Spring School Intensive
Our Spring Intensive is one of the most eagerly anticipated highlights of the School of Life program.
Over 5 days you will gather skills and insights not covered by regular education – the essential life skills that develop emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing.
We will cover such themes as how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to identify our professional talents and succeed in the workplace, how to manage anxiety, regret and shame, how to focus on our goals and how to more regularly experience gratitude and serenity.
You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your life. By working within a supportive group, led by our expert facilitators, you'll dive deeper than would be possible in any single class. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.
This School is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our classes who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of work, love, and self in a single, high intensity week.
Blending tuition, exercises and discussion, each day of the Spring School will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for life’s big questions.
The Spring School requires no prior knowledge and is open to everyone. The group size varies between 15 and about 25 participants, and the age range is usually broad, allowing a rich exchange of experience.
The 5 days school Itinerary is outlined below:
Day One: Equips us with the core skills of Emotional Intelligence. We will learn why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our anxieties and why we respond to frustration in certain ways.
Day Two: Takes us on a structured journey around resilience in the face of stress. Agitation is always in essence a mental phenomenon, a result of ideas – a calm mind-set therefore relies on having to hand a raft of calming ideas that can be called upon in moments of panic. Day two will end with a Conversation Dinner where we’ll learn to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deeper selves for greater connection.
Day Three: Teaches us how to choose our partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get better at. On this day we will learn to practice and refine our skills at love.
Day Four: Explores how we can achieve our career potential. We will employ psychological tools to better understand our talents, and move forward professionally and purposefully, using the opportunities open to us.
Day Five: Explores narrative and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and how the world works. We will identify sources of meaning in the everyday and ask questions about how we can find more congruence in our day to day lives. The final day will end with casual drinks and reflections as a group.
Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind.
(Guide only. Daily detailed timetable available in program booklet)
9.00 am Tea & welcome
9.30 am Group check in
10.00 am Morning Session
1.00 pm Lunch Break (times vary)
2.00 pm Afternoon Session
5.00 pm Day Ends
Please note on Day 2 we host a Conversation Dinner from 6:30pm - 9pm.
Places are limited to 25 participants.
'I left the week feeling far more open to possibility than I had expected, at the same time understanding that how that possibility was taken on is entirely up to me. Powerful.'
'A hurley burley ride up and down my personal history that felt part skydive, part colonoscopy (and I've done neither) that has left me with 20/20 hindsight, fraternity with a band of like-minded souls with whom to stroll into the future, and a deep appreciation of tools that make a life tick.'
'When else do you get a chance to really think about what is important in life with fantastic inspiring teachers who really know and understand what they are talking about? I would highly recommend The School of Life one week intensive course to anyone. You not only meet great minded people, you also get time and space to really think about many different areas of your life from your career to great conversations. As Nike would say, 'just do it'. You will not regret it.'
'Science is Organised Knowledge. Wisdom is Organised Life.'
– Immanuel Kant
Anna McPherson has worked in both the corporate and non-for-profit sectors throughout her career and held senior management roles in Marketing and Business Development. She received her degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon and has worked for organizations as diverse as The Hilton International in Hong Kong, The Asia-Australia Institute, The American Chamber of Commerce, The Australian Ballet, The Sydney Theatre Company and currently with The Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Sophi Bruce is a learning designer, facilitator, coach and social researcher. She joined TSOL Sydney as a core faculty member in 2015 and teaches across the public and business curriculums. Sophi currently holds senior roles with the University of Technology Sydney and Adaptive Leadership Australia working with a range of people and contexts that focus on thinking differently, leadership impact and adapting to change. She has enjoyed a varied life and career across two sides of the globe and has a First Class Honours degree and Masters in Communication. Sophi is inspired by the wisdom and progress that comes from purposeful and stimulating interactions.
Emma Agnew is a Clinical Psychologist, originally from Scotland, who trained and worked in London, before moving to Australia. Her therapeutic work includes running creative therapy workshops in an adolescent psychiatric ward, designing and delivering group and individual therapy in a male prison, and working in a human rights organisation with refugees. Her doctoral research centred around gang members and constructed identities.
Rob O'Donnell is a Culture and People professional with extensive Learning and Organisational Development, Culture Change, and Coaching experience. His business, OD3 Consulting, looks to leverage this experience to supply tailored L&OD solutions and coaching to businesses. His passion is developing sustainable high-performing people and teams.
Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award for his writing on philosophy in New Philosopher, Acuity Magazine, Cosmos, ABC's The Drum and on Channel 10's The Project.
Nathan Scolaro enjoys getting elbow-deep in sentences, pressing and pricking them like a Chinese doctor until the blood is flowing just right. He hails from Western Australia, where he first experienced the joy of putting together a magazine, and now indulges his love of thoughtful, life-giving storytelling by helping bring Dumbo Feather to life once a quarter as the magazine's Editor.