In Person: Improving Your Emotional Intelligence — A One Day Workshop on the Self

One of the most striking features of our minds is how little we understand them. We have recurring thoughts and impulses, but we don’t know where they came from. We know we’re attracted to certain types of people and particular careers, but we can’t explain why. We have feelings we can’t name and patterns of behavior we can’t account for. We remain, for the most part, strangers to ourselves.

Which is why every project of self-improvement must begin with self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is the opposite of solipsism. Our own mind remains the best window onto those of other people: by studying them, we can learn to deal more calmly, confidently and empathetically with everyone we encounter.

The School of Life is delighted to announce the return of our popular in-person, one day workshops. Improving Our Emotional Intelligence — A One Day Workshop will be held at the beautiful Steiner Hall by Regent’s Park, London. You’re invited to join members of our faculty and a group of like-minded attendees for a day of self-inquiry.

In the morning, we’ll consider the problem of knowing our own minds, as well as some practical methods for gaining self-knowledge. We’ll go on to explore how we can discover more about ourselves (and others) through good conversation. In the afternoon, we’ll consider the meaning of life and what form that meaning might take for us individually.

During the workshop, you won’t be taught in entirely standard ways. Our faculty members don’t lecture to a passive audience; they invite continuous interaction, encouraging participants to complete a variety of psychological exercises and share their stories with others.

The talks are broken up by films, pieces of music and visual prompts: all the senses are properly stimulated to keep the mind fresh and receptive. Furthermore, there is an enormous emphasis on friendship. You won’t be seated quietly on your own, isolated from other participants. You’ll be invited to mingle: to form smaller and larger groups and start meaningful dialogues with one another. It is impossible to leave without making at least one friend.

This One Day Workshop is designed to equip us with the core skills of Emotional Intelligence. We will learn:

· Why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves.

· How to map and understand our anxieties.

· How to make sense of the hurts and resentments we carry.

· How and why we characteristically respond to frustration.

· How to understand and sympathise with ourselves.

· How easily we trust others.

· How we can achieve a necessary degree of confidence.

Please note that this event includes materials drawn from the best of our Curriculum, including the following classes: How to Develop Self-Knowledge, How to be Sociable, How to Fail, The Meaning of Life and our Virtual Know Yourself in a Day.


9.30 – 11.00 Self-Knowledge

11.00 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 13.00 Further Steps to Self-Knowledge

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Self-Knowledge and Sociability

15.30 – 15.45 Break

15.45 – 17.00 Meaning

17.00 - Workshop Ends, Q&A


Raul Aparici

Raul Apariciis a coach, speaker, consultant and facilitator. He is the Faculty Lead at The School of Life where he delivers B2B and B2C workshops on different emotional skills. He is a faculty member on the Postgraduate Coaching and the MSc Coaching Programme at Birkbeck, University of London. With a diverse background which includes a career in the fitness industry, a BA in English Literature and an MA in Critical Theory, he likes to match academic insights with real life wisdom.

Jennifer Tollady

Jennifer Tollady has been working as a presentation and public speaking coach for over ten years, seeing a diverse range of clients from business leaders to teachers, IT developers to senior management teams. After completing a counsellors certificate in Humanistic therapy she is currently studying for an MSc in Transactional Analysis.

Billy Soulis

Billy Soulis is a consultant facilitator based in London. With a background in philosophy, Billy brings insight, warmth and critical thinking to his sessions with a theoretical and practical approach. He is passionate about applying philosophical concepts to modern-day practice in a way that enhances self-awareness, resilience and connection. He delivers a wide variety of classes and workshops across The School of Life Public and Business curriculums.

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In Person: Improving Your Emotional Intelligence — A One Day Workshop on the Self

One-Day Workshops
When and where:
  • Sat 29 Jan 2022 9.30am GMT
    Rudolf Steiner House | 35 Park Road | London NW1 6XT