The School of Life Conference - New York
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.
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
The Conference The Conference Dinner
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.
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 Conference Dinner
When we share an experience, the best insights often come from the discussions we have about them afterwards. Our conference dinner is an exclusive opportunity for delegates to continue the conversation begun during the day’s programme over a private dinner. The dinner will be held on Saturday evening at the Fig & Olive, a luxurious restaurant on East 52nd street serving authentic Mediterranean cuisine. The ticket price includes a three-course meal as well as drinks. Limited places are now on sale for existing ticket holders or for those purchasing their tickets through our website.