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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 63 reviews
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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.

Incredible Experience

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Where do I start, I had such a wonderful time at New Life Ayahuasca.. Matt, Jeanae, Andy & Jake are such wonderful people. Each are so unique but yet they all compliment each other and create this beautiful calming environment. THE FOOD was out of this world...the fact they don't use salt yet it was so tasty..wow! I love salt so I was so impressed. The ceremonies were so amazing too.. Matt is like part human part super human ha! Thank you so much guys ..I will never forget this time in my life.

Absolutely Perfect!!

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The absolutely perfect Ayahausca retreat, whether you are a first timer or have solid prior experience with the medicine/ceremonies. Matt & Jeanae are two beautiful souls who truly create a safe heaven for anyone looking for spiritual healing, they are there to help and guide guests in the warmest way possible. The facilities are gorgeous with privacy when you need it and the ability to totally wind down and focus on yourself. we are definitely coming back! Thank you to everyone during our stay we met who made our journey very special
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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.