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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Ayahuasca Vs. Iboga

Iboga and Ayahuasca

iboga and ayahuasca

Iboga Plant

When researching iboga and ayahuasca they often reference each other, but are they really alike? They are alike in the sense that they are both entheogens and sacred plant medicines that have been used by the native peoples of their respective origins for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. They both contain psychoactive properties that can produce visions but iboga and ayahuasca have far more differences than they do similarities.

Origins

Iboga and Ayahuasca come from two different parts of the world. Iboga is the central pillar for the spiritual practice Bwiti and originates in West Africa, mainly Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo. The people of this region use the alkaloid-containing roots of the plant in a number of ceremonies. Ayahuasca is native to the Amazonian area of South America, specifically Peru.

Ceremonies

Iboga and ayahuasca have very different ceremonies. Iboga ceremonies typically only have a few participants consuming large doses of iboga (small doses are commonly used during ceremony, but not a vision-producing dose) while the whole community comes to participate in the ceremonies. Ayahuasca ceremonies usually have many participants drinking the sacred brew while the ceremony is led by a select few. Natives of Africa usually only consume large doses of iboga once or twice in a lifetime while ayahuasceros consume ayahuasca many times through out their lifetimes.

Effects

Each plant medicine has its own unique feel. Iboga is not often described as pleasurable, but certainly has benefits for its use. Ayahuasca on the other hand, can be quite enjoyable even with the purging process, and gives information in a very different way than iboga. Both medicines are used for those seeking to improve their lives, their connections to others and the earth, and finding a balance in life. Both iboga and ayahuasca bring the participant into direct contact with spirits realm, earth and nature.

iboga and ayahuasca

Ayahuasca Vine

Most users report that iboga has a masculine energy while ayahuasca has a feminine energy. Iboga shows things in a very blunt, direct way while ayahuasca can be gentle and comforting. New Life Iboga believes that participating in a program to experience both medicines creates a balance of these extreme energies to promote maximum healing.

Which Plant Medicine is Best for Me?

New Life Ayhuasca recommends a 2 week program to experience both iboga and ayahuasca for the highest potential of healing and growth, however, we understand this is not always possible for everyone.

Ibogaine treatment requires a person to be of a certain level of physical health to participate. To ensure the safety of all our clients we conduct rigorous medical screening. For those who are unable to participate in ibogaine treatment, we recommend ayahuasca. (Medical screening is also done for participation in ayahuasca ceremonies, however, certain conditions that could be exclusions for ibogaine treatment would not exclude you from ayahuasca ceremonies.)

For those seeking relief from drug addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD or compulsive behaviors, ibogaine may be the better option . Ibogaine has the ability to reduce/eliminate withdrawal from opiates and act as a reset on the receptors in the brain. This allows any drug user to have greatly reduced cravings. Ibogaine is also known to give insights into ones past and can create understand and peace of other conditions of the mind.

Ibogaine treatment is best for those who have destructive patterns or behaviors in their lives and are seeking a huge life transformation. It is not a particularly pleasurable experience and those seeking treatment should be prepared for a very harsh reality shift.

For those seeking a profoundly spiritual but pleasurable feel-good experience, ayahuasca may be a better option. An ayahuasca retreat also opens your mind to different perceptions of reality. Ayahuasca is a plant teacher and each time you drink is a new learning experience. Many people who have experienced ayahuasca continue to drink again and again to keep a spiritual connection and to gain answers about life, nature and the connections of all things.

 Both plant medicines require respect and should be taken seriously when considering participation in either one. Always do thorough research when picking a facility.

Ibogaine and Ayahuasca Treatment Therapy

New Life Iboga  believes in the healing power the sacred plant medicines ibogaine and ayahuasca. We feel a week of ayahuasca ceremonies following ibogaine treatment can have profoundly beneficial results for spiritual discovery, personal growth, recovery and healing. All New Life Iboga full-time staff have experienced both ibogaine and ayahuasca and have had immensely positive life changes as a result. This is what ignited the idea and fuels our passion to make both of these plant medicines available in one treatment program.

New Life Iboga was the first treatment clinic in Costa Rica, and one of only a few in the world, to offer a program including iboga and ayahuasca and the ceremonies that surround their use. While others have tried to duplicate our unique therapy protocols, we remain the original innovators of the most beneficial healing programs available. Our program is two weeks and consists of one week of ibogaine treatment followed by a week of ayahuasca ceremonies every other night with 3 total. Ibogaine treatment and ayahuasca ceremonies are done at our beautiful facility in Costa Rica.