What we're about

"What upsets people are not things themselves, but their judgements about the things." — Epictetus, The Handbook [5].

Welcome to the Melbourne Stoa,

We are a group of people interested in studying, discussing and applying the wisdom of Stoic philosophy.

Stoicism is a classical philosophy developed in Ancient Greece that focusses on developing resilience, becoming a kinder, more active member of society, and thinking clearly. This is hoped to help individuals thrive and live what the ancients called 'The Good Life'—a life in which we are fair, confident, self-controlled, and mindful.

The Stoics' main ideas were that:
1) Our beliefs about things lead to emotional suffering (not things themselves), and
2) The only things we truly control are our actions, thoughts, desires and motivations (not the outcomes).

They developed a number of techniques in light of the above to help us live better lives which are still employed today by psychologists, such as in CBT and Frankl's Logotherapy.

In our groups, we use Stoic and other philosophical ideas to foster self-development and clearer thought, action and desire. Not everyone who attends would call themselves a 'Stoic' and people of all persuasions are welcome, but we believe Stoicism has many important ideas that could improve our lives.

We meet fortnightly at Federation Square.

We hope to see you come along!

Upcoming events (5)

Melbourne Stoa Meetup: Seneca's Moral Letters

Beer DeLuxe Fed Square

Hi budding Stoics, CURRENT BOOK We're meeting for our regular meeting to discuss Stoic philosophy, its application and using it to deal with the ups and down of life. Further discussion will be centred around Seneca's 'Moral Letters to Lucilius'. Letters for 22/05 will be Letters 29 - 31. The letters are available for free online here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius CONTACTS For more information, please contact the organisers (Reece/Sini) either here on Meetup or on our Facebook group. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MelbourneStoa/ New faces are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you. ΑΝΕΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΠΕΧΟΥ —Reece & Sini

Melbourne Stoa Meetup: Seneca's Moral Letters

Beer DeLuxe Fed Square

Hi budding Stoics, CURRENT BOOK We're meeting for our regular meeting to discuss Stoic philosophy, its application and using it to deal with the ups and down of life. Further discussion will be centred around Seneca's 'Moral Letters to Lucilius'. Letters for 22/05 will be Letters 29 - 31. The letters are available for free online here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius CONTACTS For more information, please contact the organisers (Reece/Sini) either here on Meetup or on our Facebook group. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MelbourneStoa/ New faces are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you. ΑΝΕΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΠΕΧΟΥ —Reece & Sini

Melbourne Stoa Meetup: Seneca's Moral Letters

Beer DeLuxe Fed Square

Hi budding Stoics, CURRENT BOOK We're meeting for our regular meeting to discuss Stoic philosophy, its application and using it to deal with the ups and down of life. Further discussion will be centred around Seneca's 'Moral Letters to Lucilius'. Letters for 22/05 will be Letters 29 - 31. The letters are available for free online here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius CONTACTS For more information, please contact the organisers (Reece/Sini) either here on Meetup or on our Facebook group. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MelbourneStoa/ New faces are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you. ΑΝΕΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΠΕΧΟΥ —Reece & Sini

Melbourne Stoa Meetup: Seneca's Moral Letters

Beer DeLuxe Fed Square

Hi budding Stoics, CURRENT BOOK We're meeting for our regular meeting to discuss Stoic philosophy, its application and using it to deal with the ups and down of life. Further discussion will be centred around Seneca's 'Moral Letters to Lucilius'. Letters for 22/05 will be Letters 29 - 31. The letters are available for free online here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius CONTACTS For more information, please contact the organisers (Reece/Sini) either here on Meetup or on our Facebook group. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MelbourneStoa/ New faces are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you. ΑΝΕΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΠΕΧΟΥ —Reece & Sini

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