The School of Life Conference - New York

4th, 5th, 6th October 

Limited Early Bird Tickets available for £899, full price £999

What does it take to change a life? Many of us start by getting away - seeking out a place we have never been before, somewhere far away, with a fresh climate and an unexplored horizon - in the hope that a change of environment might lead to a change of perspective. Though diverting, our journeys are often fleeting, all too brief. We return to our regular routines - the same bad habits, the same implacable problems - and remain, at our core, unfulfilled.

Ten years ago, The School of Life was set up to help people to answer some of the larger questions of their lives - questions about their relationships, their careers, their purpose, their state of mind, and, most importantly, who they are as people. In 2017, we gathered together all that we had learned to create our first ever Conference - a condensation of the best of our wisdom and teaching into a highly exclusive, uniquely transformative three day experience. Hosted twice a year in different cities across the globe, The School of Life Conference offers delegates a chance to discover a new city, meet like-minded strangers, and embark on a journey of genuine self-discovery and self-transformation.

The Conference

Over three days, The School of Life Conference aims to provide us with a comprehensive emotional education. It starts - as all journeys of self-improvement must - with the search for self-knowledge: how lasting change can only arise from a thorough understanding of our own minds. It addresses, in turn, our work, love and social lives: showing us the mistakes we commonly make, and the ways we can move past these to find pleasure and purpose in everything we do. It teaches us vital emotional skills, like confidence and calm, required to experience the world with patience and joy. It shows us the lessons we can draw from culture - from literature, art, philosophy, and architecture. Finally, it tries to answer the largest question of all - how to find meaning and lasting happiness in every area of our lives.

Our conference is both designed and led by The School of Life founder, Alain de Botton, and members of our London faculty - renowned experts in emotional intelligence with a proven record in helping people across the world to understand themselves and find fulfilment. It compiles material from our entire curriculum - our core classes, one-day festivals, and five-day schools - to create a programme of the very best teaching we have to offer.

The Conference is not simply a series of lectures, or a passive presentation. Rather, it is a communal, multifaceted, interactive experience. It uses not only speech but films, music, and visual prompts to engage us with its concepts and message. Delegates are regularly invited to participate in exercises and demonstrations, and to share and seek advice for their own unique experiences.

Above all, the Conference is a social occasion - a place for thoughtful people from across the world to come together, share perspectives and ideas, and forge lasting connections with others. Specially designed conversational prompts, as well as morning and evening social activities, are used to encourage delegates to meet and relate. Many come away having made lifelong friendships - and sometimes even more.  

Though accommodation is not provided, the ticket includes lunch on the Saturday, a drinks reception on the Friday, and snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend. Delegates also have the option of signing up for an exclusive dinner with our conference team and faculty members on Saturday evening - more details to be announced soon.

Who Should Attend The School of Life Conference

The School of Life Conference is ideal for those looking for an in-depth psychological experience that covers the four main areas of our emotional lives; Love, Work, Self & Others and Culture. The content is a repeat of the last Conferences and Schools.   


Day 1 Friday Afternoon - Emotional Education, Self-Knowledge, Sociability

Day 2 Saturday Morning - Relationships: Choosing Partners, Relationship Skills, Emotional Maturity

Day 2 Saturday Afternoon - Work, Confidence, Failure

Day 3 Sunday Morning - Culture, Calm, Meaning, Happiness 

Please download the conference brochure for more information 

What People Said Who Came to Our Last Conference - Los Angeles, February 2019

“It amazes me to be able to tell you that the conference exceeded my expectations in every possible way.  I learned so much, but more importantly, I met so many wonderful people”

“Contrary to my norm, all of the conversations I had were effortless and that feeling was so liberating.”

“I had never felt more like myself than at this conference and I feel so connected to everything the School of Life stands for”

“I learnt so much about myself. Things I thought I knew or had packed away in a box exploded: not fun but enlightening.”

“The entire thing was wonderful and perception altering”

“This was by far one of the most rewarding experience of my life”

The City

“New York City is the place where people come to invent, reinvent, or find the room they need to be who they wish to be.” - Siri Hustvedt.  

Following Conferences in Lisbon, San Francisco, Zurich and Los Angeles, The School of Life is coming to New York. The city has long been a place of pilgrimage for those seeking to find themselves. For centuries, people have come to the city hoping to discover a different way of life - to meet new people, find new opportunities, and make themselves anew. Built into the marrow of the streets and skyscrapers is a belief in the virtue of reinvention and the possibility of self-actualisation.  

Our Conference will be hosted in the heart of the city on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on the edge of Central Park. It is housed in The New York Academy of Medicine, a beautiful, eclectic-style building built in the 1920s to inspire and facilitate the thinking of some of the country’s greatest minds. The Academy is spacious and airy, offering spectacular views of the park and skyline beyond, and contains the world-famous Rare Book Room, which features a collection of classic texts dating back to the 15th century. As well as participating in our Conference programme, delegates will have ample opportunity to visit nearby attractions on Museum Mile - the Museum of the City of New York, the Graffiti Hall of Fame, and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum are all within a five-minute walk of the Academy.

The School of Life Conference - New York

Fri 4th Oct 2019 (14.00)
The New York Academy of Medicine 1216 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10029, USA
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The School of Life Conference will be held in English. All tickets are subject to a 60-Day Returns Policy as listed on our Terms & Conditions page. Please note that we are not offering any free or volunteer places at this event and the Conference doesn't include accommodation. For group rates (5 or more tickets), or corporate bookings please contact: [email protected]