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AYAHUASCA RETREAT

HEALING THE MIND AND SOUL WITH AYAHUASCA

HAVE THERE BEEN AYAHUASCA DEATHS IN COSTA RICA?

There have been no reported deaths involving ayahuasca in Costa Rica, but there have been deaths associated with ayahuasca use in other parts of the world. It is important, however, to note that most deaths associated with ayahuasca were not due to drinking the actual ayahuasca brew, but rather from preparatory rituals such as the tobacco cleanse, the interaction between ayahausca and other substances or general negligence on the part of the facilitors or retreat center.

Ayahuasca is generally considered to be safe, and there have no been no deaths at any ayahausca Costa Rica retreat.  It can be dangerous to use ayahuasca if you have certain psychological conditions or are taking certain prescription medications. It is extremely important that you are transparent with the facilitators and center you choose about your medical history.

New Life Ayahuasca Costa Rica conducts thorough medical screenings with all participants. We are certified in CPR and the use of our AED. We are 20 minutes from an emergency center .

There have been a number of documented deaths at various ayahuasca retreat centers in Peru, Colomiba, Canada and The United States.  Thoroughly research all your options and decide if ayahausca is right for you.​

More Info:

https://erowid.org/chemicals/ayahuasca/ayahuasca_death.shtml

https://www.reddit.com/r/Psychedelics_Society/comments/b2jgyv/list_of_ayahuasca_retreat_centere_where_a_death/

aboutus

Hello! Our names are Jeanae White and Matthew Mormello. We are the owners of New Life AyahuascaWe are a married couple who found ourselves (and eachother!) through plant medicine.

We both come from dark backgrounds filled with depression, drug abuse and hopelessness. Through the use of plant medicines, we slowly but surely began to reconnect to the strength within and see our lives with a fresh perspective.

It was through the lessons we learned from ayahuasca that we were able to transform our lives. It is with humble gratitude that we provide an experience for others so that they too may find balance, peace and self love.

 

Since 2014 we have been fully immersed in our work, not only in an effort to help others but to continue to help ourselves. We created our retreats with an emphasis on safety, inclusivity, tradition, intention and respect.

SAFETY

Your physical and emotional safety are our highest priority.

 

While ayahuasca is generally considered very safe when used properly, there are a few medical conditions as well as medications that are contraindicated with ayahausca. During the booking process you will be asked to complete a brief medical questionnaire over the phone to ensure that you can safely participate in an ayahuasca retreat. In case of emergency, both Matt and Jeanae are certified in CPR and have training with the use of our AED (Automated External Defibrillator). We are 25 minutes from a medical center. 

Our small groups ensure that we can provide quality service and attention to each guest. Every ceremony is supported by 3 of our staff : Our ayahuasquero, Matthew, drinks ayahuasca with each group at every ceremony to help guide the experience through Icaros and 2 additional support staff: Jeanae and an additional helper, who do not drink during the ceremony and are there only to assist or help any participant that may require attention. A male responds to the men and Jeanae responds to the women ensuring that everyone feels safe and comfortable during such a vulnerable and emotional experience.

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Inclusivity

A warm and welcoming enviornment for all.

Ayahuasca retreats can be beneficial for all people. Ayahuasca does not see race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Regardless of an individuals background, an ayahuasca experience 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 desire to have an experience that can enhance your spirituality and awareness of life and all that surrounds us.

At New Life Ayahuasca, all are welcome. We embrace each individual, appreciating the things that make us unique but understanding we all are one. It is our promise to provide an equal, compassionate and therapeutic environment for every guest that comes to our center.

 

Ayahuasca has been used in a traditional way for thousands of years. We aim to respect the Peruvian traditions and honor them through our ceremonies. Since 2014 our ayahuasquero, Matthew, has been traveling to Iquitos, Peru multiple times a year to complete his plant dietas and learn the Peruvian traditions.

During the ayahuasca ceremonies, Matt sings traditional medicine songs, called Icaros. Some of the Icaros he has been taught, ancient songs passed down from teacher to student. Other of his Icaros are uniquely his, given to him by the medicine. Mapacho, also known as jungle tobacco, is also heavily used during the ceremony for cleansing and protection.

TRADITION

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Intention

What drives the experience

When considering an ayahuasca retreat, it is important not only to consider safety, qualification, experience, etc. but also to know the intention of the facilitators.  Jeanae and Matt are completely dedicated to this work. They are indebted to ayahuasca for everything it has brought into their lives.

 

Matthew puts 100% of himself into each ceremony and the purity of his intention is clear. We do not take lightly the trust each guest has given us to facilitate an experience with ayahuasca and all her wisdom.

It is our deepest intention to respect ayahuasca and facilitate a therapeutic and healing experience in a supportive space. We hope that we can help you find and focus on your own intention, a commitment to growth. 

 

PROFESSIONALISM

Our promise is to treat every guest in a compassionate and professional manner. The respect of each guest's process, space, privacy and values is always upheld to the highest standard. We are an intimate center offering small groups of no more than 9 participants per retreat. With over 100 5 star reviews and testimonials, our commitment and dedication to guest satisfaction is clear.