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

★★★★★
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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 Shaman


Ayahuasca Shaman

Role of Shamans-

Ayahuasca shamans, or an ayahuasca guide, play an important role in ayahuasca ceremonies. For thousands of years, ayahuasca has been used by natives of the Amazonian area of South Peru in a ritualistic and ceremonial setting. The purpose of ayahuasca use is primarily healing and spiritual communication. Ayahuasca shamans have a great deal of experience with the medicine, both in their own experiences with the sacred medicine and in helping others through their experiences.

Our Ayahuascquero –

Matthew Mormello, our founder and director, got involved with plant medicine in 2010. He acts as our ayahuascquero for all retreats and ceremonies.

Ever since Matt was introduced to ayahuasca through an episode on National Geographic, he was immediately drawn to the sacred medicine. He told himself, “This is it, this is what i have to do.” But first, his path led him to the world of ibogaine, which he was treated with in 2011 on HBO’s VICE TV. After his treatment, he stayed involved by learning the spiritual aspects of Bwiti, which uses iboga as a sacrament, and participated in ceremonies until 2013, when he came to Costa Rica and began working more intimately with iboga at a treatment center.

At the same time he arrived in Costa Rica, Matt started getting involved with ayahuasca. In the years since, he has participated in many ceremonies, traveled to Peru, eagerly consuming any information he could find or be taught about the sacred medicine ayahuasca. Now he has participated in hundreds of ceremonies and has evolved in his own rite as a ceremonial facilitator. He continues to travel to Iquitos every few months to continue learning. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding, and his Icaros and help guide the participants’ experience.

 

Matts Story

Read more about Matt’s story – his history battling addiction, how he came to discover ibogaine and ayahuasca, his continued sobriety and how he was able to realize his dream by opening New Life Ayahuasca.

Matt would never call himself a Shaman, as he feel that word is overused by people who are undeserving of its title. Instead he considers himself an ayahuasquero, or someone who works with ayahuasca . Matt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. When researching ayahuasca, there are many warnings about false ayahuasca shamans and scams. While Matt may not be a Shaman (yet) there is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others.

Matt performs rituals for protection and cleansing prior to ayahuasca consumption and sings Icaros, plays the guitar, drum, gong and Tibetan singing bowl. He is assisted in ceremony by his wife Jeanae, who plays the flute and acts as a sitter through out the night.  New Life Ayahuasca limits spacing for ayahuasca retreats so that Matt is able to give each person the individualized attention they deserve during such a profound experience. Reserve now.

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