Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 71 reviews
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An incredible experience

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I run my own startup in Japan and decided to make a trip out to Costa Rica to try ayahuasca. Mainly out of curiosity, and some personal-development issues I wanted to work on. This was my first ayahuasca experience. Everything I read beforehand pointed to he importance of putting yourself in a great environment (especially the first time) and with a shaman or guide that you can trust. I was super happy with the experience at New Life. I can personally vouch for both Matt and Jeanea who run it — they are wonderful people and have a beautiful, secluded retreat. You're surrounded with a small group of like-minded people so it's intimate, but you don't have to socialize the whole time and can enjoy a lot of quiet/personal space. Also, there is a badass swimming pool and some of the best cooking I have ever had. Honestly, I would pay to stay at their place even if they didn’t have ayahuasca — it’s that good. A little bit more about the actual trip: Taking ayahuasca isn’t some tourist attraction like seeing the Eiffel Tower or visiting the petting zoo— this is the real deal. It isn’t even like a fun mushroom trip. It’s a lot more difficult than that, but it can be very eye-opening. I definitely recommend having an "intention" or point of focus for each ceremony is highly recommended so you can have maintain a sense of purpose. Ayahuasca will transport your mind to a whole different dimension, make you think you’re a tree frog, and kill your ego 1000 times over. It will crush you and bring you back to life. Really, it will put you through the gauntlet, but it's well worth it. Can't wait to make another trip out in a year from now. :)

Incredible experience thanks to NLA

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Jeanae and Matt were fantastic hosts, the food was excellent, preparations were very thorough, the facility was beautiful and relaxing & Matt was fantastic at leading the ceremony. (I was blown away by his shamanic ability) "Trying to explain Ayahuasca to someone is like: a cat momentarily entering a human's body, then attempting to explain that experience to another cat via meows and paw gestures." (Something a friend at NLA said to me) If you've never done Ayahuasca, you really have no idea what to expect. If you have done Ayahuasca, you still don't fully know what to expect. You might have some control of the trip, you might have no control whatsoever. What you can control is the setting, and (at least for me,) the setting will greatly influence how meaningful, worthwhile and comfortable the trip will be. I can't think of a better setting than NLA. During the beautiful yet terrifying and incredibly trying experience of a full-on Ayahuasca trip, it was very helpful to remember where I was and who was looking out for me in those moments when I was able to come up for a brief breath of reality.

Amazing and relaxing time!

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I was very comfortable in all ways, I was able to relax and focus on myself. Jeanae and Matt were very caring, welcoming and friendly. The place, people and environment was beautiful. I wouldn't change anything about my experience. I am overjoyed that I got to spend my first experience with Jeanae and Matt. They answered any questions I had and made the entire experience enjoyable and fulfilling.
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DMT – Dimethyltryptamine

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What is Dimethyltryptamin?

DMT or Dimethyltryptamine, is a psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family along with Psilocin (the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’). Its hallucinogenic properties often produce extreme spiritual and euphoric experiences. Smoking is the most common route of DMT administration and typically lasts 5-20 minutes with users typically feeling the effects within the first 45 seconds and peaking after about 2 minutes.  DMT, whether smoked or ingested through ayahuasca, is reported by many to have life-changing effects. Many credit this amazing compound for relieving anxiety, depression, addiction and other physical diseases. It is also interesting to note how similar the Dimethyltryptamin molecule is to Seretonin – a neurotransmitter which contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. It has even earned the nickname ‘the spirit molecule’ thanks to the book and documentary of the same name. The evidence of the healing capabilities of DMT are irrefutable thanks to much modern scientific research on the compound.

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Ayahuasca and DMT

What do ayahuasca and DMT have in common? DMT is the active ingredient in ayahuasca brew, and what allows for the intense visionary experience of the sacred medicine. DMT is naturally occurring in chacruna  – an essential ingredient to ayahuasca. But these plants need to be combined with b. cappi to complete the brew. B cappi, better known as the ayahausca vine or vine of the souls, contains MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) that allow the compound to be orally active. ‘Without an MAOI, the body quickly metabolizes orally administered DMT, and it therefore has no hallucinogenic effect unless the dose exceeds monoamine oxidase’s metabolic capacity.’ (Wikipedia) This means the visionary state can last for 4-6 hours compared to the 5-15 minutes when smoking Dimethyltryptamin (smoking, injecting or vaporizing can produce a short visionary experience as the compound is able to reach the brain before it can be metabolized by the body’s natural MAOs . Both plants are required in the brew to create a visionary experience, leading many scientist and researchers to wonder how the indigenous people of the Amazonian area were able to obtain the complex knowledge of how to prepare ayahuasca.

For a first time user of DMT, the experience can be overwhelming, as everything seems to happen so quickly as it has a very rapid onset, and before you even have time to realize it you are transported to an entirely different mindset. Many report the sensation of ‘flying through space’. Ayahuasca use allows you to gradually enter a space where you have time to get familiar with the medicine, navigate the space and acquire knowledge by either direct communication or divination for the spirit of ayahuasca.

Spirit Molecule

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DMT visions

Many are familiar with DMT from the book or documentary, The Spirit Molcule. ‘In 1990, Dr. Rick Strassman administered 400 doses of the highly psychedelic compound Dimethyltryptamin to 60 volunteers at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine in Albuqerque. During their brief 10-to-30-minute journeys, participants reported fantastical tales of having their consciousness rocketed out of their bodies across the universe, experiencing near-death encounters, contacting otherworldly beings, and accessing mystical dimensions that were both enlightening and heavenly, as well as hellish and haunting.’ (Huffingpost) It is called the ‘Spirit Molecule’ because of the intensely spiritual visionary experiences reported by participants of studies and the countless personal testimonies of both DMT and ayahuasca users.