It’s been almost a month since the week long summer solstice camp finished and I’m still "processing". I find that all the meditation, yoga and time up on the mountain has a way of stirring things up for me and cleaning it out. I had a great time and got to meet lots of cool new people along with seeing older friends. It was great seeing all the Singhs/Kaurs from England and Canada. They had quite a few people in their groups!
Many of the previous years I have taken loads of pictures and videos at Summer Sostice, however this year I flew under the radar and mostly stayed away from any capturing and just participated. It’s often times hard to experience/participate and capture at the same time. My camera gear is heavy and a pain to carry and I thought I would capture some pictures videos with my iPhone but that option got shut down by God when my phone fell in the toilet bowl on the first day. That really sealed my "disconnect" from email and gadgets for the weak.
So, while I didn’t do much capturing at Summer Solstice many others did! I just came across a video that was produced by Elena Tchoujtchenko (Ek Ong Kar Kaur) who made a beautiful video about the 2010 Summer Solstice. She was one of the winners of the 2009 SikhNet Youth Online Film Festival for the senior division.
Her 2008 video was good, but the new video for this year was GREAT. I really liked how she recorded the video in a unique way and put it together. So if you want to get a feel for Summer Solstice, or just want to relive your last solstice experience join in and watch the video.
I did take some pictures on the first and last days of a few events (My wife doing Bhangra on Peace Prayer Day & Gurdwara/Rensabhai). Other than that I recorded a few audios which you can hear and download in the Gurbani Media center.
There are two new favorites tracks from solstice which is by "Anhad", which is a Malaysian Sikh "Rock" band. I recorded them playing at Summer Solstice during the Rehnsabhai night at like 1:15am. All of us who were awake were feeling the good vibes! I stayed up waiting to hear them and record the audio clips. Hope you enjoy them and give them your support! In the mean time those that missed it can download and listen to the two songs that they sang. I wish their time slot was more than 15 min!