Farrow was raised in the Catholic faith and attended convent schools.
She is the subject of the Beatles song "Dear Prudence". The Beatles arrived shortly thereafter, on February 16 and 20. Farrow was dedicated to practicing the TM technique so she could become a TM teacher.
According to Farrow: "I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so I could meditate.
John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time and I"d be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren"t as fanatical as me".
She "turned into a near recluse" and "rarely came out" of her cottage. John Lennon was asked to "contact her and make sure she came out more often to socialize" and he wrote the song "Dear Prudence".
According to Lennon, "She"d been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else".
Farrow taught TM for several decades after her teacher training course in India. Among those she mentored was comedian Andy Kaufman. Later in her life, Farrow earned a Bachelor, an Master of Arts, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Asian studies.
Her doctoral dissertation was on pulse diagnosis, titled Nadivijnana, the Crest-Jewel of Ayurveda: A Translation of Six Central Texts and an Examination of the Sources, Influences and Development of Indian Pulse-Diagnosis.
Farrow became an elementary school teacher and according to her résumé she has held teaching positions or presented at conferences held at the University of California at Berkeley, Rutgers University and the University of Wisconsin. Farrow has worked in the theater and film industry as a production assistant on The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984 and the art department coordinator for The Purple Rose of Cairo.
In 1999, she was one of four producers involved in staging Up From the Ground at the Westbeth Theatre in New York City. Farrow became a magazine writer in the 2000s.
In 2012 Farrow established the non-profit Dear Prudence Foundation to raise funds for a documentary film of the 2013 Kumbh Mela festival which is held in India every twelve years.