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. 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, whatever that is. He writes a column for Psychology Tomorrow – called “Inscapes” – about the shifting experience of consciousness, and is currently writing a book about the experience of advanced meditation and the mystery of contemplative transformation. Some related writing here and here.
Jeff is the author of The Head Trip (Random House 2007), a travel guide through sleeping, dreaming and waking consciousness that critics enjoyed. He has won awards for his writing on whales and psychedelics, which are never to be mixed, for obvious reasons.
Jeff is a former producer for CBC Radio’s The Current and Ideas, and 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 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 was a Journalism Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College. He 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 an annual workshop on Contemplative Environmental Studies at the Lama Foundation in New Mexico. And he wrote this entire bio in the third person.
“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