Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 117 reviews
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Amazing experience

★★★★★
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I had a really amazing experience at NLA. Matt and Jeanae are very caring, friendly people and they run their retreat in a very professional manner. I was always well taken care of with great food and really comfortable rooms with a private bathroom. The house where the retreat is held is a really beautiful space to spend a week relaxing and taking part in the ceremonies. The ceremonies themselves usually have no more than 8 people and are really well guided by Matt with an additional 2 other people acting as ‘carers’ to assist people if they need anything. It’s always best to do your own research when deciding on which retreat to go to because drinking plant medicines isn’t always an easy journey. But I can honestly say that NLA is a great place to start if you’re looking for a safe, comfortable place to partake where you’re guided in caring, professional hands at all times.

Out of this world I experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
Beautiful property set on top of the mountain, offering spectacular views of the ocean and Costa Rica landscape. Small group size to share a week of interpersonal transformation. Private rooms with comfortable beds, home cooked meals, clean environment, and bonding time helped add trust, safety, and relaxation to the experience. If you are considering taking the ayahuasca journey, Matt and Janae offer the perfect environment for you!

Amazing!

★★★★★
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After spending a week here at the retreat all I can say is that I had an amazing time. The food was very high quality, fresh and interesting and following the correct diet needed. The property is stunning with large clean areas inside and out to mingle with other guests or the private rooms with private bathrooms and large and airy and very comfortable. There is hiking trails, a large swimming pool and hot ub which were very nice. The ceremony’s were very good, strong medicine and done in an authentic way as is done in Peru. My first time drinking Ayahuascha and I definitely picked the right place, only 8 people per ceremony which is perfect for what I wanted. The owners Matt and Jeanae were very friendly and helpful with everything and a big shout out to Drew who helps out, had some great chats with him and he’s very funny
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Ayahuasca Safety


Ayahuasca Safety

ayahuasca safety

New Life Ayahuasca’s top priority is to conduct safe spiritual ceremonies. Ayahuasca can be very safe when used properly. The primary risk involved in participating in ayahuasca ceremonies is contraindications with prescription medications and other drugs. Ayahuasca contains MAOIs and can thus have negative interactions with some medications or herbal supplements.

As a general rule, New Life Ayahuasca recommends that a participant be off of all medications or supplements and to follow the ayahuasca diet prior to arrival. NEVER STOP TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH A DOCTOR.

Before making reservations to attend an ayahuasca retreat at our facility, we will conduct a brief medical screening. We do this with every potential participant to ensure the safety of our ceremonies.

Always follow the ayahuasca diet before participation in any ceremony.

If you have any questions about potential health risks or medications you are taking, please speak with our staff so we can determine if you can safely participate in ayahuasca ceremonies.

 

Psychological Conditions

Overall, ayahuasca is considered to have positive psychological effects on its users. However, there is the possibility of risk to ones psychological well being if ayahuasca is consumed by participants with certain psychological conditions. Those who suffer from schizophrenia or psychosis should not participate in ayahuasca ceremonies.

Physical Conditions

High blood pressure/cardiac conditions –  It is not recommended that anyone suffering from high blood pressure or cardiac conditions should consume ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is known to elevate blood pressure levels so those who already suffer from high blood pressure or cardiac conditions are at high risk for complications.

Extreme liver disease – Ayahuasca is processed through the liver so if an individual is in advanced stages of liver disease, the added stress could be potentially dangerous.

 

No Drugs 7 days prior to arrival-

Illegal or recreational drugs that are VERY dangerous to combine with MAOIs:

  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine), ephedrine, MDMA (Ecstasy), MDA, MDEA, PMA
  • Opiates (heroin, morphine, codeine and especially opium)
  • Dextromethorphan (DXM)
  • Nutmeg (at psycho-active levels)
  • Mescaline (any phenethylamine)
  • Barbiturates
  • Alcohol
  • Kratom
  • Kava
  • 5 MEO-DMT

 

 

Medications to Avoid

While it is advisable that no medications be consumed prior to ayahuasca participation so the body is free of outside chemicals and best able to process the medicine, some medications may be taken throughout the ayahuasca retreat. The following are a list of medications to avoid taking prior to participation. NOTE: NEVER STOP ANY MEDICATION WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

  • other MAOIs
  • SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
  • antihypertensives (high blood pressure medicine)
  • appetite suppressants (diet pills)
  • medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems; antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, Bromarest-DM or -DX, Dimetane-DX cough syrup, Dristan Cold & Flu, Phenergan with Dextromethorphan, Robitussin-DM, Vicks Formula 44-D, several Tylenol cold, cough, and flu preparations, and many others — any drug containing dextromethorphan/ DXM or with DM, DX or Tuss in its name.)
  • CNS (central nervous system) depressants (xanax, ativan, etc)
  • vasodilators
  • barbiturates
  • alcohol

For a complete comprehensive list of medications to avoid and more information on Ayahuasca Safety  please click here.