The Way of the Consciousness Explorer

Where is this thing they call a self?
Where is this thing they call a self?

 

Jeff Warren is an exceptional teacher. He explains difficult, intangible subjects with razor clarity. His enthusiasm is contagious and never wanes – not for his subject or for his students, all of whom he treats with warmth, empathy and professionalism.”
– Roy Baskind, neurologist

DATE: Fall, 2017
TIME: Wed nights, 7 to 9pm
LOCATION: 511 King St, just west of Spadina
COST: Cost $450, incl. course materials
TO REGISTER: contact Jeff.
Testimonials and schedule below
Suitable for all experience levels

 


About Course

I approach meditation for what it is: a thrilling exploration – and transformation – of consciousness. Course features a mix of guided practice, discussion, and weekly meditation-in-action homework assignments. It is both practical and contemplative, with an honest take on both the limitations of meditation practice, as well as its strange and beautiful existential dimensions.

Students will learn:

  • how to develop insight into the components of thinking and feeling
  • how to regulate emotions and release stuck patterns
  • how to decrease empathic overwhelm and increase healthy compassion
  • how to find comfort and appreciation in the different sense modes
  • how to build up equanimity, acceptance, and composure
  • how to simplify the mind with concentration and relaxation
  • how to choose between stability and grounding, vs energetic flow and change
  • how to implement different positivity practices and views
  • how to think about the richness and reality of contemplative transformation

 

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Primary course objectives are to give participants a strong understanding of how meditation affects the mind, and to ensure that by the end of the course they are established in their own customized meditation practice, which they can then use as a departure point for personal growth, self-regulation, and / or cosmic mountain climbing.

Like my mentor Shinzen Young, in my teaching I move between the practical and grounded on the one hand, and the transcendent and mystical on the other. Our lives unfold between these two scales. Any understanding of meditation that doesn’t address both these dimensions is woefully incomplete.

 

Registration includes

  • Seven two-hour classes of guided meditation (40 min), teaching (40 min), and sharing and discussion (40 min)
  • Weekly reading, sitting and moving assignments
  • Bound copy of Meditation Workbook
  • MP3s of all meditation techniques

 

This is The Way of the Consciousness Explorer. Nuff’ said.

Jeff
Chief Exploring Officer, The CEC

 

NOTE: Meditation can complement but is not a substitute for professional psychological and medical health care. There are risks in any psychological or contemplative method. Those risks increase for people who are experiencing significant distress or dysfunction. If you are currently seeing a mental health professional, discuss with them whether or not meditation is appropriate for your situation.

 

 

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COURSE SCHEDULE – Spring 2017

April 5 – Simplicity and Rest; Absorption
April 12 – Thinking and Space; Friendliness
April 19 – Emotions and Catharsis; Compassion
April 26  – Sound, Sight, and the Present Moment; Positive View
May 3 – Body, Stability and Change; Positive Ideals
May 10 – Acceptance and Awareness; Joy
May 17 – Practice and Life; Gratitude and Interconnection

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

“Meditation practice is life changing and first introductions should not be taken lightly. I am so grateful to have had Jeff Warren as a teacher and through him a connection to Shinzen Young. I came to meditation later in life- something I wanted to explore, but I was cynical. I come from “science stuff” – biology, psychology etc., skeptical of things “spiritual”, belief systems and organized practice. Jeff teaches Shinzen’s work with tremendous intelligence, sensitivity, depth and humility. What you receive is no less than the distilled essence of deep religious/ spiritual practice minus dogma that has the rigor and depth to match the best of science. You are given a range of tools to first break down and then expand moment-to-moment experience and consciousness that move with you from sitting practice to enrich every aspect of life itself. What a gift!”  – Tony Cohn, psychiatrist

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“Jeff is a spectacular teacher. He is connected, brilliant, impassioned, funny and self-effacing. He overflows with enthusiasm for the subject matter. He listens intently to each person’s experiences in a real human way. Jeff’s mix of self-care and science is perfect for the skeptical minded cynic. His class has helped me recognize my internal voice, what I once considered reality. I am able to manage anxiety, not by avoiding it but by acknowledging it and allowing it to be. I am a more conscious, more self-aware person in a way that I didn’t even know was possible; the words used to mean something else. I feel more open to life’s vacillations. I feel the world, my body, my mind, more vividly, as a more unified troika.” – Matt Beam, writer and photographer

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“I feel very lucky to have met Jeff Warren and to have taken his classes. He’s a smart, compassionate, learned guy. He’s all mind without pedantry, all spirit without flakiness. I went to his first class thinking, “Okay, this won’t work, but it’s a night out,” Right away, however, his intelligence and experience and eloquence – his persona – won me over. I tried meditating in my twenties and again in my forties. It didn’t take…wrong teachers, wrong approach. And then I started suffering chronic back pain and couldn’t get relief. I’d given up hope. I was depressed. Now I’m optimistic. I’m still in pain; I just don’t suffer the way I did. Which is not to say that I’m a very good or even a very dedicated meditator…not yet, anyway. But my perspective has shifted. Who knew?” – Barbara Gowdy, writer

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“Taking this course brought back some of the mystery and wonder at living that I had when I was younger but that had been lost just through world-weariness and physical decline. I see more beauty in everyday things, and experience positive emotions more intensely and freely. I effortlessly respond with more calm to situations that before would have caused me anxiety. Also, I am sometimes awestruck by random little sounds. I don’t really understand how meditation brings about these types of changes, but I think the key lies in just doing it, however well you can. If I stick with it – and I suspect I will – it will largely be because I was introduced to meditation by this exceptional teacher.” – Terry Leeke

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“Jeff Warren is an exceptional teacher. He explains difficult, intangible subjects with razor clarity. His enthusiasm is contagious and never wanes – not for his subject or for his students, all of whom he treats with warmth, empathy and professionalism.” – Roy Baskind, neurologist

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“I wish I could take this course every week for the rest of my life. During an especially difficult and complex period, it was an oasis of guidance, intelligence and revelation. I urge anyone, no matter what their experience with meditation, to take it.” – Jason McBride, writer

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“Jeff Warren’s meditation sessions are questing, fun, ecumenical, intelligent and playful.  And, like Dyson vacuum cleaners, they can be counted on to do the job and not lose their suction.  There are no religious overtones, no oppressive tones of reverence.  He has a teacher, Shinzen Young, who is nerdy, rational and almost scientific in his approach to meditation, but he has also studied a wide range of meditation traditions, and offers a pluralistic approach to exploring consciousness, and settling the mind. Regular attendance at Jeff’s meditation sessions has made life more livable and sweet for me.  ”– Marni Jackson, writer and journalist

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“‘This is your brain on Jeff.’ Jeff Warren brings eloquence, wit, sensitivity and breathtaking knowledge about neuroscience to his meditation classes, making them as fascinating for your average neurotic urban intellectual as they are edifying. Not to be missed!” – Patricia Pearson, writer and journalist

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“With insight, humour and compassion, Jeff Warren opened my eyes to a long-neglected side of myself. A spiritual side. There are no new-agey, feel-good platitudes in his class. Jeff focuses on the heightened sensitivity that comes with paying attention, on helping his students see the world as it really is. In doing so, he opened a new and different world to me – and a life more richly lived. Go to his class if you want to dig beneath the surface. In Jeff you will find a brilliant and sensitive guide.” – Alexandra Shimo, journalist

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“Jeff teaches the geography of mind. He showed us the way to our own personal light switches… I can switch on the light and start exploring what it means to be alive with eyes, ears and heart wide open. It’s so much easier to search when you know what you’re looking for. One word describes Jeff Warren’s calling: transformation. I’d follow him anywhere.” – David Young, playwright

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“Jeff is a gifted teacher – articulate, insightful – with positive energy, caring, and a wonderful infectious curiosity that flows through to all his student.  I recommend his class to anyone who has the slightest inclination to explore their inner life more deeply and who desires to live this all-to-brief existence more fully.  He offers a real service to humanity – to being more fully human, to living more meaningfully. I give the class an XXX rating:  experiential, experimental and exploratory.  And up-lifting too! (no levitation puns intended)” – Michael K., teacher

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“Troubled by recurring insomnia, I decided to try Jeff’s course as a last-ditch attempt to deal with my sleep issues naturally, before resorting to a pharmaceutical fix.  Although I was cynical at first, Jeff quickly won me over with his disarming teaching style and his remarkable ability to respond authentically to participants’ thoughts and emotions. I came to see how meditation could benefit me in myriad ways beyond sleep, helping me with everything from back pain to feeling more relaxed, comfortable with myself and optimistic.  Perhaps the most unexpected, pleasurable aspect has been discovering a renewed interest in the world around me – everything feels more vivid, mysterious and artful.” –Leslie Shimotakahara, writer

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“Jeff Warren is unique among meditation teachers. His grasp of meditative practices, histories and philosophies is astounding, and he is able to compare and contrast these diverse traditions in a way that is compelling and thought-provoking. Most importantly, Jeff has synthesized the many styles of meditation into easy-to-digest, learnable components without diluting any of the fundamental meaning behind these practices. Jeff’s program is designed for maximum enjoyment and engagement. No matter where you fall on the scale of interest and aptitude, Jeff makes the entire field of mindfulness instantly accessible, and he makes learning the techniques a breeze. Yet what really makes Jeff stand out is his delivery style – open, candid, honest and always with good humour. A far cry from the stoic yogis of yesteryear, Jeff is the answer to mindfulness for 2013 and beyond.” – Kirsten Chase, President, TKO Communications

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“Jeff’s approach is gentle, safe and evolved.  The course was an applied encounter with wisdom without the weightiness and self-importance one can bring to meditation.  Most unique was how Jeff rolled out non-purpose driven meditation, and spoke of internal expanse without esoteric gobbledygook!” – Andrew Fedosov, Psychotherapist

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“Before I took Jeff’s course I felt fragmented, I had anger, I was running everywhere. A neighbour told me surely I didn’t have to rush so much. Finally I took Jeff’s 8-week guru-free starter class. I felt like I was going to Jeff’s meditation space station: alone but together with kind, hilarious, insightful, unique and utterly skilled guidance from Jeff and fellow voyagers. I love that Jeff said he’d guide us through different kinds of meditations – such visual, auditory, somatic – so we’d have a kind of ‘toolkit.’ Jeff encouraged us to try even techniques that seem hardest, and to observe and talk about how we feel, what we experienced. I closed my eyes for my first meditation and was worried I could not be still and get through a few minutes of it without expiring from distraction, loathing or boredom. But it was powerful and surprisingly do-able – peaceful and energizing at once. I was enthusiastic to share that I felt so good after it, like I had given myself a gift of time, because during the meditation time slowed in a good way. I was also was a bit embarrassed but also pleased to say that during the meditation I had a strong sensation I was an animal character in the kids movie Madagasgar.”  – Carol Devine, author and (Antarctic) explorer

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“Thank you for a mind-blowingly fun & irreverent introduction to meditation. I have that kid in a candy store feeling about the possibilities of this practise. You have a real gift for talking about it. Your excitement is contagious, but I was also moved and inspired by your generosity with all of our observations.” – Andrea Curtis, writer and journalist

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“Each class guides you to your inside world and coaxes you to explore every part of it, to breathe in its subtleties, to look below every unturned stone and to love all the buried crevices. The course guided me to a place within that feels authentic and complete, and the discipline of a daily practice helps me find my way back whenever I get lost. Jeff is brilliant in his delivery, passionate about his work and knowledge, articulate in deconstructing more abstract concepts, and insightful and intuitive in his interactions with students. All this is wrapped up in a witty sense of humour – in case you’re starting to get too serious about it all.” – Martine T., explorer

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“I’ve never taken a meditation, or any spiritually-oriented, sort of class before so I can’t speak to the uniqueness of Jeff’s class. But I can say it’s wonderfully engaging and thoroughly enlightening without having even a whiff of crackpot wackiness. It felt grounded yet lofty, specific yet varied. And I walked away at the end of it feeling more connected to my noggin.” – Charlie Scott, writer and entrepreneur

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“For a hard-core materialist like me who wants spiritual transcendence without being religious, Jeff’s course is a godsend. His delivery style is authentic; his goods are mindful meditation techniques in the urban setting. It’s empowered me in the quest to understand myself.” – Shu-Yan, civil servant

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“You were a major positive influence and motivator for me during what was an extremely crucial period of my life. I had been resigned that life was supposed to be hard and that happiness was a myth. For many years, I hardly had nor showed any love for my family let alone myself. Today I have never been more content. I ruminate much less and am often overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of life, a beautiful family, and my health. I’ve managed to fundamentally change my outlook and I even occasionally experience the ‘Fonzi effect’! I wanted to say thanks man.” – J.M., businessman 

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“jeff warren my new BFF, he just doesn’t know it quite yet. where was I. he has ADD too. he explained things on my inside as being all stirred up & shit, And I have to let the sediment settle, similar to snow globe after being shook. after all these yrs w/ various doctors, therapists, instructors, medications, trials&errors, practices, etc this motherfucker, jeffwarren.org was able to sum up yrs of unsuccessful attempts, and make me tangibly able to BEGIN to letting myself relax. such a liberating feeling eh. there’s more but I truly lost initial focus of msg.” – Jeff McP, friend