news & events

Forthcoming Trainings: nationally & internationally

Coaching Programs will be beginning in Italy, California, Florida and, as always, New England, in 2017!

The Synthesis Center has been one of the leading centers of Psychosynthesis education and training in North America for the past 40 years.  We use the Psychosynthesis model as a very effective and transformative way to train life coaches and many others in the helping professions, as well as for the process of personal and spiritual growth.  We are thrilled to see the work of the Center take root and grow through new staff, in new locations, partenering with the Synthesis Center to take this work into the world.

Our courses are accredited through the Center for Credentialing and Education, which means that you are eligible to sit for the national Board Certified Coach (BCC) exam upon completion of our program if you meet BCC requirements. (see their site at: Our programs also lead to certification as a Psychosynthesis Life Coach.

In New England, our next live level 1 program will begin in the fall of 2017, under the leadership of Jon Schottland, in an incredibly rich new environment, just minutes outside of Brattleboro, VT. See more on The Center's New England training program starting in October! We will also be offering a teleconference training, and advanced training for psychosynthesis trained practitioners who want coach certification.

In Italy, Cristina Pelizzatti,is starting a Psychosynthesis Life Coach training, centered in Milan. It will offer both a level 1 and 2 and starts this spring.

In Southern Florida, Valerie Slicker, affiliated Center staff and long time group facilitator, will be starting a cosponsored PLC training program. Synthesis Center staff will be on hand to help get her program up and running!

In San Francisco, Susan Allen is creating Synthesis SF with a full psychosynthesis Life Coach Training, also starting in the spring of 2017. Joined by a number of psychosynthesis practitioners and trainers, the program will take place in-person and through teleconference.

Further Information: One on one conversations by phone, skype or in person  are available as part of the process of exploring our programs. Our teaching staff are Jon Schottland, Didi Firman and Robin White in New England; Cris Pelizzatti, Didi & Jon, in Italy; Val Silidker, Alyssa Whitehouse, Didi & Jon in Florida and Susan Jewkes Allen, Didi, Jon, and Raúl Quiñones-Rosada, Alan Haras, Sara Vatore & Sakura Nimura in San Francisco! Please contact us to set up a time to talk.


Dreaming & Healing—Many Pathways Conference with Psychosynthesis Coach Wilka Roig, Didi and internationally known dream-work teachers, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, March 31- April 2, with preconference workshop by Didi on Psychosynthesis & the Imagination, March 29.



Chapters are coming in for our new book, "The Call of Self: Psychosynthesis Coaching and the Promise of Wholeness". We plan to have it published in 2017. If you are a psychosynthesis coach, and want to be considered for writing a chapter, please send us a paragraph on the chapter theme and background on your work as a coach! (Send it to the book's editor, Didi Firman)

Mind and Life Conference: A Wonderful Experience

Please visit our new "Contemplative Psychosynthesis" page for some thoughts and a classic psychosynthesis exercise, pointing us towards the much needed contemplative work of psychosynthesis. Our presentation at the Mind & Life Conference in San Diego was a powerful interface between the contemplative community and the transpersonal psychology community, represented by our work in psychosynthesis.

If you are interested in workshops or training in Contemplative Psychosynthesis, or individual coaching work with a contemplative orientation, contact Barbara Veale Smith. At the Synthesis Center, Barbara offers unique contemplative training experiences on the nature of contentless awareness and the indivisible nature of Self/I. In June of 2016, she offered a plenary session at the International Psychosynthesis Conference in Italy, entitled “Peace Is Really Possible: Moving Beyond Either/Or to the Both/And of Human Being.” You can experience Barbara’s presentation here.