Our core “Founder’s Retreat” is developed and conducted by the Cardea Founders, in a remote beachfront property in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Over 7 days and 6 nights, we journey inward over three psilocybin ceremonies, combined with meaning-making sessions using our particular method of dialogue, bodywork, art making and wellness practices.
CARDEA also offers custom-designed retreats for organized private groups such as family and friends, creative communities, executive team building, and more.
At the threshold where we always are
We all stand on a threshold, one that begins in the space between our original existences and the cultural, social, and natural worlds that go on whether we exist or not.
Psychedelics and psychotherapeutic arts possess a long history of helping people examine this threshold between the Self and the world and how to narrow the divide between one’s internal life and the connection to a greater whole. We combine decades of wisdom gained by elders in both practices, to help you journey to where you already are: the threshold between your unique being and the landscape in which you roam.
It’s a good thing to live on this threshold in a sustained way, since it’s here where you experience both the life coursing through you, and the life of the world you’re in. We think of this as “relatedness,” the capacity to remain in a state of relationship. And we believe that delving inward to the original divinity in you allows you to more deeply relate to everything else.
Our destination journeys are not a one-off experience. We do not want to provide a break from day-to-day life and then you return to the same place as now. We want to help you improve your ability to pivot and master yourself at the in-between space of relatedness long after your time with us.
April 21 – 27
July 6 – 12
October 19 – 25
October 27 – November 2
December 2 – 8
December 10 – 16
Throughout your time with us expect a “holding wisdom” that modifies and follows you; a loving and radical hospitality built with the integrity and skill that only decades of experience can deliver. We believe that growth and greater awareness happen improvisationally. You cannot force their emergence. You cannot predict where they will go. But you can cultivate the optimum environment for them to occur. We are masters at this; creating and facilitating space for our guests that is vivid, truthful and multi-dimensional.
Before & After Your Journey
We work with you prior to the retreat by offering four preparation sessions, using our method to help you deeply formulate your intentions before you head to our destination. We continue with these meetings during your stay and offer four more sessions once you return home. We think of you as a Cardean long after these sessions, welcoming you to our community and access to our ongoing programming, retreat reunions, and more.
While in Jamaica, we offer three psilocybin journeys using live vibrational music and sound to guide you, with facilitation by our expert ceremonialists and space holders. These are individuals with decades of experience using such practices and leaders in the field.
Each day between the journeys, we offer one-on-one in-depth explorations of your insights and experiences and continue to expand on your original intention. You can also relax and reflect while partaking in bodywork, yoga, art making and local-led excursions to connect you deeper to the land which we’re honored to share.
Our intimate destinations take place over six nights, seven days, and accommodate up to 12 guests at a time in our private villas.