2018 Friday Activities

On Friday, August 17th (the day before the Float Conference), there will be a day of fun smaller activities that are open to everyone coming to the Float Conference. These activities are organized by your fellow members of the float community. The events will be taking place at various times between 10am-7pm on that Friday (finishing just in time for the Welcome Party on that Friday night).

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Activity Details and Registration

All the activities will be taking place at the Lincoln Hall building on the Portland State University campus (the same location the Start a Center Workshop will be held). There will be a Float Conference booth at the entrance of the building (on the side with the park in front of it). If you come to that booth, we will guide you to the individual rooms from there.

Lincoln Hall
1620 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Friday Activities Schedule 2018

Click on each Activity to see the sign-up form.

Make sure not to sign up for overlapping events.

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Marketing Forum
2:30-4:30: Growing Memberships
5:00-7:00: Facebook Ads
Free
300 person capacity
Organized by the Float Conference

Come join us for the second annual Marketing Forum! Marketing is of the utmost importance to running a successful float center, and it takes thought, strategy, and hustle to execute well.

Last year’s Marketing Forum consisted of panels made up of owners of some of the biggest and most successful float centers around. If you missed it, take a listen to the audio from last year:

This year’s Marketing Forum will be taking on a different structure, delving in with laser focus on two specific topics we think are critical to float centers right now: pitching memberships and Facebook ads.

We all know memberships are critical to running a stable float business, and many people put thought and care into their pricing structure, but how do you actually get people to sign up? We’ll explore the rubber hits the road strategies in actively encouraging your customers to become members, and how to deal with the fear of being too “salesy.”

In our annual Float Industry Survey Facebook ads are consistently listed as the most effective means of paid advertisement for float centers. We’ll delve into what makes an engaging Facebook ad, and importantly, how to track if what you’re doing is actually working and generating sales for your float center.

The goal of the Marketing Forum will be to generate tactical and pragmatic marketing advice that you can go back and implement in your center right away. Come join in on the fun!

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Bus Tour of Portland’s Float Centers
2:00pm – 7:00pm
$79
40 person capacity
Organized by the Float Conference

Come on a tour of Portland’s float centers! Portland has a nice mix of different float center setups, with centers that only provide floating, centers that have floating built into a wellness center, centers located in busy downtown areas, and even a brand new center that is opening just weeks before the conference!

We’ll be taking 2 party buses around, stocked with local craft beer, so we can tour the float centers in style.

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Float Research Collective (FRC)
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Free
60 person capacity
Organized by Dr. Justin Feinstein
Justin Feinstein

Dr. Feinstein will organize a meeting to discuss the recent launch of the Float Research Collective (FRC), an industry-wide initiative to create an infrastructure for conducting float research and collecting data at recreational float centers across the country, and eventually the world!

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Meditating with Muse
10:00am – 11:00am
Free
20 person capacity
Muse

Muse is the first tool in the world that can give you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain while you meditate. It provides motivational challenges and rewards to encourage you to build a regular practice. Muse gives you feedback about your meditation in real time by translating your brain signals into the sounds of wind. When your mind is calm and settled, you hear calm and settled winds. When your mind is active the winds will pick up and blow. Curious yet? Come and try the Muse meditation experience!

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Open Float Room Construction and Maintenance
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Free
60 person capacity
Mandala Float Pools

We will discuss the idiosyncrasies of building out and operating open-style float rooms. If you have built one yourself and would like to share, please attend and/or send photos to connect@mandalafloat.com before the activity.

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How to Work with Veterans
11:00am – 1:00pm
Free
70 person capacity
Pathways for Veterans

Pathways for Veterans has been actively working with veterans and their families using a variety of alternative healing modalities for several years. In the past year, Pathways has worked with float facilities to create Pathways research centers. This workshop will share the results of the pilot studies generated from several of the participating Pathways research center directors, along with the latest in what is happening with our veterans.

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Tales from a Two Tank Center: Still Alive
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Free
30 person capacity

Another year and people keep coming back to float! We’ll discuss running a small two tank center in a small market. How do we flourish? How do we survive? Do’s and Don’ts will be shared! If you’re considering opening a small center in a small market and want to know what you’re getting into, this is for you!

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Floatation Tank Association (FTA)
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Free
70 person capacity
FTA

The FTA invites all float professionals for a special public council on the future of floatation. We will hold space for dialogue about the FTA’s recent work, results from the global floatation awareness survey and important news about nationwide standards for float centers.

Float centers exist in murky regulatory waters. While some jurisdictions adopt laws favorable to starting and running a float business, others enforce burdensome laws applicable only to swimming pools or turn a blind eye towards floating. This regulatory situation creates uncertainty for all business owners and is simply not set up to support a diverse, thriving float industry.

Learn how the FTA is working to both ensure that float specific sanitation and operation standards are recognized by all regulatory bodies and to foster a safe, effective and enjoyable experience for the floating public.

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Enhancing Your Clients’ Experience With Kangen Water
10:00am – 11:30am
Free
60 person capacity
Enagic

Customer satisfaction and experience is key to having repeat business. Find out how one device can enhance your customers experience to bring more repeat business, new business, and helping you go green.

Kangen Water device has been used in Japan for over 40 years and is certified as a medical device. It makes seven different types of waters which can be used as a disinfectant, skin moisturizer, drinking water, and so much more. We will show you how this one device has increased sales, business, customer retention, and customer satisfaction in several business models.

Change Your Water. Change Your Life!!!

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The Havening Technique
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Free
60 person capacity
Organized by Vivian McKinnon

The Havening Technique® was developed by Dr. Ron and Dr. Steve Ruden from New York and is used widely across the world to create desired change. This technique works by applying gentle touch to the arms, the hands and the face at the same time as cognitive distraction to de-link and permanently remove the way the mind and body has stored events. It is this removal that literally disconnects the recalled memory from its emotional content, thus detaching the individual from the event. This technique affects and works on the amygdala, this part of our brain is home of our fight, flight, or freeze response.

As this technique invites the mind into delta wave, it is a powerful tool to use prior to floatation as the newly formed and altered neuro pathways are then afforded the time in theta wave (natural learning and consolidation state) promoted by the float environment, so the individual can implement their own learnings. We already have all the resources we need to resolve any issue we may be facing and this supports us in getting to it quicker.

This technique is a great tool for therapists, health care professionals, or for individuals looking for an effective evidence based approach to improve their life.

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Make Calm Your Superpower
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Free
15 person capacity

“In the end, we realize how simple life is when we accept this moment, just as it is, without pretending to be other than who we are. This is grace in action and the culmination of iREST.” -Richard Miller

iRest is a simple form of meditation designed for modern day living. Everyone needs a way to feel at ease when life gets challenging. iRest helps you tap into a place that is calm – even when life is not.

It is easy to learn, easy to do, and it can be done by anyone.

Some people use iRest to relax when life gets busy. Others use it to help heal from: serious trauma, stress, insomnia, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, and chemical dependency.

Research shows iRest works. iRest meditation helps: increase happiness and energy, decrease stress anxiety and depression, improve sleep, and strengthen your resilience to deal with day-to-day life.

Briefly learn the history of iRest and how you can incorporate this meditation with in your float center. But more importantly experience iRest for yourself. For the majority of this workshop you will be enjoying your own yogic nap! The best way to understand iRest is to do it.

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Laughter Yoga
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Free
15 person capacity
Organized by Brenda Nordenstrom

Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine that combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing (Pranayama) which brings in more oxygen to the body and brain making one feel more energetic and healthy. Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes and comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group, but with eye contact and childlike playfulness it turns into real and contagious laughter. It is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot tell the difference between fake and real laughter. It deals with physical, mental, and emotional stress simultaneously and is known to strenthen the immune system. Laughter lowers blood pressure, controls blood sugar and keeps your heart healthy. Due to the automatic release of endorphins it is a powerful antidote against depression. Plus—it’s just a lot of fun!!

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Didgeridoo Meditative Sound Journey
11:30am – 12:30pm
$15
20 person capacity
Corey Didg

Experience the ancient sound of the didgeridoo and start your float conference off with a deeply relaxing and trance inducing journey through rhythm, breath and soul. (Bring a cushion or pillow if you’d like)

Corey created the Didgeridoo Meditation at the Esalen Institute hot tubs which was offered weekly from 2003-2016 and currently volunteers his time teaching meditation/journeying skills through playing the didgeridoo for inmates at the Buncombe County Detention Facility and Asheville Community Yoga center. His meditative and trance inducing style of playing the didgeridoo induces deep states of relaxation and facilitates altered states of consciousness. He also has used Salt Water Floatation Therapy with people who have substance abuse disorder and/or trauma since 2012. He currently co-owns and operates Still Point Wellness in Asheville NC, an innovative float spa, where he practices esalen massage, cranial sacral therapy, somatic psychology, addictions counseling and sound healing. He teaches Somatic Psychology at The Center for Massage and Natural Health and has been a guest lecturer at University of North Carolina Asheville psychology program, Tao Institute Chinese medicine program, and co-led workshops at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

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Comedy out of the Dark
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Free
No Capacity Limit
Organized by Elle Steinmeyer and
Marshall Hammond (Float On)

No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!

Let’s face it: things are not looking good! Depression and suicide are at an all time high, and our society is crumbling around us. Self-care is especially important right now, so we decided to combine the two best forms of therapy there are: comedy and floating! We put 10 of Portland’s best comics in a float tank to see what they could come up with, including Portland’s Funniest Person Winner Nariko Ott along with Amanda Lynne Deal, Jake Silberman, Max Fortune, Nathan Hart, and More!

Our goal with this series is to emphasize the importance of self-care for comedians, especially in regards to how comedy functions AS therapy for society as a whole. Because so many comics use their art as therapy and understand the damage we all suffer from an inherently broken culture, practicing self care can be difficult. What we strive for is a deeper understanding of our roles as comics in society and to unite in an effort to use our intelligence, compassion and community to heal the world as a whole.

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Lucia N°03 Light Sessions
10:00am – 12:30pm: Demos
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Talk
2:30pm – 5:00pm: Demos
Free
Demos: Walk-in
Talk: 65 people

10:00am – 12:30pm: Light and Sound Experience featuring the Lucia N°03 Hypnagogic Light

Drop in for Demo Sessions

Step into a world of sound-healing and light beams from the Lucia N°03 Hypnagogic light and Sound Healer Seth Snowden.

8 people at a time are welcome to experience a 10-20 minute group light session. First come first serve, come when you have time and stay as long as you’d like to listen to the healing sounds afterwards.

The Lucia N°03 is a neurostimulator that uses solid and flickering light to gently guide you into a beautiful world of colors, patterns and more, created uniquely by your own mind. Developed in Austria by neurologist Dr. Dirk Proeckl and Dr. Engelbert Winkler, the Lucia N°03 experience has a variety of reported benefits including: clarity of mind, deep relaxation, increased creativity, joy, inner peace and more.

NOTE: The Lucia N°03 has a stroboscopic aspect and is not recommended for people with light-sensitive epilepsy or those who are under 18.

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Introduction the Lucia N°03 – Development, Science, and Experience with Allison Pelissier

Sign up using the ticket form below

Curious to learn more about the Lucia N°03 hypnagogic light experience? This short talk will introduce you to the background of the Lucia N°03, including introduction of the inventors, the scientific aspects of the Lucia N°03 light experience, anecdotes of peoples’ experiences, a deeper understanding about the benefits of integrating a Lucia N°03 light into a float center, and more. Time will be given at the end for questions, and all attendees will be invited to try the Lucia N°03 light experience for themselves.

2:30pm – 5:00pm: Experience the Lucia N°03 Hypnagogic Light

Drop in for Demo Sessions

Light up your afternoon with a demo session on the Lucia N°03 hypnagogic light machine. Simply close your eyes, lay back and let the flickering light guide you in a world of colors, patterns and more, created uniquely by your own mind. Relax, rejuvenate, revitalize, let it all go! While the demo sessions give you a taste of the experience, full sessions are reported to impart a deep sense of peace and relaxation, clarity of mind and spirit, and a boost of creativity and optimism.

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Peace Starts with Me & Ho’oponopono Surf Qi
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Free
30 person capacity

Got any challenges in your life? Relationships? Health? Fulfilling your dreams?

From the cross cultural traditions of Ho’oponopono, Qigong, and surfing (!) – explore with world record holder body surfer Nigel, and Qigong lover Nadia; how freeing and healing these practices can be.

An experiential workshop and healing circle, incorporating meditative movement, sacred breathwork, and sounds. Enjoy!

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Float and Hemp: How to Add Value to Your Float Experience
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Free
65 person capacity

Learn the way Floating and a Healthy Endocannabinoid System Go Hand in Hand. Dr. Eileen is an expert on the EC. She will show you how and why Hemp Helps Floating.

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Psychedelic Science Rebroadcast
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Free
65 person capacity
MAPS

Join us for a rebroadcast session from the world’s largest psychedelic conference, Psychedelic Science. Viewing will be followed with community discussion.

All of the Friday Activities will culminate in a big Welcome Party that is open to everyone!