Phyllis Pilgrim was born in Tampico, Mexico of an American mother and a Scottish father who worked for the Shell Oil Company. Later transferred to Borneo and Java, they were captured by the Japanese after Pearl Harbor.
Five-year-old Phyllis, her mother, and younger brother were interned in civilian internment camps for 31/2 years until 1945. The family survived, returned to England where Phyllis started her education, and gained a degree in Geography from London University.
She taught Geography in high schools in London and Barbados for 24 years. She married a Barbadian in London and has a son, Owen, from that marriage.
Phyllis left Barbados in 1981 to work as a yoga teacher at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, where she still teaches and directs the "Specialty and Spirit Week" Programs. She lives in San Diego.
Phyllis meditating by the Ganges River in the Himalayas, near Rishikesh