Remembering Wholeness: A GBTQIA+ Wellness Retreat

04/21/2024 - 04/28/2024

In-Depth Retreat Overview

Embark on a Transformative Journey in the Diamante Valley!

Welcome to "Remembering Wholeness," a unique 7-day retreat crafted for the queer community. Nestled in the majestic landscapes of Costa Rica's Diamante Valley, this experience is designed to reconnect you with your intrinsic wholeness through a blend of sacred plant work, immersive encounters with nature, and holistic wellness practices. This retreat is open to all GBTQIA+ men (cis and trans) of all ages, racial backgrounds, body shapes and sizes - and all levels of practice and experience with yoga, meditation, and sacred plant ceremonies. The practices, experiences, and ceremonies will weave three key themes throughout the retreat:
  1. You are already whole (no need to seek validation or approval through love, success, money, or adventure)
  2. We are inextricably tied to nature and ultimately connected to all things
  3. We thrive in community
We will explore these themes, and will invite exploration of how these concepts ring true in our lives, and where these ideas are blocked. As a part of this exploration, we will explore our relationship with sex and sensuality, and how these manifest in healthy and unhealthy ways in our lives. (Please note: while touch, sensuality, and topics of sexuality will be discussed, sexual activity will not be permitted in order to create the safest container possible for deep work and exploration.) Awaken to Your True Self: Profound Sacred Plant Ceremonies
  • Delve deep into your inner world with two (optional) powerful sacred plant ceremonies guided by our guides JJ Mubarak & River Michaels.
  • Find release and allow for the discovery of profound personal insights and deep healing.
  • There is a lot more to share about the experience and impact of these ceremonies; please feel free to email us at [email protected] with questions or for more information.
Trauma-Informed Integration
  • Our experienced facilitators, specializing in trauma-informed therapy and sacred plant ceremony integration, will provide a supportive and nurturing space for your journey.
  Nourish Mind, Body, and Spirit: Holistic Wellness Practices
  • Engage in daily Kundalini yoga, meditation, and movement sessions to align and energize your being.
  • Embrace organic, farm-to-table meals prepared by our private chef, tailored to nurture your body and soul.
Nature's Healing Embrace
  • Experience the cleansing power of waterfall purification rituals and deepen your bond with the earth in our nature reciprocity ceremony.
  Foster Community and Connection: Building Bonds
  • Prepare for your journey with our pre-retreat Zoom meetups, setting intentions and fostering community bonds.
  • Continue your growth and integration post-retreat with supportive group calls, ensuring the insights and breakthroughs achieved are woven into your daily life.
  Inclusive Sanctuary for All. "Remembering Wholeness" is a celebration of diversity, welcoming all GBTQIA+ men (cis and trans) from varied backgrounds. Here, every individual is encouraged to explore and express their authentic selves in a space of acceptance, understanding, and mutual respect. All sacred plant ceremony experiences are optional. This retreat is open to all levels of practice and experience with sacred plants. For the health and safety of all participants, we will have each participant complete a health screening questionnaire and conduct a conversation with the facilitator before being accepted to the retreat.   Reconnect. Rediscover. Reclaim the life you were always meant to live. Sign Up for Remembering Wholeness today!  

To create a safe environment conducive to healing and community development, we will ask all participants to adhere to these agreements throughout the week. While we will explore topics of sexuality, we will ask participants to refrain from sex during the retreat. This helps to create a safe environment, and encourages deep connections without the motivation of sex, which past participants recognize as a very refreshing change for queer men.

✔ 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 charged 30 days prior to the start of the course.
Please note: A 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 polices 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.
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:

$3,700.00 – Private Deluxe Cabin
$3,600.00 – Private King Cabin
$3,200.00 – Shared Twin Jungle Cabin
$2,700.00 – Shared 4 Bed Jungle Cabin
$1,950.00 – Camping (Gear Provided)

DATE & TIME DETAILS: April 21 - April 28, 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.rnrnAdditional nights can be added at checkout if you'd like to extend your stay at the property after the retreat.

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, we can provide recommendations for taxi services.

Food: All meals are provided daily during your stay. rnBreakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared fresh in house by our 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 experiences. And a consultation call with our facilitator is mandatory 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 (called Ticos). If you are unable to afford this price, please email us at [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 March 1, 2023 to ensure it's consideration. rnrnIf you are able to, please consider a contribution to the Scholarship fund during check out.

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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.




    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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