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Do You Want to Make a Profound Impact
on Others and Change the Paradigm of Mental Health?

If so, The Synthesis Institute’s Psychedelic Practitioner Training was designed for you.

Are you, like so many practitioners of health and wellbeing,
 frustrated by the minimal sustainable outcomes of conventional treatments, especially when working with clients who experience persistent challenges like addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma?

Are you excited by the research showing that psychedelics, when paired with professional guidance, offer enormous potential for deep transformation?

Perhaps you’ve considered facilitating psychedelic journeys for others, but you haven’t had access to the right training program for you. One that:

  • Is inclusive of licensed therapists as well as health and wellness practitioners of other modalities
  • Honors and explores many ways of knowing and working within the psychedelic field

  • Offers experiential-based learning with a multidisciplinary approach that includes science, academics, personal embodiment, wisdom traditions, and practical hands-on experience

  • Connects you to a larger group of people who share a commitment to moving beyond the current paradigm of mental healthcare, and toward a model of integrated psychedelic wellbeing

The Synthesis Institute invites you to The Psychedelic Practitioner Training: A 12-Month Professional Certification Program, a journey that is dedicated to honoring, exploring, and experiencing many ways of knowing and working within the psychedelic field. Our inaugural journey begins in April 2021.

Since 2018, The Synthesis Institute has guided more than 750 people in safe, legal psychedelic journeys. Our hands-on experience and successful track record speaks volumes about our methodology, which we’re excited to share with others who are ready to join us in this important work

Join us for a professional training that will change you and the paradigm of mental health care.

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Training with The Synthesis Institute Means Much More Than Just Adding Another Credential To Your Name

You, Yourself, Will Change, Allowing You To Relate To Your Clients On a Completely Different Level

At The Synthesis Institute, we know that to have full integrity in this work and complete confidence in the safety and effectiveness of your process, your own practice and inner transformation has to be a priority. 

What will differentiate you from graduates of other psychedelic training programs is that at The Synthesis Institute, you won’t just learn through a strictly cognitive and clinical approach. Your training will also be interdisciplinary and deeply experiential.

You will have the opportunity to experience the fullness of this medicine and continue your own transformational work. 

And you will be held in the level of compassion, care, and courage that the world needs you, as a practitioner, to embody.

This is a journey of not just healing but awakening to the potential every person has within themselves. 

Graduates will emerge:
  • Trained in the fundamentals of an integrative approach to guiding a client safely and ethically through their psychedelic journey, drawing on relevant clinical research and best-practices as well as long-established and emerging wisdom.

  • With a personal clarity about your capacities to hold space or assist in holding space for the wide range of experiences that can present themselves, using best practices from psychotherapy and wisdom traditions.

  • With a basic understanding of and experience in a range of therapeutic modalities and personal self-care practices that support the preparation and integration of the psychedelic journey.

  • Deeply grounded in your own personal psychedelic or healing journey, including ongoing embodied practices that in turn support your clients.

  • Equipped with a foundational understanding of the complexity of the screening process, including how to discern when psychedelic therapy is not right for a client and how to navigate that terrain.

  • Connected to the living laboratory of The Synthesis Institute and its international community of scholars and practitioners committed to stewarding advancements in integrated psychedelic health care and wellbeing worldwide.

  • Eligible for additional training(s) and certifications offered by The Synthesis Institute.

The Synthesis Institute’s Psychedelic Practitioner Training was designed to thoroughly orient you to the current leading-edge thinking and modalities associated with guiding clients through a safe and ethical psychedelic journey with truffles containing psilocybin in eight training modules plus a 10-day Immersive retreat.

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During this 12-month professional practitioner journey, you will be trained in:

  • An interdisciplinary approach to the current landscape of the psychedelic renaissance – inclusive of science, psychology, wisdom traditions, ecology, philosophy, and personal spiritual or secular practice.

  • The safe, ethical and best practices for practitioners – gleaned from The Synthesis Institutes’ ongoing hands-on experience guiding hundreds of clients through ceremonies using truffles containing psilocybin.

  • An understanding of the transpersonal and the different ways of knowing—and how to practice psychedelic therapy in a way that best supports your clients on their journeys.

  • Personal self-care practices to support your client and yourself – in a sustainable and integrated potentially healing or growth experience.

  • The basics of what a psychedelic ceremony entails.

  • The importance and opportunity of the integration phase – and how to prepare and support a client’s integration to deepen positive outcomes and increase the potential for long-term benefits of a psychedelic ceremony.

  • The opportunity to transform the world and the consciousness of our species – by advocating for mental health, wellness, and spiritual growth, and by supporting access for all.

  • The multiple avenues and ways to work within the psychedelic space – including collaborative opportunities made possible through Synthesis-facilitated strategic partnerships.

Here’s What Leaders in the Psychedelic Space Tell Us About Partnering with The Synthesis Institute

Dr. Rosalind Watts

Dr. Rosalind Watts Quote

PhD, Clinical Director, The Synthesis Institute

"Building a psychedelic therapy training program is about more than just teaching. We are building a community, a family, to midwife this new paradigm into being, together. At the heart of the Psychedelic Practitioner Training is a commitment to self-practice and apprenticeship; it includes an intensive immersive experience where we will dive into our deepest places in ceremony together. This work requires us to bring all of ourselves forward: our purpose, dedication, authenticity and vulnerability. We can only do that work properly when we feel safely held by a structure that honours our values. The Synthesis Institute is a family with integrity and it's very exciting that it's about to get so much bigger. I can't wait to meet the next generation.”

Bennet Zelner

Bennet Zelner Quote

Psychedelic Economist

"Psychedelic therapy has the potential to revolutionize mental healthcare, and the professional training offered by Synthesis promises to help realize this potential. In contrast to mainstream approaches Synthesis’s approach recognizes the critical role that connection plays in the production of well-being. The program also includes sessions on novel economic approaches to the delivery of care, which are critical to supporting the novel clinical approaches that Synthesis is helping to pioneer."

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris Quote

Founder of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London

“Scientific investigation into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics is vital for combating the mental health crisis. Legal, professionally-organised retreats and trainings like Synthesis offers can be a safe way for people to experience the transformational potential of psychedelics, and they can also be a great source of data for research centres like our own, helping to further advance the field. I'm excited to continue working alongside Synthesis to provide high-quality services and meaningful scientific research for the psychedelic community.”

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Psychedelic practitioner


A 12-Month Professional Certification Program
A 12-Month Training Overview

The Synthesis approach to understanding psychedelics and relating to the psychedelic journey consists of standing at the intersection of many ways of knowing. As such, our training is organized so that each monthly module consists of four tracks that reflect the four lenses or perspectives we are committed to training you within.

ManyWaysDiagram copyPerspective One: Scientific/Clinical. Through this perspective, you will explore and learn about the most up-to-date scientific research in the field of psychedelics and gain a thorough understanding of what is known about how psychedelics impact neurobiology and catalyze therapeutic outcomes. 

Perspective Two: Wisdom. Through this perspective, you will journey into the lineage of wisdom traditions to honor traditions and the practices, and gain insight into the many ways of knowing regarding psychedelics that are embedded in a more-than-human landscape and learn how to synthesize these time tested traditions into a modern therapeutic context. 

Perspective Three: Personal. Through this perspective you will come to understand that a solid commitment to personal growth and development is a prerequisite to doing this work as a professional. You will establish and/or enhance ongoing practices for self-reflection, examine your ethics, articulate your personal values, and deepen your appreciation for the many ways of learning and knowing.

Perspective Four: Professional. Through this perspective, you will become oriented to the best practices informed by both scientific and sacred approaches to holding space for a client’s journey. Through case study examples and experiential practices, you will shape your own unique professional mission statement synthesized from your exposure to the different frames and learn pragmatic tools and models to launch or grow your own psychedelic practice.  


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What You’ll Receive:
During this 12-month inaugural professional training, you’ll receive one content module of each perspective each month consisting of:
Weekly 90-Minute Teaching Sessions, each week corresponding to a fundamental perspective
Weekly 90-Minute Small Group Facilitated Integration Sessions, including small-group reflection, professional supervision, breathwork sessions and other group-facilitated practices to support integration
Monthly 60-Minute Live Interactive guest faculty bonus workshops plus Q&A featuring industry thought leaders and researchers on the leading edge of all aspects of the field
Weekly assignments and reading materials designed to support your active and engaged integration of knowledge and practices
Online small group peer support circles

Unique to The Synthesis Institute’s
Training: In Module Five, you will be
invited to participate in our inaugural
10-day Immersion experience

Immersion One*:
Thursday, December 9th - Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Immersion Two*:
Thursday, January 6th - Saturday, January 15th, 2022

The Netherlands
Specific Venue Location Details Forthcoming

*Attendance is required at one, 10-day retreat. You’ll be asked for your date preference after you're accepted into the training.

During this 10-day immersion experience, hosted by our sister organization in the Netherlands, you will experience firsthand as a client the best practices associated with a Synthesis-facilitated ceremony.

You’ll receive:

  • An immersive, first-hand experience of The Synthesis Institute’s best practices for psychedelic healing inside a safe, multimodal, multidisciplinary model

  • Personal experience with different doses of truffles containing psilocybin in two psychedelic ceremonies

  • An experiential understanding of the role that mystical experiences, connection to self, connection to others, and connection to nature plays in healing

NOTE: The experiential part of this program will be run by Synthesis Institute B.V., our Netherlands sister company. Payment for the immersive experience part of this program will be made separately and is payable to Synthesis Institute B.V.

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Your Program Faculty

Rosalind Watts Ph.D. Clinical Director of the Synthesis Institute and Former Clinical Lead of the Psilocybin for Depression Study at Imperial College London

Rosalind Watts, PhD, is clinical director of the Synthesis Institute and former clinical lead of the Psilocybin for Depression Study at Imperial College London. She is creator of the psychedelic therapy model Accept, Connect, Embody, Restore (ACER) and has a particular interest in the therapeutic role of nature and community as support for psychedelic therapy.

Alexander Belser Ph.D. Psychedelic Researcher and Licensed Psychologist at Yale University

Alex Belser, PhD, is a psychedelic researcher and licensed psychologist at Yale University. He is the founding president of Nautilus Sanctuary, a non-profit center for psychedelic medicine in New York City. His research has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and VICE.

Malynn Utzinger M.D. Director of Integrative Medicine and Co-Founder of Usona Institute

Malynn Utzinger, MD, is cofounder and director of integrative medicine at Usona Institute, a non-profit psychedelic medical research organization. She is also director of integrative practices for the international biotech company Promega. She combines her experience in medicine and research with contemplative and integrative approaches to mind-body health.

Camille Barton Director of the Collective Liberation Project and Somatics Educator

Camille Barton is an artist, writer, and cultural somatics educator working at the intersection of wellness, drug policy, and transformative justice. They are the director of the Collective Liberation Project, an advisor for MAPS, and the creator of a trauma informed approach to diversity and decolonization work that centres the body and lived experience.

Ryushin Marchaj Zen Teacher and Priest

Ryushin Marchaj, MD, a Zen teacher and priest, has nearly four decades of experience studying and teaching the Dharma. In 2014, he began a systematic study of the relationship between Buddhist teachings and ceremonial medicine use, primarily with ayahuasca and psilocybin.

Licia Sky Co-founder and the CEO of the Trauma Research Foundation

Licia is an Embodied Awareness Facilitator, artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use mindful meditation in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection. She is a regular instructor in trauma healing workshops at Kripalu, and Esalen. She has been teaching workshops on these subjects around the US, UK, Italy, Netherlands, China, the Middle East and New Zealand.

In the course of over 25 years of bodywork practice, she developed her methods of vocalizing for embodiment in physical and emotional healing when she began using her voice with her bodywork clients by vocalizing and toning – to help them release the constriction from repressed vocal expression. She found that breathing, toning and vocalizing led to profound beneficial changes of physical and emotional state. Liciasky.com

Daan Keiman Lead Facilitator and Director of Ethics and Advocacy at The Synthesis Institute

Daan Keiman is lead facilitator and director of ethics and advocacy at the Synthesis Institute and co-founder of Guild of Guides Netherlands. He has more than a decade of experience guiding and caring for people in altered states of consciousness and maintains a private practice as a Psychedelic Chaplain.

James Clifton Integral Psychotherapist and Lead Facilitator at The Synthesis Institute

James Clifton is the lead facilitator at the Synthesis Institute. With more than three decades of practice as an integral psychotherapist and counselor, he has extensive experience working with trauma, addiction, and non-ordinary states of consciousness, both in individuals and groups.

Rachel Aidan Chief Executive Officer at The Synthesis Institute

Rachel Aidan, M.Arts, is a serial entrepreneur, conscious business and leadership coach, speaker, and conscious social change facilitator with nearly 20 years of experience working with clients across the U.S., Europe, and East Africa. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in integral/transpersonal psychology.

Bennet Zelner Ph.D. Psychedelic Economist

Bennet Zelner, Ph.D., is associate professor of business and public policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and cofounder of the Transformative Capital Institute. He is a member of the board of advisors for The Synthesis Institute and also advises the Usona Institute, MAPS, and several other psychedelic research organizations.

Natasja Pelgrom Wellness Retreat Director at The Synthesis Institute

Natasja Pelgrom is the wellness retreat director at The Synthesis Institute. A highly intuitive and empathetic guide, she is trained in a number of modalities, including Reiki, ThetaHealing®, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She has assisted with and facilitated more than 500 psychedelic ceremonies.imentum.

Osiris Sinuhé González Romero PH.D. Professor and Researcher on the Philosophy of Psychedelics and Indigenous Knowledge

Osiris Sinuhé González Romero earned his PhD at Leiden University, in the Faculty of Archaeology – Heritage of Indigenous Peoples. In 2015 he was awarded the Coimbra Group Scholarship for Young Professors and Researchers from Latin American Universities. González Romero taught undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Philosophy (UNAM). 

Osiris is a founding member of Via Synapsis, an academic society focused on the organization of the University Congress of Psychoactive Substances hosted by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Faculty of Philosophy. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral researcher on cognitive freedom and psychedelic humanities at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include: philosophy of psychedelics, history of medicine, indigenous knowledge, decolonial theory, political philosophy, heritage studies, and aesthetics. He has been working on the book, New Essays on History and Philosophy of Psychedelics.

Sven Kimenai Co-Lead Facilitator & Breathwork Coach at The Synthesis Institute

Sven Kimenai is co-lead facilitator and breathwork coach at the Synthesis Institute. A highly intuitive, nature-centered adventurist with a background in psychobiology and supplement development, he is particularly interested in using techniques like breathwork and the Wim Hof Method as supports for psychedelic-based transformational healing.

Rachel Lovie PH.D. Nature-based rites-of-passage guide; Director of Education at The Synthesis Institute

Rachel Lovie Cert Ed., MA, MRes, Ph.D., is an experienced teacher and guide. Her Ph.D explored the centrality of many ways of knowing in transformational experience and learning. She is a member of the Wilderness Guides Council and is co-founder of Obsidian: Paths with Heart, an organisation offering psyche and nature workshops and retreats.

Jules Evans Author and Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London.

Jules Evans is research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, The Art of Losing Control, Holiday from the Self, and co-editor of Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency.

Christopher Timmermann PH.D. Neuroscientist and leading researcher at Imperial College London

Christopher Timmermann (PhD) obtained a BSc in Psychology in Santiago, Chile and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Bologna in Italy. He is based at Imperial College London at the Centre for Psychedelic Research, where he led the first neuroimaging research on the effects of the potent psychedelic DMT in the human brain and consciousness, as well as its potential clinical applications. His work focuses on the neuroscience, psychology, beliefs and ethics of the psychedelic experience. He is also a member of the international interdisciplinary group ALIUS and is the president of the Foundation for the Study of Human Consciousness (EcoH).

Norma Nakai Burton Shadow integration expert; Wisdom Track Guide at The Synthesis Institute

Norma Nakai Burton has always been a bridge builder between the practical worlds of social justice work and the mind expanding realms of evolutionary consciousness. With nine years of graduate training in depth psychology and comparative religions, ten years in Jungian analysis and 30 years as a trauma healing specialist, Norma brings a high level of expertise to the arena of human transformation. 

In her career Norma is an acknowledged leader and game changer, having held major leadership roles in her work life such as:  Executive Director of the National Headquarters of the Battered Women’s Movement, Executive Director of  the international headquarters of Thich Nhat Hahn’s  Buddhist Peace Fellowship. As Founder and CEO of the International Alliance for Spirit at Work, she directed large conferences and coached corporate CEO’s to bring spiritual- ethical principles into the world of work.

Eduardo Schenberg Ph.D. Psychedelic Neuroscientist

Eduardo Schenberg, PhD, charted a solid academic path in the interface between psychology, psychiatry and neurosciences. He has a degree in biomedicine and a masters in psychopharmacology from UNIFESP (Federal University of São Paulo), as well as a PhD in neurosciences from USP (University of São Paulo). Following his prize-winning post-doctoral research at UNIFESP and Imperial College, London, he began work to develop new psychiatric treatments. Eduardo also leads a neuroscientific study in partnership with the Huni Kui people in the amazon to bring together science and tradition in a respectful and symmetrical way. He is founder and President of the Phaneros Institute, a Brazilian non-profit pioneering clinical research on Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP) and training for health professionals, with over 500 registered students. 

Kile Ortigo PH.D. Clinical Psychologist, Psychedelic Psychotherapist and Writer

Kile Ortigo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, certified psychedelic psychotherapist, and founder of the Center for Existential Exploration, where he offers depth-oriented psychotherapy and psychedelic integration services. Outside of his clinical work and research, Dr. Ortigo serves on advisory boards of non-profit and for-profit organizations in the psychedelic space. After publishing several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on personality, trauma, diversity, and technology, Dr. Ortigo collaborated with his colleagues at Harvard, NYU, and the National Center for PTSD to co-author the 2nd edition of Treating Survivors of Childhood & Interpersonal Trauma: STAIR Narrative Therapy, released in June 2020. With support of several psychedelic experts and elders, Dr. Ortigo recently published his second book Beyond the Narrow Life in June 2021.

Mkali R. Carole PH.D. Founder of House of Sommeliers; Expert on African Ancestral traditions, Plant Medicines, and Non-Duality

Mkali Carole is the Holistic Sommelier, CEO and founder of the House of Sommeliers, an organization founded through her intense desire to reconnect humanity with Mother Earth through reestablishing sacredness in our everyday lives. 

Mkali hails from the Mother Continent, bringing ancient ways and lost knowledge imbued from her initiation at the age of 9. A Tribe (medicine) woman and ancestral modern Griot she seeks to educate, coach and mentor through the art of storytelling and embodiment.

In the walk of her life she has amassed over two decades of experience in the wellness field in many modalities, somatic bodywork, color therapy certification, MFR, Hypnosis, Energy work, etc. She is also a certified diplomat, Sacred Ceremony facilitator, Ecstatic Dance enthusiast and modest Intuitive DJ.

In addition to the above achievements, she holds a Ph.D, a couple of Masters degrees and is an ordained Reverend. However the titles/accomplishments she is most proud of are; Mom, Daughter and Wife.

Pedro Teixeira, Ph.D Director of Research for The Synthesis Institute

Pedro Teixeira holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Exercise Science, and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. He serves as Full Professor of Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Health at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics. 

Pedro's main research interests are the study of determinants of physical activity and weight control and the design and testing of behavior change interventions in the area of physical activity and healthy eating. He has published over 100 international peer-reviewed articles and has been an investigator in several NIH and EU-funded projects.

Since 2018, he has become interested in psychedelics and psychedelic science, and since January 2021 he serves as the Director of Research for the Synthesis Institute.

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Learning Mentors

Amber Amendola

Amber is a psychotherapist that brings over 10 years of health and wellness experience to her practice focused on the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Drawing upon her graduate work in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, her facilitator training in Transformational Breathwork, and her personal exploration of plant medicines, Amber specializes in empowering individuals and groups in preparing for, navigating and integrating psychedelic experiences.

Amber’s journey into healing began when she attended Dartmouth Medical School and gained firsthand insight into the critical gaps found in traditional medicine. Since then, she’s been on a quest to radically shift the way healthcare is defined and delivered. In addition to maintaining her private practice, Amber serves as a consultant and advisor to emerging companies in the psychedelic space.

Timothy Crespi

Timothy is a therapist working in the field of psychedelic harm reduction, therapy, and training programs. He lives in Portland Oregon where he runs a collective of practitioners called Somatic Center Portland. Timothy is on a team working toward launching MDMA assisted psychotherapy through the MAPS Expanded Access program. He is also involved in developing a training program for Psilocybin through his other organization called Solstice.

Karen Welch

Karen is a coach, mentor, group facilitator, shadow consultant, supervisor and embodiment practitioner at www.karendenisewelch.co.uk. Karen’s practice has been honed in the human potential movement. She integrates a life-long interest in wisdom and consciousness traditions in her practice. She is a guide for learning to ‘lean’ into the field of awareness to encourage lasting transformation. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from Surrey University.

Karen has a background as a Senior OD consultant working with business, media, government, local authority, health and third sector organizations in the UK and US for over 20 years. Karen has led numerous organisational reviews, culture change programmes, senior executive team buildings, management training programmes and large-scale staff participation events. Her practice then evolved to leadership coaching, ‘C suite’ team building and facilitating executive groups before setting up her business offering holistic coaching for the whole person.

Anja Loizaga-Velder

Anja Loizaga-Velder is a German-Mexican clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, with 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.

Dr. Adrian Harris

Adrian is an ecopsychologist and embodiment theorist. He has devoted his life to facilitating nature connection, drawing on spirituality, art, activism and academia. His PhD explored embodied knowing in Eco-Paganism and his MSc researched psychotherapy in nature. He subsequently trained in Experiential Focusing, a powerful bodymind approach to embodied wisdom.

Adrian has published work on ecotherapy, mindfulness, embodied knowing, and the power of place. He is Lead Editor of the European Journal of Ecopsychology. Adrian integrates ancient spiritual traditions with the latest research in ecopsychology to enrich and deepen our psychedelic journeys.

Philip Carr-Gomm

Philip is a writer and psychotherapist working with psychosynthesis, sophrology and mindfulness. After taking his psychology degree at UCL, he undertook Jungian analysis and training at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and later with the Sophrology Center. He is the founder of The Sophrology Institute, a non-executive director of the Institute of Psychosynthesis, and a member of the Advisory Circle for the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at George Washington University. His particular interests include the spiritual tradition of Druidry, and working with ways to integrate sophrology into coaching and psychotherapeutic practice.

Usona Institute Partners With Synthesis
The Synthesis Institute is excited to announce our collaboration with Usona. Through our mutual commitment to meet the growing demand for trained and licensed professionals, Synthesis and Usona are working together to develop training and education programs to serve a diverse population of future facilitators.

Usona Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit medical research organization dedicated to supporting research to further the understanding of the therapeutic effects of psilocybin and other consciousness-expanding medicines.
Professional Training Materials and Resources
  • Lifetime access to all training materials which include audio and video recordings of all training sessions, downloadable handouts per module, transcripts, assignments and other resources

  • An exclusive invitation to join the Practitioner Training Professional Community on our private and secure Practitioner Training Inner Circle inside the Synthesis Global Online Community

  • The Complete Psychedelic Practitioner Training Manual

  • Experience with The Synthesis Institute’s state of the art screening process, both as a client and facilitator

  • An invitation to the professional certification ceremony upon successful completion of the entire program including professional assessment

  • Training on and access to our gold-standard prep and integration processes

Our commitment is to offer CEs to participants in their field of expertise. As that is varied and broad, we are actively engaged in gaining accreditation and anticipate offering CEs in conjunction with this training.

Frequently asked questions

Who is this course designed for?

The Synthesis Institute is committed to making this training accessible to and inclusive of both licensed medical professionals and therapists and also practitioners of health and wellness in other modalities.

Do I need to be a credentialed therapist or life coach to apply for the training?

No. Our training is designed for both licensed and non-licensed practitioners. Our application process is open to and inclusive of all backgrounds and experiences.

Who are the instructors of this training program?

The Synthesis approach to understanding psychedelics and relating to the psychedelic journey honors many ways of knowing. As such, we’ve curated a full array of viewpoints, including outside guest faculty and our in-house team to support your comprehensive learning experience. Current faculty are:

Rosalind Watts, Ph.D.
Clinical Director of the Synthesis Institute and Former Clinical Lead of the Psilocybin for Depression Study at Imperial College London

Alex Belser, Ph.D.
Psychedelic Researcher and Licensed Psychologist at Yale University

Malynn Utzinger, M.D.
Director of Integrative Medicine and Co-Founder of Usona Institute

Bennet Zelner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the University of Maryland

Ryushin Marchaj
Zen Teacher and Priest

Camille Barton
Director of the Collective Liberation Project and Somatics Educator

Daan Keiman
Lead Facilitator and Director of Ethics and Advocacy at The Synthesis Institute

James Clifton
Integral Psychotherapist and Lead Facilitator at The Synthesis Institute

Rachel Aidan, Ph.D.
CEO at The Synthesis Institute

Natasja Pelgrom
Wellness Retreat Director at The Synthesis Institute

Sven Kimenai 
Co-Lead Facilitator & Breathwork Coach at The Synthesis Institute

Rachel Lovie Ph.D.
Nature-based rites-of-passage guide; Director of Education at The Synthesis Institute

Norma Nakai Burton Ph.D.
Shadow integration expert; Wisdom Track Guide at The Synthesis Institute

Jules Evans
Author and Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London.


In addition, we’re actively collaborating with the most diverse and 

impactful voices in the psychedelic space to round out the experience on our team. So you will see more guest faculty added to the list we’ve already shared.

How much time does the training require on a weekly and monthly basis?

We anticipate you will need to dedicate 10-12 hours a week/40-48 hours a month for class time and assignments. Ideally, you will also spend one hour a day in personal practices that are meaningful to you.

When and how are course completion certificates awarded?

Once you’ve completed the requirements of the program and demonstrate consistent ethical and professional integrity, including a final assessment, you will be awarded your certificate in a virtual completion ceremony circle.

How much will the training program cost?

Tuition for the Psychedelic Practitioner Training inclusive of the 10-day immersive experience is $18,000.

Where can I find all the details about the 10-day immersive experience?

The immersive experience is nestled in nature in the heart of the Netherlands where we’ll spend 10 days immersed in practices, preparation, group sessions, and integration circles. We will build on the best Synthesis Wellness and Therapy practices to guide you through a transformational journey in the context of becoming a facilitator.

Vegetarian meals tailored to your personal dietary requirements will be prepared by our in-house chefs.

Day-by-Day Overview:

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Ceremony
Day 3: Integration
Day 4: Ceremony
Day 5: Integration
Day 6: Ceremony
Day 7: Integration
Day 8: Ceremony
Day 9: Integration
Day 10: Closing

Sample Daily Schedule:

Morning Practice
Workshop 1: 9-10:30 a.m.
Body Break: 10:30 a.m. - 10:45
Workshop 1: 10:45 a.m. - Noon
Lunch: Noon - 1 p.m.
Free Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Workshop 2: 3:30 
Body Break: 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Workshop 3: 3:45 - 5 p.m.
Free Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.
Evening Workshop/Lectures
Evening Sauna

Is a health screening required to participate in the Psychedelic Practitioner Training 10-day immersion experience?

Synthesis is committed to providing the proper conditions for participation in the truffles containing psilocybin ceremonies. You will be required to pass a health screening to participate in the psychedelic ceremonies.

What happens if I don’t pass the health screening. Can I still participate in the 10-day immersion experience?

No. Given the Psychedelic Practitioner Training 10-day immersion experience is such an integral part of our training, if you do not pass the health screener, you’ll be unable to participate in the training. 

How do I pay for the immersion experience portion of this training separately from the digital education?

Your credit card can only be used to pay for the digital education component of this training. ($9,000 payable to Synthesis Digital, LLC.) The immersion portion of this training (held in the Netherlands), requires a separate payment (of $9,000) and will need to be made to Synthesis Institute B.V.

During your Psychedelic Practitioner Training Assessment, your Education Coordinator will be able to answer any additional questions you have about this payment process.

Do you have a payment plan?

Yes, payment plans are available. Please complete your application in full as the first step. A Synthesis Education Coordinator will provide an overview of the payment plan options available during your Psychedelic Practitioner Training Assessment that will be scheduled after you submit your application

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, scholarships are available based on financial need. Please complete your application and where indicated on the form, denote your need for scholarship support. We'll review scholarship requests as part of the application screening process and a Synthesis Education Coordinator will gather additional details relating to your scholarship request during your Psychedelic Practitioner Training Assessment that will be scheduled after you submit your application.

Does this training qualify for continuing education credits?

Our commitment is to offer CEs to participants in their field of expertise. As that is varied and broad, we are actively engaged in gaining accreditation and anticipate offering CEs in association with this training.

Do you make accommodations for persons who are differently-abled?

Audio and written transcripts are available for persons with sight or hearing disabilities. The Synthesis Institute is committed to accessibility and inclusivity. If you have a specific concern, please contact us at Support@SynthesisInstitute.com so that we may make every effort to make accommodations to support you.

Will I be able to practice independently with this certification?

Our training is not intended to give you everything you need to practice independently. Instead, it offers a foundational training to prepare you for a place in the emerging field of psychedelic care.