Upcoming Events, Retreats, courses, service projects & alcohol-free Trips

Get outside your comfort zone and join us in person for a Recovery Elevator event or retreat. Learn firsthand how incredible an alcohol-free life can be.
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RESTORE is our intensive sobriety course geared towards the newcomer. This is much more than a 30-day alcohol-free challenge – It represents you having the courage and openness to listen to the body and make a major change in your life. In this 14 session course, we’ll cover different recovery paths, is A.A. right for you, how to build community, techniques for calming the mind, spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, and the best part is you won’t be alone. You’ll join fellow course attendees on Zoom and classes are both lecture and small group discussions. Homework and resources are emailed after each class. Classes start Monday, January 1st at 8:00 PM EST and course days are Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.

Recovery Elevator sobriety ukulele course

Starting January 27th join us for 6 consecutive Saturdays.  It’s important that we create a life that no longer requires alcohol and learning this compact tropical instrument is a fun way to do that! This course is for the beginner ukulele student and prior experience isn’t necessary. You’ll learn the basics of the ukulele: how to hold the instrument, how to tune it, major/minor chords, basic strumming patterns, a simple scale, a couple catchy tunes and more. In addition we’ll also be covering key recovery topics and ways the ukulele can help you quit drinking.

Recovery Elevator Sobriety Retreat

This trip is the ultimate combination of alcohol-free travel and retreat. It’s the perfect combination of movement and relaxation in one of five blue zones on the planet: Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Our home base is in the small sleepy beach town of Venado, Costa Rica and we’ll take day trips to nearby beaches, rivers, parks, nature reserves, and more.  You will fly into Liberia International Airport on Saturday, March 2nd, then travel 1.5 hours south to our home base at Venado Ranch for the week. There will be recovery workshops such as breathwork, guided meditations, nature walks, sound healing, a river cleanup service project, yoga, surf lesson…and more! We have space for 20 AF travelers and we require 15 days from your last drink to attend this retreat.  Registration will open Friday, November 10.

Recovery Elevator Sober Course

(DTB) is a six-week course for Café RE members only. Times are Monday nights at 8:00 PM EST for 65 minutes, followed by an informal “parking lot” discussion for Q&A. This course is all about connection. Meet together as a group once per week, and connect with others via the weekly coursework assigned after each session. DTB is our intro course to an alcohol-free life. If you’re exploring a life without alcohol, this course is a must. We’ll cover accountability, routine, dealing with cravings, mindfulness, spirituality, the science of an addiction, owning your “story,” and more. This course is included with Café RE membership.

Recovery Elevator Sober alcohol-free retreat Bozeman Montana
This is our flagship annual retreat held in the pristine forests of Big Sky Country, 10 miles south of Bozeman, Montana. During this 5-day event, you’ll discover how to expand the boundaries of your comfort zone. Meditations for the workshops will be performed LIVE as we collectively learn to raise energies without external influences. There will be a lakeside BBQ, hiking, relaxing, and connecting with others who wish to lead an alcohol-free life. This event is expected to fill up well in advance so don’t wait to claim your spot. Registration will open Monday, April 1, 2024.
Sober Travel
Since 0% of our time is spent nursing a hangover, get ready to see a LOT of what Vietnam has to offer. This Southeast Asia trip is 12 days/11 nights and will be an absolute blast. We begin our adventure exploring the capital city Hanoi, then off to the countryside to visit the rice fields and bamboo forests of Mai Hich where we are staying with local families. In Mai Hich, participate in our service project and plant trees/flowers along the roadside in the village. We then head to the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Ninh Binh, and the Cuc Phuong National Park. Then explore Halong in traditional wooden boats. Registration opens July 1st, 2024.
Recovery Elevator in Costa Rica 20254 sober travel
In April 2025, join us in Costa Rica for our 4th alcohol-free trip to this Blue Zone. This adventure of a lifetime, is the ultimate combination of sober travel, retreat, and inner peace. Our home base is in the small sleepy beach town of Venado, Costa Rica (55 minutes south of Tamarindo) and we’ll take day trips to nearby beaches, rivers, parks, nature reserves, and more. On this trip, enjoy silence with plenty of group meditation time built into the itinerary. Book flights in and out of into Liberia International Airport. There will be recovery workshops such as breath-work, guided meditations, nature walks, sound healing, a river cleanup service project, yoga, surf lesson…and more! Check out the 2024 trip for more information.

Recovery Elevator in Costa Rica 🤙 April 2023

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Alcohol-Free Travel

See The World In Ways You’ve Never Imagined

 Traveling the world with other like-minded individuals is an absolute blast. There is an alcohol free travel movement happening now and we want you to be part of it! Gone are the days where partying is the focal point of a travel itinerary. With Recovery Elevator, you get to check out the top destinations across the globe, build life long relationships and participate in cutting edge recovery workshops along the way. In each sober travel itinerary, we find ways to get off the beaten path, connect with locals and work with local organizations!


Hear what people have to say about these life changing events!

“Going to Costa Rica with Recovery Elevator was a dream. Everything about the trip was amazing, but traveling and connecting with a group of people whom I knew would only support my sobriety was irreplaceable. I can’t wait for future sober travel with Recovery Elevator! “

Elizabeth, 27 - Berwyn, PA

“Costa Rica was the adventure I needed! I made loads of connections and new sober friends. Between our excursions, workshops, and games we made lasting bonds while traveling Costa Rica. I would do it again in a heartbeat! “

Nick, 34 - Grand Rapids, MI

“I have to say that traveling to a foreign country during the omicron surge brought up some anxiety. I had to talk myself into getting on the plane to San Jose. However once I got there I knew I was safe. I quickly realized Recovery Elevator had it under control. The tour company they hired, G Adventures, planned out the top three sites to see from waterfalls in La Fortuna to zip lining in Monte Verde and topped it off in Manuel Antonio where we spotted some amazing wildlife. Recovery Elevator picked a beautiful country that was inspiring to continue my recovery journey and continue to heal alongside of others desiring the same thing… Sober connection and adventure. The recovery workshops that were included were amazing including my first experience with breath-work. Not only did I feel safe among this group but I felt proud strong and inspired. I’m glad I silenced Bruno and went on this trip – I’m stronger for it and made some amazing memories and sober friends.”

Ashley, 43 - Dallas, TX

“Costa Rica was my first experience going on a sober vacation. It was extremely important in my early sobriety to prove to myself that I could indeed have fun without drinking. The RE group that I went with was incredible. It was so refreshing to be with a group of people (people I had never met before) and feel so comfortable and at home. Expanding my social network is key in moving away from the self-isolation behavior that kept me drinking for years. I look forward to my next RE get-together.”

Don, 42 - Clarkston, MI

“Costa Rica for me was an extraordinary sober adventure. The days were full of nonstop challenges and many fun things to do which definitely took  me out of my comfort zone.  Many new connections were made and memories that I will never forget.”

Kevin, 52 - Long Island, NY

“In October 2018 I had the good fortune of being able to travel to Peru with Paul and the RE community. Not only did I gain some new lifetime friends, but we were able to perform service work and quickly developed heartfelt connections within a local Peruvian community. I’ve been forever changed by the experiences on that trip, and I’m looking forward to future adventures with this group!

Karen - Denver, CO

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