Introducing the Pactitioners at Warm Sands Retreat

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Francisco Ramos
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.  


Chris Etscheid
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 health, 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, retreat weekends, and business development.  Chris's certification in Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University was to further expand his knowledge on using food as medicine for the body. 

Sean Conley 

With over 30 years of Training and Development experience, Sean Conley is a true learning development specialist. As President of ConleyGlobal, Sean is sought after globally to work with Businesses, Leaders, Teams and Individuals to solve their Learning & Development needs. Sean has a true Global mindset having worked in over 35 countries on six continents.

Sean’s background in design, development, and facilitation helps him determine the best approach for his clients. Prior to launching ConleyGlobal in 2013, Sean worked with NBCUniversal for over twelve years. During his time with NBCUniversal, he held many positions including Director of Staffing and Recruitment, Director Global Learning & Organizational Development and Director of Employee Development. His work included top leadership development, designing curriculum, facilitating team sessions, creating visions for divisions and business transformation projects. He is always focused on results that make a difference! Sean’s client list includes: General Electric of which he is part of the GE Crotonville Faculty team, NBCUniversal, Invesco, Synchrony Financial, Symantec, CEGOS, Odeon Cinema, Core Media, Apple, MasterCard South America, Four Seasons Hotels & Thomas Lavin LLC. 


Anthony Ocasio
Anthony is a certified tai chi instructor, yoga instructor, and sound bath master.  Anthony has been a  practitioner for Eastern Arts over ten years.  Having always held this fascination, he pursued the practice while attending college.  After having an initial introduction to the arts through school, he searched until he found his now master, Master Kin Lam.  Anthony has facilitated sound baths with Zen Casa for nearly 5 years.  He and Francisco lead regular sound baths in West Hollywood as well as at Zen Casa Retreats.