3HO Summer Solstice

I recently came across this short video which was produced in 2003 by a TV producer, who came to the Summer Solstice camp in Espanola, New Mexico. I think it was used as a news story or something like that on TV back then. Keep in mind that the producer focused mostly on the yoga aspect of the camp, however the camp is much more “full” than described in the video. In other words for those of you who haven’t done Yoga before there is a lot of other things in the camp that you would enjoy.

I have already gotten quite a few emails from Sikhs from England, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA who are thinking of coming to one of the camps this summer. If you are interested and considering coming email me, so that I can be of assistance (Especially if you are a student or youth). Myself and some of the other Sikh youth are probably going to plan something right before the Summer Solstice camp for those of you that come…so that we can get a chance to hang out and visit with the local sangat before the camp begins.

Why am I promoting these camps? Well, I personally think they are awesome, and one can learn a lot from them. I go to the Summer Solstice camp EVERY year (since I was a wee lad) and it’s always an experience and something new to learn. Solstice is my “spiritual recharge” for the year. Also one of my goals with running the blog is to help bridge the gap between Sikhs from Eastern and Western origins, so that we can better understand each other and work together. There is so much misunderstanding about “white Sikhs” and 3HO….since most just really don’t know much about us. These camps are an opportunity not only learn but also get an experience as to how many people come into Sikhi. It is also a great chance to make tons of new friends and really make some connections with your Sikh Brothers and Sisters here. We hope to see some of you here this summer!

Ps. You can view/download the Summer Solstice “Info Packet” which gives lots of details on what to expect at the camp, example of daily schedules and things that go one during the week and what to bring. View/Download it here (Adobe acrobat file).

You can read my previous post about Summer Solstice and the other summer events if you missed that one.

18 Responses to “3HO Summer Solstice”

  1. Anonymous says:


    bir ji

    i was just wondering why do the camp costs $525 adult and $446 student… for what i know 3HO is very large company … they make millions of money.. so bir ji what with fee?? for me i can pay that some… but how about the others people who just earn the minumum dollar per hour. i may come to camp thank you very much

  2. 3HO runs quite a few camps and events during the year and has a large full time staff that work on creating these events. These fees go towards supporting the costs of running these camps and having the staff to organize them. 3HO is a non profit organization and I know for a fact that it does not “make millions” or very much at all. Many of the people who work at 3HO are good friends of mine and other Sikh youth like myself. I’m not sure where you are getting your information from but that is untrue. Funding for the organization (from what I know) comes from the events that they hold and grants from other organizations.

    I understand what you are saying about the camp costs, and for this reason I have been trying to work out some discounts for a certain number of people to help with this. This is one of the reasons why I requested that those people who are thinking of coming to contact me directly.

    I hope this answers your question… :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Punjab is in urgent need of spiritual renewal.

    Perhaps, SGPC and DGPC should be approached to make Summer Solstice a regular annual event of their calendar.

    They would love to lead this kind of spectacular, unprecedented revival under the guidance of Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib. It is also a good way to improve the inter-faith understanding in that part of the world. Imagine all communities – Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs singing the praises of Shri Guru Ram Das under one roof.

    This is exactly what Yogiji had in mind when he exhorted us to focus our energies. A great legacy indeed! One human family – one noble vision of service and meditation.

  4. ShaktiKaur says:

    Sat Nam,

    I attended Summer Solstice for the first time last year and I feel the cost is very reasonable. This is “all inclusive” with food, all the teachers, events, White Tantric, etc…You can often receive discounts for Seva. You wouldn’t believe how many people it takes to make this function, it’s really quite amazing. Last year some who were willing to work on the camp maintenance crew got full scholarships (now that may not be available this year…but it’s an example).

    Gurumustuk, I’m “young at heart” so I don’t qualify as a youth, but could you discuss the Jaap Sahib course? I’m very interested in attending and am curious if you have any details on that.

    Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa,
    Wahe Gure Ji Ki Fateh!


  5. Gombesa says:

    SATSRIAKAL. I really wish to go to the camp but I for sure couldn’t afford the gate fee.Im not saying its not worth the money, cause it would cost money to have this camp, but their should be a free camp{spiritual exercise shouldn’t cost money} It would cost alot for me to even get there and that would drain my already tiny amount of money. I just bought a sitar yesterday cause that will be my fun without having to spend money all the time.I truely wish I could go and be around that many good people. The camp is a once a year rejuvinator. I used to go to world music festival for that but there is just bhangis destroying there bodies in smoke and liquor and now hard drugs.That made me stop going.This camp sounds very positive. I almost want to go just to stay at the GURDWARA cause that doesnt cost a dime, but the offering to the Gurus gholek[only if you can afford to{to non-sikhs}]Someone should TRY to organize some type of free camp and Id bet 10 fold peps would go. Again not saying its not worth it to the people who can afford it but I forsurely couldnt. maybe an online version of the learning info part.

  6. Gombesa says:


  7. Is there online info. on the program of this Summer Solstice camp. I mean what time the day begins and what all activities are there in the whole day and the whole camp. To be precise, I mean a timetable of events….

  8. Anonymous says:

    Saravjit ji,

    Yogiji is the real spirit behind all the activities of 3HO. That is why his pictures and quotations appear prominently on 3HO sites.

    So it won’t be surprising if
    the Summer Solstice too revolves around his teachings. Of course,
    there will be plenty of praise
    of Guru Ram Das ji as well.

    The idea is to make the spiritual movement broad-based and peace-centric in order to usher in an era of goodwill and harmony among people of all faiths.

  9. Anon… thanks for the insight.. I know about Yogi Bhajan and the 3HO. I only believe in the teachings of or Sarab Kala Samrath, Kaljug Ke Jahaj Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib jee Maharaaj and other 10 Guru Sahiban…

  10. Thanks for posting this video ji. It is a very respectful and interesting approach to Solstice. (“Respectful” is always on my criteria list in evaluating media looks at our 3HO and Dharmic communities :-) )

  11. Anonymous says:

    hey gombesa!!is that ur name?i just want to say you that: why are you feeling sorry?what for?only coz u said the truth.you said whatever was on ur mind. there are a lots of people who could not afford it.even i could not!!!and i am not sad at all.just enjoy whatever you have,brother.peace&respect.
    Waheguru ji ka khalsa,
    Waheguru ji ki fateh.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Gurumustuk Singh ji,

    Is there any provisions for youth who would like to make payments over a long time rather than all at once?

    Maybe something like a gursikh I.O.U. promise or some type of payment plan

  13. kulpreet singh says:

    vaaaheguroojeekeefathehh !!!!!

    veerjee gurumustuk singh khalsa jee,

    i would like to attend the summer solstice camp but i refuse to chant any mantra other than my guru’s mantra, “waheguru,” and mool mantra, “ik onkar satnam karta purakh nirbhau nirvai akaal moorat ajoonee saibha(ng) gurprasaad jap aad sach jugaad sach hai bhee sach naanak hosee bhee sach”

    i prefer not to chant any other mantra.

    would this be a problem at camp?

    thank you jee, stay in chardee kalaa

    vaaaheguroojeekeefatheh !!!

  14. Gurinder says:

    Kulpreet Singh Ji:

    (I am not intending to answer your question in your previous post)

    I agree with what you are saying that a Sikh is instructed to chant only Gurmantra, Mool Mantra or any other mantra from Gurbani such as “Gobindey, Mukandey”.

    However, since this camp is for broader audience, I don’t see any harm in people chanting any mantra. After all, they are all praising ONE universal God (“Sabna Jeea Ka Ek Daata”).

    I respect your opinion as well cuz Guru ji has said “Satguru bina hor kacchi hai bani”. I found myself in the same situation once while attending a Yoga class where the class was chatting Om… but I was chanting Ek Ong Kar :)

    My two cents …

  15. Anonymous says:

    There has got to be some companies or wealthy individuals who can assist young students financial needs to come to solstice.

    I am 18 years old and personally can not afford to come from NJ to Espanola plus the solstice fee.

    If anybody knows of any sponsors or anything of that sort please e-mail me at [email protected]

  16. Anonymous says:

    A few weeks ago, a friend asked me if I was having dreams about being up on the land in Ram Das Puri ( RamDas Puri is a large piece of land in the foothills north of Santa Fe New Mexico). I thought for a minute and said, “actually yes, I did dream of the solstice site a few days ago, funny you asked.�
    This question stayed in my mind for the following week. I started to notice that my friend and I were not the only ones being “called� back to New Mexico. I started to mentally take note as to how often the topic of solstice came up.
    By the end of the month I started to hear it almost every day. My daughter would ask me if 5 flashlights were enough for solstice, my mother would persuade me to buy a pair of pants in the name of “they will be great for solstice�, my husband would ask me if we wanted to stay longer etc.
    I started to wonder why the pull was so strong for us. Why do our minds open up to the memories of being on that land?. Even our senses open.
    On one of those “let’s tease phoenix with a drizzle of rain�days, I was standing under a pine tree and drops of rain slowly started to fall. My nose was hit with the most sensational smell. It was a smell that immediately teleported me onto the solstice planes of New Mexico. It was a smell of pine, sand, dust and rain. To top is off I walked down the street to my mother in-laws home and was greeted by the smell of onions, garlic, ginger and mungbeans.
    There is something very special about Ram Das Puri. Maybe it’s in the water and we are all drunk on the memories. Or maybe it is the magic of the land, the deep energy that flows through each person as solstice draws near, or again maybe it is just the excitement of seeing old friends, doing tantric with a few thousand people, sipping yogi tea as the sun sets and watching our kids have the time of their lives.
    I think one of my very favorite parts of solstice is hearing the wake up song at around 3 AM. Guru Ganesha and friends sing and walk through out the tenting area singing “Rise up, rise up sweet family dear, time of the Lord and remembering his love is near….�

    Take note of your dreams, you might be feeling the pull too.

  17. It is because of Summer Solstice I feel even deeper with the kundalini teachings of Yogi Bhajan. I do understand how difficult it is to attend the Espanola gathering. I began a Summer Solstice Womens Yoga Camp here in northern Minnesota in 2008. We are situated on 40 acres of beautiful land with walking trails and wildlife.This next year June 18-21,2010 we will gather again. Out price is $79.00. This includes all teachings, yoga, and delicious vegetarian food!!
    email me for more information along with your name, address, and email.
    Sat Nam We are all one!
    Patricia Guru Gopal Kaur