I loved our trekking guides! They were kind, friendly, professional, and willing to help us experience Nepal. They were a window to their country - sharing with us about music, language, home life, etc. They kept track of us and were extremely attentive to our needs. I felt very safe with them, and they became an integral part of the whole group of "new friends" that was our pilgrimage! Monique Vincent, Waterbury, VT U.S.A. (Lawudo Trek & Retreat 2018)

The fact that I was blessed to join you (Ven Robina) and the other fellow pilgrims on this unforgettable journey is only due to your inexhaustible energy and kindness, for which I am forever grateful. Your teachings at the Deer Park and the magical energy of this place, as well as the overwhelming power, which I could feel pervading me in Shravasti, changed the way I perceive the study and practice of Dharma and motivated me to keep going forward.
Effie, you were always immediate in your responses and took time to answer all our questions...we needed to be really well prepared and felt like we were, especially with the medical information. The leaders (Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi and Amber Tamang) were wonderful... We were very grateful for their experience and knowledge.   Mae and Bob Zimmer, Milton, Vermont U.S.A. (Nepal & India 2011)
  Well organized from start to finish. Very inclusive of the appropriate interests.
  Ruth Peele, Norfolk, PA USA (Nepal & India 2015)
The value of spending so much time with a person living in vows (Ven. Robina) was priceless. I will forever be grateful that I made the decision to participate in the pilgrimage. The experience has given me meaning and direction in my life.  
Lynne Walters, Bainsdale, Victoria, Australia
I had hoped before I left that it would help me with my daily practice at home. It did and now I'm doing much better.
  Betty Malloy, Capitola, California, U.S.A.
  Ven. Robina was all we expected and more. We learned so much.
  Marilyn & Barrie Dickson, Mile House, Canada

I didn't really know what to expect as I'm not a Buddhist. It was fantastic - meeting very nice people, experiencing exotic places, and studying the basics of Buddhism.

Christopher Norden, London, U.K.
There were no problems. Local guide, Amber Tamang, was a great help.  
Sandra Lamson, Sandpoint, Idaho, U.S.A.
  Amber did an awesome job of making sure everything went as planned. The pilgrimage was an incredible opportunity to be in Ven. Robina's presence for a whole month.
Barb Baranski, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
I had a wonderful time and would do it again!  
Jenny Whisson Buderim, Australia  
  The Nepali guide, Amber is a wonderful person. He is thorough, knowledgeable and helpful. He along with Robina really made the trip for me.
  Dan Droke, Aptos, CA U.S.A
Wonderful, friendly, and professional service by Effie and her office staff. I felt special and well cared for. I'd encourage doubtful potential clients to get in touch with past clients.  
Keri Wassenaar, Queensland, Australia  
  The pilgrimage was super all around. A+ We had a terrific team!
  Bill Wilmot, Anaconda, MT U.S.A.

You can't explain this opportunity, it is so broad. The memories and the lessons and the teachings and the cooperation of this group traveling together will stay with me.
Heather Lyons, Queensland, Australia  
Walking in the footsteps of Lord Buddha with Ven. Robina was inspiring on so many levels. The benefits are immeasurable.  
Sandy Edwards, Adelaide,Australia  
  The opportunity to make a pilgrimage like this comes along maybe once in a lifetime. After the trip I felt calmer and more centered. Things seem clearer. I am much more focused, and my commitment to Buddhism has increased.
Amy Canfield, West Hartford, CT U.S.A.
I learned more about myself in four weeks than I ever thought was possible.  
Clarissa Eads, Santa Fe, NM  
The Pilgrimage was a rich and rewarding experience, so much still to reflect on and to process. It all ran very smoothly which is amazing considering the challenges that the culture and terrain present the traveller with. It already feels another lifetime away.  
Angela Cameron, Cambridge, UK  
  I had a great trip! Even the hard stuff was good.
  Ven. Kathie Rhoads, Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A.
  It was a lot of fun. We kept very busy and I liked that. It surpassed my expectations. I don't know how you could improve the long drives through India but that was a down point.
Ginny Andrus, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.
The Pilgrimage was much better prepared and catered for then I expected. The hotels were top class...and the places we went to beyond my expectations. It was well organized. I was really happy. Gleaming in fact!  
Alex Walker, Toolamba, Victoria, Australia

Overall, an incredible pilgrimage!

Katherine Werhane, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Ven. Robina and others brought us through some wild country, different cultures and incredible experiences safely and with delight. It deepened my Buddhist practice.  
Jacquelyn Marie, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.  
The Pilgrimage exceeded my expectations. Everyone involved was knowledgeable, courteous and organized. The food was great. Although physical fitness was mentioned in the brochure perhaps it needs to be stressed more as some people were not aware walking was involved.
Kim Runge, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.
This pilgrimage was the most amazing experience. We visited many powerfully holy places and traveled with Ven. Robina who led us through each of these places with pujas and even read us stories on the bus. Our guide Amber was incredibly competent, kind, informative and funny. Our driver and his helper looked after us and kept us safe on the road. Our group got on famously and all felt a connection having shared this pilgrimage adventure.  
Glenys Hargreave, Townsville, Australia  
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