About Our Retreat

"It's a music adventure like no other."

Ready for a New Kind of Music Retreat?

When you leave the comfort of what you're used to, you find out how much more you can grow...

Neverland Retreats is the only music workshop that couples up-and-coming talent with current hit-making Producers, A&R's, Music Supervisors, Songwriters, and other Industry professionals for a week long mentorship program in the beautiful surf village of Nosara, Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

Our workshops contain only the highest caliber of Mentors & Attendees.

Submit to join us in the beautiful jungles of Costa Rica for an exclusive music workshop on the Pacific Coast. Our event is for the top tier of up-and-coming singers, songwriters, producers and other aspiring music industry professionals. The Neverland Retreats experience offers daily activities and advice on how to become successful in the music industry, while taking in the jungle & beach experience.


• Experience songwriter tutorials and critiques.

• Group open mics at local jungle venues.

• Mentor sessions from industry professionals.

• Venture on your own! Nosara is world renown for it's amazing beaches, surf and jungle surroundings. Take a horse ride on the beach, rent an ATV, or zipline above the trees. This is YOUR RETREAT!


Our upcoming adventure, by the numbers:

6Music Industry Mentors
6Days of Costa Rican Adventure
12Detailed Panels & Workshops
30New Friends To Adventure With

Past Retreat Videos

"New friends. New memories... New music."

Our Host Hotel & Venue

"Welcome to the jungle."

The Gilded Iguana

Nosara, Costa Rica: Nov 12th - 17th, 2019

Our host hotel is centrally located within the vibrant jungles of Nosara, Guancaste and just a quick walk away from the beach!

With broad and unobstructed western exposure to the Pacific Ocean, large tide swings, a sandy bottom and prevailing off-shore winds, Guiones is diverse beach break that always has waves.

Yoga studios, shopping, restaurants, bars, and board rentals are all within walking distance as well.

Official Gilded Iguana Website
Gilded Iguana Instagram

Why Nosara?

Nosara is a gem hidden on the Pacific Coast of beautiful Costa Rica. It's a vibrant paradise where you will get to experience jungle living at it's finest!

• It has recently been named the #1 Travelers Choice Costa Rican destination by Trip Advisor for 2017.

• Nosara was also recently covered as one of CNN Travel's top 20 travel spots not to miss!

Upcoming Mentors

ANDREW GOULD, Senior VP & Head of A&R, Downtown Music Publishing

Gould oversees Downtown's A&R, writer relations and creative development operations in North America, focusing on contemporary pop songs and songwriters.

With over 17 years of experience in the music industry, Gould started his career as an assistant, then talent scout, at Epic Records, before moving to EMI Music Publishing, where he was an early champion of Sia and hit-makers Savan Kotecha, Jim Jonsin, and Toby Gad. Gould, a classically trained pianist, received his MBA from The Wharton School and remains passionate about music industry advocacy. This past June he was elected to the L.A. Chapter of the Grammy Board, where he co-chairs the Advocacy Committee.
Links: Downtown Music Publishing, Instagram

NASH OVERSTREET, Multi-Platinum Songwriter & Producer

Nashville born artist, songwriter and producer, Nash Overstreet, is a multi-platinum, American Music Award, and two-time BMI Pop award winner who had early success with his band Hot Chelle Rae. The band had hits with major pop songs like “Tonight Tonight,” “I Like It Like That,” and “Honestly,” among others while signed to legendary Sony imprint Jive, and later, RCA records. The band went on to sell over 7 million singles worldwide.

Nash has toured the world opening for acts like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber as well as headlining tours on every continent in the world in Hot Chelle Rae. As a songwriter, Nash has co-written songs like "Liar" for Britney Spears, "Woman Up" for Meghan Trainor and "Angels in Chelsea" for Rachel Platten, not to mention collaborations with Mike Posner, Taylor Swift, Gavin Degraw and others. .
Links: Nashoverstreet.com

SIDNEY SWIFT, Grammy-Nominated Producer, Songwriter & Engineer

Sidney Swift is a Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter, and engineer, as well as the founder and CEO of Swift Songs, a successful music production company that’s been on the forefront of the music industry for many years. As an award-winning producer, his instinctive feel for music has seen him work with some of the world’s greatest artists - Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Future, Miguel, among others. He’s contributed to hits such as Beyoncé's "7/11", Jason Derulo's "Don't Wanna Go Home", and Major Lazer's "Light It Up"; projects that have defied genre and reshaped the industry, captivating and entertaining millions.

Sidney also runs Defi Entertainment, a publishing, management and record label challenging the status quo and standard ways of doing things in the music and entertainment world. Sidney has collaborated with some of the largest and most successful artists, companies and brands on the planet, impacting how people connect to and experience artists, music, film, television and multimedia. His forward-thinking approach to the fast-changing world we live in is incredibly compelling, thought-provoking and immersive.
Links: Wiki Page

AUTUMN ROWE, Songwriter & Premiere Vocal Coach

Autumn's career as a songwriter began to take flight in 2009 after many years honing her craft on New York's session scene. Signing with B-Room/Water Music Publishing, led her to a joint publishing deal with Steller Songs/Stargate Productions (Rihanna "Rude Boy", "Only Girl In The World" "Diamonds" Beyoncé "Irreplaceable")/EMI UK. The result of their collaboration was the first single, "Happiness", on Stargate's artist, Alexis Jordan, in a co-venture with rapper Jay-Z's new label, Star Roc/Roc Nation/Sony. The song was written and produced by Stargate in conjunction with dance music DJ/Producer, Deadmau5. FiFa and Sony Music Entertainment named the single, "Happiness" the Official Song of the 2011's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. Autumn also penned Jordan's second and third singles from her debut album "Good Girl," which charted at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart and "Hush Hush" respectively which were again co-written and produced by Stargate with French producer Sandy Vee.

Autumn also co-wrote the Billboard US top 20 pop single "Hello" with duo Karmin, longtime collaborators Stargate and Claude Kelly for Sony Music. In addition she was a featured vocal coach on Fox's "The X Factor USA", Season 2, working alongside Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, as well as America's Got Talent where she coached the 2016 winner, Grace VanderWaal.
Links: Songwriter Discography

Co-Founders & Additional Mentors Attending

ADAM MCINNIS, Singer/Songwriter & Music Consultant

Adam McInnis is a Singer/Songwriter most known for his work on tv/film (Leap, The Voice, Hart of Dixie, EndGame etc) as well as collaborating with top dj's in EDM. Adam was a winner of Russel Simmon's "Race To Be: The Next Music Entrepreneur". Adam's online platform, where he gives out mentoring information and advice regarding the music industry has gained a vast following. He truly loves to help upcoming artists understand the blueprint for success.
Links: Instagram: Music Industry Contact, IMDB

SAM "HEIGHTS" GARAY, Mixer, Music Producer & Songwriter

Sam Garay has over a decade of experience producing, writing and recording music for TV/Film and licensing placements. He has produced for such media companies as Lionsgate, Blumhouse, NBC Universal, MTV, E! Networks and various other media companies.

He also has had writing placements with various labels such as Source/Spinnin' Records, Trap Nation and Sony Germany.
Links: IMDB, Instagram: Sam Heights

Past Speakers & Mentors

See our past roster from previous events.

LINDY ROBBINS, Multi-Platinum Songwriter

Lindy Robbins is a multi-platinum selling and award-winning songwriter from Los Angeles who’s hits include songs by many of the top artists in the industry.

She was also a recently featured guest on the hit songwriting podcast "And The Writer Is..."

Recent #1 Radio Hits include: the worldwide smash "Want to Want Me" by Jason Derulo; the international hit by David Guetta (feat Sam Martin), "Dangerous;" and Hot Chelle Rae’s #1 Adult Top 40, "Tonight, Tonight." Other chart toppers include: “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato; “Classic” by MKTO; “Slow Down” by Selena Gomez; "It Girl" by Jason Derulo; “Miss Movin’ On” by Fifth Harmony; “Kiss Me” by Olly Murs; “Hurts so Good” by Astrid S and “Crybaby” by Paloma Faith.
Links: LindyRobbins.com


, Multi-platinum Songwriter & Producer Multi-genre producer/singer-songwriter Nick “Ras” Furlong has come a long way from the makeshift bedroom studio that fueled the music he composed for video games. Developed by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder from 2011 until 2013, Furlong’s credits include Avicii’s "The Nights," 5 Seconds of Summers’ "Everything You Didn’t Say," Steve Aoki’s "Bring You To Life," Diplo’s "No Problem," All Time Low’s "Dirty Laundry," and more. Most recently, Furlong is credited as a co-writer, producer, and the executive producer of Papa Roach’s tenth full-length album Who Do You Trust?, released on 1/18.
Links: Official Website, Instagram

"MAMA JAN" SMITH, Grammy Nominated Producer and Multi-Platinum Vocal Coach

A nationally recognized singer/songwriter/musician, Jan Smith is also a Grammy nominated producer, GA Music Hall of Fame inductee, and a multi-platinum certified vocal coach/vocal producer who has tended to some of the most distinctive voices in the business. Owner of Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, a state-of-the-art vocal coaching, artist development, and production facility offering services nationwide to record companies, artists, producers and motion pictures. Clients include Usher, Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, Jill Scott, India Arie, David Crowder, Sugarland, Drake, Mastodon, Nicki Minaj, FLA/GA Line, Jesus Culture, etc. (www.jansmith.com)
Links: JanSmith.com

AL SHERROD "A-ROD" LAMBERT, Grammy Nominated and BMI Award Winning Songwriter & Producer

Lambert co-wrote the breakout smash single "The Way" for actress/singer Ariana Grande which featured Mac Miller. The record was a huge success, and reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 2 on the rythmic charts. It was officially certified Platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. The record earned him his first BMI Pop Award as one of the highest earning songs of 2013. He also co-wrote her follow up hit "Right There" ft. Big Sean which gained him his second BMI award and was the first song with a rap feature to be performed at the White House. He went on to write 6 songs on Ariana's album and contributed to her sophomore release as well. Other Additional Credits Include: Drake, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx
Links: Partial Discography

RICK BARKER, Manager & Mentor

Between formerly managing music superstar Taylor Swift, serving as the Social Media Mentor to finalists on FOX’s American Idol, and working as a private consultant to entities such as Big Machine Label Group and Live Nation, Rick Barker’s influence on the music industry is without question. Utilizing his extensive experience in radio, Rick created the “Nashville To You” radio tour, which played an important role in the early development of several acts, including Taylor Swift and Sugarland.

With marketing tactics featured in Billboard and other well-known publications, Rick has dedicated his life to helping independent artists plot out the most efficient strategies for turning their music into a career.
< Links: RickBarker.com, The Music Industry Blueprint

DAMON SHARPE, Songwriter & Producer

Damon Sharpe is a Grammy award-winning record producer and songwriter ("Chicago", Best Soundtrack), and has been involved with the production of various popular albums that have sold over 40 million copies cumulatively.He has worked with various contemporary artists such as Jennifer Lopez ("Love Don't Cost a Thing"), Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Alesso, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, New Boyz, Monica, Big Time Rush, and Nelly.
Links: Wiki Page & Discography

AUTUMN ROWE, Songwriter, DJ and Professional Vocal Coach

Autumn recently co-wrote the Billboard US top 20 pop single "Hello" with duo Karmin, longtime collaborators Stargate and Claude Kelly for Sony Music. In addition she was a featured vocal coach on Fox's "The X Factor USA", Season 2, working alongside Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. She has also recently taken up DJ professionally under the artist name of AFTRPRTY.
Links: AFTR PRTY Instagram, Artist Wiki

LINDA SEPTIEN, Artist Development Professional

Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years of experience. With over 15,000 students to her legacy, including branded icons Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves, Kidz Bop Kids, Leggo Friends L2M Group, Ryan Cabrera, Ashley Boetcher, Malise Jow, and Jessica Simpson, among many more, Linda prides herself on her ability to recognize talent & create an effective development strategy to launch a branded long term career artist.
Links: The Septien Group

Nov 2019 Schedule

"Pack your bags, we're doing it again!"


DAY ONE (Tues, Nov 12th): Arrival & Transport to Nosara

You'll fly into Liberia Airport (Airport Code: LIR) where you will be met by our trusted shuttle company and local guide to transport you to the surf village of Nosara! Estimated travel time is about 2 hours, so please do not hesitate to ask your driver to stop for snacks or breaks.

You will be meeting with other members of from the retreat, so be sure to use the journey to make some new friends! Travelling through the Central American rainforest is your first taste of jungle life.

DAY TWO (Wed, Nov 13th): Sessions

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Welcome Breakfast / Orientation
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch / Break
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
4:15 PM Break for own activities

DAY THREE (Thurs, Nov 14th): Sessions

7:30AM - 9:30 AM: Breakfast @ The Gilded Iguana
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch / Break
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
4:15 PM Break for own activities

DAY FOUR (Fri, Nov 15th): Sessions

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Breakfast @ The Gilded Iguana
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch / Break
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: PANEL SESSION w/ TBD Mentor
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Break for own activities
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Open Mic & Showcase @ The Gilded Iguana

DAY FIVE (Sat, Nov 16th): VIP Adventures & FREE DAY :)

Take time to enjoy the village of Nosara and book your own adventures, explore the surroundings, or just relax! If you have a VIP experience package purchased, get ready to wrap up the week enjoying exclusive adventures with our Mentors. Take the time to further build your music business relationshipos and ask for advice on your career.

MORNING: Adventure Tours w/ Mentors (if purchased)
5:00 PM: Farewell beach sunset dinner at La Luna

DAY SIX (Sun, Nov 17th): Departures

Shuttles will arrive in the early morning to transport guests back to Liberia airport for departures.

*Schedule subject to change.

Package Options

Monthly payment plans and financing available through PayPal Credit, if needed. All retreat purchases are final. Airfare is not included. If under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian who must purchase a package.

Shared Room

  • Includes:
  • • 5-Nights Shared Hotel Room
  • • Full Access to Panels
  • • Transportation to/from Airport
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch

Shared Room + Adventure

  • Includes:
  • • 5-Nights Shared Hotel Room
  • • Panels & Adventure Tour w/ Mentors
  • • Transportation to/from Airport
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch

VIP Private Room + Adventure

  • Included:
  • • 5-Nights Private Hotel Room
  • • Panels & Adventure Tour w/ Mentors
  • • Transportation to/from Airport
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch



Due to the nature of booking in a foreign country, all sales are final and no refunds are to be given. In order for us to allow to keep our retreat cost low, we must book and pay months in advance with our vendors.  If you still have questions, please contact: [email protected]


Our songwriting and music business workshops are limited seating engagements. We believe in creating a setting where each attendee will have one-on-one time with our Mentors to really build their business and career relationship.

With that, we want to be sure that we have a variety of attendees that can really benefit from the experience. With us, it’s not just about “selling tickets.” We want to be sure we’re creating the most rewarding experience for each attendee and our Mentors.


Yes, a valid Passport is required to enter and leave Costa Rica internationally. Be sure that your Passport is valid during the event dates of Nov 12th – 17th, 2018.


We welcome you to purchase third-party Travel Insurance if you desire to. Neverland Retreats, LLC is not liable for any personal emergencies or occurrences that may happen during the event.


Liberia. (Airport Code: LIR) a.k.a Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. Our shuttle will pick you up from this airport and transport you to Nosara.


A shuttle driver from our trusted vendor will meet you at the Liberia airport (a.k.a.Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport) and taxi you to the Gilded Iguana along with other attending guests. Drivers do not mind stopping if you ask to take a pitstop at a local store for snacks or a bathroom break.

Please do not be afraid to ask! 🙂


Colones. A currency exchange office is available at the Liberia Airport upon landing.


Yes, one is within walking distance at Banco Popular Nosara.


Yes, most major credits cards are accepted and there is also a local bank.


This is dependent on your provider. If you plan on using cell service, we recommend checking with your provider and enabling International phone/data coverage as needed. Most visitors will substitute cell service in favor of communication apps such as WhatsApp or Skype since there is Wifi available.


Yes, Wifi is available at our host hotel and most resturants/bars within the area.


The event is hosted at The Gilded Iguana Hotel. The beach, restaurants, shops and other attractions are within walking distance. However, if you wish to rent transportation on your own there are bike, ATV and car rentals available.


There is not a full fledged hospital in Nosara. However, there’s a local clinic in town and a pharmacy as well.


So many! Surf lessons, ATV tours, stand up paddle boarding, zip lining, deep sea fishing, etc. Extra tours are not included in the pricing (unless you have purchased our Adventure Package), but we can help you book a tour with local guides. Spa, yoga, and massages are also available!


Spanish is the local language, but most vendors we have found speak English as well.


Yes! You will have time during the day and evening for your own time to explore the local town and surrounding areas to spark creativity! We encourage you to explore, make new friends and experience Costa Rica!


No. Instruments are not provided, but you are welcome to bring any that you would want to have with you.


No problem, this retreat is focused on songwriting and the business of music. Being a great vocalists is not required and there is no judgement here.


Instruments are not required. Being a musician is not required. Feel free to come and learn about songwriting and the music business while exploring the magical country of Costa Rica! 🙂


"Hear it from the our Mentors!"

Ready for a real music adventure?

Apply today to join us this November in Costa Rica!


The Neverland Team

"Created by music creators, for music creators."

Sam “Heights” Garay
Co-Founder / Design & Logistics

Sam has years of experience assisting and coordinating music conference events. He is also a professional music producer/songwriter and audio engineer.

Sam “Heights” Garay
Adam McInnis
Co-Founder / Marketing & Video

Adam is a songwriter, producer, and artist from New York. He believes in helping next generation artists understand the music business.

Adam McInnis
Mentors Wanted!

Are you a music producer/songwriter or executive? Want to join us in Costa Rica? Email: [email protected]

Mentors Wanted!

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Still have questions? Don't hesitate to contact us.