Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 65 reviews
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Exactly what I needed

★★★★★
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I was very impressed with what Matt and Jeanae have put together at New Life. Bring your camera! The property is incredible with hiking trails and lots to explore, the food is superb and left my belly happy the entire trip, and the ceremonies were very well organized and intimate. Matt's icaros are out of this world, and some of the songs from ceremony are still ringing in my head a week later :) The small group sizes were one of the things that drew me into New Life, and I wasn't disappointed. I had a great time getting to know the other people in my group and sharing our experiences. Everyone helped me interpret and understand my visions, including Matt, Jeanae, Andy (our amazing chef), and the wonderful souls I drank with in ceremony. The medicine is very potent, and being my first experience with Ayahuasca I'm glad I chose a place that was able to provide this with a feeling of safety and comfortability. The massage was wonderful and the day-trip to the waterfall was a perfect way to spend our day off between ceremonies. Matt and Jeanae are very genuine individuals that do their best to provide a safe and transformative journey for each of their guests. The retreat left me with a greater love and appreciation for myself. Now at home, I have a newfound motivation/inspiration to live a more productive life. If you feel a calling from the medicine, the 5-day retreat is a great affordable option for your first journey!

An Amazing Place

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New Life Ayahausca is located a comfortable drive from San Jose Airport in a secluded farming area. The vistas and the property is absolutely stunning. I appreciated the comfortable surroundings of the facility, it exceeded any expectation I had. It was more like a 5 star resort. The facilitators, Matt and Jeanae, are wonderful souls;they exude a delightful kindness and compassion to all their guests. There is no doubt that they've been called by the spirit to provide healing to those that seek out Mother Aya. Matt sings icaros throughout ceremony and they are very powerful and healing. The food is incredibly good, freshly prepared with finest ingredients and always plentiful. I'll be back again when Madre calls and it would never cross my mind to go elsewhere. I highly recommend New Life Ayahuasca.

Eternally Grateful

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I write this review with the utmost amazement, gratitude, and love in my heart for Jennae, Matt, and their two helpers Jake and Andy. What you do for others, and for yourselves, has moved me to tears many times since meeting you at New Life Ayahuasca. I am eternally grateful to each of you for making my experience unforgettable. Like most first-timers, I was nervous yet excited to drink Ayahuasca. I had been battling severe anxiety and hypochondria for months, and I was no longer OK with having my day run by such viruses of the mind. I had done enough psychedelics in the past, as well as research, and felt as though I experienced a gravitational pull to Ayahuasca during the several months leading up to my arrival at New Life. By my side for this adventure, like many other adventures, was my (now fiance who I proposed to at the retreat) Kat. I felt ready. We all later joked about how fairly easy it was to spot the others in the group at the airport based on clothing, mannerisms, and reading material. Once we met, the conversation flowed. I think we were all surprised with how open and transparent everyone was about why they had chosen to travel to Costa Rica to drink the mother’s milk. I couldn’t have been happier with the character, humor, sincerity, intelligence, and introspectiveness that prevailed throughout the group. When we all arrived at the actual property, we were all completely awestruck. Jennae and Matt gave us a tour around the house that sits atop a hill overlooking the mountains and ocean. It was absolutely stunning. Everything about the house was comfortable. The actual ceremony was beautiful, and the amount of care, attention to detail, passion, and love that went into it was incredible. We couldn’t say enough about Matt, the leader (or chaman) of the ceremony. He puts his heart and soul into each session, and how exhausted and spent he appeared each night was a testament to that effort. His singing was other-worldly, his guitar-playing inspirational, and his presence was very comforting. Throughout the week, we ate like royalty. The food, compliments of Andy, was gangbusters! Absolutely top-notch! Kat and I stuck strictly to the diet (la dieta) for 10 days prior to our trip, and didn’t cook nearly as well as Andy did for us. It made the experience even more enjoyable. We had access to the humungous pool, a yoga gym, a wealth of reading material, the most entertaining cats, WIFI, and plenty of land to traverse and explore. They even took us to a gorgeous beach the day after our first ceremony. Kambo (the poison from a tree frog) was another experience that was offered to us. It is a very intense yet rewarding ceremony during which Jennae administers a small amount of the neurotoxin to your left arm. A few seconds later and the effects begin. It is a challenging experience but highly worth it, as it is common to feel a higher level of mental clarity, less inflammation, and happier overall. During the kambo ceremony, Jennae is very informative, caring, and as calming as she is during the Ayahuasca ceremony. Overall, my experience was 10 / 10. Jennae and Matt run a very professional and comfortable retreat that I would recommend to anyone. Drinking Ayahuasca can be hard work, and for me, having Jennae, Jake, and Andy as caretakers (for when you can’t find your bucket in the dark haha), and Matt, who was like a real-life Gandalf guiding us through the spirit world, made this experience unforgettable. This life we live is an adventure, and drinking Ayahuasca at New Life just amplified it for me. If I was to drink Ayahuasca again, I wouldn’t think twice about returning to New Life.
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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.