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.
Feedback from the November course: ‘Awesome. Intense. Interesting. Insightful.’ ‘Absolutely amazing. I've been on a real high since the course.’ ‘I felt I gained a number of insights that are immediately useful to my life and future.’
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.
There are only 12 places on the course - six women and six men - so that we have an even number and gender balance. The course balances interesting content with lots of exercises done in pairs or as a group. It's a fascinating journey.
The entire course costs £200 but you can get it for £180 if you book before Feb 9. To book your place, email me at [masked]
The course takes place at the Psychosynthesis Trust near London Bridge station.
Here’s the structure. Each session explores a way of understanding the self, and how we can transcend it.
Saturday February 29 - 10.30am - 4.30pm
1) You are not just your thoughts
(Stoicism / CBT)
2) You are not just your emotions
(Buddhist equanimity / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
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 March 1, 10.30am-4.30pm
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, the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai)
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 is taking place at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London Bridge, 92-94 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH
If you’re interested in booking a place, please email me at [masked]
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:
His website is www.philosophyforlife.org