About Our Costa Rican 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.


Overview

• 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!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our upcoming adventure, by the numbers:

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

Previous Retreat Videos

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

Our Host Hotel & Venue

"Welcome to the jungle."

The Gilded Iguana

Nosara, Costa Rica: June 3rd - 8th, 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!



This Year’s Speakers


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




NICK "RAS" FURLONG

, 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.

“My writing is reflective of my experiences, travels, emotions, and the feelings of people around me. I hope to create a sound that resonates with an audience in the same way music resonated with me,” says the Nevada native, who owns, operates, and oversees his publishing and production company, AttaBoy Music.

Links: Official Website, Instagram




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.

He also has credits on the Grammy Nominated "Scorpion" album by Drake.

A-Rod is also a co-writer on the recent Janet Jackson & Pitbull release, "Made For Now" which charted #1 on Billboard Dance Club Songs and reached the Billboard Top 100.

Other Additional Credits Include: Drake, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx
Links: Partial Discography




"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)

Vocal consultation and production credits also include Tyler Perry Productions, Warner Bros Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount, Disney, New Line Cinema, Fox Television, as well as work with award winning actors Liam Neeson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Christina Applegate, Ed Helms, Terrence Howard, Christian Serratos, the girl group STAR on Fox, and White House Correspondent John Roberts.
Links: JanSmith.com


+ More to be Announced Soon!




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 free 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 opportunities. He has worked with such clients as Lionsgate, Blumhouse, NBC Universal, MTV, E! Networks and various other media companies.
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




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.

He was the first record promoter hired by Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, where he had a role in the label’s first Number One record with singer-songwriter Jack Ingram. Rick later went on to found his own marketing and consulting firm, at which his first client was Sony Music Nashville. He is also the mastermind behind Music Industry Blueprint, a development service teaching artists from around the world everything they need to know about the complicated music business.

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



SHELLY PEIKEN, Songwriter & Author

Shelly Peiken is a multi-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter who is best known for her #1 hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby". She earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Bitch" recorded by Meredith Brooks. Her current credit list includes artist such as: Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Celine Dion, Jessie J, and Britney Spears.
Links: Facebook: Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, ShellyPeiken.com




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




SUZAN KOC, Songwriter & Publisher

Suzan is a true international publisher. She started her career at Warner Chappell in Paris, France, where she signed the Swedish pop band Ace of Base.

She was also instrumental in developing the career of songwriter Shelly Peiken (What a Girl Wants, Christina Aguilera - Almost Doesn’t Count, Brandy - Who You Are, Jessie J).
Links: suzankoc.com (Songwriters Rendezvous), Facebook




Adam Zelkind, Songwriter & Producer

Eight time award winning songwriter/composer/producer Adam Zelkind has created cutting edge music for more than 650 hit television episodes as well as various feature films & commercials. His accolades include winning ASCAP's Most Performed Music on Television for two consecutive years.
Links: IMDB Credits




VICTORIA GRACIE, Mentor & Entertainer

Victoria Gracie has been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Actress, dancer, model and choreographer, her work can be seen in commercials, music videos, awards shows, modeling, world tours, and live shows with major music artists including Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Chayanne.

She’s also been featured and danced on television shows and feature films including Glee, 90210, Show Me The Money, Iron Man 2, Rush Hour 3, and even the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Links: VicGracie.com




Livia Piomelli, A&R Manager (Arthouse Ent.) / Event Manager

Livia manages the creative day-to-day operations of Arthouse Entertainment, home of artists and writers, Jon Bellion and Kara Dioguardi. She is integrally involved in all facets of the company's operations, including A&R, marketing, management and business affairs.
Links: Arthouse Entertainment




Noah Neiman, Songwriter, Producer & DJ

Being no stranger to rocking some of the biggest EDM hubs in North America, Noah has played Marquee Night Club in Las Vegas, Soundbar in Chicago, Liv in Miami, and StereoLive in both Houston & Dallas. He has headlined and shared the stage with acts including Morgan Page, Tritonal, Fenixpawl and others. His production credits include collabs with R3HAB and past Neverland Retreats Scholarship winner, Miranda Glory ("We Do"), and official remixes for The Chainsmokers.
Links: Spotfiy Artist Link


June 2019 Schedule

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

Schedule

DAY ONE (Mon, June 3rd): Arrival & Transport to Nosara

You'll fly into Liberia Airport 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 (Tues, June 4th): Sessions

8:00 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 (Wed, June 5th): Sessions

8:30 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
4:15 PM Break for own activities


DAY FOUR (Thurs, June 6th): Sessions

8:30 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 (Fri, June 7th): 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 (Sat, June 8th): Departures

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


*Schedule subject to change.

Package Options

If accepted, installment plan options are available through our merchant vendor, PayPal Credit. 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 purchases a package as well.

Shared Room

$1299
  • Includes:
  • • 5-Nights Shared Hotel Room
  • • Full Access to Panels
  • • Transportation to/from Airport
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch

Shared Room + Adventure

$1599
  • Includes:
  • • 5-Nights Shared Hotel Room
  • • Panels & Adventure Tour w/ Mentors
  • • Transportation to/from Airport
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch

VIP Private Room + Adventure

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

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

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: info@neverlandretreats.com

WHY DO I HAVE TO “APPLY TO ATTEND?”

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.

IS A PASSPORT REQUIRED?

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.

SHOULD I BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE?

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.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I NEED TO FLY INTO?

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.

HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL?

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! 🙂

WHAT IS THE LOCAL CURRENCY?

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

ARE THERE ATMs IN NOSARA?

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

ARE CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED?

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

IS THERE CELL SERVICE IN NOSARA?

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.

IS WI-FI AVAILABLE?

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

DO I NEED TO RENT A CAR OR TRANSPORTATION?

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.

IS THERE A HOSPITAL IN TOWN?

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

WHAT OTHER ATTRACTIONS ARE IN THE AREA?

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!

WHAT IS THE LOCAL LANGUAGE?

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

WILL I HAVE TIME TO EXPLORE ON MY OWN?

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!

WILL INSTRUMENTS BE PROVIDED?

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

WHAT IF I’M NOT A SINGER?

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.

WHAT IF I DON’T PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?

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! 🙂

SPEAKER TESTIMONIALS

"Hear it from the our Mentors!"

I didn’t want to leave! I’m so happy that I jumped at the last minute opportunity to go. It was a trip I’ll never forget. The mentors were amazing. I was so inspired and learned so much new information about the ever evolving music industry. The contacts are golden and I made some great friends! I wouldn’t have met any of these incredible people if it wasn’t for this trip. And I felt so alive performing at the live music night. All of the artists and songwriters they chose were TALENTED. Not like kinda good, they were all great! It renewed my drive as an artist and entrepreneur and I can’t wait to go on the next one! @aliciaskymusic
Alicia Sikorski
Alicia Sikorski
2017-12-28T01:46:26+0000
What an incredible experience. This retreat is a MUST for songwriters and producers, looking to gain REAL knowledge and connections from serious music industry professionals. Not only do you benefit from the extensive knowledge from the selected mentors, but you are immersed in a beautiful place with incredible participants who become life long friends. For all music business professionals looking to participate, it's also a great place to find talent & truly connect with them on a meaningful level. Amazing curating done by Adam & Sam. It was such an honor to be able to participate in the 2017 Costa Rica retreat.
Livia Piomelli
Livia Piomelli
2017-11-21T21:47:12+0000
The Neverland Retreat is an extraordinary event. I was honored to be one of the mentors at this year's retreat in Nosara, and I hope to come back in the future. At the very least, I will continue to be one of the retreat's biggest fans. The talent is out of this world, and I was grateful to work hands on with each of the participants. The retreat provides an environment where the participants are able to have their specific questions answered, share their musical works with each of the mentors, receive honest and constructive feedback during their song critiques, and learn valuable survival skills for life in the music industry. All of the sessions were carefully organized and uniquely tailored to maximize the participants' experience. Additionally, there were daily opportunities for networking and bonding. I cannot think of another organization or retreat that provides such a high caliber suite of services in one week. Oh....and did I mention that this all takes place in a tropical jungle paradise?! Please DM me if you would like to hear more about this awesome experience!
Meghan Persons
Meghan Persons
2017-11-21T21:42:02+0000
The list of amenities during this writing retreat goes on and on. However, what stuck out to me the most was the opportunity to sit and be mentored by these individuals that have the ability to proactively prevent the errors that I could potentially make in my career. A BIG thank you to the mentors/speakers and the founders of this organization, Sam Heights and Adam Mcinnis. Neverland Retreats will be an unforgettable experience. #puravida
Lourdiz Cantu
Lourdiz Cantu
2017-11-21T18:50:37+0000
I didn't know what to expect really with this retreat, but I thought I'd take a chance, I mean it was in Costa Rica so if didn't go well I'm still in a beautiful place! Well, it did go well, it was actually one of the best experiences I've ever had! From before the trip to after, and everything in between was extremely professional! Everyone was very welcoming, accepting and helpful no matter what the case may be. There was a plethora of valuable information that was given about the music industry that is extremely valuable! Not to mention the time mentors took to personal help you out with songwriting questions. And lastly the connections that were made, but even more importantly in my opinion, the friendships that were made on this trip! Something I value very highly as this is what life is all about, to connect with others and share this incredible journey we have in front of us! I will say this and I truly mean it, if I were to never write another song again, this trip was totally worth it! That is the impact it has had on me! However, that is not the case and will most definitely benefit from all the music business and songwriting tips as well as the relationships from fellow musicians. This is a top notch, class act organization and would do it all over again! So, if you can't already tell, I highly recommend you step out of your comfort zone and take this journey!
Chris Walsh
Chris Walsh
2017-11-21T18:22:18+0000
This is one of those things that you don’t realize you NEED until you get there. I had no idea how beneficial being surrounded by so much talent would be for my soul, but I am just so grateful to have gotten the chance to meet as many DOPE artists as I did. The lineup of speakers was incredible, and I have a completely new view on the industry now. They poured their hearts out and gifted us with all of their knowledge; it was a truly humbling experience. Not only did this retreat give me a different perspective on music, but it gave me a different perspective on LIFE. Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible; I’m already planning for new jungle adventures at next year’s retreat! Pura Vida!
Cadence Ludden
Cadence Ludden
2017-11-21T18:04:53+0000
Neverland Retreats is a business that is going places. I never would have thought being in a jungle with a bunch of strangers for 5 days would end up being such an amazing experience. They have an extremely unique concept that sets them apart from any other company, and their execution is top-notch. Every aspect of this retreat has been something that will be remembered for a lifetime. The location, staff, mentors, attendees, excursions, food, and locals were all amazing. I'll definitely be attending the next workshop. Pura Vida! ��
Abyon McInnis
Abyon McInnis
2017-11-21T17:56:49+0000
If you are in the music business this trip is a must and it will be a life changing experience, definitely I will go to the next music adventures from Neverland Retreats, the Costa Rica one has exceeded all my expectations, it gives you the opportunity to become friend with loads of talented artists and share with the top music industry mentors <3
Gin Guernica
Gin Guernica
2017-11-21T05:39:20+0000
Litterally this was one of the best experiences of my ENTIRE LIFE! It was so fun and I learned so much! Performing was so awesome tooo!!! I’ve never felt more alive.😀😀
Janani Bae
Janani Bae
2017-11-18T01:50:17+0000
This has been much more than I ever expected. Pretty life changing actually. I learned so much and now know what steps to take to further my career. Being in the jungle allows everyone to really be present and be together. You get to ask the mentors questions when you want and they really take the time for you. (I mean the top entertainment lawyer was literally reading some of the student's contracts and helping them figure everything out!) There's no rush here in the jungle. The bonus was doing the adventures (zip lining, ATVs and jumping into a waterfall!) I made friends for life, with my fellow artists/songwriters and even with the mentors.
Jades Goudreault
Jades Goudreault
2017-11-17T05:27:42+0000
These 5 days that I have been fortunate to spend with likeminded musicians in Costa Rica’s jungle have been more valuable to me than I could ever imagine. You are given the chance to ask ANY questions to professionals from the industry in a safe environment, find future collaborations or co-writing partners and create lifetime memories. Along with showcasing your music, singing/playing at open-mic nights, listen to speakers and networking, you will also explore the amazing country of Costa Rica! You do not want to miss this opportunity!
Josefine Hallén
Josefine Hallén
2017-11-17T03:47:15+0000
Incredible and unforgettable experience. Interacting with people with the same interests in a magical nature place. Miracles happen here . Well worth it.
Ray Casipit
Ray Casipit
2017-11-17T01:26:00+0000
This organization is absolutely top Knotch for people who are trying to break into the industry, people who already established in the industry, people who would like to be surrounded by other talented people for company or potential collaborations, and or people trying to learn the business aspect of the music industry. It is run by professionals who have been doing this for a long time and know the most important aspects of the music industry. They have come together wanting to spread this knowledge to you! This very well priced annual trip presents so much opportunity for everyone involved. It's a place where determined, intelligent, and talented people can gather in an intimate setting with the paradisal environment of Costa Rica. Adam and Sam are excellent people and iconic at what they do. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone who is serious about Music. � -Elle Vee (Darkchild Songwriter/EDM recording artist/BMG Publishing)
Elle Vee
Elle Vee
2017-09-10T22:59:54+0000
So impressed with your presenters!! I know this will be another incredible experience for all the attendees.
Iris McInnis
Iris McInnis
2017-09-07T13:30:40+0000
An amazing idea and group of people. Pairing talented singers, producer, and industry leaders, Neverland Retreats presents all kinds of new ideas and opportunities for those in attendance. I have attended this event in both Costa Rica and Austin, TX, and have left both events incredibly inspired, with piles of new knowledge and friends.
Benny Alley
Benny Alley
2017-08-08T21:37:24+0000
This retreat is an amazing experience for all songwriters! I have learned so much from going this past retreat. It definitely won't be my last trip. This is a great way to get away from the normal comforts or your daily life and learning from professionals in the industry; in some of the most majestic places in the world. I wish I could give a 6 star rating!!!!
Ben Serra
Ben Serra
2017-06-14T03:03:10+0000
LaLa Johnson
LaLa Johnson
2017-05-17T18:28:52+0000
Grateful to Adam McInnis and Sam Garay for bringing this event to Austin. I highly recommend Neverland Retreats to music professionals who want to learn about the business, take their songwriting to a higher level, and who want to meet and connect with top-notch industry experts. I look forward to working with Adam and Sam on future projects. Esmeralda, Drei Productions
Esmeralda Flores
Esmeralda Flores
2017-05-13T05:50:37+0000
My family and I had such a wonderful time at the Neverland Retreat! We made allot of great friends and learned so much valuable industry information. I highly recommend Neverland Retreats.
Jayda A. Ashley
Jayda A. Ashley
2017-03-20T22:43:50+0000
Here at Ausseresses & Rossi Entertainment Group we have been able to grow in leaps and bounds because of the knowledge received working with Adam McInnis and Sam Heights! We have never met a team so diverse and connected in the music industry that genuinely cares about the success of whom they are working with. We have been very impressed with their capability to bring in some of the top people in the music industry giving insights and secrets you can't even read about. We can't wait to bring our artists to Costa Rica for the next Neverland retreat. Not only have we made amazing connections in the music industry we have also made lifelong friends. Russell Ausseresses | Federico Rossi A&R Entertainment Group
Federico Rossi
Federico Rossi
2017-03-20T21:24:08+0000
I was a panelist at the Neverland Retreat in Austin, TX and was extremely impressed with the level of talent in this group. I am so glad that I got to be a part of this amazing experience and look forward to doing it again!
Adam Zelkind
Adam Zelkind
2017-03-20T19:52:24+0000
Jerry Lee
Jerry Lee
2017-03-20T19:50:25+0000
I had an absolutely incredible experience at Neverland Retreats! I got to meet some insanely talented people and share my music with some of the best in the industry. Some of the best speakers and some of the best advice I've ever gotten from the music world. I couldn't recommend it enough! Worth every penny, and I can't wait for the next one!
Kady Rain
Kady Rain
2017-03-20T18:25:44+0000
Neverland Retreats puts on an awesome event with top professionals in the music industry. It has years worth of music experience and knowledge condensed into a weekend. The speakers were to the point and on target. Not a moment was wasted. Worth every minute and dollar you spend, I will attend again. Thank you everyone for everything you gave to make this such an amazing event.
Debbie Joy Lundrigan
Debbie Joy Lundrigan
2017-03-18T20:48:17+0000
What can I say....these guys are legit. Look forward to working with them in the near future.
Eddie Crochet
Eddie Crochet
2017-03-18T20:06:42+0000
Ty Suite
Ty Suite
2017-03-14T23:05:17+0000
I really can't say enough good things! We went to their last event at Black Marigold Studios and we were blown away! Not only did all of the speakers give lots of great, useful information but all of the attendees were very talented. We're now going to collaborate with two, possibly three, of the speakers, one of which is going to set up cowrites in LA for us. I really mean this: these events can change your career.
Ben Bazzrea
Ben Bazzrea
2017-03-14T22:38:14+0000
The Neverland retreat in Costa Rica was the most inspiring and life changing experience I have ever had! Being able to learn about the music industry in such a natural and peaceful environment made the whole experience refreshing and eye-opening. I am so grateful to have been a part of this oppurtunity, and to meet all the amazing people I did. Definitely coming to the next one! Pura Vida! ���������
Courtney Jade
Courtney Jade
2017-02-02T21:00:40+0000
Neverland Retreats is the best place to be at. Period. The atmosphere is magical and the people are amazing! The food, amenities, knowledge and fun I had at this retreat will stay with me for the rest of my life, I can't wait until the next one! Thank you to everyone on this journey together!!! PURA VIDA!!!
Weston Rubix Raby
Weston Rubix Raby
2017-02-02T19:48:49+0000
Neverland retreats was an amazing experience! It pushed me out of my comfort zone in a good way, and connected me to so many amazing people.
Abraham McDowell
Abraham McDowell
2016-12-03T19:29:40+0000
Sam Heights Garay
Sam Heights Garay
2016-12-03T19:09:41+0000
Such a priceless experience! Learned so much about the business and songwriting while taking in the beauty of such a wonderful country! #Pureawesomeness #PuraVida.
Dilini Tanya
Dilini Tanya
2016-12-03T19:04:01+0000
Hands down the best thing an artist, songwriter, producer can do for themselves and their career.
Rachel Farris
Rachel Farris
2016-12-03T18:08:43+0000
Miranda Inzunza
Miranda Inzunza
2016-12-03T17:51:16+0000
This experience was so much greater than I expected! The speakers, the talent, the food, the views, the beach, the parties, and the new friendships. Somehow I feel like I've met people that we will share a bond for the rest of our lives. Sounds cheesy but it's just what I feel. It helped me see how bonded we all really are at the core and how we can bring greatness out in others sometimes with the smallest amount of good energy.
Adam McInnis
Adam McInnis
2016-12-03T17:00:05+0000

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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.

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