Haridev Kaur has attended eight Sat Nam Fests and now serves as the work exchange coordinator, where she answers questions, receives applications and helps place volunteers into jobs. Here she shares her profound experience serving the festival.
From Haridev Kaur:
A clear memory from my experience at the first Sat Nam Fest was how everyone looked at me straight in the eye. I saw such beautiful eyes there – they were clear, sincere and passionate. I felt so welcomed and embraced by the amazing sound current and wonderful community of people who had gathered at that summer camp in West Virginia in fall 2010.
I have savored all eight of the Sat Nam Fests I have attended – five in the East and three in the West. My life has shifted dramatically in that five years. I know it all started for me at that first festival, though. Reconnecting with my creativity and my voice through chanting and the sound current has been a truly amazing gift!
Aren’t my experiences getting repetitive since I am about to attend my ninth Sat Nam Fest in October? Absolutely not.
Last fall I was in the midst of launching my own business so I decided to apply for work exchange to attend Sat Nam Fest East for the first time to save some money. I was so pleased when I was accepted on the registration team. It was such a pleasure to greet all of the attendees and help to kick off their Sat Nam Fest experience in a positive way, just as I had experienced years before. It was such a blessing to work with the registration team and the Spirit Voyage staff and contribute to the creation of this amazing creative event.
At Sat Nam Fest West earlier this year, I had the great privilege to serve as the coordinator of all of the work exchangers at the festival. What a blessing it was to work with such a group of beautiful, kind and hardworking yogis! It was hard work but so rewarding to see the beautiful experiences that the attendees were having and to get to know so many of the work exchange volunteers. I saw the sacred sound current in action as I observed so many friendships made and saw so many have powerful experiences through yoga and chanting.
For example, when helping out with security, it is so amazing to get to watch (and participate a bit in) some of the classes when on duty. I felt such incredible peace watching hundreds of beautiful yogis in deep relaxation following a vigorous yoga class – with the voice and presence of Snatam Kaur (and the other artists!) radiating through the space. Just taking a few moments to soak in all that prana – so amazing! I experienced a beauty and bliss so special as a work exchanger that I could not have experienced as an attendee.
If you have not yet registered to attend Sat Nam Fest East, I hope you will consider joining us as a work exchange volunteer. We still have a number of positions available on a variety of teams. Look at the information and fill out the application on the Sat Nam Fest East website under “Experience.”
Now I am the one who is less afraid to look others in the eye and I want to share that same open, loving and peaceful greeting with you when you arrive at this blessed festival. I look forward to welcoming you to our cozy Kundalini and sound current community that comes together each year at Sat Nam Fest East.