Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 63 reviews
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Eternally Grateful

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I write this review with the utmost amazement, gratitude, and love in my heart for Jennae, Matt, and their two helpers Jake and Andy. What you do for others, and for yourselves, has moved me to tears many times since meeting you at New Life Ayahuasca. I am eternally grateful to each of you for making my experience unforgettable. Like most first-timers, I was nervous yet excited to drink Ayahuasca. I had been battling severe anxiety and hypochondria for months, and I was no longer OK with having my day run by such viruses of the mind. I had done enough psychedelics in the past, as well as research, and felt as though I experienced a gravitational pull to Ayahuasca during the several months leading up to my arrival at New Life. By my side for this adventure, like many other adventures, was my (now fiance who I proposed to at the retreat) Kat. I felt ready. We all later joked about how fairly easy it was to spot the others in the group at the airport based on clothing, mannerisms, and reading material. Once we met, the conversation flowed. I think we were all surprised with how open and transparent everyone was about why they had chosen to travel to Costa Rica to drink the mother’s milk. I couldn’t have been happier with the character, humor, sincerity, intelligence, and introspectiveness that prevailed throughout the group. When we all arrived at the actual property, we were all completely awestruck. Jennae and Matt gave us a tour around the house that sits atop a hill overlooking the mountains and ocean. It was absolutely stunning. Everything about the house was comfortable. The actual ceremony was beautiful, and the amount of care, attention to detail, passion, and love that went into it was incredible. We couldn’t say enough about Matt, the leader (or chaman) of the ceremony. He puts his heart and soul into each session, and how exhausted and spent he appeared each night was a testament to that effort. His singing was other-worldly, his guitar-playing inspirational, and his presence was very comforting. Throughout the week, we ate like royalty. The food, compliments of Andy, was gangbusters! Absolutely top-notch! Kat and I stuck strictly to the diet (la dieta) for 10 days prior to our trip, and didn’t cook nearly as well as Andy did for us. It made the experience even more enjoyable. We had access to the humungous pool, a yoga gym, a wealth of reading material, the most entertaining cats, WIFI, and plenty of land to traverse and explore. They even took us to a gorgeous beach the day after our first ceremony. Kambo (the poison from a tree frog) was another experience that was offered to us. It is a very intense yet rewarding ceremony during which Jennae administers a small amount of the neurotoxin to your left arm. A few seconds later and the effects begin. It is a challenging experience but highly worth it, as it is common to feel a higher level of mental clarity, less inflammation, and happier overall. During the kambo ceremony, Jennae is very informative, caring, and as calming as she is during the Ayahuasca ceremony. Overall, my experience was 10 / 10. Jennae and Matt run a very professional and comfortable retreat that I would recommend to anyone. Drinking Ayahuasca can be hard work, and for me, having Jennae, Jake, and Andy as caretakers (for when you can’t find your bucket in the dark haha), and Matt, who was like a real-life Gandalf guiding us through the spirit world, made this experience unforgettable. This life we live is an adventure, and drinking Ayahuasca at New Life just amplified it for me. If I was to drink Ayahuasca again, I wouldn’t think twice about returning to New Life.

Incredible Experience

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Where do I start, I had such a wonderful time at New Life Ayahuasca.. Matt, Jeanae, Andy & Jake are such wonderful people. Each are so unique but yet they all compliment each other and create this beautiful calming environment. THE FOOD was out of this world...the fact they don't use salt yet it was so tasty..wow! I love salt so I was so impressed. The ceremonies were so amazing too.. Matt is like part human part super human ha! Thank you so much guys ..I will never forget this time in my life.

Absolutely Perfect!!

★★★★★
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The absolutely perfect Ayahausca retreat, whether you are a first timer or have solid prior experience with the medicine/ceremonies. Matt & Jeanae are two beautiful souls who truly create a safe heaven for anyone looking for spiritual healing, they are there to help and guide guests in the warmest way possible. The facilities are gorgeous with privacy when you need it and the ability to totally wind down and focus on yourself. we are definitely coming back! Thank you to everyone during our stay we met who made our journey very special
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Ayahuasca Diet

Ayahuasca Diet

Before drinking ayahuasca, it is important to follow the ayahuasca diet for a week prior to participation. The ayahuasca diet includes food restrictions, medication restrictions and abstinence from sex, drugs and alcohol. This is to reduce any negative interactions with the MAOI’s found in the ayahuasca brew. Certain prescription medications can have potentially dangerous interactions with MAOI’s, so it is very important that aspect of the diet is strictly adhered to. Food interactions with ayahuasca are not as serious as interactions with medications, but they can still cause discomfort. Foods high in tyramine are the most important foods to be avoided. New Life Ayahuasca requires all participants to adhere to the ayahuasca diet prior to arrival.

ayahuasca dietThe diet, however, does not have to be bland or monotonous. We try to provide a variety of meals that adhere to the diet but are still full of nutrition and flavor. Examples of the meals we serve can be viewed on our Meals page.

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Ayahuasca Dieta

In the jungle they refer to this as the ayahuasca dieta. This dieta is not just about avoiding certain foods but is about discipline, sacrifice and commitment. Many of the foods that are restricted on the extensive ayahuasca diet list aren’t readily available to those living in the jungle and therefor not an issue of concern. The ayahuasca dieta restrictions are in place to help cleanse the body so the plant medicine can work most efficiently. The dieta restricts many spices, salt and pepper. It also includes abstinence from sex and sexual activity. The idea is that the blandness of food and the lack of sexual stimulation or excitement can help heighten sensitivity to the ayahuasca spirit.

Following the ayahuasca dieta is about respect. Respect for this sacred plant medicine, respect for the plant spirit, and respect for yourself.

DIET

Restricted for 7 days prior to arrival-

 

  • Drug Use – includes prescription drugs and recreational drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Sex or Sexual Activity

 

Restricted for 3 days prior to arrival-

  • Salt
  • Sugars or Artificial Sweeteners
  • Red Meat
  • Pork
  • Animal Fats
  • All Fermented foods
  • Dairy Products
  • Aged cheeses
  • Caffeine (coffee and sodas)
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Hot spices/peppers
  • Processed Foods
  • Fried Foods
  • Yeast
  • Soy sauce
  • Fava Beans
  • Miso soup (contains fermented bean curd)
  • Sauerkraut
  • Over-ripe fruits or dried fruits

All meals provided by New Life Ayahuasca will adhere to all ayahuasca diet restrictions.

Some information provided by AyaAdvisor.

 

For more information on ayahuasca interactions with medications, please visit our Safety page.