has been an instructor of Kenpo Karate for more than 25 years. He teaches yoga as a dynamic training method for martial arts and personal excellence. Both meditation and physical yoga exercise are emphasized. He is an attorney and a practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and has taught martial arts and self-defense at Khalsa Youth Camp, 3HO International Women’s Camp, and Miri Piri Academy.
Catherine O'Callaghan, Senior Leadership Team
Catherine has been coming to Khalsa Youth Camp for about 14 years with her son, Ronan Khalsa. She provides support for those who are working directly with the children; this includes logistics, laundry, finances, and supplies. Catherine finds her annual sojourn to Ram Das Puri deeply healing and she loves to sleep on the sacred Earth in her little tent. "I never work so hard as I do at KYC and I am never so happy!" Catherine initially came to camp to support her son's spiritual growth, but found that KYC supported her own spiritual growth. Favorite parts of camp for Catherine include evening meals and daily Gwardwara with the children. During the year Catherine works as Dean of Academic Advising at a small college inMarlboro, Vermont. She and her husband, Gurudharm Singh Khalsa, make their home in Vermont.
Siri Datar Singh, Associate Camp Director
Siri Datar Singh was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, where he currently lives with his wife and three young children. For many years, he served as president of the Kundalini Yoga Club at the University of Tennessee where he taught weekly yoga classes. He is also instrumental in organizing Knoxville's annual White Tantric Yoga Courses and other yoga and meditation events in the community. In 1999, Siri Datar began participating as a head guide with the teen program at Summer and Winter Solstice, later taking over as Teen Camp Director eight years later. In 2014, he handed that position off to transition over to Khalsa Youth Camp.
Hari Mitar Khalsa, Head of Boys' Guides
Sat Nam, my name is Hari Mitar Khalsa. I've been a part of KYC for as long as I can remember. I started as a camper then moved on to become a guide. I've always loved KYC because it creates an environment for kids that is not only fun but holistic. I hope to be a part of KYC for years to come.
Sopurkh Singh Khalsa, Administrative Guide
Sopurkh Singh has been teaching Kundalini Yoga and meditation since 2000. He specializes in helping people experience their meditative mind and find a home within their true self. He teaches classes that are challenging, provocative and inspiring, and helps students move beyond old fears into a blissful, present, reality.
Deva Kaur Khalsa, Kitchen Manager
Deva was the kitchen manager for IWC in 2013 and has managed the kitchen for both KYC and IWC since 2014. She is coming back again for another great camp at Ram Das Puri. Ayurvedic Practitioner, Cookbook author, cleansing expert and Yoga teacher, Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle and began practicing Kundalini Yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. In 1996 she moved to New Mexico and began to personally study yoga and Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan and Amadea Morningstar. In the Fall of 2009 Deva went back to school to the California College of Ayurveda and studied for 3 years to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. Deva is the owner of Deva Health featuring The Cleanse of Santa Fe™ and Whole Self Recovery. In addition she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a hypnotherapist. She also teaches Ayurvedic cooking and raw food prep classes. Deva is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda and Raw Living Foods. This comes through in the food she makes. She loves to feed people and nourish them through food.
Paratma Singh Khalsa, Activities Director
Parmatma began working at Khalsa Youth Camp in 1999. He has worked closely with the camp director over the years, helping run activities and care for the older boys’ group. Parmatma currently works in the public school system in Massachusetts, where he teaches 3rd grade. He also teaches spiritually empowering children’s programs at Kripalu and the Omega Institute.
Guru Anter Khalsa
My name is Guru Anter Khalsa and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I was born and raised here in Vancouver, however I spend many of my elementary and secondary school years studying at Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India. After graduating Miri Piri, I took a gap year from school and worked in Vancouver, as well as travelled to Europe and Mexico. This year off gave me time to discover what I am passionate about, and what I wish to contribute to the world. I am currently attending community college in Vancouver, pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree Business Administration.
I was raised in a Sikh family within the 3HO community, and so Kundalini Yoga, meditation, and Sikhism have been a large part of my life growing up, and continue to be so today. Being raised in such a unique environment has influenced to a great extent how I view the world, and how I choose to interact with it.
I have been fortunate enough to have worked at Khalsa Youth Camp for the past two summers, and each year has brought new and vivid learning experiences into my life.
I am both honored and excited to be back at camp this year, and I am eager to serve in every way I can.
Guru Sandesh Khalsa
My first experience at Khalsa Youth Camp was as a camper, and I was fortunate enough to return in the summer of 2016 as a guide. Having experienced both sides of KYC, I interact with the kids in a neutral and understanding manner. I consider my role at KYC to be a provider of structure and guidance for the children as they develop their social and spiritual selves. I love KYC because it always gives back to you, there are always lessons to be learned, regardless of how you participate in the event. I am looking forward to helping campers excel this year, and hopefully in years to come.