The School of Life are delighted to be venturing north to Byron Bay to host A Night of Better Conversation. Please register your interest here to find out first when dates and tickets are announced.
Death is a topic few of us enjoy thinking about and even fewer enjoy discussing. Woody Allen once wrote: 'It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.' But there are definite benefits to confronting our mortality. After all, it’s hard to ignore.
The imminence of death forces one to think radically differently about the value of life. The idea is that contemplation of death can lead to liberation. It confronts a fear that lurks in every soul, and by staring it in the face, potentially undoes it. The unexpected thing that happens in the process is that it throws the emphasis back onto the gift of life.
A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to engage with minds moulded by forces different to our own, and to go beyond our comfort zone by taking risks in what we are willing to share. Whatever your feelings are about sex and sexuality, join us for an evening of adventurous conversations, as we explore our inhibitions, our desires and our hidden selves.
Our lives are so often filled with superficial talk, from office chitchat to commentaries on last night's television. How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we've never said before? A Night of Better Conversation has been designed to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers.
The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with other people focusing on the theme of Life & Death.
TIMETABLE - Date To Be Announced
18.30 Beach Hotel Venue Opens
19.00 Welcome & Introduction
19.05 Technique 1 & conversation
19.30 Technique 2 & conversation
20.00 Technique 3 & conversation
20.30 Permission to Speak Freely
21.00 Event Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation