Ayahuasca and Iboga Retreat
Two sacred medicines in one healing program
New Life Ayahuasca is the first center in Costa Rica, and one of only a few in the world that offers both sacred medicines ayahuasca and iboga together in a single program. We feel that each medicine offers something unique that contributes to overall well being. Through out the years of working with ayahuasca and iboga we have seen a wide range of reactions to the experiences. Some people connect more with one medicine over another. Since it is impossible for us to predict which medicine will be most beneficial for any particular person, we created our 2 week program with both. Iboga centers exist all over the world and most ayahuasca centers are in Peru but almost none offer both. New Life Ayahuasca offers the convenience of having a program with ayahuasca and iboga, offering each participant an rare opportunity to experience both medicines in one location for maximum benefit.
Duality and Balance
Duality is so important in regard to healing. You can not have light without darkness. We must learn to embrace both the positive and the negative to really know our whole selves and grow which is what makes our joint program so effective. Ayahuasca and Iboga have such duality that it creates balance. Iboga is largely recognizes as a masculine energy while ayahuasca is feminine. The balance of male and female energies helps bring balance into our psychological state. Iboga is said to be stern while ayahuasca is soft. Ayahuasca is said to be external while iboga is said to be internal.
Our iboga ceremonies incorporate elements of Bwiti, the spiritual practice that has surrounded traditional iboga use for centuries. The process with iboga spans the course of several days and involves many smaller preparatory ceremonies that lead up to the large dose. We try to include these rituals to honor and respect the medicine. In 2017 owners Jeanae and Matt traveled to Gabon where Matt underwent a full initiation and then the two were married in a Bwiti ceremony.
Our ayahuasca ceremonies are let by Owner Matthew Mormello. He has been traveling to Peru for the last 2 years to complete diets and learn more about traditional ayahuasca use. Matt’s 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. Matt sings Icaros, plays the Gong, Tibetan Singing bowl and guitar to help guide the participants’ experience.
New Life Iboga places the safety of our guests as our highest priority. We offer ceremonies based on traditional iboga use while applying a western medical approach. We require all patients to complete medical screening to be certain ibogaine treatment can be safely administered. Based on the answers to these questions, we will determine what tests need to be done to determine if an individual is a candidate for ibogaine treatment. These tests always include blood work and an EKG.