Literature, film, music and indeed all the arts present us with endless stories of passionate, romantic and ultimately doomed love. Is love something we’re destined to fall in and out of, or can it be sustained over time? Is sexual desire the essential lubricant, a stairway to spiritual union, or a pale companion compared with friendship and trust?
Single, coupled or just plain curious, this class will carry you beyond the dizzying heights of passion and explore what happens when the honeymoon ends.
Drawing on a rich treasury of examples, we’ll contemplate how partners can be both together yet separate, and explore whether we should seek to know our significant other fully or cultivate an appreciation of their essential mystery. We’ll practice the skills required to deepen our connection, and look at ways to deal with conflict when communication breaks down.
Finally, we’ll study the art of standing in love, and see whether our dreams of bliss can in fact co-exist with the starker realities of life in a relationship long-term and manifest as part of a broader ecology of love.
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 are limited to 25 people and include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.