There was a need for a tranquil space amidst the bustling city of West Hollywood. Zen Casa has become a refuge for artists, business execs, designers, and wanderers alike to detach from their distracting lives and find peace within themselves. Through a variety of services, students, can cleanse and restore, while experiencing growth and self development. Regardless of how crazy the world may be, There;s No Place Like Om... Welcome to Zen Casa.
Francisco Ramos, Owner
As owner of Zen Casa, Francisco brings his healing touch and restorative practice to each of his students. After earning a humanities degree from the University of Connecticut, Francisco underwent an 8 year spiritual educational mission. During this time he learned the techniques of Reiki, energy healings, meditations, spiritual prinicples, and yoga. What began as a small practice continues to grow with the demand of individuals who seek a balanced work and life experience. Creating a space for others to connect to their Higher Selves has been Francisco's lifelong passion and an enduring gift for his students. As a certified yoga instructor, Francisco has over 6 years experience teaching yoga to individuals and groups. He also has been leading group meditations since 2010. In addition, Zen Casa began wellness retreats in 2014. They are a means to empower the LGBT community to unite over their uniqueness, celebrate their sexuality, and continue to elevate and inspire the minds of the rest of humanity. Starting in the Spring of 2018, Zen Casa will be offering co-ed retreats that are open to all.
Chris Etscheid, Co-Founder & Director of Business Development
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. As co-founder of Zen Casa, Chris integrates his event planning and facilitation background to Zen Casa's group sessions and 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, 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 weekly sound baths incorporating the use of crystal bowls, gongs, and several other instruments.
Charlotte Dorsey, M.Ed, LE, COE.
Charlotte believes in treating the whole person, helping clients to look good on the outside and feel better on the inside. Her aspiration to return the skin to it's optimum ph uses skin care treatments and natural, organic products that improve the appearance and repair of skin quicker. Over the last 9 years, Charlotte has used the healing power of touch therapy to ease and de-stress the skin, the largest organ of the body. Trained in the elimination of toxins in the skin, she has the ability to transform dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin into supple, youthful, and glowing skin. Her experience encompasses additional certification in oncology esthetics (a unique approach to skincare for those recently diagnosed, currently treating or in recovery from cancer therapies or medications). Charlotte uses natural, organically clean products to achieve clearer, younger looking skin. Check out Charlotte's Blogs on Tips for Healthy Skin Care (featheryfingers.blogspot.com), coaching on facial protocol instructions, and products as well as videos on recipes for great skincare DIY pick me ups. www.nurturingtouch.biz