One-Day Festival: Know Yourself

Price - £249

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

What is Self Knowledge?

One of the most striking features of our minds is how little we understand them. At The School of Life, we believe this lack of Self Knowledge is very often what stands between us and greater fulfillment – a relationship that will bring us joy, a job that motivates us each morning, or a wiser approach to those situations where we seem to keep making the same familiar, frustrating errors.

Know Yourself will draw on our Core Curriculum, focusing on the exploration of ourselves. The teaching methods aren’t entirely standard – our lecturers invite almost continuous interaction, encouraging participants to actively engage in self-reflection and share their stories, thoughts and reflections with others. As always at our events, we aim to establish an atmosphere where all feel welcome to contribute and question, safe in the knowledge that our courage will be met with warmth, open-mindedness, and good humour.

Our festival on Self Knowledge is for anyone who wishes to explore – as part of a curious, like-minded community – what truly interests, motivates and excites them, as well as what lies behind some of their most important fears, anxieties, and sorrows.

What Will the Festival Involve?

Click here to download the Know Yourself brochure

Here is a selection of what will be on offer on the day:

  • Keynotes session with Alain de Botton, founder of The School of Life
  • The Confessions Game - our faculty members will prompt honest, daring answers to important questions about our own feelings of joy, hope, fear, and sorrow
  • The Wall of Self - a space for your most elusive thoughts as they develop throughout the day
  • Lecture, films, music, psychological exercises and conversation
  • A School of Life gift bag filled with emotionally intelligent gifts
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • An opportunity to make new friends in a community of like-minded individuals

Schedule of the Day

09.30 Welcome and registration

Find your seats and meet new friends over hot drinks and pastries.

10.30 Alain de Botton on ‘The Problem of Our Minds and the Solutions to Self Knowledge’

12.00 Raul Aparici on ‘Sociability’

13.00 Lunch

Enjoy a pre-prepared lunch box with newly-made friends.

14.00 Alain de Botton on ‘Failure’

15.15 Coffee break

15.45 Raul Aparici on ‘Happiness and Meaning’

17.00 Drinks reception

Discuss what you’ve learnt over the course of the day over wine and canapés.

19.00 Day Ends

Please note that this event includes materials drawn from the best of our Curriculum, including the following classes: How to Develop Self-Knowledge, How to be Sociable, How to Fail, and the Meaning of Life.

About The Speakers

Raul Aparici is the Faculty Lead at The School of Life. He also works as a coach, consultant and facilitator and teaches on the Postgraduate Coaching Programme at Birkbeck, University of London . With a diverse background which includes a career in the fitness industry, a BA in English Literature and an MA in Critical Theory, he likes to match academic insights with real life wisdom. He has a particular interest in psychoanalytic concepts and is generally curious about the human condition.

Alain de Botton is the founder and Chairman of The School of Life. Alain was born in Zurich, Switzerland and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.'  He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature, including the titles 'How Proust Can Change Your Life' and 'The Consolations of Philosophy.' He is also the founder of Living Architecture, a social enterprise that asks top architects to build holiday homes for rental around the UK.

One-Day Festival: Know Yourself

Sat 3rd Nov 2018 (09.30)
Bush House South East Wing Strand London WC2B 4PA
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