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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.

4 July
Life Lessons with Elif Shafak: In Conversation with Tanya Byron

This Autumn, Elif will be in conversation with Professor Tanya Byron for a conversation reflecting on her latest book, her career as a novelist and public speaker, and the practice and power of storytelling. Join us for an evening celebrating Elif’s work and the unique ability of stories to shape and transform our lives.

4 October
The School of Life Conference - New York

Our conference aims to transform lives and build the best kinds of connections. It is designed to equip participants with a toolkit of Emotional Skills that can revolutionise relationships, careers and self-understanding.

22 June
How to Speak Power: Understanding Verbal Power Dynamics

In this highly interactive masterclass, Kasia Urbaniak & Ruben Flores will help participants to understand the complexities that lie at the heart of our most entrenched conflicts and suggest ways we can deal with them through forthright and fearless speech.

1 July
July Summer School 2019

July 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.

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.

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.

13 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).

8 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?

11 October
Friends’ Conversation Evening- on the theme of 'School'

Most of us were, in one way or another, heavily marked by school. We are also liable to have been disappointed by what we experienced there. This month, we ask ourselves questions around what the point of education is, what we would most have wanted to know when we were younger - and what a school should ideally be.

13 September
Friends’ Conversation Evening- on the theme of 'Utopia'

We’re often advised not to daydream too much and to focus on the here and now instead. However, many of us have an active side of our minds which loves to dream up better worlds and think of how to improve society. This is an occasion to share our visions and projects for the future.

9 August
Friends’ Conversation Evening- on the theme of 'The Body'

The body is a source both of huge delight and of our most fundamental pains and sorrows too. We gather to discuss - with honesty and verve - what bodies mean to us: what are our good and bad physical sides? What do we most like and fear about our bodies?

14 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.

25 May
Late Spring School 2019

May 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.

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 Make Love Last

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

Bibliotherapy

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.

Creativity

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

16 October
Late Autumn School 2019

October 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.

5 August
August Summer School 2019

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.

The Steps to Calm

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

Making Relationships Last

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.

Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

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

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.

Communication

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

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.

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