Matthew Mormello

Matthew Mormello, our founder and director, got involved with plant medicine in 2010. He acts as our ayahuasca guide.

Ever since Matt was introduced to ayahuasca through an episode on National Geographic, he was immediately drawn to the sacred medicine. He told himself, “This is it, this is what i have to do.” But first, his path led him to the world of ibogaine, which he was treated with in 2011 on HBO’s VICE TV. After his treatment, he stayed involved by learning the spiritual aspects of Bwiti, which uses iboga as a sacrament, and participated in ceremonies until 2013, when he came to Costa Rica and began working more intimately with iboga at a treatment facility.

At the same time he arrived in Costa Rica, Matt started getting involved with ayahuasca. Over the following 2 years, he participated in many ceremonies, traveled to Peru, eagerly consuming any information he could find or be taught about the sacred medicine ayahuasca. Now he has participated in hundreds of ceremonies and has evolved in his own rite as a ceremonial facilitator. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding, and his Icaros and unique way of playing a Tibetan signing bowl help guide the participants’ experience.

Matt would never call himself a Shaman, as he feels he has much more to learn and his whole life to discover more about ayahuasca and theceremonies surrounding its use; he would refer to himself as an ayahuasca guide . Matt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. When researching ayahuasca, there are many warnings about false ayahuasca shamans and scams. While Matt may not be a Shaman (yet) there is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others.

 Matt performs rituals for protection and cleansing prior to ayahuasca consumption and contributes to the live music performed during ceremony.  New Life Ayahuasca limits spacing for ayahuasca retreats to 6 so that Matt is able to give each person the individualized attention they deserve during such a profound experience.

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  • David Landes   September 10, 2016

      Gifted and compassionate

    I can't show enough gratitude for the guidance and wisdom that Matt provided me with on my journey. He is truly a gifted plant healer and I dont think I could have experienced the incredible breakthroughs I did without his spiritual guidance and protection. My appreciation for Matt, and the quality of his medicine, has only been amplified now that I have experienced aya journeys in different places with different people. Thank you Matt! Your gift and dedication to helping others is inspiring.

  • Gail Bradbrook   September 10, 2016

      A wonderful person and gifted shaman

    Matt will be cringing that I called him a shaman. Because he is a humble person and doesn't want or need a title. That was my feeling in his presence during ceremony. His icaros were beautiful and his tireless service a gift I felt such deep gratitude for. The humility is a gift too because it brings presence, alertness and keeps you safe. He is also an honest and sincere person.

  • Laura Kay   September 10, 2016

      Courage and Compassion

    Matt is a wonderful, compassionate and courageous facilitator/guide/healer - his ayahuasca ceremonies are incredibly therapeutic. Matt's down-to-earth sensibilities provides a feeling of safety, nurturing, privacy and confidence. Matt's authenticity shines through - it's obvious he is doing is life's work with passion. I've been to Matt for four ayahuasca ceremonies (over the course of two separate retreats) and I will be back in the future. Grateful.

  • Jesse Dykhuis   October 17, 2016

      Matt is amazing!

    My wife and I recently traveled to Costa Rica for a 5 day retreat at New Life Ayahuasca. Matt is the guide and one of the owners there. Matt has an amazing ability to be present with the participants without affecting their own experiences. He was available to process throughout the retreat and has a very warm and knowledgeable demeanor. The ceremony is so beautiful and intense - it is central to the experience. I can't imagine participating in Ayahuasca with a different guide. We were inspired by his personal story and will be unpacking the personal growth we experienced in his care for a lifetime!

  • Jason Peck   November 26, 2016

      This Guy's a Saint

    Matt is an amazing person, no doubt about it. As a guide he puts his all into ceremonies and creates an atmosphere like none I've ever experienced before. He creates a comfortable environment that's compassionate yet not overbearing at all, and really radiates as a person in general. He makes the safety and comfort of guests a priority which takes a great deal of anxiety out of the process. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and open during the entire stay. During the ceremonies he performs with everything he has and it truly is a legendary experience. Words can't describe what this man puts into his work, and I'm truly grateful that he is around to help people it really seems to be his calling in life. And in the rare event that a huge moth flies into ceremony, it's nice to know that he has your back.

  • Karolee Kearns Schloth   March 07, 2017

      Powerful Healer

    Matt has super powerful shamanic abilities. I am forever changed. Thank you for the upliftment and support.

  • Sara Zahava Thornton   January 12, 2017

      His intuitive approach!

    Matt may not have been in isolation in an Amazonian jungle for months on end to be deemed a "shaman" but I assure you he is the closest thing! I am still in awe of his dedication, his musical talent and his overall intuitive approach with Ayahuasca. He has undergone extensive training and has experience with the plant medicine that is obvious before the ceremony begins. It's as though he has found his help those heal themselves. I spent one week with him at New Life Ayahuasca and will most definitely go back!


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