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, Vocal Coaches, Songwriters, Music Teachers and other Industry professionals for a week long mentorship program in the beautiful surf village of Nosara 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 aspiring music industry professionals. The Neverland Retreat 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 through the jngle. This is YOUR RETREAT!


Our upcoming adventure, by the numbers:

7Music Industry Mentors
6Days of Costa Rican Adventure
12Detailed Panels & Workshops
30New Friends To Adventure With


Leave the norm behind, and experience jungle life away from distractions.


Use your downtime to relax in all of Nosara’s scenic offerings.


Collab and make new friendships that’ll last a lifetime, and further your career.


Escape from the norm and use downtime to explore the Pacific Coast.

Our Last Retreat

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

Our Host Hotel & Venue

"Welcome to the jungle."

The Gilded Iguana

Nosara, Costa Rica: Nov 12th - 17th, 2018

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.

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

Our Mentors for 2018!

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 music industry.

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.

Lindy is also well known for the following Top 5 Singles: "Incomplete" by the Backstreet Boys; "What's Left of Me" by Nick Lachey; and the 2006 Disney Song of the Year, "Cinderella," performed by The Cheetah Girls.

Additional key releases include songs recorded by: Dua Lipa, Zedd, LeAnn Rimes, Maddie Poppe, One Direction, Jennifer Hudson, Oli Fox, Rachel Platten, 5 Seconds of Summer, Catherine McGrath, Jlo, Leona Lewis (featuring One Republic), Faith Hill, Brandy, Britney Spears, Jason Mraz, Westlife, Jordin Sparks, Lisa Loeb, Clay Aiken, Toni Braxton, Monica, and Audra McDonald.

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 is also the co-author of “The $150,000 Music Degree”, a music business e-book that, upon its release, was the most downloaded book on Noisetrade and he created Social Media For Music, the first ever step by step instruction course dedicated to the Music Industry.

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

DAVID LION, Motivational Speaker, Hypnotist & Magician

David Lion, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, is a modern day hypnotist & motivational speaker ushering in his own style and adding a unique twist to the timeless and mysterious art forms of Illusion, Mentalism and Hypnosis.

By combining the three arts, he has created a fresh new genre known as Lionism. Through Lionism, David has become a sought after Teacher, Mentor and Empowerment Speaker for workshops, conferences and seminars around the globe helping creative people unlock their full potential. With over a decade of experience honing his craft and abilities, David’s unparalleled style has flourished wonderfully into a renowned brand.

He has been busy teaching workshops in Canada, holding seminars in America, appearing on TV programs, performing live at various celebrity and corporate events, filming for his channel: Lionism TV.

Links: Lionism.TV

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

Founders & Additional Mentors

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 fast traction and success. He truly loves to help upcoming artists understand the blueprint for success.
Links: Instagram: Music Industry Contact, IMDB

SAM "HEIGHTS" GARAY, Audio Engineer, Music Producer & Songwriter

Sam Garay has over a decades experience producing, writing and recording music for TV/Film and licensing opportunities. He has worked with such clients as NBC Universal, MTV, E! Networks and various other outlets.
Links: IMDB

Past Speakers & Mentors

See our past roster from previous events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gabi Kochlani

Music Publisher & Manager Gabi currently resides at Speakereasy Music as Vice President of A&R, a management & boutique music publishing company with a worldwide admin partnership with Kobalt Music, co-owned by multi-platinum songwriter Sheppard Solomon (Enrique Iglesias, One Direction).
Links: LinkedIn

Charles Barsamian, Entertainment Attorney, Movie Producer

Since 2010, Chaz Barsamian has successfully negotiated and overseen the management, administration, and deployment of over $100+ million in capital towards the film financing and music rights acquisition across 300+ motion pictures and television series, including: 3-time Academy Award Winner "Whiplash", Academy Award Nominee "Sicario", and the forthcoming "Drunk Parents" (scored by Arturo Sandoval). Additionally, Mr. Barsamian has overseen strategic music planning and buying transactions including the audio rebranding of such companies as Avon Products, Inc., Coca Cola, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and the Colgate / Palmolive group. Mr. Barsamian maintains a private entertainment transactional law practice based in New York and produces music, film, and television via his Los Angeles based company, Exit Strategy.
Links: IMDB

2018 Schedule

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


DAY ONE (Mon, Nov 12th): 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, Nov 13th): 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, Nov 14th): 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, Nov 15th): 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, 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 sunset dinner at La Luna

DAY SIX (Sat, 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

*If not paying in full, an initial non-refundable deposit of $299 is due at booking. No exceptions & no refunds. 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

  • Includes:
  • • Shared Room
  • • Transportation from Airport
  • • Full Access to Retreat Panels
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch

Shared Room + Adventure

  • Includes:
  • • Shared Room
  • • Transportation from Airport
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch
  • • Adventure w/ Mentors!

VIP Private Room + Adventure

  • Included:
  • • Private Room
  • • Transportation from Airport
  • • Locally made Breakfast & Lunch
  • • Adventure Tour w/ Mentors!

Scholarship Winner

We're proud to announce this year's scholarship winner!

Congratulations to Aiza Ntibarikure!

The Women’s International Music Network Announces Aiza Ntibarikure as Winner of Scholarship to Neverland Retreats

Ntibarikure is a bi-lingual (English/French) singer-songwriter with a musical style that blends R&B/soul, Afro-pop and some funk. She’s about to release her first EP of original music featuring what she describes as “catchy melodies and relatable lyrics.”

The WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore enthuses, “We are so excited to award this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Aiza. We are confident she’ll gain some valuable skills and insights that will propel her career to the next level. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her.”

Find out more about Aiza at AizaMusic.com
Follow her on Instagram: @aizabby

Frequently Asked Questions


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


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!"

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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
Interns Wanted.

Join our team by submitting your resume to: info@neverlandretreats.com

Interns Wanted.

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