|Spiritual Training and Education (30 years)A native of Chennai, South India, Russill Paul took to playing stringed instruments from the early age of four and began professional music in his teens. Although he was born and brought up in a Christian family, he developed a keen interest in Indian spirituality in childhood that has guided him into the present day.In 1984, he underwent a powerful spiritual transition that motivated him to begin living the unusual combination of a Benedictine monk and yogi under the direction of Dom Bede Griffiths, a pioneering Benedictine monk and revered sage who directed Shantivanam, a Christian monastery that expressed itself through the spiritual and yogic culture of India.
During the five years he spent as a monk, Russill Paul immersed himself in the sacred culture and spirituality of India’s esteemed heritage, studying traditional Sanskrit chanting and South Indian classical music as well as yoga, meditation, philosophy and cosmology. In addition to his training at the monastery, Russill was initiated into the sacred learning of Sanskrit and Indian music in several ancient temple cities of South India enabling him to develop the tools related to his lifework: The Yoga of Sound.
Teacher in Academic Spirituality Programs (15 years)
Russill Paul taught in the Master’s of Liberal Arts spirituality program at the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College in Oakland, CA, from 1992 – 1996; in the Masters of Liberal Arts program at Naropa University’s Oakland, CA, campus from 1998 to 2006; in the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA, from 1996 to 2005; and served on the faculty of Wisdom University in San Francisco, CA from 2005 to 2007.
Russill has presented his work at prominent academic institutions, such as, Western Michigan State University and The Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, MI; Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL; The California Institute of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA; and the Chicago Graduate Institute of Clinical Psychology in Chicago, IL, to name a few.
Nationally renowned workshop and retreat facilitator (25 years)
Russill Paul has been presenting workshops and retreats throughout North America at leading-edge institutions such as The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lennox, MA, and Hollyhock in Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada.
He has also been featured as a presenter at prestigious conferences, such as: The Parliament of the World’s Religions that convened in Chicago in 1993 and in Barcelona in 2004, New Age Journal’s Body and Soul Conference in San Francisco, The International Sound Colloquiums in Colorado, Omega Institute’s Awakening the Soul in NYC, The Christian Meditation Center’s John Main Seminars in Toronto, Canada and San Francisco, U.S.A., and the Synthesis Dialogs at the Norbulinka Institute in Dharmasala, India, residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Music Industry Professional: Recording and Production (33 years)
Russill Paul has been involved with the music industry for over three decades, recording movie sound tracks under well known music directors in South India as well as recording and producing a wide selection of his own world class recordings in the United States that are distibuted worldwide.
He is associated with The Relaxation Company in New York, a leading publisher of healing music products, and New World Libary, a highly respected press in Novato, CA. He was formerly associated with Rising Son International, Arlo Guthrie’s record label in Massachusetts.
Russill has recorded with numerous world class musicians including famed rock band Night Ranger’s lead guitarist Brad Gillis, Indian sarangi maestro Ramesh Misra, and Tori Amos’ bassist John Evans.
Concert Performer (over 35 years)
Russill Paul has performed his unique style of music at many prestigious concert venues such as the premier European classical music venue Propstei Sankt Gerold in Austria, Chicago’s Grant Part and Medinah Temple, The Sports Auditorium in Sheffield, England, and the Music Academy in Chennai, India.
He has also performed on several occasions for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India as well as in America and has shared the stage with music greats such as the legendary American folk-singer Arlo Guthrie and British rocker Arthur Brown.