Colin Bergeron is a died-in-the-wool creature of the land. Colin grew up in back country Maine learning at a young age that actions speak louder than words. Bergeron has guided his life with a deep belief that integrity, heart, and lending a helping hand are life's simple yet profound truths. These qualities combined with his lust for discovery and learning has brought him knowledge in many different building techniques including earth ships, straw bale construction, traditional residential carpentry, and treehouses. Bergeron, amongst other worldly travels, has lived much of his life as an avid surfer … including time spent surfing big waves in Hawaii's Lanai while exploring the lessons of community living. Bergeron's current passion is continuing to refine his self-built treehouse in the mountains of Santa Cruz, situated within a progress community land fellowship.
Colin currently runs Bergeron's Tree Service LLC servicing the Santa Cruz region. He can often be found pursuing his talent as a singer, song-writer and guitarist in his space amongst the leaves and branches.
Forrest Kelly has over 15 years professional experience as arborist and treehouse builder. His diverse skill set has taken him the world over facilitating workshops in tree climbing and yoga. Forrest's early beginnings provided him with immense exposure to the treetops of South Carolina. His early passion for the outdoors and environmental stewardship connected him with a thriving local counter culture in Asheville NC, where with his good nature and keen wit he quickly expanded his network coast to coast and to Central America. Kelly's skill as a beat boxer brought him recognition through his work in the musical group Rising Appalachia. Be sure to ask Kelly about his years spent tree walking the canopies of northern California as a tree sitter, the numerous treehouses he has called home over the years, and his passion for slack-lining.
Kelly currently stewards his two land projects in Barnardsville, North Carolina where he also runs an arborist business and lives in his newly built geodesic sphere treehouse. Forrest has been a valuable part of the O2 Treehouse crew since 2012.
Brandon Nilles is primarily a craftsman rigger, and pursues a variety of work to further that skill. He has worked most recently in Industrial Rope Access, rappelling off of 80 meter wind turbines and 100 foot chemical processing towers, and as the lead rigger for art and music festivals such as Burning Man and Lightning in a Bottle. Other side projects that Brandon enjoys include working gigs in the entertainment and stunt industry, building sculptural art structures with other artists, and other similar endeavors. He frequently gets to use his engineering degree and manufacturing experience in collaboration with O2 Treehouse and Treewalkers workshops whenever possible.
Immediatley after receiving his degree in Furniture Design from MCAD in 2005, Dustin set to work building a geodesic structure 50 feet up in a Poplar tree in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He had been fascinated by treehouses and their relationship to nature ever since.
Following the wild success of this prototype O2 Treehouse was born, it’s main objective to inspire people to reconsider how we can more harmlessly co-exist with nature. Dustin’s treehouse designs have received nation and international recognition in the design community, appearing in over 50 design publications and television shows around the world, most notably Popular Mechanics, Dwell and Wired Magazine. Most recently, he was featured in Taschen's new Publication "Treehouse" and on Animal Planets “Ultimate Treehouses” and the hit TV show "Treehouse Masters." He has built 36 plus treehouses to date, several of which hang in the backyards of celebrity clientele such as Robby Krieger of The Doors.
His work has also been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Coachella Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and in ‘Space Craft’ at the Walker Art Center.
Upon landing at UC Santa Cruz in 2001 to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Nick was inspired to start climbing trees. Since then he has followed an aerial lifestyle, building and living in his own off-grid treehouses in California's coastal forests for the past 12 years. He has professionally explored the art and creativity of aerial construction by designing and leading the installations of large scale zipline canopy tours and aerial adventure parks at premiere locations throughout the U.S.
Nick is driven by a passion to build community through experiences in nature. By getting people into the air, out of their comfort zones, and supported by living structures, he hopes to galvanize a new understanding of our relationships with each other and our planet. He aspires to inspire people to reduce their ecological impact and to live differently. With years of experience teaching tree climbing, rigging, and carpentry, he is intent on sharing his knowledge, and providing opportunities for personal growth, competency, and contemplation in the trees.
In his free time, Nick can be found hiking and biking under forest canopies, building his wooden boat, crafting functional art, and photographing wild places.