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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 81 reviews
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Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!

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Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!! The place is incredibly beautiful and the ceremonies are very powerful. For me, it was a life-changing experience. If you feel the calling... this is definitely a great place for you to experience Ayahuasca. The owners Matt and Jeanae are amazing loving people and absolutely a blessing. YES!!!! I'm coming back soon :-)

Much appreciated!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I couldn't thank Jeanae and Matt enough for such an incredible experience. Keep up the great work. Peace, love and happiness!!!
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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 81 reviews
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★★★★★
5 5 1

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!! The place is incredibly beautiful and the ceremonies are very powerful. For me, it was a life-changing experience. If you feel the calling... this is definitely a great place for you to experience Ayahuasca. The owners Matt and Jeanae are amazing loving people and absolutely a blessing. YES!!!! I'm coming back soon 🙂

Much appreciated!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I couldn't thank Jeanae and Matt enough for such an incredible experience. Keep up the great work. Peace, love and happiness!!!

New Life, New View!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My time at NLA has forever changed me. I gained insights and emotional healing that I never knew where possible. I cannot thank Jeanae and Matt enough for the relaxed, loving, safe and supportive atmosphere. I am extremely happy to have had my first Ayahuasca and Kambo experience at NLA with two truly honest and caring people. My experience at NLA will forever live in my heart and mind and I will see you both again soon! Forever grateful, Theresa Jimenez

Thank you!!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I had a great experience here, and can't think Jeanae & Matt enough for putting together such a special retreat. I can't imagine having a better introduction to ayahuasca. My last night was a difficult one, but that was just what I needed. As for the small things, the transportation from SJO was easy, their food was amazing (very fresh/healthy) and the property is beautiful.

Above and Beyond

★★★★★
5 5 1
What an amazing place and an even more amazing experience. Matt and Jeanae are truly amazing hosts and spiritual guides. I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking such powerful medicine with anyone but them. And I never will. I plan to return many times. They do very powerful work. I can’t even begin to put into words what Matt does during ceremony. But I can tell you that he will take you deep within yourself and you will come out a much better person in the end. Thank you guys for all you do. I am truly thankful for our time we spent together.

Amazing retreat

★★★★★
5 5 1
Incredible experience!! Matt and Jeanae provided such great hospitality. The house is a perfect set up for a retreat like this. Matt and Jeanae were very comforting in what could be a scary dive into the unknown. I would highly recommend this place for everyone that is interested in seeking out the ayahuasca experience. And my hope is that everyone in the world eventually will.

Mother Nature

★★★★★
5 5 1
Words will never do justice to what I experienced here. Our group, Matt and Jeanae, other people around the house who swinged by, the cats and the whole land there was soul awakening. Mother nature is beyond powerful. She's eternal and beautiful and if you allow yourself to truly let go, you will meet our Great Mother Spirit. Thankful.

So amazing!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I had such an amazing week at NLA. Matt and Jeanea are beyond cool. I was deeply moved by the Ayahuasca and meeting such great people. Huge respect for NLA!

exceeded all of my expectations!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I had been looking into ayahuasca retreats for quite some time prior to booking this trip. When i found new life i was intrigued by the small group size as well as the private room and large property. I was very happy to discover the rooms were spread out, very clean, had new mattresses and private bathrooms. The layout of the facility, as well as the way the week is planned allows for a lot of privacy and personal time, if you desire it. The food is delicious! Jeanae makes everything fresh and is very accommodating to specific diet restrictions. For me, they were the perfect hosts. Approachable, but not intrusive. Matt is very gifted in his craft. I came to deal with issues I had been carrying for decades and feel as though i received everything i asked for and more. The easiest way to explain it is i feel as though someone hit the reset button on my life. New life is such a fitting name for this beautiful place, because for me that is exactly what it gave me. Thank you, to both of you for doing what you do for others. I will never forget this experience and am forever grateful.

An incredible experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
I run my own startup in Japan and decided to make a trip out to Costa Rica to try ayahuasca. Mainly out of curiosity, and some personal-development issues I wanted to work on. This was my first ayahuasca experience. Everything I read beforehand pointed to he importance of putting yourself in a great environment (especially the first time) and with a shaman or guide that you can trust. I was super happy with the experience at New Life. I can personally vouch for both Matt and Jeanea who run it — they are wonderful people and have a beautiful, secluded retreat. You're surrounded with a small group of like-minded people so it's intimate, but you don't have to socialize the whole time and can enjoy a lot of quiet/personal space. Also, there is a badass swimming pool and some of the best cooking I have ever had. Honestly, I would pay to stay at their place even if they didn’t have ayahuasca — it’s that good. A little bit more about the actual trip: Taking ayahuasca isn’t some tourist attraction like seeing the Eiffel Tower or visiting the petting zoo— this is the real deal. It isn’t even like a fun mushroom trip. It’s a lot more difficult than that, but it can be very eye-opening. I definitely recommend having an "intention" or point of focus for each ceremony is highly recommended so you can have maintain a sense of purpose. Ayahuasca will transport your mind to a whole different dimension, make you think you’re a tree frog, and kill your ego 1000 times over. It will crush you and bring you back to life. Really, it will put you through the gauntlet, but it's well worth it. Can't wait to make another trip out in a year from now. 🙂

Incredible experience thanks to NLA

★★★★★
5 5 1
Jeanae and Matt were fantastic hosts, the food was excellent, preparations were very thorough, the facility was beautiful and relaxing & Matt was fantastic at leading the ceremony. (I was blown away by his shamanic ability) "Trying to explain Ayahuasca to someone is like: a cat momentarily entering a human's body, then attempting to explain that experience to another cat via meows and paw gestures." (Something a friend at NLA said to me) If you've never done Ayahuasca, you really have no idea what to expect. If you have done Ayahuasca, you still don't fully know what to expect. You might have some control of the trip, you might have no control whatsoever. What you can control is the setting, and (at least for me,) the setting will greatly influence how meaningful, worthwhile and comfortable the trip will be. I can't think of a better setting than NLA. During the beautiful yet terrifying and incredibly trying experience of a full-on Ayahuasca trip, it was very helpful to remember where I was and who was looking out for me in those moments when I was able to come up for a brief breath of reality.

Amazing and relaxing time!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I was very comfortable in all ways, I was able to relax and focus on myself. Jeanae and Matt were very caring, welcoming and friendly. The place, people and environment was beautiful. I wouldn't change anything about my experience. I am overjoyed that I got to spend my first experience with Jeanae and Matt. They answered any questions I had and made the entire experience enjoyable and fulfilling.

You Can't Imagine

★★★★★
5 5 1
Matt and Jeanae are amazing people who will guide you through one of the most important experiences of your life. Come with an open mind and heart, and be ready for everything your soul has to show you. Healing and transformative, you can't imagine what's in store. I can't thank them enough.

A Humble Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
When seeking for an Ayahuasca Retreat Center, there will be a small faint voice navigating your decision. I believe that voice is leading you here. This is Costa Rica, a serene environment which provides surplus of lotus-dreaming. The forest is nearby which is vital for meditative walks prior to a ceremony. Food is very complimentary to the Ayahuasca requirements. Both Matt and Jeanae harnessed their life experiences to unleash their potential to create a place of restoring souls deprived of happiness, bringing vitality and music to the hearts of voyagers. Matt does a phenomenal job of facilitating each ceremony. Jeanae will aid those in need which provides a haven during those intense moments of the experience. This was my second venture to meet the Vine Spirit which does have synchronicity properties: you will meet incredible new friends and receive exactly what you need from the Ayahuasca spirit. "NATURE NEEDS PIONEERS."

Worth it!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Had an amazing week with Matt & Jennae! Jeannie made us amazing meals... Fresh and nutritious.. And Matt really went all into his role as a shaman, leading us through our experiences... I was fortunate to be there with a great group of people which made it an extremely pleasant and eye-opening week... So worth it!!!

Exactly what I needed

★★★★★
5 5 1
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

★★★★★
5 5 1
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.

Incredible Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
Where do I start, I had such a wonderful time at New Life Ayahuasca.. Matt, Jeanae, Andy & Jake are such wonderful people. Each are so unique but yet they all compliment each other and create this beautiful calming environment. THE FOOD was out of this world...the fact they don't use salt yet it was so tasty..wow! I love salt so I was so impressed. The ceremonies were so amazing too.. Matt is like part human part super human ha! Thank you so much guys ..I will never forget this time in my life.

Absolutely Perfect!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
The absolutely perfect Ayahausca retreat, whether you are a first timer or have solid prior experience with the medicine/ceremonies. Matt & Jeanae are two beautiful souls who truly create a safe heaven for anyone looking for spiritual healing, they are there to help and guide guests in the warmest way possible. The facilities are gorgeous with privacy when you need it and the ability to totally wind down and focus on yourself. we are definitely coming back! Thank you to everyone during our stay we met who made our journey very special

5 stars!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
New Life Ayahuasca is so amazing, I went there twice. I went alone 9 months ago and about 6 months ago I returned with three friends. Even to this very moment all I can say is WOW! Ayahuasca has stayed with me and has continued to teach me every day. To me, Ayahuasca ceremonies are a celebration of the union of humans and mother earth. One who's strength is determined only by your ability to submit to the universe and accept the guidance of this spirit. With practice you will find that you can also guide the spirit. It is this symbiotic relationship that makes Ayahuasca so special and effective at teaching us how to become better humans and how to take better care of each-other. Obviously, everyone's experience is unique, once you participate you will find out what Ayahuasca means to you. As you've probably discovered while researching the medicine, it is recommend that your first encounter with this nurturing and powerful creature needs to be done in a special place, with the right guidance. New Life Ayahuasca has both. The energy at the center is incredible. Ayahuasca was meant to be experienced here with these people. Matt and Jeanae are incredible people, their service is heartfelt and true. Witnessing their compassion and dedication to guiding others as you begin your relationship with Ayahuasca is truly inspiring. On top of that, the food and amenities are spot on. You stay in a private room with your own bathroom. Being in a safe and comfortable space was what allowed me to have such a deep experience. Since I am used to an urban environment, I don't think being immersed in the Peruvian jungle to drink Ayahuasca for the first time would have lead to such a strong experience. 5 Stars!!

Perfect!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Upon arriving, I was struck by the natural beauty of the grounds, the cleanliness of the facilities, and the wonderful way everything was organized, all of which goes to creating a safe and loving environment. Small groups and an unhurried pace led to a very rewarding experience where there is plenty of time to relate to the other guests (half the fun!) and to have 'alone time' so you can contemplate and integrate new discoveries. Jeanae, Matt, and the rest of the staff do everything in their power to ensure a deeply positive and moving experience. The rest is up to you!

amazing and grateful

★★★★★
5 5 1
Where do I start ? What an amazing experience, would have never thought I could find such peace in my heart as I did at New Life. Matt and Jeanae are the best of host and combined with the perfect location make for an amazing visit. My visions of peace and happiness will live in my heart and soul for the rest of my life. I urge you find yourself by finding New Life Ayauasca

Simply amazing

★★★★★
5 5 1
After spending a week with Matt and Jeanae at new life ayahuasca, I can not imagine a better or more comfortable place to partake in a ceremony. Everything was perfect from the house and grounds itself to the food and ceremonies. One could not be in better hands, then at new life ayahuasca.

INCREDIBLE HEALING CENTRE!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Hello!! I had the most amazing week with Matt and Jeanae and our group in early March 2017! I'm still buzzing from the incredible healing my body, mind, and soul experienced at New Life. First off, the facilities are 5 star... beautiful, huge resort with private rooms + bathrooms, many lounging areas all surrounded by the beauty of Costa Rica's mountains and wild life! All is included in this magical week. The comfort of their space really supports the healing and transformation Spirit Ayahuasca moves you through. You also will experience the sacred ceremonies that are so important to the Ayahuasca journey. I am so glad I gifted myself this week, and experienced the healing powers of this sacred medicine. Every single night was a different trip, and every person's experience was uniquely their own...Ayahuasca will show you what needs purging in your life and the beauty of our incarnation and creation!! If you are called to this website, and called to the medicine, you will be supported and safe with Matt and Jeanae's healing energies! They are very experienced and fun, grounded people! I'm excited for you to be here one day!!!!! Infinite gratitude to Matt, Jeanae, Randy! And Fernando (amazing massage!!) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I really hope Spirit brings me back here one day. I will suggest this retreat to all that are open to Ayahuasca!!! xxxoo

Fun and Transformative

★★★★★
5 5 1
I am so glad that I went to New Life Ayahuasca. I enjoyed the intimacy of a small group. My room was beautiful, comfortable and had amazing views of the mountains and bay, as well as stars at night! The food was wonderful. The best was the healing that has transpired from the plant medicine and Matt's shamanic abilities. I am grateful.

Wonderful

★★★★★
5 5 1
I would like to thank Janae and Matt for the delightful stay the accommodations meals and overall experience was way above and beyond what I expected I also thoroughly enjoyed the yoga classes the day trip to Monkey Beach and the wonderful people I met there

Life changing!

★★★★★
5 5 1
This is definitely the retreat you want to go if ayahuasca is an experience you want to have. Matt and Jeanae are two wonderful souls and are very knowledgeable on the medicine. They look after you during the retreat and make sure your experience is as smooth as possibly. They are very trustworthy and know how to guide you through the experience. Matt and Jeanae have a very calm yet strong presence about themselves. They made me feel safe during both ceremonies I participated in. Ayahuasca is something you have to be prepared for, it is a profound experience deep into your soul. You have to welcome any realizations that come your way. Both my experiences were very enlightening and have opened my mind and eyes. The foundation of my second book came through my first experience, the second experience helped me quit the problem I had. I will definitely be going back. There is no other retreat I would rather go to. I have instilled my trust in Matt and Jeanae, and I will always be thankful for having them help me change my life in the most profound way I could ever have imagined. Thank you Matt and Jeanae.

Such a healing experience!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I can't say enough great things about my time at New Life! The house, food, views, and staff were all amazing. I did a lot of research before choosing the right place for me. I picked New Life because it seemed very relaxing, professional, and safe. And it was! The ayahuasca itself was definitely an eye-opening and healing experience. I believe you have to be ready for it and open to what may come from it. My first ceremony was incredible! I felt comforted, safe, relaxed and had the most amazing peaceful feeling following it. My second ceremony was not as great. I'm not sure why it was so different, but if I could go back I would've only done it once! In my opinion and experience only! Trust your gut. I also tried Kambo, because why not?! I was already pushing my mind and body and felt I should take advantage of every experience. Overall, it was a great experience. I healed so much, I learned so much. I would most definitely go back (maybe in a year!) and would recommend to anyone who has gone through something and needs to heal and let go!

truly fantastic experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
If your thinking of doing ayahuasca then finding a safe and psychologically containing environment to take it in is essential. You also need to do it with someone who respects and understands the medicine. Matt and Jeanae provide exactly this. 100%. They couldn't have done more and the food,location and the house are all truly fantastic. Ayahuasca is certainly no pony ride but if you're diving in then I doubt you'll find a better place then here to do it.

Simply Life Changing

★★★★★
5 5 1
Ayahuasca is an amazing but intense process. If you are going to have a positive experience you need to enter ceremony comfortable and well prepared I can't imagine any place better for that. The retreat is divine, the food excellent, and having a private room with your own bathroom is essential. They have clearly nailed every detail. Everyone who attended with me agreed, we can't imagine doing it elsewhere. And most of us plan on repeat visits. I can't thank Matt and Jaene enough. They are great people, and great healers.

This is the place to go

★★★★★
5 5 1
There’s not much I can add to the positive reviews that hasn’t already been written so I’ll keep this very simple: If you’re thinking of doing this kind of medicine/retreat, this is a great place to do it. You won’t be disappointed on any level, everything is wonderful: The ceremonies, the staff, the location, the food, the facilities, the relaxed energy in the house. Some periods with the medicine might be a bit challenging but I can promise you you’ll leave this haven in a better place than when you came, with enlightening experiences and having met the most wonderful people. If you get a chance to swim in the waterfall, I highly recommend it!

Matt and Jeanae are 100% there for you

★★★★★
5 5 1
10 Stars alla way! I moved to Costa Rica for the year of 2015 to basically get closer to myself thru Iboga. I ended up doing volunteer Reiki at a different center in CR, doing Iboga and thoroughly accoplishing what I had set out to do. As I had never taken Ayahuasca I was determined to try it before leaving CR for Thailand. So, Ok, I guess I hadn't "fully" accomplished what I thought I had. I learned that during my experience at New Life. I chose New Life based on the fact that it was Matthews Vice program that introduced me to Iboga. Enough about me. These guys , Matt and Jeanae, are 100% there for you, the traveler , and truly tirelessly provide the total experience in the mellow, glowing, easy going, friendly environment they create at their beautiful facility. Oh, pardon me.... Am I gushing? They deserve it. The whole experience....the medicine, Icaros, the .food on and on. I will be doing more Ayahuasca and it will be at New Life. Thanks you guys, if you're reading this.... Don't change a thing. Craig Karle

Transformative

★★★★★
5 5 1
Matt and Jaenae have created a beautiful place to do challenging work. They hold the ceremonial space responsibly and with respect. Matt is a powerful Shaman, guiding the experience with Icaros, drums, and a profound and grounding energy. Jaenae is a quiet and solid presence during the ceremony, helping me personally when I was struggling a bit. She provided a sweet and friendly arm when I needed it. Randy works as the chef in the heart of the home, creating delicious fresh meals to support our work. He's also fun to chat with. The grounds are verdant and alive with butterflies and birds. My experience at NLA was truly transformative and I am so grateful to have communed with the medicine here, where I felt well taken care of. Thank you..

Profound love and respect

★★★★★
5 5 1
I'm so grateful for the week I spent at NewLife Ayahuasca. Matt and Jeanae have a beautiful, peaceful presence about them, and Randy is absolutely 'the.best' They've provided a sanctuary for peace, healing, and time for introspection. The experience with Ayahuasca was nothing short of transformational. I felt such a deep healing....profound love and respect to the medicine...to Matt, Jeanae, and their dedication to provide this amazing experience with those who receive the calling. Gratitude.

Healing, Life-Changing, Indescribable

★★★★★
5 5 1
I am extremely grateful for the experience that I had during my 7 day retreat at New Life. This was my first experience with ayahuasca. After spending 3 years exposed to combat in the Middle East I had been struggling with depression and PTSD for years afterwards, seeking counseling and really trying to pull myself back on my feet. I was desperate and stumbled upon New Life and something about it just felt right. Within 24 hours of having the idea to even try ayahuasca I made the reservations with New Life, and now believe it was the best decision I ever made. I received healing here like I could never have dreamed of, and feel like a huge burden has been lifted off of my chest. I will absolutely return once I put into daily practice the personal lessons that I received while I was there. What an experience for the soul! Jeanae and Matt are truly doing something special here. And Randy the cook is doing special things everyday too. The environment is so peaceful, and allows you to truly relax. They are really great hosts, and Matt is legendary during the ceremonies. The view is wonderful, and looking at the stars after ceremony was certainly one of my personal highlights of the week. These guys really built a paradise and are the kind of people that just make you feel at home when you're there. I can't brag about it enough, if you're thinking of going I really recommend this place and didn't hear a single complaint from anyone the entire time I was there so it's not just my opinion.

A truly healing experiance

★★★★★
5 5 1
I got very lucky finding this place for my first ayahuasca experience. Matt, Jeanae, as well as the cook Randy, are fantastic hosts with nothing but the best intentions for you and your experience. From the breathtaking view to the relaxing amenities, I immediately felt comfortable upon arrival. I truly feel like I got so much out of my time with the medicine as well as from the people around me, something I'll remember for the rest of my life. I would recommend the experience to anyone.

★★★★★
5 5 1
I just got back from a 1 week retreat and I really recommend it. Jeanae and Matt are great hosts, everything was made to make our stay enjoyable : the food was delicious, facilities are top notch (especially the hot tub and the pool), the property is very well maintained (the view from the garden is breathtaking), and the tour to the waterfall was super fun. Matt was really pro and artful when leading the ceremony and I felt really safe thanks to Jeanae checking on us. Bonus points for the 3 friendly cats 🙂 Thanks for everything!

A great experience!

★★★★★
5 5 1
What am amazing retreat! When we were trying to decide where to book our Ayahuasca retreat we were a little overwhelmed by the options and warnings out there. Since we were also going to be on our honeymoon we though some basic amenities like private flush toilets would also be nice. We were blown away by New Life Ayahuasca. Communications with Matt & Jeanae (the owners) were prompt and thorough - we felt like we were well taken care of from the first contact. They had drivers waiting for us at the airport and the retreat center itself was fantastic! Jeanae cooks wonderful meals that are "on the dieta" and there are opportunities for yoga and mediation daily and well as massage. The trip to the waterfalls was a great break from the work of the retreat! Their home is beautiful and you will have plenty of spaces to socialize and get away from it all. Take a hike, go for a swim, enjoy the hot tub - Matt & Jeanae really make you feel welcome t use the space. The ayahuasca product quality was great - the ceremony was beautiful and intense and there are opportunities to talk about your journey throughout your stay. I can't recommend this place highly enough! We will be back!

★★★★★
5 5 1
What a phenomenal experience! The facility and setting are perfect. The food is delicious. Poco will make anyone want a cat. Jeannie and Matt are exceptional hosts, who take great care to make the experience one of beauty, introspection, connection, and peace. A respect to the medicine and tradition are obvious. If deeper understanding is something you seek, I strongly recommend New Life Ayahuasca. I would do it all again.

Great experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
I did two ceremonies in July of 2016. I had done ayahuasca before but was excited to try it again. I was not at all disappointed! This was a great venue, everything was managed professionally and Jeanae and Matt were great. I'd definitely recommend and may be back next year.

Great Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
I had been researching ayahuasca retreats for over a year and finally pulled the trigger and chose New Life. I was not disappointed at all. The property itself was bountiful. It gave me the chance to escape the everyday grind that is society, and truly relax and reconnect with nature. Matt and Jeanae are excellent hosts. They truly believe in what they do and put their hearts into it which shows. One of the reasons I chose New Life was because they limit the ceremonies to just six people. I believe for my first time this was the best. It allowed the group to connect more and allowed Matt and Jeanae more personized attention if needed. The ceremonies themselves I can’t put into words. Nothing I had read really prepared me for my own experiences. Matt led each one with music and icaros and Jeanie was in a support role throughout going around making sure everyone was ok. I left each ceremony gaining new insight into my life, and maybe not exact answers I was looking for, but the ayahuasca I feel has given me a different perception on life that I can see helping me even a week after I left. I look forward to going back to New Life next year and being able to learn even more.

Awesome experience at NLA!

★★★★★
5 5 1
New Life Ayahuasca offers the complete package. Matt and Jeanae are really great at what they do and they do it with love. The house is spacious and clean with private rooms and bathrooms. The grounds offer stunning views and nature trails a huge pool and hot tub. The food is fresh, delicious, and always filling. The ceremonies are professional and complete. If you are looking to try ayahuasca this is the place to be!

It's all good

★★★★★
5 5 1
This was my first experience with Ayahuasca and since returning from New Life I have no doubt in my mind I chose the right place to visit. Jeanae and Matt provide the perfect space in which to journey and learn from this extraordinary plant medicine. Ayahuasca is not an easy feat so it is important to find a place you can trust and feel safe. Jeanae and Matt provide just that, they are kind, most genuine, non judgmental and professional contributing greatly to this beautiful retreat. The property itself is completely private and steeped in nature. There is a lovely energy in the house and a nice flow to the design that is easy to navigate at all times, while the bedrooms are very comfortable and homely. The food during the week was so delicious and nutritious, complementing the whole experience along with the yoga classes provided by Jeanae. Each ceremony was different providing me with vastly different lessons each time but I found it easy in New Life to relax and trust each time that the medicine was providing me exactly what was needed, even through the darker times. The care and attention given to each ceremony was evident. Matt is a truly gifted musician, his music enhancing the medicine and guiding our small group through each journey while Jeanae was a beautiful presence, that could be felt, silently floating through each ceremony caring and watchful but non intrusive to each space. I have no hesitation to recommend this retreat to anyone for immense personal growth or for anyone seeking a better understanding of the universe which we live in. I am still surprised daily by the powerful benefits of my experience in New Life since returning home. It's all good. Liz - Ireland

Life Changing Experience!

★★★★★
5 5 1
It is hard to imagine what the first ceremony will be like, but I can tell you that I could not have made a better choice than to go to Costa Rica and share it with Matt and Jeanae. Their attention to our journey and hospitality will be something I'll never forget. The house, the food and the beautiful surroundings only added to an experience I will always cherish. I am a stronger and more insightful person internally and externally after this adventure. I will always be grateful for Matt and Jeanae's talents and deep caring. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Love and Wisdom

★★★★★
5 5 1
Wow, what can I say about my week long experience with Matt and Jeanae at New Life Ayahuasca? There aren’t words to do it justice but I feel compelled to show my appreciation for them and their plant healing capabilities. The environment was everything and more than I expected. The views alone will change you and the facilities are warm, loving and conducive to truth and healing. Their personal stories inspired me and their wisdom guided me to a place of peace that I’ve never known. I know that our paths are destined to cross many more times as I feel drawn to help others as I grow and improve myself. Thank you guys so much.

A life-changing experience.

★★★★★
5 5 1
I spent a week at New Life Ayahuasca at the beginning of August 2016 and I could not have asked for a better experience. This was my first time with ayahuasca and it was not easy or comfortable. This was a difficult journey and the answers I received were not always what I wanted to hear. But they were always, always what I truly needed to know. I have come away from this experience with a new perspective on my life and I feel clear-headed and connected. The truly lovely thing about NLA is that Matt and Jeanae give their guests the space to process through this intense experience – the private rooms for rest and reflection, the amazing view to the Pacific, the pool and Jacuzzi, and the stunningly beautiful gardens and grounds for reconnecting to nature - all serve to help both the mind and body decompress and renew. The casa is cozy and expansive at the same time and I felt immediately at home there. I also felt safe - so important in order to truly let go and surrender to the experience. I highly recommend NLA and will definitely be a repeat visitor. Many thanks to Matt and Jeanae for such a rewarding and life changing experience.

You need to experience this!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My experience at New Life Ayahuasca was life changing, to say the least. I came to NLA seeking clarity and purpose. Through my week long retreat I received what I was looking for and so much more. Matt and Jeanae obviously have a deep understanding of the medicine. The ceremonies they perform are beautiful, powerful, and nurturing. I could not have asked for more. Matt and Jeanae are truly gifted people. They live with purpose and are great examples of what human beings should be like. I learned so much from living with them for the week. They are some of the most humble, nonjudgmental, and caring people that I have ever met. To top it off, the house and grounds are stunning. It doesn't take long for you to realize that it is a sacred place. The house has a quiet and comforting feel that forces you to relax and open up. The meals are delicious and the amenities are amazing. If you are seeking Ayahuasca, NLA is the place to experience it and the time to do it is now. The combination of Matt, Jeanae, Ayahuasca, and the property are beyond perfection. I feel truly blessed that I was able to have this experience. I would recommend this to anyone and will be back there soon.

Cleansing of the mind, body and soul

★★★★★
5 5 1
If you are someone who finds themselves in a need of change with the help of Ibogaine or Ayahuasca, this is the place to go, I highly recommend New Life Ayahuasca. Matt and Jeanae make the whole experience very comfortable. The grounds and accommodation's are beautiful, the food is delicious and you will also experience beautiful sunsets and the hot springs which is very therapeutic. So do yourself a favor and book your trip now it's an experience that will last a lifetime.

This is the place to go

★★★★★
5 5 1
Just wanted to let everyone to know who is thinking about coming, this is the place to go. I could not imagine my introduction to Ayahuasca anywhere else, I was so glad i didnt spend extra money and time, and being out with the bugs and elements in amazon. One day i will try, but this place was perfect for me. It was everything it was in pictures and more. Matt and Jenae were wonderful and made all my journey possible. It was one of the most beautiful experiences and places i ever been, says allot since i travelled to every continent. Figuring out when i can get back down and staying longer than a week next time. Food , amenities, activities, everything was perfect. Keep up the great work my friends! Peace and Love!! Sean

Total support, love & authenticity

★★★★★
5 5 1
I cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel for Matt & Jeanae. My hubby and I have been wanting to experience Ayahuasca for quite some time and we are so glad that we decided to entrust the crew at New Life Ayahuasca for this life-changing and trans-formative experience. From the moment Matt picked us up at the airport in San Jose, we felt right at home. The retreat center is located about 20 minutes outside of a small mountain town called San Ramon. The grounds could not have been more lush or beautiful. When you arrive at the main gate, you are greeted with a long curving drive that leads to the main house and while winding through the lushly landscaped grounds, one feels that they are entering the garden of Eden. Upon arrival, Matt gave us a tour around the property and checked us into our rooms. Even though we are a married couple, Matt and Jeanae were generous enough to give us separate rooms in case we needed private time to meditate and process our experiences. As a same-sex couple, we were hoping to find a non-judgmental atmosphere with the staff and the other guests and that is exactly what we found. Matt, Jeanae, and the other staff members and guests could not have been more loving, non-judgmental, or supportive during our entire stay. We also made some friendships with the other guests that I hope will last a lifetime. In terms of the ceremonies, they were life-changing, authentic, and well-executed. One of the lessons I got from this experience was that I can oftentimes be very judgmental. Before arriving at NLA, I questioned whether or not the experience would feel authentic since we weren't going to Peru to stay in the jungle. I could not have been more wrong. Matt led the ceremonies and Jeanae provided constant loving support. Matt truly has a gift from the gods. The voice that comes through him when he is performing Icaros is truly healing, loving, and authentic to the core. We could not have asked for better guides and a more supportive, safe, and nurturing environment. We were there for 3 ceremonies and they were all a bit different for everyone. As I've learned, everyone reacts to the medicine in different ways. There were some difficult moments, but I truly feel that I got what I needed, plus so much more. If you are called to Ayahuasca, we cannot recommend New LIfe Ayahuasca enough.

Open the door...Walk through 😀

★★★★★
5 5 1
I think we all found that Ayawaska is The Great Teacher of Humility! Mind blowing and opening experience with a crazy cool group of teachers and students from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life..a bond that can never be broken! Special thanks to Shaman Matt and 'nurse' Jeanae for incredible ceremonies in 'The Dojo', and for incorporating yoga, massage, and even an incredible local hotspring into the experience!

I couldn't have asked for anything more...

★★★★★
5 5 1
I don't know that I can properly word my thanks and appreciation for all of you at New Life Ayahuasca, but I'll try. I tried not to come to the retreat with too many expectations, just an open mind and willingness to learn whatever was shown to me. Immediately on arriving I was made to feel at home and found it very easy to settle in and get comfortable. The atmosphere and facility made it very easy to be social or get some time to myself when needed. The meals all week were fantastic and really added to the enjoyment of the experience. The cleanliness of the facility and constant attention to anything we needed was above and beyond. The added trip to the beach was a really nice extra as well as having the pool, hot tub and lots of nature to enjoy on a daily basis. As far as the ceremonies went, I personally couldn't have asked for anything more. I appreciated the sincerity of the ceremonies, the setting, the attention and care given to those of us going through the ceremonies. All three of the ceremonies that I experienced were great learning experiences and Matt and Jeanae played a huge part in that overall outcome. I made some connections on the trip that also made the trip more special and I'm sure I'll keep those relationships for the rest of my life. Thanks again New Life, my world is a better place after the gift of spending the week with all of you!

A connectedness that will last a lifetime!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I can’t express enough gratitude to New Life Ayahuasca and the founders, Matt and Jeanae. Let me start with the facility which is ideally located for a retreat in a peaceful setting with unparalleled views of the San Ramon valley and stretching to the Pacific Ocean. There is a perfect mix of large, comfortable indoor space as well as outdoor enjoyment and spa-like amenities. Everyone has their own unique bedroom with a private bathroom, and the common areas are clean, spacious and inviting. Having access to the gym/yoga studio and the separate hot tub/pool area allowed for continued physical activities, healing, and calm. The meals were thoughtfully prepared and plentiful, and special dietary needs were respected and incorporated. The massages were grounding and well timed and honestly, Fernando is one of the best masseuses I’ve ever had! (I have experienced many in my day!). The ceremonies only reinforced the safe, non-judgmental and caring environment which we were all in. Matt guided us through the ceremony with Icaros, gong, Tibetian singing bowl as well as meditative music toward the end of the ceremony. Jeanae supported each ceremony and is a natural care-giver. The collective strength and knowledge only reiterated the higher calling which have brought Matt and Jeanae where they are today. The ceremonies were an individual experience in itself; no two experiences were the same. And the bonfire following the ceremony allowed interested participants to further connect and share insights while gazing at the stars. The week long retreat welcomed people from very different geographies and backgrounds and within a very short time, I developed a connectedness and a shared experience with a few others that will last a lifetime! This was a transformational experience and I highly recommend New Life Ayahuasca! A huge thank you Matt and Jeanae for making the retreat happen and facilitating this experience – I do hope our paths will cross again in the physical world!

Spiritual retreat

★★★★★
5 5 1
I stayed here for 6 days for treatment of PTSD. This was a very professional, competent and relaxing retreat for the mind and the body. I highly recommend it !!!

Learning Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
I did a lot of research going into this experience, and initially I was impressed with the website and the level of honesty from both Matt and Jeanae. They were always available to answer my questions whenever I called. The retreat center was beautiful, the room was comfortable and the views are great. You can feel the Matt and Jeanae really care and were concerned with our (mine and my sister’s) comfort and safety for both the ibogaine and ayahuasca ceremonies. By the end of my retreat I am happy to call them both friends. We took a few trips to the beach and the waterfall over my 2 weeks stay and the food was very good and accommodating to the diet. I had drank ayahuasca a few times before coming to New Life and the fact that they keeps the groups small made a huge difference. The ceremonies felt more personal, the medicine was good and the fire at the end of the night felt like the perfect closing for the ceremony. I felt like I found a home here. I would highly recommend this center to anyone who is looking for a high quality, safe, comfortable and professional retreat. I will definitely be coming back myself!

So Grateful

★★★★★
5 5 1
Thank you, New Life Ayahuasca for the most life-expansive, mentally-therapeutic, heart-opening, bravery-inducing, forgiveness-cultivating, humbling-to-my-knees experience of my almost-48-years on this planet. Grateful to you, Matt & Jeanae for being my most-trusted, professional guides that made me feel safe, nurtured and truly cared for. As I travel back to my island home of Bocas Del Toro today, you are with me in my heart. heart emoticon The food was great too! Very accommodating to my vegan diet, and I never felt hungry. Felt pampered and comfortable in my private room, with private bathroom and free wi-fi. The massages were amazing as well! So GRATEFUL.

Third eye opened, amazing

★★★★★
5 5 1
A genuinely incredible and rewarding experience. The location up in the mountains is truly peaceful, and there was something about it and accomodation that instantly made me feel more relaxed and at home, plus the large indoor pool and workout area were fantastic. Jeanae and Matt were very welcoming and a pleasure to be around, additionally I had the fortune of meeting a wonderful group of people there which amplified the positive experience to even higher levels. I was a first timer so my initial ceremony wasn’t as profound as some, but my second and final ceremony was an utterly amazing experience, and I felt like Matt and Jeanae provided the ideal environment and guided me/us well. It is the kind of experience that words and art can’t truly describe, so I highly recommend experiencing it yourself, and it’s a pleasure doing it in such a beautiful, comfortable and safe environment.

New Beginnings

★★★★★
5 5 1
This review is long overdue but wanted to share my experience. I went out there in November 2015 for my 39th birthday. At that point I was at a low. I had just ended a long term relationship, started a new company, moved across the country, yadda, yadda, life stuff. So I was looking for something to snap me out of my funk. I went out there for 2 weeks to do the 3 ayahuasca ceremonies and and 1 iboga treatment. When I got there I didn't know what to expect but was greeted by Matt at the airport who took me to their retreat. The place is great, bedrooms have private bathrooms and are super clean and comfy, pool and hiking trails. Matt and Jeanae are great hosts, very laid back, easy to talk to and accommodating. You can tell that they care in helping people and it shows through with their actions. We went on a few beach excursions, farmers market and a couple trips into town that were both fun and a nice break in between ceremonies. As with the ceremonies themselves, I did 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, which were really mild for myself. If one is worried, do not. It is a very pleasurable experience but the one thing that changed everything for me was my iboga treatment. I did it at the very end and truthfully I can't even recall much of it. Though when I got back everything had changed in my head, a sort of reset button had been pushed. I could feel it and others could see it in me, a glow that wasn't there when I left. Since then, I changed everything up. I moved places, started running daily and working out. I changed the way I eat, my sleep habits, quit drinking alcohol (which was one of the reasons I choose to do the iboga, as I was turning to it more than I should when I was becoming depressed about things), just a complete 360. So now 6 months later, I literally am a completely different person, not 100%, but headed into the right direction in getting there, whereas before I was falling down a slippery slope of despair. So needless to say, this was a life changer. It is not a cure all, but it will point you in the right direction. What you do afterwards is up to you.

Transcendent

★★★★★
5 5 1
This was my first experience with Ayahuasca. Matt and Jeanae were wonderful, compassionate hosts. I highly recommend New Life Ayahuasca to anyone considering this life changing experience. Each ceremony was a different experience. It was deeply personal and helped me explore issues that I have struggled with all my life. It was a profound experience to say the least, just beautiful and intense. Some of it was challenging to be sure but I would do it again in a heartbeat. The peace of mind and stronger sense of Self is a priceless gift. I felt welcomed and at home immediately at New Life. It was fun meeting the other guests and I really felt a strong bond with the group as we took this journey together. I am very grateful to Matt and Jeanae for all the work they do and their support along the way. They are very sweet, genuine, and authentic. They want the best experience for all their guests and do their best to make that happen. I encourage anyone seeking that "something more" to check out New Life and take a personal retreat here. I will be back! Thank you Matt and Jeanae! You are awesome!

Many, many thanks

★★★★★
5 5 1
I am in my early fifties and maybe a bit older than many people who are interested in ayahuasca. That said, I can’t think of any very good reason to trudge through a muddy jungle, get bitten by unidentifiable insects (or worse), or live in some primitive dirty camp in order to partake in a spiritual ceremony. So I feel very fortunate to have found Matt and Jeanae, and to have had my first ayahuasca experiences under their guidance. They are kind, caring, friendly, helpful and, (perhaps most importantly) trustworthy people. Jeanae and Matt fulfilled every promise they made on their webpage, from preparing and providing excellent meals to transporting me to and from the airport. Their facility is beautiful and everything they represent it to be. It was great to be able to sleep in a clean, comfortable bed after long nights of ceremonies, and to shower, swim, hike, and just relax in such a gorgeous setting. My week in their company was the most enjoyable and enlightening I have had in many years- probably ever. The ceremonies they guide are beautiful and profound. I think they have a genius for this business. It is obvious that they take very seriously the sacred nature of their responsibility in providing ayahuasca ceremonies. I hope to return soon, and wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone interested in partaking in a life-changing spiritual experience.

Amazing Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
An all around amazing experience. Couldn't thank Matt and Jeanae enough for what they did. It has taken me a bit of time to digest the vast experience, but every day that proceeds I can still feel the medicine working within. The whole set up was great, and perfect for a personal or group spiritual retreat. It is paramount to feel safe and secure when practising, and this exactly what I felt with NLA. The ceremonies were powerful and the group always had great follow up discussions. The accommodations and meals were great and the rest of the facility beautiful. I highly recommend NLA, it was a rich experience I will soon not forget. Thank you for what you do.

Best thing I ever did in my life

★★★★★
5 5 1
I spent a week with Matt and Jeanae from New Life Ayahuasca. This was my first time doing ayahuasca. I researched it for many years but i could never find the time to try it. By luck and fortune I got the oppurtunity to go to New Life in Costa Rica and it was the best thing i ever did in my life. Jeanae and Matt are the nicest people and their care and love is amazing. They guided me through the process and i will always grateful to them for the experience I had. The medecine is so powerful and showed me stuff i never knew excisted. I have a new found appreciation for life and i have changed so much since. The facilities are great. The have clean spacious rooms. A beautiful garden with a big pool and the view is amazing. I felt really safe and secure and it was a great introduction to this powerful medicine. I made great friends with the other participants and they set me on a new direction of my life. Hopefully someday i can return to New Life Ayahuasca for another step to fullfill my potential. For now i am on the right path and will always be in dept to this great people. Namaste! Lots of love and light. Your friend Stefan

Wonderful Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
I was going through a rough time in my life when I unintentionally learned about ayahuasca. Having never heard of it up until a month before booking my retreat, I was surprisingly comfortable with my decision to travel alone to another country in hopes of getting better. It just felt right. I had never before experienced with any sort of psychedelic, so in the days leading up to my trip, the nerves started kicking in. Still though, I knew I had to do it. Costa Rica is beautiful and the retreat center is perfectly located. You're able to appreciate unparalleled aerial views of central Costa Rica, and simultaneously enjoy luxuries like hot water and wifi. It truly is the best of both worlds. The amenities make it easier to relax prior to and after ayahuasca ceremonies, and the natural environment allows you to truly be with your thoughts so that you can begin to understand its teachings. The ceremonies were incredible- I can't put into words how profound they were. Ayahuasca is powerful yet gentle at the same time. I would do it again in a heartbeat. If you're considering ayahuasca as a means to better yourself, I absolutely recommend New Life. Matt and Jeanae are sincere people with the purest intentions and they will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and safe. I brought back home with me a new appreciation for life and my loved ones, and I have let go of years' worth of built up fear and anxiety. I truly feel healed. I have opened up and will live each day as a vessel of love.

Surpassed my wildest of dreams

★★★★★
5 5 1
Dear Jeanae and Matt, Gratitude from the depths of my being for all your love, support and service over these last two weeks. I had high hopes for my time at New Life Iboga / Ayahuasca and these have all been surpassed beyond wildest of dreams. I have received clear answers to the life questions I came with and found my allies and support. I have connected to the deepest Mystery and learned more about this spirit magic, where I am a novice but open to learning. I have had the most profound healings and blessings and shed so many skins. I leave with strength, love in my heart and a renewed passion to work for a more beautiful world. Thank you so much for all you are doing here. Your service is a sight to behold. That's a lot of work you guys are carrying. I felt very held and cared for, with space to be. I also felt very safe- you've figured a good balance between the sacred ceremonies and some medical attention. May you always know how important your work is. May you receive all you need to support your work. So many blessings and prayers for you both to move forwards on your own paths of understanding and peace. And thanks Matt for your honesty and reaching out- much appreciated. I'm also deeply grateful to Derek for his beautiful, delicious food. The food on retreats I feel is very significant and I have felt fed and deeply nourished which is an important part of the journey. Derek's kindness and attention have been a real gift. It's also been an added bonus to have Vanessa around with the additional medicines of Kambo, reiki and guided meditation- my cup overflows! I hope you continue to attract in support and help that assists the work you are doing here. The masseur is also amazing. (Why are all the best masseurs on holiday / in different countries?!). So much love and gratitude to you both, wishing you all the sweetness for your life together, Love Gail xxx

Lifting experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
New Life Ayahuasca was a perfect set up for my experience. I felt safe and pampered. Jeanae and Matt were the best hosts ever - lovely souls and understanding of everyones needs. They looked after us throughout the retreat and guided us through our experiences with lifting icaros. The location is amazing. Breathtaking sunsets, spacious rooms with individual bathrooms, swimming pool and hot tab, yoga classes, massages, midnight bonfires and beautiful surroundings for morning walks. See you next year guys and thanks so much for doing what you do!

More than I ever expected

★★★★★
5 5 1
Being a first time participant in doing any kind of psychedelic, I did a ton of research on where I could safely do Ayahausca. When I found New Life Ayahuasca’s website, I was ecstatic. Their website presence was great. The information was very comprehensive, clear, and extremely helpful. I emailed Matt and Jeanae who promptly emailed back answering any and all questions with great patience, knowledge and understanding. They also took the time to call me (yes, they have a US phone number so it’s free) to ask questions about any prior experience I had with psychedelics, and what supplements and/or medications I was taking to make sure this is a good fit. Health and safety are their first priorities, which made me feel comfortable in choosing to do this. From the moment Matt and Jeanae picked me up at the airport I felt at ease. They were kind, authentic and welcoming. They treated me like family. The facility was beautiful and I loved the fact that I had my own bedroom and bathroom. The food they provided was very plentiful, delicious and nutritious. The property and its views are to die for. Not only did I get to partake in one of the most amazing spiritual journeys thus far in my life, but I also felt like I was on a total vacation. I swam, (they have a huge indoor pool), sat in the hot tub, watched movies they rented for us, read books, did yoga with Jeanae, hiked on the property, and went on an excursion with Matt and Jeanae to some waterfalls and out for a fabulous meal afterward. Due to the beautiful location, the fabulous facility, the great hospitality, the nutritious food and extremely knowledgeable guides-Matt and Jeanae I was able to fully let go and drop into the Ayahausca experience without trepidation and more curiosity. That said, the Ayahausca ceremonies were some of the most positive life changing experiences I have ever had. Although I had set intentions for each ceremony, I was not attached to the outcome, which was good. Mother Ayahausca showed me exactly what she needed me to see and told me what she wanted me to hear, all of which have benefited me beyond measure. If you are planning on drinking Ayahuasca, I highly recommend New Life Ayahausca as the number one destination to do so. I am forever grateful to Matt and Jeanae for this life-changing experience. Thank you!

Everything you could ask for

★★★★★
5 5 1
If you are planning on drinking Ayahuasca, I would recommend New Life as a great destination to do so. My wife and I were researching for quite a while before deciding on New Life. Drinking Aya for the first time is an overwhelming experience which is why New Life's atmosphere was by far the best option for us. Of course, you can go to Iquitos and live in the jungle for a week but the added stress of that seemed a bit daunting. New Life offers a nice peaceful setting in what felt like a giant home. Matt and Jeanae make you feel like part of their family right away. As did Jeanae's mother and Nigel, their assistant who all did their best to make us feel comfortable. The food they provided was delicious and nutritious, something I worried about with other retreats in the jungle. The actual ceremonies were some of the life changing experiences we have ever have. One note I would make right away is that Ayahuasca is not to be taken lightly. It is a powerful substance and you never quite know what will be shown to you. You have to be open to it but know now that it is not for recreational use. I went in with the intention of getting over my fear of the unknown. My 2nd ceremony, I explored everything I might be afraid of. I was shown the way I would die and had to come to grips with my own mortality. I saw my fear of having kids and in facing it, was able to not only get over it but envision my future children. I witness the death of my parents and growing old with my sister and nephews. After seeing all that lies ahead, it was hard to ever experience that fear again. But it was work. It was hard work, that one night felt like I had gone through 10 years of psycho therapy. Mentally, I have never been pushed like that night. I begged for the visions to stop but they told my I was strong enough to face them. I am glad I did as the next day, I felt clarity like never before. I was apprehensive to go back after getting so much the night before. As I said before, it was intense and I was not ready to face that experience so soon after. I went back and forth on drinking it before ultimately deciding to do so. I told myself this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I should take full advantage. I am glad I did. Once I purged (get ready purging is a huge part of this) I entered a dream like state once again. But this time was different, I begged to not have to face what I had before. I said to the medicine, "I did that hard work, can't I just play" and it responded with "Sure, go ahead". From there on, I had the most profound experience of my life. I flew through the stars ultimately coming upon a planet with eyes. I immediately recognized that I was standing in front of "God". He said because I did the hard work the night before and showed bravery to come back, I would be treated to spend the night in "his" presence and ask whatever questions I may have. I use quotation for him as he explained to me that god, the universe, they were all one. We were all connected to him and everything else. He showed me that finding joy and happiness, helping others, and becoming our best selves was the whole point of life and that this would continue when we entered the after life. There were so many life lessons and understandings that took place that night as I was able to sit with god/universe in any form I chose to make him (for a while, I chose Morgan Freeman). I am not a person who you would ever consider a believer in any form. I am not religious and remain so but I do believe in the visions I saw. Since that night, my wife and I have never felt better. I feel as if the blockages in my mind that stopped me from living the life I want and making the habits that will get me there, are gone. I sleep better, I think better, I am nicer and more considerate. I got a nasty virus when I got home, one that would normally have me in bed for days. Instead, I went to the gym 6 times this week. It's incredible the feeling it gave me . I want to thank Matt and Jeanae for giving this great gift to us. We are forever grateful!

Better than anything I expected

★★★★★
5 5 1
Where to begin? New Life is a fantastic experience. From the moment you meet them at the airport until the moment they drop you off, Matt and Jeanae will do everything they can to make you feel safe, comfortable, and supported during what can be a very emotional experience. The property itself is sprawling and comfortable, and affords beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and of the Pacific Ocean. If you're lucky you'll experience some epic thunderstorms and from the hilltop perch of the property, you will be able to watch lightning strike over the ocean. Alternatively, you can chill out and watch a movie, read books, do some yoga, go for a swim, or really anything else that makes you comfortable. You'll find that for most things you'll want to do, New Life has the facilities While at New Life, you'll find that time slows down and with the help of Matt and Jeanae, you'll be able to really relax and be mindful in order to hopefully take some big lessons away with you. Moreover, they are always open to answer questions about your treatments, to share stories of their own lives such that when it comes time for the treatments you'll know that you are in good hands. I cannot recommend New Life and its hosts more highly, I am incredibly grateful to have spent time in such a lovely place and with such lovely people, and I cannot wait to go back

An experience in healing

★★★★★
5 5 1
I would first like to say thanks to Jeanae, Matt and Nigel for making this a wonderful retreat. I have never done ayahuasca before and had no idea what to expect. Matt as a shaman performed a very good ceremony and the ayahuasca did the rest. I got the clarity I came for and then some. New Life Ayahuasca has helped me uncover what 28 years has buried deep within my subconscious. I loved the retreat center in San Ramon and the beauty of the surrounding areas. It was peaceful.

Gracious hosts and a spectacular location

★★★★★
5 5 1
I was determined. I had been thinking about Ayahuasca for about two years before I arrived at New Life Ayahuasca for a week of ceremonies. I came seeking emotional healing and to deepen my spiritual nature and commitment to the path on which I have been for most of my life. The medicine of Ayahuasca has provided both of these for me. The people at New Life Ayahuasca provided a safe, supportive and relaxed environment for this to transpire. The combination of these factors, including Matt’s facilitation skills, in particular his heartfelt singing of icaros, created a vehicle of transformation for me. I chose New Life Ayahuasca for a number of reasons including convenience, the relative ease of travel to Costa Rica from the United States as compared to a South American destination and the lower cost of travel to Costa Rica, although the factor that finalized my decision was that I sensed the authenticity of the people behind this place. This became particularly evident to me when I first spoke with Matt at length on the phone about my expectations and concerns. He was welcoming and receptive and shared insight about the Ayahuasca experience with me that helped me to proceed without confusion or irrational fear. I left that conversation sensing that he was an experienced guide and feeling confident about attending a retreat with him. Several weeks later I found myself in the peaceful rural setting of the New Life Ayahuasca center on 20 acres of land overlooking the green mountainsides of San Ramon, the Gulf of Nicoya and the Pacific Ocean. The location alone is magnificent and restful. By the time the initial ceremony began and the moment to drink Ayahuasca for the first time became a reality for me, I felt completely at ease with Jeanae and Matt and their support staff. I feel fortunate that my first experience was with a small group of just six people and that I felt close and trusting of the people around me. I felt completely safe and supported, and the natural sense of trepidation that virtually everyone feels upon first drinking Ayahuasca had greatly diminished by that time. As the medicine took effect, the experience was magical beyond my ability to describe in words here without resorting to poetry or some other metaphorical mode of expression. When Matt began to sing the icaros, my experience deepened significantly, transporting me into the most deeply felt healing space I have ever experienced. His talent for holding a sacred space through the singing of icaros and his use of various simple musical instruments is remarkable and felt deeply and directly within the heart. As he continued to sing, I felt the most overwhelming sense of gratitude I have ever felt in my life. I felt gratitude for the moment, gratitude for the people I was with, gratitude for the medicine, gratitude for the path that had ultimately led me to that moment, gratitude for the healing I sensed was beginning to transpire for me and gratitude for many other things that escape me as I write this now. The remainder of that first ceremony and the two subsequent ceremonies later in the week were, simply put, the most profound experiences of my entire life. In particular, during the second ceremony, I directly experienced Mother Ayahuasca, or what I have come to call the Cosmic Mother, reveal herself to me in one of her forms and communicate with me nonverbally. A full description of that experience is too involved to include here, but briefly put, it transformed my perception of life and my perception of death into parts of a greater integrated process that exists beyond time as we experience it in conventional terms and that is multidimensional in nature. In the weeks that followed my Ayahuasca experience, I was left with an enhanced sense of belonging in the world and a renewed sense of purpose. Since returning home my perception of death has been transformed. I have a new appreciation of it because I now know beyond any doubt that we are all eternal beings, that death is not an end of life but an integral part of it. I know that life as we experience it in conventional terms is a single limited dimension of a vast multidimensional reality. In other words, through my experience with Ayahuasca, I have realized that we are multidimensional beings because during ceremony I experienced dimensions of my own being I had never experienced previously. While there is still work for me to do and insight to gain, I know that the process to attain these has been accelerated for me in a way that cannot be undone. I will be returning to New Life Ayahuasca in just a few weeks for another week of ceremonies with the intention of deepening and refining the process I started. Thank you Jeanae, Matt and the staff at New Life Ayahuasca for helping to facilitate this for me. I will always be grateful. You are creating a unique sacred space there, both physically and energetically, on your 20 acres in the mountains of San Ramon, something that I wish for others who to experience as well. I have already recommended your center to others and will continue to do so. In fact, a close friend of mine will be arriving there in a matter of weeks, and I am confident that he will be in good hands for his first experience with this amazing medicine.

Gorgeous gem of an oasis

★★★★★
5 5 1
Great food, check. Beautiful ceremony, check. Wonderful people taking care of you, double check! Beautiful building, rooms, property with a mind blowing view, gonna need some bigger checks!!! Jeanae and Matt are really building something beautiful here. A gorgeous gem of an oasis. Perfect for going to take your troubles head on and remembering how wonderful life truly is. Book today! You wont regret it.

All Fluff Aside

★★★★★
5 5 1
When you have faced what holds you back mentally and want to clear away the triggers from your energy body; Ayahuasca is the key. The villa is well maintained as is the property it sits on. You are out in the hills, so relaxing is as easy as it is going to get (bring a book or two) The food is tasty, clean and in abundance. Matt and Jeanae believe in what they do and it shows. The environment for me was perfect. When you do your homework before the trip, the rewards multiply. Acknowledge what you are struggling with and deal with it the best you can; forgiveness to all involved is crucial. Know what you want to release and also manifest in your life. That way when you get to NLA, you will be much more prepared for the ceremonies. The first two ceremonies for me were all about release and the third was an amazing ride I will always remember; it was all rainbows and unicorns, with extra purging lol! As I recall, everyone got rocked by the Earth Mother that evening, it was amazing! I work in the service industry in Las Vegas and work is hectic during convention season. My attitude and outlook are light years ahead of where I was before coming to New Life Ayahuasca. I envision a return to journey again in the future. Much love to you Matt and Jeanae! ~Chad Kaley

Highly Recommend!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Would highly recommend!!! Am looking forward to another week in the near future.... Great people, location and food....the ceremonies were indescribable..... Thanks again Matt and Jeanae....

How I resolved my C-PTSD.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Matt, Jeanae and the supporting crew gave me and my healing journey their undivided attention for an entire week as a privileged guest at their center—a sprawling 20-acre estate reminiscent of a roman villa complete with detached indoor pool and hot tub—located comfortably in the idyllic, mountainous Costa Rican countryside. The modern facilities even come replete with Wi-Fi. Because of the difficult nature of the personal inner work that ayahuasca sets you out on, I believe that the comfortable amenities and beautiful facilities helped me focus on the what I came there to do, feeling secure enough to devote my entire attention to the examination, healing, and integration process. The meals they prepared and shared with me were delicious and the week included outings to some local restaurants too. Their villa-esque center has eight (count ‘em) bedrooms, often with private bathrooms. But for the extraverted that crave social interaction with the inevitably awesome people that come here there are ridiculously well-decorated sitting areas in shared spaces literally almost every ten feet. On my 7th day at New Life Ayahuasca I was still discovering Secret Garden-type pockets perfect for private conversations or quiet reflection. I am a writer, and the full-on beauty and sense of freedom of the property inspired me to write almost four times as much material as I would have normally in the same amount of time, and this was all before my life-changing experience with ayahuasca on the third ceremony night. The first two ceremonies didn’t seem like they did much for me at the time, since I didn’t feel the effects I was expecting. But by the time I was peaking during my incredibly successful third session I realized the frustration I felt during these two failed attempts was actually a part of the process and did serve a purpose; it was exactly what I needed to feel at the time. I’ve struggled with Complex-PTSD since childhood, and spent the last decade being pinballed around in the American health care system in a mistaken attempt to commit to the effort of recovery, only to fail to experience symptom relief from over 20 different types of medication, ranging from uppers, downers and serotonin-reuptake whatever-ers. I took those pills everyday religiously, on blind faith that if I didn’t I was just giving up on getting healthy, some of these meds even made me more unhealthy – I gained 80 lbs. and caught an endocrine disorder on the wrongly-prescribed powerful tranquilizer Seroquel. It was the realization that what I was doing wasn’t working and that I need to switch my strategy if I was ever going to triumph over the treatment-resistant and pervasive daily struggle of PTSD. It was this reasoning that brought me to New Life Ayahuasca. Now, I’m so grateful that I listened to that meek little inner-voice that knew what was best for me. Even though I only had an experience that third and final ceremony, my anxiety is down and self-esteem is up. I feel inspired, empowered and incredibly grateful to Matt, Jeanae, Brandy and Nigel: the Human Being Dream Team. Thank you New Life Ayahuasca, and may many more people pass through your doors and find effective healing.

A week of ayahuasca

★★★★★
5 5 1
To put this review in context, it is written from the perspective of a psychotherapist of more than 40 years of clinical experience Who has a specialty in psychological trauma, PTSD, and has worked in various settings in the United States, in army behavior health clinics in Germany, and a three-year deployment to Afghanistan. I spent one week with Matt and Jeanae both of whom have had significant important experiences in their own lives which they have taken an integrated in such a way that they are able to be of tremendous benefit to so many people. I was impressed with their attentiveness, their kindness and knowledge during these experiences and always being right there with you to assist in anyway that would be helpful, and they knew exactly what was needed at different times. They are focused on you and your experience and making this experience as rich as possible for you and always have your safety uppermost in their minds. The setting at which this takes place outside of San Ramon is absolutely beautiful, in the mountains, and quiet. They have my best recommendation. Thank you matt and Jeanae. Together you are making a wonderful contribution and making this world a better place.

New Life Ayahuasca is "good medicine".

★★★★★
5 5 1
Thank you for being such wonderful hosts!

A trip of healing

★★★★★
5 5 1
excellent experience to know myself. the ayahuasca remember me the purpose of life, it has teaching me the power of love, to be grateful, with everything that we have.. being alive and have a different view of the world we live. my life is changing and never could change my ayahuasca experience. if you would like to try someday go and have a good trip, go to new life ayahuasca. excellent place to go and be connected with everything. i recommend this excellent place full with great people

Wonderful people and a wonderful vision

★★★★★
5 5 1
New Life is located outside Sam Ramon, Costa Rica. The property and facility is absolutely gorgeous and and view of the Gulf of Nicoya from their location on top of the mountain make this a beautiful and perfect place for the work they are doing.  I was passing through the area coming from San Jose to Playa Samara and just had to stop in and meet the people there and find out what they were doing. San Ramon is only a couple of hours from San Jose, less if you have a car and a little more if using the bus system.  My background is not only corporate I.T. (stressful) but also I am a RYT Yoga Teacher and I've been interested for a number of years in how things such as yoga, meditation, diet, mentors, and support systems help with our first world high stress jobs.  Jeanae and Matt are wonderful people. They have such a strong sense of purpose, a mission, and empathy. Where they come from and where they are going is wonderful and they are making the world better in a very great way. They only want to share and help other people. They know the value of moments that can turn a life around and understand sometimes it takes a great deal of work to help a person get just one step further to being better, happier, or perhaps even just alive.  The facility is as clean and full of creature comforts anyone might want or need. No matter where you come from rich or poor, first world or jungle, this place is comfortable. The region is mountainous with dirt roads leading to it as it should be for the region. The house, the pool area (yes, indoor lap pool in Costa Rica) and the location are really just perfect for a retreat location.  I can only imagine all the clients coming from a wide range of cultures and countries, with needs stemming from depression and stress to drug or substance abuse that may find this place and the people there to be a very important part of their journey to wellness.

New Life Ayahuasca is a Wonderful place!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I will like to express my gratitude to all the people of New Life Ayahusca. I when to a ceremony with Matt and Jeanae last Saturday and I am very impress with their heart and everything they did in the ceremony. Not only they were checking on me all the time but also they are people with a genuine purpose of helping others to get heal. The ceremony had everything; the setting was perfectly care for. I want to congratulate them for running such of wonderful place. I would recommend it to anyone. I also like to send a special thanks to Sergio and Emanuel for always checking on me and for helping me throughout the ceremony. I will be coming back for more ceremonies with the confidence that I am on a safe environment. I wish you many blessings, success and prosperity in the years to come.  Thank you so much for everything!