On September 14-16, Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) held a Grihast Retreat in Toronto, Canada. There were 12 couples, married less than 6 years, who attended from Toronto, Canada, and its vicinity. The event was inspired by the Sikh goal of marriage as articulated in Guru Granth Sahib: “Those who are one-spirit in two bodies are to be considered the husband and the wife.” According to Gurpreet Kaur, the program coordinator, “The Grihast Retreat was a 3-day event for young married couples to strengthen their values in marriage and family relationships. It incorporated diverse themes that are at the foundation of a married life. New perspectives provided insights on building meaningful relationships while workshops and discussions offer a glimpse of the Guru’s vision and ideals on marriage.” Grihast offered a contemplative and reflective environment to work on personal development through various activities, educational presentations, and group discussions. The event started on Friday evening with Rahiras Sahib and a foundational presentation on “Grihast: Deciphering the Guru’s Recommendation.” Saturday and Sunday mornings started with a divan and a themes sabad, followed by several sessions: “Grow Your Dream”, “Interpreting Grihast”, “Key Ingredients for Great Marriage, “Understanding Your Spouse”, and “From Ungraceful to Noble” Saturday evening ended with a hysterical Newly Wed Game that left couples laughing for days to come.
Sunny Singh and Rapinder Kaur from Brampton, Ontario, shared their experience: “I highly recommend this workshop not only for young married couples but for all couples. It gives you insight into how to foster a great relationship with your spouse and your Gurus. It induces you to challenge, reflect and facilitate charge in your married life.” Amritpal Singh from Guelph, Ontario added, “It opened my eyes to may important aspects of “great” relationship. How conflict is important and how to resolve a conflict from the point of view of the Guru.”
Gavinder Kaur, the Toronto area program lead mentioned that throughout the sessions, couples were given insight on the direction of what marriage should be, according to the Sikh vision of the ‘householder living’ as demonstrated by the Guru. Outlooks are derived from the text and spirit of the Guru Granth Sahib as well as from personal reflections and experiences. The retreat was facilitated by two couples. Gurvinder Pal (GP) Singh and Parvinder Kaur have been married for 30 years and have raised four boys. Harinder Singh and Gurpreet Kaur have been married for 5 years and were recently graced with a son.
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