- San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Jeanae co-founded New Life Ayahuasca with her partner Matthew Mormello. Jeanae first got involved with plant medicine after being treated with ibogaine for heroin addiction. Since then she has rededicated herself to a healthier lifestyle. She now manages the website and is the primary contact with guests during the booking process. She is a yoga teacher, administers Kambo and is always present during the Ayahuasca ceremonies to offer support through out the experience.
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Misha 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, and I truly felt this was the right choice. Jeanea was awesome. She gave some kick ass yoga classes that set a great atmosphere for the ayahuasca ceremonies, cooked some amazing/healthy food, and fully supported us through our journeys the whole time. 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! :)
Jason Reid May 16, 2017
I write this review with the utmost amazement, gratitude, and love in my heart for Jennae, Matt, and their two helpers Jake and Andy. What you do for others, and for yourselves, has moved me to tears many times since meeting you at New Life Ayahuasca. I am eternally grateful to each of you for making my experience unforgettable. Like most first-timers, I was nervous yet excited to drink Ayahuasca. I had been battling severe anxiety and hypochondria for months, and I was no longer OK with having my day run by such viruses of the mind. I had done enough psychedelics in the past, as well as research, and felt as though I experienced a gravitational pull to Ayahuasca during the several months leading up to my arrival at New Life. By my side for this adventure, like many other adventures, was my (now fiance who I proposed to at the retreat) Kat. I felt ready. We all later joked about how fairly easy it was to spot the others in the group at the airport based on clothing, mannerisms, and reading material. Once we met, the conversation flowed. I think we were all surprised with how open and transparent everyone was about why they had chosen to travel to Costa Rica to drink the mother’s milk. I couldn’t have been happier with the character, humor, sincerity, intelligence, and introspectiveness that prevailed throughout the group. When we all arrived at the actual property, we were all completely awestruck. Jennae and Matt gave us a tour around the house that sits atop a hill overlooking the mountains and ocean. It was absolutely stunning. Everything about the house was comfortable. The actual ceremony was beautiful, and the amount of care, attention to detail, passion, and love that went into it was incredible. We couldn’t say enough about Matt, the leader (or chaman) of the ceremony. He puts his heart and soul into each session, and how exhausted and spent he appeared each night was a testament to that effort. His singing was other-worldly, his guitar-playing inspirational, and his presence was very comforting. Throughout the week, we ate like royalty. The food, compliments of Andy, was gangbusters! Absolutely top-notch! Kat and I stuck strictly to the diet (la dieta) for 10 days prior to our trip, and didn’t cook nearly as well as Andy did for us. It made the experience even more enjoyable. We had access to the humungous pool, a yoga gym, a wealth of reading material, the most entertaining cats, WIFI, and plenty of land to traverse and explore. They even took us to a gorgeous beach the day after our first ceremony. Kambo (the poison from a tree frog) was another experience that was offered to us. It is a very intense yet rewarding ceremony during which Jennae administers a small amount of the neurotoxin to your left arm. A few seconds later and the effects begin. It is a challenging experience but highly worth it, as it is common to feel a higher level of mental clarity, less inflammation, and happier overall. During the kambo ceremony, Jennae is very informative, caring, and as calming as she is during the Ayahuasca ceremony. Overall, my experience was 10 / 10. Jennae and Matt run a very professional and comfortable retreat that I would recommend to anyone. Drinking Ayahuasca can be hard work, and for me, having Jennae, Jake, and Andy as caretakers (for when you can’t find your bucket in the dark haha), and Matt, who was like a real-life Gandalf guiding us through the spirit world, made this experience unforgettable. This life we live is an adventure, and drinking Ayahuasca at New Life just amplified it for me. If I was to drink Ayahuasca again, I wouldn’t think twice about returning to New Life.
Karolee Kearns Schloth March 07, 2017
Janae is a wonderful yoga instructor and great support at the center. She gets you whatever you need and truly cares about your experience.
Gail Bradbrook January 12, 2017
I visited New Life in March 2016. I felt very safe, held and looked after, whilst being given the space for my own process to unfold. Jeanae is kind, friendly, helpful and attentive as well as being knowledgeable. She works well with her team. I have done many therapies in my life. This one truly did change it. Thank you!
Sara Zahava Thornton January 12, 2017
I had the pleasure of spending a week at Jeanae and Matt's retreat, New Life Ayahuasca, in San Ramon. Right away I was drawn to Jeanae's kindred personality. Maybe it's her consistent smile, or willingness to listen before speaking or even her harmonious vibe that she exudes that makes her special. What I know is..she's sincere. She wants to see people heal and transcend their challenges, whatever they may be. Be it drug addiction, childhood trama, self inflicted pain, etc. She wants you to face your greatest fears head on and she's willing to be by your side in that process. She is a shining example of what bravery is.