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New Life Ayahuasca

Our second ceremony in a little over a month

This was our (my wife and I) second visit to NLA in a little over a month. Our first was in July 2019. Seems a bit unorthodox to repeat an experience in a short period of time given the amount of information one gathers from a retreat such as this. Anyone who has ever gone through something like this knows exactly what I’m referring to. Needless to say, it’s a testament to two points: Our experience with plant medicine was so exceptionally profound we felt compelled to come back in search of answers to more questions we had about ourselves. The care and support offered at NLA is nothing short of excellent. Without Matt, Jeanae and Drew to help facilitate our experience, there’s no way we would have had as profound an experience as we did (in our previous and most current experiences at NLA). We signed up for the 7 day retreat (3 plant medicine ceremonies, 1 kambo, 1 rape, and 1 San Pedro experience). There were a total of 8 participants, which we felt was ideal. I know there are other centers that cater to larger groups and while I can’t comment on what that experience is like given that I’ve never engaged in plant medicine ceremonies of that caliber, I can say that with 8 people, it allowed for a more intimate experience with the other participants. Not only did we use the retreat as an opportunity to connect with ourselves, but we were able to connect with the other members from the group in a deep and meaningful manner, of which we were grateful. It’s not every day you to meet random strangers, open up about each other’s vulnerabilities, and go on several intense journeys of self discovery. Matt’s presence as the ayahuascero is commanding and awe inspiring. How he is able to conjure up the strength to channel the medicine’s powers and convey them in such a manner that leaves a powerfully indelible impression is beyond comprehension. His live performance is one that will leave you feeling inspired. If Matt is the engine of NLA, Jeanae is the soul. She keeps the place running by organizing the daily activities, leads the yoga classes, prepares the meals (which are delicious and nourishing for the soul), and provides emotional support during the ceremony. She has a wonderful caring disposition about her. Drew is a jack of all trades. He does a little bit of everything to keep the facility running smoothly. There’s a magnetism about him that draws you to him. He has a remarkably positive way of viewing life (after going through some dark periods himself) that’s infectious and uplifting. There were several times during my experience where his presence positively impacted me (and my wife). If safety is a concern, I can assure you that the only concern you’ll have is the one in your subconscious. Then again, that’s why people are signing up for this, aren’t they? To understand themselves in a deeper way but from a completely different and novel perspective. Other than that, NLA engages all of the plant ceremonies in a safe manner. They don’t coerce anyone to do anything that they’re not comfortable with. They’re available to answer whatever questions or concerns you may have about your experience. As previously mentioned, they purposefully keep the group sizes to 6-8 people at each retreat in order to be able to provide a more personalized experience. We could not be more grateful for both of our experiences at NLA and we absolutely recommend this place to anyone who is interested in plant medicine ceremonies. P.S. Chopper is one hell of a cat.

Forever grateful

I'm not one to write reviews or really anything to be honest so I'm sorry if I leave a lot out but here goes. I booked my trip on a wed for the retreat starting Friday. My life was falling apart and I was drowning, I couldn't see a future and felt no hope. I arrived on friday and I was nervous and scared, I had never been one to be overly spiritual and was unsure what to expect but I just knew I was somehow in the right place. Matt and Jenea are incredible people, their story is so inspiring and you feel truly cared for and safe. You check in and shown to your own room which is a wonderful thing, the beds are very comfortable and its comforting to have a space to reflect and be alone with your thoughts and intentions. Next is a tour of the grounds which are incredible, the space they have there is absolutely perfect for the journey your on. There are trails to walk and reflect, a pool house and hot tub to relax in and the views from the patio are so beautiful. All your meals are provided for and are incredibly delicious and healthy. The next night was the 1st of the 2 ceremonies and I won't go into detail about my experience on the medicine because I believe everyone's is different but I will say this, that I believe it saved my life. The analogy that keeps popping up in my head now a couple days later with time to reflect on it is I was in a boat being thrashed by a storm and I was sinking, I was drowning. I was sure there was no way out. But finding new life ayahuasca and Matt and Jenea and the other guests was like finding the eye of the storm and mother ayahuasca didn't fix the storm but she helped me fix the boat and realize I'm not alone. The storm still rages but my boat is so much stronger, strong enough to make it through. I feel such hope now, I feel such gratitude for life again. Words can't describe the thanks I have for these people and that place but I'll try. Thank you Matt, thank you Jenea, thank you Drew. This experience meant more to me then I can express into words and I hope to share the messages and lessons I learned from you all and from Mother ayahuasca there through my actions going forward. One last thank you has to be said to the people that shared in this journey with me. Katie, Whitney, Ros, and Cooper, thank you for being so open and accepting and I wish nothing but the best for you all going forward. I hope we keep in contact but until then I hope the experiences you had stay with you like they are with me and you feel Mother ayahuascas light inside you and it guides you on your journey forward.


This was my first ayahuasca trip, and I am eternally grateful I chose New Life. I was interested in going somewhere that offered a space to feel relaxed and comforted because I had read that the ceremonies can be quite difficult, physically and mentally. I also enjoyed that I would not have to worry about transportation from the airport. I liked that the website offered a lot of information on Matt, Jeanae, and Drew, as they were present throughout the retreat. I felt safe that there were such great people to help me before, during, and after the ceremonies. Each person was so knowledgeable, personable, and open. It felt like we were all going through the experience together, despite this being their job. The ceremonies were exquisite, the massages and yoga sessions were calming, and the waterfall was beautiful. I highly recommend New Life and wish that everyone could experience such a profound and personal and deep spiritual event.

Spiritually transcendent and profound

For all of you wayfaring itinerants who are looking for an adventure, but more importantly, are interested in doing some heavy introspection, I can’t imagine a better site for your first time than with Jeanae and Matt at New Life Ayahuasca. About an hour west of San Jose, NLA is located in the mountains of San Ramon. J&M do an excellent job of handling the logistics of getting you from the international airport to their site, so if you have any questions about how you’ll arrive to San Ramon, don’t even worry. Just follow the detailed email instructions Jeanae sends you prior to your trip. My wife and I opted for the 5-day retreat (our first time with this excursion), but in retrospect, we wish we had signed up for the 7-day retreat (to take advantage of the third ceremony) because we were blown away by our experiences with the two that were offered with the 5-day. While you’re going to have an experience irrespective of where you pursue your journey, my wife and I attribute our life-altering experiences to Matt, Jeanae, and Drew. Matt participates and leads the ceremony and possesses commanding presence to the extent that you cannot help but admire the strength it takes for him to be able to lead such an intense journey all these years. I just don’t understand how someone can simultaneously go deep within himself while also performing the icaros. And no doubt Jeanae and Drew also play an equally important role in ensuring that everyone is safe and supported during this process. Meals were prepared by Jeanae, all of which were delicious. The location is private and allows for hiking (there’s 20 acres of land for you to wander around) and swimming (there’s an Olympic sized pool and spa steps away from the retreat center). I can certainly vouch for all of the reviews on this site sharing the details of how the retreat is run (yoga, massages, waterfall, etc). The four other guests who arrived at the retreat were all wonderful people. We’re glad that everyone was able to develop a rapport and trust each other especially given how vulnerable you expose yourself to the experience and the days after going deep with introspection. What I really appreciate about NLA is their laid-back approach to the experience. J&M are two of the most unassuming, down to earth people you will meet and I could not have imagined a better couple (along with Drew) to have been our guides. They don’t force you to participate in the activities offered at the retreat nor do they expect you to share your thoughts and feelings about your experience, but they are certainly open and receptive should you need someone to talk to. I remember after the first ceremony, my wife and I spent some time outside by the firepit with Drew. Let me just say that I was happy and relieved that an individual like Drew was at NLA. Gregarious, knowledgeable, and a willingness to be vulnerable around complete strangers, I could not have imagined a better individual to decompress to. His presence put me at ease and gave me the space to be able to synthesize what could only be described as ineffable. It meant a lot. I’m digressing. I’ll just conclude with if you’re looking for a safe, clean, relaxing atmosphere, look no further than NLA. The retreat center is beautiful, private, and spacious. Jeanae, Matt, and Drew are absolutely wonderful hosts.

No Words can Truly Express...

5 Stars is not enough! Words cannot adequately express what Matt and Jeanae and their support staff do for their retreat guests! The days spent at their mountainside retreat will transform you forever! The person you are on arrival and the person you will be, days later when you leave, are definitely never the same again! The experiences and transformations you will experience are definitely NOT for the faint-of-heart, or those who are 'weak-minded'. This is a definite calling you have to follow when you (should you ever) receive it. Small, intimate groups of 6-8 participants, and daily living together 24/7 for the duration of your week, will transform strangers into friends into family! it's impossible to recommend this retreat strongly enough. I will be back.

A Place to Learn and Grow

I could not imagine having done Ayahuasca at any other facility. At New Life the environment is one of beauty, peace, healing and constant support. It is truly a place were you can unplug and focus on self growth and regeneration. There is no judgement, no pressure, everybody is accepted and respected exactly how they are and where they are in their journey. Matt and Jeanae were gentle, supportive and informative. Also, they are prepared and organized. Everything you need to be comfortable as well as healthy meals, yoga classes, quiet places to sit and read or journal and evenings talking around a bonfire. The groups are small and each person has their own room and bathroom. I felt this was super important because I needed a private place to process and to quiet my mind at times. Although, the the six others that attended the retreat with me were some of the nicest people I have ever met. My seven day retreat was everything and more than I had hoped for. I felt very relaxed during the Ayahuasca and the Kambo ceremonies even though this was my first experience with both medicines. It has been a week since my retreat and I feel continued improvements everyday. I sleep better, have more energy, feel stronger and am definitely more focused. My path continues to open up for me, this is an awesome journey! I am forever grateful to Matt, Jeanae and New Life Ayahuascsa. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Set, Setting, and Sincerity

What a profound experience! This was my first experience with Ayahuasca and plant medicines in general. I was in a difficult transition phase in my life where my career, relationships, and mindset all felt like they were flying off the rails. I needed a catalyst to break out of this negative feedback loop and to start enjoying life again. I had done enough research on Ayahuasca to know that it was worth a try, but I did much more research on finding a practitioner that I could trust, and an environment where I would feel safe. I came across New Life by doing a google search and read all of their reviews, and was immediately convinced that this was the place. SET - Jeanae and Matt have designed a program around having the most meaningful experience with the medicine. While this experience may not always be comfortable, they ensure that whatever experience you have, you will be safe and will be adequately assisted by experienced staff if needed. Their program also helps you develop an optimal mindset going into each ceremony. This is achieved by the healthy and delicious daily meals prepared by Jeanae. The meals were Aya-friendly, Tico-oriented, veggie friendly, and absolutely delicious! Their program also prepares you by offering a comprehensive yoga session each ceremony day, which consists of light flow, some balancing, some ab-work for the puke muscles, followed by savasana and a light shoulder massage. Finally, they provide you ample downtime each day, for meditation, intention setting, and reflection, which is very important ahead of ceremony. SETTING - The property is absolutely astounding! It is several acres and includes hiking trails, quiet lookouts with amazing views, a lap pool, a hot-tub, and plenty of nature to explore. On my hike I saw some white face monkeys, toucans, and what I am still convinced are flying turkeys (no one believed me). There were also several common areas for guests to congregate, sip tea, and have post-ceremony crazy-talk. The most important factor with this property is the fact that each guest had their own private room and private bathroom. Each room was surprisingly large and the bed was very comfortable. I found that private rooms are not always offered with other retreats, which is unbelievable to me. While puking together in ceremony is quite the bonding experience, it is very important to have your own space to relax in peace and quiet, and to celebrate your own private toilet-time. I cannot stress this enough. SINCERITY - Matt, Jeanae, and Drew are extremely experienced with the medicine and have the upmost respect and integrity when working with it. Matt does not call himself a shaman, which is a loosely used term these days. I will say that I was blown away by his knowledge, authenticity, sincerity, and respect for the medicine. Matt has an unbelievable gift with music and conducting the ceremony. I have watched several ceremonies on YouTube after this retreat, and nothing comes close. It is hard to describe, but to use a gringo word, it is LEGIT. Jeanae is also extremely talented and plays the flute towards the end of the ceremony. This is a very peaceful transition in the ceremony, and I am grateful for that peace (you will be too!). Drew was also very experienced and helpful in ceremony. I cannot thank you both enough for caring for us in ceremony! Overall, I can't say enough positive things about this experience and the amazing people behind it. I hope to make this trip again sometime. It was truly an unforgettable experience. Gracias para todo! Pura Vida! Jonathan

Far Exceeded my Expectations

A New Me

Where do I begin? New Life Ayahuasca was an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. It was my first time out of the country and I couldn’t have been in a more safe and positive environment. Matt and Jeane was the best host. Every day was filled with the relaxation and yoga, massages and some of the best food, clean food I have ever eaten. I really want the recipes from Jeane that’s how great the food was. My Aya experience was intense to say the least, but it was the best therapy and clarity I’ve ever had all my years on this earth. I’ve been back in the states almost two weeks now so I am still trying to integrate everything that I have learned into my life. However I feel so much better. I decided to try planet medicine for my issues with generational curses and depression (I said I wasn’t ever saying that word again, but typing it is fine). The Shaman Ron was amazing. He was so genuine and easy to talk to. All I felt was great energy from him. I would like to say that he saved me from a lifetime of pain. He removed the negative spirit from around me and my bloodline and I am forever grateful. I feel like I can actually start enjoying my life and live, really live. Everyone who was attending the retreat was some of the coolest people I have ever met. I am really looking forward to growing closer with those people and I’m even thinking that maybe I should attend a retreat every couple of years just to keep myself sane in this world we live in. New Life Ayahuasca is the place to go if you need healing. I am forever grateful. Peace and Love

Beyond Grateful For The Experience At New Life Aya

I can’t say enough good things about New Life & Matt and Jeanae. All of the logistics were covered no problem. It was a breeze to get from the airport to their spot and back again after the 7 days my partner and I spent there. I would quite literally go back just to have Jeanae’s cooking and yoga for a week. They’re honestly some of the most easy going humans in existence and it’s very clear that they pour themselves into their work. Their place is AMAZING. The views. The pool. The space. The rooms. So many good books! Most nights after ceremony were spent by the fire, chatting or not, in awe of the stars and looking out over the towns way down below. If you get “the call” and you’re willing to be open, don’t overthink it...I can’t think of a more comfortable environment to have this experience in. This doesn’t even scratch the surface for how highly I would recommend them. I’ll be back to visit them as often as I’m called.

A truly healing experience!

I have nothing but good things to say about my experience at New Life Ayahuasca. Actually, words are hard to come by to really describe it, so I’ll focus on the basics for this review. My reasons for choosing New Life Ayahusca: Like many, I was drawn to ayahuasca for personal, psychological, and spiritual reasons, and I knew that I would likely be diving pretty deep into my conscious in a way that I’d never experienced. Given these facts, I wanted to have this experience in a safe and nurturing environment, so I set out to research via the Google. I came up with lots of “hits” that upon further reading, turned out to be “misses”, until I came across a positive reference to New Life in the comments section about another Ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica. I ventured over to the New Life site, and was impressed and reassured by the extensive honest information about ayahuasca, including guidance and advice for selecting a retreat. I also was impressed that ceremony size was limited to fewer than 10 people, which I did not see in any of the retreats I researched (some were as large as 90+ people!!). This was important to me, because I viewed this experience as potentially life-changing, and wanted to be around people who viewed the experience as something far more meaningful than checking off a bucket list item. After speaking with Matt and Jeanae on the phone, where they answered my list of questions, and also asked me questions, in particular, why I wanted to experience ayahuasca, I knew I had found the right place. The Property/Facilities Located in a remote, mountainous area, where on a clear day you can see the ocean beyond the rolling mountains and valleys, the retreat center is laid out in a way, where, if you want privacy you can easily get it (private rooms and bath, lots of walking paths, and areas to sit outside to reflect), and if you want community and companionship, you can get that as well (the fire pit at night, the back patio overlooking the mountains, and the dining room). This was perfect for me, because I do like my alone time, and was able to get than when I needed it, but I also was so blessed to be part of a wonderful group of soul searchers, and spending time with these individuals in the communal settings was an integral part of my experience. Care and Nourishment The food was great - all fresh and clean, prepared with love by Jeanae. When meal times were called, we all ran to the dining table! The massage therapist was amazing - he did not speak English (and my Spanish is beyond rusty), but he was incredibly intuitive. He knew exactly where my problem areas were, where I had a chronic tendon inflammation in my ankle, and his touch was perfect for these areas. The kambo was a pleasant surprise. I was undecided about trying it until the morning of, and then opted to do so in order to help me with the next Ayahuasca ceremony. I felt really energized and “light” afterward, and into the next day, leading up tot he second ceremony. Yoga sessions led by Jeanae were grounding and relaxing, and were an ideal prelude to the Ceremony, where going in grounded, relaxed and with intention helps to make the most of the experience. The Ceremony I won’t go into details here, because I believe the Ceremony is meant to be experienced by the individual, and that’s part of what makes it, in my mind, a sacred event. Having said that, I will say that Matt conducts the ceremony with his whole being, with the utmost heartfelt sincerity. I felt safe to let go and travel where I needed to go, whether that be within or outward. Had I not felt that, I could not have had the transformative experience that I did. I also would not want to go back. Jeannae and Drew provided support (for walking, bathroom, any other worries) for our group as Matt guided us in the Ceremony, which was comforting. The Final Word Matt and Jeannae are healers in every sense of the word. Western society needs leaders like them now more than ever. The experience I had at New Life Ayahuasca was indeed in the top five for my life (I’m at the midway point now), and I believe that this experience (the healers, the plant medicine, the ceremony, my fellow soul searchers, the place) will continue to teach me about love, compassion, forgiveness, and openness, and remind me of the work that must continue to keep the fire burning bright.

My experience with this plant medicine

Drinking the plant medicine Ayahuasca is a very personal journey. It can lead to profound insight and perspective shifts. I was very much fearful going into this. I no longer fear the experience but want more. I felt very safe with Matt the Shaman and his wife Jeanae. With New Life you get a trip to a beautiful water fall, a massage, yoga sessions and healthy delicious food. Needless to say I will be returning.

Amazing experience

I had a really amazing experience at NLA. Matt and Jeanae are very caring, friendly people and they run their retreat in a very professional manner. I was always well taken care of with great food and really comfortable rooms with a private bathroom. The house where the retreat is held is a really beautiful space to spend a week relaxing and taking part in the ceremonies. The ceremonies themselves usually have no more than 8 people and are really well guided by Matt with an additional 2 other people acting as ‘carers’ to assist people if they need anything. It’s always best to do your own research when deciding on which retreat to go to because drinking plant medicines isn’t always an easy journey. But I can honestly say that NLA is a great place to start if you’re looking for a safe, comfortable place to partake where you’re guided in caring, professional hands at all times.

Out of this world experience

Beautiful property set on top of the mountain, offering spectacular views of the ocean and Costa Rica landscape. Small group size to share a week of interpersonal transformation. Private rooms with comfortable beds, home cooked meals, clean environment, and bonding time helped add trust, safety, and relaxation to the experience. If you are considering taking the ayahuasca journey, Matt and Janae offer the perfect environment for you!


After spending a week here at the retreat all I can say is that I had an amazing time. The food was very high quality, fresh and interesting and following the correct diet needed. The property is stunning with large clean areas inside and out to mingle with other guests or the private rooms with private bathrooms and large and airy and very comfortable. There is hiking trails, a large swimming pool and hot ub which were very nice. The ceremony’s were very good, strong medicine and done in an authentic way as is done in Peru. My first time drinking Ayahuascha and I definitely picked the right place, only 8 people per ceremony which is perfect for what I wanted. The owners Matt and Jeanae were very friendly and helpful with everything and a big shout out to Drew who helps out, had some great chats with him and he’s very funny.

Great for first timers

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of spending five days with Matt and Jeanae at New Life Ayahuasca. This was our first experience with ayahuasca. In my opinion, I couldn't have found a better place to experience our first set of ayahuasca journeys. Matt is a great shaman that guided me through one of the most meaningful introspective journeys of my life. This is a memory that I will always cherish and I owe him and his wife my thanks. Additionally, I was fortunate to go through this journey with a small group of other people also attending. My wife and I formed strong bonds with these people as we went through our own personal journeys as a group. It was great to be able to reflect on what we each learned through the rituals and to support each other. I look forward to returning to NLA when the time is right.

Best Healing Experience Ever

I hardly know where to start … Everything about my trip to New Life Iboga / Ayahuasca in Costa Rica was wonderful from the medicines, the location/property, the hosts, the food, the cats, it was all amazing! Jeanae and Matt are phenomenal hosts and wonderful cooks. The house was large, clean, and had great views. The room they provided to me was perfect for my two weeks stay. The food was great - I’m a foodie – and I loved all the fresh, healthy home cooked meals they made! The trails around the property had beautiful views and I was able to see beautiful wildlife like the Blue Morpho Cota Rican butterfly and monkeys! For several years I had contemplated participating in taking iboga for spiritual healing reasons. This past year my life brought some major life challenges that propelled me forward in taking the leap to try both iboga and ayahuasca – and I also had Kamboo to make it a trifecta of healing medicines! And Oh Boy - I am so glad that I did! It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! The journey changed my life and continues to positively change my life. I had researched several centers to visit, but I am so glad I decided to go down this journey at New Life Iboga /Ayahuasca. I hope to one day return and participate in more Ayahuasca ceremonies! I know one day I will re-enter the Ayahuasca world again! Going through the Ayahuasca in the first week really helped strip away my ego and open me up to heal on a deeper level. Some of my questions were answered through Ayahuasca, but Iboga showed me some deep-rooted parts of myself that needed to be addressed. Jeanae and Matt helped facilitate the interpretation of my visions and experiences by having me work with therapist Brian Murphy. Brian was great and very insightful. I am very grateful for this to be part of the experience. The ceremonies that Jeanae and Matt conducted were great. They both played instruments and put their heart and soul into the experience. For the Iboga ceremony they had a small community of friends that participated which enrichened the experience. After going through this journey, and returning to the states, I had the most amazing sense and feeling of peace that I have never had before. It has taken work to continue this sense of peace, but now I know it - so it is easier to return to this peace. A million Thank Yous to Jeanae and Matt for all that you did for me and continue to do for others! You are truly a blessing to this earth! One of the visions I had during iboga was seeing Jeanae and Matt being given to the earth as gifts from the gods! Thank you again for everything! I pray that all the good you are doing comes back to you a million fold. And I pray all your wishes and dreams will come true – I know they will:) Much love and blessings to you:)”


First of all, I am grateful that Jeanae and Matt made New Life Ayahuasca available for us! The property is absolutely beautiful. The layout and design are perfect for the purpose in my point of view. I was brought there by intuition and curiosity in September. I felt “home” the moment I arrived. Jeanae is not only a good cook but also an excellent yoga teacher. Both of Jeanae and Matt are very caring and supportive. Secondly, the ceremony was conducted in a very safe and comfortable room. Shaman Ron conducted the ceremony that week and he seemed to be doing what he was born to do. It was very powerful. But I have no doubt that Matt will do an excellent job as well. My experiences during the ceremonies were fun and very interesting. Last but not the least, I met a group of beautiful souls during the retreat. I appreciated and enjoyed sharing time with them. Everyone is fantastic and unique. It’s truly a blessing that they co-created that memory with me. I’ll forever thank you - my aya brothers - for the amazing experience. All in all, yes, new life Ayahuasca is definitely a place that I’d highly recommend if you are called by mother ayahuasca.