Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250

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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 71 reviews
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An incredible experience

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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

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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!

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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.
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New Life Ayahuasca

STAFF

Our small staff is devoted to helping and supporting each guest through their experience at New Life Ayahuasca. If there is anything we can help with, we are more than willing.

Matthew Mormello

Director – Ceremonial Guide

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Matt Mormello

Matt is our other founder and director. He acts as the guide for all ceremonies at New Life Ayahuasca. He sings Icaros and plays the guitar, gong, and Tibetan singing bowl. Matt is involved in the booking process, talking on the phone and confirming reservations.

In 2011 Matt was the subject of HBO’s Vice documentary on Ibogaine where he was treated for opiate addiction. He continued seeking to grow and heal through ayahuasca where he felt an immediate connection to the medicine.

Matt continued to participate in hundreds of ayahuasca ceremonies and for the last 2 years he has been traveling to Peru every other month to continue to learn and train with a well known and reputable shaman.

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Jeanae White

Director

jeanae2Jeanae is one of our founders and directors. She handles our website and social media accounts. Jeanae replies to all inquiries/e-mails and is always available to answer questions. She is involved during retreats acting as our yoga instructor, Kambo practitioner and ceremonial assistant.

Jeanae grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She worked in the food/beverage industry until her 5 year long addiction to heroin led her to seek treatment with ibogaine in Costa Rica. Following her ibogaine treatment, she decided to stay and live in Costa Rica, and began participating regularly in ayahuasca ceremonies.  The truly profound changes she experienced after ayahuasca are what she credits for the changes she made in her life and her continued sobriety.

 

Read Jeanae’s story on The Mind Unleashed

 

Watch Matt’s naming ceremony from HBO’s VICE

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