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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.

How to Make Love Last

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

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.

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.

The Life House Reading Retreat

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

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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.

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.

Purpose

Day-to-day work can all too easily make us feel bored or burnt out. For many of us, this is when we start fantasising about changing careers. But what we most often need is to feel reconnected to our underlying values and the long-term impact of the work at hand.

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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.

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.

Communication

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

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.

Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

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

How To Enjoy Life

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

Entrepreneurship

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

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.

Finding A Fulfilling Job

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

How to Be Serene

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

Leadership

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

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.

Resilience

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

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.

11 May
Friends’ Conversation Evening- on the theme of 'Work'

At this Friend's event, we gather to exchange notes on our working lives: where are we in relation to our initial hopes? What makes work harder than it should be? How might we alter what we do? We have the opportunity for an honest reflection on the progress of our working lives.

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