Jamaica·July 10 - 17 2023
Learn about the origins of Islam in Jamaica (which go back to the voyages of ‘discovery’!) with renowned lecturer Mustafa Briggs.BOOK NOW
In collaboration with Sacred Footsteps, we are so blessed to share details about our forthcoming tour to Jamaica! The history of Islam in the Caribbean remains a mystery to many, but on this retreat, you will discover that there are a number of small, burgeoning communities all around the island. You will learn about the origins of Islam in Jamaica (which go back to the voyages of ‘discovery’!) with renowned lecturer Mustafa Briggs. We’ll visit Jamaica’s very first mosque, pray in peace, remember Allah, and enjoy an exquisite five-course farm-to-table meal at Stush in the Bush organic farm. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in Jamaica’s unspoiled nature and swim in breathtaking waterfalls, beaches, and lagoons. We’ll hike up the famous Blue Mountains, where we’ll visit one of the island’s oldest Rasta communities and dissolve all ignorant misconceptions about the island and its proud people. This won’t be about all-day tanning, beachside braids, and gift shop Rasta hats (not that there’s anything wrong with that); we just want to rejuvenate you in a different way. After all, we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us, right? We want to share the glory, struggles, and beauty of this island- a BEAST of an island, as you will find out!
We’ll visit Jamaica’s very first mosque, pray in peace, remember Allah, and enjoy an exquisite five-course farm-to-table meal at Stush in the Bush organic farm.
We’ll hike up the famous Blue Mountains, where we’ll visit one of the island’s oldest Rasta communities and dissolve all ignorant misconceptions about the island and its proud people.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take in Jamaica’s unspoiled nature and swim in breathtaking waterfalls, beaches and lagoons.
As you land in Kingston airport, our team will be waiting to warmly welcome you and the rest of your group. We'll gather by 2 pm in the afternoon, then start making our way to Portland. The bus ride is a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the rest of your new soon-to-be friends. Upon arrival at our villa, you can relax, unwind, mingle and enjoy refreshments. We will end our first night with a welcome dinner and a fun ice-breaking session with everyone.
Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio visit and a permaculture cafe in the hills.
Waterfalls, lunch at the beach and a secret place in the hills.
Frenchman’s Cove beach day and surprise evening.
We'll take a 3h30min drive to St Ann's. Along the way, we'll stop at Stush in the Bush organic farm, which is a magical fusion of Rastafari and chic. It is the blending of ‘Ital’ farming and exotic vegetables. It is the love of mother nature and the love of fine dining meshed together. It is rustic and it is gourmet.
We will then visit a farm, following which we'll make our way to the iconic city of Kingston, where we'll be spending our last 2 nights.
We'll hike up the Blue Mountains to visit a Rasta community on the Holy Sabbath. We'll enjoy a late lunch/dinner at Eits Cafe, which offers a very special farm-to-table organic gastronomic experience.
We'll start our day by first visiting Kingston’s mosque (Central Masjid) and meet its Imam and the community. After prayers and a spiritual sermon, you'll have some free time to explore on this last day. You can also take some time to rest as your get ready for soon-to-come, bittersweet farewells.
Take a few moments to reflect with everyone around you about the experience you had over the week. Or take a moment to self-reflect on your own in a scenic corner as you prepare to say goodbye to beautiful Jamaica.
Breakfasts & lunches
Daily classes with Mustafa Briggs
All attractions mentioned in itinerary (except Stush in the Bush)
Tour curators & local guides
A unique itinerary
Visa fees (if applicable)
Dinners & Stush
This trip will appeal to culture and nature lovers. Our retreats are very unique and we provide an authentic experience and bring guests to parts of Jamaica that operate by their own rhythm and do not cater to tourists. We strongly believe in giving back locally and that is why we choose to lodge in locally owned guest houses and/or villas. We ask that our guests be open to various experiences, traveling with heart open and spirit ready! This is a path to enriching yourself while giving back to local communities.
Yes, of course. We welcome everyone to travel with us: couples, singles and families (depending on the age of the children).
Our retreats are open to all, anyone from any part of the world, so you can expect to make plenty of new friends. From the first day you all meet at the airport as we pick you up, the journey of travel and building news friendships begins. We keep our groups small and intimate, with not more than 20-25 people.
We stay in Jamaican-owned villas and guest houses. Our accommodations are clean and comfortable. The emphasis is not on luxury, but on a practical room for a good night’s rest and grounds that are inspiring.
We room 2 or 3 guests per room with an en suite bathroom in each room. Men will room with men and women with women. Unless, of course, you’re travelling with your spouse or partner.
All EU citizens, American, Canadian and UK citizens do not require a visa upon entry. All other world citizens must apply for a visa in advance. Please contact us for advice.