The Steps To Calm

Calm has a deep and natural appeal. Most of us long to be more patient, unruffled, at ease and capable of reacting with quiet good humour to life’s setbacks and irritants.

But most of us know very little about how to be calm. Anxiety stalks us through our days and nights. It thrums almost permanently in the background. It may even be with us now.

We have a tendency to look at agitation as something quasi-physical, as a bodily emanation and therefore as best addressed via physical mechanisms such as baths, teas or walks. But agitation is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas – and a calm mind-set therefore relies on having to hand a raft of calming ideas that can be called upon in moments of panic.

This one-day workshop takes us on a structured journey around the best and most calming ideas. We learn, among other things, about:

The Importance of Pessimism: we study the role of our expectations in determining what will infuriate us and what we can approach with equanimity.

Pessimistic Resilience: we look at how a background fear that we won’t survive a negative outcome heightens anxiety - and is in fact almost always mistaken.

Itemising Anxieties: we observe the beneficial role of listing anxieties rather than letting them float free in our consciousness.

Accepting the Limits of Free Will: we consider how the belief that we are always free to change reality can become tyrannical, worsening many situations.

Nature and Calm: we study why and how the natural world, particularly its sublime aspects, has a powerful role to play in restoring perspective.

Intentionality and Agitation: we look at how easily we confuse the feeling of being wronged with the idea that someone meant to wrong us.

A calm life isn’t one that’s always perfectly serene. It is one where we are committed to calming down more readily, where we strive to have more realistic expectations, where we can understand better why certain problems are occurring, and be more adept at finding a consoling perspective.

Our progress may be limited and imperfect, but it is genuine - and this day of study provides invaluable and robust lessons that last a lifetime.

This one-day workshop brings together the best of The School of Life’s Self curriculum into a single high intensity session. You can explore our full curriculum herePlease be aware, The Steps to Calm workshop contains material from the following individual classes: How to Be Serene and How to Enjoy Life.

TIMETABLE

9.40am            Tea & welcome
10.00am          Morning Session
1.00pm            Lunch Break (times vary)
2.00pm            Afternoon Session
5.00pm            Workshop Ends

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'I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself'.
– Jane Austen

About One Day Workshops

Our intensive workshops provide an opportunity to work with leading members of our faculty over the course of a highly structured session.

Sessions are limited to 23 participants and will be based at The School of Life classroom. Light refreshments, drinks and a copy of our book Calm is included in the ticket price.

The School of Life Curriculum has been written, designed and quality assured by The School of Life HQ in London, led by Alain de Botton. Presented as an EQ learning journey, these 12 classes and 4 full-day workshops bring together over 10 years of teaching and continuous improvement of our emotional intelligence curriculum around the world.

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The Steps To Calm

$250

What:
Workshop
When and where:
  • Sat 13 Oct 2018 9.40am – 5pm,
    The School of Life, 669 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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TICKETING

Full price: $250.00
Concession: $200.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Ticket price includes refreshments, drinks and a copy of our book Calm on the day.

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 +61 (0)434 492 669 or email melbourne@theschooloflife.com.au.