|Tibetan Cherry tree in the Peace Garden|
I was once Lauren the gardener, I then spent a little time working in the kitchen for the January Intensive retreat with Reb Anderson and starting next week I will move to my new home in Guest Programs. People are surprised to hear that I actually requested this move; the kitchen and guest program crews are always in need of staff and MANY people want to work in the farm or garden. But let us be honest, of course working outside is the bomb and I love getting my hands dirty and hugging trees BUT I might love working with people even more. I will be spending my days taking care of guests, making them feel welcome, attending to their needs, helping Green Gulch from an administrative standpoint, learning about conference planning and hopefully working to offer even more Zen and more Green Gulch to those who want it. As my mom put it, it should be a mutually beneficial move. In a community that is maybe 90% introverted having one of the few extroverts in the office is a plus for everyone!
In the meantime I will spend my time enjoying the gardens not as a gardener but simply as a resident. Doesn't mean I can't take pride in our New York Times feature! Click here.