WHO WE ARE
QUALITY AYAHUASCA RETREATS
Over the years we’ve curated a quality ayahuasca Costa Rica retreat that encompasses a balance of complimentary healing modalities, time for reflection and community support. Using feedback from our clients, we’ve tailored our therapeutic program to best support your journey without overshadowing the ayahuasca experience with the use of other alternative medicines or treatments.
Our tropical facility invites you to disengage from the fast pace of the world and truly retreat into nature. There ceremonies are led by two traditionally trained ayahuasqueros (one male and one female) who guide each ceremony with Icaros and other medicine songs. We ensure that we create a safe container for the experience, not just physically by completing a thorough medical screening of each participant, but by securing the energetic space of the experience.
Still, the truth is, our retreat might not be the one that resonates the most with you, and that’s okay! There are many wonderful retreats available for different personalities, budgets, and locations. You have to trust your intuition and let it guide you where you are meant to be.
Jeanae fills many roles at New Life Ayahuasca. She is our web designer, administrator, retreat chef, yoga instructor and ceremonial facilitator. She loves being busy and has been a student of the medicine for almost a decade and is eager to continue to learning.
Matthew is the ayahusquero for New Life Ayahuasca. Even though his primary role is facilitating the ceremonies, he is so much more than just a shaman. He is humble, down to earth, a great conversationalist and has a deep wisdom that he is able to share with all our retreat particiaptns.
Our ayahuasca retreat Costa Rica is designed to invite you to truly retreat. We offer 10 cozy and rustic cabins, each with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, and a private balcony.
Our common areas offer plenty of places to lounge or socialize but the facility and property are expansive enough that it is easy to find spaces to be alone for quiet reflection. Take a dip in the refreshing pool, journal gather around the nightly fire. We have put care into every detail and we are sure you will feel at home.
The medicine is the heart of the ayahuasca retreat. Every element of our program, including the ceremony, is designed to support the medicine and enhance the experience of the participants. It is often assumed that you will receive a high-quality and potent brew at any retreat but unfortunately, this is not the case. Not all medicine is created equal.
Our medicine is made in Iquitos, Peru. The plants are selected at the precise levels of maturity to contribute to the potency of the medicine. Our medicine is made with only ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) and Huambisa / Chaliponga (Diplopterys cabrerana). Each plant used contributes to the ayahuasca brew and if any ingredient were missing, the medicine would lack in its effects.
What is a shaman?
Our ayahuasquero, Matthew, is completely dedicated to his craft. He has been training in Peru since 2015 with his teacher, world-renown shaman Don Ron Wheelock and completing his plant medicine dietas in the heart of the Amazon.
Matthew has made a lifelong commitment to working with ayahuasca and his connection to the medicine is clear.
Our ceremonies are performed with respect to the Peruvian traditions and are offered in darkness. Participants sit in silence while the experience is guided through music and song. Matt sings Icaros, plays the guitar, drum, gong and a number of other instruments to assist in the journey,
Nutrition is an important element of overall holistic health. We source all our ingredients from local vendors, not only contributing to our community but also allowing us to provide always fresh fruits and produce to our guests. Jeanae, our cook, has crafted a vegan menu for our retreats that incorporates all colors of the rainbow.
The meals are kept simple, using whole foods with moderate spices. From homemade hummus to hearty salads and vegetable dishes with unique flavors, our meals give a little of everything.
Everything from scratch and made with love.
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 an ayahuasca therpay. 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 Costa Rica is equipped with an AED machine, which our staff is trained to use.