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Matt's Story - Director of NLA
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Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 117 reviews.

New Life Ayahuasca is a Wonderful place!

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★★★★★
I will like to express my gratitude to all the people of New Life Ayahusca. I when to a ceremony with Matt and Jeanae last Saturday and I am very impress with their heart and everything they did in the ceremony. Not only they were checking on me all the time but also they are people with a genuine purpose of helping others to get heal. The ceremony had everything; the setting was perfectly care for. I want to congratulate them for running such of wonderful place. I would recommend it to anyone. I also like to send a special thanks to Sergio and Emanuel for always checking on me and for helping me throughout the ceremony. I will be coming back for more ceremonies with the confidence that I am on a safe environment. I wish you many blessings, success and prosperity in the years to come.  Thank you so much for everything!
- Sindy

Wonderful people and a wonderful vision

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★★★★★
New Life is located outside Sam Ramon, Costa Rica. The property and facility is absolutely gorgeous and and view of the Gulf of Nicoya from their location on top of the mountain make this a beautiful and perfect place for the work they are doing.  I was passing through the area coming from San Jose to Playa Samara and just had to stop in and meet the people there and find out what they were doing. San Ramon is only a couple of hours from San Jose, less if you have a car and a little more if using the bus system.  My background is not only corporate I.T. (stressful) but also I am a RYT Yoga Teacher and I've been interested for a number of years in how things such as yoga, meditation, diet, mentors, and support systems help with our first world high stress jobs.  Jeanae and Matt are wonderful people. They have such a strong sense of purpose, a mission, and empathy. Where they come from and where they are going is wonderful and they are making the world better in a very great way. They only want to share and help other people. They know the value of moments that can turn a life around and understand sometimes it takes a great deal of work to help a person get just one step further to being better, happier, or perhaps even just alive.  The facility is as clean and full of creature comforts anyone might want or need. No matter where you come from rich or poor, first world or jungle, this place is comfortable. The region is mountainous with dirt roads leading to it as it should be for the region. The house, the pool area (yes, indoor lap pool in Costa Rica) and the location are really just perfect for a retreat location.  I can only imagine all the clients coming from a wide range of cultures and countries, with needs stemming from depression and stress to drug or substance abuse that may find this place and the people there to be a very important part of their journey to wellness.
- Glenn Adams

A trip of healing

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★★★★★
excellent experience to know myself. the ayahuasca remember me the purpose of life, it has teaching me the power of love, to be grateful, with everything that we have.. being alive and have a different view of the world we live. my life is changing and never could change my ayahuasca experience. if you would like to try someday go and have a good trip, go to new life ayahuasca. excellent place to go and be connected with everything. i recommend this excellent place full with great people
- Emanuel
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Matt’s Story – Director of NLA


Matthew Mormello

A journey to personal healing through entheogens.

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Matt – Director and Founder

Matthew Mormello, director and partner of New Life Ayahuasca, is slightly intimidating upon first impression at a looming 6’3”, but after spending a few minutes with him, any roughness his physical appearance might suggest is quickly softened by his gentle personality. Matt’s easy going nature and inviting smile make it easy to open up to him, which is a great ability when working with ayahuasca and iboga. It’s important to him to be able to relate to the people that come to New Life Ayahuasca for healing through either iboga(ine) or ayahuasca, and because his history holds a little bit of everything you can imagine, he is usually able to develop a bond quickly and really relate to what drives an individual to seek out these sacred medicines.

Matt’s journey with plant medicine began in 2010, when after years of battling drug addiction and trying every traditional rehab method avalaible without success (i.e. medicated detoxes, 30-day programs, Suboxone maintenance, churches, support groups, meditation and personal development courses) he stumbled upon an episode on National Geographic about hallucinogenic plants and their uses.

The first segment in the episode was about ayahuasca and he was immediately drawn to the sounds and images. He told himself, “This is it, this is what i have to do.”

Then, the following segment, which focused on ibogaine and its documented capacity to effectively alleviated opiate withdrawal and treat opiate addiction, redirected his focus to get ibogaine therapy.

MATT ON HBO’s VICE

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Matt on HBO’s VICE

From there, he immediately got on-line and spent countless hours researching iboga(ine) from its traditional uses in Africa by Bwiti sects, to its more modern medical use of treating addictions, depression, anxiety and PTSD. He reached out to a number of facilities, sharing his situation and the intimate connection he felt to entheogens and eventually, his persistence paid off. In early 2011, he was offered the opportunity to recieve ibogaine treatment on an episode of HBO’s VICE tv (Season 1 Episode 7) . Within a few weeks, he was on a plane to Mexico for his 1st ibogaine treatment.

FULL VICE EPISDOE

Unfortunately, in 2011, Matt was on Suboxone prior to his ibogaine treatment and it was not well known that Suboxone has a binding effect in the brain, meaning the Suboxone stays in the system much longer than a short acting opiate (such as morphine or heroin), making it much more difficult to detox from. We now know that an individual must be off Suboxone (and methadone) for around 30 days prior to receiving ibogaine for the treatment to be effective and lasting, but Matt was treated with ibogaine only a few days after his last dose of Suboxone. So once he returned home and the effects of the ibogaine wore off, he started experiencing residual withdrawals that he endured for over a month before he finally couldn’t handle it any longer, and returned to a Suboxone maintenance program.

Despite this set back, he was still determined that ibogaine could work for him, so he reached out to some of the contacts he had made while filming with VICE, and in late 2013, he flew to Costa Rica for his 2nd attempt at sobriety through ibogaine therapy. His 2nd treatment was an amazing success and he rededicated himself to a healthier lifestyle, losing 60 lbs in 6 months. He wanted to continue to help himself and help others; so the facility that treated him, recognizing his passion, determination and drive, offered him the opportunity to stay and work with them to continue learning about ibogaine therapy.

Over the following year, Matt continued to learn about sacred plant medicines, participating in a peyote ceremony and dozens of ayahuasca ceremonies.

While he had a passion for ibogaine and helping other addicts recover, he felt a connection with ayahuasca unlike anything he had ever felt before, and although he didn’t know it then, ayahuasca would turn out to be the primary path in which his life was headed.

In 2014, the facility he had been working for closed its doors. Matt, never being one to give up, worked diligently with his girlfriend, Jeanae, to create a program that could offer both ibogaine therapy and ayahuasca ceremonies. They spent a few months getting all the preparations in place, and in 2015, they were finally able to open a small facility, equipped to handle just one person at a time.

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Our New Facility

From there, Matt and Jeanae have been fortunate to have grown from the humble little facility that could accommodate one, to their new location as of September 2015, which can accommodate 7. They have moved from a focus on ibogaine therapy to a focus on providing comfortable and compassionate ayahuasca retreats, however ibogaine therapy is still available through a 2 week program incorporating both ibogaine and ayahuasca. They’ve dedicated a lot of time, and participated in many ceremonies with various Shaman and guides, and together they have participated in over 100 ayahuasca experiences.

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Arriving in Peru

In July of 2015 they traveled to Peru, where they got to experience traditional ceremonies in the jungle where indigenous people have practiced using ayahuasca for thousands of years. They visited the shaman that makes the medicine they provide for retreats at New Life Ayahuasca, and got to see first hand how and where the brew is made.

The experience had such a profound impact on them, and helped continue to fuel their passion for the sacred medicine they both credit for saving their lives.

Read more about their trip to Peru

 

New Life Ayahuasca continues to grow, and Matt and Jeanae are incredibly grateful for the opportunities they’ve had and for their families that have supported, encouraged and helped make their dreams possible.


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