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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Matt’s Story – Director of NLA

Matthew Mormello

A journey to personal healing through entheogens.

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Matt – Director and Founder

Matthew Mormello, director and partner of New Life Ayahuasca, is slightly intimidating upon first impression at a looming 6’3”, but after spending a few minutes with him, any roughness his physical appearance might suggest is quickly softened by his gentle personality. Matt’s easy going nature and inviting smile make it easy to open up to him, which is a great ability when working with ayahuasca and iboga. It’s important to him to be able to relate to the people that come to New Life Ayahuasca for healing through either iboga(ine) or ayahuasca, and because his history holds a little bit of everything you can imagine, he is usually able to develop a bond quickly and really relate to what drives an individual to seek out these sacred medicines.

Matt’s journey with plant medicine began in 2010, when after years of battling drug addiction and trying every traditional rehab method avalaible without success (i.e. medicated detoxes, 30-day programs, Suboxone maintenance, churches, support groups, meditation and personal development courses) he stumbled upon an episode on National Geographic about hallucinogenic plants and their uses.

The first segment in the episode was about ayahuasca and he was immediately drawn to the sounds and images. He told himself, “This is it, this is what i have to do.”

Then, the following segment, which focused on ibogaine and its documented capacity to effectively alleviated opiate withdrawal and treat opiate addiction, redirected his focus to get ibogaine therapy.

MATT ON HBO’s VICE

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Matt on HBO’s VICE

From there, he immediately got on-line and spent countless hours researching iboga(ine) from its traditional uses in Africa by Bwiti sects, to its more modern medical use of treating addictions, depression, anxiety and PTSD. He reached out to a number of facilities, sharing his situation and the intimate connection he felt to entheogens and eventually, his persistence paid off. In early 2011, he was offered the opportunity to recieve ibogaine treatment on an episode of HBO’s VICE tv (Season 1 Episode 7) . Within a few weeks, he was on a plane to Mexico for his 1st ibogaine treatment.

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Unfortunately, in 2011, Matt was on Suboxone prior to his ibogaine treatment and it was not well known that Suboxone has a binding effect in the brain, meaning the Suboxone stays in the system much longer than a short acting opiate (such as morphine or heroin), making it much more difficult to detox from. We now know that an individual must be off Suboxone (and methadone) for around 30 days prior to receiving ibogaine for the treatment to be effective and lasting, but Matt was treated with ibogaine only a few days after his last dose of Suboxone. So once he returned home and the effects of the ibogaine wore off, he started experiencing residual withdrawals that he endured for over a month before he finally couldn’t handle it any longer, and returned to a Suboxone maintenance program.

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Matt playing mougongo, a traditional African instrument.

Despite this set back, he was still determined that ibogaine could work for him, so he reached out to some of the contacts he had made while filming with VICE, and in late 2013, he flew to Costa Rica for his 2nd attempt at sobriety through ibogaine therapy. His 2nd treatment was an amazing success and he rededicated himself to a healthier lifestyle, losing 60 lbs in 6 months. He wanted to continue to help himself and help others; so the facility that treated him, recognizing his passion, determination and drive, offered him the opportunity to stay and work with them to continue learning about ibogaine therapy.

Over the following year, Matt continued to learn about sacred plant medicines, participating in a peyote ceremony and dozens of ayahuasca ceremonies.

While he had a passion for ibogaine and helping other addicts recover, he felt a connection with ayahuasca unlike anything he had ever felt before, and although he didn’t know it then, ayahuasca would turn out to be the primary path in which his life was headed.

In 2014, the facility he had been working for closed its doors. Matt, never being one to give up, worked diligently with his girlfriend, Jeanae, to create a program that could offer both ibogaine therapy and ayahuasca ceremonies. They spent a few months getting all the preparations in place, and in 2015, they were finally able to open a small facility, equipped to handle just one person at a time.

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Our New Facility

From there, Matt and Jeanae have been fortunate to have grown from the humble little facility that could accommodate one, to their new location as of September 2015, which can accommodate 7. They have moved from a focus on ibogaine therapy to a focus on providing comfortable and compassionate ayahuasca retreats, however ibogaine therapy is still available through a 2 week program incorporating both ibogaine and ayahuasca. They’ve dedicated a lot of time, and participated in many ceremonies with various Shaman and guides, and together they have participated in over 100 ayahuasca experiences.

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Arriving in Peru

In July of 2015 they traveled to Peru, where they got to experience traditional ceremonies in the jungle where indigenous people have practiced using ayahuasca for thousands of years. They visited the shaman that makes the medicine they provide for retreats at New Life Ayahuasca, and got to see first hand how and where the brew is made.

The experience had such a profound impact on them, and helped continue to fuel their passion for the sacred medicine they both credit for saving their lives.

Read more about their trip to Peru

 

New Life Ayahuasca continues to grow, and Matt and Jeanae are incredibly grateful for the opportunities they’ve had and for their families that have supported, encouraged and helped make their dreams possible.