Sandra's office is the great outdoors. On staff with Outward Bound since 2000, she believes in their mission statement of cooperation, compassion, integrity, and inclusion. These values are the connecting link between her work with veterans and at-risk youth, and are also what attracts her to cohousing. Her understanding of "conscious aging" directly relates to keeping her body, mind, and soul fit. The nearby Sangre de Cristo mountains double as her church and personal trainer.
Sandra's first introduction to community came as she was growing up in Brazil. Her neighbors in Rio flowed in and out of an always-open door and her adventurous grandmother nourished her wild side and expanded her worldview. They traveled together on long bus rides over dirt roads to faraway places like the Amazon and Iguazu Falls.
So it was really no surprise that, after sitting at a computer for eight years locating the epicenters of worldwide seismic events, Sandra became restless. She dreamt of doing the work she now does. Her current dream is to create a variety of trips, which would appeal to the diverse folks living at Sand River.
When she drives home from her work in the Colorado Rockies, she looks forward to pulling into her village, being in her energy-efficient home, washing her clothes in the finely decorated common house, chuckling together with neighbors, and feeling part of something quite special.