How to Develop Self-Knowledge - Virtual Class



 You can experience The School of Life from your home by joining our programme of virtual classes. Classes are delivered via Zoom and feature expert teachers, enlightening content, interactive exercises with other participants, practical guidance, comfort and consolation. Further information on how to connect to the class will be made available once you have purchased a ticket.

What is ‘How to Develop Self-Knowledge’?

How to Develop Self-Knowledge is a 2 hour class by The School of Life which takes place regularly in our virtual classroom over Zoom. It is one of 12 classes around our 4 core themes: Love, Work, Self and Culture. 

 Why should I attend?

When asked to sum up all philosophical commandments, the Ancient Greek Philosopher Socrates replied: “Know yourself”. Self-knowledge matters so much because it helps us to get an accurate sense of what we need to be satisfied, which means we can make wiser choices, especially around love and work.

Unfortunately, self-awareness isn’t always easy. We can be sidelined by fear, by a reluctance to look within and by a culture which keeps us distracted and unaware. This class guides us to take key steps in the journey towards self-knowledge. Through exercises and conversation, we reach central insights in a remarkably short space of time. We come away excited by the task of understanding the one person we may for too long have been a stranger to: ourselves.  

What will I learn?

How to Develop Self-Knowledge teaches us:

  • Techniques to explore our own minds.

  • How to clarify vague and almost-out-of-reach emotions and thoughts.

  • How to understand the emotional dynamics of childhood.

  • How we may appear to others.

  • How to combat self-deception

  • What we are perhaps not so easily able to see about ourselves.


This class costs £55 and is run by an experienced, compassionate member of our faculty. 

Dates and times are available to book below. New dates for this class are added throughout the year.


Evening Classes - Please note that all timings are in British Summer Time (BST)

6:30pm BST session opens

6:45pm BST class begins

9:00pm BST class ends


Morning Classes - Please note that all timings are in British Summer Time (BST)

9:30am BST session opens

9:45am BST class begins

12:00pm BST class ends


For more information, please see our London FAQs or contact

Classroom Testimonials

‘Such a great session - I'll definitely be returning. Great pace and the variety of ideas/ activities that will stay with me. The tutor was fab - knowledgeable, considerate and would indulge in great conversations.’

‘Nice. Great delivery. Patient. Informative.’

‘Really great content, not what I was expecting - I got so much more out of it. Death was a surprise topic! The tutor did a great job of making us laugh and engage. Tutor was energetic and knowledgeable. Class was good mix of art, literature and philosophy, and would DEFINITELY recommend the class to a friend!’

Buy tickets for
How to Develop Self-Knowledge - Virtual Class

£40 Friends | £55 Standard (plus fees)

When and where:
  • Sat 26 Sep 2020 6.30pm BST
    Virtual Class (Zoom)
  • Tue 13 Oct 2020 6.30pm BST
    Virtual Class (Zoom)
  • Sat 31 Oct 2020 9.30am BST
    Virtual Class (Zoom)