“My trip to Mindful India was more than an amazing sightseeing adventure. It was a deep learning experience about Indian culture, mindfulness, meditation and yoga. I especially acquired necessary life skills regarding handling stress. I felt well taken care of, which was important for a first visit to a strange country. In short, it was an experience of a lifetime.” Peninah, 2018

“I am not exaggerating when I say that this trip was a life changer for me. Your hard work and caring, Rachelle, Dina, Hillary and Sanjay, were obvious all the time and made this possible. My heart and my being are so very full with every moment of this adventure. India and its people have touched something so deep in me and I am truly grateful.” Nava, 2017

“Rachelle, Dina and Sanjay, you truly are a dream team! You created an unforgettable adventure that we would never have attempted on our own. Your attention to detail and to each person’s needs on the trip was amazing.” Rolinda, 2017

“I had a wonderful time; the trip was well planned, the leaders were amazing and it was really good to meet new people. Was also great traveling with good friends. Really looking forward to the next trip – we are there!” Shelly, 2017

“Bollywood dancing was a blast.” Shosh, 2017 

“The mindfulness helped me stop… and smell the roses – tea leaves – it really is a gift that never stops giving.” Shosh, 2017

“I got a very good ‘taste’ of using mindfulness in everyday life without it being an ‘exercise.’” D., 2017

“All in all I felt very comfortable on the trip, ‘taken care of’, a very good feeling of being able to relax without having to ‘plan’ anything!” D., 2017

“[The mindfulness was] very meaningful and important. It gave depth and enriched the trip enormously.” Joop, 2017

“[Thanks to the mindfulness practices] I feel I’ve learned good tools for life – thank you!” Judy, 2017

“Thank you for giving me an experience of a lifetime. The wonderful and meaningful moments we shared together will remain in my heart forever. I waited years for this trip (saving your emails from year to year), and I am so happy that I finally got to live my dream of visiting India!” Batia, 2017

“Just to add our thanks to both of our wonderful leaders for facilitating an exceptional experience and for managing the group so well. You both remained so centered which was really helpful and made this trip into a lifetime experience.” Rina and Ivan, 2017

“It was wonderful, can’t wait to go back. Please sign us up!!!” Shelly, 2017

“[Mindfulness] was extremely important to me and I think that it would have been a very different trip without it. The formal practice, as always, was good but far more important for me was the daily integration of mindfulness. The constant reminders throughout the day were a real learning experience; reminders about mindful eating, about grounding after transitions and other stressful situations. Formal practice is available in many frameworks but this was a unique experience of mindfulness as part of my life in real time. I can’t thank you enough for that.” Nava, 2017

(The highlight): “In general, the people of India whom I met throughout the trip. ….and this wonderful contact with the Indian people continued on to most of the other places we visited. These people will stay with me in my heart.” Nava, 2017

“Thanks!!!! Mindful India exceeded anything I could have hoped for. The organization was superb and the participants were great travelling companions. It was less a “vacation/trip” than a major life experience.” Janis, 2015

“The Mindfulness is what made the trip so special. It’s a sightseeing trip and a mini-retreat at the same time.” N., 2015

“It exceeded our wildest expectations. I loved being exposed to Indian spirituality. The group was welcoming and perfect for us.” Eli, 2015

(Re: Mindfulness) “Rachelle’s modeling taught me more than anything I could have imagined. The mindfulness added tremendously to the experience.” Sheffi, 2015

“This was a remarkable experience on many levels – spiritually interacting with the people, and seeing Indians in their environments. It far exceeded my expectations.” R., 2015

“I came to this trip with minimal to no idea of what it would be like. I loved the magic and glory of India – it is spectacular! I could not think of better organization, information and people than we had. Amazing!” Amiel, 2014

“I loved the ‘social action’ element. The whole trip was just one big highlight of my life! Thank you for everything – for thinking of all the details – no matter how small, for taking care of our emotional and physical well being and making my first trip to India such a memorable experience.” Joyce, 2014

“The trip was more than my wildest dreams.” Mona, 2014

(The mindfulness aspect) “It gave a feeling of ‘space’, of getting back to myself!” Ruth, 2014

“Mindfulness separates this trip from others that are offered on the market.” Lea, 2014 

“I believe that a trip to India combined with mindfulness practices and yoga was a perfect formula. Thanks for a great trip.” Richard, 2014

“I came on the trip with no particular expectation – in a ‘learning’ mode – the range of experiences was more than I could imagine. I let myself be led (a rare occasion for me) and was not disappointed one bit.” Sandra, 2014

“Each year (3rd time with Mindful India) has its own excitement, beauty and interest. No matter how different the personalities of the groups, you two are the glue that keeps everything together. And Sanjay [our Indian Escort ] keeps it all moving around smoothly.” Shosh, 2014.  

“Hiking in the tea plantation was a real highlight for me…so beautiful, different from what I have seen elsewhere. Having tea up there with that spectacular view was also special.” Ida, 2013

“It was a great introduction to India. The country’s colors and its vibrancy got into my blood! The mindfulness component was a powerful addition to the experience. Both of you worked wonderfully as a team – and together with Sanjay (our local India escort), we all felt we were in good and competent hands. We all came back with a rich treasury of experiences and with wonderful new friends. I am sure many of us will sign up again in the future.” Benita, 2013

“(The highlights of the trip for me were) The people in the group, the people of India, the colors, the smells, the food, introduction to and practice of Mindfulness, the yoga sessions.” Adva, 2013

“This was my introduction (to mindfulness) – I was really swept away by Dr. Dina and her sessions. I feel more grounded and now try to incorporate some mindfulness into every day.” Margie, 2013

“The social bonding among the participants was a key factor in our experience – Rachelle, Dina and Sanjay all contributed to our feeling of closeness and family!” Margie, 2013 

“When I try to explain to people what is so spiritual about India – it is impossible to explain. I had a feeling of such happiness and fulfillment – even with all the filth and poverty all around. Try to explain to someone who wasn’t there how an old man, dressed in a white sheet, praying to the sun, can bring tears to your eyes because he symbolizes such peace and satisfaction and being totally in the moment of prayer. Can’t explain it – had to be there.” Shosh, 2013

“Just a word about Sanjay (our travel agent and group escort) – his presence makes an amazing difference. He brings a charm and calmness which we all appreciated.” Shosh 2013

For me trying and practicing Mindfulness was a real highlight and real attraction of the trip. I enjoyed doing and Yoga and particularly enjoyed trying the different ways of gaining Mindfulness. It has given me a taste of something that I want to continue to learn more about.” Ida, 2013

“I loved the movies. They really added to the India experience. I also loved the Bollywood dancing.” G. 2013

“Overall – it was an incredible experience – one I will remember forever and if the timing works out next year I hope to join you again, without any hesitation.” G. 2013

“This India trip is a treasure and not to be missed! It is varied and extremely interesting. The organizers are professional and human and fun-loving as well.” Toby, 2012  

“I have been on a high during and since the trip. You promised an interesting and fun trip and that is exactly what I got.” Rachel, 2012

“One aspect of the trip that I appreciated besides the great organization and the care for our safety was the feeling of generosity on your part. There was no skimping.” Rachel, 2012

“The bonding of our group was unbelievable. Such nice and interesting people.” Rachel, 2012

“Excellent balance and choice of human interactions with Indians, institutions of social/educational issues, sites, meditation, yoga and Shabbatot, shopping and down time.” Sally, 2012.

“The exceeding care and professionalism with which this experience was planned and implemented was a major factor in its outstanding success!” Sally, 2012

“That almost none of us have travelled previously with groups – and yet bonded to such a significant extent, is truly due to you both, the program, the mindfulness aspect, Sanjay’s (Sanjay is our Indian escort) great care – and being able to give myself permission to let go and enjoy the flow and being cared for!!” Sally, 2012

“The mindfulness aspect was central for me… The best packing list in the world.” Sally, 2012

“I thank you for this gift of a lifetime!!” Sally, 2012

“On my list of things to do when I retire were India and meditation – so I got two in one. I found the meditation had a calming effect that lasted for hours.” Shosh, 2012

“When most of us think of India, we think first of extreme poverty, child labor, outsourcing…..an awful lot of negatives. Through the passion which Rachelle and Dina shared with us, we saw another part of India – we saw the beauty of the country – both the physical and the beauty and warmth of a beautiful people. In short, the trip turned a curiosity into a love. Every new experience I believe is a growing experience – some more than others. You gave us numbers 1 to 5 (on the evaluation form) – but this trip was a full 10.” Shosh, 2012

“This was a transformative experience, India from the inside out, due to the authenticity and off-the-beaten-track choices. Great integrity, sensitivity, and passion went into the planning by the group leaders. Thanks for making this trip such a standout.” Helena, 2012

“The Mindfulness aspect made the trip move to another level – enriched it enormously and set this apart from other tours.” Helena, 2012

“I do not believe any other group provides interaction with locals like on this trip.” Aliza, 2012

“Dina and Rachelle put the utmost effort in preparation and presentation of this most interesting and varied trip. Time and schedule kept it all flowing so smoothly with the minimum of fuss and just no agitation.” Maureen, 2011   

“The trip under your capable guidance was a most rewarding and unforgettable experience. From the very start, your organizational ability and [pre-trip] planning, the efficient handling of the airline bookings, insurance and visa requirements… meant that when we finally departed from Israel we all knew that we were in most capable hands...

The itinerary was perfect, giving us the opportunity to interface with the three dominant faiths of India – Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism…. The most long-lasting memory will be the visits to the village and the very warm welcome we received from [our guide’s] family. We experienced India like no one on a regular trip certainly would. We “felt the wonderful people of India” rather than merely seeing the sites.” Isaac, 2011.

“What was particularly special about this trip was the incorporation of meditation and mindfulness throughout the tour...Tourists will typically see Delhi, the Taj Mahal, and Rajasthan, but few have the opportunity that Rachelle and Dina provided of sight-seeing in India on a first-class tour combined with practices for spiritual and general well-being - a great combination!” Marcy, 2010.

“I got a lot out of the Mindfulness sessions… [They] kept my mind focused and I felt as if the trip had an extra special dimension.” Maureen, 2011

“…The mini seminars on Shabbat morning were very special – gave us (uninterrupted) time to get in touch with ourselves. The experience was very powerful.” Linda, 2011

“I particularly loved Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat....It was very spiritual and lovely, even for people who do not consider themselves religious.” Bella, 2009

“...a very good taste of India in a short amount of time....it felt safe and relaxing, not having to organize and worry about all the details myself.” Bella, 2009 

“I felt cared for the whole trip.” Susanne, 2010

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