Philosophies for Life course

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Who are you? How can you know yourself, change yourself, heal yourself and grow to your full potential?

This two-day course teaches you eight ways to understand the self, eight approaches to self-change, and how they can be integrated together.

Most courses only teach one approach to the self, one therapeutic or philosophical modality (mindfulness, CBT etc). But such an approach is inevitably one-sided and partial. In the words of Aldous Huxley, the original sin is over-simplification.

This course, by contrast, explores the different levels at which our experience can be understood – and changed – and how these multiple levels can be integrated into a comprehensive philosophy of life.

It will explore philosophy in the ancient Greek or Indian sense of a practical training to change the psyche and find flourishing.

Here’s the structure. Each session explores a way of understanding the self, and how we can transcend it.

Saturday November 30 - 10.30am - 4.30pm

Morning session:

1) You are not just your thoughts

(Stoicism / CBT)

2) You are not just your emotions

(Buddhist equanimity / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

Afternoon session:

3) You are not just your conscious rationality

(The automatic mind, Jung and the shadow)

4) You are not just your body

(William James and the embodied mind, somatic therapy and body-mindfulness)

Sunday December 1, 10.30am-4.30pm

Morning session:

5) You are not just your relationships

(Bowlby and attachment theory, inherited trauma and family dynamics, authentic relating)

6) You are not just your job

(Status anxiety and burn out, how to work with non-attachment)

Afternoon session:

7) You are not just your class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender

(The social determinants of well-being and the impact of discrimination)

8) You are not just your species

(Eco-psychology in the Anthropocene)

The course group will be limited to 12 spaces, to keep the group small and give people a chance to get to know each other. We will do lots of exercises and games to practice the new ideas we’re exploring.

The course is taking place at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London Bridge, 92-94 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH

The entire course costs £180.

If you’re interested in booking a place, please email me at [masked], saying a couple of lines about yourself and why you want to do the course.

About the course teacher:

Jules Evans is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012), which was published in 20 countries and was a Times book of the year. Adrian Edmondson said ‘this book saved my life’. Jules is also the author of The Art of Losing Control (2017) and Holiday From the Self (2019). He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a BBC New Generation Thinker and a presenter on Radio 4’s History of Ideas series.

You can watch Jules’ TEDX talk, ‘how philosophy can save your life’, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuwYvFlNGns

His website is www.philosophyforlife.org