Divine Intimacy: The Liberating Power of Authentic Connection

07/25/2024 - 08/01/2024

In-Depth Retreat Overview

Divine Intimacy: The Liberating Power of Authentic Connection

A men’s sacred sexuality retreat*

*Gay, bisexual, and queer cis- or trans-men of any age, body shape, race, and background are welcome. Straight-identified men are welcome with the understanding that there will be intimate contact with other men, though you will be able to establish your own boundaries.  Why "Divine Intimacy?" As gay, queer, or bi men, we are primarily offered superficial, transactional means for connection - ones that are often hyper-sexualized and focused on body image, dissociation, and orgasm. These realities reflect the dysfunction of societies which are out of balance and thus not able to provide models for intimacy which are truly healthy - especially for those who lead lives that don’t look like the heteronormative majority. As conscious beings we deserve, and are capable of, far more. In these times when life is increasingly about separation and objectification, how can we allow our relationships to be infused with the natural sense of sacredness and freedom that is our birthright? Achieving this allows us to restore ourselves, our partners, and our world with a sense of joy, connectedness, pleasure, and well-being. We will seek to bring healing to our individual relationships with intimacy, sexuality and sensuality so that we may more wholly and authentically connect with ourselves and the world around us.   What to Expect This retreat will provide a forum for exploring more conscious ways to connect firstly with your own self and then with other men - ways which honor your and your partners’ truths as wise, vulnerable, and sentient spiritual beings. The focus of this retreat is to re-empower participants to claim their truth through practices of presence, intimate touch, surrender, embodiment and connection. Retreat Programming Through the course of the week, we’ll create and sustain a container of safety, connection, acceptance and awakening through:
  • Morning practices of silent meditation, movement practices including gentle yoga and somatic movement, and pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • Group and partner exercises to explore subtle aspects of relating, such as eye-gazing, massage, sensual touch (depending on your own desires and boundaries and that of your partner), and energy healing. We’ll explore the practices of creating safe boundaries, worship of a partner, vulnerability, internal and external safety, loving-kindness, and more
  • Guided meditations on radical self-acceptance, core relaxation, and the transcendence of the personal self
  • Contemplation of sacred and mystical texts, and awakening to the states of consciousness they describe.
  • Deepened understanding and connection thorough reflection & inquiry circles
Who is this retreat for?
  • This retreat is intended for those who wish to find a deeper sense of genuine connection to themselves, their body, their emotional self, and who long for genuine recognition of the essential nature of infinite freedom at their core.
  • It is also intended for those who are either in a healing profession (bodyworkers, therapists, doctors, coaches, etc.) or who are drawn to serve as a healing presence in their relationships and their world.
  • Men who have some background in spiritual or psychospiritual work are welcome, as are those who have a strong interest but little practical experience.
  • Gay, bisexual, and queer cis- or trans-men of any age, body shape, race, and background are welcome. Straight-identified men are welcome with the understanding that there will be intimate contact with other men, though you will be able to establish your own boundaries.
Who is this retreat NOT for?
  • Those seeking a pleasurable / sexual holiday in the company of other men.
  • Those seeking to learn mainly about intimacy and sexuality practices with other men.
  • Those looking for a place to combine sexuality and drugs
  • Please note: We write this with no judgment, but rather with a knowingness that those with these above expectations will be disappointed if they were to join this course.
Consciousness and Self-Inquiry. By exploring and inquiring into who and what we are without the conceptual models and roles imposed on us since childhood, we gain access to a way of being that is simple, timeless, natural, and complete in ourselves. We’ll explore how anything that tells us otherwise is not original to our true nature, and the liberating impact that this recognition has on ourselves and our relationships.
The Profound Simplicity of Conscious Intimacy. When we are rooted in our recognition of ourselves as embodied consciousness or spirit, the experience of connection with another opens up unexpected, transpersonal dimensions of richness, nurturing, joy, satisfaction, and love.
Awakening Your Power to Heal. Everyone has the power to be a healing presence for themselves and others. No special initiations are required - simply an attunement to the natural state of infinite presence which gives rise to your sense of self. We’ll experience and explore this in many of the workshop activities.
Embodiment. We root our explorations and discoveries deeply into the felt sense to encourage an actual experiential shift and neural rewiring, ensuring that our transformation is not theoretical. Balancing the “Spiritual” and the “Human.” What we truly are is All-One, warts and all. Discussions on the nitty-gritty aspects of being human are encouraged, to explore how we can view these topics with honesty, humility and an openness to discovery. This helps to overcome any duality which remains in our experience of awakening. Topics which may come up include:
  • Challenges of intimacy - fear of rejection, vulnerability hangovers, social/sexual anxiety, feelings of unworthiness, fear of merging, somatic trauma responses, and more
  • Navigating challenging emotions from the point of view of consciousness
  • Shadows of guilt and shame - those parts of our psyche which we find difficult to accept
Integration. In order to help participants better carry the lessons and growth they experience during their time here, we will discuss and practice various integration tools and techniques
  • How to bring lessons and realizations into daily life
  • Pre & Post retreat zoom calls with the group
  • Available for ongoing coaching
On Sexuality, Consent, & Safety:
    • We will create a safe space first by establishing ways of voicing consent and boundaries.
    • The facilitators will be responsible for maintaining the sense of safety of the group container.
    • Each participant will be responsible for their own body, and for respecting their desires and boundaries.
    • Nudity and self/mutual touch with appropriate guidelines, including genital touch, will be welcome, however they will not be compulsory. Penetration of any kind will not be permitted in workshop settings, however participants are welcome to engage with one another as they choose on their own time (with the understanding that consent and respect are always mandatory).
    • Each participant will be able to decide “how far” they choose to go. While everyone is invited to meet their edges, you will never be asked to go beyond your limits.
    • Partner practices will be part of the workshop but are not compulsory.
    • Pairings will be randomly assigned. Therefore participants choosing to participate in partner work must be open to interacting with anyone. Participants however will be able to choose the level of interaction they are comfortable with in any moment, ranging from eye-gazing to more explicit touch and interaction.
    • The use of consciousness altering substances is not permitted at anytime throughout the course of the retreat.
You will be strongly encouraged to switch off all electronics for the duration of the course in order to connect more deeply to nature and to yourself. Use of electronics will be strictly limited to the bedrooms. Electronics such as phones, iPads or laptops will not be able to be used in any public areas.
✔ Included:
  • Accommodations
  • 3 meals / day, prepared fresh in our kitchen
  • All workshops and practices
  • Group Shuttle Airport transfer to and from the Jungle Gayborhood (at specific dates/times)
✗ NOT included:
  • Flight
  • Any visas that may be required
  • All Prices are in USD$
A 50% Deposit payment is required to book your space. Please note: 13% tax will be added to all costs. Jungle Gayborhood Retreat Cancellation policy:
  • 90+ days prior to the start date of the retreat: Full refund
  • 89-30 days: 50% refund
  • 29 days or less: No refunds
We know that life can be unpredictable, and sometimes plans need to change, but our cancellation and refund policies are absolute. We recommend trip insurance that includes coverage for cancellations made for any reason. We recommend insurance companies such as: Travel Guard, World Nomad or any other well-known travel insurance company. SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS Participants who would like to join the course but are facing financial challenges and difficulties can opt for one of a limited number of scholarship option. They will be able to access the course at a greatly reduced price. Accommodation will be in a camping tent rather than a cabin. In order to qualify for this, a participant needs to send us an email speaking of their motivation for joining the course as well as describing the nature of their difficult financial situation. PRECIO TICO For Costa Rican nationals we offer a 50% discount on listed prices. Please email [email protected] for further information. A Costa Rican passport or identity card is required.

PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT: The Jungle Gayborhood aims to inspire personal exploration, radical self expression, and a sense of connection - internally, with community, and with nature. We actively cultivate practices that support these goals by consciously exploring embodiment practices, authentic relating, somatic movement therapy, shamanism and sacred sexuality. To create a predictable and safe environment conducive to this type of healing, growth, reflection, and expansion, we ask all that come to our home align around these community agreements. Doggo Notice: We have two very loving and friendly pups - Bodhi & Luna - who live here at the Gayborhood. Aside from the occasional barking spree at incoming cars, they are quiet, harmless, and very sweet. If you have any concerns about dogs being onsite, please reach out to discuss.
Photo 1 & 2: Practice in our Shala 
Photo 3: Bambu Jungle Cabin
Photo 4: Shala at night
Photo 5: Cabin accommodations overlooking the jungle
Doggo Notice: We have two very loving and friendly pups - Bodhi & Luna - who live here at the Gayborhood. Aside from the occasional barking spree at incoming cars, they are quiet, harmless, and very sweet. If you have any concerns about dogs being onsite, please reach out to discuss.
PLEASE NOTE - A 4x4 (4WD) VEHICLE IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED to access the property. Driving conditions can be challenging when the roads are wet due to rain. Due to the condition and incline of the unpaved roads surrounding our property, non-4x4 vehicles are likely to get stuck when attempting to exit on wet roads. We are unable to provide assistance in the event of a vehicle being stuck on the road. If you are making your own way to the Gayborhood, please keep this in mind when renting a car or hiring transportation.

All Details at one Glance:

$3,650.00 – Private Deluxe Cabin
$3,550.00 – Private King Cabin
$3,050.00 – Shared Twin Jungle Cabin
$2,600.00 – Shared 4 Bed Jungle Cabin

DATE & TIME DETAILS: July 25 - August 1, 2024

LOCATION: 'The Jungle Gayborhood' San Salvador de Baru, Diamante Valley, Costa Rica

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Accommodation: The retreat will be hosted at our own dedicated retreat space for the LGBTQ+ community, the Jungle Gayborhood in the Diamante Valley of Costa Rica. All accommodations are in comfortable bamboo jungle cabins. Pictures of the retreat center and cabins are shown when selecting your accommodation type. Private and shared options available. Additional nights can be added at checkout if you'd like to extend your stay at the property after the retreat.

Getting Here: A shuttle to and from SJO airport will be provided. rnrnThe shuttle to the Jungle Gayborhood will leave promptly from San Jose International Airport (SJO) at 10:00AM local time on Thursday, July 25, 2024. Please time your flight arrival accordingly. rnrnThe return shuttle bus will leave the Jungle Gayborhood at 8:00AM local time the morning of Thursday, August 1, 2024. If you are flying out that day please book your flight for departure no earlier than 4:00PM.rnrnFor those who wish to make their own way to the Gayborhood, we can provide recommendations for taxi services.

Reduced Price / Scholarships: We intend to make this experience as accessible as possible for people so we have set aside some scholarships to reduce the price of the retreat. Some of these scholarships are specifically set aside to make the retreat more affordable for Costa Ricans. If you are unable to afford the full price, please email [email protected] and explain your situation and what price you are able to afford, and we will do our best to accommodate your situation. Please submit your request for a scholarship before June 15, 2024 to ensure its consideration. rnrnIf you are in a position to be able to support, please consider a contribution to the Scholarship fund during check out to assist those that may not be able to otherwise attend.

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Your Instructors / Teachers

Ram Charan

Ram Charan has been passionate about exploring consciousness through meditation and healing work for decades. A native of New York, he had an early connection with Ram Dass which led him to a depth... Read More
Authentic Connection

Why Retreats with Jungle Gayborhood?

Dive into an experience that goes beyond just a getaway. Our retreats are crafted to provide you with a safe and welcoming space, where authenticity and connection take center stage. Whether you’re looking to unwind and recharge or eager to forge new friendships in an inclusive setting, our Jungle Gayborhood retreats offer a unique opportunity to connect with yourself and others in a meaningful way.

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Expert Facilitators:

experienced facilitators who will guide enriching experiences, helping you discover more about yourself and your connection with others.

Inclusive Community:

Join a diverse community that celebrates authenticity and diversity.

Exceptional Environment:

Immerse yourself in the lush nature, creating a unique backdrop for your moments of relaxation and reflection.

Holistic Well-being:

Enjoy activities designed to nurture your mind, body, and spirit.

What’s it like to attend a retreat at the Jungle Gayborhood?

Our Retreat Amenities include

Luxurious accommodations, holistic wellness facilities, adventure opportunities, and an experienced team for an unforgettable experience.

Spectacular waterfalls

  • Enjoy six major waterfalls within walking distance along the Diamante River.
  • 11 Gorgeous Bamboo Cabins (25 beds sleeping up to 28)

  • 3 Deluxe Cabins (1 king/queen bed)
  • 5 Jungle Cabins (1 king bed or 2 individual beds)
  • 3 Bunk Cabins (4 individual beds)
  • All cabins include power, lights, fan, super comfortable beds and nice linens, and are fully enclosed in mosquito mesh netting. A/C is unnecessary in our region.

    Camping area

  • able to accommodate 10-20 people
  • Beautiful yoga shala

  • Our Shala Space is a beautiful covered bamboo structure reaching out into the jungle with a direct view of the Diamante waterfall
  • Communal bathroom and showers

  • All cabins share a beautiful bamboo bathhouse with hot water.
  • Communal 5 person outdoor shower
  • 3 private individual showers
  • Kitchen + dining to accommodate 30+

  • Gourmet meal plan available
  • Gym

  • Comprehensive collection of free weights (machines and cardio not available)
  • Pristine Nature

  • Located on a gorgeous 300 acre property in one of the world’s most biodiverse places in Costa Rica.
  • Abundant hiking

  • Explore several kilometers of private hiking trails right on the property.
  • On-site bodywork

  • Relax and care for your body with massage with the soundtrack of nature (additional cost)
  • Offered right in your cabin or in our massage temple.
  • Accommodations include

    All cabins are handmade primarily from locally-sourced bamboo, and while they are protected from the elements and enclosed in mosquito netting, they are open air and have spectacular views of the jungle. Private and shared accommodation options are available.

    All cabins come with:

    All cabins share a gorgeous bamboo bathhouse and shower facilities.
    A/C is unnecessary in our region.

    Price includes accommodation, use of facilities, and morning embodiment classes (such as yoga, meditation, etc) offered several days per week.
    This price does not include the cost of meals ($50/person/night).

    Meals include

    We have an in-house chef who prepares fresh and delicious meals daily, using local, organically grown ingredients whenever possible. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions.




    Includes Meat


    Gluten Free

    Dairy Free

    Nut Free

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    What participants say

    Kyle Philipp QJan 06, 2023
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    This trip helped me to ground myself in the beauty of nature, to shed the veil of constant distraction of life, technology. social media and the city and really 100k at myself. The compassionate nature of the facilitators, the community coming together each on their own healing journey and the delicious local food came together perfectly,
    Rafael GMar 30, 2022
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    This retreat was one Ot the most transformational oxporioncos thot hod in my ontiro life, If you aro looking to build community, connect with yourself, and tap into your solf worth and power. this experience is for you. Looking forward to the next one already.
    John l.aUG 6, 2023
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    I was going through a rough patch with my mental wen- being and finding those that shared the same desire to better themselves. This experience introduced rne to a healthy gay community of men that were more than their trauma, without judgment or prejudice. I felt liberated, free, loved ond heard. There were so many beautitul souls here that shared their stories with me. I found that the key was to take a leap Of faith and come with on open heart and
    Dale D.Dec 19, 2022
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    I'm so glad I attended Remembering Wholeness- The food. the shelters. the facilities, the movement, the ceremonies, and the natural environment were worthy Of accolades_ Mostly, basked in the cornpany Of other queer men. all of us sharing our joy and spirit with each other. 1 highly recommend the retreat and stays offered by the Queer wellness Collective.

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    frequently asked questions


    Got questions about our retreats in Costa Rica? Read the FAQs or get in touch via the contact form below.

    Our retreats take place at the luxurious and bohemian Jungle Gayborhood in Diamante Valley, Costa Rica, offering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all couples.


    The Jungle Gayborhood offers a paradisiacal oasis of calm, seamlessly integrating the natural beauty of Costa Rica with the peaceful practices of yoga. It’s not just about the asanas here; it’s about tapping into the serenity of an untouched paradise and reconnecting with one’s inner peace.

    Costa Rica’s yoga retreats in the vibrant Jungle Gayborhood are designed to cultivate wellness by harmonizing the vitality of the lush rainforest environment with the restorative power of yoga. It’s wellness with a pinch of wild charm, and a whole lot of soul!


    Yogis rave about Costa Rica’s retreats because they provide a tranquil setting that fosters both personal growth and relaxation. The country’s reputation for top-ranked retreats stems from their ability to deliver transformative experiences that go far beyond just the physical aspect of yoga.


    Sacred sexuality is a practice that elevates sexual experiences to a spiritual level, aiming for a deeper connection with oneself and one’s partner.


    Our retreats aren’t just set in nature; they give back to it. The eco-friendly practices and sustainable living ethos are woven into the experience, ensuring that your journey towards inner peace also contributes to the health of our planet.


    The Jungle Gayborhood is more than inclusive; it’s a celebration of diversity. It’s a place where the LGBTQ+ family can find unity and peace, an environment that resonates with the essence of ‘Pura Vida’ and welcomes every individual with open arms.


    Yes, Costa Rica has a good track record in terms of safety, and its growing social acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community makes it a relatively safe destination.


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