I started working at Pachamama in 2019 as an educator. As a retired business person living only a hundred metres down the road from Pachamama, I thought it would be wonderful to engage with my community and help teach the children.
These were special years for me learning a new vocation and interacting with the children. They are always so curious and never ceased to surprise me with the level of their engagements.
A few years later though, I decided that it was time for me to slow down and spend some quality time with my grandchildren. Management, however, seemed to have other plans and talked me into working a few hours a week tending to the wonderful environments and gardens.
I agreed and, to this day, believe that it was the best decision! Pachamama has such beautiful gardens to work in and I’m enjoying it immensely.
It is a calming and relaxing place to work, especially in Springtime. There is something spiritual about Pachamama. I love hearing the songs of the birds and the sounds of the running water from the streams as it winds around the rocks into waterfalls.
Its so nice that I am still able to interact with the children while working in the garden. They will often follow me around asking questions about the plants, and I am always happy to answer them. We have interactive relationships and they often help me.
I especially love working in the nature pond area. Whenever I see the Paperbark tree, it takes me back to my childhood on the farm where I was always surrounded by Paperbark trees.
Pachamama is my happy place. I know my most fondest memories will be the sounds of the water and the children.