“To talk with Jeff Warren is to be exhilarated. His intelligence and openness are such that you yourself feel a hundred times more intelligent and open. He performs a kind of compassionate magic. He gives me hope.” – Barbara Gowdy, author of The White Bone
Jeff Warren is a writer and meditation teacher. He is the founder of The Consciousness Explorers Club, a community of meditators, celebrators and activators in downtown Toronto dedicated to practice and service. Most of his meditation offerings can be found here, including the Monday Night Explorations, all classes, retreats, and service initiatives. Jeff and the CEC were recently profiled in Canada’s national news magazine, Macleans.
Jeff’s primary subject is the mind – the neurobiological mind, the meditative mind, the technological mind, the animal mind. He writes a column for Psychology Tomorrow – called “Inscapes” – about the shifting experience of consciousness. For the past 10 years Jeff has been researching a book – tentatively entitled The Mountain: An Explorers’ Guide to Meditation, Enlightenment and Reality – on the experience of advanced meditation and the mystery of contemplative transformation. Some related writing here.
Jeff is the author of The Head Trip (Random House 2007), a travel guide through sleeping, dreaming and waking consciousness that critics called “exhilarating,” “audacious,” “hilarious,” and “long.” He won Gold and Silver medals at the 2012 Canadian National Magazine Awards for his feature “Whale Rising,” and another Gold medal in 2011 for his piece on the fashionable jungle brew ayahuasca,”The Tourists of Consciousness.” In 2010, Jeff was awarded the Webster McConnell Canadian Journalism Fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Massey College.
Jeff has written for The New York Times, New Scientist, Discover, Reader’s Digest, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. He was a producer for CBC Radio’s The Current, and also wrote some shows for CBC’s Ideas. He has confused I mean enthralled audiences around the world with his quasi-psychedelic talks about the mind, though most of the time you can find him at home on his porch, watching kids deal drugs in the park.
What else? Jeff once wrote a user’s manual for a strange mechanical device called the “Dream Director“ that promises to remix the dreaming mind. He co-facilitates a workshop on Contemplative Environmental Studies at the Lama Foundation in New Mexico. And he wrote this entire bio in the first-person.
“Jeff has a unique blend of high rationalism and broad empathy. His reporting from the frontiers – of brain science, of our relationship to other species, of the ability of humans to grow – is brave and curious. He’s a writer and intellectual adventurer, not a specialist in any particular field; his gifts as a communicator help us see the “big picture” and bridge culture to science.
– Marni Jackson, Chair of Literary Journalism at Banff Center, author of Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign.