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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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Is Ayahuasca a Cure?

Can Ayahuasca Cure?

ayahuasca cureWe get a lot of people visiting our retreat center looking for healing and relief from some sort of ailment – depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and other physical/mental diseases, and while we have seen a lot of success, we have also seen people return home without having made much, if any, progress. Ayahuasca does have incredible potential for healing but it is NOT a cure – for anything! We want to see people come here and grow from the experience, integrate it into their lives and be healthier and happier as a result, so I am writing this article with the intention to help inform those interested in ayahuasca as a treatment method so they may be better prepared coming into the experience for healing.

Ayahuasca is NOT a Cure –

First things first, Ayahuasca is not a cure for anything. Ayahuasca does not cure depression, or PTSD, or anxiety, or addiction, or anything. It is not a miracle drug. Of course the first step is to recognize whatever it is that is causing negative effects in your life and to want healing and relief from those things, but you have to be willing to put in the work to get it and oftentimes, that means A LOT of work. It does not mean that you are going to go to another country for a week or so, drink ayahuasca a handful of times, go back to your life exactly the way it was and be cured of whatever your ailment was. It is not quite that simple, as life rarely is. It is so important to realize that ayahuasca, on its own, does not fix anything.  What ayahuasca can do, is allow for a shift in your perception, allow you a different way of looking at the things that contributed to your depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction or whatever it is, and find a different way of responding to your current situation and to life in general.

Make Changes –

Perceptions create our reality. Since ayahuasca can alter our perceptions, it can thus completely change the reality of our lives. This, in my opinion, has the biggest impact on the ability to heal through ayahuasca. But in order to experience lasting results, each individual needs to find a way to use and integrate those new perceptions to make changes in their lives as well as implementing new ways to maintain and advance positive mental health. For some, the ayahuasca experience is so impactful and full of such huge revelations that the changes to life that follow come easily and naturally, but I would say that this is not typically the case, especially when facing extreme forms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction. For me, ayahausca did not cure me of my depression or addiction, it opened a door that let me glimpse the world through the eyes of a future self that was not inhibited by depression or addiction to see that life could be beautiful. I had to make drastic changes to get to where ayahuasca showed me I could be and it certainly wasn’t easy.

The point is, ayahuasca offers you an opportunity – not a cure. It is up to each individual what they do with that opportunity. Too often we see people at the end of a retreat feeling  great and optimistic – feeling ‘cured’ – but when we check in a few weeks later, the symptoms have started creeping back in, and they’re finding it harder to connect to the things they learned in their experience because they got caught up with life. This is why it is so incredibly important to make immediate changes when you get home – ayahuasca can not do the work for you. She can give you a lot of tools, but its up to each individual to take responsibility for their own life and happiness once they arrive home. My suggestion would be to implement some kind of routine that keeps you grounded and will advance your health both physically and mentally such as exercising (known to do incredible things from depression) yoga, meditation, reading (Elkhart Tole – The Power of Now did wonderful things for me). Check our our recent blog about 15 easy healthy habits to adopt in 2016 for ideas. We are happy to help give suggestions. Talk to whoever is running your retreat if you need help.

Take Responsibility –

Ultimately, only you are responsible for your own health and happiness and making the necessary changes to your life after an ayahuasca retreat. The emphasis of this article is to help people realize that taking a week from their lives and drinking ayahuasca will not, of its own, cure them of anything. If you are considering a retreat for healing, please be aware and prepare yourself for long and difficult journey that lies after ayahuasca. The many articles you read, you’ll see that personal stories of success came with some serious life changes. While ayahuasca is an incredible, amazing, powerful, healing medicine that can change lives, it is not a cure.