October 1, 2009 - experience

Anakin Koenig

The 3rd Horizons conference in New York City was September 25th, 26th and 27th.  Although I wasn’t able to attend all the sessions, I was able to attend the performances at the opening reception, see William Richards and Franz Wollenweider on Saturday and Andy Letcher and Bob Jesse on Sunday.

Horizons is a “forum for learning about psychedelics” with the goal of “open[ing] a fresh dialogue on the role of psychedelics in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, and art.”  Held at the Judson Memorial Church on the south side of Washington Square Park, Horizons is organized by Horizons Media Inc.  The board members are Kevin Balktick, Neal Goldsmith and James Vasile.

Sadly, on Sunday I had to leave after Bob Jesse’s fascinating presentation on his work with the Council on Spiritual Practice – and just after someone from the audience started screaming during the applause:

“there were just a bunch of white men up there talking about founding a mushroom cult, and I grew up in a mushroom cult in Berkeley and I’m a Yale educated woman and I’m just saying think for yourself!  think for yourself!”

Luckily Neal was moderating, had the microphone and brilliantly responded  to give the person a reason to wait and join the discussion after the break.  He must be an outstanding counselor.

If anyone who was there can tell me what happened after the break, please post in the comments, I would love to know.