It began with a tree…two giant Ceiba trees, rooted deep in the El Encanto jungle, to be exact.
Back in 2006, a coalition of Californians came together to forge a new kind of community for sustainable living inspired by the confluence of people and place. They founded El Encanto del Sur on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. A decade later, searching for place to build a small retreat and community volunteering space, they came upon the magnificent twins. The Ceibas—considered most sacred in Mesoamerican tradition for energetically connecting the cosmos, earth and world below—inspired greater aspiration for the original project.
The Ceibas became our compass and anchor, rooted in the majestic jungle and dedicated to forming deeper, fuller connections between the natural environment and the people who would come to build, create and experience life in Nicaragua.
These trees now house a three-level tree lounge and form the very heart of TreeCasa.
TreeCasa thrives with a firm understanding that any built environment is an inextricable part of a wider ecosystem. We take great care to honor this relationship in all we do—from landscape design to resource conservation, land stewardship and community health. Here are just a few ways we actualize our vision for a more sustainable world.
Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth encompassing physical, mental and social well-being and fulfillment. TreeCasa promotes the many facets of wellness from healthy eating, to connective mind- body-spirit experiences, healing, and opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get involved.
We believe in the power of play, discovery and astonishment. Unique adventures connect us more deeply to the world around us, and rich perceptual experiences shape the way we see and move through the world. We hope, with more fiber and affection. Experience, exploration and discovery form the core of TreeCasa.
TreeCasa is part of a vibrant community that’s building enduring relationships to the environment, people and place. We foster a culture of dynamic collaboration with local and international communities to promote a network of continual learning and growth. Our goal is to connect diverse experiences, energy and resources to support a healthy, robust ecosystem. Our collaborative programs focus on the fundamental aspects of growing a sustainable community through connective experiences.
We’re a passionate community of doers, makers, artists, builders, innovators, service professionals, gardeners, chefs, students, educators, environmentalists, wizards, storytellers, experience architects and more! We’re dedicated to building a sustainable platform for meaningful experiences and enduring social change. How? Translate the TreeCasa vision in everything we do, and have fun doing it. Meet the family.
Alana Joy Eckhart