The impact of Covid-19 on our organisation, like so many, has been a significant one. Without our key offering of our program of events being possible for the foreseeable future, we have made the difficult decision to suspend The School of Life’s operation in Australia for the time being.
During this time, we would invite you to continue your journeys and exploration of TSOL content online via our Youtube channel and The Book of Life, which will continue to be updated by our team in London.
We also encourage you to engage with the work of our friends at Dumbo Feather magazine. Their deep conversations with extraordinary people are the salve we need in this unsettling time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you'll find answers to some of the questions we are asked most frequently. If your query isn't answered here, do get in touch with us.
What if I purchased a ticket to an event that’s been cancelled? Can I get a full refund?
For those of you who have purchased tickets to any of our upcoming events, your tickets will be refunded in full within the next week (the week beginning Monday 6thApril 2020). The full amount will be refunded to the credit card on which you purchased the tickets.
Will any of the events/workshops be rescheduled for later in the year?
No, they won’t. We have suspended our operation for the foreseeable future.
Will you be offering online classes?
The School of Life Australia won’t be offering online classes, however our colleagues in London are indeed offering online classes, which you can explore at www.theschooloflife.com/london.
How can I get in touch with The School of Life?
We would love to hear from you:
- For general and press enquiries, please email email@example.com until Thursday 9th April.
- After this time, all emails regarding The School of Life Australia should be sent to the London team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources to support you
We encourage you to take care of yourself and remember the power of connection and community during these times:
- Beyondblue: tips to help you manage your mental health at this time
- The Australian Government and the World Health Organisation for the latest advice, information and resources
- Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What is The School of Life?
You can read all about us here.
Who is The School of Life?
You can read all about our Faculty & Staff here.
Who founded The School of Life and when?
The School of Life was founded in 2008 by Alain De Botton and other colleagues from the humanities, education and cultural sectors.
How can I contact Alain de Botton?
Please send all enquiries for Alain via the message form on Alain’s website.
What ideology is behind The School of Life?
None in particular. We provide a forum for exploring various life issues with like-minded people, fostering emotional intelligence through teachings from the humanities (literature, philosophy, psychology, history and art) and free from dogma. You can read more about us here.
Who writes the books published by The School of Life?
We are used to the idea that books have a single author and that this author's name is clearly identified on the spine and cover. However, at The School of Life, we have a different approach. We are a team: a group of psychologists, philosophers, sociologists and social scientists. Together we make up The School of Life's content team, which puts out a huge amount of material every year: we make films, put on classes and conferences for the general public, offer training and seminars to businesses as well as producing gift and books.
When it comes to these books, they are a genuinely collective effort – and therefore, we don't wish to highlight one author above another. The books we write are simply from 'The School of Life'.
What are your opening times?
We have suspended our operation for the time being, so we do not have opening times. Feel welcome to contact our team in London any time at email@example.com.
The impact of Covid-19 on our organisation, like so many, has been a significant one. Without our key offering, our program of events, being possible for the foreseeable future, we have made the difficult decision to suspend The School of Life’s operation in Australia for the time being.
Our team in London are developing virtual workshops both for public and business. To explore that offering from our London team, please see www.theschooloflife.com/london.
Where can I buy TSOL retail product in Melbourne?
If you’re looking for a store that sells The School of Life products, we recommend you visit our friends at the stores below who have a great range of TSOL product:
Dymocks Melbourne Lower Ground Floor, 234 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Readings St Kilda 112 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Milligram, Melbourne Central Shop 212, Level 2/285 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Where can I find TSOL Retail Stockists in Sydney?
Pentimento Papeterie 249 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Ariel Booksellers 98 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Dymocks Sydney CBD 424-430 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Where can I find TSOL retail product in Brisbane?
Dymocks Brisbane 177 Albert St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
State Library of Queensland Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Where can I find TSOL retail product in Perth?
Dymocks Hay St 705-707 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
New Edition Bookshop 41 High St, Fremantle WA 6160
Where can I find TSOL retail product in Adelaide?
A Trip to The Moon 155 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
Bluey Boronia Shop 11, Topham Mall, 52-54 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000
Where can I find TSOL retail product in Tasmania?
Fullers Bookshop 131 Collins St, Hobart TAS 7000
Where can I find TSOL retail product in Canberra?
The Hive Shop 58, Ori Building, 30 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612
For online orders and to see the full range of products, be sure to visit our international online shop, however, please note shipping fees apply.