Meet Our Team
Francisco Ramos, Owner
As owner of Zen Casa, Francisco brings his healing touch and restorative practice to each of his students. Upon earning a humanities degree from the University of Connecticut, Francisco underwent a spiritual education for the last 10 years. During this time he studied the techniques of Reiki, energy healings, and began regularly teaching meditation classes. Francisco is a certified yoga instructor under Warrior Yoga Teacher Training and takes workshops and classes for continued education. For the past two years ago, Francisco has participated in the Inspire Practitioner Training Program. The curriculum is based in the New Thought Philosophy, A Course in Miracles, and Science of Mind. Upon completing his third year in the program, Francisco will be a registered minister and a leader in the gay spiritual community.
What began as a small practice quickly grew as the demand of individuals who seek a work and life balance grew. Creating a space for others to connect to their Higher Selves has been an enduring gift of Francisco. Zen Casa's retreats are a means for the gay community to unite over their uniqueness, celebrate their sexuality, and to empower the community to continue to elevate and inspire the minds of the rest of humanity. Starting in 2018, Zen Casa will be offering retreats that are for men and women.
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.