Coaching Certification Program

Certification Program
July 2024



Psychedelic Mastery for Non-Clinical &
Non-Medical Coaching Professionals

Psychedelics are an evolutionary catalyst for personal growth. Their combined neurological and psycho-spiritual effects rapidly transform lives every day.

Now, by harnessing the incredible power of psychedelics, we aim to revolutionize the coaching paradigm.

Mindfully integrating psychedelic medicines into a high-performance coaching methodology will be nothing short of a game-changer for those who can do it well.

With this ultimate toolkit to help clients move through patterns of resistance, emotional blockages, and limiting beliefs, properly trained coaches will gain the ability to create breakthrough results faster and with greater alignment between mind, body, and spirit.

This is an opportunity to be a part of a movement that will change lives.

Have questions? Join a free live Q&A with Institute Director, Leanne Kallal.


Coaching at the
Forefront of a
Cultural Phenomenon

Psychedelic medicines are more accessible than ever before. Legalization movements are rapidly gaining traction. Cultural acceptance is steadily growing. The interest is there. The healing potential is exponential.

We know this because Third Wave is at the forefront of the movement. Each month, we have over 250K visitors to our site, each wanting to learn more about the benefits of psychedelics and how they can be applied in their lives.

As more and more people awaken to the transformational potential of psychedelic medicines, trusted guidance is more important than ever. People from all walks of life, and with a wide range of goals, need help to navigate this space and realize their potential.

The challenge?

There are just not enough trained professionals to help them all.

That’s why Psychedelic Coaching Institute founder, Paul F. Austin, created this one-of-a-kind certification program.

We want to make sure that we can provide our community with the highest caliber coaches who fully understand how to teach the skill of psychedelics.

There is a massive opportunity here for coaches, and we want to both nurture the wisdom and ensure the integrity of the medicine.

Who Is This
Certification For?

This Certification is both for established coaches who want to add psychedelic work into their existing frameworks and new coaches who want to begin a career in psychedelics.

It’s ideal for coaches committed to helping clients achieve a broad range of non-clinical outcomes – from those working on the forefront of human potential, peak performance, executive training, and leadership development, to those focused on health and wellness, life coaching, spiritual coaching, and beyond.

This certification is for coaches interested in both microdosing and macrodosing protocols.

We will screen applicants for coaching experience or the skills and traits needed to make a great psychedelic coach.

Please note: this is not a clinical program. It is not suited for individuals who want to work with PTSD, clinical depression, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, or other clinical conditions.

Master the Skill of Psychedelics

Psychedelic medicines are less like a typical Western medicine and more like a holistic development tool. Like any tool, they can be used masterfully or recklessly.

This certification program is designed to help you master the skill of psychedelics at the highest level so you can make a transformational impact in your clients’ lives as well as your own.



Theory, Intensive,
and Practicum

The program is organized into 4 containers. Each one holds a different role in your training and growth.

  • 12 weeks of classes covering the theoretical side
  • 8 day intensive retreat in Costa Rica to bring greater embodiment
  • 2 Medicine Ceremonies in Costa Rica
  • 50 hour practicum to ground theory into practice

Bi-Weekly, 2-Hour Teaching Sessions with Paul F. Austin, Third Wave Founder and Lead Trainer

Every other week, you get a deep dive into a core topic, followed by a Q&A with Paul F. Austin. Informed by Third Wave’s 5-pillar psychedelic coaching framework, you will get comprehensive training on topics ranging from safety and ethics, working with different medicines, and types of psychedelic coaching to outcomes of psychedelic work and how to ground breakthroughs into lasting change.

Workshops with World-Class Guest Teachers

Over the course of the program, you will get 12 in-depth workshops with our guest experts. Each of our teachers is a leader in their field. Some of the topics we will cover include: high performance coaching methods; using psychedelics for both healing and growth; psychedelics and biohacking; functional medicine and the role of diet and nutrition in achieving personal outcomes; how microdosing can help spur creativity and flow; transforming from the inside out; psychedelics for empathy, communication, and teambuilding; entrepreneurship and psychedelics; complementary practices; holistic health; and more.

Bi-Weekly 2-Hour Small Group Facilitated Integration Sessions

During these sessions, you will meet with your pre-assigned pod group and a designated facilitator to help integrate the teaching material through reflection, discussion, and application. Expect to form close relationships with your group. These sessions may include guided group conversations, breathwork, and other facilitated practices to support your growth.

Ground Theory Into Practice Through Weekly Assignments

Our goal is not to give you an abstract theoretical framework. Psychedelic work is dynamic. The principles of the work must be embodied, not memorized. Repetition, reflection, and application are essential to this process. That’s why, in addition to small-group work, individual coaching, and teaching sessions, you get weekly assignments and exercises to move this knowledge into practice.

Conscious Cannabis Ceremony

Join your cohort on an online Conscious Cannabis Ceremony led by our intuitive and experienced facilitator, and specially designed to help set the stage and create group cohesion.

Focus on Synergies Between Psychedelics and Support Methodologies

Explore how to integrate psychedelics with cutting-edge tools such as breathwork, cold therapy, meditation, neurofeedback, and more

Third Wave Approved Psychedelic Integration Methodologies

Third Wave strives to stay on the cutting edge of psychedelic research and findings. Our ever-evolving integration methods are a culmination of all the expertise, data, and personal experiences of our team.

During this program, you will be trained in research-based psychedelic integration methods that we teach to our partners at leading intensives and clinics.

Proven Frameworks for Both Microdosing & Macrodose Experiences

Discover how to design custom protocols with microdosing and macrodosing specific to your clients’ goals.

50-Hour Practicum

After completing the theoretical portion of this program, you enter into a 50-hour practicum to ground your new skills into embodied knowledge. This practice period, which will run over six months, will feature hands-on workshops to help you turn theory into practice while providing you with the time you need to complete 50 hours of psychedelic-related coaching. You can think of it as an internship, where you gain real world experience to work with either actual clients or friends and family, in an organization or setting of your choice.

Certification Program Content

The program content will teach you how psychedelic medicines and modalities can be used to achieve optimal well-being, peak performance, and successful leadership. Through that lens, we will explore a range of themes, including:

  1. Setting the Stage
    A framework for the Third Wave of psychedelics
  2. Safety, Ethics, & Integrity
    Ethical practices, ethical sourcing, and creating safe spaces
  3. Working With Medicines
    How they operate with the body, mind and spirit
  4. Types of Psychedelic Coaching
    Frameworks specific to psychedelic medicines and customizing for your own work
  5. Outcomes of Psychedelic Work
    How to achieve predictable results with an outcome-based approach
  6. Building Your Business
    Practical training on building a reliable and legally protected coaching business
  7. Discovery Calls/Assessing Client Readiness
    How to ask valuable questions for assessing client readiness, set and setting, and practices for harm reduction
  8. Preparing for Ceremony
    The Role of Intuition While Preparing for Ceremony
  9. Holding Space
    Transference and Setting Boundaries
  10. Integrating Ceremony
    Supporting practices that can help you create sustainable results for your clients
  11. Microdosing Coaching
    Choosing a Protocol, Refining Dosage
  12. Accessibility and Representation
    Sacred justice and equity in the psychedelic space

Have Questions? Join a free live Q&A with Institute Director, Leanne Kallal.




Live 8-day

*Subject to Change



This 8-day immersive is the turning point of the entire program. It brings together everything you learned so far into a single transformational event.

The purpose of the intensive is direct psychedelic medicine experience in the context of connection, including:

  • Personal experience with psychedelic medicine (optional)
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremony
  • Hands-on leadership training
  • Team building
  • In-person coaching
  • Fully catered meals

Similar intensives typically cost about $5,000 and include only a fraction of the experiential modalities we have lined up for you. The entire intensive is included in your program tuition.*

*We will also provide an option to upgrade your room accommodations on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Reunion is a not-for-profit sacred space in Costa Rica to experience the transformational power of Ayahuasca and Psilocybin ceremonies complemented by ancient and modern modalities to bring forth healing and sustained change through learning, self-discovery, and self-acceptance.

Your Coaching Certification tuition includes accommodation and meals for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Working with psychedelics requires direct knowledge. It is essential that you understand your clients’ experiences in the context of our coaching framework, so the intensive is mandatory.

Contact us if you have a scheduling conflict and cannot attend.


  1. Have complete clarity on how to integrate psychedelics into your current coaching methods and evolve your practice to catalyze positive change in the world.
  2. Cultivate mastery in the skill of psychedelics and how to apply the appropriate medicines to help your clients achieve differential results–whether they want to heal, recover, achieve optimal well-being, rediscover their purpose, tap into latent creativity, or lay a foundation for a new form of leadership.
  3. Understand the benefits and risks of different psychedelic medicines, the impact of different dosages and timings, and how to best leverage them for your clients’ needs.
  4. Experience exactly how high-performance methods interact with psychedelics so you can guide your clients with confidence and empathy.
  5. Develop a toolkit of multiple modalities to break through patterns of resistance, emotional blockages, and limiting beliefs.
  6. Discover the complex interplay of body, mind, and spirit with psychedelic medicines and how to address them holistically with targeted supporting practices.
  7. Understand the nuance of coaching psychedelic use in the context of entrepreneurship and how to create safe spaces, reduce harm, and navigate the evolving legal landscape.
  8. Ground theoretical knowledge, scientific research, and practical insights into the integration process to create sustainable, long-term results for your clients.
  9. Turn theory into practice with access to proven intake practices and marketing approaches.

Program Fees



Early Bird Special: $13,500

The next Cohort will begin July 2024

This includes the all-expenses-paid 8-day immersion in Costa Rica (not including travel) and a featured placement in our directory (for those who meet the criteria) to help drive leads to your business.

You can reserve your chance to get a spot in the program by paying a $149 Application Fee today. (approx €140)

Please note that your Application Fee does not guarantee admittance to the program.

Have Questions? Join a free live Q&A with Institute Director, Leanne Kallal.

Meet your instructors and guides

Our instructors are all recognized leaders in their respective fields, with extensive experience in high performance coaching. Few of these luminaries offer this high level of training outside their private client work. With their combined training, you receive an unparalleled and comprehensive education.


Paul F. Austin

Founder of Third Wave and lead instructor for the certification program, Paul is a 21st century pioneer of responsible use of psychedelics for healing, leadership, and personal transformation. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and WebMD for his work amplifying awareness around the benefits of microdosing psychedelics. He is a sought-after public speaker and coach as well as the author of the book “Mastering Microdosing: How to use sub-perceptual psychedelics to heal trauma, improve performance, and transform your life”.

Core Facilitators

Participants connect in small pods of 14 students under the guidance of one of our core facilitators. Your facilitator will help guide each bi-weekly integration session.

Maria Dimakos

From a young age, Maria was touched by the gift of oracular vision, a light that dimmed under the

From a young age, Maria was touched by the gift of oracular vision, a light that dimmed under the shadow of her deeply religious upbringing. Her journey took a sharp turn during her teens when her father suffered a traumatic brain injury and spiraled into paranoid schizophrenia. This challenging period catalyzed Maria’s immersion into the world of psychotherapy. She dedicated her early career to helping those grappling with severe emotional disturbances within the confines of a locked-down psychiatric facility. However, disillusionment crept in as she witnessed the overreliance on psychiatric medications and a system more focused on managing sickness than fostering health. The path of burnout unexpectedly opened the doors to spiritual enlightenment for Maria. She embraced this new awakening, diving deep into the realms of meditation, sound healing, and energy medicine, finding solace and strength in these ancient practices. Life, with its losses and lessons, taught Maria that while her background in psychology and meditation was invaluable, there were yet more profound teachings awaiting her in the wisdom of plant medicine. She ventured into this new territory, enriching her understanding through personal exploration and formal education, including graduating from the Psychedelic Coaching Institute’s integrated program by Third Wave. Today, Maria Sophia not only practices as a Psychedelic Integration Coach but also contributes her expertise as a faculty member. Her journey didn’t stop there. Maria became a certified Conscious Death Doula and end-of-life coach, advocating for a compassionate approach to life’s final chapter, intertwining the use of master plant teachers in the process of dying. Her studies continued to flourish, delving deeper into the mysteries of plant dietas with the Plant Medicine Mystery School. Beyond her practice, Maria channels her commitment to ethics and integrity into her contributions to the Psychedelic Guide Network by leading bi-weekly supervisory wisdom circles. Her rich Greek heritage weaves a golden thread through all her endeavors, fueling her passion for reviving the sacred priestesshood of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Marcus Druen

Marcus is a renowned international leadership coach and organization development expert. He has

Marcus is a renowned international leadership coach and organization development expert. He has worked with Microsoft, Adobe, KPMG as well as start-ups in climate tech and the B-Corp Business Fights Poverty. After overcoming childhood trauma and a near-death experience, he embraced psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, marking a turning point in his life. Now residing in a forest in the English countryside, Marcus advocates that systemic change is a function of our collective personal development. Marcus’ mission is to co-create a better (business/financial) world which led him into the blockchain/web3 rabbit whole with his most recent focus on decentralised social media and regeneration. He wants to on-board his entire network on-chain by showing them that crypto is more than the casino. As a certified Psychedelic with the Psychedelic Coaching Institute, he dedicates himself to guiding founders, business executives, change leaders and fellow coaches through their journeys of inner work and outer transformation. Combining his core business practice with his immersion in the psychedelic space, Marcus is developing The PMFC – the Psychedelic Map For Change; a holistic coaching tool that resonates with people who want to see the bigger picture and change their lives.

Nasreen El-Mariesh

Nasreen El-Mariesh (Naz) is a coach certified by the Psychedelic Coaching Institute, specializing in

Nasreen El-Mariesh (Naz) is a coach certified by the Psychedelic Coaching Institute, specializing in women’s empowerment and relationships: to self, our loved ones, and the Divine. She is a Co-Founder of Women are the Medicine, a UK based company offering microdosing programmes and in-person European retreats dedicated to helping women harness the power of psychedelic integration. Their ultimate goal is to generate a positive wave of female-focussed personal and collective growth, that will contribute to a more conscious, equitable, and abundant world. Naz’s coaching approach combines science, somatics, and spirituality to provide an expansive and intuitive coaching experience. By delving deep and approaching self-discovery with curiosity, she guides clients through playful yet profound explorations of their emotional and energetic existence. This transformative space reveals that the wisdom they seek resides within, and that fear can be transmuted into love through bold and inspired action. With a decade of experience in organizing luxury transformational retreats worldwide and an affinity for supporting other coaches, Naz brings a wealth of knowledge to her coaching practice.

Guest Faculty

Katherine Coder, Ph.D.

Dr. “Eva” Katherine Coder is a trauma therapist, transpersonal psychologist, spiritual guide,

Dr. “Eva” Katherine Coder is a trauma therapist, transpersonal psychologist, spiritual guide, and teacher. Eva Katherine invites people to realize and express their full divine-humanness to themselves, in relationship, and in community. She works through co-creating evolutionary containers for growth with her clients. She is the creator of the OINOS Temple, a five-element initiatory immersion. Her specialties include trauma resolution, deep feminine cultivation, elemental medicine and psychospiritual integration. Eva Katherine’s transformative work connects body, mind, and Spirit to allow people to integrate at a profound level and live from their true essence. She is the author of After the Ceremony Ends, a guidebook for visionary plant medicine integration.

David Rabin, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Rabin is one of the leading minds of the psychedelic renaissance. He is a neuroscientist,

Dr. David Rabin is one of the leading minds of the psychedelic renaissance. He is a neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist, health tech entrepreneur, and inventor. He is also a practitioner of ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) and is trained in MDMA assisted psychotherapy.

Dr. Marie Mbouni

Dr. Marie Mbouni is a consciousness coach, shaman, energy healer, and speaker who started out in

Dr. Marie Mbouni is a consciousness coach, shaman, energy healer, and speaker who started out in Western medicine as an anesthesiologist with the intention of bringing peace and healing to people. After years of working grueling hours at the expense of her personal relationships and her health, Marie embraced a new path and turned her focus toward healing people on a spiritual and energetic level, and mentoring others on a similar path to enlightenment.

M.J. Jiaras, Psy.D.

An executive coach, motivator and cultural change expert, Dr. M.J. Jiaras blends his academic

An executive coach, motivator and cultural change expert, Dr. M.J. Jiaras blends his academic learning with 20 years of practical experience to help executives achieve rapid results in their quest for excellence. M.J. customizes his approach to meet the needs of the individual or corporation and adds his unique combination of enthusiasm, insight and humor to every session. Powerful executives in a diverse range of businesses highly recommend his high impact presentations and training sessions. Read what our clients say.

Peter Carnochan, Ph.D.

Peter G. M. Carnochan, PhD is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California,

Peter G. M. Carnochan, PhD is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, where he is a personal and supervising analyst and a member of the faculty. A psychoanalyst, executive coach, author, and Harvard-trained philosopher, Peter has spent the last 30 years helping clients unknot problematic feelings, solve challenges, and develop more resilient and expansive modes of living. He is one of the most highly-regarded executive coaches in Silicon Valley and brings a deep, philosophical perspective to both psychedelics and coaching.

Natasja Pelgrom

Natasja Pelgrom is a thought leader and accomplished executive who has made significant

Natasja Pelgrom is a thought leader and accomplished executive who has made significant contributions to the fields of personal transformation and psychedelics-assisted care. As a sacred medicine woman, visionary leader, and consultant, Natasja facilitates profound spiritual alchemy journeys, creating a compassionate space for self-leadership and driving behavioral and systemic change. Her primary objective is to empower practitioners and executives to excel in their services by emphasizing the importance of impact and change.

Recorded Sessions Facilitated by:

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield is a top-tier human performance consultant, speaker and New York Times bestselling

Ben Greenfield is a top-tier human performance consultant, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of 17 books. His work focus on creating fully optimized life in an astonishing variety of topics, including: body and brain performance, fat loss, digestion, sleep, hormone, anti-aging, parenting, sex, relationships, spiritual practices, smart drugs, nootropics and, of course, psychedelics.

Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi is an entrepreneur and renowned global thought leader in the future of work and

Keith Ferrazzi is an entrepreneur and renowned global thought leader in the future of work and leadership. As Founder and Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and its research institute Go Forward to Work, he works with some of the world’s most prominent organizations to maximize team performance and achieve extraordinary outcomes. Formerly, he was the CMO of Deloitte and Starwood Hotels. Keith is a #1 New York Times best selling author of Who’s Got Your Back, Never Eat Alone, and Leading Without Authority. His 20 year history of coaching c-suite executive teams has made him an agent of transformation and among the world’s greatest and most sought after coaches.

Jared Chrisman

Jared joined the Third Wave team on the heels of working on the Tony Robbins business development

Jared joined the Third Wave team on the heels of working on the Tony Robbins business development team through the pandemic. After a personal, profound psychedelic experience Jared felt a calling to focus his energy on helping advance the psychedelic movement. By happenstance, he met Paul in Bozeman, Montana, and soon after joined the team. Jared’s strength in heart-centered enrollment coupled with the existing team’s efforts exponentially increased our ability to reach individuals and have them join us on our mission.

Lily Eggers

Lily Eggers is a California licensed psychotherapist and relationship coach with a Degree in Somatic

Lily Eggers is a California licensed psychotherapist and relationship coach with a Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been working clinically with individuals and couples for over 10 years and has been exploring her own consciousness and human potential since age 15 when she walked on fire and realized there’s a LOT more to learn and grow in life than most people are aware of. She’s a seasoned psychonaut and offers preparation, integration and journey work individually and in groups. Lily lives with her husband and two children in Marin County, California and celebrates life by dancing, riding bikes, skinny dipping, hiking in the woods, consciously exploring psychedelics, and making music. Lily’s sense of humor and down-to-earth nature will put you at ease from the very first session.


  1. After you pay the Application Fee, you will be automatically taken to a page to schedule an Admissions Interview with Psychedelic Coaching Admissions. The purpose of this call is to ensure you are a perfect candidate for one of our few spots.
  2. Once you are approved, you will receive an email with payment instructions. You will have the option to either pay the remaining or set up a payment plan.
  3. When you have chosen your preferred method of payment, you will get a welcome email confirming your payment. Detailed onboarding information will be sent before the first class.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this certification designed for?

This certification program is specifically designed for experienced psychedelic users looking to start or expand a career in the psychedelic coaching space.

Students who do not yet have an existing coaching practice are encouraged to seek outside support in terms of learning the basics of running a coaching practice.

We do not heavily educate students on running or marketing their business in this Certification Program.

Do I need to be a credentialed coach to apply?

No. There are no licensing or certification requirements to participate in the program.

What is the time commitment for the certification program?

We anticipate you will need 4-6 hours per week between classes, workshops, and assignments.

What is the Practicum and why is it required?

The Practicum part of the course consists of Practice Sessions and a Final Assessment, and is a requirement for graduation. This phase lasts for six months and begins after the theoretical portion of the curriculum is complete. The point of the Practicum is to ensure that you understand and can skillfully apply the proprietary PCI coaching methodology.

The Practicum period will include additional lectures and facilitated group integration sessions separate from the main curriculum.

Practice Sessions involve you finding one or more clients to coach and logging 50 coaching sessions. One of the sessions must be recorded anonymously and will be reviewed only by authorized PCI Faculty member, then deleted after graduation.

More details will be sent to you closer to the Practicum phase.

Am I guaranteed a certificate? How does “graduation” work?

In addition to meeting our attendance and homework requirements, you will be required to conduct and submit for review a practice coaching session with a client (to be recorded anonymously and deleted after review), and given a final assessment after completing the training. Upon passing this assessment, you will be awarded your Psychedelic Coaching Institute Coaching Certification certificate and all the perks that go with it.

You can view details in Section 7 of the Terms and Conditions.

How do I become eligible for placement in the Directory?

Participants will be expected to demonstrate consistent ethical and professional integrity. Only those graduates who demonstrate a full understanding of all course materials, receive high marks from their coach mentor on assignments, and demonstrate ongoing support for their fellow course participants will be invited to be listed on the Third Wave Directory.

Invited graduates will receive six-months of premium Vetted status for their listings, at no charge, after which they will have the choice of keeping a free, verified listing, or retaining the extra features of their Vetted status, for a low monthly fee.

You can view details in Section 8 of the Terms and Conditions.

Is there a payment plan?

Yes. Should you decide a payment plan is better for you, as long as you pay the Application Fee to reserve your spot, you have the option to pay the remaining balance for a slightly higher fee.

Your payment plan would be 5 payments every month on the 30-day anniversary of the first payment, which is drawn immediately upon checkout.

What are your Refund Policy and Terms & Conditions?

Refund policies for all Third Wave courses are outlined on our refund policy page. You can view and download the Coaching Certification Program Terms and Conditions here.

Does the program have an explicit ethics policy?

At Third Wave, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and values. Our ethics are vital to our business model. Our Ethics Pledge is published here.

Is the in-person intensive required for certification?

The intensive is a key element of the overall experience and is required for certification.

Should you not be able to attend, please contact us to see if other arrangements can be made.

Have additional questions?

We are searching for heart-centered coaches aligned with Third Wave’s mission to support and guide others on their journey working with psychedelics. If you feel you are that person but have more questions, please attend our weekly, live Q&A session with Institute Director, Leanne Kallal.