Jeanae White

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About The Teacher

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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  • Zaheer Nrejo   February 25, 2020

      Start of a whole new life!

    The name new life is appropriate because after going here i feel like I’m starting a whole new life with a blank slate. Matt, Jennae and drew are some of the most genuine caring people who I’ve met in my entire life. A couple of things that set new life apart from other retreats is the private rooms and small group size. I can’t imagine sharing a room after going through a ceremony as there’s a lot to process and by the end of the retreat our group was like a family. Everything is perfect from the delicious food made by jennae, to the waterfall excursion with drew, to the ceremony itself led by Matt. Matt is a legit shaman who secures the space with sacred tobacco and channels the spirit of the medicine. I felt extremely safe and cared for through out the ceremony and the entire retreat. I hope to be back again in the future when mama aya comes calling.

  • Alexander V. Kuhn   December 12, 2019

      Beautiful & Humbling Experience!

    I attended the 7 day retreat at New Life Ayahuasca. I had a wonderful and transformational experience with Matt, Jeanae and Drew. They made my first Ayahuasca experience very humble and safe. The meals were amazing. Im vegan and mostly gluten free and I was always accommodated. The food is super healthy and fresh. Jeanae lead super relaxing yoga classes the morning of each of the three Ayahuasca ceremonies. The massage with Fernando was truly my best massage I ever had so I booked him again for later in the week. The trip to the waterfall was a welcoming break too. I saw my first blue morpho butterfly. Every night the team setup a fire overlooking the rainforest towards the ocean. I loved the clear sight of the stars and the moon. It was so clear and purifying. The property is on 16 acres and has plenty of trails at 3500 ft elevation. The hot tub and pool are just great and available 24/7. I opted for a private room despite having come down with my partner. There are options to stay in a room together as well. I found it very important to have my own private space to reflect and process each ceremony by myself. The total group is 9 people max and it felt just right. I felt very close with each participant towards the end of the week. The retreat felt very homie and not like a resort or hotel. I thought I was walking in my own living room. The three cats on the property make for extra entertainment. Matt and Jeanae are very humble and loving and are openly sharing their own transformation. I felt very taken care of. The pickup from the airport is very easy too. If you are not a well traveled person, you will be just fine. I hope to be back very soon. Ayahuasca definitely impacted my life and Im glad I experienced it with New Life Ayahuasca. I can only recommend them to anybody. Pura Vida!

  • Catherine DeMartino   September 03, 2019


    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.

  • Renee   July 07, 2019

      Best Retreat Ever!

    There could not have been a better or more beautiful place in Costa Rica for me to embark on this amazing journey. It is so peaceful with everything I needed to be comfortable being this was my first experience with Ayahuasca and Kambo plant medicines. I had my own room and my own private bathroom as well as many cozy spaces to relax, read or journal. They only allow small groups here and also provide nice areas to sit together to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets, watch the blanket of stars or to talk around a bonfire. Matt and Jeanae are so gentle, informative and supportive. I will be forever grateful to them for providing me with this opportunity to find truth, healing and guidance. The healthy meals were delicious and nourishing, the yoga classes seemed to be exactly what I needed and the ceremonies provided me with all the tools I was looking for to continue my journey. My seven day retreat was everything I hoped for and more!

  • Joy Davis   November 30, 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:)

  • NgaNga M   June 28, 2018

      Great Food, Beautiful Vibe, Awesome Time

    First of all, I just want to say...Jeanae, please write a cookbook! I was here in June 2018 and had the most amazing time. The food was great, it gave me hope that I can transition into being a complete vegetarian without missing out on so much. Each meal was really tasty. Thanks Jeanae for yoga to aid with our ceremonies. It was highly needed and helpful. Jeanae also helped during the ceremony as a facilitator. I am looking forward to returning for a 7 day ceremony this time! -Grateful-

  • Leila Khazen   June 05, 2018

      Jeanae is the heart of the retreat

    I'm so glad Jeanae was there during my experience, I could really feel her support and love and I felt safe knowing she was there to help me if I needed it. Her yoga classes were great too and my favorite was her flute playing!! It was so blissful during the ceremony, I loved it.

  • sean shaw   February 20, 2018

      new life ayahuasca/ jeanae

    Jeanae is a very genuine, sincere, awesome person. She makes you feel right at home during your stay. She plays a very unique native american flute during the ceremony which can gently guide you back to a peaceful state of mind after intense powerful moments. Her presence is protective during the ceremony, thank you!

  • Casey Combs   February 19, 2018

      New Life Ayahuasca

    Jeanae made me feel so comfortable at New Life. She is a great cook, very accommodating, and went easy on us beginners in yoga! She was always willing to answer questions and be open about her experiences. I've been home for 48 hours and would go back right now if I could!

  • Kyle Mathews   February 07, 2018

      Thank you Jeanae

    Jeanae is a great person, leads killer yoga sessions, and did an amazing job with everything at the retreat.

  • Tim   December 18, 2017

      New Life Ayahuasca

    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. The yoga classes lead by Jeanae were also an important part of the week and much appreciated! 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

  • Misha   July 28, 2017

      Jeanea is awesome

    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

      A comforting soul

    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

      Open Hearted

    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

      Friendly, helpful, attentive

    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

      Kindred Personality

    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.

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