Every journey is a story worth sharing. Our stories define us, inspire us, and unite us. Through storytelling, we create new opportunities for conversation, connection, and change.
Our Members: David Hertz
You may have seen his work on Netflix’s ‘World’s Most Extraordinary Homes’, where he de-commissioned a Boeing 747 to build an out-of-this-world sustainable home in the hills of Malibu, California.
Namibia’s Way
I remember paddling for my first wave in Swakopmund, Namibia. The water was a little colder than I’d expected, but that wasn’t the biggest surprise. What was truly jarring, so much so that I felt short of breath, was that I was totally alone in the ocean. Dozens of peeling left-handers rolled in, with no one to ride them but me. Seagulls wheeled overhead and three locals stood clustered on a nearby boardwalk, but I had the lineup to myself.
From Black Rock City to Nakivale Uganda
Erica Matluck: At the Intersection of Health and Culture
HABITAS Member Series | Dr. Erica Matluck is far from your average doctor. I see her coming out of the elevator wearing a gorgeous Mexican dress, embroidered with flowers, full length. Her blonde locks fall just below her shoulders, and she smiles with a conviction and kindness that immediately invites you in. But this is not why she's far from average. At the ripe age of 18, Erica would spend her weekends learning about reiki energy and searching for meaning beyond what the eye can see.
Art With Me: The Legacy of HABITAS
I’ve come to Tulum for my birthday, and I’ve come alone.  The occasion is Tulum’s first art and culture festival, Art With Me. I’m only alone in theory because I’m going to be with the HABITAS crew, which means family I just haven’t met yet.
RY X: An Itinerant Existence Fueled by Music
Chasing Light and Inspiration in Bali
Chasing light from Rio to Australia, Bali, India, Hawaii. Catapulting out into the world with enormous curiosity and sense of adventure. Looking for that moment where everything suddenly fits together and you capture the unique essence of life in a way only you can do. That’s the life of travel photographer Rafael Moura.
Awake to Dream: A Weekend in Esalen
Founded by Michael Murphy and Dick Price, The Esalen Institute in Big Sur has been a driving force in the shaping and exploration of culture and consciousness since 1962.
A New Count On Wellness
“You can’t live your purpose of freedom if you continue to confine who you are. You have to find a new way to count what matters.”
The Thirst Project by Patrick Kolts
Thirst Project is a clean water initiative that focuses on motivating youth to be a part of making strides to eliminate the global water crisis. Their mission is to build a socially-conscious generation of young people who can end the global water crisis.
Habitas Rise: Helping Build Cities of the Future
Our team at Habitas Rise has just returned from a week-long visit to the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda, where 170,000 refugees currently reside.
Mind over Matter: Practicing Buddhism in Advertising
At first glance, Buddhism and Advertising seem to rub each other the wrong way. But Buddhism itself is a tightrope act of opposites.
Light Trip in Tanzania
Viviane Sassen studied fashion at the School of Arts in Arnhem, Holland, for two years before turning to photography. Today, Sassen travels extensively in Africa for her personal work and is currently working on a new series entitled Moshi, for which she photographed people from the town of the same name at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro during a period of several months while living there.