Founder of the International Institute for Biosynthesis,Switzerland

The “International Institute for Biosynthesis IIBS” is a research and training centre for Biosynthesis. About 20 training institutes in different countries around the world are affiliated to the Institute. The IIBS is a member of various organisations, including the “World Council for Psychotherapy” WCP, the “European Association for Psychotherapy” EAP and the “Medicina Alternativa Internacional”.

The IIBS has a guiding influence within various different international psychotherapy associations, for instance it has a presence on the board of the scientific recognition committee of the EAP, was involved in the psychotherapy and spirituality working group of the WCP, and many others besides. It is involved in a number of scientific research projects.

Biosynthesis has been researched and developed over the past 35 years; it continues to be developed today in theory and a wide range of practical applications by David Boadella and Silvia Specht Boadella, as well as leading members of the “International Training Faculty of Biosynthesis”.

Silvia Specht Boadella

(Born 1948), Dr. phil., Psychotherapist SPV and EABP.

Studied philosophy, literature, psychology and art history. Trained in Biosynthesis. Since 1985, she has undergone ongoing further training in “Psychosomatic Centering” (Robert Moore, Denmark). She spent four years lecturing at the University of Kanazawa (Japan). There she dealt intensively with Zen Buddhism and trained in Buto dance with Kazuo Ohno. Since 1985 she has had a psychotherapeutic practice for individual and group therapy. Since 1986, she has been a Biosynthesis International trainer and director of the IIBS. She has published a book, “Memory as Change” (Maander).


David Boadella

(Born 1931), B.A., M.Ed., D.Sc.hon, Psychotherapist SPV, UKCP and ECP. Studied education, literature and psychology. Trained in character-analytic vegetotherapy. Founder of Biosynthesis. Since 1985 he has undergone ongoing further training in “Psychosomatic Centering” (Robert Moore, Denmark). He has spent over 40 years in psychotherapeutic practice.

He holds lectures worldwide, and is the author of numerous books and articles.
In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the “Open International University of Complementary Medicine” for his pioneering work in the development and promotion of “Energy & Character” journal, as well as for his contributions to social sciences in this context. A selection of David Boadella's books include: “Lifestreams” (Routledge), “Wilhelm Reich: The evolution of his work“ (Arkana).