If you have questions not addressed below, please contact us.
What is the cost of the course? When can I register?
Registration opens on Wednesday, July 15. The early-bird discount for the 2020-2021 course is $475 until Saturday, August 15.
Payment plans are available if needed. Contact us if you have financial considerations.
What about the allegations regarding Yogi Bhajan?
We know that there have been recent credible allegations regarding misconduct by Yogi Bhajan. As an independent enterprise, we firmly stand with all who have been harmed. The Sikh path predates Yogi Bhajan by hundreds of years. It stands for honesty, social justice, and respect for all.
JHSD will continue to focus on the universal teachings of the Sikh path and how they apply to our rapidly changing world. While our team and many of our presenters learned about the Sikh path through Yogi Bhajan, all have developed their own individual relationship to Guru and Sikhi over the decades. You are encouraged to be true to your own inner guidance as you are presented with these beautiful teachings. We assure you that the course creates a safe space for open communication and respectful exploration.
Do I need to know/speak English to participate?
This course is taught in English. English does not need to be your first language but you do need to be able to speak it, understand it, and read and write in English in order to participate. Many people for whom English is not their first language have still fully participated in and enjoyed the course, and native speakers of other languages are totally welcome.
I am interested in Sikh Dharma, but don’t consider myself a Sikh. Do I have to identify as Sikh to be in the course?
No, you do not. The course is designed to take each participant through a journey of their own beliefs in relationship to the lifestyle and values included in Sikh Dharma. Your experience is your own, and seekers of truth of any identity are welcome. Those who are interested in learning about the Dharma, as well as those who have been on the path for many years, are welcome to explore their truth together. This diversity enriches the class experience.
Also in preparation for each class, each participant is matched with another participant (your buddy) and asked to share their assignments ahead of the course Zoom call. This allows each participant to share with everyone else in the class on a one-to-one basis, building relationships that feed the strength of the virtual sangat that develops during the course.
Do I have to have a land line for the phone call?
Because we will be meeting via the Zoom webinar/video platform, you may not need to call in, but instead can use your computer’s web cam and audio functionality. However, you will also be able to choose to call in using your phone instead of the computer audio if you wish.
Land lines give a more consistent and quality connection to the call, and may be preferred, but a cell phone can work if you are in a quiet space with a strong signal. Some participants in past classes have found that using headphones or earbuds with their phones improves the experience.
Is there a cost to call into the class from outside the US?
Zoom webinars offer several telephone numbers to call in on should you choose to do so. Rates may apply depending upon your mobile or landline contracts. Using the computer audio and video functionality does not carry a cost.
What if I have to miss a class?
We understand that over the duration of the course you may have to miss one or two classes. It is expected that you let the facilitator know ahead of time and complete the assignment for the class, as well as connect with other participants to get their thoughts about the class that you missed. Also, the call is normally recorded, and you can listen to it at your convenience. Check with Mata Mandir Kaur for the link to the recording.
What is the refund policy?
If for some reason you need to withdraw from the course, this is the refund policy we will apply to your payment.
In the below sentences, the “week following” means the 7th day after the section you are participating in. If you’re in the Monday section, it would be the Monday after that. If you’re taking a Thursday section, it would be the next Thursday.
- 90% refund through the week following the first class.
- 75% refund through the week following the 2nd class.
- 50% refund through the week following the 3rd class.
- 25% refund through the week following the 4th class.
No refund after these time frames.