Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250



New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 96 reviews
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Shamanic Value

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Just before I traveled to New Life, I was given a book. It was a coincidence that the book was Stone Age Wisdom and that it was about shamanism. More important, it was something that I needed to read at just that moment – such are the synchronicities that pop up in your life if you’re ready to notice them. I knew a lot about Ayahuasca from reading and listening to Terrence McKenna. But I had given almost no thought to the other important factor in Ayahuasca ceremonies – the shaman. Author Tom Crockett wrote his book to demystify the function played by those who facilitate, host and present the ceremonies. His central premise is that shamanic work is about helping people to learn about and to heal themselves. You don’t have to be from a traditional culture and you don’t need a PhD in Shamanistic Studies. You just need to understand – intellectually and viscerally – the value of the rituals and pre-modern practices that can be so effective with or without the plant medicines. I feel very lucky that I ended up at a retreat with Matthew Mormello. The whole experience certainly engaged me in profound ways. Matt has obviously been trained well by traditional mentors but his background as an American helped make him and the ceremonies that much more amenable. He never refers to himself as a shaman but Matt’s efforts impressed me for their balance of wild energy and ceremonial dignity. I haven’t experienced so-called real shaman so I don’t know what I missed. But from what I know from reading is that Matt set the perfect tone and ambiance in which Mother Ayahuasca could do her magic. The experience can be a little intimidating so the other value provided by Matt and his partner Janae is safety. They really care about taking care of people. The feeling you get is love. They love what they’re doing. They love to help and serve. And they love enough to be really professional about the whole operation. The food is great. The rooms are great. The amenities are great. All in all: this is real value. The Ayahuasca experience is much more than merely drinking a plant medicine. It starts from the moment you are welcomed to the beautiful house high in the hills of San Ramon. This is something important to any shamanistic experience: the location. With a forever view of the surrounding hills, ocean and skies, this location is indeed liminal. The house is one with the sky and abounds with character and warmth. And all of that is buttressed by the warmth and care of Matt and Janae themselves. I’m still glowing and reverberating with little lessons from Aya weeks after the experience. If I didn’t get the genuine performance from a card-carrying native shaman in Peru, then I don’t care. I got what I needed. Thanks Matt and Janae, it was perfect.

Serene setting, beautiful experience

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This was my first aya experience and I went into it with great expectations. Matt and Jeanae, who are both wonderful people, have created the perfect environment and did not disappoint. All attendees felt safe and comfortable which allows for a more profound experience with the medicine. The food, property, guests, and Shaman (and Jeanae!!!) were all A+. I couldn't recommend this place more and I will most certainly be going back.

Profound Experience

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It's very difficult to describe what an amazing experience this was. Matt and Jeanae make you feel right at home upon arrival to their beautiful property. The rooms are amazing and very comfortable, and the view from the back porch every morning is breathtaking. Overall just a very positive energy surrounds this place and I instantly fell in love with it.. The ceremonies are unbelievably astonishing. Matt guides you through this intense experience with absolutely amazing Icaros, Gong, Drum, and Guitar. He becomes one with this medicine during ceremony, and it left me speechless. You can tell he puts 100% of his energy and passion into this, and I hold the upmost respect for him. Jeanae also plays the most beautiful sounding flute I've ever heard, and her presence during the ceremony is very soothing. Matt and Jeanae are very genuine and sincere people and I'm very grateful for what they have done for me. I cannot wait to go back!...Oh and Chopper is the coolest cat you will ever meet!
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Ayahuasca Vs. Iboga

Iboga and Ayahuasca

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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.


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.


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.


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.