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  • NEW LIFE AYAHUASCA

    Ayahuasca Retreats

    New Life Ayahuasca offers 5 and 7 day ayahuasca retreats. Our mission is to provide compassionate retreat program options to others who are seeking to restore balance to their lives through spiritual and personal healing. Our retreat includes 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, Kambo(optional) yoga,  a massage and a trip to the beach or waterfall. Spacing is limited for ayahuasca retreats to 8 participants per week to be sure we can provide individualized attention and support during such a personal and profound experience.

    Ceremonies and Guide

    We conduct intimate ceremonies (maximum of 8 participants) that are performed with respect to the traditions that have surround the use of the sacred medicine ayahuasca for centuries. Matt, our founder and director, acts as a guide for the experience. Matt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding. Matt sings Icaros, plays the Gong, Tibetan Singing bowl, guitar and drum to help guide the participants’ experience. Jeanae also contributes by playing the native american flute.

    Facility and Grounds

    Our beautiful facility located in the mountains of San Ramon, Costa Rica, is secluded on a lush 20 acre property about an hour from SJO airport. All guest receive a private room and full bathroom equipped with hot water. Guests are invited to use our pool, hot tub and gym anytime during their stay. Our property is filled with lush vegetation, fruit trees and trails perfect for nature walks. Our facilityalso offers a comfortable back patio with  incredible views of the Nicoya Gulf on the Paclific coast of Costa Rica, perfect for watching the sunset.

    Therapies

    New Life Ayahuasca offers additional therapies to promote maximum healing during your retreat with us. We believe in combining plant medicines with holistic therapies to achieve a healthy balance of energies and to support tranquility, peace, and growth. Therapies we offer include Kambo, massage, yoga and sound therapy. Our goal is to integrate each of these additional therapies into our ayahuasca retreats, with the hope that they will help each individual prepare physically and mentally for the ayahuasca experience .

    Kambo

    Kambo, also called Sapo or ‘frog poison’, is a natural non-psychedelic medicine made from the secretions of the Giant Monkey Tree Frog from the Amazon and is used to treat a variety of ailments. Optional Kambo sessions are available at our center as an add on therapy for $50 It is a great additional cleansing process during an ayahuasca retreat. The connection between Kambo and Ayahuasca is special – being that the spirit of ayahuasca is what, according to legend, brought about the knowledge of Kambo use and its incredible benefits.

    Travel

    Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a healing retreat. Not only is Costa Rica the safest country in Central America, but it is said to be home to the happiest people in the world, with the country motto “Pura Vida” which translates to ‘Pure Life’. Flights are only appx. $500 round trip from the US, and we provide complimentary pick-up at SJO airport, making the transition to our facility stress-free. Our location in the mountains also provides comfortable conditions with temperatures averaging around 75-80 during the day and 65-70 at night.

    " 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!" -Sean

    Venue Highlights

    We provide complimentary pick-up from SJO airport on the start day of the retreat between 11am and 1pm. Our center sits secluded on a lush 20 acre property in the mountains of San Ramon, Costa Rica. We have beautiful panoramic views of the Nicoya Gulf. Guests have unrestricted access to our large indoor pool and hot tub as well as hiking trails surrounding the property.

    Amenities

    • Free Wifi
    • Pool
    • Towels
    • Free Parking
    • Kitchen
    • Hot Tub
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Yoga Studio

    Menu Types

    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • Includes Meat
    • Organic
    • Nut Free

    Menu/Cuisine

    FULL BREAKFAST - local fruits, bread, organic jam, eggs, oatmeal
    FULL LUNCH (non-ceremony days) - A balanced vegan meal with protein(veggie or chicken on side) and local vegetables.
    SOUP LUNCH (ceremony days) - 2 soup options, one veggie and one chicken
    FULL DINNER (non-ceremony days) - A balanced vegan meal with protein(veggie or chicken on side) and local vegetables.

    Accommodations

    ALL ROOMS
    - Private
    - 1 Queen Sized Bed
    - Full attached bathroom (toilet, shower, sink, hot water)
    - Towels and Basic Toiletries provided (shampoo, conditioner, soap)

  • Offers

    Other offers:

    massage, yoga, ayahuasca, kambo, sapo,

    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine:
    • Ayahuasca
    • Kambo
    Medicine content :

    B caapi, chacruna

    Medicine preparation:

    hand-made using home-grown ingredients from a shaman in Iquitos, Peru

    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 8
    Place of ceremony: Temple at our facility in San Ramon, Costa Rica
    Props etc. used during the ceremony: Icaros, gong, Tibetan signing bowls, drum, guitar, flute, rattles, sage, palo santo, copal, florida water,

    Accomodation details

    Type of Accomodation: Private
    More about the accomodation and food:

    All rooms are private with their own attached bathroom. Guests have access to our pool, gym, hot tub and 20 acre property with various hiking trails. All food provided is accordance with the ayahuasca diet. WiFi is available.

    Sustainability

    How we ensure sustainability:

    Compost all organic material into fertilizer for our vast property and gardens.

    Locals

    Do you welcome locals?: Yes
    Price range locals: 800-1200

    Local Communities

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  • 9 Reviews on “New Life Ayahuasca – Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica”

    1. Casey New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

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

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): February 13-17
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    2. Timothy New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      Matt and Jeanae are very dedicated to their work with this sacred medicine and tend to every detail throughout your stay so that you can focus solely on your own personal work. I’m basically speechless as to the talent and dedication with which Matt conducts the ceremony and I felt safe the entire time. The food is incredible and just what you need, when you need it and the retreat centre is privately located on the top of a mountain overlooking the ocean. The house is perfect for accommodating the group size and is conducive to both alone time or interaction with the other members of the retreat. I felt I could be completely honest about my personal reasons for being there and found everyone to be incredibly accepting and of course non-judgemental. They also have safe high quality medicine that can be trusted. Deciding to work with Ayahuasca in your life can be a tough decision but I can assure you that Matt and Jeanae will take care of you and guide you through the experience. With so much going on I was glad I chose New Life Ayahuasca for my first encounter with this sacred plant medicine. May I wish you all the best on your journey!

      -Tim, 33, British Columbia, Canada

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): Dec 08, 2017
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    3. Jesse D. New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      What an experience!

      My wife and I recently flew to Costa Rica to participate in a five day retreat with Matt & Jeana at New Life Ayahuasca and we are already planning our return visits. Make no mistake – ayahuasca itself is an intense, sometimes painful, often beautiful and overall very healing experience. We were first timers and felt like since it was also our honeymoon we would probably be most comfortable with a few nice amenities like flushing toilets and private bedrooms. New Life Ayahuasca exceeded out expectations a hundred-fold.

      We were picked up by a driver at the airport with our other retreat compadres. It was great to see Costa Rica for the first time without worrying about driving or navigating! The drive was about an hour and a half and we had the opportunity to stop on the way at an American friendly grocery store for any snacks or last minute provisions we needed. We arrived at the retreat center and Matt & Jeanae were so welcoming. We ate a gorgeous fresh dinner and had the evening to get to know one another and explore the grounds.

      The home is beautiful – each guest has a private room with a private bathroom. It is decorated adorably and feels like home instantly. There is plenty of common space indoors and out for socializing and the rooms are spacious enough to be a nice place to go and reflect or nap as the days roll by. Meals are provided and they are delicious, fresh and in line with the Ayahuasca Dieta you are encouraged to begin about a week before arriving!

      You can enjoy the large pool, the hot tub, the daily yoga and meditation, hiking the 20 acre property or get a massage. It was a very luxurious place to do some really hard work!

      The ceremony evenings have a more serious feel to them – some nervous energy lingers all around. Matt & Jeanae are so available and kind and patient and knowledgeable with all the participants. It is easy to get the reassurance you may need before partaking in the Ayahuasca journey. They have this great ability to make you feel safe even when facing the unknown.

      The flower ceremony/intention setting is such a beautiful way to collect yourself and prepare for the night’s experience. It is important to surrender yourself to the journey – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

      The ceremony itself is AMAZING! Matt’s gong ability is awesome and when he is singing you are transported by the sound of his voice. The experience is very intense but so healing and educational. Jeanae stays in the room and quietly and lovingly watches over everyone as the night goes on. It feels great to know she is there.

      We can’t wait to come back!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 9/28/2016 - 10/2/2016
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    4. Rachel Woldt New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      I could not be more thankful for my experience at New Life. This was my first experience with ayahuasca and needless to say I was nervous. Upon arriving I felt comfortable and at home. The house is spacious, clean, and Matt and Jeanae are so warm and welcoming. Jeanae and Matt are very knowledgeable and always willing to share information and stories about their experiences. The ceremonies are professional and someone is always there to help should you need them. I would recommend New Life to anyone looking to get away to a beautiful place with caring people and try ayahuasca!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): August 15th-21st
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    5. Josh Ford New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      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!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): June 23-29th 2016
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Please select
    6. Karla New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      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.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 03/21-03/25
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    7. Benjamin New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      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.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): November 2015
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    8. Glenn Adams New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      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.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 2015-09-12
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes
    9. Sindy Solis New Life Ayahuasca - Ayahuasca Retreats Costa Rica

      To New Life Ayahusca:
      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!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): September 11 of 2015
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: Yes

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