Answers to common questions and other useful details
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How to Subscribe, Sign Up and/or purchase a Membership plan:
SUBSCRIBE: You can join our email list to receive automatic updates from DPS by using the "Subscribe" button located in the footer of our website, or one of the "pop-up" opportunities throughout our website. Subscribing to our website using these methods will not create a member account.
SIGN UP: You can create a free member account by using the "Log In/Sign Up" button in the menu of our website, or this direct link. You will automatically be added to our email list as a subscriber. You are welcome to participate in society services and activities that are open to the public, however you will not be able to attend members-only events nor be eligible for members-only pricing, able to access the Members Forum, or participate in vendors' discounts offered to supporting members. To upgrade your free member account select a membership plan and log in to your account to complete your purchase.
You can view all member benefits and plans on our Join Us page. We offer affordable monthly and annual plans, as well as a LifeTime option for a one time fee - pay once and be done! A membership plan is required to participate in any members-only events like our Warriors Way™ and Music, Medicine & Mindfulness workshops, or our Pay-What-You-Can gatherings. By purchasing a membership plan you'll have access to all society activities and be eligible for members-only pricing, discount coupons, preferred scheduling, and more.
You can purchase a membership plan from our Choose Your Plan page. You'll be prompted to Log In or create a free member account to complete your purchase. There's no commitment, choose to participate in activities when it suits you. You can cancel your plan at any time, however no refunds are issued for membership plans.
Participation, Booking and Cancellation policies
As we go forward in these times we're scheduling private sessions for individuals, couples, small groups of 5 or less, and member-only events limited to 8 participants. All sacred medicine exploration and integration activities are conducted on site at our seaside Covid-compliant location, Doranja House, in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth Parish.
Pre-screening Requirement. To help ensure a safe and maximally beneficial experience for all, we employ a health screening process prior to confirming your participation in any entheogen-related services and activities. You'll be asked to complete a confidential physical / mental health questionnaire followed by a phone conversation where we review your details, answer questions, and learn about your purpose. Please see: Sacred Medicine Participation.
Request Participation. To request participation you'll begin by initiating the pre-screening requirement for your private sessions or event of choice. Simply submit a date request for private exploration sessions or RSVP to your DPS event of choice. When initiating participation to any entheogen-related activities, your email acknowledgment will include a link to our confidential participation questionnaire.
- Click to download the pdf file.
- Open your downloaded pdf file and type your answers online.
- Save your completed questionnaire file to your device.
- Use the "UPLOAD Here" link in the footer of your email acknowledgement to send it to us via our Contact Page..
- You can also attach it an email to us if you prefer.
Once we've received your completed questionnaire we'll review it and reach out to schedule your personal phone session.
The first step to booking a private session or attending a DPS workshop or event is to initiate our free participation pre-screening process. You will not be charged, completing your pre-screening requirement is free for all DPS services, workshops and events. Once you've completed our pre-screening process your participation confirmation will include an email with a link to pay online. You'll have the option to pay in full or just the applicable required deposit. Payment in full is required no later than 6 weeks prior to your arrival date in order to guarantee your participation.
In the event you need to postpone or cancel your participation in a scheduled private session, DPS workshop or event, no problem - we can apply your payments to another date, DPS workshop or event of your choosing for up to one year. After one year we can only credit 50% of your payments towards a later date, DPS workshop, or event for up to years.
If you cancel a booking more than 6 weeks prior to the scheduled start date of the event or session(s) you're canceling, your booking is eligible for a full refund of all funds paid to date except for the required non-refundable deposit. If you cancel less than 6 weeks prior to the scheduled start date of the event or session(s) you're canceling, your booking is eligible for a 50% refund of all funds paid to date minus the applicable non-refundable deposit for that event or session.
Covid-19 Protocol 'Stay In Resilient Corridor' (source: https://www.visitjamaica.com/)
Jamaica has carefully developed an extensive suite of measures to ensure the highest levels of health safety for visitors, tourism workers and local communities. Led by the formation of tourism "Resilient Corridors" that are governed by a strictly enforced set of protocols and standards for the tourism sector, along with other risk management initiatives, visitors can relax and enjoy the many treats that the island has to offer. The 'Resilient Corridors' include the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio (North Coast Corridor) and from Milk River to Negril (South Coast Corridor). Only businesses within these corridors that have been trained and assessed for adherence to COVID-19 protocols are allowed to receive visitors. Regular site visits to monitor compliance are common and failure to comply can result in shut down of operations.
Doranja House is on the Jamaican Covid-19 Protocol Compliant Listings of 'VILLA' accommodations available in the 'Resilient Corridors'. We take great care to comply with all the Covid-19 safety measures - please help us by respecting social distancing rules, wearing your mask, and washing your hands often during your stay.
Covid-19 Protocol 'Quarantine Order'
At this time all persons arriving in Jamaica are subject to a quarantine order according to their assigned traveler category.
The risk-based testing and quarantine protocols differ among the following four categories of incoming passengers:
Residents - Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica by virtue of work permit, marriage, being a dependent of a national, etc.
Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes staying within the “resilient corridor”
Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes
Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”
Members and guests flying to join us are considered: Category 2. Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes staying within the Resilient Corridors.
Covid-19 Protocol 'Travel Authorization'
New protocols for air travel to Jamaica have been implemented. All travelers ages 12 and up regardless of nationality, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test performed by an accredited lab for which the sample was collected within 3 days of the travel date, along with an approved Travel Authorization form prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica.
You will be required to present a printed or electronic copy of both at the airport for check-in. For more information or to obtain a Travel Authorization visit: https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/
You can also obtain your Travel Authorization from the Jamaican government site: https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/ Click the yellow 'Immigration' button and begin by answering their Yes or No question. You'll typically get an answer and an email within 10 minutes.
Your approved Travel Authorization will include a "Stay In Resilient Corridor" quarantine order, restricting your movements to the resilient corridor and only Covid-compliant facilities and attractions.
Covid-19 re-testing before returning to your home country (if required)
For visitors departing the island, many countries and airlines require the presentation of a recent negative Covid-19 test result to board a flight. If you are joining us from a country that requires Covid testing prior to re-entry, we'll arrange it for the day before your departure and provide transportation to the local clinic. The Antigen test costs $50-$60 USD and results are ready in 30 minutes.
What are the potential benefits of sacred medicine/psychedelic experiences?
Sacred medicines are useful tools that combined with qualified professional guidance before during and after the experience have shown tremendous results in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Understanding the process of personal growth, the insights gained, and having a framework of reference (i.e. spiritual practice, life philosophy or religious beliefs, etc.) to integrate it into your practical life are key components to maximizing the therapeutic benefits of these magnificent tools. Purposeful sacred medicine use is a very personal journey, often described as being among the most significant spiritual experiences one can have. A sacred medicine exploration experience can be a profoundly healing one, particularly for people who have experienced mental ill health, psychological trauma, or facing end-of-life challenges. It can also be a way to unlock creativity or stifled potential. Modern research is proving the usefulness of these psychedelic experiences in facilitating deep personal transformation, remediation of mental health issues, and a profound sense of well-being.
Are sacred medicines safe?
Sacred medicines and substances with psycho-active properties have been used across the globe for physical and spiritual healing for millennia. They are generally considered safe both psychologically and physiologically however, there are some important considerations to take into account. These medicines with psycho-active properties affect everyone differently based on the set and setting as well as a person’s own biology/physiology. For your safety we employ a screening process requiring every participant to answer some mental/physical health related questions as part of the booking process. We review your answers and discuss your details further during your welcome call. This helps ensure that your situation is a good fit for sacred medicine exploration and that there are no potential conflicts with any prescribed medications you may be taking or your health history.
Psilocybin, the psycho-active substance in sacred mushrooms is non-addictive, non-toxic, and when taken responsibly in a safe, comfortable and supported setting, have little to no risk. Scientific research has shown that the benefits from consuming psilocybin are quite remarkable. For over 15 years the Johns Hopkins Psychedelic Research Unit has been the preeminent and most productive research team in the United States. They have shown breathtaking scientific productivity, having published more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on psychedelics, including 15 published laboratory studies. To learn more about psychedelics please visit our Resources Blog.
Are there any preparation or integration guidelines?
The first step in preparation is our free physical / mental health pre-screening process. Our in-depth questionnaire is designed to facilitate a self-assessment where you take a personal inventory of yourself, your relationships, your aspirations versus accomplishments in life, and what you would like to overcome or change about it. During your pre-screening phone call we'll address any concerns you might have and evaluate the best approach for your situation. After your pre-screening phone call you'll feel comfortable going forward with a purpose. If your particular situation is not suitable for sacred medicine exploration in our set and setting it will be revealed through this process and we may be able to recommend alternatives.
To get the most out of a psilocybin exploration session, preparing yourself physically and mentally is important. If your intake phone call revealed areas that are particularly challenging or of concern to you, here's where you'll begin to apply the suggestions given as a practice. Modifying your diet for the preceding week to refrain from drinking alcohol, eating a lot of meat, and even sexual activity are some of the ways you can prepare physically. Journaling or other creative outlets, meditating and other mindfulness exercises are some of the ways you can prepare mentally.
The day of your experience your facilitator/medicine person will review useful mindfulness exercises as preparation prior to your experience and serve your needs and general well-being during your guided self-exploration journey.
Fasting for 6-8 hours is required prior to ingesting psilocybin mushrooms. On medicine days we typically serve a hearty brunch, begin exploration around sunset, and serve a post-medicine soup and/or light fare around midnight before you return to your room for the night.
All psilocybin exploration sessions include integration discussions the following morning to review your experience, discuss any details you would like to address, and help you map out a path with personalized "exercises" designed to help you facilitate new habits and the change you want to implement.
After your experience with us we can provide ongoing follow-up integration counseling services as needed for an additional fee. Whether you prefer to continue with the same integration person that helped you with your experience, or you would like to work with another qualified professional collaborating with our organization is up to you. Schedule and pay as you go for your private follow-up counseling - in-person if you're local, or if not via WhatsApp or Zoom phone/video conferencing.
I have some questions, how can I best reach you in Jamaica?
We are always available to answer your questions. To initiate communication please use the Contact Form on our website: https://diasporapsychedelicsociety.com/contact. Once we have connected with you we typically communicate personally via WhatsApp. If you have already connected with us via WhatsApp feel free to send a direct message. If you don't already use WhatsApp we recommend downloading it to your phone before travelling internationally - it's an excellent way to communicate across borders for free using local WiFi. Our US voicemail at (302) 827-7872 can record your message, however please allow 24-48 hours for a response to voicemail.
Where and when do the sacred medicine explorations take place?
Our guided sacred medicine explorations can take place in different settings onsite at Doranja House, your accommodations. Choose a setting outside in nature or indoors with the privacy and comfort of your room - with or without eye coverings. Your facilitator / medicine person attends your needs during your psilocybin journey to ensure a safe experience. We provide vinyl covered foam cushions for your comfort in outdoor settings as well as plenty of water. Most of our psilocybin sessions are scheduled as evening explorations commencing around sunset and finishing around midnight.
What dosage of sacred medicine will I be receiving?
During your personal health screening intake call we'll consider your prior experience, preference if any, recent prescription medications, physical/mental health concerns and related history in order to determine what the best approach is for your situation. As a reference, a dose of 3.5 grams has been assessed as an average dose for typical patients in clinical settings.
Do you offer private group events?
Yes. We currently offer private exploration sessions to individuals, couples, and small groups of 5 or less. Private exploration is open to all, however only members are eligible for members pricing. We also collaborate with qualified sacred medicine professionals to host their clients and private events using our infrastructure and logistics in Jamaica. If you're interested in a small private group event please request your dates for private exploration sessions or contact us.
How do I get to the event/accommodations?
We provide roundtrip airport transportation from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay for private exploration sessions, DPS workshops and member-only events except for our Pay-What-You-Can gatherings. If you prefer to fly in to Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston instead, we can arrange roundtrip airport transportation for an additional fee. If you're already on the island and don't require transportation, we'll give you the details you need to find us.
Will my personal information be confidential?
Why do you ask for an emergency contact?
This is standard procedure for participation. As with most tours, excursions, adventure activities, or sporting events, participants are required to sign a waiver of liability and provide some personal information including an emergency contact. Please choose a person close to you who is open-minded about psychedelics and who knows that you are attending this event.
Will I need to sign a liability waiver?
Yes. This is standard procedure for participation. As with most tours, excursions, adventure activities, or sporting events, participants are required to sign a waiver of liability.