Jess McCulloch

Seven factors that affect a psychedelic experience

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This is how the seven factors are implemented at Synthesis...⁠

At Synthesis, we make sure you feel completely prepared for your psychedelic experience. We ensure it’s safe for you through our health screener, and you have a free exploration call with a guide to talk through your intentions, questions, and concerns. Once you’ve secured your retreat, there are preparation group calls and you also receive a guide on how to prepare so that you feel fully ready for your profound experience.⁠

Our guests take psilocybin truffles for their psychedelic experience. Profound effects include body sensations, deep emotional insights, and mystical experiences.

The psychedelic trip can last 4-8 hours, depending on the dose and your sensitivity. For introspective trips, 25g psilocybin truffles is equivalent to the dose often used in clinical trials, but with your input, we find a dose on retreat that works for you. ⁠

At our retreats, participants drink truffle tea with fresh ginger. It helps to settle the stomach, reduces physical discomfort, and improves the earthy flavour.

⁠A group tea ceremony helps our participants to feel calm, safe, and introspective. ⁠

⁠For the psychedelic experience, participants enjoy our group dynamic in a musical, mind-folded ceremony.

Our crafted environment and supportive guides amplify the profound nature of the experience, allowing you to go deep inside and do the true work.⁠

⁠During and after our retreats, we support participants with coaching and sharing circles. We encourage you to practice self-care (before & after) to embody your new insights. Try free-writing, breathwork, solo walks in nature and mindfulness meditation.

This infographic is inspired by research by Lawrence & Carhart-Harris (Synthesis advisory board)⁠, 2019