Have you ever wanted to get out of your element, visit a new culture, lay on a hammock by the ocean or sing your heart out on the beach at sunset?


We have an incredible opportunity for you to recharge your batteries, connect to your soul, enjoy the warm water of the south pacific and SING with Face Vocal Band’s, Cody Qualls, in Samara, COSTA RICA!

YES! You will sing in lush rain forest trees and on the beach with the background of ocean waves as Cody leads you and group of acapella singers through a fun and inspiring musical experience.

This is a dive into local culture as Cody partners with Tico Mae Retreats. James Flores, owner of Tico Mae Retreats, is born and raised in the quaint town of Samara, Costa Rica. He is a head surf coach and teaches surfing to all ages. He loves to bring people into experiencing Samara from a local perspective. Once you know James, you are family!

Samara is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, which is one of the 5 Blue Zones in the world.  People live to be 90 and over a 100 years old in the Blue Zones due to fresh water, nutrient dense soil, pure food and way of life. These “zones” are: Ikaria (Greece), Okinawa (Japan), Ogliastra (Sardinia), Loma Linda (California) and Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica). People in these Zones live the longest and happiest lives!

Playa Samara is a beautiful bay perfect for beginner surfing, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding and even fishing, if that floats your boat. The town of Samara maintains its local flair with Tico style cuisine and a mix of European restaurants. Unlike the more popular towns of Nosara and Tamarindo, Samara’s main tourism comes from Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Switzerland, so it is usual to hear a variety of languages spoken in Samara!

Each day you will have a group singing class with Cody and an opportunity to surf, boogie board or enjoy a smoothie, lay in a hammock and relax at the ocean front property of Tico Mae Surf Shop.  

As an ultimate cultural experience, we will perform at the town hall for locals at the end of the week!  

We are thrilled to bring this transformational opportunity to you, where you will:

  • Combine music, singing, relaxation, inspiration, surfing and other activities
  • Have a cultural immersion into life in Costa Rica
  • Experience the Pura Vida (Pure Life) of Costa Rica’s healing energy
  • Decompress, let go and reconnect to yourself
  • Swim in WARM ocean water and cleanse your mind
  • Relax, sing and enjoy life in Costa Rica.

Included are:

  • Enjoy daily acapella singing classes with Cody
  • 3 meals per day
  • Sunset singing
  • Surf lessons
  • Free boogie board rentals
  • A boat toar to see marine life and snorkeling
  • Siesta under the palm trees and fruit smoothies at Tico Mae Surf Shop
  • A boat tour to see dolphins and other marine life!
  • A singing performance at the end of the week!

Join us for a final performance at the local Community Center where we will share our songs with the locals. This international performance opportunity is a signature moment of both the retreat and the overall mission of The Face Academy of Music, which to create community and connection through the common ground of music.  


Paddle board rentals, Horseback riding, Zip Line, Massage, Pedicures, Yoga

And if singing is not your thing, then come join the fun anyway, and be invigorated by harmonies while soaking up the sea, sun and Pura Vida of Costa Rica!

The daily schedule will include:

A morning singing class

A Surf lesson, ocean activity or beach play

Siesta time

A sunset singing class

A half-day boat tour to see marine life and snorkel by the reef!

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a foreign country from a local perspective and sing acapella music with Cody!

While the core activities of the retreat will be catered to our adult a cappella ensemble experience, all members of your tribe are welcome to accompany you to Costa Rica! Your family can partake in surf lessons, boogie boarding, or beach fun and relaxation at Tico Mae Surf Shop’s ocean front property. Plus, there will be a couple of optional sessions for families that include circle singing and songwriting vocal activities all leading up to a Family Jam! No experience is required for Family Jam. At Face Academy of Music, we have many years of experience in creating a nourishing musical environment for beginners of singing while challenging advanced vocalist at the same time. There is truly something for everyone!

Here is what a sample schedule would look like for the day (subject to change):

  • 8am – Breakfast
  • 9am – 12 noon – morning session
  • 12 noon – Lunch time
  • 1pm – 2pm Siesta, Ocean Activities, free time or enjoy an ala carte massage
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon Session
  • 5pm – Sunset Singing
  • 6pm  – Dinner time

Your Accommodations:

This retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Villas Playa Samara, a beachfront resort in one of the 5 Blue Zones of the world. Villas is locally owned and is the only beach front resort in Samara. The beach sand, coconut trees and ocean are only steps away from your deluxe single and or double room. Three meals per day are included in your stay and there are plenty of opportunities for snacks or light meals at one of their 3 restaurants if needed. Although, Villas does provide alcohol our retreat rehearsals and time together is alcohol free. Surfing and ocean activities are offered to you through Tico Mae Retreats which is a short walking distance on the beach from Villas Playa Samara. In between singing times, you also can enjoy a beach walk right from your room in the mornings or lounging on one of their beach front chairs under the shade of the coconut trees.

About Cody:

Cody Qualls an internationally recognized emcee, entertainer and vocalist from Louisville, CO. Alongside his solo endeavors, Cody currently composes and tours as a lead tenor with the world-renowned rock-a cappella ensemble, Face Vocal Band. Face recently appeared at Red Rocks amphitheater as the first vocal band in history to ever headline the historic venue. As philanthropists within their community, Face’s efforts raised nearly $100,000 for Colorado music education grants and programs in 2017. Qualls is also a media and fundraising advocate for the American Diabetes Association. As a diabetic himself, he is very passionate to help this cause.

As a singer, Qualls has shared the stage and been booked as direct support (with Face Vocal Band) for Barenaked Ladies, Bon Jovi, Jay Leno, Boy George and Culture Club, Robin Thicke, Rick Springfield (Jessie’s Girl), The Wailers, Cracker, 38 Special,The Manhattan Transfer, Clint Eastwood and many, many more. A soloist, Qualls has released multiple pop and rock albums and has been seen on stage with Broadway stars such as Alex Gemignani (Les Miserables, Sweeny Todd), Nancy Anderson (Kiss Me Kate, A Class Act), and Lawrence Street (Urine Town, South Pacific). Additionally, he has contracted with Six Flags Theme Parks and entertains as an emcee for private ceremonies at the national level.

As the director of Whole Body Singing School of Artist Development, he has been teaching private voice for more than a fifteen years. More info: www.codyqualls.com and www.wholebodysinging.com.

About James Flores and Tico Mae Retreats:

James Flores is Senior Instructor and a Pro Surfer with more than 25 years of surfing experience. His step-by-step method combines body mechanics, kinesiology, a focus on muscle memory, and building core strength and balance to help beginners, intermediate, and advanced surfers alike.

James is a local from Samara. His welcoming energy and his love for the culture and town will allow you to feel like a local too. Be held in the cleansing waves of Mother Earth when you take to the water in James’ expert care. And don’t be surprised if his gentle and encouraging approach gets you standing on a wave in your first lesson!

Accommodations and Next Steps:

This retreat will sell out quickly so REGISTER BELOW.

You will have 2 options:


Includes 3 meals and a SINGLE occupancy bungalow at the Villas Playa Samara Beach Front Resort.

1 single occupancy room $2,250.

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Includes 3 meals and DOUBLE occupancy bungalows at the Villas Playa Samara Beach Front Resort

1 double occupancy room $1,950.

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Additional Options: Families of 3 or more, email us for family pricing!

If you cannot attend the Sun, Sea and Song Retreat for some reason please notify us before May 1, 2019. Due to the intimate size of this event, no refunds can be granted after May 1, 2019, for any reason. 20% of the retreat fee is retained if canceled by May 1, 2019.

**Please also note: Tico Mae Retreats and The Sun, Sea and Song Retreat celebrates cultural experiences and the love of music, health and pure life of Costa Rica.  The All Inclusive option is free of alcohol.  Due liability all professional services offered by the retreat including but not limited to water activities, singing workshops or professional classes are 100% alcohol free.

Airport to fly into:

Liberia (LIR) is a 2 hour drive to Samara. Dinner will be provided in Samara at 6pm on Saturday 7/27 along with an orientation of the week. If your flight comes in later and does not allow you to arrive in time for dinner, please let us know and we can hold a meal for you and make sure you can be greeted upon your arrival. Programming with Cody will begin on Sunday morning 7/28.


There will be an arranged shuttle service at a determined pick up time once we receive everyone’s flight arrival times on Saturday, July 23. The cost for the shuttle will be in the range of $20-60 per person deepening on how many people end up taking the shuttle. If you would prefer to not wait for a shuttle, the red taxies with the yellow triangles are reputable and can take you to Samara. The cost of a taxi ranges between $100 and $120 and the drive is 2 hours. We will provide the location for you upon registration.


I’m not a singer or experienced with singing, can I still Join? Absolutely! This is an opportunity for soul food. You can join the schedule or improvise and make it your own.

Do I have to stick to a strict regime?  Not at all. This is your retreat. We offer a daily schedule, but you can amend your schedule and join back up with us in your next activity.

We’re so excited to see you in Costa Rica!

Have any questions about the Sun, Sea And Song Retreat?

Contact us and a lead instructor will set up a time to chat with you.