Bruce & Kristen Weaver: Unique Wilderness caretakers
Dates of Birth: Kristen: 7/28/59, Bruce: 8/15/64
Interests: Kristen: Brain tanning buckskin, native beadwork, painting,
writing and gardening. Bruce: Permaculture, primitive skills, gardening,
cooking and watching movies.
Quote: "Life is full of missed opportunities and options of the unknown."
Bruce and Kristen in the room that Bruce built in Prescott!
Bruce and Kristen Weaver make a great caretaking team.
They found each other after completing some diverse career assignments.
Born and raised in California, Kristen spent most of her early professional
life in the health and fitness industry in southern California. She began
as a Personal Trainer and quickly made her way into management. But Kristen
says that she "can't live in an urban environment, and loves to live in
the mountains." In the mid 80's, she moved to Prescott, AZ to become the
general manager of The Prescott Racquet Club.
While Kristen was doing all this, Bruce was developing a wide realm of
talents ranging from business management to handyman. His education has
been through passionate exploration and a "hands-on" approach to life.
Bruce spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as a nuclear armaments specialist,
trained in mechanics and electronics. This experience was to be a pivotal
one in directing his search for a greater purpose.
Like Kristen, Bruce also worked as a Personal Trainer, in Aspen, CO.
Through this experience, he obtained a position as a Personal Trainer
to a handicapped man living in Cuernivaca, Mexico. Bruce was responsible
for all aspects of his care, including physical training, nutrition and
meal preparation. After that, Bruce took a general manger position of
the Altered States Mind Gym, a state-of-the-art relaxation gym that used
the latest technologies in flotation tanks, sound and color.
After a while, Bruce moved to a spiritual center in Sedona, AZ where
he helped with groundskeeping and light maintenance in trade for room
and board. While in Sedona, he met Kristen, who was by that time, the
General Manager of Time Expeditions Jeep Tours, an archeological and cultural
tour company. The company utilized Bruce's knowledge of jeep mechanics.
Kristen was responsible for the day to day operations, and was instrumental
in creating the company's first cultural expedition to explore Canyon
de Chelly, on the Navajo reservation.
After a few years, they generated enough revenue to help support the
land owners and the ongoing effort of developing an heirloom seed garden.
In 1993, Bruce and Kristen moved to Prescott, AZ to take positions as
year-round resident caretakers of Camp Charles Pearlstein, a Jewish summer
camp, surrounded by tall pine trees in the biggest Ponderosa Pines forest
in the world.
They were full time salaried employees, with a large home provided, along
with health and dental insurance, and an annual bonus. The camp capacity
was 250 during the summer months and operated weekend retreats in the
off-season. Bruce's duties included light construction, plumbing, electrical,
groundskeeping, and building maintenance.
He coordinated with the camp director on annual facility needs and budget
concerns. Kristen assisted in the general care and upkeep of the facility,
and recently assisted in caretaker duties for a self-sufficient home and
garden, called "Gods Garden."
In the off-season, they provided security, winter upkeep, maintaining
positive relations with the Forest Service, and local subcontractors.
Bruce was also responsible for the implementation of a recycling and composting
program, planting fruit trees, creating new garden areas and the building
of a hand crafted log cabin to be used as a nature center to educate children
about the indigenous plant and wildlife.
Bruce says "I love being my own person of spiritual intentions, and love
being able to work for people that allow my creativity to just flow. I
also love the winter meditation time, which is a great benefit to be alone
While reading a recent issue of The Caretaker Gazette, they were
intrigued with another caretaking opportunity for a seminar and retreat
center in California. They decided to apply for the position. They were
impressed that the previous caretaker had been there for the last eighteen
Bruce and Kristen were flown out for an interview, and soon after were
offered the position. They have just arrived at their new location and
are starting to settle in. They plan to turn their backyard into an heirloom
garden called The Garden at Four Springs. They will be growing food for
the guests that stay at the retreat, as well as for themselves. Once again,
they will be creating beauty!
They're outside the hand crafted log cabin which Bruce built.
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