July Summer School 2020

July Summer School Itinerary

Monday 6th July - Friday 10th July

As a general rule, if we’re looking to master a discipline or set of skills, there’s a school that can teach us. There are culinary schools that can teach us how to cook; journalism schools that can teach us to write; even clown schools that can teach us how to fall over or throw custard pies. Yet there’s an entire side of life for which, until now, no school has existed: a school that can teach us emotional skills - like self-knowledge, confidence, resilience and serenity - that we need in order to live well and find meaning and fulfilment. That’s why we set up The School of Life: an academy for training and developing emotional maturity.

Our 5-Day School is a crash course in emotional intelligence and psychological well-being. We’ll cover topics such as how to choose our partners more wisely; how to find a fulfilling job; how to manage anxiety, regret and shame; and how to become more patient and serene. You’ll be taught by members of our world-class faculty; meet and learn with a group of like-minded strangers; and study what history’s greatest thinkers have to say about life’s greatest problems. Practical, engaging and comprehensive, it’s perfect for anyone looking to get more out of life - but aren’t quite sure where to begin.

Join us for the opportunity to master the fundamentals of emotional life and become a more mature, contented and well-rounded human being - all in a single week. Spaces are limited, so book now to guarantee your seat in the classroom.



9:40am        Tea & Coffee on arrival

10:00am      Morning Session

1:00pm        Lunch Break

2:00pm        Afternoon Session

5:30pm        Class Finishes

Day One: The first day of the July Summer School is designed to equip us with the core skills of Emotional Intelligence. We will learn why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our anxieties, and how and why we characteristically respond to frustration.

Day Two: The second day of the July Summer School takes us on a structured journey around resilience in the face of stress. Agitation is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a calm mind-set therefore relies on having to hand a raft of calming ideas that can be called upon in moments of panic. In the evening, we will attend a Conversation Dinner in a local restaurant - learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest selves.

Day Three: The third day of the July Summer School teaches us how to choose our partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at love.

Day Four: The fourth day of the July Summer School teaches us how to achieve our career potential. We will employ psychological tools to be better able to understand our talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us. 

Day Five: The final day of the July Summer School explores creative thinking in life and work. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

The best of The School of Life condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

Ticket costs £950 per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

Please download the School Brochure for more information  

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July Summer School 2020


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When and where:
  • 6 - 10 Jul 2020 9:40am
    The School of Life, 70 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB