‘One Love’ Rasta excursion explores Jamaican culture

Any fan of reggae music or those familiar with Bob Marley are likely to have already sung, hummed and probably danced to one of its most profound messages of unity, “One Love.”

Now one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean, Great Huts Eco-Resort is launching “One Love Rastafari” — a new special interest excursion in Jamaica.

The July 9 to 16 tour encompasses three days in the bustling city of Kingston and four days at Great Huts: Paradise on the Edge in Port Antonio designed to “embrace a wealth of tradition and experience.”

The seven-day cultural exploration into the origins of Rastafarian spirituality will be accompanied by expert commentary.

The scenic route from Kingston to the lush parish of Portland through the Blue Mountains promises unparalleled beauty and awe inspiring views along the route.

Tour guides allege the tour is “guaranteed to be enjoyed by anyone, and “is simply breathtaking.”

The fact insight into Jamaica’s most spiritual and international acclaimed Africa-centered adherers will be components to this excursion could prove an unprecedented tourist attraction. There are some misconceptions about Rastafari and this excursion will probably bring clarification.

For many, the word conjures images of head-wrapped mystics wreathed in clouds of ganja smoke, intimations of immortality, or the mythic stature of Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie.

From drumming at Mount Debre Zeit, to panoramic views of Pinnacle — the birthplace of Rastafari — to insights on its historical Jewish connections, the “One Love Rastafari” experience offers an unedited view into the mystical homegrown culture.

“The destination of Great Huts and all its details have meticulously remained true to the unwavering vision of owner and designer, Dr. Paul S. Rhodes, a Jewish American medical doctor who recognized the power and brilliance of Rastafari many years ago.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Rhodes began with three tents and a mission to help the homeless and the elderly in Port Antonio.

“This learned man continues to remain true to these values while evolving Great Huts to new heights.”

Included are film screenings at Africana House, exuberant dub music sessions, and abundant culinary treats — an authentic Ethiopian dinner, sumptuous ital food in Trench Town and outdoors by the herb gardens at Hope Bay.

For more information, log onto www.greathuts.com.

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