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 almost every Monday night. Starting at 7:30pm sharp and finishing by 9:30pm.

The location is Mosaic Yoga, 225 Sterling Road in Unit 23 (click the link for directions).

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

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.

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: Mosaic Yoga - 225 Sterling Rd #23
Date: Monday, September 3, 7:30pm

We’ll meditate with guided creative visualization practices and use contemplation, writing, drawing and storytelling exercises to revisit and retell the stories of our lives.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga - 225 Sterling Rd #23
Date: Monday September 10, 7:30pm

Stories define who we are, but how do we define the story that defines us? Is this already written or can we write it ourselves, and if so, how?

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Location: Mosaic Yoga - 225 Sterling Rd #23
Date: Monday, September 17, 7;30pm

A surprise practice, continuing on with our theme of long drawn out stories that never end, but nevertheless give our lives connection and meaning.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga - 225 Sterling Rd #23
Date: Monday, September 24, 7:30pm

And so it was that on a dark September night, after a gruelling trip in from the hamlet of Guelph, a man appeared at the doorway of Mosaic Yoga Studio. “I am your facilitator this evening,”  he said, “and I have something important to share about this month’s theme.” The room was silent.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga - 225 Sterling Rd #23
Date: Saturday September 29th 6-8pm 

CEC is launching a youth night – with exclamation mark! No creaky geezers here; these facilitators will all be young whippersnappers, and they will choose and guide relevant practices for meditators aged 14-24.

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