Visitor Center Weekend Manager
Rose Welch joined the Carmel Chamber in September 2017 as the Visitor Center Weekend Manager. She enjoys meeting and sharing the beauty and soul of our beloved Carmel with all that visit our area. Rose lived in Big Sur for over 55 years and is always eager to tell stories of the locals and direct tourists to all the magical places in Carmel.
Rose retired in 2014 from 25 years of service and her life’s work in Research, Education and Community with the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Marin/Sonoma Counties. She has had the honor and opportunity to travel the world with five Presidents and its Founder, Capt. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut and 6th man to walk on the moon. She has a BA degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in Gerontology. She continues her studies with Native American and African “Masai” cultures, leaning towards the Elders of the tribes. She facilitates a “Conscious Aging Workshop” always trying to learn and educate herself and others as we become elders and wisdom keepers ourselves.
Rose kept a cabin in Big Sur throughout her career in the bay area…always knowing she would spend her retirement years in Big Sur and on the central coast where her soul and heart lives. After spending a year in Bali giving college students a deep immersion into the Balinese culture and another year in Ashland, Oregon to visit family…she settled in to retire on her beloved coast in 2017!
She lived on a mountain top in Big Sur on 5 acres in a studio cabin overlooking Palo Colorado canyon and ocean before moving to Carmel. Now she’s proud to call herself a “townie” and is enjoying resort living at Hacienda Carmel.
You will find her every weekend happily greeting our Carmel guests with lots of humor along with her puppy “Penny the PooChon” in the Visitor Center. She loves telling stories about local people, restaurants and happenings around town! She cares deeply about the “experience” that our guests have and is happy to be of service to the Carmel Chamber of Commerce!