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.