Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics

From September 19-21 2008

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Tickets are on sale now.

Horizons is a forum for learning about psychedelics. It seeks to open a fresh dialogue about psychedelics and challenges society to rethink their role in history, culture, medicine, spirituality and art. After a successful debut in 2007, Horizons is now an annual event. Its dates for 2008 are September 19-21. Speakers have been announced and tickets are on sale!

Psychedelics are a unique class of psychoactive drugs that have been used by humans for thousands of years. Millions of people in every corner of the globe have used them to alter their consciousness in search of introspective contemplation, spiritual insights, creative exploration and physical and psychological healing.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, legal research with psychedelics spurred important discoveries in science and psychology. During the 1960s, psychedelics entered worldwide popular culture. Fueled by the wild social dogmas of the era, recreational use become commonplace. Questions about their safety, medical value, history and implications
in politics and culture were unfortunately answered with numerous myths spread by both their users and the media.

Times are changing. The freewheeling sixties are now a distant memory and now, a small group of dedicated researchers and activists has created a renaissance in psychedelic research that is re-shaping the public’s understanding of these unique substances. Horizons brings together the brightest minds and boldest voices of this movement to share their research, insights and dreams for the future.

2008 Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Rick Doblin, Ph.D. – Founder/president of MAPS
  • Alex Grey – Artist and co-founder of Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
  • Allyson Grey – Artist and co-founder of Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
  • Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. – MDMA and psilocybin researcher, Professor of Behavioral Biology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • John Halpern, M.D. – MDMA, psilocybin and peyote researcher, Associate Director of Substance Abuse Research at Harvard Medical School
  • Sean Helfritsch & Isaiah Saxon – Video artists, creators of Bjork’s Wanderlust 3D music video
  • Allan Hunt Badiner – Co-editor of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics
  • Dan Merkur – Psychoanalyst, author of The Ecstatic Imagination
  • Dimitri Mugianis – Ibogaine therapist
  • David Nichols, Ph.D. – Founder of Heffter Research Institute, Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology at Purdue University
  • Daniel Pinchbeck – Author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
  • Sasha and Ann Shulgin – Psychedelics elders, authors of Tikhal and Pikhal
  • More speakers to be announced shortly.

We look forward seeing you at this rare and special learning experience!