How To Make Love Last

The arts heavily promote the idea that romantic love is time-limited; that it must naturally and inevitably end. We are often left wondering whether love is something we’re destined to fall out of or whether it could indeed be sustained over time.

This class suggests that long-term love is not an accident. It is the result of skills that can be learnt and practiced, rather than an emotional enthusiasm that spontaneously arises (and might then disappear) at the sight of another person. We examine skills around communication, compromise, tolerance, self-understanding and humour.

We consider how partners can learn to be together yet separate, and question whether we should seek to know our lover fully, or cultivate an appreciation of their occasional mystery and right to privacy. We practice the skills required to deepen connections, and look at ways to deal with conflict when communication breaks down.

Finally, we study the art of intelligent disappointment, and consider how dreams of bliss can in fact be the enemies of long-term love.


14.00    Welcome & Class commences
15.45     Break (times vary)
17.15     Class finishes

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'Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.'

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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 Make Love Last


When and where:
  • Saturday 23 September 2017 2 — 5.15pm,
    The School of Life, 669 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000


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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