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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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Kambo

KAMBO

**$50 FOR KAMBO SESSIONS AVAILABLE IN EVERY RETREAT**

What is Kambo?

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Giant Monkey Tree Frog

Kambo , also called Sapo or ‘frog poison’, is a natural non-psychedelic medicine made from the secretions of the Giant Monkey Tree Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) and is used to treat a variety of ailments. It is best known for its natural antibiotic, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties but is also used to address infections, depression, blood circulation, to cure pain and to boost the immune system. It acts a strong detoxification process and helps clear the body of energy blockages. Its use originated in the Northwestern Amazon in Columbia, Brazil and Peru but Kambo use has been growing in popularity in the West alongside other ancient medicines such as Ayahuasca and Iboga.

Legend

There are many legends about the origins of Kambo use, but the most widely accepted story comes from Brazil. According to Kaxinawa legend, the village fell dangerously ill to an unknown disease. The village Shaman, Kampu, tried every known medicinal herb and remedy to cure them but none were effective in providing relief from their illness. In desperation Kampu sought guidance from the medicine ayahuasca. While in the forest and under the guidance of the sacred medicine, he was visited by the Great Spirit who presented him with the frog and gave him the knowledge to cure his village. The divine spirit then taught him how to extract a white secretion and apply it to his village. Kampu returned and did as he was instructed, curing his village of their ailment. After Kampu’s death, it is said his spirit entered the frog and remains there today to help aid and protect the people of the forest.

Use in the amazon

Kambo continues to be used through the Amazon to aid in overall health, strength and immunity. The hunters of the village often use Kambo before the hunt because of Kambo’s ability to heighten eyesight, hearing, and strength which all lead to a more keen ability to located prey. It is used to cleanse the body of many illnesses –especially those specific to the region such as malaria and certain insect bites.

THE PROCESS

Kambo is not a pleasurable experience, it can be very difficult physically and emotionally but the benefits of this medicine make the discomfort well worth the reward.

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Kambo Stick

Before Kambo is applied, you most not eat for 8 hours prior, so the morning before breakfast is an excellent time for the process. Participants are required to drink 2 liters of water which can be in itself quite difficult but a necessary first part of the experience. While the participants are drinking the water in preparation for the experience, our practitioner will go over what to expect, explain how Kambo is applied, and what benefits from experience may be (keeping in mind every individual is different and unique and the medicine will work its its own way accordingly.)

Application

Kambo is applied to superficial burns to the skin. The burns are made using a small stick to the top layer of the skin on the shoulder. Cold water is applied and the top layer of burnt skin is removed to expose the deeper layer underneath. The Kambo is then applied in ‘points’ to the burns. How many points you will receive is determined by the practitioner but generally 3-7 points are applied. At New Life Ayahuasca, we start off with 1 point to see how each individual reacts to the medicine and gauge the level of sensitivity to determine how many additional points will be added. Participants are asked to sit in a comfortable upright position through out the entire process which lasts around 20-30 minutes.

Effects

Once all the points have been added, the effects can be felt immediately, usually with-in 1-2 minutes of application. The heart beat will increase and a feeling a warmth with spread through the body. Often a tingly, electric or pins and needles sensation can be felt in the hands and toes. A pressure will be felt on the body, as if gravity has been turned up, but it is important not to collapse and to remain seated upright with the spine and neck aligned. A change in hearing and a feeling of pressure on the head can be felt, and all these symptoms together will lead to a feeling of nausea – this is where the purge begins.

The stomach will be full of water and ready for the purge. The vomiting usually begins within 5 minutes of the points being applied. If the participant does not begin vomiting, our practitioner will ask that more water be drank or more points will be applied. The vomiting can be quite difficult, often making breathing restricted and creating a sensation of drowning. This is all normal and will pass. After each time the participant vomits, a few moments rest will be allowed before being asked to drink more water. This is one of the most difficult but essential parts of the process. It is important you keep putting the water in your body so the Kambo can keep working in you system and keep the process of elimination going – it is all to serve you best in the end. The cycle of purging and drinking water will continue until the effects of the medicine subside and the body no longer has the desire to eliminate the water after it is consumed. The whole process will last about 20-30 minutes.

You will be done once you are able to drink a full glass of water and hold it down. From there, our practioner will ask you stay sitting upright for 5 additional minutes while the Kambo finishes working in your body. From there, you will be invited to lay down while soothing music is played for an additional 20-30 minutes. This time gives your body and mind the chance to recover and rest from the whole process. You will emerge feeling restored and invigorated. Breakfast will then be available.

Purging

chakrasKambo is a purging process – physically and emotionally. Most often it is in the form of vomiting, but can also come by diarrhea, sweating, crying, laughing, moaning and yelling. All of these things are encouraged. The purge is about release. Physical release -cleansing of the liver, stomach, intestines and stimulation of the endocrine glands. Emotional release – letting go of emotions, removal of energy blockages and realignment of the chakras and meridians of the body.

Post-cleanse

Most people report heightened senses – sight, smell, taste, touch – and an extreme clarity and calmness of mind. The effects on the body are total detoxification and cleansing, stimulation of the endocrine glands and boosted energy/endurance. Psychological benefits include a sense of peace, absence of depression and agitation, and energy re-alignment.

KAMBO AND AYAHUASCA

ayavineKambo is an excellent way to prepare the mind and body for the effects of ayahuasca. It is said the purging process experienced during Kambo can help reduce the amount of purging in the ayahuasca ceremonies. It also helps clear the energy and prepare the mind for the psychological effects of ayahuasca. The connection between Kambo and Ayahuasca is special – being that the spirit of ayahuasca is what, according to legend, brought about the knowledge of Kambo use and its incredible benefits.

Humane Collection of Secretion

The frogs are never injured during the collection of their secretions. To do so would be considered disrespectful to the spirit of the medicine and bad luck. The frog is collected and held down by each leg causing it stress, it then secretes its poison which is collected and put onto a wooden stick. The secretions dry on the stick so they can be used at a later time. The frog is then released back into its natural environment.