Freedom Time Tour with Butch Ware!

      Kingston, Jamaica

      Burgundy Roots Retreats
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      188 reviews
      Jul 22 - 29, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 20
      Freedom Time Tour with Butch Ware!
      Kingston, Jamaica

      Burgundy Roots Retreats
      • Email address verified
      188 reviews

      Jul 22 - 29, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 20

      About this trip

      “Emancipate yourself 

      from mental slavery”

      ~Robert Nesta Marley

      Jamaica was home to some of the earliest rebellions against the British slave trade. Maroon settlements dotted the Island as Arawaks and enslaved Africans - many of them of Muslim origins - freed themselves from bondage. They leaned heavily on African culture and religious expression to liberate themselves internally and externally. Rastafarianism grew from these roots, flourishing in cultural and musical expression.  But it is not widely known that much of the foundation for Afro-Caribbean roots and culture came from West African Muslims. During this retreat we will explore together the historical, spiritual, and musical connections linking Jamaica, Africa, and Islam.

      We’ll visit Kingston Central Masjid mosque, pray in peace, remember Allah, and enjoy an exquisite eight-course farm-to-table meal at Stush in the Bush organic farm. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in Jamaica’s unspoiled nature and swim in breathtaking waterfalls, beaches, and lagoons. We’ll hike up the famous Blue Mountains, where we’ll visit one of the island’s oldest Rasta communities and dissolve all ignorant misconceptions about the island and its proud people.

      This won’t be about all-day tanning, beachside braids, and gift shop Rasta hats (not that there’s anything wrong with that); we just want to rejuvenate you in a different way. After all, we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us, right? We want to share the glory, struggles, and beauty of this island- a BEAST of an island, as you will find out!

      Please note that guest speakers can change due to unexpected circumstances. Burgundy Roots will guarantee optimum quality for its guest speakers. We ask for your flexibility and understanding.

      Cancelation Policy + Terms & Conditions

      Cancelation Policy and Terms/Conditions

      Burgundy Roots prides itself in unique and curated travel experiences. In order for us to fulfill our promise, we must pay our suppliers ahead of time. Please note that once your deposit is processed, it cannot be recuperated as our suppliers are paid upfront months ahead of time. Thank you for your understanding. Please read carefully through our cancellation policy and message us if you have any questions.

      Deposit/payment terms: Please note that the first TWO deposits and payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Deposits must be  received within the time specified at the time of booking in order to confirm your booking and avoid automatic cancellation. If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, you may transfer the trip to a family member or friend. 

      Cancellation charges: Please note that deposits and payments are non-refundable. In the event of a travel ban due to COVID-19 or any other unforeseen circumstances, retreat dates will be altered to a later date. No refunds will be granted. Discomfort/unease with regards to travel or quarantine upon return will not be considered. All payments are final and non-refundable.

      Final payment:Final payment is due 90 days prior to the trip. Final payments are due 90 days prior to the trip. Any cancelation made 90 days or more prior to the trip is subject to a 50% penalty (your card will be charged another 25% of the retreat fee). Any cancelation made 89 days or less prior to trip is subject to full payment of retreat fee.  

      Vaccination: It is incumbent upon each traveler to check the rules and regulations in regards to vaccination demands in each country. Each traveler must ensure that they meet the criteria upon entry, as no refund will be granted if one does not meet the criteria. You may sell your slot or send someone else on your behalf instead, however no refund nor credit will be granted.  

      What’s included

      • Airport pickup
        Must arrive before 12:00 PM
      • All accommodations
        Shared 3 people per room
      • Breakfast & 2 lunches
        (halal, vegetarian & vegan options available)
      • 4 attractions
        All except Stush in the Bush
      • Private transportation
      • Tour curators & guides
      • Lectures & Classes
        Lectures with Professor Ware

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
      • Airport drop off $50 US
        Must arrive before noon to be eligible for the airport pick up.
      • Remaining meals
      • Meal plan
        4 dinners + Stush in the Bush $375
      • Covid-19 tests
      • Travel insurance
      • Extra activities
        Activities that are not included in the itinerary Ex: Zip lining, skydiving, dance class etc.

      Available Packages

      Registration fee: $2,950 USD

      Excludes $375 meal plan (first 4 dinners and Stush in the Bush farm day)

      Deposit: $1,000

      Available options


      Day 1: Arrival day
      Arrivals at Kingston Airport

      Arrive in Kingston and meet the rest of the group.  From Kingston, we’ll make our way to Portland (4h30 minute drive). Upon arrival at our hotel, you can relax, unwind and mingle. In order to ensure airport pick up, please arrive before 2 PM.

      Should you arrive at a later time, we can provide you with a driver (extra costs apply)

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      Burgundy Roots Retreats
      188 reviews
      Burgundy signals magnificence. It appeals to our inner regality, stirring us to reclaim our best selves. In this spirit we invite you to experience more than an “Escape”. This is a path to enriching yourself while giving back to local communities. This is a chance to ground yourself in a graceful adventure and, through it, discover universal roots.


      The perfect balance of group activity, and personal time as well as cultural and active activities. Enjoyed getting to know our group. Accommodations were very comfortable and good food! Thank you for the wonderful memories and unique experience!
      By Nihad K for Roots in Zanzibar on May 26, 2024
      For the past ten years, I've been traveling solo. While the freedom is nice, it can get quite boring and lonely at times. Eventually, you start craving some company. I discovered Burgundy Roots through an Instagram post and followed their trips for over a year before finally deciding to reach out and book one. I'm so glad I did! I chose the Zanzibar trip and it was an amazing experience. Burgundy Roots has created a fun and safe space for Muslims to travel, especially for Muslim women. The itinerary was perfect, and it was clear that Wafa (Host and organizer) put a lot of effort into making sure everyone was happy. I don't think I can travel solo anymore—I'll save my vacation time to travel with Burgundy Roots from now on. I'm an active person, and the trip was packed with activities, along with free time to do my own thing. I even tried jet skiing and skydiving for the first time! I met wonderful people on this trip who I plan to stay in touch with for years to come. The trip also allows you to interact with the local population and even give back if you're able, though there's no pressure. This was by far the most fun trip I've ever taken. I would recommend Burgundy Roots to solo travelers, couples, families, and even the elderly. I’m already planning to book another trip with some family members. Thank you, Burgundy Roots, for such an incredible and affordable experience. 10/10!
      By Feroz I for Roots in Zanzibar on May 25, 2024
      I loved the variety: the southeast coast (paje beach), the north (nungwi) and the stone town :). The hotels were very clean, comfy and also boujee. I love how Wafa selects restaurants, and places/sites which supports the locals. Not only does it feel good that we are doing vacation but also investing in local business. The food was so fresh and organic. I felt my health become better. I tried and saw many NEW things such as star fruit, passion fruit, holding and seeing new breeds of monkeys, kite surfing, seeing low and high tide of a beachetc. I got to buy and bring back such quality spices as zanzibar has amazinggg spices and is known for it. People overall were quite friendly and polite. Wafa is also very kind and you can go have open convos with her.
      By Fatima R for Roots in Zanzibar on May 24, 2024
      This trip was truly magical. Everything about it was thought through and it was curated to perfection. Wafa went above and beyond to ensure that the trip was enjoyable for everyone. She really does care about every aspect of the trip and people in the group. Wafa is so attentive and always makes an effort to provide comfort and a memorable experience for all. This was my first trip with Burgundy roots and will certainly not be the last. The whole travel experience was second to none; from the group of people to the accommodation, food, service, and communication. I couldn’t have asked for more. Burgundy roots has exceeded my expectations.
      By Noura A for Roots in Zanzibar on May 21, 2024
      Burgundy Roots puts together a truly special retreat that is thoughtful and well organized. Wafa and her team are great at what they do. I look forward to another trip with burgundy roots in the future!
      By Neda R for Roots in Zanzibar on May 21, 2024
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      I traveled with Wafa to do the Umrah... That was such a good experience. This trip is definitely the best by far. She is so professional and a nice person. I definitely recommend it to everyone who wants an experience that could change their life in a good way, bring more love in their heart, a closer connection with God and the chance to meet extraordinary people.
      By Ibrahima W on 02 Jan, 2023
      I have been on two Burgundy roots trips so far and I must say, the itineraries are very well thought out. Wafa and her team pay attention to every detail and leave no stone unturned to ensure a truly unique, hands-off and stress-free experience for all attendees. You get to visit some hidden gems , spend time in nature, enjoy delicious food with amazing COMPANY and learn more about Islam while you’re at it. Such a beautiful, spiritually uplifting experience! BEST TRIP(S) EVER!
      By Rakiya O on 29 Aug, 2022
      Traveled with Burgundy Roots this summer to Jamaica and it was everything!!!! Wafa and her team were great! All the experiences and people I meet were a whole vibe. If you're thinking about traveling with them just do it, it will be so worth it.
      By Amy S on 10 Aug, 2022
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