Greg grew up in France and studied in the United Kingdom. He completed a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering at the University College London and speaks four languages including English, French, Spanish and Italian. He also completed his pilot’s license at only 17 years old. Greg is an avid adventurer and loves hiking, mountain biking and Acro Yoga. Greg is the Founder and Visionary of Eagles Nest, a multi–purpose holistic living and arts venue / full service retreat centre.
After 2 years at JP Morgan in London as a Business Analyst, Greg decided that wasn’t the life for him and so he set off on a journey that took him around the world, including working on the set of a Hollywood blockbuster directed by Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down, in Morocco. Eventually he settled in Guatemala and inevitably the dilemma of ‘home’ became apparent. In the end Guatemala was the obvious choice because of a deep sense of belonging, family, freedom and the intrinsic power of Mother Earth. San Marcos was initially the exploration of an inward journey of the spiritual arts including esoteric studies, meditation, metaphysics & yoga at a retreat at Las Piramides Meditation Centre. This really connected him to his inner desire of helping the collective instead of only the self.
Greg is passionate about Acro Yoga, which was the initial inspiration behind Eagle’s Nest. He also loves movement arts, attracting talent, inspiring others, personal & collective growth, creating a nourishing space and curating WOW experiences.
“Eagles Nest has opened me up to being a community leader, which was very unexpected. This role comes with some serious commitment. It has allowed me to journey on my dharma to fully explore myself. It has also provided a safe and almost mystical environment for liberated and free hearts to do what they feel most drawn to do, create or belong. Eagle’s Nest has changed my life and continues to open my heart, mind and soul to the endless beauty and wisdom of the universe; Our power to create, to love, to share and to dream.
Lisa WatsonGeneral Manager
Born in Trinidad, after her first role at Hilton Lisa moved to London and then to Australia to advance her career.
In April 2023, Lisa decided she needed to leave the corporate world behind and embarked on a journey to Central America with no set plans, solely the trust that the universe would align the right opportunity in her path and sure enough, Eagle’s Nest was destined to be an important part of her life.
Lisa brings almost 20 years of combined experience in Human Resources, Recruitment, Client Engagement, Proposal Writing and Business Development to her role as General Manager.
Some of her previous roles included Recruiter for 3 Mobile, Client Engagement Manager at the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales and running her own Business Development Consultancy.
Lisa enjoys interacting with others and you’ll usually find her speaking to clients or working with the team to help them achieve their true potential. ‘People will always be our greatest asset. You can have the best strategy but if you don’t have the right people to execute it, prepare to fail in the long term’.
Vegan, a lover of dance and an avid traveler, Lisa dreams of seeing every country in the world and is always keen to learn more about different cultures and customs.
Josébal OlanoOnline Client Support
Josébal is our Online Client Support. “JB” as we like to call him, is from El Salvador and holds a degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Centro America. He has over 26 years experience in the tourism industry and he also owned a restaurant of his own for 15 years.
JB is passionate about anything musical or beautiful. He keeps the vibes extra smooth and silky with his pianist skills, and he is an avid Marvel and Star Wars fan. JB said that “Eagles Nest has totally changed my life. I’m living a much more healthy lifestyle now. I used to always be on the move from place to place until I found The Nest.
Arnoldo QuiacainHead of Maintenance
Arnoldo the founder’s right hand man and coordinates construction around The Nest. Arnoldo is also from San Marcos and has over 9 years experience, including 3 years at the Civil Water Treatment department for the local government and 6 years at Eagles Nest. He has been with us from the beginning and we are very grateful for his contributions over the years.
Arnoldo loves to spend time with his family, go for hikes in the forest, play football and spend time with his friends in the lake.
“I have learnt so much working here, especially regarding construction skills and techniques. I enjoy the challenge of finding creative solutions for problems and collaborating directly with Greg. From a personal point of view, I have been able to achieve my goal of owning my own home for my family in San Marcos.”
Adriana LejáHead of Kitchen
Adriana is our Kitchen Chief and coordinates all kitchen operations, including stock orders, scheduling and preparing our delicious and healthy meals. She is also from San Marcos and has a specialization in nursing from San José private school plus 10 years experience in kitchens. Adriana is a single mother of two young boys and loves to spend time with her kids & play basketball.
“Working here has made a huge difference in my life, as I have had the opportunity to develop my skills and gain experience that I would not have had otherwise. If I didn’t have this job I have no idea how I would have been able to provide for my children.”
Sandra LejáHead of Housekeeping
Sandra is our Head of Housekeeping, managing our housekeeping and reception teams. She coordinates the care of our guest rooms, leveraging her years of experience in hospitality, including clinics and childcare. Sandra’s family is from San Marcos and she has a special interest in a degree in nursing so that she can pursue her passion of caring for the elderly and those with illness. She also loves playing basketball, soccer and baking. Especially desserts!
“Eagles Nest has been a huge blessing for me. Due to the pandemic my whole family, which consists of 11 people, lost their livelihoods. As a result we relied solely on my income during this time. I am very grateful for Eagles Nest because I have been able to keep on track with my personal goals & support my loved ones at the same time. Now, everyone in my family has jobs again and we are doing much better.”
Francisco OrdoñezHead of Construction
Francisco or “Chico” as we know him is our Head of Construction. He has been part of Eagle’s Nest’s core team for 5 years and has been working in construction for over 15 years. From carpentry to building, he’s done it all. Chico has helped build our yoga platform, the Temazcal sauna, and much more! He was born and raised in San Marcos la Laguna where he learned construction.
“Nothing is difficult for me, I can build everything.”
Jono YervantianEvent Producer & Festival Director
Jono is an Artist, DJ and Producer under the alias “SIDEWAY”. He leads our major event programming and creative direction for such productions as Movement Medicine, El Portal & the Solstice Festival. Jono has worked in the event production industry for over 7 years working on major productions in North and Central America such as Shambhala, Basscoast & Envision Festival.
His work prioritizes one key element; celebrating the essence of art and music in it’s many forms and creating immersive, life-changing experiences that bring us together and elevate our collective consciousness.
Jono was a director at Submersive Studios in Canada, and is the founder of An-Tēk Colectivo.
James Vincent Carroll IIIT Specialist
Meet our IT extraordinaire, James. He’s a tech-savvy US Navy veteran with a passion for all things digital. With his keen eye for detail, he takes pride in delivering top-notch solutions that enhance the digital experience of guests.
With decades of experience in software development, multimedia, and cybersecurity, James ensures that all aspects of the digital experience at Eagle’s Nest are seamless, intuitive, and up-to-date with the features that visitors expect and deserve.
He is always looking for new ways to wow his teammates and guests alike.
Anya MariaPhotographer / Videographer
Meet Anya Maria, our Content Creator. Here at Eagle’s Nest, Anya’s passion for capturing beautiful moments and her creativity is evidenced in all the beautiful footage featured on our website and social media.
Anya’s extraordinary journey into the world of image began as a Dive Master, taking her first steps in underwater photography. It was underwater that she discovered her ability to capture the beauty and mystery of the hidden worlds that inhabit the depths of oceans and lakes.
Nature is a source of constant inspiration for Anya. She comes from Usedom – a small island in the Baltic Sea. She loves water sports, diving, gardening, DIY, hiking, climbing and playing on the ukulele.
Through her work, she hopes to inspire others to appreciate the beauty of nature and to take action to preserve it. She also took part in Greenpeace actions, cleaning seas and lakes.
Laura BornSocial Media Manager
After working in business consulting for four years, she decided to quit her job to follow her dreams. Laura completed her yoga teacher training while traveling through India, where she also learned about Ayurvedic medicine to balance the body, mind and soul. She has since then traveled the world, teaching yoga in various locations, including Nepal, Spain and Germany. Her styles include Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga Nidra. Laura is also a trauma-informed yoga teacher, Ayurvedic nutritionist and Thai Yoga Masseuse.
Here at Eagle’s Nest, Laura found the opportunity to combine her love for yoga with her creative energy and her marketing expertise. She holds a bachelor degree in Marketing and a master degree in International Business Management and enjoys expressing her creativity on our social media channels and on our blog.
Wendy LejáHosting Angel
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, I love the sport of basketball I have a team that we only integrate sisters and it’s great to spend time with them.
Eagles nest has changed my life here I learned to value things because earning money is very hard, you have to really appreciate the things that are given to us!!!
I am happy to work here, having friends with a guest is the good thing about living together!!!