Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum that examines the role of psychedelic drugs in science, medicine, culture and spirituality.

In recent years, a growing community of scientists, doctors, artists, activists, seekers and scholars have orchestrated a renaissance in psychedelic thought and practice.

Horizons brings together the brightest minds and the boldest voices of this movement to share their research, insights, and dreams for the future.

Horizons was founded in 2007 by Kevin Balktick, with Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., joining as speaker curator and MC in 2008.

Horizons Media, Inc., a 501c(3) not-for-profit educational charity, is currently led by board members Kevin Balktick, Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., James Vasile, Esq., and Ingmar Gorman, Ph.D.

Having outgrown Judson Memorial Church, its original location, Horizons is now hosted at The Cooper Union Great Hall, which has been a center for public dialogue since its founding in 1858, having hosted such illustrious speakers as Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and more recently, Barack Obama.

Horizons Media, Inc. conducts no other business besides the annual conference and is funded in solely by registration and concession sales. All profits go towards producing and improving the following year’s event. Its board members are not compensated.

Horizons Media, Inc. is not a political advocacy or scientific research organization, nor does it have any financial relationships with other organizations and businesses that participate as presenters or informational presences.




Kevin Balktick

 Photo by Kate Raudenbush

Photo by Kate Raudenbush

KEVIN BALKTICK is a creative director and producer of arts & culture experiments based in Brooklyn, NY.

Over the last ten years, he has drawn from the deep well of imagination to create shared moments of inspiration, wonder, and joy.

In addition to being founder and director of Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics, he is the producer of the You Are So Lucky event series, arts curator for the Mysteryland USA festival, and spends lots of time on bicycles.

His projects have been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, NHT (Japan), The Guardian (UK), Ha’aretz (Israel), Vice, Hospitality Design, BoingBoing, Wired.com, Time Out NY and other publications.

Learn more at balktick.org, youaresolucky.com and mysteryland.us.


Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.

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NEAL M. GOLDSMITH, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and author specializing in psychospiritual development.  He is author of dozens of popular and scholarly articles, curates and hosts innovative workshops, salons, and conferences, and a frequent speaker on psychotherapy and change, adult developmental psychology, psychedelics research and policy, and the integral future of society.

Dr. Goldsmith’s book, Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development, describes the current renaissance in psychedelic research and the influence of psychedelics on his personality theory and clinical practice.  (A six-minute clip from his interview on “Fusion of Spirit and Science” may be found at: vimeo.com/7517009.)  

Trained in humanistic, transpersonal, and eastern traditions, Dr. Goldsmith maintains a (non-psychedelic) psychotherapy practice in New York City, and Sag Harbor, NY and may be reached at nealgoldsmith.com/psychedelics.

Ingmar Gorman, Ph.D.

INGMAR GORMAN, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in assisting populations who have had experiences with psychedelics and other psychoactive compounds.

He is the Administrative Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, where he leads groups, trainings, and works with individual clients. Dr. Gorman is Site Co-Principle Investigator and therapist on a Phase 3 clinical trial studying the potential psychotherapeutic utility of MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder and an NIH funded Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University.

He is a board member of Horizons Media, Inc., a not for-profit educational charity and organizer of the Horizons Conference: Perspectives on Psychedelics.


James Vasile, Esq.


JAMES VASILE is a partner at Open Tech Strategies, a consultancy that advises organizations and businesses as they navigate the open-source world

He is a recognized expert on free and open source software and has long challenged the structural, security and privacy barriers that hinder free communication between people.

In addition to his work with OTS, James was the founding Director of the Open Internet Tools Project. Previously, James was a Senior Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he advised and supported a wide range of free software efforts.

He holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA from Fordham College. You can follow him on Twitter andIdenti.ca as @jamesvasile and learn more at jamesvasile.com.