In the book, Liz spends months living, praying and meditating at an Indian ashram. To replicate this spiritual experience, Julia says they filmed scenes at an actual ashram—but not the one Liz visited—in a remote area of the country.
"They were very giving, which I guess is inherent to living on an ashram, to be open and giving. But [they] let us descend upon them," she says. "We had some rules to adhere to, and we tried to be on our best behavior. And we didn't show our shoulders."
Julia says she and her children were amazed by India. "To be in India is to experience India. It's not that you have to go find it. It's all right there," she says. "[The children] love it. I mean, Hazel said when she grows up, that's where she's going to live."
Finn, Julia's son, even shaved his head before the family arrived in India. "My kids were really into the culture of every place we went," she says. "Hazel [also] wanted to shave her head, so I let her shave the back half of her head. They would chant, and they were just interested."