Phyllis is a beloved member of the Ranch family and has worked at the Ranch for almost 40 years. Recently celebrating her 84th birthday from her home in San Diego where she has been quarantined during the pandemic. Phyllis plans on retiring this year and will continue to visit the Ranch to see the staff and guests who she holds dear in her heart. She first set foot on Rancho La Puerta in July 1981 as a yoga teacher from London and Barbados, where she had been a Geography teacher for 24 years and learned yoga from teachers who had studied in India and returned to London in the early 1960s. Gradually over the years at the Ranch as Fitness Director; Phyllis developed the yoga department as well as introducing other body/mind classes with skilled instructors in the areas of Tai Chi, NIA, Feldenkrais, and Pilates. In the early 80’s she introduced the Inner Journey meditation and introspective class, expanding it to a daily class as fitness instructors became meditators in their own right.
In January she had a car accident that left her with a concussion and as she was healing the pandemic arrived and is using her love of life, spirituality, and alternative healing modalities to mend and thrive.