097: Pete O’Brien (Conference Talk)

Pete O’Brien is the founder of At Peace Floatation Spa in Texas, as well as the manufacturer of the At Peace Float Cabin.

He joins the 2016 conference to share some of his insights on running a float center that offers massage as well, and to raffle off a free float tank to someone from at the conference!

Watch his sponsored talk from the 2016 Float Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_tDxz5N5Hk

096: Charlie Williams (Conference Talk)

Charlie Williams is a historian at Birkbeck College, University of London, with Birkbeck’s ‘Hidden Persuaders’ project.

His research into the popularization of the concept of brainwashing that emerged in the 50’s and 60’s led him to discovering sensory deprivation tanks and the work of John Lilly and Jay Surely.

He speaks at the 2016 Conference on why sensory deprivation originally became associated with brainwashing, and the culture that surrounded it at the time.

Watch his talk from the 2016 Float Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq0_afUJaXo

095: Ricardo Gil-da-Costa (Conference Talk)

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.

Watch his talk from the 2016 Float Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPFF4Gv3iiY

094: Graham Talley and Ashkahn Jahromi (Conference Talk)

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.

Watch their talk from the 2016 Float Conference: https://youtu.be/wU1Zh83RdP8

093: Kevin Johnson (Conference Talk)

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.

Watch his talk from the 2016 Float Conference: https://youtu.be/-yOMeb8GtJs

092: Rick Doblin (Conference Talk)

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.

Watch his talk from the 2016 Float Conference: https://youtu.be/hpchL86DHAs

091: Jesse Ratner-Decle and Sean Lavery (Conference Talk)

Jesse and Sean run Float Toronto, a five tank center in Toronto, Canada. Since the time they opened their doors in 2014 they’ve been keeping their tanks packed full.

In this talk they share the marketing strategies they’ve been using to run a successful float center.

Watch their talk from the 2016 Float Conference: https://youtu.be/KEaqrL5sRYc

090: Sione Aechliman (Float Poem)

Sione was part of a writer’s program put on by Float On where writer’s created poetry and short stories after spending time in a float tank. Sione presents one of her poems from that program.

Watch her performance from the 2016 Float Conference: https://youtu.be/PIx59aphP7w

089: Aleks Stefanova (Float Poem)

Aleks was part of a writer’s program put on by Float On where writer’s created poetry and short stories after spending time in a float tank. Aleks presents one of her poems from that program.

Watch her performance from the 2016 Float Conference: https://youtu.be/Qe60So9OrNE

088: Carly Jean (Float Poem)

Carly was part of a writer’s program put on by Float On where writer’s created poetry and short stories after spending time in a float tank. Carly presents one of her poems from that program.

Watch her performance at the 2016 Float Conference: https://youtu.be/wesTxbhcJng