Our Ayahuasquero

Matthew Mormello, our co-owner and ayahuasquero first became involved with plant medicine in 2011. Since then he has fully immersed himself in the world of ancient sacred traditions and practices. From studying with ayahuasca in Iquitos, Peru to using the sacrament iboga to be initiated into Bwiti in Gabon, Africa; Matt's interest and commitment to plant medicine continues to grow. 

Ever since Matt was introduced to ayahuasca through an episode on National Geographic, he was immediately drawn to the sacred medicine. He told himself, “This is it, this is what i have to do.” But first, his he had to address his addictions and his path led him to the world of ibogaine. Matt was treated with in 2011 on HBO’s VICE TV. After his treatment, he stayed involved by beginning to learn some of the spiritual aspects of Bwiti, which uses iboga as a sacrament, and participated in ceremonies until 2013 when he came to Costa Rica and began working more intimately with iboga at a treatment center.

At the same time he arrived in Costa Rica, Matt began drinking ayahuasca and his connection with the medicine was instantaneous. In the years since, he has participated in hundreds of ceremonies, traveled to Peru, eagerly consuming any information he could find or be taught about ayahuasca and it's traditional use. Matt has evolved in his own rite as a strong ceremonial facilitator. He continues to travel to Iquitos every few months to continue learning. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding, and his Icaros guide the participants’ experience.

Matt would never call himself a Shaman, as he feel that word is overused by people who are undeserving of its title. Instead he considers himself an ayahuasquero, or someone who works with ayahuasca . Matt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. When researching ayahuasca, there are many warnings about false ayahuasca shamans and scams. While Matt may not call himself a Shaman, there is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others.

Matt performs rituals for protection and cleansing prior to ayahuasca consumption and sings Icaros, plays the guitar, drum, gong and Tibetan singing bowl. He is assisted in ceremony by his wife Jeanae, who plays the flute and acts as a sitter through out the night.  New Life Ayahuasca limits spacing for ayahuasca retreats so that Matt is able to give each person the individualized attention they deserve during such a profound experience. Reserve now.

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