Founders of modern floatation
Lee and Glenn Perry are legends in the world of floatation. In case you haven’t heard of them, we wanted to introduce you.
Lee and Glenn Perry were responsible for bringing floatation to the wider world. They worked closely with the father of floatation, Dr. John Lilly, who invented the float tank back in the 1950s.
Special thanks to Lee and Glenn for letting us use this beautiful image!
Glenn added the salt
In the 1970s, Glenn was involved in some of John Lilly’s research, and he was struck by John’s ideas. It was Glenn who came up with the idea of adding large amounts of salt into the water in the floatation tank, to enable the buoyancy which is essential to the experience.
Lee and Glenn went on to design and manufacture tanks enabling people to float in their own homes. They set up the first ever float centre, and have empowered many more to be set up around the world. They have dedicated most of their lives to it. The dedication and inspiration of these two people, and their loving relationship with each other and the world, made floating possible today.
We were privileged to meet them
Through a series of lucky coincidences (if you believe in such things), we had the chance to hang out with Lee and Glenn at their home in Grass Valley, California in 2016. Samadhi Tank Company is based in a beautiful rural idyll. There are wild deer roaming through the quiet countryside, and it is nestled among like-minded neighbours.
Spending time with Lee and Glenn was a pleasure and a privilege. We floated in their tanks, and spent some wonderful time learning from them. They encouraged us on our journey of setting up Float in the Forest, and gave us some invaluable insights. We were inspired and invigorated by the strength of their passion for floatation. But most powerful was witnessing their attitude to life, and understanding how floatation can be used to enrich our short time on this planet.
Insights into how to ‘be’
Glenn spoke eloquently about the value of floating for calming the inner chatter. You can hear him here:
Lee and Glenn’s work is infused throughout with a deep respect for the individual, putting the floater’s experience at the centre.
We left feeling fuelled, equipped, and inspired to create a environment which empowers others to have their own deep experience of themselves. Thank you Lee and Glenn!
If you’d like to read more about the history of floatation, please continue here