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Free Live Information Session on the 10-Hour Certificate Course on Ethical Psychedelic Care

Live Event: Thursday, February 8th


Join us as we gather LIVE on Thursday, February 8th, to explore our just-announced live and online 10-Hour Course on Ethical Psychedelic Care with course faculty Dr. Rosalind Watts, Dr. Anja Loizaga-Velder, Daan Keiman, Camille Barton, and Meghan Kennedy. Register here at no charge.


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You’re Invited to Join our just-released 10-Hour Certificate Course on Ethical Psychedelic Care

3-Day Online Live Course: February 23 - 25


Join our 3-Day Inaugural Live Course on Ethical Psychedelic Care with Leading Experts Dr. Rosalind Watts, Dr. Anja Loizaga-Velder, Daan Keiman, Camille Barton, and Meghan Kennedy LIVE from February 23 to 25. Discover more and register here.


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Enrollment for the April 2024 Cohort Is Now Open!

January 1, 2024


Enrollment for the Psychedelic Practitioner Core Training April 2024 cohort is now officially open. Discover more and apply here.





The Explorer’s Edge - December 2023: Palliative Psychedelics

December 15, 2023


We gathered live on Friday, December 15th, for an expert-led panel discussion on the use of psychedelics in an end-of-life context, addressing the medical and cultural challenges faced by patients and clinicians today. Watch the recording here.


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Psychedelic Practitioner Training 2022 Cohorts Graduate
and Join the Alumni Community

November 1, 2023


Please join us in celebrating the graduation of the April, July, and October 2022 cohorts, whose pods have now completed all nine modules of the training and their Warrior Exam, and their students now join our alumni community. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to every student for completing this journey.


'Stewards of a New Paradigm': A Conversation on the Role and Core Competencies of Modern-Day Psychedelic Practitioners'

September 1, 2023


Watch the recording of this candid, thought-provoking conversation between Synthesis faculty Dr. Rosalind Watts, Dr. Anja-Loizaga Velder, Camille Barton, and Claude Guislain, exploring the role, competencies, and challenges of contemporary psychedelic practitioner in today’s landscape. Watch the recording here


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Learn more about the Psychedelic Practitioner Training ownership transition.

September 19, 2023


Frederica Helmiere, Program Director of the Psychedelic Practitioner Training, recently authored a Medium article reflecting on her experience of the events surrounding the closure of the Dutch Synthesis retreat branch in early 2023. The article aims to address any lingering confusion surrounding the continuation of the Psychedelic Practitioner Training program. Read the article here.


Launching Our One-Of-Its-Kind Practicum Program
for Graduates of the Core Training

September 1, 2023


We're excited to announce the upcoming launch of the Professional Continuity Workshops, set to begin in Fall 2023. These workshops are part of our enhanced Practicum program and are designed for graduates of the Psychedelic Practitioner Core Training program. Led by experienced practitioners, researchers, and other experts in the psychedelic field, each workshop will focus on specific topics and case studies, aligning with Synthesis's "Many Ways of Knowing" pedagogy. The workshops will incorporate insights from all nine modules of the foundational Psychedelic Practitioner Core Training, offering opportunities for hands-on skill development. This allows students to hone specific skills and deepen their understanding, effectively rounding out their training.


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Three-Part Workshop Series:
'Path of Practitioner: Cultivating Embodied Wisdom for Skilful Facilitation.'

August 18, 2023


We recently hosted a special three-part workshop series featuring Synthesis Advisory Board Member Rev. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj and Ph.D. Elizabeth Monson. The workshops focused on the power of 'Not Knowing,' exploring the profound role of embodied wisdom and mindfulness practices in a practitioner’s personal and professional life. Stay tuned for your opportunity to access the recording of the bonus workshop series. 


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Second-Ever Immersion Experience in The Netherlands

July 26, 2023


Our April and July 2022 cohorts have recently concluded our second-ever Immersion Experience. This immersive training retreat combines tried and trusted elements of former Synthesis retreats, refined over years of psychedelic facilitation, along with new elements that complement the interdisciplinary approach of the foundational digital training program. The Immersion Experience is the essential piece that brings the Psychedelic Practitioner Core Training to life and reinforces and puts into practice the various lenses explored and personal qualities developed during the foundational digital training.


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Updates on the Ownership Transfer of the
Psychedelic Practitioner Training

June 29, 2023


The Synthesis Institute’s Psychedelic Practitioner Training program is now under the new legal entity, The Resurgence Training Institute, Inc. Founded in April 2023, The Resurgence Training Institute, Inc. was established to safeguard the training program due to early 2023 financial challenges experienced by its previous managing entity, Synthesis Digital LLC. This transition also seeks to maintain the reputation of The Synthesis Institute brand, which has garnered global recognition since 2018. The official transfer was completed on June 29, 2023. Throughout this process, our utmost priority was our students. Graduates from both the Oregon and General Editions, as well as future graduates of the General Edition, will continue to receive certificates from The Synthesis Institute, reaffirming its global reputation and leading position in psychedelic education. 


A note on licensing: The Oregon Edition of the Psychedelic Practitioner Core Training, while under Synthesis Digital LLC, fell under the jurisdiction of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). As The Resurgence Training Institute, Inc. is not based in Oregon, it is not subject to HECC's jurisdiction.


Lastly, the General Edition of the Psychedelic Practitioner Core Training continues to welcome global students. Since transitioning to The Resurgence Training Institute, Inc., we have celebrated the successful enrollment of two new cohorts.


Largest Open House Event in the Program’s History

June 26, 2023


We're delighted to announce a historic moment for the Psychedelic Practitioner Training program: the largest attendance of any Open House event we've ever hosted. This is a testament to the authentic hunger among current and aspiring psychedelic professionals to contribute to a radical shift in health, care, and wellness. Joined by Learning Facilitators and recent graduates, this event offers rich insights into the program. Watch the full recording of the Open House event here.


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Financial Inclusivity: Bringing Scholarships Back to Our Community

June 1, 2023


As part of our recommitment to Synthesis’s values of access and inclusion, we are proud to announce that for the first time since 2020, partial financial scholarships are made available to qualified applicants. Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need and who have been disadvantaged by sources of oppression such as their race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, ableism, and other identity markers. These scholarships aim to lower financial barriers and provide opportunities for those who may face challenges in accessing psychedelic education. If you're interested, you can sign up for our scholarship interest list here to receive notifications when these opportunities become available.


Closing Remarks: Our Continued Commitment


In closing, we reaffirm our commitment to the values that define our work: ethical conduct, professionalism, authenticity, fairness, and an ongoing pursuit of learning in the psychedelic field.