Answers to common questions and other useful details
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How to Subscribe, Sign Up and/or purchase a Membership plan:
Subscribe: To stay connected and automatically receive periodical email updates and promotions from DPS you can subscribe to our email list by using our "Stay Connected" button located in the footer section of our website. Subscribing to our website in this manner does not create a member account nor require purchasing a membership plan.
Sign Up: You can sign up to become a site member with or without purchasing a membership plan. Signing up without purchasing a membership plan will create a free member account from which you can view the members area, events and booking services. You are welcome to participate in society services and activities, however you will not be able to access the Members Forum, nor be eligible for members-only pricing and participating vendors' discounts.
A membership plan is required to participate in any Members-Only events like our Warrior's Way™ or Pay-What-You-Can gatherings, and to be eligible for members-only pricing, discount coupons, and preferred scheduling. You can view member benefits and plans on our Join Us page. Select an affordable monthly or annual plan, or become a LifeTime member for a one time fee - Pay once and be done!
Once you Choose Your Plan you'll be asked to Log In to your member account (if you already have one) in order to complete your plan purchase. If not, click Sign Up to create your member account and follow the directions. There's no commitment, choose to participate in activities when and if it suits you. You can cancel your plan at any time, however no refunds are issued for membership plans.
To help ensure a safe and maximally beneficial experience for all, we employ a health screening process prior to scheduling 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.
Once you RSVP to an event or book a service involving sacred medicine exploration or any type of entheogen-related activities, your email acknowledgment will include a link to download your confidential participation questionnaire. Click to download your questionnaire, open your downloaded file and type your answers online. Then save your completed questionnaire file to your device and use the "UPLOAD Here" link in the footer of your email acknowledgement in order to send us your completed questionnaire via our Contact Page. You can also attach it an email to us. Once we've received your completed questionnaire we'll review it and reach out to schedule your personal phone session.
Most of our services and activities can be accessed by logging in to your DPS member account and navigating to My Events or My Bookings. To request participation in entheogen related activities simply initiate the free participation pre-screening process for the service, activity, or event of your choice. Once you've completed our health pre-screening process your participation confirmation email will include your invoice. Click the link on the invoice to pay online - you'll have the option to pay in full or only the required deposit to hold your space. The required deposit amount is non-refundable.
COVID: As we go forward in these times we're scheduling small group venues and private services beginning April 1st, 2021 at our seaside COVID-compliant location in Treasure Beach. Rest assured that we're monitoring developments locally and taking all necessary measures to comply with the required regulations. Please help us by respecting social distancing rules, wearing your mask, and washing your hands often throughout your stay - we'll provide the hand sanitizer.
In the event you need to cancel your reservation to a DPS event, service or activity, no problem - we can apply your payment(s) to another event, service, or activity of your choice or refund any payments you've made to date except for the applicable non-refundable deposit.
Note: Cancellations to events, retreats, or workshops offered in collaboration with other organizations or professionals may have their own unique cancellation policies - Please review your chosen event's webpage for booking details, or just ask us!
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 if necessary. 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?
Once you've registered for one of our society activities or services we'll send you a health screening questionnaire to complete and schedule a welcome call where we review your details, discuss prior sacred medicine experience if any, your personal circumstances, expectations, purpose for participating in exploration, and advise you of preparation suggestions for getting the maximum benefit from it.
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 entire self-exploration journey.
All psilocybin exploration sessions include an integration discussion the day after your experience with the same facilitator/medicine person who assisted you during your session. .
After your experience with us we offer ongoing follow-up integration counseling services as needed for an additional fee. Schedule and pay as you go for your private follow-up counseling - in-person if you're local, or via WhatsApp/Zoom phone or 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 we typically communicate personally via WhatsApp. If you don't have it already we recommend downloading the app to your phone before travelling internationally - it's an excellent way to communicate for free using local WiFi. Our US voicemail at (302) 827-7872 can also record your message, 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 close by your accommodations. Choose a setting in nature, in the private comfort of your room, or at our sanctuary - with or without eye coverings. Your facilitator / medicine person attends you during your entire 4-6 hour psilocybin journey to ensure a safe experience. We provide mattresses and pillows for your comfort as well as plenty of water and a light meal after your medicine exploration journey. 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?
In your health screening interview we'll discuss and determine your dosage after considering your prior experience, physical size, any physical/mental health concerns or related health history, any current prescription medications, and your preference of course.
Do you offer private group events?
Yes, we can organize a private group exploration session with your choice of available settings, activities, and accommodations. We also collaborate with qualified sacred medicine professionals to host their clients using our infrastructure and logistics in Jamaica. All our sacred medicine activities and services will require membership to our society in order to participate and participants will be subject to a health screening to ensure their safe safe experience. If you're interested in a private group event please contact us for more information.
How do I get to the event/accommodations?
We'll provide you with the location address for your exploration session. We do not include airport transportation, however we can arrange it for you with our trusted driver and you can pay him/her directly. In order to provide low-cost services to our members at our current price point we have chosen to keep it simple by including only the most important components: professionally guided self-exploration sessions with facilitator and integration support, plus modest overnight accommodations with breakfast. Become a member and schedule a psilocybin journey as part of your planned Jamaican vacation, and we'll let your driver know how 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.