Rastafari Indigenous Village

Rastafari Indigenous Village

Rastafari Indigenous Village
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From the moment we meet you at Montego Bay Gardens, you'll know this is a special place. A space we have created to connect you to Rastafari, to make universal human connections, and to preserve and protect our Rasta culture of humanity. As we trud (journey) together across the River and through the bamboo glade, you become attuned to the energy of water, air, living things. Savor coconut water served in a calabash bowl when you arrive at Rasta Village. After learning about Rasta philosophy and liberty in the Big Hut, you're invited to meet and talk with community members in their different cottage enterprises and see their hand-make drums, soaps, jewelry and art. First Man nurtures the organic permaculture medicinal herb farm. Our time together ends, for today, with an interactive spiritual drumming session with community members. You depart enriched, renewed, and engaged with life.
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Marc_B999
Dinas Powys, UK35 contributions
Family
We visited in July 2022. This place and above all the people there are absolutely amazing. From the moment First Man picked us up from my father in law's house I felt comfortable and at home. These people have created an amazing space to protect, preserve, and promote their culture. We learnt about healing herbs and potions, Rastafari drumming, crafts, farming, ital food and the Rastafari philosophy. It wasn't cheap but I can honestly say it was money well spent.
I lost my phone in the car on the way back and only realised later. They'd found it and made another long trip back to return it to me without any hesitation. I will never forget about this place or these amazing people
Written 18 July 2022
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Edward Chen
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Friends
Our tour was a spiritual and eye-opening experience. We learned so much about the Rastafari culture. We learned about their life philosophy and Ital cuisine. The tour was very interactive and the hosts were very welcoming to us. We have so much love and respect for this community.
Written 20 May 2022
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Hadi
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Couples
Of course the village experience itself is awesome and so are all the friendly faces that you’ll see, the tasty Ital food you’ll get to eat (and even cook yourself), and all the amazing art and craftwork that you’ll have the opportunity to observe and learn about. But by far the best aspect of this experience is the insights into Rasta culture, beliefs, and history that you’ll receive from all the knowledgeable folks at the village. Everyone was an absolute delight to talk to and interact with and were ready to answer any questions you had about their way of life. The gardens, the soap factory, the kitchen, the village Center, the drum house, and the drum service that you’ll get to hear really make this village feel alive and lived in. Finally, I have to give a special shout-out to First Man, who helped us with transport, booking, pricing and even offered us discounts on our rides to and from the village. More importantly, he gave my girlfriend and I one of the most engaging, introspective, and eye opening car rides ever. We talked about all manners of spiritual and metaphysical topics and concepts that don’t often get discussed in everyday life. He is a deeply wise, warm, and intelligent man who excels at storytelling and breaking difficult concepts down into digestible bits. All in all, if Rastafarianism is about peace with the earth and all it’s inhabitants, then these folks embody that ethos. I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested and make sure to grab some friends and family to go along as the price is more manageable in larger groups. To all my friends at the village, I’ll be seeing you again very soon!
Written 2 January 2022
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Vinícius A
Sao Paulo, SP6 contributions
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The atmosphere is great, you can really feel a different energy vibrating on a special frequency. The people are the best part. They are so special. I felt appreciated and welcomed there.
Written 26 February 2021
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Gordon B
Cannock, United Kingdom73 contributions
Very interesting place to visit, youll see how they make a living and you get to hear about the rastafarian ways. Youll get to see how things are made and can purchase things like soaps, jewellery, bowls etc. Very good for families to visit.
Written 1 February 2020
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Woowoo2018
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This was a very informative tour about the Rastafarians but we were not told that we had to walk across a river and to take water shoes, then it was all uphill to the village where we were made very welcome. If you have trouble walking like I did and with a stick this is a much trickier tour. We had no help and my husband had to hang on to me cross ing the river and climbing up the steep steps to the village. Dont forget your water shoes though, flip flops are not good but water sandals are.
Written 1 February 2020
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kspencer00
Ottawa, Canada9 contributions
A must do for anyone staying in Montego Bay. We were at the RIU Montego Bay and the drive to this village was approx 25 min each way. Have a driver or taxi wait the 3/4 hours for you or arrange to have them come back to pick you up as there are no taxis waiting in this area to flag one down.
The tour touches on edible nature, the history of Rastafari, music, food, and crafts. Everyone was super knowledgeable and friendly. This visit was a highlight for my family (2 adults and our 4 year old). Our entry was $40US each, we booked and reserved in advance though email found on their website. The car hire was $100 US though Island Dream Tour.
Make sure to try the hot cocoa, the best I've ever had!
Have fun!
Written 31 January 2020
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tammyhowlett
Belleville, Canada63 contributions
This was a very cool and interesting place to visit. It was a great learning experience about the Rastafarian life style and history and culture of Jamaica. Really enjoyed this place. Very laid back and relaxed and peaceful. Everyone was very friendly. Was a great way to spend a couple of hours and not far from montego bay. Only thing i would is that we wished we had known ahead of time that we needed to walk across a river to get there. Would have brought either water shoes or an extra pair of shoes. Would highly recommend a visit to this place.
Written 30 January 2020
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DarkLo
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Family
Very nice place worth visiting and the products were very good.. Buying pure products helped immensely
Written 28 December 2019
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Mildred
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The place is absolutely beautiful. This was the best part of our trip. The villagers were so kind and insightful. You have to walk through the Montego River to get there. They offer you very light refreshments while there. I would definitely say pack a lunch or something.Their crafts are beautiful. It's a great experience to have.
Written 28 October 2019
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