Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250



New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 96 reviews
5 1

Shamanic Value

5 5 1
Just before I traveled to New Life, I was given a book. It was a coincidence that the book was Stone Age Wisdom and that it was about shamanism. More important, it was something that I needed to read at just that moment – such are the synchronicities that pop up in your life if you’re ready to notice them. I knew a lot about Ayahuasca from reading and listening to Terrence McKenna. But I had given almost no thought to the other important factor in Ayahuasca ceremonies – the shaman. Author Tom Crockett wrote his book to demystify the function played by those who facilitate, host and present the ceremonies. His central premise is that shamanic work is about helping people to learn about and to heal themselves. You don’t have to be from a traditional culture and you don’t need a PhD in Shamanistic Studies. You just need to understand – intellectually and viscerally – the value of the rituals and pre-modern practices that can be so effective with or without the plant medicines. I feel very lucky that I ended up at a retreat with Matthew Mormello. The whole experience certainly engaged me in profound ways. Matt has obviously been trained well by traditional mentors but his background as an American helped make him and the ceremonies that much more amenable. He never refers to himself as a shaman but Matt’s efforts impressed me for their balance of wild energy and ceremonial dignity. I haven’t experienced so-called real shaman so I don’t know what I missed. But from what I know from reading is that Matt set the perfect tone and ambiance in which Mother Ayahuasca could do her magic. The experience can be a little intimidating so the other value provided by Matt and his partner Janae is safety. They really care about taking care of people. The feeling you get is love. They love what they’re doing. They love to help and serve. And they love enough to be really professional about the whole operation. The food is great. The rooms are great. The amenities are great. All in all: this is real value. The Ayahuasca experience is much more than merely drinking a plant medicine. It starts from the moment you are welcomed to the beautiful house high in the hills of San Ramon. This is something important to any shamanistic experience: the location. With a forever view of the surrounding hills, ocean and skies, this location is indeed liminal. The house is one with the sky and abounds with character and warmth. And all of that is buttressed by the warmth and care of Matt and Janae themselves. I’m still glowing and reverberating with little lessons from Aya weeks after the experience. If I didn’t get the genuine performance from a card-carrying native shaman in Peru, then I don’t care. I got what I needed. Thanks Matt and Janae, it was perfect.

Serene setting, beautiful experience

5 5 1
This was my first aya experience and I went into it with great expectations. Matt and Jeanae, who are both wonderful people, have created the perfect environment and did not disappoint. All attendees felt safe and comfortable which allows for a more profound experience with the medicine. The food, property, guests, and Shaman (and Jeanae!!!) were all A+. I couldn't recommend this place more and I will most certainly be going back.

Profound Experience

5 5 1
It's very difficult to describe what an amazing experience this was. Matt and Jeanae make you feel right at home upon arrival to their beautiful property. The rooms are amazing and very comfortable, and the view from the back porch every morning is breathtaking. Overall just a very positive energy surrounds this place and I instantly fell in love with it.. The ceremonies are unbelievably astonishing. Matt guides you through this intense experience with absolutely amazing Icaros, Gong, Drum, and Guitar. He becomes one with this medicine during ceremony, and it left me speechless. You can tell he puts 100% of his energy and passion into this, and I hold the upmost respect for him. Jeanae also plays the most beautiful sounding flute I've ever heard, and her presence during the ceremony is very soothing. Matt and Jeanae are very genuine and sincere people and I'm very grateful for what they have done for me. I cannot wait to go back!...Oh and Chopper is the coolest cat you will ever meet!
More Reviews

Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

Ayahuasca Retreat

Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

     New Life Ayahuasca offers 5 and 7 day ayahuasca retreats in Costa Rica to experience this sacred plant medicine. We work to provide a safe spiritual environment that promotes healing during you stay. Our staff has felt the profound effects of this medicine and have made it our mission to help others on their journey to spiritual and personal healing through an ayahuasca experience.

ayahuasca retreats

Stepping into our facility

Ayahuasca retreats can be beneficial for all people. Regardless of an individuals background or history of spiritual/religious beliefs, an ayahuasca experience can bring about intense emotions and revelations that can lead to a better life. The only thing you need is an open mind and the desire to have an experience that can enhance spirituality and awareness of life and all that surrounds us.


Read an article from our blog on the 6 most common benefits reported by participants after an ayahuasca experience. Ayahuasca Benefits
ayahuasca experience

Private Rooms

Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica can change your perception of life and all that exists. Many users report a renewed vigor for life and appreciation for nature and the ways in which all things are connected. In recent years, use of ayahuasca has been researched for treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction because of the ways it can alter perceptions of reality. This shift in perception allows for the opportunity of reflecting on past experiences/traumas/histories in a different light and from a place of peace.

The ayahuasca experience at New Life Ayahuasca is not your typical jungle ayahuasca retreat. Our beautiful facility offers all the modern comforts the Western world is accustomed to.  All guest rooms are private with their own attached bathroom. All bathrooms are equipped with hot water. We have WiFi (although we discourage the use of electronics for 6 hrs prior to ceremonies), a large indoor pool, and hot tub. All meals provided follow the ayahuasca diet.

To maximize healing during your ayahuasca retreat Costa Rica, we offer a variety of therapies including Yoga and massage. One free massage session is included in the retreat package. We hope these additional therapies will make your retreat a powerful healing experience.

Our facility in San Ramon is an hour from the airport. We provide complimentary pick up from SJO International Airport. The cost of return transportation is the responsibility of the guest, however, we are happy to arrange for cabs or drop participants off at the bus station. We limit our ayahuasca retreat to 8 guests per week so we can provide individualized attention and support.


Matthew Mormello, our founder and owner, leads all of our ayahuasca retreat ceremonies. Matt has been involved with plant medicine since 2010, first working with iboga(ine) in New York and Costa Rica. Over the last 2 years he has transitioned his focus from ibogaine therapy to ayahuasca retreats. He has participated in hundreds of ceremonies and has evolved into a strong and compassionate ceremonial facilitator. He strives to create a safe healing environment for all our participants. More Info


We pride ourselves on the services we provide and making each ayahuasca experience memorable and fulfilling. At New Life Ayahuasca we understand that ayahuasca retreats can be intimidating and some nervousness is completely normal for first time participants. It is very important to us to make you feel comfortable, safe and secure in our ceremonial environment and offer additional therapies to maximize personal healing during your stay with us. Check out our video testimonials and reviews from past ayahuasca retreat guests.

New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 96 reviews
5 1
Read Testimonials


3 Ayahuasca Ceremonies

1 Massage


All Ayahuasca Dieta Meals

Private Room and Bath

Complete access to Pool & Spa

Off-site Activity

Airport Pick-up 11am – 1pm