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About Events at The School of Life

Our classes and workshopsprofessional workshops and special events go straight to the most helpful ideas around the dilemmas of work, relationships, self-knowledge and culture.

Take a systematic journey around our material, join our Study Programme or Friends scheme, or try a one-off class to get a taster.

How to Identify Your Career Potential

A toolkit for finding a job to satisfy both our emotional and our material needs.

11 July
July Summer School

July 2018 - The best of The School of Life condensed into a single, unforgettable week. By working within a fixed group led by a core tutor over the week, you'll dive deeper than would be possible in any single class. Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind.

How To Develop Self-Knowledge

Self-knowledge matters so much because it is only on the basis of an accurate sense of who one is that one can make reliable decisions.

How To Be Sociable

Knowing how to get the most out of the people we meet, and live and work around is fundamental to our chances of a fulfilled life.

Stay or Leave?

This is a class to help us decide whether we should keep working at a relationship or quit.

How Culture Can Change Your Life

Music, film, literature and art are viewed by many as getting close to the meaning of life. But why?

How to Make Love Last

It is not inevitable that love must fizzle out; this happens when it has not been wisely managed.

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8 June
Friends’ Conversation Evening- on the theme of 'Confessions'

At this Friend's event, we gather for a chance to make and hear confessions around money, relationships, our families and our futures. We’ll learn that we are all, beneath the surface, far more confused, endearing and enticingly mad than we might normally assume.

The Meaning of Life

To wonder too intensely about the meaning of life sounds like a faintly ridiculous pastime. But, in truth, the subject is for everyone.

15 June
What is Psychotherapy?

Charlotte Fox Weber, Head of Psychotherapy in conversation with Alain de Botton.

How To Enjoy Life

This class alerts us to the beauty and value of things, people and ideas around us.

How To Fail

This class equips us with the tools to succeed on our own terms, which may be quite different from those of society.

How To Find Love

Choosing a partner is one of the most consequential and tricky decisions we will ever make.

How to be Confident

The difference between success and failure often hangs on a humiliatingly small and elusive trait that standard education never touches: confidence.

How to Be Serene

This class provides a toolkit to helps us triumph over free-floating or intense anxiety.

6 August
August Summer School

August 2018 - The best of The School of Life condensed into a single, unforgettable week. By working within a fixed group led by a core tutor over the week, you'll dive deeper than would be possible in any single class. Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind.

10 October
Late Autumn School

October 2018 - The best of The School of Life condensed into a single, unforgettable week. By working within a fixed group led by a core tutor over the week, you'll dive deeper than would be possible in any single class. Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind.

Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is the quality that enables us to negotiate the central problems in our relationships.

Making Relationships Work

One of our gravest errors we make around relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at.

Finding A Fulfilling Job

Learn how to find a career to fulfill both your material and psychological needs in this one-day workshop.

The Steps to Calm

Learn how to be more patient, unruffled and at ease with life’s setbacks and irritants.

The School of Life Friends - 1 Year Membership

Join our Friends’ Scheme in order to meet and connect with hundreds of other curious, intelligent and fascinating members of the School of Life. We host monthly conversation drinks in central London venues - around the big themes found in our films and books.

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5 June
An Evening on Lasting Love with Esther Perel

Renowned psychotherapist and relationship expert Esther Perel joins Alain de Botton for an honest, philosophical conversation on the nature of love and intimacy.

Communication

Learn key skills for improving your habits of communication and boost productivity in the process.

Resilience

Overcome setbacks and lay the groundwork for greater flourishing with our hugely popular resilience training.

Leadership

Develop an authentic leadership style that inspires commitment and gets results.

Entrepreneurship

Discover the psychological traits of business innovation and explore the trends of entrepreneurial success.

The Life House Reading Retreat

A weekend for reading and relaxation at our retreat in Wales, The Life House.

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