Stoicism and Philosophy for Wellbeing
Day Courses
 

Stoicism & the Art of Living: What Is In Our Power

Sunday 12th June 2022. 11am until 4pm.

[Bristol]

In this course we will acquaint ourselves with Epictetus; the Stoic teacher and former slave, explore what is within our control and what is beyond our control, and consider whether or not we can control the actions of others.  Lastly, we will contemplate whether awareness of the limits of control can help us attain serenity.

Philosophy as a Guide to Life: Taster

Friday 1st July 2022. 10.30am until 1pm.

[Corbridge, Northumberland]

In this taster session, we will discuss the ways in which philosophy can be a guide to life.  We will consider the questions: ‘What is the good life?’ and ‘What makes us happy?’.  We will then introduce the virtues from the ancient world before looking at how they can help us in our own age.

Stoicism & the Art of Living: Good, Bad and Indifferent

Friday 12th August 2022. 1pm until 4pm.

[Morpeth, Northumberland]

In this course we will acquaint ourselves with Zeno; the first Stoic, explore what is ‘good’, asking such questions as: What has value?  What is the best way to live? and What should we do to flourish?  We will then explore the Stoic ‘virtues’ before contemplating the Stoic concept of ‘indifferents’.

Philosophy as a Guide to Life: Spiritual Virtues - Part One

Saturday 13th August 2022. 10.30am until 2.45pm.

[Corbridge, Northumberland]

In this day course we will start to explore ‘Spiritual Virtues’.  In the first session, R.G. Collingwood will help us to ascertain the value of ‘art’, in the second session, Iris Murdoch will guide us out of Plato’s Cave to ‘beauty’, and in the final session Ivan Illich will liberate us from the problem of choice, thereby giving us ‘freedom’. 

Stoicism & the Art of Living: Good, Bad and Indifferent

Wednesday 17th August 2022. 1pm until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

In this course we will acquaint ourselves with Zeno; the first Stoic, explore what is ‘good’, asking such questions as: What has value?  What is the best way to live? and What should we do to flourish?  We will then explore the Stoic ‘virtues’ before contemplating the Stoic concept of ‘indifferents’.

Stoicism & the Art of Living: Taster Day

Monday 24th October 2022. 10.30am until 4pm.

[Consett, County Durham]

Stoicism is often misunderstood as languishing through life without complaint.  In this taster day we will see how thinkers such as Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius confronted one of the key questions of the ancient world: ‘How should we live?’ and supplied us with pragmatic ways in which to flourish.  This day course will be followed by a series of ‘Stoicism and the Art of Living’ retreats.