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 pre-conference classes and 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

York-based producer and
creative director focused on live experiences and hospitality.

He is the founder and director of Horizons, having started the conference at Judson Memorial Church in 2007.

Over the last fourteen years, his oeuvre has included parties, festivals, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, and experiences that defy description, in locations as varied as churches, warehouses, fortresses, libraries, mansions, prisons, universities, city streets, and the great outdoors.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Vogue, WWD, Vice, Hospitality Design, Wired, NHT (Japan), The Guardian (UK), Ha’aretz (Israel), and other publications.


James Vasile, Esq.

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-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.

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 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.