The School is part of a world-wide association of organisations affiliated through the London School of Economic Science, founded in London in the 1930’s.
The School of Practical Philosophy opened its doors in Sydney in 1967. Melbourne followed ten years later, then Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. The Schools in these capital cities have opened branches in their respective States. Sydney opened a branch in Canberra in 2000.
Celebration of 50 Years
Being in the school has changed my life in every aspect. I used to be so sensitive to other people’s comments about me. Now I just let them go and see things as they are. - Clare
The simple exercises presented in the course have really changed my life. Just learning to rest in the present moment eliminated a ton of stress from my life, and has certainly improved my relationships and sense of well-being. - Josh
The approach is practical rather than academic. There are no exams to pass. No sitting at desks. The course does not offer certificates or diplomas, but something much more important – a living philosophy that is of real value in dealing with the challenges of everyday life and developing one’s own potential as fully as possible.
The Mindful Wisdom course will show you how to make history’s great philosophical insights part of everyday life. It’s a course which will help you become more mindful, more connected and more alive.
Over eleven weekly sessions you’ll consider philosophical ideas and questions relevant to all our lives
The School continues to offer the same simple practice it received over fifty years ago. It is an authentic and utterly simple practice, natural, easily learnt and can be practiced within the demands of daily living.
For me, the decision to join the school comes from a desire to learn more about the 'big questions' in life. We tend to spend our days focused on everyday things (work, home life etc.) and I enjoy having a chance to consider the broader picture. - Sacha
Just as a mountain-top can provide an overview of a vast landscape, so detachment can provide the practical philosopher with a clear view of himself, his world and his relationship with the world. Photographs of the earth from space have stimulated our questions about our place in the universe since the first earth-rise photograph was taken by an Apollo 8 astronaut in December 1968....READ MORE