Exploring the full spectrum of sexual healing:
shame, pain, power, pleasure.
An 8-day intensive course for men (Costa Rica)
January 07-14 2024
Exploring the full spectrum of sexual healing:
shame, pain, power, pleasure.
A 7-day intensive course for men (Costa Rica)
January 07-14 2024
The main questions guiding our process:
- How can exploring shame lead us to greater power?
- How does sexuality connect us to source, and to our truth?
- How do we channel this energy for more healing and growth, including that of others?
- How do we play with our fantasies, even shameful ones, in a way that can be nourishing and inspiring?
- How do we integrate these ideas about sexuality in a world where they are uncommon?
Main topics
Somatic movement
Sexual shadow and healing trauma
Sexual shame and shadow
Sacred intimacy
Energy work and shamanism
Awakening erotic power
Fantasy role play
A 24-hour deep dive practice
Our embodiment practices
Orgasmic shamanism is a trauma-informed practice of somatic therapy, shamanism and sacred sexuality.
It can help us achieve altered spaces of consciousness, find deep presence, connect to our truth, heal old wounds.
There will also be other practices including yoga, contact improv, and nature walks.
FAQ : How sexual will it get? 
Consent and safety
✔ We will create a safe space first by establishing ways of voicing consent and boundaries.
✔ As your facilitator I will be responsible for maintaining the sense of safety of the group container.
✔ Each participant will also be responsible for their own body, for respecting their desires and boundaries.
✔ Nudity and self/mutual touch, including genital touch will be welcome, however they will not be compulsory. 
Each participant will be able to decide “how far” they choose to go. While everyone is invited to meet their edges, you will never be asked to go beyond your limits.
✔ Partner practices will be part of the workshop but are not compulsory.
✔ Pairings will be randomly assigned. Therefore participants choosing to participate in partner work must be open to interacting with anyone. Participants however will be able to choose the level of interaction they are comfortable with in any moment, ranging from eye-gazing to more explicit touch and interaction.
✗ Penetration and oral sex will not be allowed.
You will be strongly encouraged to switch off all electronics for the duration of the course in order to connect more deeply to nature and to yourself.

Use of electronics will be strictly limited to the bedrooms.
Electronics such as phones, iPads or laptops will not be able to be used in any public areas.
✔ Included:

-3 vegetarian organic meals / day
-All workshops and practices  
- Shuttle from San Jose airport to the Jungle Gayborhood

✗ NOT included:

-Airport transfer to the house -
this can be organised for an extra fee.  
-Any visas that may be required 

All Prices are in USD$
*Early-bird pricing is available until 07 November 2023.
A 50% Deposit payment is required to book your space.
The remaining 50% will need to be paid 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.
All payments are non-refundable.*

Arrivals to the house can begin on 07 JANUARY at 4pm.
A shuttle will pick you up from San Jose airport to take you directly to the Gayborhood.
The retreat will end on 14 JANUARY. A shuttle will take you from the Gayborhood to San Jose Airport at 9 am.
Marc Peridis - Primary facilitator

Marc is a somatic therapist and shamanic practitioner specialised in the Medicine of eros, healing practices related to eros and sexuality. 

His work has two main focuses:
1- Supporting the transmutation of shame, trauma and shadow to power, purpose and mastery.
2- As a teacher's teacher, he trains facilitators, therapists and teachers by supporting their development of new abilities. 

His practices, which are often considered radical, combine talk therapy, with experiential processes involving the soma (the body), energy transmission and sexual explorations.

Interactions can range from gentler ones including soft touch, cuddling and conscious stillness to more radical ones such as dark-room therapy, and re-enacting kinky, taboo and shameful sexual scenarios in healing and conscious ways.

Today, he shares his work through 1-1 sessions, online and in-person, residential and non-residential courses and workshops, and online live and pre-recorded courses. 

After spending over a decade training in somatic movement therapy, energy work and sacred sexuality, his own practice emerged as a result of his years spent observing behavioural responses in 1-1 and group therapy sessions worldwide.

As well as being a trained somatic movement therapist, he has also been initiated into shamanism in 2015 and in the Mystery School as a student in 2013 and a guide in 2018.
He is also senior faculty at the Shakti Shiva Academy since 2021. 

While his process and practice are open to people of all levels of experience, he tends to work mostly with advanced practitioners, people who are keen to become facilitators, and facilitators wishing to develop new skills. 

Shelby Clark - Collaborating facilitator

Following a life-changing psilocybin ceremony at the tail end of yoga teacher training, Shelby has focused his life on providing consciousness-expanding experiences to people that could benefit from them. As they have helped him heal the many traumas of growing up gay, he has been particularly passionate about the healing that could be brought to this population through the intersection of sacred medicines, embodiment modalities, and modern psychology. he still considers himself a student on his own path, and is happy to walk this path in community with others.
He is a meditation guide and yoga facilitator. He has been studying meditation with Lorin Roche, author of the Radiance Sutras, since 2017. This philosophy of mediation views ordinary moments (such as the breath, sensations and emotions) as opportunities to connect with the most intimate experiences of life. This tantalizing, delicious perspective of life has helped him find gratitude, beauty, and joy all around him, and is a perspective he is thrilled to share.
He has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 15 years, but has recently relocated to Costa Rica to co-found the Holos Diamante retreat center and community, and continuing on in the Diamante Valley to found the Jungle Gayborhood.

"Which retreat is best for me?"
There are 3 sacred sexuality retreats at the Jungle Gayborhood this season.
To help you choose which might be the best for you, here is our
Sacred Sexuality retreats comparison chat
Theme / Retreat
Medicine of Eros
Jan 2024
Conscious Kink
Feb 2024
Sex Shaman, Sacred prostitute
Mar 2024
General theme
Therapeutic, empowering and sexual
Playful, exploratory, and kinky
Deep, educational, life-enhancing.
Level of intensity
(commitment required)
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Most therapeutic
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Most playful
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How sexual will it get?
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Requires previous experience
✔ (basic experience, ie: some meditation or movement practice)
✗ (no experience required)
✔ ✔ (previous experience in somatic therapy, shamanism, tantra, massage, or similar)

To book your space on the retreat, please click the link below. You'll be asked to pay a 50% deposit and fill out a form.

If you have any questions you can also email

We look forward to sharing this journey with you!
Marc, Shelby, and the rest of the Jungle Gayborhood team!