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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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Peru Trip!

Adventures in Iquitos, Peru!

In July 2015, Matt and I went to Peru. We have had so much going on since our return that it has taken me until now to finally get to around to writing this blog post with our photos! The trip was really amazing and we are so grateful to Ron ‘The Gringo Shaman’ Wheelock and Medardo for being a great hosts for part of our time in Iquitos. Peru was a really great adventure and we learned a lot during our time there.

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Streets of Iquitos

Ron picked us up from the airport and we headed to his house. The streets of Iquitos are filled with these motor taxis (that drive like maniacs) and motorcycles with 3-4 people riding together! It was very different than the United States or Costa Rica, and we were so excited to be exploring Iquitos.

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El Purguero

After spending a few hours at Ron’s humble but cozy home, we headed for ‘El Purguero’, his camp where he hosts ayahuasca workshops. We piled into his 4-wheel drive pick-up truck, Matt and I riding in back, and drove about 30 minutes out of Iquitos into the jungle.

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El Purguero

His camp would be incredibly difficult to find if you didn’t know where you were going. We had to navigate through a series of rough and rocky dirty roads. His camp consists of a series of typical bungalows. We left our things in one structure and made up our beds for the evening. Once it got dark, we headed to his temple for the evening’s ceremony.

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Temple at ‘El Purguero’

Although it doesn’t appear so in the photo, the temple was huge! By my estimation, it was large enough to fit 40 people comfortably. Fortunately for us, Ron was kind enough to perform an intimate ceremony for just Matt, myself, and 2 of his friends visiting from other parts of the world.  Matt and I had a really great experience, and at the end of the night we made our way back to the bunks to sleep. In the morning, Matt and I were off to find a hostel for the next few days.

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View from the Riverfront

We stayed at a nice hostel right along the river front. We even splurged for the room with the river view for 2 of the nights (my birthday and our anniversary). We spent the next few days exploring downtown Iquitos.

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Sunday night market

On Sunday nights, right along the river front, there is a square parallel to many little shops and cafes that acts as a gathering spot for all types of people. There are children’s toys being sold, comedy acts being performed, vendors selling handmade jewelry, typical food carts and games.

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My birthday & our anniversary

Matt and I celebrated my birthday and our anniversary at a quirky little Texas-themed restaurant downtown. Being that I have family in Texas, it felt a little like home.

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Lots of boat rides!

Ron had introduced us to a shaman friend of his, Medardo, who we are trying to bring to Costa Rica to be our resident shaman. Medardo was kind enough to invite us to his village to meet his family and hike to to see his own camp. The boat ride was an hour long but quite a beautiful ride.

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Kids playing in Medardo’s village

Medardo’s village was set up the same fashion we had seen in many of the other villages outside of Iquitos. There were rows of housing structures facing each other with a dirt road and a sandy field area between where the local children played soccer. Everyone we encountered was friendly and the children ran up and hugged our legs.

After spending some time getting to know Medardo’s family, we started the hour long trek into the jungle to his camp. I thought Ron’s camp was hard to get to, but navigating to Medardo’s was much much more difficult. There were some trails for us to follow, but a lot of the terrain was slippery and muddy from recent rains.  Matt’s flipflops broke about halfway in to the trip, and he had to finish the hike in and the whole way out barefoot!

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Medardo with 2 of his grandchildren

To our surprise, Medardo’s wife had a wonderful dinner ready for us upon our return. We spent the evening eating in candle light, talking and playing games with his grandchildren. He and his family treated us so warmly and kindly and we are trying to assist him in the process of acquiring a visa to come to Costa Rica!

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Wall Art

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The following morning, we took a boat ride back into Iquitos and spent another few days relaxing and exploring downtown. We found some really amazing wall-art next to one of the parks in central Iquitos. The culture and heritage of Peru is very rich.

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Ayahuasca brewing!

On our last day, we returned to Ron’s and got to see some of the process of making his ayahuasca brew. All the brew we use at New Life Ayahuasca is made by Ron in a process that takes up to 2 days. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all plants and has been making his own medicine for years.

He has ayahuasca growing all over his property! It was so incredible to see! Our last night, we returned to El Purguero with Ron for another ceremony. Ron is incredible, his Icaros is like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Matt and I both had very intense and powerful experiences. We felt a lot of healing, and I encountered a rainbow serpent for the first time. (It bit my head off!)

Overall, our trip was amazing and full of adventure. We are so grateful to Ron and Medardo for being so hospitable and opening their homes to us and introducing us to their families. We hope we can return to Peru again soon, and continue our journey of learning and discovery!!