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

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

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

Now in its thirteenth year, Horizon is the largest and longest-running annual gathering of the psychedelic community in the world.

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

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 solely by registration and concession sales. All profits go towards producing and improving the following year’s event. Its board members are not compensated.



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.

James Vasile, Esq.

Ingmar Gorman, Ph.D.


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

He is the Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, where he leads groups, workshops, and treats individual clients. Dr. Gorman is Site Co-Principal 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.








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 as @jamesvasile