If you have questions not addressed below, please contact us or call Mata Mandir Kaur at +1.703.887.2111.
What is the cost of the course? When can I register?
The cost of the 2019-2020 course is $550; however, if you register and pay by August 31, there’s an summer discount of $50, for a total of $495. We recommend you register early as space is limited. Payment plans are available if needed. Contact us if you have financial considerations. Registration is now open!
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 conference 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?
Land lines give a more consistent and quality connection to the conference call, and are 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?
Our free conference call service has a local number in each major country which you can use to join the class. These numbers will be made available if you need. Another option is to call in using the phones feature on Skype, and the cost is minimal for that. Calling in via the conference call service has better sound quality however — and it may not cost anything for you.
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.
I am interested in becoming a Sikh Dharma Minister; is this course required to accomplish that?
As of now, Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma is not required, but is highly recommended, for those who are preparing to become ministers. And although it is highly recommended, completion of the course is not a guarantee of becoming a minister. There is a thorough and specific procedure which needs to be followed toward that end. More information about that can be found at the Sikh Dharma Ministry site.
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.