Blue Portal FAQs

The Source Farm is an intentional community and ecovillage, with innovative natural building structures powered by nature. The Source Farm Foundation and Ecovillage is located in Retreat, St. Thomas, the most eastern parish in Jamaica. Before Columbus, it was heavily populated by Taino (Native People of Jamaica). St. Thomas was the first place that Columbus made landfall and one of the first Spanish settlements in the Caribbean. The Source is technically located in Retreat, but we consider ourselves part of the Johns Town Community. The Source overlooks the Caribbean Sea and most of Morant Bay. Morant Bay is the capital city of St. Thomas. It is historic because of Paul Bogle and William Gordon, two of Jamaica’s national heroes. Morant Bay overlooks a beautiful bay and most of the city sits on a hill. There are three main streets to the city. Queen Street is the main street with the major banks, post office, library, internet café, cambio, vegetable market, pharmacy and general stores. The supermarkets and hardware stores are located on the side streets. It is a crowded and busy town, with many vendors selling food and goods on the sidewalks as well.

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General registrations include a hotel stay at the private hotel style rooms next to the property. Almost all of your time will be spent at the farm attending meetings, exploring the trail and creek, dining, and socializing with other visitors. For upgrades and options for staying in any of the buildings or structures on the farm please contact the Blue Portal before registration.

Every participant receives private mediated sessions with an experienced facilitator. Our dedication is to the extreme focus of every individual throughout the healing process. Orientation day is when participants meet and begin the bonding experience with their mediator, who is available throughout the week and will also be in contact with for the follow up sessions after the week has passed.

Yes! Private group sessions are available on request and on an approval basis. Please contact the Blue Portal for approval and rates.

Yes! A reduced rate is available for those traveling who would like emotional support or if physical assistance is required.

Additional attendees are not allowed to be present during the night of the treatment sessions unless they need to be present for medical support.

Everything is included with the exception of the Psilocybin treatment and private counseling services. Please click here to book your stay.

Psilocybin experiences are lengthy and sometimes full of valuable information that surfaces suddenly and rapidly develops during a session. Facilitators take written notes of major events and interactions. Recording of the session is optional and encouraged to revisit the experience to extend the therapy beyond the weeklong visit. Copies of the recording are made available to the participant and researchers collecting data with approval.

Debriefings and Group Discussions

Private meetings with your facilitator are scheduled and arranged during your visit to maximize the efficiency of the session. Participants are encouraged to attend group socials and have the opportunity to speak to those who have had their experience, that are willing to open up and share their transformations.

A mediated psychedelic experience is a powerful and safe tool that can be life-changing. Psilocybin is non-toxic and non-addictive, unlike some pharmaceutical treatments that are a “pill a day” or “band-aid” approach to ignoring the deep, underlying issues that cause a particular unwanted condition such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, obesity, alcoholism, nicotine addiction, and other substance abuse concerns. Our treatment locations are comfortable beds in a room with candlelight and comforting artwork and light music. Participants are recommended to wear the eye shades provided to direct their journey within and to explore your consciousness deep and far beyond your superficial levels of awareness. The eye shades provided allow for your eyes to open and close without touching the shades to give you a sense of total darkness and the ability to roam your thoughts and landscape without ever standing up, much like the experience of a virtual reality simulation, where you control the visions. Psilocybin at a dose of 5-7 grams has an onset of about 20 minutes as your sensations of touch and sight begin to amplify. About 30-45 minutes into the experience you will drop into the full spectrum of the session, the most powerful arena, which amazingly lasts about 3-4 hours. It is during this time that participants will unlock doors and discover potential solutions to their pain and suffering, or see the reality in a whole new light. Your mediator is there at all times for any or no discussion, it is totally up to you to ask for advice or comfort if the experience is overwhelming at times. The last 2 hours of the session are very rewarding, as you are snug in your new skin, and your body and mind relax into the most comforting and content sleepiness, exhaustion from the intensity and progress has made you tired, and so most may find sleep the best option.

The first session can be uncomfortable, like your first roller coaster ride, many describe the experience as a rebirth, and the memories are long lasting. Many participants feel a prolonged sense of permanence in the effects of psilocybin on their condition or intention. The mediator is your anchor and safety navigator, which allows you to go deep without the fear of anxiety or personal injury. All mediators have experience with the psychedelic landscape and will help you navigate the hallways if needed. Mediators also take notes on your behavior, verbalization, and your visions for your debriefing the following day. Sessions can also be audio recorded for your records and for research.

A full orientation of expectations and guidance is provided a month before your session. Preparing mentally and physically before a session begins weeks in advance, and your mediator will contact you with specific recommendations to make the most out of your healing session.

Unlike other retreats, The Blue Portal screens participants and registers sessions based on the conditions seeking improvement. Participants benefit from arriving and leaving the healing center with opportunities to socialize and interact with like-minded individuals, further strengthening bonds and enhancing the overall experience with a “strength in numbers” approach. These connections are long lasting and can persist long after a single treatment.

It all begins with the quality of the mushrooms. Our mushrooms are produced on-site by Blue Mountain Mushrooms, a partnership between Source Farm and Mushroom Mountain (USA). The mushrooms are produced in batches that are clonal and predictable for dosing compared to wild specimens that range from low to high, which is extremely variable in response. In order to properly calculate dosage the mushrooms are weighed with precision scales and administered according to body weight of the participant.

Our healthy organic meals are prepared fresh daily. Fresh, organic and locally sourced food is an essential part of the healing process. The mindfulness of consuming pure substances and cleansing the body of toxins plays an important role in the healing process. Participants can visit the farming area and even volunteer to assist the day to day activities which include harvesting and cleaning the food that is to be prepared daily.

Forget about money for a week and enjoy the moment! From the moment you are picked up at the airport to your departure, the center has no hidden fees. There is a small gift shop and crafts from locals for purchase, but otherwise all lodging, meals and excursions are included with the fees. Cost of Admission to waterfalls and private beaches included for excursion days. Additional excursion fees will apply if space is available on days that allow for free time on a space basis. Additional dosing sessions are considered on a one by one basis and will incur a separate charge but not guaranteed.

The beach is ten minutes away, day trips to Reach Falls and to Frenchman’s Quarter private beach.

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