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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 Culture Can Change Your Life

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

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 to Make Love Last

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

12 October
The School of Life Conference 2018 – Switzerland

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.

10 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 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.

12 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.

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?

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).

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3 November
Know Yourself in a Day

At our one-day festival you will not be taught in entirely standard ways. The experts on stage don’t merely lecture to a passive audience; they invite almost continuous interaction, inviting participants to look inside themselves, to complete a variety of psychological exercises and to share their stories with others.

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.

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.

Creativity

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

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.

19 September
Annie Lennox in Conversation with Alain de Botton

Renowned singer and activist Annie Lennox joins Alain de Botton for an honest, philosophical conversation on the nature of music and how it connects to emotional intelligence.

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.

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.

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Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

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

The Steps to Calm

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

Finding A Fulfilling Job

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

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 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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Leadership

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

Resilience

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

Communication

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

The Life House Reading Retreat

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

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