Meet Our Team
Reverend Francisco Ramos
As owner of Zen Casa, Francisco brings his grounding wisdom and expansive practice to each of his students. A graduate from the University of Connecticut, Francisco studied humanities, religions, and social sciences. After college Francisco embarked on a 2 year spiritual journey that expanded the continental United States and eventually settled in Los Angeles. Francisco began hosting regular meditation and share circles, creating a wellness community in West Hollywood. Seeking to expand his awareness of mind and body, Francisco became a 500 hr certified yoga instructor under Warrior Yoga Teacher Training. He continues to routinely take workshops and classes for continued education.
While teaching yoga, Francisco noticed students were in need of spiritual awareness and sought healing from pain or trauma. In need of the skillsets to be of service, Francisco enrolled in the practitioner program of Inspire Spiritual Community. This two year training program provided the tools necessary to be a licensed spiritual counselor. His work helps others to heal from past trauma, shift perceptions on their life stories, and develop a pathway to connect to the Divine within themselves.
In September 2019, Francisco was ordained through the Inspire Spiritual Community. This concluded a three and a half year training studying spiritual thought and unitarian principles. As a reverend, Francisco continues to hold space for spiritual healing within the community and for individuals. He continues to regularly give talks on spiritual principles and provide sermons at Inspire.
Chris Etscheid, Co-Founder & Retreats Director
Chris has been actively tapped into various wellness communities and artistic social groups for over a decade. Originally from the Midwest hub of Chicago, his passions have connected him to developmental organizations and companies spanning nutritional wellness, fitness training, holistic medicine, mental health, and music therapy. He holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, eCornell. As co-founder of Zen Casa, Chris integrates his event planning and facilitation background to Zen Casa's retreat weekends. He works dayside in film and television music licensing, is a founding member of the vocal group Kings Road A Cappella, and is a featured performer with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Chris is a community-driven activist, advocating anti-bullying messages in schools across the greater Los Angeles area as co-developer of the outreach program The Alive Music Project, and volunteering for other non-profit groups and causes whenever possible.
Partners of Zen Casa
Anthony Ocasio, Retreat Sound Bath Facilitator
Anthony has been a Taiji practitioner for over ten years. Having always had a fascination with eastern arts, he began to pursue the practice while attending college. After having an initial introduction to the art through school, he searched until he found his now master, Master Kin Lam. Through Kin he began training in Yang style Taiji. Taiji is referred to as a soft or internal style of Kung Fu. After much practice, the interest of a hard / external style of Kung Fu peaked his interest. Through Kin he was introduced to his second master, Master Manuel Marquez, through which he began training in traditional Shaolin and Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu. Over the years of training, he was fortunate enough to meet his third master, Master Qichen Guo. Master Guo is a master of the rare Chen style taiji. Currently Anthony remains under the tutelage of all three masters. Anthony leads the retreat sound baths incorporating the use of crystal bowls, gongs, and several other instruments.