Experience the Eco-Retreat : Advance Our Mission

We have flexible spaces to host classes, workshops, lectures, and trainings. Our grant programs are designed to encourage new
engagement with the living arts and to discover new approaches to using our renewable resources to create the things we need for a life affirming civil society.

We have designed the Artvark Center at Very Dear to perform multiple functions. One of those functions is to produce income for the advancement of our mission. To that end the Center may be rented for private functions whenever it is not in use for Foundation business. Inquiries may be made here.



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The Artvark Foundation exists to encourage and promote the continued evolution of the living arts and the art of living together. Our cultural center in the hills of St Ann Parish is designed to host workshops and conferences which promote and explore the living arts.

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Jamaica: Community

We hope to be a catalyst for all Jamaicans who recognize the need to move into the future together and to address the problems of the past without eliminating the cultural fabric that makes a group of people into a community.

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The grounds are designed as an agricultural demonstration site incorporating the best wisdom of the past with the best practices of the present. The focus is on the efficient use of all natural resources to promote health and abundance.

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  •   This place is amazing. The view is fantastic. Its super clean and everyone is very helpfull.
    Kevin is super helpfull and made sure that everything was under control.
    I will comeback soon.

    thumb Filipa
  •   Artvark is absolutely lovely. The staff is so helpful and hospitable and Stone is an AMAZING chef. The vistas were absolutely incredible and it was the perfect place to unplug to have a great... read more

    thumb Melissa
  •   I stayed in Kevin’s Place for around 6 days and it was the best Experience of my life. Beginning with the view from the balcony, it was sensational. Has to be one of the best... read more

    thumb Sydney
  •   Oh my, where do I start. Our time was truly AMAZING‼️ I would highly recommend booking this place. The only down fall was ac and WiFi. At night everything worked because the natural weather was... read more

    thumb Patrick
  •   Beautiful place highly recommend chef did his thing as well would definitely stay again.

    thumb Roshane
  •   The view of the Caribbean is fabulous, and the facilities are new and modern, but the staff is what makes Artwork eco retreat at Very Dear truly exceptional.
    Stone cooked delicious meals with a Jamaican... read more

    thumb Bill
  •   We were looking for an unpretentious place with great service and we found it. The great house where everyone gathered was magnificent and the views of the Ocho Rios harbour and the hills of St... read more

    thumb Linda
  •   We loved our stay. The staff is warm, welcoming and very willing to help with directions and local food choices and customs. The rooms are clean, the bed comfortable and the views are... read more

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