SYNTHESIS

Welcome to Synthesis

Synthesis is a safe, legal, and modern psychedelic retreat utilizing psilocybin truffles for creative breakthroughs, personal growth, and spiritual development.

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Personal & Professional Breakthroughs

Steve Jobs called it one of the most profound experiences of his life.

Tim Ferriss, best-selling author and tech entrepreneur, has said that all the billionaires he knows, with few exceptions, take this journey on a regular basis.

And Plato formed his foundational beliefs by utilizing the psychedelic experience, thus setting the groundwork for all of Western philosophy.

Synthesis Retreats offers a facilitating personal transformation retreat for forward-thinking individuals who want to utilize psychedelics within a modern, legal, and medically supervised context.

When used within a structured framework, it is the only modality that creates dramatic, impactful change within just hours of utilization.

 
 

 

How We Do It

We administer the truffles in a unique way to eliminate physical discomfort and nausea. Then, taking into consideration your intention, sensitivity, and previous experience, we then optimize the best dosage for you. Finally, we integrate the latest findings and best practices from the psychedelic research community to ensure your experience is as profound and effective as possible.

Nothing like Synthesis has been offered before. In short, we’re making the ‘secret sauce’’ of thousands of self-actualized individuals - one that’s remained underground due to cultural stigma - available to you.

In committing to this experience, you will be a pioneer in your own right, joining a specially curated list of attendees who are contributing to the next conscious evolution of humanity in a significant way.

Are you ready to join us on this journey?

 

 

The Synthesis Experience

By joining our retreat, you will:

  • Have a legally sanctioned, professionally guided, optimally comfortable, moderate-to-high-dose psilocybin experience in a beautiful, modern setting;

  • Catalyze breakthroughs in your self-understanding to live a more meaningful, purpose-driven life;

  • Further develop your educational framework on the use of psychedelic substances, empowering you to use these transformational tools in a responsible, intentional manner;

  • Connect with other successful, motivated individuals who have a deep, vested interest in the emerging topic of psychedelic use;

  • Contribute to nascent psychedelic research, helping to pave the future path for best practices in retreat settings.

But Synthesis isn't just about the experience. It is also about enduring life-changing transformations.

One of the most important aspects of any meaningful psychedelic experience is the integration process. You will learn how to integrate your profound insights through our “Microdosing & Integration” workshop.

Then, once you go back home, you will receive lifetime access to the SYNTHESIS ‘Inner Circle’ as part of your retreat commitment. This will be an ever-evolving group that will provide professional support and networking as you continue the process of your own personal development in utilizing psychedelics to grow and mature.  

We believe our SYNTHESIS ‘Inner Circle’ is the most valuable aspect of committing to this retreat. You will meet and deeply connect with other ambitious, talented, and inspiring participants who will become valuable contacts in your professional pursuits. You will also get access to all other alumni of SYNTHESIS.

 
 

 
“The Third Wave is a new era of psychedelics defined by practical, measured use for specific purposes. It is an era not for ‘dropping-out’ and rebelling against society, but for integrating psychedelics into our mainstream culture; an era invigorated by the tremendous upside of responsible psychedelic use rather than paralyzed by misguided fear of their possible negative repercussions.”
“The Third Wave is a new era of psychedelics defined by practical, measured use for specific purposes. It is an era not for ‘dropping-out’ and rebelling against society, but for integrating psychedelics into our mainstream culture; an era invigorated by the tremendous upside of responsible psychedelic use rather than paralyzed by misguided fear of their possible negative repercussions.”
 

 

The Retreat Model

We are offering an exclusive 3-day retreat in Amsterdam forward-thinking individuals who want to utilize moderate-to-high doses of psilocybin truffles to catalyze creative breakthroughs, deepen self-understanding, and muster the courage to make the next big ‘leap’ in life.

This is the first legal opportunity to take psychedelics in a safe, intentional and expert-guided setting to facilitate productive outcomes like heightened creativity, clarity on next steps in your life, and general personal development.

During the experience, we will control for the following six conditions that play an essential role in every psychedelic experience:

  • Set: the mental attitude of a would-be psychedelic voyager

  • Setting: the surroundings in which a psychedelic substance is ingested

  • Guide: a person experienced with non-ordinary states of consciousness who helps to mitigate challenges and channel insights

  • Substance: the type and quantity of psychedelic agent

  • Session: the entirety of a psychedelic trip, including all activities and rituals

  • Situation: the environment, people, and culture from which a person comes to a session and returns afterward

When these vectors are not controlled, and psychedelics are not done in a safe, supportive, and structured setting, many of the benefits will not be experienced.

Because of the power of psychedelics, and the strong influence of others on your experience, we limit each workshop to 12-16 carefully selected professionals. This retreat is not open to everyone, and an application process for the 3-day retreat is mandatory for each individual.


 

Three Focal Points of Synthesis

The 3-day retreat will be held with trained, highly experienced professional facilitators in a safe, structured, and legal format. The psychedelic we will use, psilocybin-containing truffles, are legal and socially accepted in the Netherlands. For ease of mind, medical assistance will on site during your psychedelic session. 

 
 
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PREPARATION

1-on-1 conversations with your lead facilitators to help clarify intentions and calibrate your dose level. We also discuss whether you want to optimize your experience for creativity on a professional level, personal development, or for another purpose.

 
 
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EXPERIENCE

Consuming the psilocybin truffles at either a low, moderate, or high dose in a comfortable setting with eye mask, moving music, and ample outdoor space to explore both your inner and outer world. 

 
 
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INTEGRATION

Our 'Microdosing and Integration' workshop, which provides guidance and understanding on how to integrate your experience, so you can bring your newfound insights back with you and make concrete, meaningful changes in your everyday life. 

 

 
The Third Wave is a new era of psychedelics defined by practical, measured use for specific purposes. It is an era not for ‘dropping-out’ and rebelling against society, but for integrating psychedelics into our mainstream culture; an era invigorated by the tremendous upside of responsible psychedelic use rather than paralyzed by misguided fear of their possible negative repercussions.
The Third Wave is a new era of psychedelics defined by practical, measured use for specific purposes. It is an era not for ‘dropping-out’ and rebelling against society, but for integrating psychedelics into our mainstream culture; an era invigorated by the tremendous upside of responsible psychedelic use rather than paralyzed by misguided fear of their possible negative repercussions.
 

Your 3-day Synthesis Retreat includes

 

Pre-Workshop

  • Tools to prepare your intention and educational framework before the workshop

  • Reading materials

  • Self-care modalities

  • Intake call with members of the Synthesis team

 

 

Day 1

  • Lunch and dinner on the first day

  • Group sharing circle to build rapport between participants

  • Flight instructions workshop

  • Mind and body exercises to bring you in an optimal mindset

  • Comfortable, relaxing accommodation with the Synthesis team and other participants

  • 1-1 coaching preparation conversation, to help clarify intentions and calibrate your dosage. We will determine dosage based on your needs, experience, and personality, and whether you want to optimize your experience for creativity or a spiritual experience

 

 

Day 2

  • Environment optimized for psychedelic experiences

  • Experienced guides to help you work through possible obstacles

  • Initial dose of Psilocybin Truffles and optional follow up doses to increase duration and intensity of the session

  • A structured psychedelic session to work towards your specified breakthrough

  • Comfortable, relaxing accommodation with the Synthesis team and other participants

 

 

Day 3

  • 1-1 coaching integration conversation

  • Grounding exercises post psychedelic journey

  • Post-retreat integration workshop, includes protocol and optional substances to continue insights and integration post-workshop (depending on legality)

  • Closing lunch

 

 
 

Upcoming Retreats

 
 

NOVEMBER 4th-6th

Full

NOVEMBER 6th-8th

Full

NOVEMBER 11th-17th

4 spots left
7 days / €3500 excluding VAT

DECEMBER 7th-9th

Full

 

December 14th-16th

6 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

January 18th-20th

12-16 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

January 25th-27th

12-16 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

February 8th-10th

12-16 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

 

February 15th-17th

12-16 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

March 8th-10th

12-16 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

March 15th-17th

12-16 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

March 29th-31th

12-16 spots left
€1500 excluding VAT

 

 

The Synthesis Team

 
 
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Paul Austin

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Martijn Schirp

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Natasja Pelgrom

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Tessa van den Ven

 
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Myles Katz

Amie Elliott

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Kristyn Judkins

 
 
 

 

Is Synthesis Right For You?

Synthesis is great for you if:

  • You want to connect with ‘like-minded’ individuals and start to build a community around you of people interested in the modern, responsible use of psychedelics.

  • You’ve been stuck on a major professional or personal problem for an extended period of time and are looking for creative inspiration.

  • You want to explore the outer reaches of your consciousness, unlocking aspects of your mind that have yet to be accessed.

  • You’re curious about the utility of psychedelics and want to do them in a safe, legal, and structured setting.

  • You feel like there’s a psychological blockage preventing you from reaching that ‘next stage’ in your professional or personal development.

  • You want to reset your default mode network.

  • You’re open to the potential value of psychedelics but haven’t found the right time and place yet.

  • You’re intent on being your ‘best self’ and you want to learn how to utilize psychedelics to accelerate the process of personal development.

Synthesis is not for you if:

  • You have a clinical diagnosis of depression, bipolar, borderline, PTSD, or schizophrenia.

  • You have a family history of schizophrenia or psychosis.

  • Currently prescribed to anti-depressant medications (please contact us if you want to be notified when medical spots open up).

  • You are just looking to get high and have fun.

Full Disclosure:

Despite the exciting potential for the clinical use of psychedelics, Synthesis is not a retreat for people looking to experience psychedelics to treat a specific clinical condition. By going through the application process, you accept that we can not accept individuals on prescription medication for mental disorders, there is no clinical motivation for your participation, and that Synthesis Retreat will not be held accountable for any issues that arise from your Synthesis Experience.

FAQs

+ Who will facilitate the sessions and what are their qualifications?

Please refer to the About page for information on facilitators and their qualifications. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

+ How will the psychedelic sessions be set up?

We will provide a comfortable space with sofas, lounge chairs, and access to the outdoors. Further, we will have the requisite stationary and office tools if you wish to work on your problem in the afterglow of the experience.

+ Why should I invest in this experience if I can take mushrooms at home?

We believe the context of a group retreat and having experienced guides are essential ingredients to properly optimize for safety and getting the most out of a psychedelic experience. From years of retreat experience we know the value of this experience is rooted in the relationships you will build.

+ Can I do more than one retreat?

Yes, you can. In fact, we recommend doing more than one ceremony, whether that is over the course of a week or multiple months. Most research indicate that while a single ceremony is highly effective, the changes are more profound and durable with three or more psychedelic ceremonies. Please indicate if you're interested in doing a series of retreats.

+ Is there any prep or post work included with the retreats?

Prior to the 3-day retreat, you will have a 30 minute call to discuss your specific goals for the retreat. More preparation documents will be sent over nearing your retreat date. During the retreat, you will have multiple 30 minute private conversations to discuss anything that might come up. We will always be available for any assistance post-retreat.

+ Are psychedelic truffles safe?

According to recent studies, psilocybin mushrooms (which have the same active ingredient as truffles) are the safest drug currently available - safer than tobacco, cannabis, and alcohol. These substances are non-addictive, non-toxic, and, when taken within a structured setting, have little to no risk.

+ Where can I learn more about psychedelic truffles?

To get more information about psilocybin truffles, please read through this Essential Guide on Psilocybin Mushrooms.

Here is a brief overview of the legal status of psilocybin truffles in the Netherlands.

+ What are the long term risks associated with psychedelic truffles?

As long as you do not have a pre-disposition to psychosis or schizophrenia, and are currently not prescribed any there are little to no long-term risks associated with psilocybin truffles.

+ Will my personal information be confidential?

We keep all personal information confidential, none of it will be shared with third parties.

+ I’m excited about this opportunity but nervous about trying psychedelics for the first time. Do you have further resources I can check out?

The best beginning resource is The Third Wave, a website dedicated to psychedelic literacy and education.

+ Can I opt out for the research?

Yes, you may opt out at any time, participating with our research is not mandatory. Part of these retreats is to discover the potential of psychedelics on human development and to improve the integration of these substances in your life. If you do choose to participate, all of your data will be held strictly anonymous.

+ Will there be future retreat dates?

Yes! We are in the process of setting up programming for monthly retreats beginning in April 2019. We are also in the process of planning a retreat for December 2018 and February 2019.

+ Do you offer 1-to-1 guided sessions if I prefer to do this in private?

Yes, we do! Please use the application form or reach out to us at support@synthesisretreat.com to get more information on a private psilocybin experience with one of our experienced guides. We also offer 1-to-1 preparation and integration coaching for an additional fee. If you're interested in working with us in this capacity, please indicate this in your application form.


 

What are the next steps? 

 
 

1. Fill out the application

Please fill out the following form. Be as truthful and precise as you possible can. We will follow up on all answers and any questions you might have during our preparation call. 

Fill out my application now

2. Make your deposit

We kindly ask all potential participants to make a non-refundable deposit of €50 before we consider your application.

We will contact you shortly after to set up a mandatory call. For safety reasons, your spot is only reserved after this call.

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

3. Fly to Amsterdam

Once the event draws nearer, we will send you all the practical information you need. We will also ask you to dive deep in a few exercises to optimally prepare your mind and body for this event.

Please arrive to Amsterdam the day before the start of your retreat to allow ample time to rest and adjust.