|Question 1: Why does the steward position appeal to you?
Question 2: What about your experience at the Sanctuary over the last 90 days has been surprising?
This steward position really appeals to me because it brings together all of my life experiences and expertise, and aligns with my values. I have always held a strong belief in respecting people and the earth. From my, nearly, decade of being a paramedic in a busy 911 service, to owning a coffee shop specializing in organic, fair trade, and ethically sourced coffees and using as many local natural products as possible, to being a landscaping foreman helping people to beautify their lives by embracing nature and reducing their sod footprint - I have met peoples from all walks of life and helped them in whatever their needs may have been. In my experience, death is a humbling, terrifying, exhaustive, and sometimes joyous fact of life. Having dealt with death, dying, healing, and growth, I'm grateful that I get to use my life experience to help others and help the earth.
After working at the Sanctuary for a few months, I find I’m still surprised at how beautiful and transformative a service can be. It’s hard to explain or put into words but it is truly a beautiful process. From loved ones assisting in the burial to children laughing and playing in the meadow during the service. Each service you learn something about a person you’ve never met and each time I’ve walked away wanting to be a better person like the ones described during interment.
Question 3: What is your favorite part about working for the Sanctuary so far?
I simply cannot pinpoint a favorite part of working at CMS. Everyday is a new day full of the now. I get the opportunity to be outside all day, I get to research local flora and fauna, I get to meet new people, and I get to help fulfill a person's last and final wishes. What part on which day could possibly be the best?!?!? It’s all great!
Question 4: What future project are you looking most forward to?
Each day of work at the Sanctuary is a project. Each day is a day I look forward to. We have many projects planned for the near, and far, future but I could not look forward to one more than the others. I’m just excited to see the property grow and blossom into a more beautiful and welcoming sanctuary than it was the day before!