Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 65 reviews
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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.

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.
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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.