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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 99 reviews
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Filled with gratitude

★★★★★
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I don't hesitate in recommending New Life, and Matt and Jeanae. I couldn't have asked for a better (first) experience. The views are incredible, house and rooms really comfortable, food fantastic and I always felt welcome and safe. Matt and Jeanae are impressive, friendly, kind and dedicated people. I can't comment on the experience you'll have with the medicine itself, as it is always different, but you will be safe, secure, and in expert, caring hands at all times. Plus Jeanae's yoga classes are excellent, and exactly what I needed! My journey is just beginning - and I hope to be back. A big thank you to Matt and Jeanae.

Amazing retreat

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The retreat was an amazing experience. Well organized, welcoming and friendly. Matt and Jeanae's love and dedication to their practice shows in every aspect of the retreat. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone considering an Ayahuasca retreat.

Wish I did it sooner

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This was an amazing experience and I wished I did it 10 years ago. I was super hesitant and didn't believe a place and experience could have so many 5 stars reviews. So if your reading this just dive it and sign up your already wasting time. To help you out heres my detailed review: Site - This is a fastastic location only 90 minutes from the airport. It has beautiful views of the the surrounding mountains and ocean. It is very spacious and everyone has a private room with bathroom. Everything was very clean and welcoming. Hosts - Both Matt and Jeanae are down to earth wholesome people. From the moment you arrive they are there to make you feel comfortable, safe, and at home. They are super easy to talk to and take away the hype surrounding the experience and help you understand exactly what you are hoping into and what to expect. For me, they made it the perfect setting for a new experience. Experience - There is already a lot on the site about the experiences and definitely more on youtube. Being a cynic I assumed that all of these mind blowing reviews were from people who never did psychedelics before. I was wrong. While I am very experienced this was a completely new experience for me. Despite being a psychedelic veteran I was extremely anxious as I took the first sip of medicine. The only similarity to other trips was the build, peak, and trailing off. My experience was one of love, healing, and cleaning and I felt like I was in a massive embrace ridding me of all of the toxic frustration and anger that has built up over the last 20 years. I feel light as a feather and I took it over 2 weeks ago now. Keep in mind that everyone's experience is very different and that you might trip hard the first time, take 2x the second time and feel nothing. Aya is a very peculiar medicine. I think I can best sum it up as it may not give you what you want but it will give you what you need. So follow the diet, clear your mind, head on down and open your eyes. Matt exceeded all of my expectations as a shaman and Jeanae was a perfect sitter and I felt totally safe the whole time. Next Steps - Aya will open your eyes but it is only the first step. You will have to take the rest to get to be where you want to be. It is a very powerful first step and I have seen the results first hand with my partner and my friends. I believe it should be a right of passage as you get older and stuck in your ways and routine. I'll be back and look forward to my next journey. If you read this far just book it. Good luck!
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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 Ayahuasca Guide –

Matthew Mormello, our founder and director, got involved with plant medicine in 2010. He acts as our ayahuasca guide 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.

 

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.Read More

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 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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