This transformational experience in India is facilitated by Asha and Russill Paul, who grew up there but have lived for the greater part of their lives in America, the last 30 years. They bring decades of spiritual and professional expertise together with a solid reputation that uniquely empowers them to lovingly facilitate a profound metamorphosis of your total self.
Russill is widely known and respected for his profound understanding of India’s cultural and yogic traditions, his sophisticated spiritual musicianship, and his knowledge and expertise of Sanskrit mantra, all of which he brings together to provide you, the participant on this journey, with the most comprehensive experience of India’s sacredness that you will ever encounter. It is this unique gift that moves participants to repeatedly return with him to India for the renewal of their transformative experience.
Russill met Asha, his wife of 34 years, while living as a monk in India. Falling in love with her drew him out of the monastery and into the world. This movement into the world served to deepen and expand his spiritual ministry that culminates each year in this transformative pilgrimage.
Asha Paul is a Health and a Spiritual Coach. As a graduate of IIN, the world’s largest health coaching and nutrition school, she has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle, and stress-management techniques from some of the world’s top health and wellness experts today.
She is also a dedicated meditation practitioner spiritually trained from 1986 to 1992 by the late Rev. Bede Griffiths. Bede, a renowned Benedictine monk, was a pioneer in integrating Western spirituality with Eastern wisdom.
Continuing to handle the complex planning and logistics of Russill’s international workshops, seminars and conferences for 30 years, she brings her consummate organizational skills to planning and executing the innumerable details for this pilgrimage so that all of the transitions and logistics go smoothly. Despite her many organizational responsibilities throughout the pilgrimage, her top priority is to lovingly nurture and care for each pilgrim not only during the pilgrimage but from the time they register, making sure that they have all of the personal support they need. Her presentations and guided meditations complement Russill’s retreat presentations and workshop facilitation.
Due to their extensive knowledge and experience of India and her spirituality, and because of living most of their adult lives in America (the last 30 years), Russill and Asha are uniquely capable of facilitating this experience on multiple levels as evident from the testimonials. Many pilgrims return not just a second time, but a third, fourth, fifth and a sixth time, which they gratefully accept as the most powerful endorsement for what they offer.
Asha specializes in weight management. Almost every single one of our pilgrims loses weight on our pilgrimages, despite the fantastic and tasty food eaten.