Queer Birds: An LGBTQ+ Wellness Retreat with Bird Tribe

07/07/2024 - 07/14/2024
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In-Depth Retreat Overview

We invite you to join a community of queer adventurers for a 7-day experience of wellness in the glorious Diamante Valley of Costa Rica. This experience will bring in the best elements of sacred plant ceremonies led by BIRD TRIBE; and embodiment practices: daily yoga, mediation, movement, breathwork and philosophy. Hosted in the Jungle Gayborhood, enjoy staying in our exquisite hand crafted bamboo cabins in the rain forest of Costa Rica, as you spend your days immersed in the spectacular natural wonderland of our property, with several kilometers of forest trails leading to pristine natural waterfalls, rock pools and rivers. Surrounded by the abundance of nature and supported by queer community, this retreat is open to all queer gender expressions and all levels of practice and experience with yoga, meditation, and sacred plant ceremonies. In addition to the scheduled elements of the retreat, we will have plenty of time to relax and savor the exquisite natural settings, and process our learnings, and grow from the supportive community we will create. The booking price includes selected accommodations, all meals, embodiment practices, nature excursions, and transportation to and from San Jose airport. Sacred Plant Ceremonies are optional, and offered at no charge to retreat participants. Invitation to Participate in Optional Research Study As a part of this retreat, we'll be partnering with our friends at Unlimited Sciences to conduct a clinical study that is deeply aligned with some of our core values as a queer wellness center. The goal of the study is to learn more about the positive and/or negative outcomes of sacred plant ceremonies in naturalistic settings (meaning outside a research laboratory), and any potential factors that could affect those outcomes, in a group of queer-identifying individuals. The study will involve filling out a set of online surveys over the period of 2 weeks before and up to 3 months after your experience at the Gayborhood. Your participation in this study could instrumentally shape our understanding of the therapeutic potential of sacred plant ceremonies amongst the queer community. Read more about the study here.

✔ Included:
  • Accommodations
  • 3 meals / day
  • 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. The remaining 50% will be processed 30 days prior to the start of the course. 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.
Photo 1: Yoga Practice in our Shala 
Photo 2: Group excursion to Nauyaca Waterfall
Photo 3: Shala at night
Photo 4: Cabin accommodations
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BIRD TRIBE is an established meditation circle that brings together traditional and contemporary North/South ritual practice and music. It's a fusion, or hybrid, of traditional and contemporary ceremonial styles and traditions we refer to as, "Eagle Condor" - a harmonious and progressive blend of North & South.
The ceremonies are lead by Tony Moss with a very experienced crew of assistants and musicians. Tony is a trusted facilitator with over 28 years experience and a reputation for quality and integrity. The Bird Tribe ceremonies are renowned for the safety of the container held, their integrity, and for the beautiful live music - all offered in an open, safe, and nourishing space to do psycho/spiritual exploration with sacred plants. 
Photo: The Upper Falls, Jungle Gayborhood, Diamante Valley 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. 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.  

All Details at one Glance:

$0.00 – $10,000 Study Sponsor | Private Deluxe Cabin
$3,700.00 – Private Deluxe Cabin
$3,525.00 – Private King Cabin
$3,000.00 – Shared Twin Jungle Cabin
$2,475.00 – Shared 4 Bed Jungle Cabin
$2,125.00 – Camping (Gear Provided)
$1,985.00 – Camping - Bring Your Own Tent

DATE & TIME DETAILS: July 7 - 14, 2024

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

CONTACT: Team
[email protected]

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.

Transport: 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 Sunday, April 21st, 2024. Please time your flight arrival accordingly. rnrnThe return shuttle bus will leave the Jungle Gayborhood at 8:00AM local time the morning of Sunday, April 28th, 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 or those who wish to travel outside the times above we're happy to recommend our local taxi service partner.

Food: All meals are provided daily during your stay. rnBreakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared fresh in house by our amazing kitchen team.rnrn

Booking Process: Please submit your booking to secure your spot. We will follow up with a screening questionnaire to evaluate physical and emotional safety for the sacred plant ceremonies. And a consultation call with our facilitator may be scheduled before your place has been confirmed. Please do not book non-refundable travel until after your application has been approved. If for any reason this retreat is not a good fit for you, a full refund will be issued.

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 April 1, 2024 to ensure it's consideration. rnrnIf you are able to, please consider a contribution to our scholarship fund.

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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?

Retreat Amenities include

Stylish accommodations, diverse meeting spaces, holistic wellness facilities, adventure opportunities, experienced staff, and customizable packages for an unforgettable experience.

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
  • Capacity: 30 people
  • Props: We have yoga mats and props, and cushions for meditation, as well as 3 inch foam mattresses for ceremonies.
  • Kitchen + dining to accommodate 30+

  • Gourmet meal plan available
  • Communal bathroom and showers

  • All cabins share a beautiful bamboo bathhouse with hot water.
  • Communal 5 person outdoor shower
  • Individual "bottom-friendly" showers
  • Accommodations include

    Accommodations are in our beautiful hand-crafted bamboo jungle cabins. Private and shared options available. All cabins come with lights, electricity sockets, an overhead fan, comfortable bedding and quality linens, and are encased in a mosquito mesh netting for a restful night’s sleep.

    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.

    Vegan

    Vegetarian

    Pescetarian

    Includes Meat

    Organic

    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

    FAQs

    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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