I am living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with my 3-year-old daughter, Maia, and working as a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher in Mexico’s first ecological school .
I remember when I read the first “My Way” nearly two years ago, and I thought, “I will never, ever write one of those!” That was when I was eating all raw foods, and now, neither raw foodist nor vegetarian, and here I am giving a peek into my life.
My Way: Audrey
Our school has well over 30 papaya trees, is covered in passion fruit vines, has several lime and lemon trees, nopales (cactus), spinach, mango trees, chaya (a leafy green), tomatoes, peppers and banana trees growing. One of the school’s fathers has been attending biodynamic courses to help us with the gardens. Our goal is eventually be completely self sustainable. Along with our gardens, we use solar electricity to run a fan in every classroom and a computer in the office, we have a composting bathroom, maintain chickens and turkeys, and have our own water source.
We also have a dog, Pixie, and several cats that live at the school. Another one of our big excitements of the day is that one of the school’s cats has had kittens. We all visit the mother and her three adorable orange kittens.
I can sense the breadth of my own being
And, filled with strength
Send radiant thoughts
From sunlike soul forces
To help resolve life’s mysteries,
And give fulfilment to many a wish
Whose wings were crippled by hope.
Rudolf Steiner, Calendar of the Soul: Week 28
I prepare salad with my children again (this time just lettuce and lime juice) and Señora Laura makes us spinach tacos with the spinach that grows in one of our gardens.
I stay late after school today to talk with the team of preschool teachers. We plan for the upcoming weeks when our children will be living a celebration of Day of the Dead. In a Waldorf School, we study and follow the rhythm of the year—including seasonal changes and festivals—and we bring this rhythm to life through the classroom curriculum.
I head home, get cleaned up, and go out for dinner with my boyfriend, Jaime, and my daughter for fresh seafood. I order a filet of fish with steamed vegetables. My broccoli-loving daughter steals my broccoli and eats the tops off of them.
In the evening, Maia goes to sleep at Jaime’s mother’s house, and Jaime and I head to the jungle and into a cave where a concert is to be held. The band is called “Bole.” I have never heard of the band before, but I figure anything in a cave is something worthwhile to attend. It turns out to be relaxing music by candle light, deep into an INCREDIBLE cave. The best part is walking through the cave before the music even starts. I could have spent hours upon hours walking around.
In the afternoon Maia and I walk to a local park, La Ceiba, which is an ecological park that preserves natural wildlife. We bring a few plastic bottles, as they have started the first recycling efforts in town. An extra surprise for us is that today is the monthly Saturday community market at the park. It is just finishing up so we get to listen to some music and pass by the last few booths before they pack up. They are selling plants, baskets, natural soap/sunscreen/repellent products, local honey, clothing, jewelry and more. Afterwards, Maia plays on the swings there at the park.
My name is Audrey and this is My Way
What a beautiful life Audrey. Thank you for being of such wonderful service to Mexico, which is dear to my heart. Please consider checking out Audrey's Walforf School in Mexico, and offering support if you are called to... or hit her up on Facebook !