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Looking for Ayahuasca in New York?

The popularity of ayahuasca is growing all over the world and especially in New York.

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 for authentic ayahuasca retreats in the United States.

For now, it is still illegal to provide ayahuasca retreats or ceremonies in New York but there are sometimes  'underground' events 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 New York 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 ayahuascquero/shaman to provide assistance? If yes, how many are available, and is 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)

At New Life Ayahausca, we have been providing ayahuasca retreats in Costa Rica since 2014. We are open to travel and if you would like to offer ayahuasca in New York please contact us.


We strongly urge anyone looking to participate in an ayahuasca ceremony in New York 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 and giving yourself the time to commit and reflect on your experiences.


If you are interested in attending a retreat with us in one of the wold famous Blue Zones of the world less than 1 mile from the beach in Costa Rica, please contact us. We have 5 or 7 day ayahuasca retreats available.


Powerful ayahuasca ceremonies expertly led by traditionally trained facilitators.