Many people, especially busy urban dwellers, feel overwhelmed and undernourished. They struggle alone with their challenges and are only rarely able to discuss – let alone practice – deep matters of belonging and connection and embodiment.

The vision of The Consciousness Explorers Club (CEC) is to provide a fun and accessible venue where people can discuss these things as they emerge from perspective-altering spiritual and psychological and social practices. Our members go on mind-body adventures – together and independently – and then share their insights and discoveries and inspiration with the community.

Details

So: We meet Monday nights at 7:30pm – sharp and finish up by 9:30pm.

Cost is $10-20 sliding scaleThe CEC is a nonprofit – funds go to pay teachers and support the costs of programming.

Until the end of December, we be at Octopus Garden Holistic Health Centre.

Starting in January 2018, we’ll be moving to Mosaic Yoga.

For this month’s offerings scroll down, or read our current newsletter.

 

What do we do?

The evening rolls out in two parts:

  • Part one is 35-minutes of sitting meditation practice (from 7:30 – 8:30pm)
  • Part two is 45-minutes of interactive practice, play and discussion (8:30 – 9:30pm)

In the first part, we experiment with different solo meditations, from restful absorption to creative visualizations, mindfulness-style noting (of various mind-body components), loving-kindness, sound meditations, choiceless awareness and many others. You don’t need to follow any of these techniques if you don’t want to – some people prefer to stay with their tried-and-true regular practice.

In the second part, we engage in different interactive practices, from partner noting to mixed-tape music sessions to theatrical craft projects to self-inquiry to Gestalt boundary exercises to any number of other combinations we make up in the CEC laboratory, as per our mandate to use arts and culture to explore issues related to personal growth. These are like playful investigations into different corners of human social reality, which we then discuss with great gusto. The idea is to create a bridge between the cushion and the street, to take our practice insights and actually try to apply them to real-life situations.

A wise teacher, and a wise center, needs to offer a whole range of skillful practices, because people come along at different stages of their inner development, with different temperaments, and with different sets of problems.” -Jack Kornfield

The CEC is passionately nonsectarian – both humanistic and contemplative traditions are represented. That said, we do have an uber-meditation consultant: the Buddhist teacher Shinzen Young, who knighted myself and James Maskalyk with a machete, here.

If you are interested in our schedule of explorations, sign up for our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter.

Jeff Warren
President, The Consciousness Explorers Club

Contact us: info@consciousnessexplorersclub.com

NOTE: Meditation is a compliment but not a substitute for professional psychological and medical health care. There are risks in any psychological or spiritual method. Those risks increase for people who are experiencing significant distress or dysfunction. Please inquire if you are unsure whether or not meditation is appropriate for your situation.


Location: Octopus Garden Yoga, 967 College St, Toronto
Date: December 4, 7:30pm

Jeff: I love pop music. My friends play me some hip electro banger I’m like ‘ya ok,’ but when I hear Carlye Rae Jepsen Cut to the Feeling my inner teenage girl goes mental (never mind when Selena Gomez samples the Talking-Heads – sick!) I love these songs because they make me feel free. They make me realize that at anytime I can actually kick off my leg warmers and do cartwheels down the sidewalk. That in a million different ways I imagine I’m limited and constrained and that I must act or be a certain way but really, really, at anytime I can just … step off. Step off the ride. And the world will hold me. I won’t fall off into outer space, or lose my work, or my friends, although I may slightly damage my credibility when I do Freddy Mercury impressions. So: what is this freedom exactly, and what does it means to step off the ride when we have not history and responsibilities and all the rest of it? I’m not actually sure – maybe you know. Show me this Monday, first in stillness, and then in demented community movement.

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Location: Octopus Garden Yoga, 967 College St, Toronto
Date: December 11, 7:30pm

Kevin: In this practice we’re going to see how much we can expand our listening – insofar as what we are listening to, AND what we are listening with – and see how it feels to listen with the whole body and beyond. After that, we’ll wrap our body-ears around some familiar sounds and songs and see if they are as familiar as we thought.

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Location: Octopus Garden Yoga, 967 College St, Toronto
Date: December 18, 7:30pm

For our final CEC sit of 2017, Erin and James and Jeff will band together to co-create a meditative exploration into spontaneous flow. Then we’ll all let loose in a chaotic cacophony of raucous rejoicing…rejoicing that may involve a large number of pillows.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga Studio - 225 Sterling Rd, Unit 23
Date: Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:30pm

CEC has a new home for the new year at Mosaic Yoga Studio. Just to add to the pile of shiny newness, our intrepid founder Jeff Warren’s new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics is out and we’re feting it with a non-book-launch book launch. So come out and greet the new year with Jeff’s off the cuff rambles and unfiltered anecdotes about touring across the US for 10 days on a rock-star bus, dropping into meditative states and converting all the Americans he can into ninja-level meditators in an effort to save the world from itself. Or something like that.

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