About Sven

He is a highly curious adventurist who has spend years traversing the world and challenging himself.

After getting his degree in Psychobiology, he started exploring a path of self-actualisation and working with novel science-based methods.

Attending retreats, working with the breath, cold, meditation & psychedelics, he experienced tremendous transformations.

Walking his path, he felt called to work with others on their journey.

Sven Kimenai - Wim Hof Method Instructor
Sven Kimenai - Wim Hof Method Instructor


Sven is continiously researching, experimenting and applying novel science-based methods as catalysts for self-exploration and transformational healing.

He empathically empowers others to step out of their comfort zones and supports them in exploring their inner landscapes.

He aims to find, combine and apply novel tools to catalyze personal growth, insight & human connection, and to solidify the fundamental science looking at existential transformation.


Sven holds a degree in Psychobiology from the University of Amsterdam. Here he studied the interactions between biology, the psyche and the brain.

He has done extensive literary research on the biophysiology of sleep, cold exposure, stress and arousal systems, psychedelics and health supplementation.

Among others, he has worked on lab experiments applying EEG’s to test the potential of  food supplements to disrupt meditative brain states.

During his courses he studied the neuro-microbiology aspects of the cellulair stress response. Namely the nucleic translocation of stress receptors as a response to stress hormones.

Sven has also ran many personal experiments, among which he was testing out various Nootropics and adapting to a Polyphasic Sleep schedule.

Having a strong scientific foundation, Sven dives deep into the science behind the modalities he uses. Many of the cutting-edge modalities he works with require a very experiential, emotional, aswell as a scientific understanding. He loves to combine experiential wisdom and emotional intelligence with scientific rationale, and weave the different perspectives and levels of understanding together to create a wholesome grasp of the experience and practice.

Working towards a new understanding of these different aspects, he empowers others to continue their practice and journey independently.

Besides being naturally empathic and a very intuitive communicator, Sven has researched body language extensively. He is trained and certified in detecting micro-expressions, Emotional Skills & Competencies (ESaC) and responding effectively to emotions by the Paul Ekman Group. The training tools of which, have been developed by Paul Ekman, the world’s leading expert in lie detection & one of the foremost researchers of emotions.

Being passionate about self-optimisation, biophysiology and health, Sven researched and experimented with a large amount of different health supplements & nootropics.

He has worked in a lab at Kimtec International, developing complex health supplements specifically designed for bovine digestive systems. Here he developed the first top-dress anionic salt on the market preventing milk fever with dairy cows.

Combining his lab experience with his own research and sleep experimentation, he has been consulted for the development of sleep supplements for sleep-deprived shift-workers.


As a licensed Wim Hof Method Instructor, one of his greatest passions is guiding others through breathwork and cold exposure and to reconnect them with their inner healing capacity.

Through the Wim Hof Method, he helps others to reconnect with nature, to find their inner fire and to unleash their tremendous potential. Sven constructively supports others to step out of their comfort zones and to face their fears.

He has worked with athletes, biohackers, freedivers, those seeking relief from auto-immune diseases, chronic pain and mental disorders, and many more.

Continuing to be amazed by the cathartic power of the breath, its ability to catalyze insights and its unique application for health and body-mind regulation, Sven extensively works with the breath for various applications.

Breathwork, being an amazingly fluent endogenous healing modality and a natural bridge to profound altered states of consciousness, is used by Sven as a tremendous force, to reconnect us with our innate-healing capacity.

Having experience with various breathwork practices and techniques, he uses the breath in physical training activities, as a preparation and integration tool for psychedelic ceremonies, for emotional release, as an anchor in extreme cold exposure and to provide relief for those with chronic pain and auto-immune diseases. He has also worked at a highschool, using the breath as a tool for children with performance anxiety.

Sven has done extensive reading in the scientific literature around breathwork, its relation to health, safety and biophysiology.

Currently, Sven works at Synthesis as a breathwork facilitator.

Traveling to Central-America, Sven went through multiple plant medicine ceremonies in the Costa Rican Jungle, where he discovered the astounding and mind-boggling healing potential of psychedelics for the first time.

He now works at Synthesis, one of the foremost psychedelic retreats, using a legal and modern framework, in the Netherlands. Working at Synthesis, he has had the opportunity to contribute to novel psychedelic research, to assist many in their psychedelic journey and to witness countless participants going through mindblowing transformations.

Being deeply inspired by the healing capacity of psychedelics and their potential use in modern mental healthcare, and blown away by the rapidly growing societal and scientific validation of its use, Sven holds psychedelics as one of the most powerful and awe-inspiring healing modalities currently available to us.

Human connection, community and sharing are enormously impactful to our well-being and our ability to heal from wounds of the past. Having experienced this himself, and understanding how vital and powerful human connection and acceptance is, Sven aims to create safe and open social environments that allow for organic connecting, radical honesty and emotional sharing with fellow souls. Not just through talking, but through music, dancing and laughter!

He loves to involve active listening, group sharing, music , dance and other interpersonal exercises during his events. 

Few things are as good, as profound, and as healing, as being submerged in a genuinely heart-warming and accepting group made of authentic individuals. That is always the aim.

During these events, through human connection, we will come together in humility and share with and learn from one another. Often leaving lasting connections and a sense of community after returning home.

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

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