Spending Time Alone

This is a workshop about the lost and yet highly valuable art of solitude and how to cultivate it in our modern lives.

Is it possible to be happy in partnerships with family, friends or work colleagues– if we can’t, first, also be happy in ourselves? 

Our societies are confused about solitude as our culture promotes highly contradictory attitudes towards spending time alone.  Spending time alone can be seen as valuable as well as sad, peaceful and a sign of social inadequacy. Not to mention how often the images of happiness conveyed by television and advertising often feature merry groups of friends, whilst being alone and being lonely are considered almost synonymous. But one in three of us now lives alone, and this number is only set to rise. 

In Spending Time Alone, we will;

  • Explore the distinction between solitude and loneliness.
  • Ask just why being alone can sometimes feel so frightening, and what benefits there might be to overcoming these fears.
  • Consider what we can learn from hermits and those who have actively retreated from the world.
  • Examine the many potential benefits of spending time alone


6.00pm      Workshop begins 
7.30pm      Break (times vary) 
9.00pm      Workshop finishes


'If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.'

― Paulo Coelho


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply and have courageous conversations about the issues that matter most, and you’ll be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone in a safe space with other curious, open-minded individuals.

To find out more about what to expect when you come to a class or workshop at The School of Life, take a look inside our London classroom.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.


Pierz Newton-John is a writer, psychotherapist and software designer. Pierz’s short stories have been widely published in Australian literary journals and anthologies, and his critically acclaimed collection “Fault Lines” was published by Spineless Wonders in 2012.

As a psychotherapist, Pierz worked for many years in private practice and in the correctional system. He wrote a book on post-prison reintegration which for several years was provided to all prisoners released from Victorian gaols. More recently Pierz has pursued an interest in technology, working as a web developer for the not-for-profit counselling organisation On the Line.

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Spending Time Alone





Full price: $100.00
Concession: $80.00
(+ $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 email enquiries@theschooloflife.com.au.