Sidak - Sikh Research Institute


Sidak is a distinctive leadership development program for young adults seeking to increase their commitment towards the Sikh faith. This two-week intensive immersion into the Sikh culture, language, values and community is held annually in the summer.

Cancellation: Due to health and government regulations as well as travel restrictions both in British Columbia and the world. We’ve decided to cancel Sidak for 2020. Stay connected and continue your exploration of Sikhi with online courses and webinars which we encourage you to take part in to continue your Sikh education.

Sidak is a distinctive leadership development program for young adults seeking to increase their commitment towards Sikhi.  

Sidak explores personal and panthak development through a Gurmat framework based in Bani (wisdom), Tavarikh (history), and Rahit (lifestyle). It is an experiential learning opportunity in which participants learn to pose reflective questions anchored in Sikh ethos to themselves and others to address social issues. The goal of Sidak is to ultimately develop Sikh thought leaders who will play critical role in creating real, sustainable solutions to pressing panthak and world problems.

There are three tracks and sessions on leadership development and community building, which serve as key foundations for Sidak. These tracks and sessions are facilitated by SikhRI team members, from both the staff and the board. Each facilitator brings his or her own experiences, education and passions to the classroom sessions. The bonds that Sidakers form with each other and their instructors will inspire them towards education and leadership long after the program ends. This unique learning opportunity will help young adults discover their inner-self, build stronger relationships, and infuse the Sikh spirit in future goals and successes. Sidak is available for adults 18-40 years old (17-year-olds that have completed high school are considered).

This two-week intensive immersion into Sikh culture, language, values, and community is held annually in the summer at the Khalsa Centre in British Columbia. Overlooking Miracle Valley, the 160-acre border of the Khalsa Centre is enveloped in majestic trees on multiple lakes amidst breathtaking beauty in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. To learn more about the campsite visit the Khalsa Centre website.



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Sidak 2020 Courses

26 July – 8 August

We have 3 thoughtfully crafted courses available for you to choose from. Have a look at our course descriptions to see which one would be the right one for you. 


Sikhi 101: Introduction to Sikh History & Theology



Students will be introduced to Sikh history (from the formation of Sikhi to contemporary time) and the fundamentals of Sikh theology, with particular emphasis on the Sikh lived experience. Guru Nanak Sahib’s revelation Asa ki Var (from the Sikh canon, Guru Granth Sahib) embodies the political, spiritual and social message of the Guru’s revolutionary thought and thus serves as a centering point for the course. Students will engage in bani interpretation, vocabulary and pronunciation sessions in a mixture of lecture as well as group and individual work.


By the end of this course, students will be expected to

  • Formulate an understanding of the unique characteristics and fundamental differences of Sikh theology from other faith systems
  • Interpret Asa ki Var in ways that reflect the originality of Sikh theology
  • Identify major historical Sikh events and analyze their impact on today’s Sikh diaspora
  • Distinguish and interpret words with multiple meanings
  • Use sentence and word context to find the meanings of unknown words
  • Read Gurmukhi aloud fluently and accurately with appropriate intonation and expression



Sikhi 201: Religion & Revolution



Sikhi 201 is an intensive, seminar-based course that surveys Sikh writings outlining Sikh history, theology, political theory, economic issues, and social implications. The course uses lectures, activities, and discussions to convey the Sikh theses of sovereignty and faith.


By the end of this course, students will be expected to

  • Critically examine Sikh thought and practices in the context of popular understanding
  • Formulate a Sikh stance on contemporary issues using an analytic framework based on Bani (wisdom), Tavarikh (history), and Rahit (lifestyle)
  • Articulate the raison d’être (reason for existence) for the Sikhs
  • Engage in and critique academic, traditional, and contemporary Sikh writings
  • Describe and analyze major movements in post-Guru Sikh history for contemporary application

Gurbani 101: Introduction to Guru Granth Sahib



Gurbani 101 is a survey course that familiarizes students with the structure, languages, and themes of the Guru Granth Sahib. The course format encompasses lectures, discussions, and activities. It provides tools and exposure to nomenclature for developing an approach to understanding Guru Granth Sahib.


By the end of this course, students will be expected to

  • Recognize the structure, format, and layout of Guru Granth Sahib
  • Identify different languages of Gurbani
  • Learn basic character of Gurmukhi script and its pronunciation
  • Understand basic grammar of Gurbani
  • Identify major symbolism, cultural and folk elements
  • Familiarize with key themes, terms, and phrases
  • Contextualize the language in its cultural milieu




Financial Assistance Available


Money should not be a barrier to connection and deepening your journey in Sikhi. For those requiring financial assistance to attend Sidak, we provide a simple process to make an application for financial assistance, which is subject to review by the Sidak Admissions Committee.

To apply for financial assistance, simply begin your application process by clicking "Register" on this page, and select "Financial Assistance" as your registration type.



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