Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica

 New Life Ayahuasca

New Life Ayahuasca offers 5 and 7 day ayahuasca retreats. Our mission is to provide compassionate retreat program options to others who are seeking to restore balance to their lives through spiritual and personal healing. Our retreat includes 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, Kambo (optional) yoga, gong meditation, a massage and a trip to the waterfall. Spacing is limited for ayahuasca retreats to 7 participants per week to be sure we can provide individualized attention and support during such a personal and profound experience.Retreat Info
Our beautiful facility located in the mountains of San Ramon, Costa Rica, is secluded on a lush 20 acre property about an hour from SJO airport. All guest receive a private room and full bathroom equipped with hot water. Guests are invited to use our pool, hot tub and gym anytime during their stay. Our property is filled with lush vegetation, fruit trees and trails perfect for nature walks. Our facility also offers a comfortable back patio with  incredible views of the Nicoya Gulf on the Paclific coast of Costa Rica, perfect for watching the sunset.View Facility
We conduct intimate ceremonies (maximum of 7 participants) that are performed with respect to the traditions that have surround the use of the sacred medicine ayahuasca for centuries. Matt, our founder and director, acts as a guide for the experience. Matt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding. Matt sings Icaros, plays the Gong, Tibetan Singing bowl and guitar to help guide the participants’ experience.Guide Info

 

New Life Ayahuasca offers additional therapies to promote maximum healing during your retreat with us. We believe in combining plant medicines with holistic therapies to achieve a healthy balance of energies and to support tranquility, peace, and growth. Therapies we offer include Kambo, massage, yoga and sound therapy. Our goal is to integrate each of these additional therapies into our ayahuasca retreats, with the hope that they will help each individual prepare physically and mentally for the ayahuasca experience .More on Therapies
Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a healing retreat. Not only is Costa Rica the safest country in Central America, but it is said to be home to the happiest people in the world, with the country motto “Pura Vida” which translates to ‘Pure Life’. Flights are only appx. $500 round trip from the US, and we provide complimentary pick-up at SJO airport, making the transition to our facility stress-free. Our location in the mountains also provides comfortable conditions with temperatures averaging around 75-80 during the day and 65-70 at night.Costa Rica Info
All ayahuasca brew provided by New Life Ayahuasca is prepared by a well known and reputable ayahuasca shaman in Iquitos, Peru using b. caapi and chaliponga. All ingredients for the brew are grown on the shaman’s farm and selected for the brew based on the maturity of the plants. No datura (toe) is used in our brew. It is extremely important to know the quality of the plants and the intentions behind the person who creates the brew. Our mission is always to provide the best and safest ceremonies possible.Our Brew
To be sure all potential guests can safely participate in ayahuasca ceremonies, NLA conducts a brief medical screening before accepting any participants for an ayahuasca retreat. While ayahuasca is primarily considered safe, ayahuasca brew contains MAOIs, which could cause negative interactions when combined with certain medications, so it is extremely important to disclose any medications you may be taking prior to booking a retreat. We provide all meals in accordance with the ayahuasca diet. If you have any questions please get in touch.Ayahuasca Safety
When researching iboga and ayahuasca they often reference each other, but are they really alike? They are alike in the sense that they are both entheogens and sacred plant medicines that have been used by the native peoples of their respective origins for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. They both contain psychoactive properties that can produce visions but iboga and ayahuasca have far more differences than they do similarities. Iboga and Ayahuasca come from two different parts of the world. Find out more.Iboga Vs. Ayahuasca
Kambo, also called Sapo or ‘frog poison’, is a natural non-psychedelic medicine made from the secretions of the Giant Monkey Tree Frog from the Amazon and is used to treat a variety of ailments. Optional Kambo sessions are available at our center as an add on therapy for $50 It is a great additional cleansing process during an ayahuasca retreat. The connection between Kambo and Ayahuasca is special – being that the spirit of ayahuasca is what, according to legend, brought about the knowledge of Kambo use and its incredible benefits.Kambo Info

New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 71 reviews
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An incredible experience

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I run my own startup in Japan and decided to make a trip out to Costa Rica to try ayahuasca. Mainly out of curiosity, and some personal-development issues I wanted to work on. This was my first ayahuasca experience. Everything I read beforehand pointed to he importance of putting yourself in a great environment (especially the first time) and with a shaman or guide that you can trust. I was super happy with the experience at New Life. I can personally vouch for both Matt and Jeanea who run it — they are wonderful people and have a beautiful, secluded retreat. You're surrounded with a small group of like-minded people so it's intimate, but you don't have to socialize the whole time and can enjoy a lot of quiet/personal space. Also, there is a badass swimming pool and some of the best cooking I have ever had. Honestly, I would pay to stay at their place even if they didn’t have ayahuasca — it’s that good. A little bit more about the actual trip: Taking ayahuasca isn’t some tourist attraction like seeing the Eiffel Tower or visiting the petting zoo— this is the real deal. It isn’t even like a fun mushroom trip. It’s a lot more difficult than that, but it can be very eye-opening. I definitely recommend having an "intention" or point of focus for each ceremony is highly recommended so you can have maintain a sense of purpose. Ayahuasca will transport your mind to a whole different dimension, make you think you’re a tree frog, and kill your ego 1000 times over. It will crush you and bring you back to life. Really, it will put you through the gauntlet, but it's well worth it. Can't wait to make another trip out in a year from now. 🙂

Incredible experience thanks to NLA

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Jeanae and Matt were fantastic hosts, the food was excellent, preparations were very thorough, the facility was beautiful and relaxing & Matt was fantastic at leading the ceremony. (I was blown away by his shamanic ability) "Trying to explain Ayahuasca to someone is like: a cat momentarily entering a human's body, then attempting to explain that experience to another cat via meows and paw gestures." (Something a friend at NLA said to me) If you've never done Ayahuasca, you really have no idea what to expect. If you have done Ayahuasca, you still don't fully know what to expect. You might have some control of the trip, you might have no control whatsoever. What you can control is the setting, and (at least for me,) the setting will greatly influence how meaningful, worthwhile and comfortable the trip will be. I can't think of a better setting than NLA. During the beautiful yet terrifying and incredibly trying experience of a full-on Ayahuasca trip, it was very helpful to remember where I was and who was looking out for me in those moments when I was able to come up for a brief breath of reality.

Amazing and relaxing time!

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I was very comfortable in all ways, I was able to relax and focus on myself. Jeanae and Matt were very caring, welcoming and friendly. The place, people and environment was beautiful. I wouldn't change anything about my experience. I am overjoyed that I got to spend my first experience with Jeanae and Matt. They answered any questions I had and made the entire experience enjoyable and fulfilling.

You Can't Imagine

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Matt and Jeanae are amazing people who will guide you through one of the most important experiences of your life. Come with an open mind and heart, and be ready for everything your soul has to show you. Healing and transformative, you can't imagine what's in store. I can't thank them enough.

A Humble Experience

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When seeking for an Ayahuasca Retreat Center, there will be a small faint voice navigating your decision. I believe that voice is leading you here. This is Costa Rica, a serene environment which provides surplus of lotus-dreaming. The forest is nearby which is vital for meditative walks prior to a ceremony. Food is very complimentary to the Ayahuasca requirements. Both Matt and Jeanae harnessed their life experiences to unleash their potential to create a place of restoring souls deprived of happiness, bringing vitality and music to the hearts of voyagers. Matt does a phenomenal job of facilitating each ceremony. Jeanae will aid those in need which provides a haven during those intense moments of the experience. This was my second venture to meet the Vine Spirit which does have synchronicity properties: you will meet incredible new friends and receive exactly what you need from the Ayahuasca spirit. "NATURE NEEDS PIONEERS."

Worth it!

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Had an amazing week with Matt & Jennae! Jeannie made us amazing meals... Fresh and nutritious.. And Matt really went all into his role as a shaman, leading us through our experiences... I was fortunate to be there with a great group of people which made it an extremely pleasant and eye-opening week... So worth it!!!

Exactly what I needed

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I was very impressed with what Matt and Jeanae have put together at New Life. Bring your camera! The property is incredible with hiking trails and lots to explore, the food is superb and left my belly happy the entire trip, and the ceremonies were very well organized and intimate. Matt's icaros are out of this world, and some of the songs from ceremony are still ringing in my head a week later 🙂 The small group sizes were one of the things that drew me into New Life, and I wasn't disappointed. I had a great time getting to know the other people in my group and sharing our experiences. Everyone helped me interpret and understand my visions, including Matt, Jeanae, Andy (our amazing chef), and the wonderful souls I drank with in ceremony. The medicine is very potent, and being my first experience with Ayahuasca I'm glad I chose a place that was able to provide this with a feeling of safety and comfortability. The massage was wonderful and the day-trip to the waterfall was a perfect way to spend our day off between ceremonies. Matt and Jeanae are very genuine individuals that do their best to provide a safe and transformative journey for each of their guests. The retreat left me with a greater love and appreciation for myself. Now at home, I have a newfound motivation/inspiration to live a more productive life. If you feel a calling from the medicine, the 5-day retreat is a great affordable option for your first journey!

An Amazing Place

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New Life Ayahausca is located a comfortable drive from San Jose Airport in a secluded farming area. The vistas and the property is absolutely stunning. I appreciated the comfortable surroundings of the facility, it exceeded any expectation I had. It was more like a 5 star resort. The facilitators, Matt and Jeanae, are wonderful souls;they exude a delightful kindness and compassion to all their guests. There is no doubt that they've been called by the spirit to provide healing to those that seek out Mother Aya. Matt sings icaros throughout ceremony and they are very powerful and healing. The food is incredibly good, freshly prepared with finest ingredients and always plentiful. I'll be back again when Madre calls and it would never cross my mind to go elsewhere. I highly recommend New Life Ayahuasca.