Psychedelic Perspectives on Horizons
By Brett Greene
In honor of the 10th Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference happening this weekend, October 7th-10th in New York City, we wanted to express our gratitude to Neal Goldsmith, Kevin Balktick, and the Horizons team who have inspired, educated, and connected so many in the psychedelic community.
Over the last decade, Horizons has helped usher in the Psychedelic Renaissance with a premier conference every October that brings top psychedelic scientists, researchers, thinkers, and an ever growing number of young people and students to New York to learn, commune and celebrate these remarkable plants and compounds.
This year’s Horizons features a diverse lineup of speakers and will no doubt be one to remember. You can register for the conference at horizonsnyc.org
To mark this special occasion, Psymposia is throwing our grandest Psychedelic Stories event yet on Saturday, October 8th in Brooklyn with comedian Duncan Trussell, Rick Doblin, Katherine MacLean, & Friends.
As a small token of our appreciation, we asked some people to chime in and offer their
Psychedelic Perspectives on Horizons...
Founder and Executive Director of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies
"I've been involved with Neal Goldsmith, Kevin Balktick, and Horizons since before the conference began. It has been incredibly gratifying seeing the growth of the event, and to participate in the 10th anniversary. The renaissance in psychedelic research can be seen just by reviewing the speakers at the Horizons conference. The conference has outgrown its original location and has helped expand the psychedelic community in New York City and beyond. The Horizons conference is another example of how dreams can expand and become reality in ways that surprise and please everyone who is involved."
Cosmic Engagment Officer, Dr. Bronners
"Understanding the positive role psychedelics might play in the healing of the human soul is something Dr. Bronner’s takes very seriously. We applaud Psymposia for its crucial work in the community to educate about psychedelic medicine at a time when most of our society still treats the subject as taboo. Dr. Bronner’s also appreciates the work of Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. in helping to incorporate scientific reason into the discussion on the benefits of psychedelic healing."
"If it wasn’t for a chance encounter meeting my soon-to-be band of conspirators Brett and Lex, on a fall afternoon at Horizons in 2012, Psymposia wouldn’t exist.
So an enormous THANK YOU to Neal & Kevin for having the dedication and courage to create this truly beautiful annual space for people to learn and connect. (and letting Psymposia into your Home!!)"
Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, Former Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins
"Two years ago, I was invited to speak at Horizons about my research on psilocybin and personality change. I had just left my faculty position at Johns Hopkins and was wondering what would come next. A simple conversation during that conference led to the birth of a unique program designed to address the need for more education, therapy and group integration support in New York City.
I am now honored to be working alongside Ingmar Gorman and Andrew Tatarsky at the Center for Optimal Living as we develop the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, which Ingmar and I will be speaking about at this year's 10th annual Horizons. For the past year we have held monthly psychedelic education and integration groups in NYC, as well as developed a first-of-its-kind workshop on psychedelic harm reduction and integration, in collaboration with the MAPS Zendo Project.
My take-away from this work so far is that the future of psychedelics as medicine depends on a strong community and on communication and collaboration with individuals in mental health fields as well as indigenous healers. Both Horizons and the Center for Optimal Living represent the best of what Andrew Tatarsky calls a "philosophy of abundance": that each of us is able to succeed and thrive as individuals by expanding the circle of people who contribute to our shared vision and by helping each person contribute their wisdom, love and effort to the future of psychedelic research and clinical practice. Here's to an amazing future."
Ethnopharmacologist, Heffter Research Institute
"As awareness of the positive aspects of psychedelics and their potential therapeutic uses spreads, there are many ‘catalytic nexuses’ spontaneously appearing, all around this country, and all over the world. These are forums for the exchange of information, ideas, and knowledge, and they play an invaluable role in the formation of a coherent worldview for the psychedelic community.
One of the most influential of these is the Horizons Conferences, presented annually in New York City and now celebrating its 10th anniversary. And as mycelium spreads through the soil, these nexuses spawn other nodes. Psymposia is one of those that grew out of the Horizons conferences and now is effecting its own transformative catalysis, helping to shape the conversation and perceptions.
The solution to ignorance and prejudice about these miraculous medicines is always education and good information."
"To me, Horizons is like Cheers. “Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name… And they’re always glad you came…”
After a few years of Horizons, I’ve come to feel like it’s the place I can go to reconnect with the people who love me and understand me. And most importantly, I get to see people I love, doing what they love to do, sharing their knowledge and telling their stories of how Psychedelics are changing the world.
Neal and Kevin are consummate professionals when it comes to organizing this event, and supporting the people creating the content."
Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program
"Horizons has been the most important psychedelic conference when it comes to my development as a researcher. The relationships formed here have undoubtedly brought many positive changes to my work and our field."
Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Research Project