Cross Cultural Visionary Plant Retreat In Jamaica
Come to the Rastafari Indigenous Village in Montego Bay, Jamaica for a 5 day psychedelic retreat in a community that lives by the lessons that cannabis and visionary plants teach us; a community that has incorporated those lessons into the rhythm and flow of daily life. Wake up to the sound of songbirds and the whisper of the Montego Valley river. Come drum and chant Nyabinghi in the Tabernacle. Walk down a flower lined path to the garden and harvest some callaloo or cacao, and bring it up to our Ital kitchen (that cooks the best plant-based food on the island). Pound your own cacao for chocolate tea; press your own cane juice; help make recipes that originated in Africa. Learn how to make drums and soaps by hand, from artisans preserving traditional Rastafari techniques. Wade across the river; swim in the cool deep spots; drink coconut water morning, noon and night. Sit in ceremony with the first Rastafari community to incorporate ayahuasca and psilocybin into their own spiritual practice. Experience true One Love culture. Be a part of the Healing of the Nations.
Our carefully and lovingly created retreats step beyond the therapeutic envelope to offer a broader spectrum of psychedelic experience. While safe space and loving support is provided for personal discovery and trauma recovery; we also incorporate interpersonal connection, cultural exchange, environmental consciousness, historical awareness, spiritual exploration, and principles of social justice and activism into our approach. We offer a variety of plant-based visionary medicines to enhance and deepen the Plant Tribe experience, all of which are legal under the laws of Jamaica.
In 2016, RIV became the first and so-far only traditional Rastafari community to incorporate plant medicines other than cannabis into their spiritual practice; and our ceremonies reflect the meanings of these medicines to our Indigenous community. We celebrate and revere; we seek communion with those who share our psychedelic path; we bring in rhythm and music and chanting; we share our reasoning of how visionary plants fit into the Rastafari system of belief and way of life; and how the lessons the sacred plants teach all of us can be used to change the world.
Gaining an appreciation of Rastafari belief and culture is an integral part of the experience, but at no point will guests feel any pressure to adopt the Rastafari belief system, or any other specific belief system. We believe that Rastafari culture is one of the most vital and creative expressions of plant-based spirituality, but we honor and celebrate all plant-based belief systems.
Members of the community are always engaged in work; craft, farming, music, education. Visitors are invited in as a part of their mission to educate, raise awareness about their culture and the revolutionary path they are taking to sustain their culture and humanity.
Our accommodations are simple, clean, and comfortable; furnished and decorated with traditional Rastafari art and crafts; each equipped with a private bathroom. On arrival, guests are expertly guided through the jungle path lined with fruit trees and exotic tropical foliage into the village space. Conversations open; food and ganja are shared; coconut water flows in abundance. Strangers become Friends, Friends become Family, and Family becomes Tribe.
About Your Host:
- Graduates of the School of Hard Knocks
Firstman, co-founder of Rastafari Indigenous Village; and Steve DeAngelo, lifelong cannabis advocate have joined forces to organizeThe Plant Tribe; a non-profit, multiracial association dedicated to presenting psychedelics within a container of healing, spirituality, social justice, and cultural integration.
Firstman is the co-founder and leader of Rastafari Indigenous Village, founded in 2007 to provide an authentic experience of Rastafari Culture and Belief System to visitors. Since then, Firstman and the RIV team of seasoned facilitators have conducted dozens of psychedelic ceremonies for other members of the Rastafarian community, individuals, groups of visitors, and publicly traded therapeutic companies. Firstman and the RIV team are well recognized favorites in the psychedelic retreat space: Nobody who has experienced one of their ceremonies will ever forget the experience.
Steve DeAngelo has been a psychedelic practitioner since he was a young teenager in the early 1970's. Steve has studied with plant based spiritual teachers in Columbia, Jamaica, Mexico, United States, and Morocco. He has specialized in building plant centric communities including the Youth International Party, the Rainbow Family, the Washington DC Nuthouse, and Harborside Health Center. From 2002 to 2018 Steve played a lead role in the legalization of cannabis and the creation of the legal cannabis industry in California. Today, he is bringing the lessons he learned there to the psychedelic revolution.
Host's Views on Cannabis
The cultivation, preparation, and consumption of medicinal and visionary plant medicines is a central focus of life at Rastafari Indigenous Village. Every day is celebrated with the ritual consumption of a wide variety of the best cannabis varieties and formats found in Jamaica.
Your Host Recommends
- 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Duration of activity 0 Day
This event has a maximum number of participants.
Guests must be 18 or accompanied by parents. Children are welcome at regular rates. Child care is available at extra cost; except during ceremonies, when it is included in the cost of the retreat..
Outside of 14 days from the event date, Guests receive a 50% refund. After this time, the full cost of the booking applies.
Don’t forget to bring your government issued, photo identification.
Your Host will provide:
Transport to and from Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica Abundant, high quality cannabis on request 2 guided visionary plant ceremonies Nyabinghi drumming & chanting circles Yoga and meditation River Swimming Traditional Drum making classes Ital cooking classes Herbal farm: Indigenous healing classes Patois & Rastafari language classes Reasoning sessions about Rastafari history, heritage, and present day livity (life-doings) Shuttle service to and from the beach
We provide fresh and delicious plant-based Ital (Rastafari vegetarian) cuisine; three meals a day, plus snacks, fruits in season, and natural juice beverages. Most of our food is grown on-site in our organic garden; and guests are welcomed to work in the garden and kitchen, where they will learn regenerative farming and vegan cooking techniques— and how to find joy in loving labor.
What you need to bring:
Insect repellent and sunblock if you use it; light clothing for hot days (tank tops, halter tops, light tee shirts, shorts, sundresses, bathing suits, sun hats); slightly heavier (but still light) clothing for cooler nights (long pants, long skirts, leggings, long sleeved shirts, vests, very light sweatpants and hoodies. Bring cash (currency exchange is inconvenient in Jamaica), a journal and pens, medications and supplements, water shoes, musical instruments, ceremonial clothing and ornaments.
Things to keep in mind
One Tribe retreats are all-inclusive five day events that offer visionary plant ceremonies in settings of deep cultural and spiritual significance. Our flagship retreat center in Montego Bay, Jamaica is nestled within an actual, functioning Rastafari community— the Rastafari Indigenous Village. Consistent with the Rastafari belief system, no meat or alcohol is served at the village. Our retreats are not for everyone, and are intended primarily for people who have previous psychedelic experiences. In order to ensure the safest and most rewarding Plant Tribe experience, we request our guests to fill out a pre-experience questionnaire at the time of booking. This information will be 100% confidential, will never be sold or shared outside the Plant Tribe organization , and will be destroyed or returned to guests at their request.