How to be Serene - Virtual Class

What is ‘How to Be Serene’?

How to be Serene is a 2.5 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. Further information on how to connect to the class will be made available once you have purchased a ticket.



Why should I attend?

Few life skills are as neglected, yet as important, as the ability to remain calm. Our very worst decisions and interactions are almost invariably the result of a loss of calm - and a descent into anxiety and agitation. Surprisingly, but very fortunately, our power to remain calm can be rehearsed and improved.

We don't have to remain where we are now: our responses to everyday challenges can dramatically alter. We can educate ourselves in the art of remaining calm not through slow breathing or special teas but through thinking. This is a class that patiently unpacks the causes of our greatest stresses and gives us a succession of highly persuasive, beautiful and sometimes dryly comic arguments with which to defend ourselves against panic and fury.

What will I learn?

How to Be Serene teaches:

  • Many of the things we become angry about are neither random nor vain

  • The things we worry about are obscure yet critical signals about what may be amiss in our lives

  • We should not try to deny or neuter anxiety or rage, but learn to interpret it more skilfully

The format of this class is highly interactive and involves a combination of teaching, group discussion and individual reflection. The facilitators of the class aim to create a confidential space where all participants are welcome to contribute freely and comfortably. If you have any questions about the format of the class please get in touch at

Morning/Afternoon/ Evening Classes -  All timings are in British Summer Time (BST).

This event is being streamed globally, please use a time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

For more information, please see our London FAQs or contact

Classroom Testimonials

‘I loved this lesson! It really identified new and existing issues I have with various areas of my life; I learned a lot and I hope this is the seed planting that will continue to grow and flourish.’

‘Opened my eyes to a completely new way of thinking with practical tips on how to actually implement.’

‘This was such a lovely and enriching experience; I'm so glad I was able to come and experience this class; thank you.’ 

Buy tickets for
How to be Serene - Virtual Class

£40 Friends | £55 Standard (plus fees)

When and where:
  • Sat 30 Oct 2021 6.15 pm BST
    Virtual Class (Zoom)
  • Sat 27 Nov 2021 2.15pm GMT
    Virtual Class (Zoom)