Looking for Ayahuasca in Kentucky?

If you ended up here its because you, like many others, you are interested in Kentucky ayahuasca ceremonies. You probably heard about Kentucky Ayahuasca after watching the VICE series by the same name. The popularity of ayahuasca is growing all over the world and especially in the United States. After Oakland, California successfully passed a resolution in June 2019 to decriminalize the possession and use of psychedelic substances such as Ayahuasca ,Mushrooms, Iboga,  Peyote, San Pedro, and DMT, many people have been looking to find authentic ceremonies in their own cities and even more people have been looking for ayahuasca ceremonies and experiences in Kentucky.


Nothing legal is available yet but it is true that there are sometimes  'underground' ceremonies available. These are often offered over the weekend and can include upwards of 20 people. While some of these ceremonies are led by a traveling shaman who are properly trained, many are hosted by inexperienced enthusiasts hoping to spread the message of the plants. This notion is admirable in principle but irresponsible in practice.


If you find an ayahuasca ceremony in Kentucky it is important  to ask some of the following questions to ensure you have a  safe and therapeutic experience with the medicine:

  • Who is facilitating the ceremony?

  • How much experience do they have?

  • Where will the ceremony be held? 

  • How many people typically attend? 

  • Are there 'sitters' or 'helpers' beside the ayahauscquero/shaman to assist if someone needs help and if yes, how many are available and if there at least 1 female present (if you are a woman)

  • Where does the brew come from and what does it contain? 

  • Do you need to provide any medical information before participating (you should, as ayahuasca has medical contraindications with other drugs, see our safety page)

New Life Ayahuasca has been providing ayahuasca retreats in Costa Rica since 2014. 


We strongly urge anyone looking to participate in ayahausca ceremonies in Kentucky to find a qualified and reputable center or facilitator to work with. We understand that not everyone can afford to travel and take off work to attend a retreat, but there is a lot of therapeutic value in getting away from your environment, being in the jungle and giving yourself the time to commit and reflect on your experiences. If you are interested in attending a retreat in Costa Rica, please contact us



Ayahuasca in The United States

In the United States, DMT is a Schedule I substance because of its hallucinogenic properties.


The legal status of DMT-containing plants in the United States is somewhat questionable. The plants used to make ayahuasca are legal, as they contain no scheduled chemicals. However, when the ingredients are combined in a brew, the DMT becomes active and thus the brew is illegal. That said, some people are challenging this, using arguments similar to those used by religious sects like the Santo Diame who were awarded the right to use ayahuasca for religious purposes. In the United States, the Supreme Court in 2006 upheld a preliminary injunction permitting the Brazilian church, the União do Vegetal (UDV), to use ayahuasca ritually. These rulings are specific to the specific organizations that have been granted permission to use ayahuasca, and outside of that, ayahuasca is still considered illegal.

This forces most who want to experience ayahuasca in a safe and authentic evnviornment to travel outside the united states. Recently, with ayahuasca’s growing popularity, many ayahuasca facilities have opened all over the world, with the majority being located in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica. 

Quality Retreats in Costa Rica

Since 2014

Over the years we have worked hard to develop quality ayahuasca retreats that encompass a range of healing modalities for the highest therapeutic value without feeling overwhelming or rushing too much into a short amount of time. Our belief in QUALITY over QUANTITY can be seen in many different aspects of our retreats. We have had the opportunity to observe what works and what doesn't in our programs and with that knowledge we have developed our retreats with some key factors that make us stand out against the crowd.


From offering always private rooms and intimate group sizes to serving potent brew with a skilled and qualified ayahausquero, we have considered every detail. 


Private Rooms - 

Our center is designed to feel like home. It is decorated and furnished like home because that's what it is, our home. Jeanae and Matt live on site year round and are constantly making updates to the center to make it more comfortable for every guest. We offer all private rooms with complete en suite bathrooms. Each new queen bed is fitted with quality sheets and comforter plus 4 lush pillows. Each guest is proved with 2 thick and soft bath towels, a wash cloth, shampoo and conditioner.

Our common areas offer plenty of places to lounge or socialize but the facility and property are expansive enough that its easy to find spaces to be alone for quiet reflection. 

We have put care into every detail. Our center is far from your typical jungle experience but also not a 5-star luxury resort. We offer a comfortable medium of comfort and quality without being too basic or lavish. 

We are sure you will feel at home.



What is a shaman?

Matthew has been working with ayahuasca since 2014 and is our resident ayahuasquero. He guides each participant through the experience with Icaros which are medicine songs either passed down from his teacher or gifted by ayahuasca. 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. Matthew is supported by his wife, Jeanae, who plays the flute. Our intimate ceremonies are offered in darkness, promoting an inward journey to heal the soul. 

Matthew has facilitated hundreds of ceremonies and leads with compassion, love, and a deep connection to spirit. 

Matthew’s training takes him to Iquitos, Peru multiple times a year to complete master plant dietas and learn the Peruvian ceremonial traditions under the guidance of his teacher, Don Ron Wheelock. Matthew’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity or his sincerity in his mission to help others.



To ensure the safety of all our guests, we require each potential participant complete a medical screening over the phone with Matt. The medical screening will give us an idea of your overall health and will help us determine if you are a safe candidate for ayahuasca therapy. It also gives Matt, our ayahuasquero, a chance to speak with each participant personally, to develop a relationship and answer any questions you may have.

In addition to conducting a thorough medical screening, Matt and Jeanae are both trained in CPR. New Life Ayahuasca is equipped with an AED machine, which our staff is trained to use.