Jeff Warren

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Jeff Warren
Jeffrey Warren

(1971-03-11) March 11, 1971 (age 48)
EducationB.A., Literature
Alma materMcGill University
OccupationAuthor, Meditation teacher
The Head Trip, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
Sarah Barmak (m. 2017)
Children(expecting first)

Jeffrey Warren (born March 11, 1971) is a Canadian author and meditation teacher. He is the author of The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness, which The Guardian named as one of the ten best books on consciousness,[1] and co-author of The New York Times bestseller Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, with Dan Harris and Caryle Adler. He is also the founder of the Toronto based meditation group, The Consciousness Explorers Club.[2]


Warren is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He majored in literature at McGill University in Montreal where he suffered a traumatic injury, falling 30 feet out of a tree, resulting in a broken neck. He claims that this event spurred his interest in consciousness as it changed his experience of the world and worsened his ADHD.[3][4]

He went on to work as a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC Radio) current-affairs radio show The Current, as well as Ideas.[5]

He is married to the Canadian journalist Sarah Barmak.[6]

Writing career[edit]

Warren won Gold and Silver medals at the 2012 Canadian National Magazine Awards for a feature about animal consciousness, "Whale Rising,"[7] which was published as the cover story in the July 2012 issue of Reader's Digest Canada,[8] and in an anthology called Cabin Fever: Best New Canadian Nonfiction.[9]

He also won a Gold medal at the 2011 Canadian National Magazine Awards for a feature about psychedelics and the mind called "Tourists of Consciousness"[10] which was also selected for the Best Canadian Essays 2011 anthology.[11]

Warren was awarded the 2010 Webster McConnell Canadian Journalism Fellowship[12] at the University of Toronto's Massey College.


  • The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness (2007) ISBN 9781400064847
Published in 2007 by Random House (US), Random House of Canada (Canada), and Oneworld Publications (UK), and translated into Italian and Korean. The Head Trip explores 12 distinct states of consciousness from a scientific perspective along with a personal exploration of each. Neuroscientist Adrian Owen recently called it one of the "Top 10 Books about Consciousness" in The Guardian.[13]
Co-Authored with ABC news anchor Dan Harris and journalist Carlye Adler, this book is a sequel to Dan's first book, #1 New York Times bestseller 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. In 10% Happier, Harris tells the story of how meditation helped him, in the hope to get readers meditating. Although the book was well received, he found that most readers had not started meditating and so decided to team up with Warren to write a sequel to help readers overcome common obstacles to beginning a meditation practice.
In Harris's view, Warren is the "MacGyver of Meditation" because he "loves to get under the hood, and whatever your problem is, he'll grab some duct tape and pliers and fix it." Warren also, says Harris, "brings the same spirit of adventurousness and enthusiasm to the job."[14]
A video summary and diary of Warren and Harris' road trip appeared on ABC's Nightline (segment).


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