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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 111 reviews
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From a First-Timer

★★★★★
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I went to New Life Ayahuasca having never traveled internationally by myself, didn’t know a single person and had never done any type of plant medicines. The entire experience was life changing! From the second I arrived, I felt my fears melt away. Matt and Jeanae welcomed all of us when we arrived and made us feel right at home. The house was amazing! It’s in a beautiful location, surrounded by nature. I saw monkeys, parrots and some other animals I didn’t even know existed. You get your own room and your own bathroom. This is perfect if you need a little alone time. Most of the other places don’t offer that and the ones that do, are expensive. The food was nutritious and really good. The ceremonies were beautiful, and they are held in a safe environment. Matt helped me prepare for the ceremonies and I felt like he really cared about helping and listening to me. That’s a big deal when you’re doing something that you’ve never done before. We got to do yoga with Jeanae, who is a wonderful teacher. I met some amazing people at New Life and I felt like we all connected. Everyone was so friendly and they were easy to talk to. The groups are a little smaller which in my opinion, is the way to go. Having experienced all that I did, I would have felt very overwhelmed if I was at a retreat with 10 +. I won’t speak much about the medicine because each experience is different for each person. My experience is hard to put into words. It’s been about a month and I’m discovering new things about life and myself every day. That may sound cliche, but it’s so true. I’m not the same person I was when I arrived, and I mean that in a good way. Going to New Life Ayahuasca was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My intuition guided me here and now I understand why. I highly recommend this place! I’ll be back for sure. Thank you Matt & Jeanae!

Feel the Love

★★★★★
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One of the most deep and profound experiences of my life. Matt is the real deal and an amazing healer. Jeanne is his perfect counterpart. From their delicious, farm to table, nutritious meals to their multiple plant medicine healing modalities, and amazing icaros, they work to massage away any emotional or physical difficulties that might be ailing you. They do so in such a grounded and wholesome way. The love and warmth is palpable. I left brighter, happier and more connected to nature and the cosmos.

Follow-Up Review

★★★★★
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This is my second review of New Life Ayahuasca. NLA is a wonderful and at times a magical place. Those of you who have never taken the medicine might roll your eyes at my use of the term ‘magical’. That’s OK, just try it and see. Matt and Jeanae have created a safe and caring environment in which one can grow. For those who hear the call of Ayahuasca, the medicine can bring about amazing personal transformations. I am not the same man who first went to New Life a year and a half ago. Then, I was a damaged man who was haunted by a a rough childhood. I was prone to depression and quick to take offense. While I was good at my job, I wasn’t well liked because of my quick temper. Now, after three retreats, I am a changed man. My baseline is ‘happy’ and I nearly always feel content, which is not something most people can say these days. I am much less into myself and I care more about others, especially my family. I am less combative, more creative, and have an easier time seeing other people’s points of view. I feel lucky to be me and I feel gratitude every day. As a result, people like me much more which, of course makes me happier. It is a virtuous cycle. On an objective level, my EQ score has improved dramatically. Of course, this is just my experience. I cannot know what Ayahuasca will do for you. For me, though, it has changed my life – dramatically – and for the better.
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Ayahuasca Ceremonies


AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES

Ceremonies play a huge role in how one experiences ayahuasca. At New Life Ayahuasca, we try to provide authentic ayahuasca ceremonies that guide an individual through the ayahuasca experience.

Preparation-

IMG_20150915_110104Before an ayahuasca ceremony it is important to prepare yourself for you upcoming experience both physically and mentally. Physical preparation includes fasting (lunch will be provided but dinner is skipped) the day of ceremony so your stomach is empty of contents allowing the ayahuasca to work best. Mental preparation includes meditation, prayer, abstinence from electronic devices for at least 6 hours prior to ceremony, and focusing on your intentions for this profound experience.

To assist in the mental preparation for ceremony, we perform bucket and bath ceremonies. The bucket ceremony is to help focus intentions  for the upcoming ayahuasca ceremony and the spiritual bath ceremony is a cleansing process to enter into the experience with a purified sense of self.

 

Ayahuasca Ceremony –

ayahuasca ceremonyThe ceremony will begin with some rituals to help clean the energies of our space, to clear the individual of any negative energies, to rid the individual of ego, and for protection. We will tell the participants a little about what to expect, how to handle uncomfortable moments, and offer other guidance about the night. Once this is complete, we will begin giving each person their dose of ayahuasca brew. New Life Ayahuasca uses hand made medicine free of fillers or additives.

Once dosing is complete, we will sit in silence together for about 30-45 minutes while the ayahuasca begins to take effect. From there, Matt will begin to play the gong and sing Icaros to help guide the ceremony. At the end of the evening, Matt will blow smoke on each individual and bring the ceremony to a close.  Ceremonies also include the use of mapacho, sage, palo santo, copal and florida water.

We usually start ceremonies around 7pm and they typically last around 4 hours. At the end of each ceremony participants are welcome to sleep in the ceremonial space or return to their rooms. If weather permits, we also have a bonfire at the end of the night.

Post Ceremony-

The day following ayahuasca ceremonies starts slow, with most people sleeping into the afternoon and recovering from the previous night. Regular meals will be prepared and served. Most people are anxious to share their experiences and insights and once everyone is awake, most guests sit together and discuss their visions, their experiences and the impact it has had. Some days we also have activities scheduled including a trip to the waterfall/beach or massages.