Artist in Residence
Kunath’s work is fuelled by the tension between her thirst for solitude and hunger for connection. Creating self-reflective work that explores communication and various forms of connection, Kunath says 'Relationship is my greatest teacher,' and it is also her greatest inspiration.
Organic Garden Manager
Carlos runs the day-to-day operations of our organic vegetable gardens and orchards, keeping the bugs at bay with a clever array of homemade organic sprays and with other local and California-bred organic farming techniques. He's usually found in the garden, directing traffic, giving tours to guests and local school groups, and spreading the word on organics throughout the community.
"Some see things as they are and ask why, I dream things that never were and ask why not? (and then I ask... "can we make that bigger?)". - Doug Jackson. Doug is the driving force behind TreeCasa, creating a cauldron of collaboration where all voices are heard and crazy ideas are called for. His passion for building dynamic, inspirational and just FUN! communities is what TreeCasa is all about.
Mihae swung from the concrete canyons of NYC into the jungles of Nicaragua, landing at the perfect time to help craft an image of TreeCasa that matched the power of the vision. She's a designer yes, but also a teller of tall tales that she pours her heart into making come true. She has transformed TreeCasa, and it transformed her... no better telling of the story we all intended to write.
A sorceress among storytellers, Trang is responsible for many of the words written about us, weaving narratives that inspire other creative and dynamic sorts to come find us in the jungle and add another layer to the TreeCasa story themselves. She also organized the first wave of the [email protected] volunteer brigade and helped create the ethos of that program, which is at the core of the TreeCasa mission. All that, and she can whip up some righteous Vietnamese victuals.
Head of Housekeeping
Magdalena loves it clean and organized, and is always the one to take charge when things need doing anywhere around the hotel. Lists? She loves checking those boxes off in her magic notebook. Just don’t make her wait or you may end up on that list!
Ignacio was at TreeCasa when it was all Trees and no Casas, helping to build it from the ground (way) up and staying on to keep his handiwork in tip-top shape. He loves to teach the gringo TreeHousers some Spanish, the good words and bad, even when they are lazy students.
Carlos talks to people all around the world who want to come to TreeCasa, greets them at reception when they arrive, and makes sure their stay is a memorable experience in all the right ways.
Kelsey heads the [email protected] program, recruiting artists, chefs, and makers of all stripes to come down and Make their Mark. Rarely caught without a smile on her face, she breathes the optimism and positivity that power the TreeCasa experience.
Joey adds his lifelong sense of adventure to the TreeCasa experience, leading guests out on the trials and down to the beaches, all the while pumping out clever social media content. Fun fact: his left arm is 2 feet longer than his right, which is why he's the Selfie King.
Chief Marketeer and Community Connector
Claudia is passionate about the business of travel and how to integrate it with the communities it relies on. She has done pioneering work in Nicaragua connecting guests to local experiences, and continues on with that quest now with us up in the trees. A lifelong Latina, Claudia has perfected the dramatic eye roll.. so be careful what you say around her.
Dirty Dirty Man
For an Englishman Chris loves to get down in the dirt, spending most of his time here optimizing farm-to-table production in the garden, ramping up composting and recycling programs on site, and on the cleaner side of things dabbling in a surf-modeling career.
Lani is a food nut, obsessed with victuals that taste great and deliver health and wellness too. At TreeCasa she helped create special menus for yoga retreats and the [email protected] volunteer program (the famous Buddha Bowls being a star), and pioneered the "homemade at TreeCasa" program with kombuchas, garden-herb sea salts, Green Goddess dressings and more. In her spare time she could be found talking to the turtles about plant-based eating.
Alana Joy Eckhart
Alana is an accomplished chef with stints at the French Laundry, among other fancy top-shelf eateries. She's also a big-time animal advocate and leader of the goat-yoga program at Goatlandia in Northern California. We were lucky enough to have her and Deborah Blum inaugurate our guest chef program, and look forward to working with the two of them in California, Nicaragua and beyond to promote the health benefits and insane tastiness of plant based eating. When not eating her veggies, Alana survives on donuts and milk (organic of course).
Apart from owning some of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco (Berretta & more...) , Deb is a pilot, art-car builder and all-around doer of things good and creative. She spends much of her time now running Goatlandia, a farm animal sanctuary in California, and promoting the benefits of plant-based eating by making stunning gourmet meals there. Deb and Alana were our very first guest chefs, and we can't wait to have them back!
Bringing Brooklyn to the jungle, Henry of Lucey's Lounge designed our cocktail program to accent the best of the city with exotic flavors of Nicaragua. Basil-infused dragonfruit capirinha? Smoked rum old fashioned with an cacao-infused beet elixir? Par for the course now at TreeCasa. If you're ever in NY go pay him a visit at .. just don't call him a mixologist. But do ask him about his teen-thriller paperback modelling career....
Guillermo has been on the forefront of the push to bring the slow-food and farm-to-table movements to Nicaragua, until recently running the top vegetarian-focused restaurant in Managua. Above all he loves to cook and teach others the craft.
Alam is the adult in the room, making sure in the middle of the maelstrom of crazy and inspirational ideas that set TreeCasa apart there is a smoothly operating hotel and restaurant experience for all. Living once on beef and gallo pinto alone, he can now be seen eating an occasional salad.
Valeria keeps the hotel running, often speaking on 2 phones at once, one in English and one in Spanish. While a native of Nicaragua, she tends to favor heavy metal over reggaeton (unless Daddy Yankee is on the mic).
Always out and about, and often up in tree, Simon and the Two Crows gang out of NorCal brought the tree houses to TreeCasa AND designed the organic farm and food forest that are core to our sustainability charter. When in Nicaragua Simon can often be spotted in the early AM in the "clown car" with surfboard on top, iso tasty waves. When up North he snowboards (not that we hold it against him).
Noah looks at big trees differently than you and I, sizing them up with visions swirling in his head of platforms, ladders and posts providing a habitat for humans up in the canopy. Along with the rest of the 2Crows gang, Noah brings his passion for sustainable agriculture and landscaping to guide the greening of the TreeCasa campus.
Eric Thomas is Treecasa’s Visioneer and Experience Architect. A lifelong connector of people and ideas, Eric forges unique collaborations to create impactful experiences. Through an array of word, concept and human wrangling, Eric shapes the rich cultural programming that embodies TreeCasa’s mission: live thoughtfully and give people access to astonishment. Eric first landed on the shores of Nicaragua in 2006, became an original member of the El Encanto gang, and never really left in heart or spirit. When he’s not cross-pollinating ideas into cool experiences, you can find him teaching his dog Brando how to surf the breaks, or racing down a slope in any given place.
Joby is the big picture thinker and giant space planner at TreeCasa, concocting new ideas for things to build and spaces to tailor. In his spare time he can be found peddling the trails at TreeCasa, or making up rules for made up games.
Our resident naturalist and skate punk, Orion is another California dreamer now plying his many trades for us. From turtle ponds to hummingbird villages and monkey bridges he makes green living a reality at TreeCasa.
Vanessa brings the Zen to TreeCasa, her vision for yoga and wellness at TreeCasa quite literally expanding the scope of operations, with 70+ person teacher trainings from our friends at Moksha Yoga and others requiring big open spaces where the mind and body can breathe. But when class is done and the kids are down, just don't get in the way of her and her chardonnay.
The Official Dog of TreeCasa
Brando epitomizes the spirit of adventure and discovery core to the TreeCasa mission. In his time at TreeCasa he has learned to surf, befriended the resident turtles, and acquired a keen interest in gallo pinto.
Maker: Media & Art
Megan Hewitt and Garna Raditya are AmongOthers, a video content creator team based in Oakland, California. The duo stayed with us in the early days of opening and caught much of that pioneering spirit in stills and video. Garna Raditya is a photographer, videographer, and graphic designer. While in residence at TreeCasa he captured visual content, designed several event posters, and produced an art mural.
Megan Hewitt and Garna Raditya are AmongOthers, a video content creator team based in Oakland, California. The duo stayed with us in the early days of opening and caught much of that pioneering spirit in stills and video.
Builder, surfer, and flip-flop aficionado... Will originally hails from SoCal but has made Nicaragua his home since 2004. Will's team built TreeCasa from the ground up and into the canopy, and continues on as we add more amazing spaces to the campus. Ask him (but not Vanessa) about the latest upgrades in mind for his (sorta) trusty Landcruiser green machine.