About The School of Life
The School of Life is a global organisation with a mission to help people lead more fulfilled lives.
We believe that the journey to finding fulfilment begins with self-knowledge. It is only when we have a sense of who we really are that we can make reliable decisions, particularly around love and work.
Sadly, tools and techniques for developing self-knowledge and fulfilment are hard to find – they’re not taught in schools, in universities, or in workplaces. Too many of us go through life without ever really understanding what’s going on in the recesses of our minds.
That’s why we created The School of Life; a resource for exploring self-knowledge, relationships, work, socialising, finding calm and enjoying culture through content, community and conversation. You can find us online, in stores and in welcoming spaces around the globe.
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Find us in Sydney
The School of Life Sydney is a classroom located within Spaces, 111 Flinders St, in the heart of the Surry Hills precinct.
We are located in the perfect spot for public transport:
Bus – all text the same except change both mentions of ‘2 minute walk’ to ‘3 minute walk’. Add to bus section “Buses 373, 377, 392, 394, 396, 397, 399 and M10 all stop in front of our entrance.
Train – Central Station is a 15 minute walk
Parking – Street parking is available with some free 2 hour spaces nearby, as well as ticketed parking.
Ideas make great gifts. Whether you’re looking for an original gift to mark a significant celebration, a thoughtful way to cheer up a friend or a special something for the person who has everything, a voucher from The School of Life provides the perfect solution. Gift vouchers are available in-store or online and can be used to buy products and books in both our Melbourne or Sydney shops as well as across our range of classes, workshops and special events.
Supported by Small Giants
Danny Almagor, Berry Liberman, Francie Doolan, Dan Fitzgerald, Mele-Ane Havea, Lillian Kline, Kaj Löfgren, Madeline Lucas, Connie Wigney, Ally Spernat, Caroline Vu and Emily Yanay.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with Volunteering in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.
Spaces - We’re thrilled to partner with Spaces as the home of The School of Life Sydney. It’s a pleasure for us to bring our content and community to such a welcoming and vibrant hub, connecting good people and good ideas for everyday life
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