Leaders, Researchers, and Visionaries
Each Float Conference we put on is full of so much excellent float information that we simply have to put it all up online, in its entirety, for free. Below you will find presentations from the 2012-2019 conferences.
2019 Conference Videos
Float Research and Applications for Athletes & Military - Dr. Josh Hagen | 2019 Float Conference
Dr. Josh Hagen joins us from the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University where he researches benefits and applications of Float Therapy for a variety of populations. His talk at the 2019 Float Conference focuses on military and athletes as they incorporate Float Therapy into their recovery and optimization programs.
To Be or Not To Be - Lee & Glenn Perry | 2019 Float Conference
Lee and Glenn Perry are the founders of the Samadhi Tank Company, the first manufacturer of floatation tanks. They join us at the 2019 Float Conference to discuss expanding consciousness and using meditation in the float tank to rewire the brain and enhance creativity.
Tactical Floatation: Helping U.S. Air Force Operators - Dr. Jerry Walker | 2019 Float Conference
Dr. Jerry Walker is a clinical psychologist at Nebraska Medicine, among a variety of other projects. Dr. Walker discusses the results of his 1 year study on using floatation therapy to mitigate physiological and psychological impacts of high-stress experienced by U.S. Air Force O.
The Blend of Human Perception & Floating for 30 Days - Zerin Beattie | 2019 Float Conference
Zerin Beattie, owner of XPAND, is dedicated to pushing the evolution of consciousness onward. In his talk at the 2019 Float Conference, he shares how floating 30 days in a row had a profound influence on how he perceives the world around him, both internally and externally.
Development of Data-Collecting Tools for Float Research - Will Schoenhals | 2019 Float Conference
The Research and Development of a Hand Dynamometer in a Novel Research Environment William Schoenhals was the first engineering intern to join the Float Clinic & Research Center (FCRC), where he helped to design and develop novel ways of collecting biometric data on research subjects while they float. His presentation discusses why the measurement of cardiac interoception is important, as well as present preliminary interoception data from an ongoing float study in patients with severe anxiety.
From Surviving to Thriving - Michael Ruskow & Andreas Kraemer | 2019 Float Conference
After quite a turn around with Just Float, Inc., Mike Ruskow has a unique perspective on overcoming obstacles in order to lift a business from passion to profit. In this talk, Mike and his consultant turned Executive Director, Andreas Kraemer, share the fundamental aspects of creating a strong business and brand.
Stephen Johnson | 2019 Float Conference Introduction
Stephen Johnson, a long time meditative and philosophical thinker, among many other things, welcomes the 2019 Float Conference. Stephen’s variety of experiences both inside and outside of the float industry bring a new and insightful edge to the conference.
Float Center Sanitation: Managing the Float Solution - Dr. Roy Vore | 2019 Float Conference
Dr. Roy Vore is a microbiologist, an expert on recreational water illnesses, and a member of several committees in the pool and spa industry. The fascinating chemistry of float tank water lured Roy in so deep that has spoken about float tank sanitation with Graham and Ashkahn at several Environmental Health Conferences around the country. In this talk, Roy clears up any murkiness about sanitation in your float center using some amusing, yet helpful analogies.
‘The Scientist’: Adapting John C. Lilly’s Memoirs - Jon Torn & Freddie Katz | 2019 Float Conference
Jon Torn is a teacher, writer, and performer who has recently adapted John C. Lilly’s autobiography into a multimedia performance called 'The Scientist.' In this session, Jon and his music director, Freddie Katz, share a snippet of the play with us. Coincidence Control published books can be found online at coincidencebooks.com.
2018 Conference Videos
The Future of the Float Conference - Ashkahn Jahromi & Graham Talley | Float Conference 2018
Ashkahn and Graham are two of the founders and organizers of this Float Conference. They have been putting on this event for seven years and decided that this 2018 event would be their last, electing to instead turn the conference into an industry run non-profit. In this talk, they explain their reasoning and their vision for the event moving forward.
Floating and the Immune System - Flux | Float Conference 2018
Flux is a researcher that has been studying the mechanisms involved in the immune system. In this talk from the 2018 Float Conference, Flux breaks down the biochemical process that happens as we enter the fight or flight stage and how it triggers an immune response. He also presents some of the first data showing how floating might have an impact on this process.
Float Away Anxiety - Dr. Justin Feinstein | Float Conference 2018
Dr. Justin Feinstein is Director of the Float Clinic & Research Center at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. In this presentation from the 2018 Float Conference, Dr. Feinstein discusses how floating can desensitize the anxious nervous system, including in patients with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, and Generalized Anxiety. The data presented has recently been published in several peer-reviewed journals and can be freely viewed at: https://www.clinicalfloatation.com/publications
Should We Worry about Germs in Float Tanks? - Roy Vore | Float Conference 2018
Dr. Roy Vore is a microbiologist and expert in recreational water illness. He has spent his career studying how people get sick in pools and spas, and has recently turned his eye towards float tanks. In this talk Roy lays out a foundation of how microbiologists asses potential health risks, and delves into how the unique environment in a float tank changes a lot of our assumptions about the likelihood of people getting sick.
Zerobody Dry Floatation - Gernot Seebacher | Float Conference 2018
-- This is a sponsored presentation -- Gernot Seebacher speaks at the 2018 Float Conference about Dry Floating, a floatation device with similar weightlessness effects to float tanks, but with a membrane between you and the warm water. Gernot talks about the benefits of dry floating, and shows the dry floatation system that his company, Zerobody, manufactures. Go to www.zerobody.it for more information.
The Art and Science of Modern Business - Gloria Morris | Float Conference 2018
Gloria Morris is the owner of Float Sixty, a float center that currently has three locations in the greater Chicago area. Gloria works to make the world of float center marketing quantifiable by sharing the metrics, methodology, and tools she uses to market Float Sixty.
2017 Conference Videos
Duncan Trussell Family Hour - Float Conference 2017
Special thanks to Pro Float (http://www.profloatinc.com) for making this appearance possible! This is a special recording of the Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast with guest, Christopher Ryan (Author of Sex At Dawn, Host of the Tangentially Speaking Podcast) from the 2017 Float Conference in Portland, Oregon. Duncan and Chris talk about going off the grid, floating, swimming in rivers, and why Chris doesn't wear underwear. They also take a few questions from the audience! You can download this episode and subscribe to the DTFH at: http://www.duncantrussell.com/episodes/2017/8/18/chris-ryan
Lydia Caldwell - Float Conference 2017
Lydia Caldwell is a researcher for Ohio State University, and has worked with the Air Force Research Lab in collaboration with their STRONG program, a program focused on enhancing human performance and recovery, conducted through the 711th Human Performance Wing. They have recently started to incorporate float tanks into their research, and Lydia speaks at the 2017 Float Conference to discuss the program and the results it has shown so far.
Bob Mangine - Float Conference 2017
Bob Mangine has worked in sports science for many decades, and is currently working with sports recovery at the University of Cincinnati. He has been Air Force Research Lab's STRONG program to run research on how floating affects his student athletes, and speaks at the 2017 Float Conference to share the results.
Jason MacDonald - Float Conference 2017
Jason MacDonald is a health regulator from Alberta, Canada. He has become very involved in float tanks for several years, and is one of the most informed members of public health on how floating does and doesn't fit into regulations. Jason speaks at the 2017 Float Conference about assessing the risk floating has on public health, and also assessing the risk regulations can have on floating. He also speaks about recent efforts by the CDC to create a set of guidelines for commercial float centers in the Model Aquatic Health Code.
Glenn and Lee Perry - Float Conference 2017
Glenn and Lee Perry are the creators of the Samadhi tank, the first commercial float tank ever created . The speak at the 2017 Float Conference about the lessons they've learned from their 44 years of interactive with people after they float, as well the lessons they have brought with them from John Lilly, the inventor of the float tank.
Colin Stanwell-Smith & Peter Marsh - Float Conference 2017
Colin Stanwell-Smith is a co-founder of the Floataway manufacturing company. He has teamed up with Peter Marsh and together they make a number of new announcements at the 2017 Float Conference, including a brand new inflatable float tank, a float room air circulation system, and a new branch of their business located in the United States.
Graham Talley & Ashkahn Jahromi - Float Conference 2017
Graham and Ashkahn are two of the organizers of the Float Conference, and the owners of Float On, a float center in Portland, Oregon. They give a talk at the 2017 Float Conference about the steps necessary to bring stability to the running of your float center. Live illustrations on stage provided by Kathryn Sullivan from Float Tank Solutions.
2016 Conference Videos
Gary Ferguson - Float Conference 2016
Gary Ferguson is the founder of Pathways for Veterans, an organization focused on helping veterans get help putting their life on track after returning from service. Pathways has started to incorporate float tanks into the tools his organization uses. Gary speaks at the 2016 Float Conference about his introduction into the float industry, and the impact the float tanks and the people in the industry have had on his life.
Justin Feinstein - Float Conference 2016
Justin Feinstein is the head researcher of the Float Clinic and Research Center, a state of the art floatation research facility housed in the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. In this talk, Justin presents the results from the first fMRI study ever done on floatation.
Rick Doblin - Float Conference 2016
Rick Doblin is the founder of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Rick speaks about his own history, and how John Lilly was one of his inspirations for creating MAPS in the first place. He goes on to share the work that MAPS is currently doing, and how floating could be complimentary to it.
Kevin Johnson - Float Conference 2016
Kevin Johnson is the owner of the Zero Gravity Institute, a float center and float tank manufacturer in Austin, Texas. Kevin describes the place spirituality has in both our lives as humans, and in relation to the float tank. He talks about the importance of valuing this, and how to integrate the floating, empiricism, and floatation.
Michael Harding and Bek Houghton - Float Conference 2016
Michael is an Australian veteran who was having very little luck with the conventional treatments prescribed for PTSD. It was not only affecting him, but hurting his partner, Bek, as well. Bek and Michael describe how they came across floatation in their search for alternative treatments, and the profound impact it's had on both of their lives.
Ricardo Gil-da-Costa - Float Conference 2016
Ricardo Gil-da-Costa is the founder of Neuroverse, a company that makes a wireless and waterproof EEG sensor that is being used for float research at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Ricardo speaks on experiments they've done with EEG brainwaves in the past, and reveals the first EEG data collected from someone floating at the float research facility in the Laureate Institute.
Graham Talley & Ashkahn Jahromi - Float Conference 2016
Graham and Ashkahn are two of the founders of Float On, and the organizers of this Float Conference. Leading up to this conference they went on The Float Tour, a three month road trip around the US and Canada where they visited as many float centers along the way as possible. Listen to them tell their tale of what they saw and what they learned on their journey. You can also see some of their journey by following the hashtag #TheFloatTour online.
Glenn Perry - Float Conference 2016
Glenn Perry, along with his wife, Lee, are the creators of the Samadhi tank, the first commercial float tank ever made. Glenn speaks at the Float Conference about what he learned from John Lilly about the float experience and how to appropriately interact with people after they come out of their float.
2015 Conference Videos
Emily Noren - Float Conference 2015
Emily Noren used float tanks to recover from her eating disorder. She speaks at the 2015 Float Conference on her experience first finding floating, and how it helped her through her recovery. You can read Emily's book, Unsinkable, at: http://emilykatenoren.com www.floatconference.com
Peter Suedfeld - Float Conference 2015
Dr. Peter Suedfeld is one of the seminal researchers in floatation tanks and REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy). Peter gives a talk at the 2015 Float Conference about what benefits of floatation are backed by research, and which are still anecdotal. www.floatconference.com
Andy Zaremba and Nick Janicki - Float Conference 2015
Andy Zaremba and Nick Janicki run two of the largest float center businesses in the world, Float House and True REST, respectively. They spoke at the 2015 Float Conference about the marketing strategies that have worked well for them, and helped them grow to become the successful float centers they are now.
Ashkahn Jahromi & Graham Talley - Float Conference 2015
Graham and Ashkahn are two of the co-founders of Float On, Float Tank Solutions, Float Helm, Coincidence Control Publishing, and organizers of the annual Float Conference. Their talk explores how large, monumental projects in the world get accomplished, and how at the end of the day it really comes down to hard work, elbow grease, and uncompromising determination. Float On: http://floathq.com Float Tank Solutions: http://www.floattanksolutions.com Float Helm: https://floathelm.com Coincidence Books: http://www.coincidencebooks.com Float Conference: http://floatconference.com
Wallace J. Nichols - Float Conference 2015
Wallace J. Nichols is the author of "Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do." (http://amzn.to/1THOSAD) He spoke at the Float Conference about the connection humans have with water, how important it is to our lives, and how floating can be a way for people to have that connection. Join us at this year's Float Conference, go to http://floatconference.com for more information.
2014 Conference Videos
James Nestor - Float Conference 2014
James Nestor, author of "DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves," speaks at the 2014 Float Conference about how the human body reacts to freediving in great depths of water, and about the animals that inhabit this space already.
Bob Crandall - Float Conference 2014
Bob Crandall has done decades of work in both drinking and pool water sanitation, and is responsible for first developing and popularizing the UV / Hydrogen Peroxide method of pool and spa sanitation. He presents at the 2014 Float Conference on the UV / H2O2 system, and talks about the data that helped him get it approved by over 50 pool and spa Health Departments across the United States and Canada.
Glenn and Lee Perry - Float Conference 2014
Glenn and Lee Perry are the creators of the very first commercial float tank, the Samadhi tank. They worked directly with John Lilly in the 70's, and have been deeply involved in the float industry ever since. They spoke at the 2014 Float Conference about the fear that can sometimes come during someone's first float experience, and the benefits of working through it.
Jeffrey Bruno - Float Conference 2014
Jeffrey Bruno is a float tank / REST researcher, studying a range of neurological functions, but especially focusing on the Thalamus. He spoke at the 2014 Float Conference about the perception of pain, and about the mind's reaction to that specific sensory input.