Innovators and advocates
Ashkahn Jahromi, Graham Talley, Quinn Zepeda and Christopher Messer are the founders of Float On in Portland, Oregon, they made a Youtube video for first-time floaters which provides excellent info and really shows their enthusiasm. In fact, their passion has driven them to promoting other creative projects surrounding floating (check out the results of their artist, musician and dancer programs). The artist program really caught my imagination – they invited local artists to go for a float, and produce something artistic inspired by their experience. (As I’m writing this post, they as well as about 350 people are at the annual Float Conference in Portland. Lucky bums!)
Another eloquent speaker on the subject is UFC host, stand-up comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan; he talks about his own experiences on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience and encourages friends, guests (and incidentally listeners as well) to try floating. He’s got a couple of great videos about floating and other states of consciousness. Unlike the fortunate Mr. Rogan who has a tank at home, usually a person would find a center or spa where you prefer to float. I am in the inconsistent, ever-changing situation of having to find a float center close to wherever my travels have brought me. In Taiwan I could jump on the bullet train and two hours later be at Dream Waters, where Damien would meet me/us with the happy smile I’ve seen on every person involved in REST. The Where to Float website has amazing resources for finding float centers, reading all about others’ experiences, and getting acquainted with related horizon-broadening philosophies and advocates.
Enter Zen Float Company… William Hill, Shane Stott and Sean Stott launched a super successful Kickstarter campaign (the people have spoken!) and are now manufacturing float tents which are considerably cheaper than other float tanks. US$ 1700 is not bad for having access to your own float tent at any time.