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OUR AYAHUASQUERO

A shaman is a person who interacts with the spiritual realm through altered states of consciousness. 

 

Matthew has dedicated himself to mastering his craft. He has completed many master plant dietas and has learned valuable lessons in his years of facilitating ceremonies that have made him skilled in navigating energy, communicating with spirits, and creating a safe container for all participants. He has the support of many spiritual allies and protectors.

 

The ayahuasca shaman is responsible for guiding the experience. The ceremonial music is one of the most influential elements of the ayahuasca experience.

 

At New Life Ayahuasca, this includes Icaros (traditional medicine songs), guitar, drums, gong, singing bowls, bells, kalimba, and flute. Matthew has been passed down generational Icacros from his teacher, and he has developed his own unique style of chanting. 

 

Matthew, a highly sensitive and intuitive empath, adapts the songs of the ceremony to meet the energy of the room. The songs of the spirit come to him, and his powerful voice carries them through the space. This is why it is so important to us to keep our groups intimate so that the energetic space is maintained with respect to each individual's experience.

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What is a Shaman?

Matthew he has fully immersed himself in the world of ancient sacred traditions and practices. From studying with Ayahuasca in Iquitos, Peru to taking the sacrament Iboga in Gabon, Africa; Matthew's commitment to plant medicine is constantly growing and evolving. 

 

Matt was first introduced to ayahuasca through an episode of National Geographic. They often say that ayahuasca finds a way to call to you when it is time, and for Matthew, it was as if something deep, inherent, and dormant in him had been activated, ignited! “This is what I have to do." he thought to himself.

 

He didn't know how but he knew he was being guided. Matthew struggled with addiction for most of his adult life and he knew that before he could do anything else, he had to get off opiates. In 2011, he was offered the opportunity to take ibogaine in Mexico with HBO’s VICE TV. After his treatment, he stayed involved by exploring the spiritual elements of the African tradition that uses iboga as a sacrament.

 

Then, in 2013, he arrived in Costa Rica to work more intimately with plant medicines at a retreat center. It was at this time that he finally had his first experience with ayahuasca. His connection to the medicine and to the spirit of ayahuasca was so profound and intuitive. For Matthew, it felt like finally arriving home.

 

In the years since Matthew has participated in hundreds of ceremonies and has evolved into a powerful and compassionate shaman. He continues to expand and deepen his relationship with ayahuasca by completing many master plant dietas with his teacher Don Ron Wheelock in Iquitos.

Our ceremonies are done with respect to the Peruvian traditions and are offered in darkness. Participants sit in silence while the experience is guided through music and song.

 

Matthew uses mapacho to cleanse the ceremonial space and invite protection. Each participant is offered a dose of ayahuasca. We sit together in silence for 30 minutes and once the medicine starts to take effect, Matthew will begin to sing.  An hour into the ceremony we offer the opportunity to drink more ensure you have a full experience.

 

The ceremony lasts 3 – 4 hours. Matthew will close the ceremony with more mapacho, blowing smoke on each individual to close the chakras and seal the night. 

 

After the ceremony, we have a cleansing fire under the stars.

The Ceremony

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