Women’s 5-day Leadership Retreat


08:00 | Breakfast
09:15 | Flight Instructions
11:15 | Transformational Breathwork
13:00 | Lunch
14‒17:00 | Psilocybin Ceremony
19:00 | Dinner
20:00 | Evening Closing Circle

About This Event

Leadership is born from the relationship we have with ourselves; it is not a job title, it is a decision. We believe that true leadership is something that all women can access, with the right tools. During this five-day wellness retreat, made by women for women, you will relax, explore, learn, discover, breathe, heal, recharge and reach a state of alignment with your past, present and future selves, and the world around you.

This programme will offer 16 women the chance to embark on a mythical journey. We believe that true leadership is something that all women can access, with the right tools.

During this five-day wellness retreat, you will relax, explore, learn, discover, breathe, heal, recharge and reach a state of alignment with your past, present and future selves, and the world around you.

You will experience the chance to engage your internal senses of connection, embarking on your individual path towards transformation. In a supportive context, in the company of a select group of others who share your desires for greater self-understanding and to progress in life, you will access the benefits of sacred plant medicines, with a cacao ceremony and two psilocybin ceremonies. Surrounding these experiences, you will be given specialized guidance, to help you begin mind-manifesting clear pathways towards your personal and emotional goals.

Leadership can take many different forms. You can, for example, demonstrate, and/or wish to develop, qualities that allow you to take the lead in:

Your individual stance and self-development, asserting your mastery over long-held hang-ups that are holding you back

Professional life and career progression

Friendships and social situations

Romantic relationships

Parenting or co-parenting

Identifying, and making, your chosen impact

Interacting with the environment around you as you travel through the phases of your day

I’m Not Currently In A Supervising Role, Is The Synthesis Women’s Leadership Retreat Right For Me?

Anybody seeking a clearer pathway to peak empowerment will benefit from the bespoke programme designed for our Women’s Leadership retreat. This women’s retreat is designed to offer you the getaway that will help you connect, perhaps for the first time, with the ability to take the lead in your life. This is an innate capability which everyone has within themselves, and which the right tools can help you unlock.

Our women’s retreat is characterized by openness, opportunity, and possibility. As our five-day programme unfolds, you will:

Tap into your potential to grow emotionally, spiritually and physically, evolving into the healthiest version of yourself

Move beyond the shackles of limiting self-perceptions and beliefs which no longer serve you, and part ways with your unhelpful inner critic

Attune your focus to your core needs, accessing the tools you need to manifest them in your lived life

Harness insights gained from working with ancient plant medicine, and begin to live your truth, learning to carve the right path for you, with ease, through the many spheres that make up the complex life of a 21st-century woman

In all contexts, the ability to take leadership originates when you speak and act from a place of authenticity, driven by true self-knowing and understanding. We see leadership as an intimate decision and relationship that we are in with ourselves first, then with others: this is the Synthesis definition of leadership. During your time at Synthesis, we will help you to divine, identify, and work on the energetic, emotional and psychological blockages that may be holding you back, giving you a head start on the pathway towards your most fulfilled, authentic self.

A Retreat For Women, By Women: Meet The Team

The first of its kind at Synthesis, our Women’s Leadership Retreat, a celebration of the divine feminine, is open to all people who identify as women, and will be led by women with a deep and practical knowledge of shamanism, healing, and empowerment practices. We will prepare you for, guide you through, and help you find frameworks to integrate your experiences with psilocybin, the active component of magic mushrooms and truffles, the psychedelic agent which we use at our retreats.

The Women’s Leadership Retreat will be lead by core members of the Synthesis team: leadership coach and Director of Operations Rachel Aidan, and Lead Facilitator Natasja Pelgrom, with assistance from additional Synthesis staff, who are accomplished practitioners of specialized skills, including psychedelic ceremony orchestration and breathwork.

What’s Involved? Activities To Activate Your Conscious Awakening

Our spiritually focussed programme is designed to help you leave behind the demands of the multiple roles you perform in your private and professional life, each of which can cause you to develop coping mechanisms which serve to distract you from your core being and true purpose.

At Synthesis, you will be given the space to detach from your everyday responsibilities, from overheads to childcare. Enter a transformational haven where you can locate, evaluate, and modulate the psychosocial habits that underpin your current life-path. In addition to two psilocybin ceremonies, you will be given the chance to explore many complementary synergistic practices, to maximize the benefits of your journeying. These include:


Prior to retreat, we will come together for a group call, to build a sense of connection and community. Each ceremony will be bookended by preparation and integration workshops to help you get ready for and process your experiences.Following the retreat, the community you have built during your time at Synthesis will extend into a private virtual circle, allowing the group to reflect, support one another, and collectively develop your integration of your ceremonial experiences and insights.


This is the process of going inward, connecting to your inner resources and attuning to your inherent spiritual powers and internal wisdom. At Synthesis we will engage in a variety of meditation techniques over the five-day retreat. These practices will help you draw yourself into a state of self-empowerment, dispensing with the negative thought processes that prevent you from feeling feeling vibrantly connected to your identity and actions.


Also known as vibrational medicine, sound healing harnesses the vibrations of the human voice as well as our gong, Tibetan singing bowls and other sound tools, creating a potent energy that allows us to go beyond relaxation and stimulate healing.


The word mantra is derived from the sanskrit root words ‘man,’ meaning mind, and ‘tra,’ meaning tool; mantras are powerful tool for aligning the mind. During the retreat, we will be using mantras from various lineages to help you alter the state of your vibrations and engender a sense of true balance within.


This form of coaching is designed to help you address, connect with and reappraise your sense of self on a profound level. When we establish our personal stories, they can often develop into limiting beliefs that need recalibrating. These can be stitched deeply, over time, into our bodies, hearts and the somatic centres beyond our minds. Spiritual coaching can help you to unpick the stories that are no longer serving you, and to develop new ones, which allow you to act from a place of confidence and authenticity.


The practice mostly draws its influences from Amazonian, Mesoamerican, and North American traditions. It is comprised of many modalities. Above all else, it is the marriage of traditional spiritual with psychotherapeutic practices, applied in a modern context.

Why Choose Synthesis For Your Psilocybin Experience?

The beautiful and supportive setting we offer not only speaks for itself, but is also scientifically endorsed. Recent research by the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College, London has demonstrated that the benefits of using psychedelic medicine in a structured, group, ceremonial context, such as we create at our retreats, are greater than the benefits of taking psychedelics in an informal, unstructured setting. Synthesis participants contributed data to this study, and we have been working with Imperial to measure the positive impact of our retreats since our pilot in April 2018.

Furthermore, we pay close attention to the clinical conditions in which the team at Imperial conduct their research with psilocybin, so that we can offer equivalent transformational possibilities to our guests. Correspondingly, the findings of Imperial on data collected from Synthesis participants reflect the positive discoveries on the therapeutic potential psilocybin in clinical research, including data on improvements to mental wellbeing, the ability to have mystical experiences, lasting personality changes, and reduced depression and anxiety.

A word of caution: Synthesis does not claim to treat depression

The phenomenon that psilocybin can function as a psychotherapeutic agent that could treat depression has recently become of its most widely-reported medicinal properties.

Increasing numbers of studies from psychedelic research teams at top academic institutions worldwide have been researching psilocybin, the active component of magic mushrooms, as a remedy for treatment-resistant depression. They have, collectively, built a strong evidence base for its efficacy that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted psilocybin-assisted therapy a Breakthrough Therapy designation. This means that, rather than blocking the progress of further investigations, the FDA are likely to greenlight its development into an available treatment option, should the clinical trials that are currently underway in Europe and North America prove successful.

Synthesis gives participants who opt in to the study the same questionnaire which the team at Imperial uses to document the lasting reductions in depressive symptoms which psilocybin-assisted therapy can bring about in clinical studies. It is important to note that everybody is affected by depression, to some degree. Everybody who takes the test will get a depression score, regardless of whether they have (or would be given) a clinical diagnosis of depression or not. Possible results for this test range from the lowest scoring category of no depression, through to mild, moderate, severe, and finally, very severe depression.

Unfortunately at this point in time, we can not accept anyone with a clinical diagnosis of depression, and, correspondingly, our participants’ baseline depression scores are usually low. Nevertheless, echoing the findings on the lasting positive effects of psilocybin from the Imperial team, the guests at Synthesis experienced a sustained reduction in depressive symptoms. At the two- and four-week follow-ups after their psilocybin ceremony, their scores remained significantly lowered, compared to their scores before attending the retreat.

If you are keen to experience psychotherapy with psilocybin as a treatment for depression in a safe, legal setting, you can apply to take part in a clinical trial.

Agenda For The Synthesis Women’s Leadership Retreat, September 2019

The stages of your journey at Synthesis are centered around four themes, each of which is tied to a selection of related activities:

Day 1 | Ease.

Welcoming circle and preparation, including an exploratory walk and breathwork

Day 2 | Creativity.

Beliefs and story workshop. Connective and interactive group activities to open the spiritual pathways, followed by the first psychedelic ceremony, with a psilocybin microdose

Day 3 | Integration.

Exploring and unpacking the first psilocybin ceremony with workshops, followed by a sacred cacao ceremony

Day 4 | Transformation.

Preparation and wellness enhancers such as walking, yoga, and sauna, followed by the full-dose psilocybin ceremony

Day 5 | Integration.

A vibrant sequence of techniques designed to help you get the most out of your time with us, enabling you to translate your greater self-knowing into transformative life-changes, and leaving you equipped to extend the positive impact of your experiences at Synthesis beyond the retreat

"Ever since I had my first psychedelic experience and became aware of the profound impact it can have on the human consciousness, I became really interested in exploring the human consciousness landscape and potential. I have traveled to different parts of the world and exposed myself to different ways and traditions people across history have developed to experience this aspect of human reality. I’ve witnessed people healing old and deep trauma, people getting insights into aspects of their existence that made them better human beings, and people having what can only be described as mystical experiences, experiences that many religions have initially been based upon. There are many places, ways and traditions to have such experiences, usually in ceremonies specific to particular cultures, charged with specific culture context and practices that may not always resonate with the western way of what would be a safe and comfortable set and setting. What the Synthesis team has managed to create in the specific retreat format, set and setting, is by far the best environment for interested westerners to have access and benefit from the psychedelic experience, in such a way to have the best possible outcome. The focus on each and every participant, the safe and comfortable environment, the one on one and group conversations with the retreat team, something that often is lacking from other retreat formats, provide the best possible integration process, something really important for first time explorers and even for the more experienced ones. The focus on education and even the scientific research involved in creating the experience is what makes it even more valuable. I recommend Synthesis with great confidence to everyone interested in exploring this incredible and even unthinkable experience, in the best possible format, especially for people who are interested in having it for the first time, but also for more experienced ones who are looking to benefit from an environment focused on the best possible set and setting." Alex, 37 Romania

Venue Highlights

Located a short 40min drive from the city of Amsterdam, The Lighthouse is a special and inspiring place designed for our guests to deeply relax & recharge. Located on a former dune in the middle of the green heart of Zandvoort, you are a short 5-min walk from the beach, a nature reserve and the sea. The Lighthouse is composed of 6 private apartments, each with access to a beautiful garden at the back, a sauna, a relaxation/yoga area (80m2) and a large shared kitchen. Designed by Osiris Hertman - the apartments have a unique character and are designed for you to relax and enjoy your space. Creating the perfect setting for a truly transformative experience on your Synthesis Retreat.


All 6 apartments have their own living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a TV and a luxurous bathroom. Each apartment is designed for shared occupancy. Single participants will be allocated rooms with single beds, separated by gender. If you're a woman attending alone, you will be sharing an apartment with another woman. Couples attending together will share a double room.

Upon request, we can make special arrangements for private sleeping quarters, please contact us here.

Towels, linens & special care products are provided for each of our guests; and high-speed wifi is available throughout the retreat center.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All meals served at Synthesis Retreats are prepared by DOORZEE, a catering company founded by Annebel Gelinck and Lotte Van Cleef.
Annebel and Lotte are two vegetarian chefs who believe in the taste and power of unprocessed food and share their passion for people to experience a versatile, nutritious and tasteful vegetarian cuisine. They have also completed the VIP Health & Nutrition certificate, ensuring the highest quality of meals served during your stay with us at The Lighthouse.

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  • Ella Cook   October 02, 2019

      Far exceeded my expectations and opened my mind in new and exciting ways

    I attended a retreat with Synthesis in July 2019 and it has a significant positive impact on my life. I cannot recommend the experience and the team highly enough. I was both curious and apprehensive to experience psilocybin to help me make peace with some past issues and also give me some inspiration for the future. The whole process from my first call with them all the way through to after the retreat exceeded my expectations. The actual retreat centre itself is really unique and beautiful and the rooms are really luxurious. The sauna is a real treat too! I felt so safe and guided through the actual psychedelics experience with medical and emotional support available throughout the whole thing. I had no idea what psychedelics could help me access and I feel like with the support I received from Synthesis, I’m entering the world with a whole new perspective on myself and my life. Thank you so much - I’ll be back soon!

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