2012 Speakers

Dr. Peter Suedfeld

Peter Suedfeld has been actively working in the field of psychology for over 50 years. With a Ph.D. from Princeton University, Dr. Suedfeld has spent a his career studying human being’s reactions to coping with the world around them. He is one of the pioneering researchers in the field of REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), and was the founding President of IRIS (the International REST Investigators Society). His research continues to be a foundation of knowledge on REST, and its effects on the human condition.

Dr. Rod Borrie

With a Ph.D. in Psychology, Rod Borrie has spent the last 40 years in the field of psychological research and practice. Rod has been working with sensory deprivation since coining the term REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) with Peter Suedfeld in the 70′s. He is the former President of IRIS (the International REST Investigators Society), and is one of the only people actively conducting float tank research today, with his Fibromyalgia Flotation Project.

Glenn Perry

Glenn Perry worked with John Lilly to develop the first ever commercial float tank, the Samadhi tank. Since then, he has never stopped tinkering, continuing to push the world of floatation forward with his own unique brand of functional innovation and design. Glenn will also be divulging his years of experience as a representative of the Float Tank Association in the FTA workshop that is being put on.

Lee Perry

Lee Perry is the president of the Samadhi Tank Company, where together with Glenn Perry, she has been manufacturing float tanks for 38 years. Lee has spent the last year heading the resurrection of the Float Tank Association. Along with presenting at the conference, Lee will be using her years of experience running a 20 tank center in San Francisco to present oodles of useful information in the FTA Workshop.

Ashkahn Jahromi

Ashkahn is one of the founders of Float On, here in Portland, Oregon. In his off time, Ashkahn has amassed a huge body of knowledge on health departments and the way their regulations interact with the float tank centers across the United States. He will be speaking as part of the Sanitation and Safety committee of the Float Tank Association, as well as being your humble host for this weekend of exuberance.

Graham Talley

Graham is another founder of Float On, and will be speaking at both the conference and the FTA Workshop on business techniques that can help get people into your float tanks. In the very little off-time he has that is not sucked up by running a float center, he runs a small business workshop in town called CAKE.

Catharina Jakobsson

Catharina is a Director of Board of the Swedish Floatation Association, which she helped found with in 2008. She is here with Anu Enoch to represent the Swedish Floatation Association.

Anu Enok

Anu is a Member of Board of the Swedish Floatation Association, of which she is also a founding member. She, along with Catharina Jakobsson, is here as a representative of the association.

Benjamin Tochtermann

Benjamin Tochtermann was born in 1970 in Stuttgart in the Southwest of Germany. He read about floatation in the books of Lilly and Hutchison in the early 1990′s and had his first float in 1995. In 2003 he opened his first center in Munich, together with his business partner Michael Diebold. From 2006 on they started their franchise business under www.float.de, which currently has 12 locations in major cities across Germany and Switzerland. In 2009 they successfully started a second business: manufacturing floatation systems. Benjamin is the founder of the German Floatation Association together with Andrea Bosch and Dr. Jörg Auf dem Hövel. The Association was founded in early 2009 and currently has 30 members.

Jon Hart

Jon Hart is a professor at the East West College of the Healing Arts here in Portland. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, Jon is an expert in Kinesiology and the human body. His training ranges in everything from advanced Shiatsu to deep tissue to sports massage, allowing him to work with anyone from elite athletes to patients in physical rehabilitation. He’s a big fan of floating, and we’re happy to have him share his knowledge with us.

David Conneely

David Conneely is co-owner of iFloat in Westport, CT. He is a certified program facilitator for the human biocomputer and a certified floatation facilitator. David has training in yoga, shamanism, and dreamwork which has led him to found a shamanic organization in New York City and facilitate many workshops on personal growth around the United States. In 2008, David studied under John Worthington, author of the Office of Shaman, and former owner of Colorado Tank Works (started in 1974). The work he did was based on Lilly’s model of the mind as a biocomputer, which brought David to teaching workshops about these tools. David soon purchased his own float tank and eventually became a float center owner with his partner, Andrew, where he enjoys facilitating float sessions and teaching his courses on the mind.

Michael Taft

Michael W. Taft has dedicated his life to exploring the possibilities of the brain. During the 1990s, he was Editorial Director of Sounds True, working to publish the most important spiritual and psychological teachings of the day. Since 2000, he has been a freelance book editor and writer, collaborating on such works as DreamTending (2009) with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat. Michael also co-wrote Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity. Michael is fascinated by what evolution, neuroscience, biology, psychology, archeology, and technology can tell us about the human condition. Michael is also a meditation teacher and spiritual counselor. He writes a meditation blog called Deconstructing Yourself. From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, he has been meditating for over twenty-five years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice. Michael has studied for more than ten years with Shinzen Young, who trained him to teach.

Paul Levy

Paul Levy is a beloved Portland author and spiritual teacher. He is also a long time artist and a student of the work of C. G. Jung. Paul has a unique personal story of being a survivor the psychiatric system; he gained a first hand account by being diagnosed as bi-polar when he was having a life-changing spiritual breakthrough. Through luck and a bit of grace he was able to extricate himself from the horrors of the psychiatric system, eventually becoming a pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence. He is an innovator in the field of dreaming (both night dreams as well as waking dreams). He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, and Wetiko: The Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity, as well as the upcoming Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil. Paul has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, having intimately studied with some of the greatest spiritual masters of Tibet and Burma. He was the director of the C.G. Jung Foundation book service in New York in the late nineteen eighties.

Heather Stiles

With a Masters in Community Counseling, Heather Stiles is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner of Spokane Serenity Solutions. In addition to working for over a decade with high-stress conflict resolution cases with youth and families in the court system, she is a certified yoga instructor, currently teaching aerial yoga. In her private practice, she uses a variety of evidence-based techniques working with individuals experiencing numerous life stressors, enabling them to attain their higher potential.

Dr. Fred Colley

Fred Colley taught Clinical Microbiology, Immunology, Public Health and Dermatology at University of Western States Portland, OR from 1979 to 2007. In 2011 he was awarded Emeritus Professor status at UWS. He previously worked as a researcher, instructor and administrator at the University of California International Center for Medical Research and Training, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1970-1976. In 1990 Colley went to the People’s Republic of China as a member of the first China-USA scientific exchange on HIV disease.

Colley joined the American Public Health Association (APHA) in 1980. He has many publications in the areas of parasitology, immunology, traditional medical systems and public health. He is currently director of the Microbiology Department at Pyxis Laboratories, Portland, OR.

Dan Elmer

Dan is the co-owner of the San Francsico Salt Company. Originally from Manchester, England, his background is in physiology and sports science. In 2002 he came ‘on a visit’ to help his childhood friend establish the San Francisco Bath Salt Company and has made the Bay Area his home ever since. The business has evolved to become a specialist in providing salts for a wide variety applications including gourmet food ingredients, bath & spa, therapuetic & holistic treatments, nutritional suppliments and of course, float tanks.

Shoshana Leibner

Shoshana Leibner professional ballet dancer, yoga teacher and sports trainer floated from the beginning. Her family and mentors: Samadhi Tank Co. successfully pioneered the floatation tank business. This led Shoshana to manage Tranquility Tanks, the first float center in New York City. There she introduced Michael Hutchison, the author of “The Book of Floating” to floating and worked with Dr. Rod Borrie. Shoshana continues to build a global community of floaters worldwide. She is speaking at the FTA Workshop on working with the health department. Currently she is looking for a location for a float center in the San Francisco bay area.

Dr. David Manfield

Dr. Manfield was trained by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, in 1991. (EMDR is a treatment for PTSD and stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Dr. Manfield has been a faculty member of the EMDR Institute for over a decade and is currently a facilitator for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. Dr. Manfield is a contributor to Extending EMDR: A Casebook of Innovative Applications. In addition, he is a founding member of the EMDR International Association and is the EMDRIA Regional Coordinator for Western Oregon. He has facilitated trainings worldwide and has lead a consulting and supervision group for advanced EMDR clinicians since 2001.

Richard Bonk

Richard Bonk, M.Ed. has worked in health care, counseling, human services, research and education for over 30 years with a focus in preventative, complimentary and alternative medicine and mind-body approaches to physical, psychological and spiritual health and wellness. He has headed the biofeedback program for the Himalayan International Institute’s Combined Therapy program and developed wellness initiatives for holistic health and chemical dependency centers, the Minneapolis VA, Health Partners and CIGNA where Richard currently works as a wellness coach. He also has taught yoga, meditation and integrated relaxation at the University of Minnesota. Richard has acted as research study coordinator for various projects at the University of Minnesota and VA Medical Center. He is a 30+ year float veteran and has developed the “Alternate Waking States Induction Method”, a technique hybridizing flotation tank use with lucid dream induction to produce unique lucid states of consciousness with a regularity allowing for laboratory and personal investigation. Richard is also a holistic health and humanities educator and interdisciplinary artist and has developed the “MandalArt Healing Images” technique, a process which transforms information such as physiological data, sound, and photos from humans and other creatures, objects, spaces and events into mandalas or abstracted energy portraits of their parent source to invoke specific states of consciousness and engage the healing and transformative process in the viewer.

Anthony Natale

All it took was one float. Anthony had suffered from PTSD for years, and hadn’t slept well in over a year and half. After one float, something just changed inside and he could sleep at night again. After that, the float space became a sacred place for him. A 9-year veteran counselor, former copywriter, bodyworker/massage therapist, painter, and martial artist, Anthony holds degrees in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognition as well as Creative Writing. Anthony is on a mission to expand the uses of the float tank for developing and enhancing human potential.

Peter Bell

Peter is the marketing and training Manager for Floatworks, the largest floatation centre in the world. He has spent the last 6 years working with local and international businesses to successfully attract and retain customers. Speaking at conferences, networking events and on street corners – he is happiest when spreading the word! With a degree in Human Biology and 20 years in Mind Body exploration, Peter is dedicated to promoting life altering practices to the mainstream.

When he is not promoting floatation he teaches Lucid dreaming and the physical art of parkour.

Stephen Johnson

Stephen W Johnson RN,LMP,CSP, BME. Stephen has been in practise as a Psychiatric nurse and therapist for 27 years. He has conducted a private practice as a Structural Integrator for 20 years. He was Resident Anatomist and core faculty at the Soma Institute for 12 years with a speciality as a Fascial Anatomist. He is a Biosomatic Movement Educator. Stephen has been a yoga teacher in the Ashtanga style and is a lifelong meditator having instructed meditation in the Soto Zen Lineage. Currently he is preparing for advanced study in Interfaith Ordination with an emphasis in somato-spiritual process which brings together science, spirit and physical practise. In the past Stephen was a boxer, modern dancer, actor, trainer and coach at the professional level. He is in the foundational process of developing The Somato-Spiritual Assemblage, a forum for the exploration of the spirits manifestation in physical reality.