About Us

The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence. We offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.

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What We Do

Launched in 2016, The School of Life Sydney is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. We address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm and how better to understand and, where necessary change, the world.

The School of Life was founded in London in 2008 and is now open in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Melbourne, Antwerp, Belgrade, and Istanbul. We offer classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, secular sermons, and therapies in person. We also publish books, film our events and make and sell a range of objects & tools that will assist you in the quest for a more fulfilled life. We also run a consulting and training service for businesses.

The School of Life is a place to step back and think intelligently about central emotional concerns. You will never be cornered by dogma, but we will direct you towards a variety of ideas from the humanities – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – ideas that will exercise, stimulate and expand your mind. You will meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.

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Find us in Sydney

The School of Life Sydney is a bookstore and classroom located upstairs at 370 Bourke St, in the heart of the Surry Hills precinct. We are located in the perfect spot for public transport:

Bus: Taylor Square station is a 2 minute walk (for buses from the Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and the South). Crown St is also a 2 minute walk (where the 352, 301, 302 & 303 each operate).

Train: Central Station is a 13 minute walk.

Parking: Street parking is available with some free 2 hour spaces nearby, as well as ticketed parking.

Space Hire

The School of Life offers daytime, and occasionally evening and weekend hire of our classroom space, purposefully designed as an intimate and engaging learning environment. We are co-located with not-for-profit restaurant Folonomo with whom we can also offer catering packages. Please enquire here.

Supported by Small Giants

Danny Almagor, Berry Liberman, Francie Doolan, Dan Fitzgerald, Mele-Ane Havea, Lisa Hyden, Lillian Kline, Kaj Löfgren, Madeline Lucas, Connie Wigney, Ally Spernat, Caroline Vu, Kartik Iyer and Emily Yanay.

B Corporation

The School of Life Australia is a registered B Corporation, which means it has been approved as a social enterprise with an emerging group of companies that are using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world and generate a shared and durable prosperity for all. Certified B Corporations have undertaken a rigorous assessment that explores a company’s governance, transparency, environmental and social impact. B Corps voluntarily hold themselves to a higher level of accountability in these areas. Together, B Corps redefine success in business by competing not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.


 The School of Life has a highly ambitious program of events including weekly classes, public & professional workshops and monthly social and major events. There is no way that we could deliver the amount that we do without the help of our wonderful volunteer community. They are a group of like-minded, curious and sociable humans who wish to meet others like them and experience our content. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this movement, please send an email to sydney@theschooloflife.com.au with Volunteering in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.


Folonomo - Venue partner Folonomo celebrate our country's diverse multiculturalism. Through the restaurant's lovingly curated menu, Folonomo encourages a spirit of community, collaboration and compassion donating 100% of their profits back to foster change in the world both locally and globally. 

The School of Life and Dumbo Feather  partner to help realise their joint mission in facilitating meaningful conversations that can guide, console and nurture our communities. Together we run a series of programs themed around impactful storytelling and living with passion and purpose.

Bibliotheque Wines - Hospitality partner Bibliotheque believe in the benefits of reading and the importance of conversation, whether this be with great works of fiction, poetry or philosophy. This is why they choose to contribute to programs and experiences like The School of Life.

'I started The School of Life from a sense that schools forget to teach you so much of the stuff we need to get by in this world. Where is instruction in relationships, in the management of career, in the raising of children, in the pursuit of friendship, in the wise approach to anxiety and death. All this sort of stuff I craved to learn about when I was a student and down to this day. I wanted to make the school a one-stop shop for information about the area of life I call emotional intelligence. We have been going for several years now and we have done a lot. It’s the thing I’m proudest to have done in my life. We’re trying to bring order and coherence to a confusing part of everyone’s life.'

Alain de Botton - Writer and Founder of The School of Life