No Surprises – Insights!

We think it is especially important for you see and hear why people come to our retreats, what they experience and how it affects their behavior, relationship, understanding and life in general.

We ask our participants about their personal reasons for attending, their expectations and their experience at the retreat itself. And we think it is very useful for you that we share our continuously expanding insights with you here. We also shot a video with some of our participants descriptions, click here.

It was an experience like no other. I am deeply grateful to the wonderfully caring team, and the Synthesis management for making this possible.
— Franck

Who is coming to Synthesis?

Let us give you a rough idea about our applicants so far.


Women comprise 42.5% of Synthesis Retreat Applicants;  Men comprise 55.8% of Synthesis Retreat Applicants;  1.8% identify as Other.

These are the new specialized retreat formats we are working on and really excited about launching in 2019:

  • Women's only retreats;
  • Buddhist retreats;
  • Smoking cessation reatreats.

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The age of our participants ranges from 18 to 80, with an average age of 45.

First-timers and experienced psychonauts

52.2% of respondents said yes;  47.8% of respondents said no.
Over the last few days since our ceremony I’ve had some of the best conversations I’ve had with colleagues and friends in years. The ceremony and where it took me, it helped me get focus on how I think about my life and profession. (...) So to me this was a life changing, before and after thing.
— Axel


When grouped by country of residence, Synthesis Retreat applicants come from:  - The United States of America - 48.1%;  - The United Kingdom - 14%;  - France - 3.9%;  - Germany - 3.1%;  - Sweden - 3.1%;  - Australia - 3.1%;  - Ireland - 2.3%;  - Netherlands - 2.3%;  - Kuwait - 2.3%;  - Switzerland - 2.3%;  - Other countries - 15.5%.

Why are people coming to our retreats?

When asked what their main reasons for attending the retreat is, applicants responded:  - 16.4% are looking to generate more meaning in their life;  - 17.8% are hoping for a Mystical, Spiritual, Religious or Transcendental experience;  - 13.1% want to work on increasing their confidence and/or self-confidence;  - 12.1% wish to delve deeper into themselves, their thoughts and their motivations;  - 4.2% are looking to nurture their creative side;  - Finally, 26.6% had other, personal reasons.

So, how was it?

We are just as curious as you are about the experiences of our participants. Since it is our core mission to create the best guided psychedelic experience, we value our participants’ feedback.

Basic responses

To get a basic measure of satisfaction with the overall retreat experience, we asked our participants after the retreat, “How would you rate your Synthesis experience?”. Average answer: 9.7/10

How would you rate your experience, from 1 to 10?
I feel that I made one of the best decisions of my life by deciding to attend the Synthesis retreat. My life has improved on numerous fronts and I have adopted new practices (e.g., daily meditation and free-flow writing) to sustain my new outlook on life.
— Jan

92.9% of applicants would consider attending another Synthesis Retreat.

"Really? Would you mind telling us why?"

It was an overwhelmingly positive and profound experience for me.
I want to bring my wife and friends.