A Night of Better Conversation: Sex

Our lives are so often filled with superficial talk, from office chitchat to commentaries on last night's television. How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we've never said before? A Night of Better Conversation has been designed to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers.

It’s hard to imagine a topic considered more taboo by great swathes of society than sex. Although we live in an era which might, arguably, be considered more "sex positive" than ever, it remains a subject we approach at peril. In fact, some would argue that living in a liberated age, in which we’re all supposed to be fantastically well-adjusted about sex, just makes things harder. So how can we best approach this taboo topic?

The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with other people. As we explore the art, our conversations will venture into the theme of sex and sexuality. Who have you discussed sex with? How can thinking about sex help us to lead a more fulfilling life? How can we think and talk about sex differently in everyday life?

A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to engage with minds moulded by forces different to our own, and to go beyond our comfort zone by taking risks in what we are willing to share.


17.00     The Everleigh Bar Opens
18.00     The Elk Room Opens
18.30     Welcome & Introduction
19.00     Technique 1
19.30     Technique 2
20.00     Technique 3
20.30     Permission to Speak Freely
21.00     Event Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation

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'Without sex, we would be dangerously invulnerable. We might believe we were not ridiculous.'
― Alain de Botton

This event is proudly presented in partnership with The Everleigh. 

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The Everleigh and The School of Life have a commitment to providing enlightened hospitality to its customers. Our shared mission is to create events and environments where meaningful connections can flourish.


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.


Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject. 


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A Night of Better Conversation: Sex


Special Event
When and where:
  • Thursday 31 August 2017 6.30 – 9pm,
    The Elk Room, The Everleigh Bar, Upstairs, 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065


Full price: $50.00
Concession: $40.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Drinks will be available for purchase on the night. Light catering will be provided.

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 melbourne@theschooloflife.com.au.

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The Elk Room, The Everleigh
Upstairs, 150-156 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Please note this event is a stand-up, cocktail style event with approximately 70 participants.

The venue is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.