Horizons NYC

Speakers have been announced and tickets are on sale for our tenth conference.


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Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum in New York City that examines the role of psychedelic drugs in science, healing, 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.

Our tenth conference is on October 7th-9th, 2016 at The Cooper Union Great Hall.

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


Alphabetical. Schedule to be announced shortly.

Theresa Carbonaro, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“The Johns Hopkins Club Drug Study”

Alicia Danforth, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

“Exploring MDMA-Assisted Therapy as a Social Adaptability Catalyst for Autistic Adults”

Jag Davies

Director of Communications Strategy, Drug Policy Alliance

“Envisioning Success: What Does the End of Psychedelic Criminalization Really Look Like?”

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
Natalie Lyla Ginsberg

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., MAPS Founder and Executive Director

Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, MAPS Policy and Advocacy Manager

“Rescheduling MDMA: History and Future”

Amanda Feilding

Executive Director of the Beckley Foundation

“The Beckley Foundation: Pioneering Research, Altering Perceptions”

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.

Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“The Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Research Project: Overview, Phenomenology, and Therapeutic Applications”

Robert Jesse

Convenor of the Council on Spiritual Practices

Bia Labate, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Guadalajara, Mexico, co-founder and editor of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP)

“Ayahuasca Research and Politics”

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.

Lead Clinical Investigator and Medical Monitor, MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD

“MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy: History and Future”

Stephen Ross, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine

“The NYU Psilocybin Project: History and Future”

Loree Sutton, M.D.

United States Army Brigadier General, Retired, Founding director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

“PTSD, MDMA, and the DOD”

Fred Tomaselli


Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

“Beyond Healing: Psychedelics as Cognitive Tools for Learning”

Line-up is subject to change. Schedule to be announced shortly.


Please take a moment to read our Philosophy, Policies and Ticket Tier
explanations before purchasing tickets using the form below.


Horizons tickets are sold in three tiers, on the honor system. Please choose the tier you are most able to afford.

All Patron, Standard, and Student/Hardship tickets include entrance to all programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Horizons is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational charity.

Our goal is simply to share knowledge, create dialogue, build community and break even.

We try to make the conference as affordable as possible while maintaining professional standards.

Registration prices have increased slowly over the years in order to support larger audiences and higher quality production.

The conference has no funding beyond ticket revenue.


There are no refunds, but tickets are transferrable.

We have reached capacity in previous years. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Line up and schedule are subject to change.

Horizons is an all-ages event, but children must be silent in the auditorium.

Children under 16 are free if accompanied by parent or guardian, with reservation.

With the exception of Patron tickets, seating is first-come, first-served.

Your personal information is kept strictly confidential. We do not sell, lease or lend our guest database to anyone.

All photo and video recording and usage is subject to our media policy

Additional Guest Policies are below in the “Guest Policies and Et Cetera” section.


Standard ($111)

Standard tickets accurately reflect the price of producing the conference from year to year.

We think this is a very reasonable price for a full weekend of learning, community and entertainment in the heart of New York City.

Please purchase a standard price ticket if you are able, even if the Student / Hardship tier is still on sale.

Patron ($250)

Patron tickets allow us to grow by investing in international speakers, state-of-the-art conference facilities with larger capacities, and higher production values.

Patron ticket purchasers are provided with reserved front-and-center seating and express mail delivery of conference credentials in order to avoid lines at check-in.

Student / Hardship ($77)

Student / Hardship tickets are offered for those who have challenging financial circumstances, such as full-time scholarship or under/unemployment.

They are highly subsidized, and thus limited in number. Please only purchase a Student / Hardship ticket if it is impossible for you to afford a Standard ticket.

These tickets are limited in number, may have their price increased closer to the event, and will sell out well before the conference.

Day Pass ($66)

Day passes are offered for those who wish to only attend one day of the conference.

Day passes are final sales and may not be transferred to another day.




The conference venue for both Saturday 10/8 and Sunday 10/9 is The Cooper Union Great Hall, at 7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003.

The most convenient trains are the 6 at Astor Place and the N/R at 8th St, and the 4, 5, 6, N, Q and R at Union Square is also nearby.

There is no parking at the venue.

The Cooper Union Great Hall is an ADA-accessible facility.

Seating is first come first serve, other than reserved Patron seats.

Food and drink other than water is not allowed in the auditorium.

There is no coat check available.

The 2016 reception venue will be announced shortly.

Lodging, Parking, & Transit

Horizons does not have any official hotel, lodging, or parking partners.

We recommend using hotel search engines to find options that match your price point.

Any hotel in downtown or midtown Manhattan will be very convenient. Downtown Brooklyn is also a very short subway ride. Long Island City, Queens also has many hotels with good subway access.

Airbnb is also well-regarded in New York City.

Use Google Maps to estimate transit time between locations in New York City. Please keep this in mind if you are booking accommodations in the outer boroughs or far uptown.

SpotHero is helpful for finding parking garages, although driving is typically not a recommended way to arrive in downtown Manhattan.

Press & Recording

Horizons is a press-friendly event and often provides access to the conference, speakers, and recordings, with advance notice and coordination.

If you are a member of the press who is actively engaged in reportage about psychedelic drugs, please contact us via email with “PRESS REQUEST” in the subject line.

Professional quality recording devices must be registered in advance and the use of recordings is limited by our media agreement.

Speakers may request that their presentations not be recorded, and all guests and members of the press must comply. Use of all recordings from the conference are limited by our media agreement.

Guests may photograph and record the proceedings, so long as they do not interfere with the enjoyment of the conference by other guests.

Guest Policies and Et Cetera

Ticket and registration policies are detailed in the “REGISTRATION” section above.

Speaking at Horizons is via invitation only and we do not accept proposals for consideration.

We also do not accept proposals for info tables, poster sessions, film screenings, arts exhibitions, or other supplementary programming.

Commercial solicitation or distribution of flyers, brochures, advertisements, etc. without prior consent is prohibited, regardless of good intentions or noble causes.

We reserve the right to eject without refund anyone who treats our venue, staff, speakers, or fellow guests without respect.

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If you have questions about speakers, tickets, venues, lodging, transportation, or other logistical questions, please be sure to read the sections above in their entirety before contacting us.

Please understand that speaking at Horizons is by invitation only, and we do not accept proposals for consideration.


Credits: Photography by Steve Duncan. Logo design by Seze Devres. Layout by Theresa Mershon.