How To Enjoy Solitude

Our societies are confused about solitude. The images of happiness conveyed by television and advertising often feature merry groups of friends, while being alone and being lonely are considered almost synonymous. But one in three of us in the OECD countries now lives alone, and this number is set to rise.

We explore the distinction between solitude and loneliness. We ask just why being alone can sometimes feel so frightening, and what benefits there might be to overcoming these fears. We consider what we can learn from hermits and those who have actively retreated from the world. Above all, we ask if it’s really possible to be happy in partnerships, in friendships, at work or with family - if we can’t, first, also be happy by ourselves.

This is a class about the lost and yet highly valuable art of solitude.


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

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'It was great and quite confronting in some ways on a deep personal level.'
– Participant

COURSE LEADER                  

Pierz Newton-John is a writer, web developer and former psychotherapist. His critically acclaimed short story collection Fault Lines, exploring themes of masculinity, alienation and relationship fracture in contemporary Australia, was published by Spineless Wonders in March 2012.  


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 Enjoy Solitude




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.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email

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