Changing the cultural conversation around psychedelics through the lens of microdosing

Who is Paul Austin?

Psychedelic Pioneer

Paul F. Austin is a pioneer in the 21st century responsible use of psychedelics for healing, leadership and personal transformation. He has been featured in BBC, Forbes, and Rolling Stone for his accomplishments in entrepreneurship regarding social awareness towards the benefits of microdosing psychedelics. Paul is the author of the book “Microdosing Psychedelics: A Practical Guide to Upgrade Your Life” and the founder of two companies in the emerging psychedelic space, Third Wave and Synthesis.

It all started with his personal 7-month microdosing protocol, through it Paul experienced the tangible benefits of microdosing LSD, including an acceleration of learning ability, easier access to flow states, and an improved sense of presence. His experience with microdosing inspired him to push for legitimizing psychedelic substances via the topic of microdosing.

Most importantly, intentional psychedelic use helped him to further uncover his own truth, enabling an alignment of purpose and mission with contribution to community and society. Paul’s unconventional path has now placed him in a position to serve the lives of many millions through psychedelic education and literacy.

Leader of a Movement

This led him to create “Third Wave” which explores pragmatic ways to change the cultural conversation around psychedelics, focusing on the intersection of science, psychedelics, and self-actualization. 

Within Third Wave, Paul leads his team in building an educational platform to ensure psychedelic substances become responsibly integrated into our metamodern cultural framework. Currently, Third Wave offers long-form psychedelic guides, online training focused on the skill of microdosing psychedelics, and an industry-best network of clinics and retreat providers, creating a space for individuals to come fully into their own agency, power, and autonomy.

Social Entrepreneur

In 2018, he co-founded Synthesis, and led several high-dose psilocybin truffle retreats, leading branding, marketing, and public relations before stepping back to focus on Third Wave full-time.

Part social entrepreneur, part psychedelic advocate, Paul loves to challenge cultural norms to create space for the development of new systems that help, not hurt, the individual.

Traveler and Nomad

Setting off at the age of 21 from West Michigan, Paul lived in five countries and traveled to 60+ over the span of six years before moving to New York City in August 2017. Propelled by an insatiable curiosity for the unknown, Paul's travels led to an incredible expansion of being and growth, setting the stage for his professional career in psychedelic leadership and advocacy.

Paul in Private

Paul is often seeking balance between city and countryside: the unrelenting energy of big city life pared with the tranquility of nature. When not working, he loves to read, camp, drink espresso, steam himself silly in eucalyptus, and laugh at the irony of life.

What I’m Working on

The Third Wave

We're building an educational hub, an online academy that will provide psychedelic education for both the novice and enthusiast.

Our greater intent is to serve the network of psychedelic medicine, helping amplify the work and expertise of others in this important field.
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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 in a short period of time.

Work with Me

1-1 Coaching

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

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Public Speaking

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

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

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Discover My Work

The Microdosing Book

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.

The Microdosing Course

The Third Wave's microdosing course and "Becoming Superhuman" package offers a deep dive into fundamentals and advanced practices about microdosing in one centralized learning experience.

Learn how to catalyze breakthroughs in your personal and professional life with everything from the basics of how to microdose to advanced best practices.

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