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Phyllis Pilgrim

 Phyllis Pilgrim

Phyllis Pilgrim

Phyllis Pilgrim was born in Tampico, Mexico of an American mother and a Scottish father who worked for the Shell Oil Company. Her father was transferred to Borneo and Java, where the family enjoyed a quiet life until they were captured by the Japanese in the invasion after Pearl Harbor. Five-year-old Phyllis along with her mother and younger brother were interned in women’s and children’s civilian internment camps for three and a half years until 1945. Her father was separated in men’ camps. She writes of her experiences in her 2011 memoir, "The Hidden Passport: My Childhood Journey Through Japanese Concentration Camps in Java."

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. She also practiced Hatha Yoga in London and opened a yoga center in Barbados with her husband.

It was the yoga connection that introduced her to Rancho la Puerta, in Tecate, Mexico. Phyllis left Barbados in 1981 to work at the Ranch as a yoga teacher, fitness instructor and also introduced Meditation. She was Fitness Director for 18 years until 2002 and coordinated the “Specialty and Spirit Week” programs until 2012.  She still teaches yoga, Tai Chi and meditation at the Ranch, dividing her life between the Ranch and San Diego. She has also taught meditation courses for beginners for UCSD’sLifeFit program at RIMAC for undergraduates.

A world-wide traveler, Phyllis has recently led groups in Turkey, Bhutan, and Tanzania.  She is a many-time visitor to Galapagos, most recently in 2016 with her son, granddaughter and niece.

 Phyllis on Rabida Island, 2016

Phyllis on Rabida Island, 2016

 Phyllis on Espanola Island, 2016

Phyllis on Espanola Island, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

What programs will Phyllis be including?


Sunrise yoga on deck...greet the morning with deep breaths and open your heart ❤️ and awareness to a new day, and to who you are. Simple basic yoga poses can prepare you for an active morning in the islands, ending with a “Sun Salutation.”


Alternate mornings we can wake up to “The Eight Thread Brocade” sequences of 8 ancient Chi gong moves, synchronized with breath.


“Being in the moment the way it is” and “to be at one with all that is” the beauty of sea , sun and sky and all the animals and birds, who all know “how to be”. It is through meditative silence we can learn “to be at one with all of nature and ourselves."

Do I need to bring my own equipment?

Yoga mats, blocks, straps and blankets will be provided aboard INTEGRITY. 

Snorkel masks, tubes and fins are aboard INTEGRITY, as well as flotation devices and weights. However, we do suggest you bring your own mask and snorkel so you can be ensured of a good fit and to practice snorkeling at home.  Wetsuits can be rented in Puerto Ayora before boarding.

Walking sticks are available for your use on shore visits.

How is the dining? Are special diets accommodated?

Meals are prepared fresh from local ingredients wherever possible.  Breakfasts are buffets of fresh fruits, fresh juices (an Ecuadorian passion), yogurts, cereals, cheeses, and hot items, plus eggs cooked to order.  Lunches and dinners are three courses.  24-hour coffee and tea are available at hotels and aboard INTEGRITY.  Vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low salt and other diets, as well as any food allergies, are easily accommodated.  Please inform us at least 30 days prior to arrival of any dietary restrictions or allergies.

How much time is spent ashore during the day?

Time at each visitor site is highly regulated by the Galapagos National Park. Each yacht is allocated a time slot and all passengers must complete their visit during this time, usually around 2-3 hours. Most days have two shore visits and one snorkel or kayak per day.  Your naturalist guides and yacht captain have organized and maximized the itinerary so each day is complete.

How much time is spent in the water each day?

The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the largest and most biologically diverse marine protected areas in the world and well worth exploring. There are snorkeling opportunities almost every day and on some days twice. A snorkel will last around 45 minutes. Due to the cold ocean currents, wetsuits are highly recommended and you will have an opportunity to rent one in Galapagos.

What will the weather be like in Galapagos in late October?

The average high temperature in October is 73F/23C and the average low temperature is 68F/20C.  The cool, cloudy garua season is passing and the days are warming. The seas typically range between 65-70F/18-21C.  The Galapagos are located at a unique spot in the confluence of oceanic and atmospheric currents and are subject to large variation in "normal."

How fit do I need to be?

Your Galapagos experience will be more enjoyable if you are in good health. This is a walking trip with walks over a variety of surfaces.  Walking polls are available aboard INTEGRITY for your use, but balance is highly important. Challenging walks on the Eastern Route include: over tipsy lava boulders for two hours (to see Waved Albatross at Punta Suarez), up and down a steep (but short) tuft-cone gully (Punta Pitt), 150 ft. up and down steep stairs carved into the side of a caldera (Prince Phillips Steps), across sharp black pahoehoe lava (Sullivan Bay), and 374 wooden steps to the top of Bartolomé Island. Many walks are along sandy beaches and relatively flat trails. Phyllis can personally vouch for each walk's difficulty or ease as she mastered all just two years ago.

Snorkeling is one of the highlights of a Galapagos experience.  Your trip will be more enjoyable if you know how to swim and can practice using a mask and snorkel tube before you arrive.  

If you wish to skip an activity during the cruise, you are welcome to stay aboard INTEGRITY.  If your naturalists feel it would be unwise for your safety and the safety of the group for you to undertake a particular activity, they may require you to stay aboard.  


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