Transform in India: Pilgrimage Facilitators

This page offers information on the Asha and Russill Paul, the creators, and facilitators of this annual pilgrimage to India.

YOUR PILGRIMAGE FACILITATORS

OVER 30 YEARS OF WORLD-CLASS TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This transformational experience in India is facilitated by Asha and Russill Paul. They grew up there but have lived for the more significant part of their lives in North America, the last 30 years. 

They combine decades of spiritual and professional expertise to guide their pilgrims in India.

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.

"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."

FROM ONE OF OUR FIRST TIMERS
Lynrae from California

Russill Paul

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.

He brings it all 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.

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Russill Paul

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.

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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.

WE INTEGRATE EAST AND WEST

Inspired by the work of Bede Griffiths, Wayne Teasdale, and others.

"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."

ONE OF OUR FIRST TIMERS
Hope H. from North Carolina