How To Stay Calm

How To Stay Calm

No one is calm all the time. Nor should we be; a touch of fear and adrenaline can be critical to our survival and effective performance. However, many of us will at times experience debilitating anxiety, or have a tendency to lose composure entirely.

This class aims to help us achieve a state of calm that fits our lives and challenges. We begin with the writings of theologians and philosophers (Soren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich among them), who argued that anxiety is intrinsic to our existence, a natural response to freedom and the inevitability of death. We then explore two key relationships that it is within our power to improve – our relationship with the world, and our relationship with ourselves. We ask how we can achieve emotional well-being and overall calm in a world of insecurity and doubt. We follow Michel de Montaigne in his quest to learn how to 'sleep on the pillow of doubt'. Above all, we discover how accepting the intrinsic role of anxiety in our lives can be a source of liberation and equanimity.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You'll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.



Michael Bartura is a mindfulness-based life and leadership coach with a long-time commitment to exploring calm and wellbeing. With previous chapters from farmer to therapist, business person to social entrepreneur, and various other sorts in between, he strives to identify what is common in the boundless multiplicity inherent in the '10,000 things', and therefore sometimes forgets to lock his car. Michael holds a Masters in Management and has been training and working with the Asian leadership Institute for over 10 years. In his last role, as a senior manager for the East West Learning Centre in Singapore he focused on designing an integrated Mind-Body approach to leadership education.


18.00    Welcome & class commences
19.45     Break (times vary)
21.15     Class finishes


Full price: $80.00 + booking fee
Concession: $70.00 + booking fee
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards. 


Vouchers for our Australia-wide program of events and classes, or to spend in our Melbourne shop are available for purchase online.


The School of Life 
669 Bourke St 



"Great, really enjoyable. It was nice to hear from and meet like-minded people."

 - Participant

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Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

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