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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 96 reviews
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Shamanic Value

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Just before I traveled to New Life, I was given a book. It was a coincidence that the book was Stone Age Wisdom and that it was about shamanism. More important, it was something that I needed to read at just that moment – such are the synchronicities that pop up in your life if you’re ready to notice them. I knew a lot about Ayahuasca from reading and listening to Terrence McKenna. But I had given almost no thought to the other important factor in Ayahuasca ceremonies – the shaman. Author Tom Crockett wrote his book to demystify the function played by those who facilitate, host and present the ceremonies. His central premise is that shamanic work is about helping people to learn about and to heal themselves. You don’t have to be from a traditional culture and you don’t need a PhD in Shamanistic Studies. You just need to understand – intellectually and viscerally – the value of the rituals and pre-modern practices that can be so effective with or without the plant medicines. I feel very lucky that I ended up at a retreat with Matthew Mormello. The whole experience certainly engaged me in profound ways. Matt has obviously been trained well by traditional mentors but his background as an American helped make him and the ceremonies that much more amenable. He never refers to himself as a shaman but Matt’s efforts impressed me for their balance of wild energy and ceremonial dignity. I haven’t experienced so-called real shaman so I don’t know what I missed. But from what I know from reading is that Matt set the perfect tone and ambiance in which Mother Ayahuasca could do her magic. The experience can be a little intimidating so the other value provided by Matt and his partner Janae is safety. They really care about taking care of people. The feeling you get is love. They love what they’re doing. They love to help and serve. And they love enough to be really professional about the whole operation. The food is great. The rooms are great. The amenities are great. All in all: this is real value. The Ayahuasca experience is much more than merely drinking a plant medicine. It starts from the moment you are welcomed to the beautiful house high in the hills of San Ramon. This is something important to any shamanistic experience: the location. With a forever view of the surrounding hills, ocean and skies, this location is indeed liminal. The house is one with the sky and abounds with character and warmth. And all of that is buttressed by the warmth and care of Matt and Janae themselves. I’m still glowing and reverberating with little lessons from Aya weeks after the experience. If I didn’t get the genuine performance from a card-carrying native shaman in Peru, then I don’t care. I got what I needed. Thanks Matt and Janae, it was perfect.

Serene setting, beautiful experience

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This was my first aya experience and I went into it with great expectations. Matt and Jeanae, who are both wonderful people, have created the perfect environment and did not disappoint. All attendees felt safe and comfortable which allows for a more profound experience with the medicine. The food, property, guests, and Shaman (and Jeanae!!!) were all A+. I couldn't recommend this place more and I will most certainly be going back.

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!
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Sacred Medicines

Sacred Medicine

The Healing Power of Plants

sacred medicineEver since the dawn of mankind, humans have used sacred medicine and plants for healing of the mind, body and spirit. The use of plants as medicine predates written history, but in written record, the use of herbs dates back 5,000 years. The Sumerians had written record of plants and their uses, and the Egyptians had an extensive list of over 800 recorded plant medicines. Many ancient cultures who practiced the art of healing with plants had members of the village who were known as medicine men or shaman. Many shaman believe that each plant has a unique spirit that can be communicated with. At New Life Ayahuasca, we believe this to be true. Through our work with both iboga(ine) and ayahuasca we have felt the presence and personality of both their spirits and we have seen what incredible potential both of these unique plant medicines are capable of.

Both ibogaine and ayahuasca have been used in ceremonial settings in their respective native origins for centuries, if not longer. Each plant medicine has a set of traditions and ceremonial practices that surround their use. At New Life Ayahuasca, we strive to respect these traditions and proved as authentic an environment as possible when consuming these medicines. Learn more about the similarities and differences of ibogaine and ayahuasca.

Kambo is different from both ibogaine and ayahuasca in that it is not plant-based and it is not psychedelic, but it is another sacred medicine that has been used for thousands of years by the indigenous people of the Amazon and has its own incredible healing potential.

Ayahuasca Vs. Iboga



Ayahuasca is a brew whose use originated in the Amazon, specifically Peru. Ayahuasca is consumed in a ceremonial setting, guided by a shaman. Each part of the ceremony has a specific purpose and aids in the spiritual journey. When consumed, ayahuasca produces both open and closed eyed visions usually pertaining to nature and the meaning of life. There is a diet associated with ayahuasca that is implemented to show respect for the medicine and spiritual process. Ayahuasca is used to aid in healing both physical and psychological disorders gaining recognition through out the West in treating depression, addiction and PTSD.

Ayahuasca Info.


Iboga is a psychedelic derived from the root of the Tabernathe Iboga shrub. It is used as a sacrament by practitioners of Bwiti, a spiritual tradition originating in West Africa. Iboga is used as a rite of passage into adult hood and for communication with ancestors. Iboga, or more specifically, the derivative ibogaine, has more recently been praised for its ability to alleviate withdrawal symptoms from opiates and healing of the brain. This powerful plant medicine has since been gaining popularity in the West for its abilities in treating drug addiction and other conditions of the mind such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. It is traditionally consumed in a ceremonial setting but many ibogaine clinics do not implement these ceremonies or spiritual traditions. New Life Iboga feels the best way to experience iboga(ine) is by incorporating Bwiti traditions and ceremonies that have traditionally surrounded the use of iboga(ine) for hundreds of years.

Ibogaine Info


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

Kambo Info