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 Ayahuasca Guide –
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 facility.
At the same time he arrived in Costa Rica, Matt started getting involved with ayahuasca. Over the following 2 years, he 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. 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.
Matt would never call himself a Shaman, as he feels he has much more to learn and his whole life to discover more about ayahuasca and the ceremonies surrounding its use; he would refer to himself as an ayahuasca guide . 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 ayahuascaconsumption and contributes to the live music performed during ceremony. New Life Ayahuasca limits spacing for ayahuasca retreats to 6 so that Matt is able to give each person the individualized attention they deserve during such a profound experience.