How To Balance Work with Life

Our grandparents lived with the promise of a future golden age of leisure, but today we are more shackled to our work than ever before. It’s hard enough to find time to eat in peace, let alone see our partners and families, go to the gym and enjoy our hobbies. What gets in the way of re-designing our lives? Must work be an albatross around our necks? Or can we negotiate a finer marriage not only with work but with time itself?

This class explores the current landscape of work, as well as the art of play, promising relief from the pressures of the dominant work ethic and our relentless drive to succeed. We look at how difficulties in our working lives can be symptomatic of neurotic attachments to being busy, probe what lies behind our assumptions about leisure, and practice reversing our thinking about free time, making it 'time on' rather than 'time off'.


18.00    Welcome & Class commences
19.45     Break (times vary)
21.15     Class finishes

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Myke Bartlett was born in Perth, and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. A trained journalist, Bartlett writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia’s best known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.

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How To Balance Work with Life




Full price: $80.00
Concession: $70.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

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