The Fundamentals of Psychedelics - Second Edition

Second Edition Rightful Responsibility: The Role of Ethical, Embodied, Educated
Practitioners as Access Expands
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With Access to Legal Psychedelic Therapy 
Rapidly Expanding the Need to Prioritize Safety 
and Reduce Risk is Imperative

Are You Personally and Professionally Prepared to 
Meet the Moment and Help Ensure the Ethical 
Implementation of Psychedelic Care?

Psychedelics are on the precipice of mainstream access. 

 

After decades of stigma, misunderstanding, prohibition, and limits on scientific progress, modern research has begun re-exploring psychedelics’ therapeutic potential for a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, addiction, PTSD, eating disorders, grief, and end-of-life issues.

 

While this research is still emerging, a variety of studies have demonstrated that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and psychedelic-assisted retreat models can yield positive outcomes. One or two psychedelic experiences, embedded within a relatively short psychotherapeutic trajectory or undertaken in community, might result in unparalleled levels of symptom reduction.

 

As these powerful substances become widely available to an increasing number of people, we are approaching a historically unprecedented and crucial juncture, potent with possibility yet fragile in its infancy: With access comes the need for accountability, and as the pace of mainstream access accelerates, the imperative has never been greater to align safety, equity, ethics, and best practices to ensure we responsibly realize the potential of psychedelics without mistaking them for a panacea, rushing services with existing gaps in competency, or proceeding with a lack of reverence for the complex depths of our unconscious.

 

Emphasizing the importance of having proficient practitioners prepared to meet the moment is a critical component to responsibly mitigating the risks associated with psychedelic-supported care. Yet, approaches to educating ethical, embodied, experienced practitioners vary widely, regulatory requirements are currently scarce and scattered, and best practices are only just beginning to be established. With such a vast range of potential experiences that can occur when psychedelics are present, determining what qualifies someone to support others through a psychedelic journey remains an ongoing conversation

The Necessity to Define — and Continually 
Redefine — the Personal and Professional Skills 
a Psychedelic Practitioner Must Possess 
to Prioritize Safety is Immense

Different approaches to psychedelic care beget different kinds of training, but practitioners must also understand legal requirements and embody certain ethical standards beyond the core competencies

 

As a result, there is a growing urgency for therapists and practitioners trained in best practices from an interdisciplinary perspective to mitigate risk, reduce harm, and ensure positive short-term and long-term participant outcomes. 

 

That’s why the Synthesis Institute, in partnership with some of the world’s foremost scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders, has created the second edition of The Fundamentals of Psychedelics — Rightful Responsibility: The Role of Ethical, Embodied, Educated Practitioners as Access Expands to give both aspiring and established psychedelic practitioners an essential foundation for working with psychedelics within and outside of therapeutic models.

Be Part of a New Era for Therapeutics by Joining
Some of the World’s Most Experienced Psychedelic
Professionals, Alongside Synthesis Collaborators and
Faculty for a Foundational Training
in the Critical Components of Psychedelic Care

Here’s What Participants Are Saying About The Fundamentals of Psychedelics

Meg

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Registered Nurse / Postdoc Researcher

"This conference was a deeply intentional immersive experience. More than strictly providing knowledge (which there was plenty of!) I felt a sense that I was on a journey with the speakers and that we were all important aspects of the journey. I learned so much about psychedelic-assisted therapy, saw the potential for a cultural shift toward Wholeness, and reconnected with my purpose."

Nathan

Nathan Minimalist, Climate Coach Psychonaut

Minimalist, Climate Coach and Psychonaut

"This conference was the highlight of the year for me and confirmation that I want to start as a professional in this field of work. It was a beautiful way to learn about the foundation of psychedelic practices."

Kris S.

Kris

Embodied Integration Coach

“Synthesis is the complete package. An incredible team of highly-qualified, intelligent, forward thinkers. The conference unveiled new ideas, solidified others and introduced me to an interesting and exciting community.  I am hooked on Synthesis and look forward to this modern school of learning!”

Marcus Williams

2019 Marcus Williams-1

Coach

"Synthesis has had a profound impact on the way I approach my coaching work. This conference is a great way to learn, find allies and participate in a transformational movement."

Deborah Miller

Deborah Miller

Licensed Psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner

“It would be hard to imagine a psychedelic training program of higher quality or greater breadth and depth than that of The Synthesis Institute. Where else would you find sitting at the same table in consultation a Zen master, a shaman, a sociologist/philosopher, a psychiatrist, an economist, an academic researcher, clinical psychologists, and extremely experienced laypeople who have been guiding psychedelic journeys for decades? Every single presentation was exceptionally thought-provoking and solid.”

Mark J.

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

"This was an extremely informative, well-run, well-organized online offering on the emerging field of psychedelic care."

Join Leading Experts Including

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DR. ANTHONY BACK Professor of Medicine, University of Washington

Dr. Anthony Back is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He was educated at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and did his postgraduate medical training at the University of Washington in Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His research into patient-oncologist communication, which was funded by the National Cancer Institute and numerous other foundations, led to the founding of VitalTalk, a 501c3 with the mission of disseminating communication skill training to doctors and nurses who care for patients with a serious illness and their families. His work has been recognized by the American Cancer Society with the Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award, and by the American Society of Clinical Oncology with the first Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care Award. In 2018, Dr. Back turned his attention to psychedelic therapy, writing what remains the only first person account by a physician of a guided psychedelic experience to be published in a medical journal (“What Psilocybin Taught Me About Dying”). He is now conducting the first clinical trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for doctors and nurses with symptoms of depression and burnout associated with their frontline work in the COVID pandemic, funded by the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

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DR. ALEX BELSER Psychologist, Chief Clinical Officer at Cybin, and Investigator at Yale University

Dr. Alex Belser is a licensed psychologist and psychedelic researcher focused on clinical benefits of psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and DMT therapies. At Yale, Dr. Belser is investigating a psychedelic treatment for OCD. He is the Chief Clinical Officer of Cybin, where he directs clinical programs in psychedelic therapies. He is the founding President of Nautilus Sanctuary, the first non-profit center for psychedelic medicine on the east coast. His research has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, in the Atlantic, the New Yorker, The Guardian, Rolling Stone Magazine, and in Michael Pollan's book, How to Change Your Mind. Dr. Belser has focused on psychedelic training and therapy; he teaches in multiple psychedelic clinical training programs. He is the co-creator a new model of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy called EMBARK. His recent edited book: Queering Psychedelics: From Oppression to Liberation, charts the intersection of LGBTQIA+ people and psychedelic consciousness. Dr. Belser studied at Georgetown University, the University of Cambridge, Columbia University, NYU, and Yale University. He is a student of somatic practices and is a licensed kundalini and hatha yoga teacher. His writing is available at http://alexbelser.com. His private practice site is http://centerforbreakthroughs.com.

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LIA MIX, LMFT CEO OF DELPHI

Lia Mix, LMFT, CEO, is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in multicultural populations. She earned her Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research (CPTR) from the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2016. Lia is a systems-thinker who has helped establish the core infrastructure for psychedelic-assisted therapy to be implemented into the US healthcare system on a trajectory towards achieving health insurance coverage post-FDA approval. Lia works directly with regulators and leadership in the psychedelic ecosystem to help ensure psychedelics are made available safely and affordably for all who can benefit from them. She is currently the CEO of Delphi, a consulting firm focused on this core mission. Lia is dedicated to a path of inner healing in service to the collective consciousness.

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JULIAN VAYNE Independent scholar and author

Julian Vayne is a British independent scholar and author with over three decades of experience within esoteric culture: from Druidry to Chaos Magic, from indigenous Shamanism through to Freemasonry and Witchcraft. Julian is the author of books, essays, journals and articles in both the academic and esoteric press. He is a co-organizer of the psychedelic conference Breaking Convention, sits on the academic board of The Journal of Psychedelic Studies, and has been a visiting lecturer at several British universities. Julian facilitates psychedelic ceremony, as well as providing one-to-one psychedelic integration sessions and support. He is the author of the celebrated Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony. 

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DR. ANJA LOIZAGA-VELDER Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist

Dr. Anja Loizaga-Velder is a German-Mexican clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, with a humanistic and transpersonal orientation. Parallel to her psychotherapeutic practice Anja has been collaborating with indigenous healers and investigating the therapeutic potential of the ritual use of psychedelic plants for over 25 years.

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SIMONE WEIT LPCC/LPC Psychedelic Assisted Therapist and Synthesis Learning Facilitator

Simone Weit LPCC/LPC is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in both somatic and psychedelic-assisted therapy. Having received a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in somatic psychotherapy, Simone has served clients in juvenile justice, community behavioral health, crisis stabilization in a hospital setting, and private practice including running a Ketamine therapy practice. Simone has also developed and taught a trauma-informed yoga program for incarcerated girls and women, provided somatic therapies to clients at the Iboga Therapy House in British Columbia, and worked as a supervisor for the Zendo project. In addition to her professional work, Simone has also completed the MDMA Assisted Therapy training through MAPS and received training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through the Polaris Insight Center. Additional experience includes 20 years of working with and learning from Maestros in Peruvian plant medicine traditions. Simone is also a recognized visionary artist and a member of the Tribe 13 artist’s collective.

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Plus, other top thought leaders in this burgeoning field.

As we gather for a virtual professional conference on the leading edge of psychedelic care as informed by clinical research, wisdom traditions, and the Synthesis Institute’s own experience guiding over 1,000 individuals through psychedelic-supported retreat programs since 2018.

Synthesis Institute’s Fundamentals of Psychedelics — Second Edition invites you to experience powerful practices to support your personal growth, explore the critical core competencies required to offer psychedelic care, learn the essentials of working safely and ethically with psychedelics within and outside of therapeutic models, and discover a meaningful professional path that will allow you to begin supporting others through psychedelic-supported care.

IN THIS LIVE, ONLINE CONFERENCE, YOU WILL:

  • Explore the current challenges arising in the contemporary psychedelic ecosystem and how we can begin to meet these through the training of future psychedelic facilitators
  • Identify the accountability and safety gaps now visible as the pace of mainstream access to psychedelics accelerates and the crucial role best practices and protocols must play within both established and emerging frameworks for safety, belonging, and personal growth
  • Discover the critical role various personal self-care and integration practices play in the lives of skilled psychedelic practitioners and immerse yourself in some of these during professionally facilitated group sessions that open and close each day of the conference
  • Reflect on the universal experience of gaps between the idealized and realized self and how it can help us cultivate ethical structures informed by compassion — and self-compassion 
  • Explore some of the potential legal, ethical, and health risks associated with psychedelics and psychedelic care and the function of assessing readiness as a foundational safety practice and necessary first step of any psychedelic journey
  • Recognize the essential need to hold space for others during psychedelic experiences and how best practices from palliative and hospice care can connect, inform, and relate to psychedelic care
  • Gain an appreciation for the imperative to set healthy expectations and boundaries when supporting clients preparing for and integrating psychedelic experiences and how the refinement of a shared language around preparation, care, and integration can help  
  • Realize the importance of attuning to the different ways people make meaning, and deepen your understanding of ritual and ceremony as a scaffolding for meaning-making 
  • Connect with a growing international community of professionals and practitioners — including top scholars and thought leaders — dedicated to advancing the field of contemporary, legal psychedelic care 

Whether you want to enhance your existing skills through an interdisciplinary lens, seek to support your clients in their journey with psychedelics, or aspire to specialize in psychedelic care, The Fundamentals of Psychedelics — Second Edition provides those at all levels of psychedelic education and experience with an overview of the foundational knowledge and practices required to be an ethical, embodied, educated psychedelic practitioner. 

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHEDELICS - SECOND EDITION

Conference Schedule

DAY ONE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
8 AM - 1 PM PST / 11 AM - 4pm EST / 5 PM - 11 PM CET

Chris Luard

Opening Practice

with Chris Luard

Initiating the Journey:
Inviting Presence through Participation

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Learning Facilitator and Mindfulness/Meditation Facilitator Christopher Luard has been studying and practicing various forms of meditation for over thirty five years. He has received formal training in Korean and Japanese Zen; Mahamudra and Dzochen from the Tibetan traditions, Vipassana from the Theravada Burmese tradition, and Vedanta from the Hindu tradition. In addition to these trainings, Chris had studied extensively within more modern traditions such as Secular Dharma, Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, Neuroplasticity, and MBSR. Upon witnessing the tragic events of Sept 11th, 2001 in Manhattan, Chris dedicated his life to the study and teaching of contemplative practices. He teaches from a secular voice and is committed to bringing these timeless teachings to all whom wish to receive. Chris has facilitated in centers in Portugal, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, USA, and the U.K. and continues to live and teach in Thailand.



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Workshop One: Lia Mix

Anticipating Access, Acknowledging Accountability: An Overview of Current and Emerging Regulatory Frameworks for Psychedelic Care

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Lia Mix, LMFT, CEO, is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in multicultural populations. She earned her Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research (CPTR) from the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2016. Lia is a systems-thinker who has helped establish the core infrastructure for psychedelic-assisted therapy to be implemented into the US healthcare system on a trajectory towards achieving health insurance coverage post-FDA approval. Lia works directly with regulators and leadership in the psychedelic ecosystem to help ensure psychedelics are made available safely and affordably for all who can benefit from them. She is currently the CEO of Delphi, a consulting firm focused on this core mission. Lia is dedicated to a path of inner healing in service to the collective consciousness.



Alex Belser

Workshop Two: Dr. Alex Belser

Identifying Opportunity, Accepting Challenges: An Investigation of Emerging Best Practices in the Training of Psychedelic Facilitators

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Dr. Alex Belser is a licensed psychologist and psychedelic researcher focused on clinical benefits of psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and DMT therapies. At Yale, Dr. Belser is investigating a psychedelic treatment for OCD. He is the Chief Clinical Officer of Cybin, where he directs clinical programs in psychedelic therapies. He is the founding President of Nautilus Sanctuary, the first non-profit center for psychedelic medicine on the east coast. His research has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, in the Atlantic, the New Yorker, The Guardian, Rolling Stone Magazine, and in Michael Pollan's book, How to Change Your Mind. Dr. Belser has focused on psychedelic training and therapy; he teaches in multiple psychedelic clinical training programs. He is the co-creator a new model of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy called EMBARK. His recent edited book: Queering Psychedelics: From Oppression to Liberation, charts the intersection of LGBTQIA+ people and psychedelic consciousness. Dr. Belser studied at Georgetown University, the University of Cambridge, Columbia University, NYU, and Yale University. He is a student of somatic practices and is a licensed kundalini and hatha yoga teacher. His writing is available at http://alexbelser.com. His private practice site is http://centerforbreakthroughs.com.



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Workshop Three: Dr. Anthony Back

Respecting the Need for Rigor, Centering Compassion in Care: An Exploration of Core Competencies of Psychedelic Practitioners

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Dr. Anthony Back is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He was educated at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and did his postgraduate medical training at the University of Washington in Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His research into patient-oncologist communication, which was funded by the National Cancer Institute and numerous other foundations, led to the founding of VitalTalk, a 501c3 with the mission of disseminating communication skill training to doctors and nurses who care for patients with a serious illness and their families. His work has been recognized by the American Cancer Society with the Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award and by the American Society of Clinical Oncology with the first Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care Award. In 2018, Dr. Back turned his attention to psychedelic therapy, writing what remains the only first-person account by a physician of a guided psychedelic experience to be published in a medical journal (“What Psilocybin Taught Me About Dying”). He is now conducting the first clinical trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for doctors and nurses with symptoms of depression and burnout associated with their frontline work in the COVID pandemic, funded by the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation.



Mina

Closing Practice

with Mina Samuels

Embracing the Complexity:
Bringing all your “Parts” into Awareness

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Mina Samuels is a writer, speaker, playwright and performer, and in a previous incarnation, a litigation lawyer and human rights advocate; as well as an athlete and meditation practitioner. She is also a Learning Facilitator in The Synthesis Institute’s Psychedelic Practitioner Training program. She is trained in Non-Violent Communication and Internal Family Systems and combines these disciplines with her creative and embodied practices to offer workshops and one-on-one facilitations on the transformative power of the body-mind connection and how it nourishes our whole self. Her books include, Run Like A Girl 365 Days: A Practical, Personal, Inspirational Guide for Women Athletes and Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives and she writes regularly for Medium and Fit Is A Feminist Issue. She has also created and performed two award-winning solo shows and an ensemble play.



DAY TWO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH
8 AM - 1 PM PST / 11 AM - 4pm EST / 5 PM - 11 PM CET

Allen Goodwin

Opening Practice

with Dr. Allen Goodwin

De-Centering your Perspective:
First, Be a Good Animal

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Dr. Allen Goodwin (BSc (Hons), Ph.D.) is a Neuroscientist & Shamanic Practitioner who has spent the last twenty years as a full-time senior University lecturer in Psychology, focusing mainly on the areas of Research Methods and Statistics, Neuroscience, and Visual Perception. He has received numerous prestigious university inspirational teaching awards and is a contract-published author. His animistic perspective has resulted in over thirty years of Druidic and Shamanic Practice. In all his work, he aims to facilitate a greater connection for his clients to develop their sense of connection to their true self and their sense of place within their own lives. His work is all about empowering the client, gently helping to restore their own link to their spiritual power, thereby restoring balance, peace, and harmony. 



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Workshop Four: Dr. Léla Mosemghvdlishvili

Cultivating Self-Compassion, Opening to Interconnection: An Invitation to Explore the Shadow

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Dr. Léla Mosemghvdlishvili is a transformative educator working at the intersection of academia, wisdom traditions, and embodied practices. Lela has served as a board member of the Amsterdam Psychedelic Research Association (APRA) since 2017. At the University of Amsterdam, they designed an interdisciplinary elective project called Critical Issues in Psychedelic Renaissance. A notable part of Lela's life is devoted to the ongoing study and practice of Maha and Ati Yoga, experiential dancing, and regular silent retreats for introspection. They are also an authorized Feeding Your Demons® facilitator and meditation teacher.



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Workshop Five: Dr. Stephanie van Hope

Nursing Grief, Embracing Transformation: An Inquiry Into What Death and Dying Can Teach us about Psychedelics

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Dr. Stephanie Van Hope, RN, DNP is a registered nurse, certified nurse coach and doctor of nursing practice. She graduated with a DNP in the specialty of Integrative Health and Healing from the University of Minnesota in 2019. Stephanie has worked as a nurse for the last 12 years in the areas of oncology, hospice, health coaching, and education. In 2011 she served as a study guide for NYU’s Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety project, guiding cancer patients through psychedelic journeys with psilocybin. In 2021 she founded a continuing education course for nurses entitled Nursing & Sacred Medicine: Introduction to Psychedelic Therapy. She is a Reiki practitioner and a student of yoga, meditation, shamanic healing, astrology, plant medicine, music and dance, and the sacred traditions of many faiths. She currently resides with her husband and son in an intentional community in the Catskills region of New York



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Workshop Six: Simone Weit

Attunement and Intentionality: Responsible Use of The Power of Language and Sound in Psychedelic Facilitation

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Simone Weit LPCC/LPC is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in both somatic and psychedelic-assisted therapy. Having received a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in somatic psychotherapy, Simone has served clients in juvenile justice, community behavioral health, crisis stabilization in a hospital setting, and private practice including running a Ketamine therapy practice. Simone has also developed and taught a trauma-informed yoga program for incarcerated girls and women, provided somatic therapies to clients at the Iboga Therapy House in British Columbia, and worked as a supervisor for the Zendo project. In addition to her professional work, Simone has also completed the MDMA Assisted Therapy training through MAPS and received training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through the Polaris Insight Center. Additional experience includes 20 years of working with and learning from Maestros in Peruvian plant medicine traditions. Simone is also a recognized visionary artist and a member of the Tribe 13 artist’s collective.



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Closing Practice

Dr. Léla Mosemghvdlishvili

Resting in Your Innate Wisdom

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Dr. L. (Lela) Mosemghvdlishvili is a transformative educator working at the intersection of academia, wisdom traditions, and embodied practices. Lela has served as a board member of the Amsterdam Psychedelic Research Association (APRA) since 2017. At the University of Amsterdam, they designed an interdisciplinary elective project called Critical Issues in Psychedelic Renaissance. A notable part of Lela's life is devoted to the ongoing study and practice of Maha and Ati Yoga, experiential dancing, and regular silent retreats for introspection. They are also an authorized Feeding Your Demons® facilitator and meditation teacher.



DAY THREE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH
8 AM - 1 PM PST / 11 AM - 4pm EST / 5 PM - 11 PM CET

Vinhu Kera

Opening Practice

with Vibhu Khera

Resting in the Infinite:
Opening the Heart and Expanding the Soul

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Vibhu Khera is an educator, meditation teacher, and transpersonal therapist trained in Meta-cognitive awareness, NLP, Emotional therapy, Yogic science, and Mindfulness. Vibhu Khera helps people achieve emotional coherence, reclaim their minds, cultivate their inner space, and expand their consciousness.



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Workshop Seven: Dr. Anja Loizaga-Velder

Honoring Indigenous Wisdom, Integrating Clinical Thinking: A Perspective on Many Ways of Knowing

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Dr. Anja Loizaga-Velder is a German-Mexican clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, with a humanistic and transpersonal orientation. Parallel to her psychotherapeutic practice Anja has been collaborating with indigenous healers and investigating the therapeutic potential of the ritual use of psychedelic plants for over 25 years.



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Workshop Eight: Julian Vayne

Magical Things: Ceremonial Technology, Metaphor, and Transformation

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Julian Vayne is a British independent scholar and author with over three decades of experience within esoteric culture: from Druidry to Chaos Magic, from indigenous Shamanism through to Freemasonry and Witchcraft. Julian is the author of books, essays, journals, and articles in both the academic and esoteric press. He is a co-organizer of the psychedelic conference Breaking Convention, sits on the academic board of The Journal of Psychedelic Studies, and has been a visiting lecturer at several British universities. Julian facilitates psychedelic ceremony, as well as providing one-to-one psychedelic integration sessions and support. He is the author of the celebrated Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony. 



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Workshop Nine: Rev. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj

Empowering the Apprentice, Embodying the Wisdom: A Reflection on Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Monastic Practice

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Rev. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, is a Zen priest in the tradition of Zen Buddhism, and a Dharma heir of the late John Daido Loori, Roshi. Ryushin Sensei was the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Born in Warsaw, Poland, he immigrated to the United States in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Yale University in 1976 and his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1980. He worked first as a pediatrician in Portland, Maine, later serving in the US Navy as a physician for three years. He then returned to Albany for postgraduate training in psychiatry. After completing his residency, he served as medical director for a community psychiatric outreach program, the Mobile Crisis Team, which served Albany County’s disenfranchised and homeless population. He entered full-time residential training at the Monastery in 1992. In addition to his roles as the Monastery’s abbot and director of operations, he explored contemplative practices in higher education, collaborating with several liberal arts educators and administrators in the Northeast to look at ways for college students to engage in religious practice as part of their education. He has been practicing Buddhism since 1983. Since 2014, he has been rigorously exploring and training in ayahuasca ceremonies in various traditions, guided by several teachers. Drawing on his background as a physician and psychiatrist, Ryushin’s infectious interest and thorough training in the workings of the mind and compassionate expression of unconditional love, combined with his skill at translating complex concepts into the accessible, everyday language, characterize his unique teaching style.



Nikolaj

Closing Practice

Nikolaj Knub

Completing the Journey:
A Return Home to the Heart

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Nikolaj Knub is a philosopher and jungian psychotherapist based in Copenhagen. Besides offering individual therapy he facilitates workshops and offers rituals with ceremonial cacao and the use of active imagination. Currently Nikolaj is pursuing a long standing passion for eco-psychology and experimenting with ways in which to bring therapeutic practices out of the consulting room and into the wild



CONFERENCE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

When you register, you’ll receive everything you need to take full advantage of this digital education, including:

  • Nine (9) 60-Minute Expert-Led Live Online Workshops (including Q&A)
  • Six (6) 30-Minute Facilitated Practice Sessions that open and close each day of the conference and support the embodied and communal experience of multiple modalities
  • Lifetime Access to All Conference Content — including audio and video recordings of all workshops and sessions via The Fundamentals of Psychedelics online learning platform
  • An Exclusive Invitation to a Private and Professionally Moderated Discussion Forum — where you can connect with other like-minded professionals, share best practices, and ask and answer questions

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHEDELICS - SECOND EDITION

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EXCLUSIVE BONUS

Register by Sunday, February 12th, and Receive:

The Fundamentals of Psychedelics Continuing the Conversation 

A LIVE Post-Conference Integration, Debrief, and Q&A Series ($147 value)

 

In this LIVE and interactive three-session bonus series featuring workshop presenters from The Fundamentals of Psychedelics — Second Edition, you’re invited to continue the conversations started during the conference, only in a smaller, more intimate group to foster deeper connections, prompt further insights, and support enhanced integration.

 

The 90-minute LIVE and interactive post-conference sessions will be hosted by Daan Keiman, Director of Program Development and Lead Facilitator for the Synthesis Institute, and feature conference participants Dr. Tony Back, Stephanie van Hope and Julian Vayne. Each session will include a short practice, a facilitated conversation, and an interactive Q&A.

 

Continuing the Conversation — Session One featuring Dr. Tony Back 
Navigating the Landscape and Associated Challenges with 
Training the Next Generation of Psychedelic Practitioners

Continuing the Conversation — Session Two featuring Stephanie van Hope 
Core Competencies for Psychedelic Practitioners and How to Cultivate Them

Continuing the Conversation — Session Three featuring Julian Vayne
Embodying Many Ways of Knowing as a Path to Ongoing Training and Development

 

To receive access to Continuing the Conversation, the bonus three-part post-conference series ($147 value), at no additional cost, just register for The Fundamentals of Psychedelics — Second Edition by Sunday, February 12th

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"If you care about inner work and healing and want to be at the forefront of what is hopeful, genuinely effective and kind, this may well be your tribe. Wise, experienced, inclusive and holistic theory, practice, ethics and self / relational development . I have learned so much and am so excited and optimistic after a life’s career in mental health ‘and the world is getting worse’. And people are getting more distressed! Could this be a turning point?"

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Mental Health Clinician/Therapist, Associate Clinical Social Worker

"My experience was that this conference is an incredible and informative way to connect with other passionate professionals and learn a great deal of information about different approaches to ethical and effective uses of psychedelics for the betterment of individual wellbeing, community care, and global healing. I completed this conference with increased confidence in my understanding of psychedelics in healing professions, helpful connections with other brilliant minds doing this work, and a deeper connection to myself and the importance of my own inner work as it relates to my personal and professional self. The quality of the presenters and their materials was highly valuable, and the conference was organized incredibly well. I was so pleased with my experience. It felt worth the investment in every way."

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I have access to the second edition of The Fundamentals of Psychedelics once I register?

Your registration offers you lifetime access to the training materials.

What is the refund policy for this training?

We offer a no-questions-asked, full refund policy. You can register for The Fundamentals of Psychedelics - Second Edition at no risk. If, for any reason, you need to cancel your participation, simply email us at support@synthesisinstitute.com before 11:59 PM PT on Friday, February 17th, and we will issue you a refund, no questions asked. 

 

 

How does the Two-Payment-Plan work?

Our Two-Payment option allows you to split the tuition fee into two equal payments. The first payment will be charged upon enrollment, and the second will be charged 30 days later using the same payment method.