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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 94 reviews
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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!

Perfect First Retreat

★★★★★
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After nearly a year of research, I chose New Life Ayahuasca for my first retreat. After looking at the website and photos for so long, it was amazing to finally arrive. The location was beautiful, with clean and comfortable accomodations and Jeanae prepared tasty meals. She and Matt were very open and informative. My boyfriend and I went together and we were able to be alone or interact without feeling pressured. The ceremonies were safe and intense. Matt and Jeanae are incredibly genuine individuals doing amazing things at New Life! Thanks for everything, we will be back! -Casey (& Sean)

5-day retreat december 2017

★★★★★
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I'm struggling to find appropriate words to describe the experience and the respect I have for Matt and Jeanae. I really want to go back and work with the medicine again. If you decide to go there make sure you pet chopper for me :) I'm still giggling when thinking about this cat, he stopped by at the end of each ceremony and welcomed me back to reality.
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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!!