with special guest Ek Ong Kaar Khalsa Michaud
November 13-16, 2019
at Yoga Central
1123 Jackson Blvd
Houston, Texas 77006
Presented by Sikh Dharma of Houston and the Ik Jot Foundation
550 Years of Guru Nanak
50 Years of The Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization
50 Years since the US Moon Landing
There are a lot of Cosmic anniversaries happening this year, and in November, we plan to honor all of them during a very special workshop focusing on Guru Nanak’s seminal work: Japji Sahib – the Song of the Soul.
What does it mean to be human? How do we cultivate tolerance, Universal awareness and our total human potential?
Can we understand the play of the Divine in a new way, as science keeps exploring more and more of Nature’s Sacred Mysteries?
Can we establish a new relationship with our Selves, the Creator, and each other – as we move into the Space Age, the Aquarian Age, the Age of the Sensory Human?
Come join us in Houston at Yoga Central, a true legacy yoga-ashram environment, to explore these questions and more.
The course will be led by noted teacher and author Ek Ong Kaar Khalsa Michaud, who spent time translating Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib with the late Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, also known as Yogi Bhajan.
What is Japji Sahib?
Japji Sahib is a beautiful teaching song composed by the first Sikh Master, Guru Naanak. Guru Naanak was born in the 15th century in what is now Pakistan. He had a spiritual awakening in his mid 30’s and recorded his visions through his songs. Guru Naanak spent much of his life traveling, on foot, through what is now northern India, Pakistan, Tibet, parts of the Middle East, Southwest Asia and beyond – sharing the vision he was given.
Japji Sahib gives us an understanding of the Total Comprehensive Reality of the Divine. It leads us to live in the flow of our own Infinity as humble human householders on the earth. It teaches a universal path of acceptance, wisdom and love.
Wednesday, Nov 13th, 7pm-9pm – The course will begin with an introduction to the life of Guru Naanak. This will be open to all and by donation.
Thursday, Nov 14th through Saturday, Nov 16th, 9:30am-4:30pm – In this 3-day intensive, we will focus on the teachings of Japjii Sahib. Cost for 3-day intensive is $295 and includes lunch and snacks, as well as Nov 13th and 15th evening events.
Friday, Nov 15th, 6:30pm-9pm – We will host another open, by donation event focused on chanting and exploring the concept of Naad within Japji Sahib.
Sunday morning, Nov 17th, there will be a special Guru Nanak commemorative Gurdwara.
Reserving Your Spot
Space is limited at Yoga Central, so please reserve your spot early if you can. The cost for the course is $295 and will include a vegetarian lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as snacks throughout the course.
If you would like to reserve your spot through the mail – please send a check for $295 to:
Ik Jot Foundation
c/o Ek Ong Kaar Khalsa Michaud
3508 Neiman Road
Plano, TX 75025
If you would like to pay electronically, you can transfer $295 via Zelle through Ek Ong Kaar Kaur’s phone number: 505-614-5905.
We hope that you feel inspired to come join us for this very special journey.
Contact Ek Ong Kaar email@example.com
or Gurugian Kaur firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Instructor
Ek Ong Kaar Khalsa Michaud, née Bernadette Gillece, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1992, with a BA in Asian Studies and a concentration in English Literature. She earned a scholarship to study abroad in China, in 1990-1991, where she immersed herself in Chinese language and culture. During that time, she explored issues of translation between Asian poetic/mystical texts and the English language through the lens of literary theory.
After graduating, Ek ong Kaar worked as a freelance writer and communications consultant in Texas, where she wrote investigative journalism and community news pieces for The Houston Press, The Houston Chronicle, and the Downtown Voice. Later, in 1997, she worked briefly in the central offices of Whole Foods in Austin, Texas, serving as their Communications Coordinator. In 1998, Kundalini Yoga Master Yogi Bhajan, also known as Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, invited Bernadette to come work at the mother ashram for 3HO and Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere in Espanola, New Mexico.
There, she became a Sikh and adopted the name to Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. From 1998-2017, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur worked in many different roles within the for-profit and non-profit companies inspired by the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. She served as a marketing assistant for Khalsa International Industries and Trades (KIIT), and was part of the marketing team for Yogi Tea, Golden Temple Products, Sunshine Oils, Peace Cereals and Herb Technology. She then went on to do marketing work for 3HO – the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization – which serves the world-wide Kundalini Yoga community. During this time, she was a founding member of Aquarian Times Magazine.
When the terrorist attacks happened in New York and Washington DC on 9-11, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur took a position at SikhNet.com. Her work there included writing news, managing media and doing community building and outreach for the greater Sikh community.
During the years of 1998-2004, the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, trained Ek Ong Kaar Kaur to translate the writings of the Sikh Masters into English. They collaborated together on a translation of Japji Sahib, by the first Sikh Master Guru Naanak. With Ek Ong Kaar Kaur’s literary theory training as a base, the Siri Singh Sahib shared a yogic framework of consciousness, which expanded her understanding around the issues at play in translation. Before leaving his physical body in 2004, the Siri Singh Sahib instructed Ek Ong Kaar Kaur to continue translating the Siri Guru Granth Sahib from a Cosmological perspective. This has become her life’s work.
In the years following the physical passing of Yogi Bhajan, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur continued to serve in many different capacities at the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Ashram in Espanola New Mexico. Most recently, she spearheaded the initiative to create and launch the online SikhNet Learning Center. (learn.sikhnet.com)
She has continued translating Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji for close to 20 years, and has published translations of Guru Naanak’s Japji Sahib; Guru Amar Das’s Anand Sahib; and Guru Arjan Dev ji’s Sukhmani Sahib. In addition, other translations have been completed but not yet published.
Ek Ong Kaar is a KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) Level 2 Certified Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She is close to earning her Professional Trainer Status as a Teacher Trainer for Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, through the Aquarian Academy. She is a certified minister of Sikh Dharma International (SDI),and a permanent member of the Sarkar-E-Khalsa Secretariat section for SDI’s International Khalsa Council, appointed by the Siri Singh Sahib to that position in 2001.
Ek Ong Kaar Kaur has published numerous articles on Kundalini Yoga and the Sikh philosophy of consciousness through many avenues, including SikhNet.com, SpiritVoyage.com, SikhChic.com, 3HO.org and SikhDharma.org. She has spoken at conferences in the United States and India, and teaches workshops on Sikh Dharma and Kundalini Yoga on an international level.
In 2017, Ek Ong Kaar married Dr. Patrick Michaud. Dr. Michaud does robotics education and outreach for the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also the Affiliate Partner for the North Texas Region with FIRST Robotics. They currently reside together in Plano, Texas.