Jeanae is a co-owner of New Life Ayahuasca. Her involvement with plant medicine began in 2014 with ibogaine treatment to address a 5 year long opiate dependency. Shortly after she drank ayahuasca for the first time and has been on a journey to self-improvement every since. Jeanae is our web manager, yoga instructor, cook and Kambo practitioner.
Matt is our co-owner and ayahuasquero. His introduction to plant medicine was documented on HBO's VICE in 2011 when he underwent his first ibogaine treatment. Shortly after he drank ayahuasca and felt a strong connection to the medicine. Since 2014 he has been training in Peru to learn the traditions of ayahausca use. Matt leads all our ayahuasca ceremonies.
David is our iboga facilitator. David’s passion has been Bwiti since his Iboga initiation in 2007 and is extensively well traveled in Gabon (Africa) where he is known as Okoukwé. During his time there he learned Bwiti traditions, music, and ceremonial practices and is proficient on both the Moungongo (musical bow) and Ngombi (harp) instruments. He facilitates a few special event iboga retreats and NLA per year.
Chopper is our ceremonial protector and support animal. He has spent the majority of his life around ceremonies and has an obvious awareness of what is happening. He spends his nights patrolling the perimeter of the ceremonial space. He shows up to guide you, sometimes down to the pool, around the property, or just to show you the way back to the ceremony after a bathroom break. As an invaluable member of our team, he is well deserving of his own staff bio.
Fernando is our massage therapist. He is a Costa Rican living in the nearby town. He is very intuitive and applies just the right amount of pressure to the areas that need it. He has a very gentle demeanor and most guests walk away declaring his massages are the best they have ever experienced!
Luis is our landscaper and everyday handyman. Born and raised in San Ramon, he has been working on the property of NLA for over 20 years under various owners. He keeps all 20 acres of our property immaculately manicured and works extremely hard. He always has a smile on his face and can always lend a hand.