stewarding humanity 2.0

Who is Paul F. Austin?

My path is to help steward humanity 2.0, contributing to greater individual and collective well-being by normalizing responsible psychedelic use.

Two companies have been borne of this mission: The Third Wave and Synthesis.
The Third Wave began in 2015, with an intent of changing the cultural conversation around psychedelics. We offer free education, online courses, and peak performance coaching. Our work has been featured in the BBC, Forbes, and Rolling Stone.
Synthesis is a legal psilocybin retreat outside of Amsterdam.

For many clients, attending Synthesis is a profound and meaningful experience, one that leads to better well-being and deeper clarity on purpose and direction.
Outside of my entrepreneurial endeavors, I speak about the intersection of psychedelics, personal transformation, and professional success.
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What Are You Interested In?

Microdosing Psychedelics

Since 2016, microdosing has been my professional focus leading to a book, online course, and several keynote talks.  

Because of its ease, microdosing will help normalize psychedelics in society and culture.

Psychedelic Literacy

The Third Wave believes in the efficacy of microdosing to change the public's perception of psychedelics.

Microdosing is the ideal beginning spot because it makes it easy to start working with psychedelics.

Personal Alignment

Step 1: microdosing. Step 2: higher dosing Step 3: integrating your psychedelic insight for better leadership, enhanced creativity, and more flow.

Here's how:

Vision, Mission, Impact

Paul does an excellent job of bridging the gap between psychedelics and leadership transformation. His work with The Third Wave and Synthesis speaks for itself: an inspiring mission grounded in science, knowledge, and personal experience.
Gerard Adams
Paul’s mission to normalize psychedelic substances through the lens of microdosing speaks to the growing relevance of these emerging technologies. In building The Third Wave, Paul has created an excellent platform for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of the role psychedelics play in optimal well-being.
Jason Silva
Filmmaker,  Public Speaker
Paul does a great job of deconstructing and synthesizing tricky subject matter—the stuff that would otherwise be out of reach for most. His presentation is stellar and he holds space on stage like a real pro.
Steven Kotler
American author, journalist, entrepreneur

My Projects

The Third Wave

In September 2015, I began working on The Third Wave with the vision of creating an accessible and trustworthy resource about psychedelic substances.
Currently, we're building an educational hub, an academy that will provide professional guidance for both novice and enthusiast. Our intent is to serve the network of psychedelic medicine, helping amplify the work and expertise of others in this important field.


Synthesis is a safe, legal, and modern psilocybin truffle retreat in Amsterdam focused on creative breakthroughs, personal growth, and spiritual development. Co-founded by myself and Martijn Schirp, Synthesis provides an opportunity for individuals to experience incredible personal transformation.

Our Opportunities for Collaboration

1-1 Coaching

Are you interested in working with psychedelics to become a better leader, emboldening your creativity while living with balance and ease?

Click below to explore how we can work together:

Public Speaking

There are few things I love more than sharing my understanding of the relationship between microdosing, inner growth, and leadership development.

Let's explore how I can bring this energy to your next event:


Do you run a company in the emerging psychedelic and holistic wellness space?

I'd love to explore collaboration in helping you build a world-class brand that reaches millions of people.  

Reach out about working together:

Discover My Work

Microdosing Psychedelics

Microdosing Psychedelics is a comprehensive guide to all the necessary information on the practice of microdosing – including protocols, benefits, drawbacks, and sourcing. Weaving together anecdotal narratives and preliminary research on the use of small amounts of psychedelics, Microdosing Psychedelics is oriented toward anyone interested in microdosing to improve their general well-being, particularly those in leadership and creative positions.

Becoming Superhuman

The Third Wave’s Microdosing course offers a deep dive into the fundamentals and advanced practices about microdosing in one easy-to-digest learning experience. Learn how to 'Become Superhuman' with everything from the basics of how to microdose to advanced best practices.

In the Media



The World's First Online LSD Microdosing Coach

Education and awareness are the key focuses of The Third Wave's psychedelic advocacy bent, says Austin, adding that there's a lot of misinformation out there related to drugs, not to mention safety concerns...

Silicon Valley's LSD Habit is Exploding

Paul Austin's favorite way to open a TED talk is by telling his audience that he took LSD that day. Austin, 27, bills himself as a professional microdosing coach...

Inside America's Premier Psychedelic Conference

Paul Austin, 26, of Grand Rapids, Mich., a so-called social entrepreneur who runs a website called The Third Wave devoted to getting...

Opening the Mind with Psychedelics

Shown to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress and more, clinical trials using psychedelic-assisted therapy instead of pharmaceutical treatment by Johns Hopkins and New York University show...

Download Your Microdosing Book

This is a fantastic book! EVERYTHING you need to know about micro-dosing is covered. You can tell the author is super knowledgeable and passionate about his subject.

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