Jeanae is a co-owner of New Life Ayahuasca. She was introduced to plant medicine in 2014 when she used ibogaine to address a 5-year long opiate dependency. Shortly after that, she drank ayahuasca for the first time and has been on a journey to self-improvement every since. She has completed a number of master plant dietas. Jeanae is our web manager, yoga instructor, cook and ceremonial assistant.
Matthew 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. Then, in 2013 he participated in ayahuasca ceremonies and felt an instant connection to the medicine. Since 2014 he has been training in Peru completing many master plant dietas to learn the traditions of ayahuasca use. Matt leads all our ayahuasca ceremonies.
Jason is our general assistant. As a military veteran, he first drank ayahuasca at a retreat with us in 2016 to address ongoing PTSD. He felt called to pursue the path further and in 2017 he went to Peru, and drank in the Amazon jungle. In 2018 he returned again to New Life Ayahuasca. Since then he has been on a path of self-discovery, traveling the world and trying to make each day count. He joined our team in October 2020. Jason assists in the ceremonies..
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.