The United States has been making great progress over the last few years in embracing the therapeutic value of plant medicine. We are seeing a growing number of cities setting precedents with decriminalization initiatives and even, in some cases, legalization of psychedelic therapy. 

While it is certainly a step in the right direction and we hope these initiatives will pave the road to full legalization and therapeutic application, psychedelic substances such as ayahuasca are still illegal at a federal level in the United States, which makes offering retreats a little tricky.


For that reason, among others, New Life Ayahuasca has chosen the beautiful country of Costa Rica for it's home. We offers ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica all year long. Costa Rica is one of the most beaitufl countries in the world, and spending time in its abundance of nature is therapy in and of itself.

Another reason to consider opting out of an ayahuasca retreat in United States is that there is a great deal of therapeutic value in getting away from your current environment to really focus on the ayahuasca experience. While ayahuasca itself can offer great value and insights on its own, the environment you are in afterward will significantly impact your integration process and how well you are able to internalize the messages you have received. 

If and when ayahuasca becomes fully legalized in the United States. New Life Ayahuasca will offer events there as well as at our permanent location in Costa Rica. Until then, we hope you will join us in the breathtaking country of 'Pura Vida' to embrace a new life and new perspective through the healing power of ayahuasca.



3 Traditional ceremonies

3 Hatha yoga sessions

Intimate group of 12 max

Private or shared room & Bath 

Airport shuttle

All meals 



Ayahuasca Retreat in Costa Rica are offered year round.







Ayahuasca ceremony


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. 

Matthew Mormello, our ayahuasquero, leads all of our ceremonies. Matthew has been involved with plant medicine since 2011, first with Iboga 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. He has participated in hundreds of ceremonies and has evolved into a strong and compassionate ceremonial facilitator. He strives to create a safe healing environment for all our participants.

Our ceremonies are based on the Peruvian traditions, 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. Ceremonies last about 3 - 4 hours.


Matthew drinks the brew at every ceremony with the group so he can navigate the energy of the room. Jeanae and Jason are always there to assist as non-participants.

Ayahuasca retreat accomodations



The ayahuasca retreat at New Life Ayahuasca is not your typical jungle ayahuasca experience. We understand the importance of privacy and personal space during such a profound experience. Each guest is offered a private room with a queen bed and a full private bathroom.


Our expansive facility offers a comfortable environment for such an intense process. New Life Ayahuasca Italy edition was made possible by the bond formed during a retreat in Costa Rica. A guest was so moved by his experience, he came back again and then offered to host us at his beautiful property in Italy.


The location is in Northern Italy, near the border of Switzerland in the Italian Alps. Surronded by expansive nature and beautiful landscape, this area has a special feel that promotes tranquility and healing.

We will help arrange for transportation from Milan Airport MXP to the retreat. We limit our ayahuasca retreat groups to 10 so we can provide individualized attention and support.




Hi! We are Jeanae and Matthew, owners of NLA. We have both experienced significant life transformation with the assistance of plant medicine, first with iboga and then ayahuasca. We both came from backgrounds filled with addiction, depression, and just an overwhelming feeling of being lost. Finally, after many failed attempts through traditional modalities, we were able to gain a new perspective on life and realize deep healing through plant medicine. It is with this humble respect and gratitude for ayahuasca that we have created a program for others seeking to find balance in life.


New Life Ayahuasca offers 5 or 7 day ayahuasca retreats in Italy and Costa Rica. We work to provide a safe spiritual environment that promotes healing during your stay. We have felt the profound effects of this medicine and have made it our mission to help others on their journey to spiritual and personal growth. Our program is designed to give you a curated balance of support and space.

The property encourages a connection to nature, allowing you to disengage from the stresses of life and fully retreat into the experience.  We hope you will join us in taking the first step to healing yourself through the guidance of ayahuasca.

Jeanae and Matt New Life Ayahuasca

Join us on a journey to enhance your life and find balance with a traditional ayahuasca retreat in beautiful Costa Rica. Discover our all-inclusive programs which feature private rooms, yoga, massage,  waterfall excursion, and more.


Ayahuasca retreats can be beneficial for anyone, so long as the desire is there. Regardless of an individual's 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 intention to have an experience that can enhance your spirituality and awareness of life and all that surrounds us.

An ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica can change your perception of life and all that exists. Many users report a renewed passion for life, an appreciation for nature, and a greater understanding of the ways in which all things are connected.


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




Ayahuasca is generally considered to be 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 many adverse effects, even death. We do not take this responsibility lightly. To ensure the safety of all our guests, we require every potential participant to complete a medical questionnaire over the phone prior to booking.



We pride ourselves on guest satisfaction. We have carefully tailored our retreat in an effort to provide a memorable and therapeutic experience for all our guests. It is very important to us to make you feel comfortable, safe, and secure in our ceremonial environment.

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