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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Life:Art

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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Efficiency:Abundance

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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Reviews

  •   Very tranquil Villa. Pool, gardens and overall property was very well maintained and clean. Chef Stone is a great chef, staff was hospitable but weren't in our way at all and were very accommodating. Views... read more

    thumb Yekini
    8/29/2021
  •   This place is well worth the price. Great views, modern bedrooms/bathrooms, and friendly staff!

    thumb Devyn
    7/07/2019
  •   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
    4/23/2021
  •   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

    thumb Margaret
    2/24/2019
  •   A great chill spot for the 12 of us.

    Kevin did a great job putting together a functional fun peaceful and panoramic stay.

    It has a slight modern feel despite being... read more

    thumb Emm
    10/10/2021
  •   A great chill spot for the 12 of us.

    Kevin did a great job putting together a functional fun peaceful and panoramic stay.

    It has a slight modern feel despite being... read more

    thumb Megan
    10/10/2021
  •   A great location hidden away near Ocho Rios. Perfect for family, friends or a corporate retreat! We spent two nights and utilized the property.

    thumb Alex
    12/20/2019
  •   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
    1/29/2019

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