Summer School 2019

The best of The School of Life condensed into a single, unforgettable week. Step outside your daily existence and think productively about your strengths and weaknesses, values and priorities, goals and dreams.

The School of Life’s Summer School is a structured, 5-day journey exploring emotional intelligence and offering you the very best of our unique program of classes, workshops and events as well as supplementary School of Life products to support you outside the classroom. 

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage with other curious and open-minded people, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your life. By working within a fixed group led by skilled facilitators over the week, you'll dive deeper than would be possible in any single class. 

You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and discuss insights with fellow travellers throughout the week.

Places are limited to 23 participants.

Please email us with any dietary requirements at least 14 days prior to the start of the Intensive.

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Day One: Equips 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 why we respond to frustration in certain ways.

Day Two: Takes us on a structured journey around resilience in the face of stress. Agitation is always in essence a mental phenomenon, a result of ideas; a calm mind-set therefore relies on having to hand a raft of calming ideas that can be called upon in moments of panic. Day two will end with a Conversation Dinner.

Day Three: 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 better at. On this day we will learn to practice and refine our skills at love.

Day Four: Explores how we can achieve our career potential. We will employ psychological tools to be better able to understand our talents and to move forward professionally and with purpose using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: 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 final day will end with casual drinks as a group and reflection.

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*Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change

'The unexamined life is not worth living'
– Socrates


Michael Bartura is a mindfulness-based life and leadership coach and group facilitator working with individuals and organisations seeking transformation and conscious business development. He was a senior manager in the private and not-for-profit sectors for over 15 years before switching to teaching, training and coaching.  In recent years, he established a pilot training program focused on designing an integrated Mind-Body approach to leadership education at the East West Learning Centre in Singapore, and now runs an online coaching social venture called TeamUp as well as directing strategy and development for the SLOW school of Business in Melbourne.

Dr Sumant Badami (or Monty as he is known to most) is an Anthropologist and Honorary Associate at Macquarie University. Apart from being a passionate educator at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, he is a celebrant, jazz singer, martial arts instructor and currently training to become an officer in the Australian Army Reserves.

Sophi Bruce crafts learning experiences for a range of people and contexts that focus on thinking differently, developing leadership impact and adapting to change. Sophi has lived and worked extensively in the UK and now in Australia where she holds roles with the University of Technology Sydney and Social Leadership Australia. 

Christian Stenta is an experienced social impact and innovation leader. Over the last 16 years, he's embedded innovation strategies in the public sector, managed social projects in large NGOs, run an inner city welfare centre, mentored over a dozen social start ups, managed a $1M social investment fund, and ran Australia's first national festival of social change. He is member of the Victorian Advisory Council for The Centre for Social Impact.

Dr Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster, teacher and musician. She has been a presenter on ABC Radio National, 774 ABC Melbourne and ABC Classic FM, and contributed a weekly column to The Age newspaper for several years. She is an award-winning short story writer and her essays have been published in Meanjin literary magazine, Fairfax publications and Penguin's Women of Letters anthology. Sian teaches in RMIT’s creative writing programs and runs writing workshops in the community. Her first book, Shy – a memoir, was published by Text Publishing in June 2014.

Myke Bartlett is a novelist, journalist and critic. He 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.


'I left the week feeling far more open to possibility than I had expected, at the same time understanding that how that possibility was taken on is entirely up to me. Powerful.'
– Jane

'A hurley burley ride up and down my personal history that felt part skydive, part colonoscopy (and I've done neither) that has left me with 20/20 hindsight, fraternity with a band of like-minded souls with whom to stroll into the future, and a deep appreciation of tools that make a life tick.'
– Alex

'When else do you get a chance to really think about what is important in life with fantastic inspiring teachers who really know and understand what they are talking about? I would highly recommend The School of Life one week intensive course to anyone. You not only meet great minded people, you also get time and space to really think about many different areas of your life from your career to great conversations. As Nike would say, 'just do it'. You will not regret it.'
– Anna

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Summer School 2019



Click here to download the program brochure.



Full price: $1200.00
Concession: $1000.00
(+ $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 14 days cancellation notice before the original session date.

Ticket price includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.