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Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics - Sep 19-21 in NYC

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics

September 19 - 21 2008 at Judson Memorial Church

(Full announcement below this letter.)


Welcome back. I know you're all busy settling back into the default world, but please take a moment to mark off September 19-21 on your calendars.

The Horizons conference is returning. It is a weekend of learning about psychedelics with speakers from all over North America, starting with a kickoff party and reception on the night of Friday September 19, and two days of presentation on Saturday September 20 & Sunday September 21. See below for the full announcement. Tickets are on sale now.

Last year was its debut. The Burning Man community has been deeply involved in this project since its inception, from planning to staffing to the speakers themselves. And of course, the multimedia exhibition of artwork in the gym downstairs featured numerous playa creations. Last year at Burning Man, before Horizons 2007 had even happened, the buzz was spreading and speakers for 2008 were recruited.

Most notably, I am pleased to announce that Sasha and Ann Shulgin, psychedelic elders, bold researchers and fellow burners, will be presenting. This is the fruit of a conversation I had with them at Burning Man last year. Along with them are a dozen of the brightest speakers from across North America, addressing a wide range issues ranging including medical research, spiritual insight, creativity and imagination, society and culture and everything in between.

If you are interested in volunteering, are a member of the press or have other questions, please reply to this message and let me know. Also, please email, post and spread word of Horizons near and far. If ticket sales are strong this year, Horizons 2009 may be able to feature speakers from overseas.

Love and thanks for all of your support,

Kevin Balktick & the Horizons team



September 19 - 21 2008
at Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

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, it 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 the hype of the millennial rave fever has finally been laid to rest. Now, a small group of dedicated researchers and activists has orchestrated 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.

(in alphabetical order, see website for schedule)

* Allan Hunt Badiner - Co-editor of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics
* Rick Doblin, Ph.D. - Founder/president of MAPS
* Robert Forte - Divinity scholar, editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion
* 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. - Psilocybin researcher, Professor of Behavioral Biology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
* John Halpern, M.D. - MDMA, psilocybin and peyote researcher, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Laboratory for Integrative Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
* Sean Helfritsch & Isaiah Saxon - Video artists, creators of Bjork's Wanderlust 3D music video
* Dan Merkur - Psychoanalyst, author of The Ecstatic Imagination
* Dimitri Mobengo 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


Friday, September 19 8pm - midnight

Free for Horizons ticket holders, $10 otherwise

An evening of celebration, art, performance and friends featuring some of New York City's finest creative talent.

Taylor Kuffner (aka Zemi17) presents the Gamelatron. The Gamelatron is a traditional set of Indonesian gamelan instruments augmented with robotic mechanisms, creating a robotic gamelan. This enables an entire gamelan orchestra to be played and improvised on live by one player on computer.

AKAirways provides whimsical inflatable art installations. They are transient and ephemeral, dependent on interaction and engage the environment in which they are deployed. Works are installed with the intent of interacting with or complementing other works and spaces; be good neighbors. AKAirways aims to inspire and unlock the potential of the audience by turning its members into collaborators, to promote the creative process in which there is always an ongoing experiment: Playing, learning, sharing, and collaborating. AKAirways work has been presented in a variety of contexts, from the Museum of Modern Art to underground raves, from NASA to the Whitney Biennale.

More art and entertainment to be announced shortly.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
the pope is indeed throwing

the pope is indeed throwing a party! pope shady will be serving his gonzo evangelical nacho communion on the playa once again... he'll be camped at 2:50 & esplanade with the easel park folks. time and place of nacho communion TBA/TBD... stay tooned...
groovin' the light fantastic at
strictly commercial at

Loogy Hanger's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Washington D.C.

Heard the Pope is throwing a party. Anyone going ?

"Knowledge comes from the past Wisdom from the future"

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Joined: Aug 17 2007
Not too many Head sgoing?

Religion is the abdication of responsibility.

I thought for sure I would see allot more heads looking to attend the burn. this will be my 1st burn. I have a ticket as far as Reno on the 29th and a thumb for the remainder. If I can find BRAT camp shady i will look you up.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Dr Really? *really* does know all...

and not just about life on the playa. it is a little known fact that Dr Are We Really?, the senior anthropologist of the Mind Shaft Society, is, in fact, omniscient. thankfully, he uses his powers for good. give Dr Really? your mind and he'll give you the shaft!

i've been going out to the playa since '98. finding burning man in '98 was, in fact, the single most cathartic experience to help me through the loss of jerry garcia and the grateful dead experience as we then knew it.

the burn may not be for everyone, but, like black licorice, those who like it really really like it.

i really like it.

i'll be camping at BRAT Camp this year, which may mean Black Rock Acid Tasters, Black Rock Arts Tribe, Beings Realizing Astral Travel or perhaps might simply be a license to be BRATs on the playa... regardless, anyone coming out to the playa, feel welcome to seek out BRAT Camp and say hello.
groovin' the light fantastic at

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Joined: Jun 1 2007
Oh my gosh! That's quite

Oh my gosh! That's quite the picture. I probably won't have the resources ($$) or time off to make it this year. But I'm definitely gonna plan it well in advance one year. Hopefully, I can get in with a crew who has some experience on their hands.

When you want that groove that invokes dreams, close your eyes and focus on the dream not the groove

AreWeReally's picture
Joined: Jun 1 2007

What Mary said...

Dig this!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
what Freddy said!

Heed his wise words. I've never been to Burning Man because I know up front I haven't got the stamina or the resilience for it, but one of my old dogpark buddies was once talked into going by her boyfriend and pretty much returned early and in tears because she couldn't stand the dust, the heat, the chaos and the craziness. She wasn't mentally prepared, she wasn't physically prepared, and she had a really bad experience.

I know other people who are regular Burners and have their own various gigs there that are huge successes. And they are, to put it mildly, prepared. Know what you're getting into, talk to the experienced folks, have a plan, and be completely prepared for it to fall apart!

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Joined: Jun 1 2007

Casey... anyone who goes to Burning Man should plan ahead.

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Joined: Jun 1 2007
Cool, thanks for the advice.

Cool, thanks for the advice. Still not positive where I'll be around that time of year.

When you want that groove that invokes dreams, close your eyes and focus on the dream not the groove


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