SiriNam Singh, Advising Director
SiriNam Singh directed KYC for more than 25 years and now, as the Advising Director for KYC, he continues to serve with a spirit of joy. He is an Instructional Leader in the public schools and has been recognized by his school district and the state of Massachusetts as a distinguished teacher. He has authored several well received educational books on inclusive education and group exercises for social skills and self-esteem. SiriNam is also an accomplished musician and co-recorded SAT NAM! Songs of Khalsa Youth Camp with Snatam Kaur. He serves on the board of trustees for our international boarding school in Amritsar India, Miri Piri Academy, and provides professional development training for the academic staff there. His desire to continue to support Yogi Bhajan’s vision of creating Aquarian leaders through the success of our special camp and school is his humble mission.
Snatam Kaur Khalsa, Camp Instructor
Snatam Kaur has been on the KYC staff for several years and works with the children on kirtan and dharmic studies. She is one of the most popular New Age artists of our time. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. She recorded SAT NAM! Songs from Khalsa Youth Camp with SiriNam Singh and camp kids a few years ago.
Catherine O’Callaghan, Senior Leadership Team
Catherine has been coming to Khalsa Youth Camp for about 12 years with her son, Ronan Khalsa. She provides support for those who are working directly with the children; this includes logistics, laundry, finances, and supplies. Catherine finds her annual sojourn to Ram Das Puri deeply healing and she loves to sleep on the sacred Earth in her little tent. “I never work so hard as I do at KYC and I am never so happy!” Catherine initially came to camp to support her son’s spiritual growth, but found that KYC supported her own spiritual growth. Favorite parts of camp for Catherine include evening meals and daily Gwardwara with the children. During the year Catherine works as Dean of Academic Advising at a small college in Marlboro, Vermont. She and her husband, Gurudharm Singh Khalsa, make their home in Vermont.
Siri Datar Singh, Associate Camp Director
Siri Datar Singh was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, where he currently lives with his wife and three young children. For many years, he served as president of the Kundalini Yoga Club at the University of Tennessee where he taught weekly yoga classes. He is also instrumental in organizing Knoxville’s annual White Tantric Yoga Courses and other yoga and meditation events in the community. In 1999, Siri Datar began participating as a head guide with the teen program at Summer and Winter Solstice, later taking over as Teen Camp Director eight years later. In 2014, he handed that position off to transition over to Khalsa Youth Camp.
Himmat Singh, Associate Programming Director
Himmat Singh grew up attending Khalsa Youth Camp at Ram Das Puri. He served as a junior guide in 2005 and started as a guide in 2014. He attending Miri Piri Academy for 6 years as a student and now serves there as boys’ caretaker. He is a certified level 1 Kundalini Yoga instructor and teaches Gurmukhi and Gatka. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon, with a focus in substance abuse prevention.
Hari Mitar Khalsa, Head of Boys’ Guides
Sat Nam, my name is Hari Mitar Khalsa. I’ve been a part of KYC for as long as I can remember. I started as a camper then moved on to become a guide. I’ve always loved KYC because it creates an environment for kids that is not only fun but holistic. I hope to be a part of KYC for years to come.
Siri Radha Kaur, Head of Girls’ Guides
My name is Siri Radha. For as along as I can remember I have always enjoyed taking care of kids. I started working with children at a very young age and have continued ever since. Working at Khalsa Youth Camp is one of the highlights of my year. It is a time when I feel my heart loves at full capacity. It is incredible to me to watch the changes that take place in these children in just two short weeks. I see the growth in their friendships, their discipline, and their spirituality. I feel honored to get to support them in this time, and to be able to share this experience with the entire KYC family. I feel that I have a lot to offer these kids through my own experience at Khalsa Youth Camp as well the years I spent learning and growing at Miri Piri Academy. I am beyond grateful to have this opportunity and I look forward to the many years ahead!
Deva Kaur Khalsa, Kitchen Manager
Deva was the kitchen manager for IWC in 2013 and 2014 and for KYC in 2014, and she is coming back again for another great camp at Ram Das Puri. Ayurvedic Practitioner, Cookbook author, cleansing expert and Yoga teacher, Deva embodies the spirit of a healthy lifestyle and began practicing Kundalini Yoga in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. In 1996 she moved to New Mexico and began to personally study yoga and Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan and Amadea Morningstar. In the Fall of 2009 Deva went back to school to the California College of Ayurveda and studied for 3 years to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. Deva is the owner of Deva Health featuring The Cleanse of Santa Fe™ and Whole Self Recovery. In addition she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a hypnotherapist. She also teaches Ayurvedic cooking and raw food prep classes. Deva is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and lives with Ayurveda and Raw Living Foods. This comes through in the food she makes. She loves to feed people and nourish them through food.