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All-inclusive Ayahuasca Retreat for Depression

Ayahuasca is a powerful tool that can help address the root causes of depression and offer long term relief from symtpoms and reccurance. 

Depression is an ailment that plagues almost 10% of the US population. For reference, that's almost 1 in 10 people suffering from some degree of depression. Depression can range from a mild form, just an inability to find joy in day-to-day life, to severe and debilitating, making it almost impossible to get out of bed or function through day-to-day life. 

We're seeing an epidemic of depression, especially among the younger generations and ayahuasca can be a useful tool in helping address tendencies of depression. We believe that much of depression stems from a social and cultural disconnect from nature and a disconnect from our spirit, our life force.

Our ancestors once worked within the cycles of nature, co-existing in a harmonious way, but in the last few hundred years, our mindset and way of life has become to dominate and control nature, trying to modify it to our will to meet the cultural and industrial demands of our time.

We can learn so much by returning to our roots and reconnecting with nature. Ayahuasca is referred to as the 'mother'.  She is the spirit of mother earth, of the plants, of nature, and of the animals (including humans). Through work with ayahuasca, we can address some of the root causes of depression by learning that everything is interconnected and we are never truly alone if we can once again learn to integrate into the beautiful and vast system of nature that surrounds us. 

You can rediscover yourself, release traumas and heal. Thats one of the most amazing features of humans, our resilience and ability to heal, grow and change. 

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality ayahuasca retreats which are designed to offer a deep and transformative experience, offering not only traditional ayahuasca ceremonies but also yoga and nature therapy in the lush tropical oasis of Costa Rica.

We hope you will join us for an ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica to start the transformational journey that will help you to unlock and explore your true potential, ridding yourself of depression and limiting beliefs.  Check out the calendar to find which dates work best for you and we look forward to seeing you soon at New Life Ayahuasca Retreat.


Powerful ayahuasca ceremonies expertly led by traditionally trained facilitators.

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Stress-free transition to the retreat with Airport Transfers at designated times.


Hatha Yoga Sessions suitable for all levels are offered on each ceremony day.

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Beach Trips

Located in on the Pacific Coast, we visit one of Costa Rica's gorgeous beaches.


With a maximum of 14 participants per group,  we can offer individual support.


Nutritious and flavorful meals are provided using local fruits and vegetables.



All-inclusive ayahuasca Costa Rica retreats are offered year round.

Check our Calendar to find the retreat that fits best for you.





Immerse yourself in our tropical oasis.

Located in one of the 5 Blue Zones of the world, set against a backdrop of breathtaking tropical dry forest, New Life Ayahuasca Costa Rica’s eco cabinas invite you to indulge in the beauty and simplicity of nature.

​The ayahuasca Costa Rica retreat facility was designed to blend into the environment that surrounds it. Each of our 10 cabins was built with wood harvested directly from the 9-acre property. Our pool and cool water jacuzzi are nestled amongst local flora and fauna. We receive regular visits from macaws, howler monkeys, caotis, and iguanas.

The retreat at New Life Ayahuasca Costa Rica is a testament to the harmonious coexistence between comfort and ecological mindfulness, offering an unforgettable experience that honors the earth and rejuvenates the soul.




Matthew and I have been partners in this work since 2014.


Everything in our lives has been shaped by Ayahuasca. Not only did she lift us up in our darkest moments after years of battling addiction, but she gave us the purest gift of love in finding each other.


We've had our share of ups and downs. Things haven't always been easy. It's been a long road and we've had to navigate many personal and professional challenges over the years. But at the end of the day, ayahuasca has helped us cultivate a deep love rooted in mutual respect, support, and admiration.


We've turned to her to help us through trials of marriage and personal doubt. It's because of this work that we've been able to grow stronger as individuals and as partners, lovers, and best friends.


We hear all the time from guests that they don't understand how we can do this work, and while we love to help others, the truth is that it's just a happy by-product of helping ourselves. It's our hope that as we continue to heal we are able to better support you in your own healing.


Working with ayahuasca is truly humbling. It's not a responsibility we take lightly. Our program is designed to give you a curated balance of support and space.


Thank you for letting us share the magic.

Why NLA?



The goal of our ceremonies is to create a safe and therapeutic atmosphere that encourages each participant to explore and journey within themselves, to confront the darkness, and embrace the light.  It is only through this duality and embracing all parts of ourselves that we can truly know ourselves and find balance. 

Our ayahuasquero Matthew leads all of our ceremonies. Matthew has been involved with plant medicine since 2011, first with Ibogaine in Mexico on HBO's VICE and then again in Costa Rica. In 2014 he felt called to work more intimately with ayahuasca and started traveling to Peru, completing plant medicine dietas under the guidance of his teacher, famed shaman Don Ron Wheelock.


Matthew has completed many master plant dietas, has facilitated hundreds of ceremonies, and has evolved into a strong and compassionate ceremonial leader. He strives to create a safe healing environment for all our participants.

Our ceremonies are performed in darkness and are guided by Icaros, or medicine songs. Each ceremony begins with cleansing rituals to prepare the space. From there, the night is guided through Matthew's powerful Icaros along accompanied by a variety of other instruments. 


Matthew drinks the brew at every ceremony so he can navigate and guide the energy of the room. Jeanae and a minimum of 2 additional helpers are always there to assist as needed.

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Proper ayahuasca preparation can set you up to get the most benefit during and after an ayahuasca retreat. There are a few steps you can follow that will offer you the most support as you prepare for your ayahuasca retreat and your healing journey.


Ayahuasca Integration is the action that helps maximize the benefits of ayahuasca experiences once you return home. There are a number of tools you can use to help build a foundation on which the growth initiated during the retreat can continue to flourish.



Enhance your life and find balance with a traditional ayahuasca retreat 2024 in beautiful Costa Rica. Our all-inclusive programs have been curated to provide authentic ceremonies, yoga, and nature excursions in a uniquely intimate setting. An ayahuasca retreat can bring about intense emotions and revelations that can lead to a better life. The only thing you need is an open mind and the intention to have an experience that can shift your perspective,  enhance your awareness of life and elevate your spirituality.

In more recent years, ayahuasca has been studied for its unique ability to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. Because of the ways ayahuasca can offer renewed perspectives of life, users are able to see a path forward that had previously been veiled. This shift in mindset provides an opportunity to reflect on past experiences/traumas/histories in a different light and from a place of peace



We have carefully tailored our retreat to provide a memorable and therapeutic experience for all our guests.


It is our highest priority to make you feel comfortable, safe, secure, and supported in our ceremonial environment.

Check out our video testimonials and reviews from past ayahuasca retreat participants.

We hope you will join us soon!


Ayahuasca is safe when used properly, however, there are known risks associated with its use. The primary concern is interactions between ayahuasca and other medications which could have adverse interactions or even result in death. To ensure the safety of all our guests, we require every participant to complete a medical questionnaire prior to booking.


In addition to the screening protocol, our center is equipped with emergency medical equipment such as an AED (automatic electronic defibrillator) and emergency medications. Jeanae and Matthew are certified in CPR and AED use. We always have 2 assistants at every ceremony to respond where needed. 



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