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The Crew

Philipp, India

Having grown up amongst the forests of South India and living in a prototype treehouse, Philipp spends more time in the canopy than on the ground.

Having built over 100 treehouses in India, Europe, South America and other parts of the world, Philipp is the founder, guru and dedicated researcher of TreeHouse Community. He is always ready and searching for the next adventure - 'Work More, Work Better'

Narayan, Slovenia

Having a strong urge to learn how to work better with wood, our most diverse and sustainable building material, Narayan spent two years in France, studying with Les Compagnons du Devoir and specializing in carpentry. He now uses his handicraft skills building surfboards and incorporating these techniques while working at the cutting edge of ecological lightweight treetop construction.

Lili, India

Lili - who grew up in Auroville - did her studies in the UK to learn about woodcarving (wooden bears), structural carpentry and is now incorporating that into tree work. Lili is also a fervent horse rider & teacher.

Mojtaba, India

A natural Philosopher and social butterfly, Mojtaba adds something extra special to the team. Although he's actually scared of heights, nothing stops him from carving and grooving around in the canopy.

Sebastian, Germany

Some 10 years ago Sebastian travelled to india to conduct research on communities and sustainable technology. Whilst here he met Phillip and the techy German duo quickly delved into some crazy experimental projects together. Although Sebastian's base is in Germany (where he works as an inventor and engineer who specialises in developing ocean robotics for environmental research and community studies) when he gets the time he joins us to initiate some kind of radical construction so he can teach us a thing or two.

Gabriel, Brasil

An enthusiastic fast learner, Gabriel leaps forward in treehouse construction by specializing in the less exciting but more important groundwork. Preparation and planning on the ground is important before going up the tree to realize you've forgotten the measuring tape. Besides, those up will always need something from down. A reliable ground team is where the big achievements take place.

Ilango, India

Ilango masters an endangered craft of natural local tamil construction. This type of house is traditionally made with stick and mud walls, wooden pole roof structure and thatch coverings of either coconut, reed, sugarcane or palm leaves.

We have coupled this traditional technique with newly discovered techniques of ecological building.

Priya, India

Got her eye on it all. She watches from behind the scenes to assure we're on track. Priya is there to communicate with you folks, keep documentation straight and manage the numbers. She also keeps herself busy with merchandise wood working projects and is climbing her way up to the building of treehouses.

Kim, India

A thoroughly skilled carpenter who has been a treehouse pioneer since his childhood. After traditional carpentry training in France with the 'Les Compagnons du Devoir', he has joined TreeHouse Community to take carpentry to a higher level.

Noe, The Netherlands

Forever genuine, thoughtful and hardworking, Noe, is one of the most beautiful people you'll ever meet. Having lived in Auroville his whole life, Noe is the definition of a humble servitor to his engagement. He manages his work with such ease and certainty that one feels in good hands having him as a working partner. He is always ready for action, whether it be the simple tasks or the next big treehouse project across the continent.

Julie, France

Our french architect of the team. Julie is always ready to design the next major treehouse with a sensible balance between its stable foundation and intricate features. Her work is motivated by a drive towards more sustainable use of designs and materials in construction. She incorporates this into her daily work and is starting to master the other important skills involved in treehouse building.

Marius, Germany

Besides being a thorough hard-working treehouse builder, Marius focuses on the treehouse-permaculture relationship to strengthen the root system of every treehouse and develop relationships with co-residing plants and species. Marius is also specifically studying implementation of electrical systems for treehouses and solar dc systems.

Simon, Sweden

An experienced global eco-builder, is one of the youth who pioneered treehouse designs in Auroville. During his adolescence, Simon and his friends experimented with ways of arboreal living that coupled the local organic architecture with innovative inter branch and cross-tree designs. ​Still with a strong connection to Auroville, Simon has become a global builder and is currently sharing his skills in Sweden, while learning more about modern carpentry.

Mahindra, Italy

Mahindra went from forester and Budding Lumberjack to refining his skill in fine carpentry - an all-round wood worker. He would rip around on the tractor during the early hours scouting for timber and managing the ever-growing forest. Now, he wakes the birds with the machines to get those funky slabs of wood perfect for the next happening project.

Luke, England

A talented Engineer & Climber from the UK - Luke had been with us for several years developing his skills towards bio-construction, woodwork and tree work. During this time he also created the treehouse community blog as a platform for like-minded people and communities to connect with each other. With the experience he gained throughout the years of working side-by-side with treehouse master Philipp, he has now ventured off to set up TreeHouse Community UK - TreetopCo. (

Christian, Germany

Having been around during the formative years of TreeHouse Community, and part of the cyclone clean up crew in 2012, Christian is a true Viking. A fully certified industrial climber and naturally positive motivator, we're always looking forward to the next adventure with Christian... 'Sanpapadee'

Pedro, Brasil

A lush talent with the guitar, climbing and moving people. Pedro is also a passionate driver, pilot of Sophia and 2nd commander of WIPHALA. His passion for nature, travel and people brings him to the farthest tributaries of the South American continent. Back home in Brazil Pedro represents THC Brazil, which frequently runs treehouse construction workshops.

Pedro, Portugal

Has recently become the #1 gourmet treehouse chef. When he works it's not like a light breeze; we are speaking of trade winds that sweep across the work site.

Raluca and Robert

From right to righter. Raluca from Romania and Robert from Germany inside the eyes of maramane in Bandipur, now also involved in setting up treehouse base Brazil.

Virya, Spain

Virya is a passionate gardener and also a national basketball champion. His hard working determined energy and hands on experience with tropical construction, natural resource management and improvised construction turns work to play. When the electricity stays on in India, which is not often, there is no stopping Virya from grinding.