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New Life Ayahuasca

17 reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Listed in Ayahuasca, Kambo, Iboga

  • San Ramon, Costa Rica
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Ayahuasca Retreat

     New Life Ayahuasca offers a 5, 7, 10 and 14-day ayahuasca retreat in the mountains of San Ramon, Costa Rica.  Our mission is to provide compassionate retreat program options  to others who are seeking to restore balance to their lives through spiritual and personal healing. Our retreat schedule includes 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, daily yoga, daily sound therapy (gong meditation), a massage and a trip to the beach/waterfall or hot springs. Optional Kambo sessions are also available. Spacing is limited for ayahuasca retreat to 6 participant per week to be sure we can provide individualized attention and support during such a profound experience.


Our beautiful facility  in  San Ramon, Costa Rica, is secluded in the mountains about an hour from SJO airport. All guest receive private rooms and full bathrooms equipped with hot water. Guests are invited to use our pool, hot tub and gym anytime during their stay. Our vast 20 acre property is filled  with lush vegetation, fruit trees and trails perfect for nature walks. Our facility also offers incredible views of the Nicoya Golf on the Paclific coast of Costa Rica, where the sunset can be viewed  in a breathtaking display of color.



We conduct intimate ceremonies (maximum of 6 participants) that are performed with respect to the traditions that have surround the use of the sacred medicine ayahuasca for centuries. Matt, our founder and director, acts as a guide for the experience. Matt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding. Matt sings Icaros, plays the Gong and Tibetan Singing bowl and occasionally drums and guitar to help guide the participants’ experience.  No participant is ever left alone during ceremony. Our ceremonies include the use of sage, palo santo, copal and florida water.



New Life Ayahuasca offers additional therapies to promote maximum healing during your retreat with us. We believe in combining plant medicines with holistic therapies to achieve a healthy balance of energies and to support tranquility, peace, and growth. Therapies we offer include Kambo, massage, daily yoga and sound therapy. Our goal is to integrate each of these additional therapies into our ayahuasca retreats, with the hope that they will help each individual prepare physically and mentally for the ayahuasca experience .



Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a healing retreat. Not only is Costa Rica the safest country in Central America, but it is said to be home to the happiest people in the world, with the country motto “Pura Vida” which translates to ‘Pure Life’. Costa Rica is also extremely easy to get to.  Flights are only appx. $500 round trip from the US, and we provide complimentary pick-up at SJO airport, making the transition to our facility stress-free. Our location in the mountains also provides comfortable conditions, not too hot or cold, with temperatures averaging around 75-80 during the day and 65-70 at night.



All ayahuasca brew provided by New Life Ayahuasca is prepared by an ayahuasca shaman in Iquitos, Peru using only b. caapi and chaliponga. All ingredients for the brew are grown on the shaman’s farm and selected for the brew based on the maturity of the plants. No datura (toe), additives or fillers are used in any way. Our mission is always to provide the best and safest ceremonies possible.



To be sure all potential guests can safely participate in ayahuasca ceremonies, New Life Ayahuasca conducts brief medical screening before accepting any participants for ayahuasca retreat.  While ayahuasca is primarily considered safe, ayahuasca brew contains MAOIS, which could cause negative interactions when combined with certain medications, so it is extremely important to disclose any medications you may be taking prior to booking a retreat. In order to reduce harm and promote safety by avoiding potential contraindications of MAOIs with foods, we provide all meals in accordance with the ayahuasca diet.  If you have any questions regarding any medications you may be taking, please get in touch.



We understand and respect the power all plant medicine. New Life Ayahuasca founders, Matt and Jeanae, first began their work in Costa Rica with iboga at our sister program through New Life Iboga. We continue to offer ibogaine therapy for psycho-spiritual growth in a joint 2 week program featuring ibogaine and ayahuasca.  We have found that participation in ayahuasca ceremonies after ibogaine treatment can have profoundly beneficial results.


17 reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Member Since: January 23, 2020

January 22, 2020

This place claims that Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America, which is untrue. People leave Costa Rica to live in Panama. I know. I live in Panama and ask those who come here why. Check the statistics. With this false claim, I must question all their other claims, although I have not been there and partaken of their ceremonies. Be careful!


September 10, 2019

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.

  • Member Since: January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

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.


November 29, 2018

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:)

  • Member Since: September 15, 2018

September 14, 2018

My time at NLA has forever changed me. I gained insights and emotional healing that I never knew were possible. I cannot thank Jeanae and Matt enough for the relaxed, loving, safe and supportive atmosphere. I am extremely happy to have had my first Ayahuasca and Kambo experience at NLA with two truly honest and caring people. My experience at NLA will forever live in my heart and mind and I will see you both again soon! Forever grateful, Theresa

  • Member Since: April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018

I don’t hesitate in recommending New Life, and Matt and Jeanae. I couldn’t have asked for a better (first) experience. The views are incredible, house and rooms really comfortable, food fantastic and I always felt welcome and safe.
Matt and Jeanae are impressive, friendly, kind and dedicated people. I can’t comment on the experience you’ll have with the medicine itself, as it is always different, but you will be safe, secure, and in expert, caring hands at all times. Plus Jeanae’s yoga classes are excellent, and exactly what I needed!
My journey is just beginning – and I hope to be back. A big thank you to Matt and Jeanae. I’m filled with gratitude.


February 7, 2018

So the location is great with beautiful views of the sunset over the coast from the top of a small mountain. Private room, bathroom, and meals are great. A great place to relax for a week and forget about the world. The ceremonies are well done and you’re always well taken care of.

My experience wasn’t life changing, there were no epiphanies, but I do feel like I have a clearer direction in life. It’s something I’ve been working on and can’t say if this experience helped, but it certainly didn’t hurt.

I would come back in a heartbeat, everything was awesome!

  • Member Since: July 18, 2017

January 8, 2018

After drinking ayahuasca five times in two different places and not feeling much , I finally had my very powerful and profund experience during this wonderful retreat…the quality of the brew is very good and the way Matt leads the ceremony is fantastic…no way you will leave this place without having an ayahuasca experience… When I booked this retreat I thought it was a little bit expensive compared to some you can find in the Amazon rainforest but when I left I felt like I should have paid more….the location is astonishing , the house is amazing and you will have your huge single room…the food Jeanae cooks is fantastic (and I am italian) and you will have yoga class and one good massage… I am going back 100%

  • Member Since: December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017

Matt and Jeanae are very dedicated to their work with this sacred medicine and tend to every detail throughout your stay so that you can focus solely on your own personal work. I’m basically speechless as to the talent and dedication with which Matt conducts the ceremony and I felt safe the entire time. The food is incredible and just what you need, when you need it and the retreat centre is privately located on the top of a mountain overlooking the ocean. The house is perfect for accommodating the group size and is conducive to both alone time or interaction with the other members of the retreat. I felt I could be completely honest about my personal reasons for being there and found everyone to be incredibly accepting and of course non-judgemental. They also have safe high quality medicine that can be trusted. Deciding to work with Ayahuasca in your life can be a tough decision but I can assure you that Matt and Jeanae will take care of you and guide you through the experience. With so much going on I was glad I chose New Life Ayahuasca for my first encounter with this sacred plant medicine. May I wish you all the best on your journey!

-Tim, 33, British Columbia, Canada

  • Member Since: October 20, 2017

October 24, 2017

I had a truly life changing experience. Matt and Jennae are truly professionals in their craft; the experience they provide at NLA exceeded my expectation and I have already suggested to all of my open-minded friends and family to visit NLA. The ceremonies were intimate (less than 8 people) and absolutely well-guided.
No matter where you decide to visit, definitely do your research on where to take your journey because this type of experience can be exceptional. In my opinion, this experience is best held in an intimate and sacred manner like NLA.

  • Member Since: July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017

I live in Japan and decided to make a trip out to Costa Rica to try ayahuasca. Mainly out of curiosity, and some personal-development issues I wanted to work on.

This was my first ayahuasca experience.

Everything I read beforehand pointed to the importance of putting yourself in a great environment (especially the first time) and with a shaman or guide that you can trust.

I was super happy with the experience at New Life. I can personally vouch for both Matt and Jeanea who run it — they are wonderful people and have a beautiful, secluded retreat. You’re surrounded with a small group of like-minded people so it’s intimate, but you don’t have to socialize the whole time and can enjoy a lot of quiet/personal space. Also, there is a badass swimming pool and some of the best cooking I have ever had.

Honestly, I would pay to stay at their place even if they didn’t have ayahuasca — it’s that good.

A little bit more about the actual trip:

Taking ayahuasca isn’t some tourist attraction like seeing the Eiffel Tower or visiting the petting zoo— this is the real deal. It isn’t even like a fun mushroom trip. It’s a lot more difficult than that, but it can be very eye-opening.

I definitely recommend having an “intention” or point of focus for each ceremony is so you can maintain a sense of purpose.

Ayahuasca will transport your mind to a whole different dimension, make you think you’re a tree frog, and kill your ego 1000 times over. It will crush you and bring you back to life.

Really, it will put you through the gauntlet, but it’s well worth it.

I’m excited to see how my life unravels over the next few months after my experience, and I can’t wait to make another trip out in a year from now! 🙂

  • Member Since: November 26, 2016

November 25, 2016

I am extremely grateful for the experience that I had during my 7 day retreat at New Life. This was my first experience with ayahuasca. After spending 3 years exposed to combat in the Middle East I had been struggling with depression and PTSD for years afterwards, seeking counseling and really trying to pull myself back on my feet. I was desperate and stumbled upon New Life and something about it just felt right. Within 24 hours of having the idea to even try ayahuasca I made the reservations with New Life, and now believe it was the best decision I ever made. I received healing here like I could never have dreamed of, and feel like a huge burden has been lifted off of my chest. I will absolutely return once I put into daily practice the personal lessons that I received while I was there. What an experience for the soul! Jeanae and Matt are truly doing something special here. And Randy the cook is doing special things everyday too. The environment is so peaceful, and allows you to truly relax. They are really great hosts, and Matt is legendary during the ceremonies. The view is wonderful, and looking at the stars after ceremony was certainly one of my personal highlights of the week. These guys really built a paradise and are the kind of people that just make you feel at home when you’re there. I can’t brag about it enough, if you’re thinking of going I really recommend this place and didn’t hear a single complaint from anyone the entire time I was there so it’s not just my opinion.

  • Member Since: October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016

What an experience!

My wife and I recently flew to Costa Rica to participate in a five day retreat with Matt & Jeana at New Life Ayahuasca and we are already planning our return visits. Make no mistake – ayahuasca itself is an intense, sometimes painful, often beautiful and overall very healing experience. We were first timers and felt like since it was also our honeymoon we would probably be most comfortable with a few nice amenities like flushing toilets and private bedrooms. New Life Ayahuasca exceeded out expectations a hundred-fold.

We were picked up by a driver at the airport with our other retreat compadres. It was great to see Costa Rica for the first time without worrying about driving or navigating! The drive was about an hour and a half and we had the opportunity to stop on the way at an American friendly grocery store for any snacks or last minute provisions we needed. We arrived at the retreat center and Matt & Jeanae were so welcoming. We ate a gorgeous fresh dinner and had the evening to get to know one another and explore the grounds.

The home is beautiful – each guest has a private room with a private bathroom. It is decorated adorably and feels like home instantly. There is plenty of common space indoors and out for socializing and the rooms are spacious enough to be a nice place to go and reflect or nap as the days roll by. Meals are provided and they are delicious, fresh and in line with the Ayahuasca Dieta you are encouraged to begin about a week before arriving!

You can enjoy the large pool, the hot tub, the daily yoga and meditation, hiking the 20 acre property or get a massage. It was a very luxurious place to do some really hard work!

The ceremony evenings have a more serious feel to them – some nervous energy lingers all around. Matt & Jeanae are so available and kind and patient and knowledgeable with all the participants. It is easy to get the reassurance you may need before partaking in the Ayahuasca journey. They have this great ability to make you feel safe even when facing the unknown.

The flower ceremony/intention setting is such a beautiful way to collect yourself and prepare for the night’s experience. It is important to surrender yourself to the journey – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The ceremony itself is AMAZING! Matt’s gong ability is awesome and when he is singing you are transported by the sound of his voice. The experience is very intense but so healing and educational. Jeanae stays in the room and quietly and lovingly watches over everyone as the night goes on. It feels great to know she is there.

We can’t wait to come back!

  • Member Since: September 10, 2016

September 10, 2016

I had been researching ayahuasca retreats for over a year and finally pulled the trigger and chose New Life. I was not disappointed at all. The property itself was bountiful. It gave me the chance to escape the everyday grind that is society, and truly relax and reconnect with nature. Matt and Jeanae are excellent hosts. They truly believe in what they do and put their hearts into it which shows. One of the reasons I chose New Life was because they limit the ceremonies to just six people. I believe for my first time this was the best. It allowed the group to connect more and allowed Matt and Jeanae more personized attention if needed. The ceremonies themselves I can’t put into words. Nothing I had read really prepared me for my own experiences. Matt led each one with music and icaros and Jeanie was in a support role throughout going around making sure everyone was ok. I left each ceremony gaining new insight into my life, and maybe not exact answers I was looking for, but the ayahuasca I feel has given me a different perception on life that I can see helping me even a week after I left. I look forward to going back to New Life next year and being able to learn even more.

  • Member Since: August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

I did a lot of research before choosing a centre to work in and found nothing like New Life. It’s a special place. It’s beautiful and nourishing on every level. The food was amazing and things like that really matter. I wanted to find a place I felt held both medically safe and ceremonially held. They take both aspects really seriously. You need space and a place to be, with folks who are mindful and on hand if needed, without feeling crowded out. All of these subtleties are beautifully done. The hosts Matt and Jeanae were supported by a doctor (for my iboga journey) and a chef Derek, for the Aya week with Vicky providing Kambo and reiki. An amazing team with experience, dedication and humility. I had very high hopes for my retreat and they were surpassed. My gratitude is hard to express.

  • Member Since: August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

Wow, what can I say about my week long experience with Matt and Jeanae at New Life Ayahuasca? There aren’t words to do it justice but I feel compelled to show my appreciation for them and their plant healing capabilities. The environment was everything and more than I expected. The views alone will change you and the facilities are warm, loving and conducive to truth and healing. Their personal stories inspired me and their wisdom guided me to a place of peace that I’ve never known. I know that our paths are destined to cross many more times as I feel drawn to help others as I grow and improve myself. Thank you guys so much.

  • Member Since: June 19, 2016

August 24, 2016

This place is simply amazing! Matt and Jeanae do an incredible job and put so much love and care into everything they do from administering the medicine, to facilitating to preparing the food, there is a great deal of love and care that’s goes into everything at New Life. The grounds and views are also breathtaking and are very conducive to the entire experience. I am very grateful to you guys for everything you did for us and will never forget you or my time at the center. Love and light to you and I hope to see you again one day 🙂

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