- A brief history of Earth Lodge
- About Drew
- About Briana
A brief history of Earth Lodge and its owners, Drew and Briana.
We are a Canadian-American couple who met in a bar in Honduras and teamed up to run our own bar in Roatan. As that venture came to a close, our business partners showed us some land they owned in Guatemala and the idea of Earth Lodge was born.
We arrived in Guatemala in the summer of 2003 with a battered old Volkswagen Bug and a dream. With no prior construction or farming experience, we set out to transform an undeveloped but perfectly situated patch of land into one of the coolest places on Earth.
There were no buildings, water or electricity on the property when we arrived - everything was built by hand and from scratch. After building our house and houses for our caretakers, we moved into the property in November 2003 and started work on the dorm, the first two cabins, the sauna and the main Earth Lodge building.
By July 2004, we were ready to open for business! Since then there have been countless additions and enhancements remaining true to our vision of creating an eco-friendly inclusive paradise in Guatemala.
We are also a fully functioning avocado farm. The majority of the 400+ trees were planted in Summer 2004 and the rest in Summer 2007. Avocados are harvested twice a year, usually in January and July. If you're lucky enough to be visiting around those times you will have a chance to sample the famous Earth Lodge guacamole!
As well as running the Lodge and farm, we are very much involved in the local community, particularly the village school.
We fundraise to buy school supplies, food for the breakfast program and anything else needed at the school. We have also assisted the El Hato school in getting running water and helped fund the computer lab.
Also check out our recommendations page for a list of our favourite organizations and ways to help!
Help the El Hato School by packing school supplies
Long before settling here, Drew spent many years travelling back and forth between Central America and his native Ontario, working in Canada over the Summer and heading South for the Winter. Drew's former jobs include TV presenter and professional chef.
Born and raised in Northern California, Briana graduated from UCLA and spent a few years in an office job before fleeing the rat race and escaping to Central America. Briana earned a Divemasters qualification from Roatan and worked at several bars before meeting Drew in Honduras.