Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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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.
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Ayahuasca FAQ

Ayahuasca FAQ-

Q: How long does it take to feel the effects?

A: Anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours, but generally speaking most people start to feel the effects of ayahuasca about an hour after drinking the brew.

 

Q: How long does the experience last?

A: Each experience is different, but about 3-4 hours on average. How long you feel the effects of ayahuasca depends on a number of things including the strength of the medicine, your sensitivity to the medicine, etc…

 

Q: Is it the experience the same every time you drink ayahuasca?

A: No, every experience is different. Some experiences are very intense, some are subtle and gentle. Regardless of how many times you have drank ayahuasca or even if you use the same quantity and quality of medicine every time, you can still get very different results. Ayahuasca has a certain energy that can be felt each time you drink, but the overall experience usually varies each time.

 

Q: Will I vomit?

A: Mostly likely. Not everyone experiences the purge in the form of vomiting, but it is likely that you will. Some people may also experience diarrhea during the ayahuasca experience. This may sound unpleasant, and it can be, but the purge serves its purpose in detoxing the body and spirit. It represents the release of negative built up energies in the body and soul.

 

Q: Will I see visions and what are they like?

A: We can not guarantee you will have visions as ayahuasca affects all people differently. However, the vast majority of people that consume ayahuasca do have intense visual experiences. This sacred medicine manifests itself differently to all people so it is impossible for us to predict what your visual experience will be like. Just trust that the medicine will take you where you need to go.

 

Q: Is ayahuasca dangerous?

A: Ayahuasca can be dangerous for certain people with pre-existing medical conditions or people taking certain medications. Please refer to our ayahuasca safety page for in more information about potential dangers. Always disclose any medications or herbal supplements with staff when making reservations.

 

Q: Can I overdose/die from ayahuasca?

A: Scientifically speaking, you can overdose on ayahuasca but you would not die from it unless there were pre-existing medical conditions or other medications were mixed with ayahuasca consumption. We can assure you that at New Life Ayahuasca we would never administer any dose of ayahuasca brew that would put any guest in danger of overdose. Please always follow our safety precautions and the ayahuasca diet strictly.

 

Q: Is ayahuasca addictive?

A: No, ayahuasca is not addictive. Ayahuasca brew is a sacred plant medicine that is used for spiritual growth and healing. An ayahuasca experience can be pleasurable, but it can also come with some discomfort.

 

Q: Why do people continue to drink ayahuasca again and again?

A: People can have extremely profound life changing experiences from ayahuasca. As mentioned earlier, each time you drink the brew the experience is different. Each experience is a new opportunity to learn and grow in different ways. This is what makes ayahuasca so appealing to spiritual seekers and those wishing to overcome destructive behaviors.

 

Q: Can I drink ayahuasca if I am pregnant?

A: No. At New Life Ayahuasca we do not allow any pregnant women or those who think they may be pregnant consume ayahuasca. We also do not allow any minors at ceremony or at our facility.

Questions about New Life Ayahuasca

Q: Do you make your own medicine?

A: Our medicine is made in Peru by a reputable shaman using ingredients grown directly on his farm. Please refer to our page about our brew for more information about the importance of knowing where the medicine comes from and what it contains.

Q. Do you have a shaman?

A: Our ceremonies are facilitated by Matt, who acts as a guide for the experience. While he would never refer to himself a Shaman,  his 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, and his Icaros and unique way of playing a Tibetan signing bowl help guide the participants’ experience.

 

Q: Is there internet?

A: Yes, we have WiFi available at our facility. However, we require that no electronics are used for 12 hours prior to participation in ceremony.

 

Q: Is there hot water?

A: Yes, our facility is equipped with a solar water heater.

 

Q: How do I get to the New Life Ayahuasca facility and how long does it take?

A: We are located in the mountains of San Ramon. We provide complimentary airport pick up. We are about an hour from SJO international airport in Costa Rica. Return transportation to SJO is the responsibility of the participant, however we are happy to help arrange for a cab or take you to the bus station.

 

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Everything is provided for you once you arrive at New Life Ayahuasca. The only thing you need to bring with you is spending money for souvenirs, cigarettes (if you smoke), and return transportation to the airport (we are happy to arrange for a cab or take you to the bus station. Also, please be advised Costa Rica charges a tax of $30 to leave the country, however most airlines have starting to include this tax in the price of the ticket. Please visit our page on What to Bring for more information and suggestions on how to pack for your ayahuasca retreat.

 

Q: How many people are accommodated for ayahuasca retreats?

A: Each week we typically limit spacing to 7 participants, however we may make exceptions for couples. We will never have more that 8 participants per ceremony.