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About Events at The School of Life

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

If you'd like to learn more about what to expect, take a look at our Classroom FAQs.

22 February
The School of Life Conference - USA

The School of Life Conference is a three-day event on the most important ideas we teach; it aims to transform lives. It is designed to equip participants with a toolkit of Emotional Skills that can revolutionise relationships, careers and self-understanding.

5 January
New Year School 2019

January 2019 - 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.


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

4 December
Esther Perel and The School of Life Present an Evening on Making Love Last

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

How to Find Love

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

How to Identify Your Career Potential

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

3 November
One-Day Festival: Know Yourself

This one-off event will be a highly sociable, immersive day consisting of inspiring and consoling lecture, exciting meetings, lively conversation, food and drinks, and interactive games.

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 Be Confident

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

14 December
Friends’ Conversation Evening- on the theme of 'Secrets'

This evening, we’ll be discussing secrets: why we have them - and what some of them are? And we’ll also be experiencing the joys of sharing some more private parts of ourselves with new friends (which is sometimes easier than with old ones).

9 November
Friends’ Conversation Evening- on the theme of 'Whats the Point of it All?'

This evening is anchored around a question so large most of us either laugh it off or refuse to address it head on: What is the meaning of life?

How to Make Love Last

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


Our bibliotherapy service identifies a list of books you should read that can answer the most pressing and important questions of your life. A reading prescription to stimulate thought and transformation.

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?

Stay or Leave?

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

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.

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.

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.

How to Be Serene

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

How to Enjoy Life

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


Delve into the myths which surround creative practices and discover strategies for inventive thinking.

The Steps to Calm

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

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.

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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.


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


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

The Life House Reading Retreat

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

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