Over the past 18 years, we seen lives change and people transform in ways we could never describe in words. Our greatest attestation lies in those who keep coming back repeatedly. Our participants say it more eloquently that we can:
“I now understand pilgrimage as being held by the hand by Russill and Asha and getting to do things that most Americans never have the opportunity to do while they are here in India.”
Lisa Schrof, Nurse and Yoga Teacher
“I am amazed at the level of operation that Asha performs to make this all happen so I feel incredibly spoiled in India—you can let everything go, let the experience unfold and just be with it.”
Alex Reigel, Unitarian Minister (among our third timers)
I want to thank both of you again for the extraordinary experience. It would not be an exaggeration to say that it changed my life. I can’t imagine the amount of planning, preparation, and coordination to facilitate that magical, mystical joining of a group of strangers!
Rev. Linda George, Army Chaplain, Retired.
My heart continues to ring with the depth of the Presence that opened within my soul during this thoughtful and inspiring pilgrimage.
Ruth N. from Portland, OR (one of our many fourth-timers)
The Pilgrimage was one of the very few programs I have experienced that fully lived up to its billing as a spiritual retreat. I felt totally acknowledged as a spiritual participant (as opposed to a client or patient or buyer). This retreat is one of a kind and my colleagues and I felt fortunate to be under the tutelage of Russill’s consummate experience and teaching skill. I truly felt that each component of the Pilgrimage was crafted with each participant’s spiritual journey in mind.
Terry L. Williams – Oakland, CA
The retreat was exceptional, and I have been recommending the pilgrimage to everyone that has expressed interest in a spiritual trip to India. Russill and Asha were/are amazing, thoughtful, caring, loving, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable. I am deeply grateful for all of the effort that they put into making the pilgrimage everything that it was. It was both deep and fun at the same time! Laura D. from New Hampshire
“I am especially grateful for the intuitive sense of God as espoused by the East and the sacredness of all in the cosmos. Are there are more beautiful people in the whole world than in India? They do radiate goodness.”
A Spiritual Seeker from St. Paul, MN
Everything was clearly explained and it felt like a lot of effort was made to see that our travels were smooth and worry-free. I loved the talks and the temple tours, but I can’t put into words why: I only know that I felt different when I got back home and I have no idea what the difference is. I can say this: That there were several times in India I felt like I was “breaking open” and when I did, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Not gratitude for any particular thing or person, but a strong feeling of gratitude to the universe, whatever that is.
Lynrae from California
This time was truly transformative for me. Russill’s instruction, teaching of techniques, and modeling the extended meditation time was incredibly helpful. And I continue to grow and change now that I am home. I had no idea how different I was when I got on the plane to come home, but day by day I saw (and continue to see) major shifts in myself. Mary Anne Brundage from Annandale, Virginia
“I felt that the way Russill & Asha eased our group into (and out of) India was psychologically brilliant. I felt so utterly safe and protected that I was always up for any new experience and adventure. Also, the scheduling of the trips alternating with ashram quite days was very restful. I can’t imagine a better way to encounter the sensory delight that is India.”
A Science Teacher from Southern California
While on the retreat, I learned so much about India, its people, its culture, and Hinduism. The most amazing part was the temple rituals and the homa. What happened in those cannot begin to be adequately described in words. In fact, what makes the retreat what it is is totally beyond the power of words to describe. Yet part of what makes these parts so special is the preparation that we had prior to participating in them through our readings, lectures, chanting, and meditation. Russill’s intelligence, musical talent, and ability to connect with people combined with his humility also have a profound effect on the entire experience. With a less capable leader, the experience would not have been what it was. Peggy D. from California
This pilgrimage was so rich and full. It is clear that you are very experienced at bringing groups through a process such as this. The pacing and consideration of our needs at every step were superlative. We did so much, learned so much, experienced so much. The ceremonies and rituals that we experienced in the temples were extraordinary and so meaningful, even though I didn’t know what was being said in Sanskrit. I just know that I received many gifts that continue to open in the weeks/months since.
Hope H. from North Carolina
“The days of my pilgrimage in January, 2004, were, very simply put, the best days of my life. They were a life-changing experience, and I relished every second. The Divine Presence was so powerful in every moment, in every place, in every event. I am eternally grateful.”
A Dominican Nun from Wisconsin
I have both organized, led and taken many international Yoga pilgrimages and, to my amazement, our India pilgrimage surpassed all expectations. I was surprised and awed on a daily basis.
Katherine B. from St. Paul, Minnesota
“It has been 3 yrs. since my pilgrimage to India. I always tell people that other than the birth of my son the pilgrimage was the most moving experience of my life! My thoughts go there often and I am so grateful for my time there. I have such a longing to return and Russill and Asha make the experience so meaningful. The pilgrimage for me reinforced my belief that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
A Mother from Los Angeles, CA
“I find prayer life at the Ashram to be very peaceful. I felt surrounded by the Presence of God”
A Grandmother from Illinois
“How much I appreciate the enormous effort you both expended on giving us a perfect Pilgrimage. From my point of view it was flawless. Everything was taken care of so well that “life” could just happen. And it did! I will always hold our Pilgrimage experience as the example of how life can be when lived to the fullest of our capacities. Thank you for the finest, most meaningful travel experience I have ever had.” An American College Professor teaching in Japan
“This pilgrimage provided the right contemplative atmosphere to look for inner awareness. It was a way to learn to see with the inner eye.”
A Catholic nun from California
“No matter what obstacle was set before us, it was set aside with calmness, care & love. It got to the point in a short while, that I simply knew that the issue would be taken care of without any fuss. As pilgrimage leaders you were wonderful. As friends you were wonderful.”
A Doctor of Ministry student at University of Creation Spirituality from Washington D.C.